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Best of Botswana, Lodge Safari Adventure

Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa
Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Visit: Johannesburg, Maun, Kakoaka, Victoria Falls

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Safari,Wildlife

Overview

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Whether you're a seasoned safari enthusiast or a first timer, this safari adventure holiday encompasses some of Africa’s most unique and diverse game reserves and national parks. Departing Johannesburg for Botswana our first stop is the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, which provides prime habitat for the dwindling rhino population. We then head to the wetland of the Okavango Delta and leave behind our vehicles to be gently poled along the water systems of the Okavango Delta in a traditional Mokoro (a dug-out canoe). We can get up close and personal with the flora and fauna before returning to our wilderness camp for a sundowner. Moving on from the delta we head to the Moremi Game Reserve, with it abundance of wildlife, we spend each day searching for the big five under the expert eye of our guide. Upon leaving Moremi the landscape changes again as we follow Baobab trees, dotted across the glimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi. Heading for Chobe National Park, we hope to see the largest yet sensitive of all African animals, the elephant. Famed for its huge elephant population, Chobe is wonderful environment to view these amazing creatures. For our final stop, we cross into Zimbabwe, and see the incredible Victoria Falls, completing our African adventure.

Highlights

    • Explore the Okavango Delta by traditional mokoro canoe and boat cruises in Chobe
    • Game drives in the sublime Moremi Game Reserve to see lion, buffalo, elephant and much more
    • Drive across the infinity of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and see rhino at the Khama Sanctuary
    • Experience endless and stunning African night skies in wilderness tented lodges

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125129
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa
Finishes: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Duration: 15 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Two professional and qualified guides
  • Airport transfer Day 1 the Land Only itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • National Park entrance fees
  • All activities/excursions mentioned except where specified as 'optional'

Excludes

Price

Price person (sharing double) $4,150 ($277/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Itinerary

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Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe Johannesburg, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Maun, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Nata, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls
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Louise O  

This was the trip of a lifetime for us and it really fulfilled our dreams. The wildlife viewing was fantastic and the guides extremely knowledgeable. Specialist guides with local and wildlife knowledge joined us at certain points in the trip. The proximity to the wildlife and the sheer numbers were amazing, while the animals remained relaxed by our presence. We were usually the only truck or landrover in the vicinity watching the wildlife - a real privilege.

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Roger  

With regard to the wildlife the holiday exceeded our expectations in every way. We saw several Rhino at the Khama wildlife reserve. Masses of Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo and several Lion and Leopard at close range as well as many species of antelope etc and also Wild Dog which are now very rare. The trip was also a paradise for birders. Our South African guides were immensely knowledgeable and Grace in particular was an excellent cook who produced tasty food which most of us preferred to the meals we took in the restaurants in the lodges. The trip into the Okavango by canoe was also a highlight. A slight downside was the lodges mostly produced buffet meals at a fixed price without the option of going a la carte. This is fine if you are a big eater and like whats provided. We would have preferred to be able to choose what and how much to eat from the menu. Where we were able to do this the food was good. The local guides for each national park and the Chobe River trip were very good and helpful in spotting and identifying animals and birds. You have to be prepared to put up with a few long days on the road which is understandable considering the distances involved. Early starts are also essential for game drives avoiding the heat of the day when animals are less active. The dates of our trip corresponded with a time when the bush was less leafy enabling us to observe animal much more easily but despite it being the dry season Victoria Falls was still an amazing sight.

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Helen  

Fantastic holiday. the guides were great, the safaris excellent (we saw a leopard each day for four days and a litter of hunting dogs amongst other things). Victoria falls is amazing. Botswana is beautiful and the people are so friendly. we went in July and it was very cold some mornings so take fleeces/jacket/hat and gloves. The schedule is non stop so if you don't like getting up early each morning then think again- the latest start we had was 7.30 except for the last day when we opted for an optional start of 7 am for the white water rafting. White water rafting was superb but there is a fairly punishing walk down to and from the gorge. The guides were superb and really added to the trip. generally an excellent trip- we will be back!

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Pauline  

If you would love to see a great variety of wildlife in their natural environment, have a spirit of adventure a flexible disposition and are prepared to be an active team member then you will enjoy this trip. There are early mornings starts and it's best to be organised with bags packed from the night before ! It is a privilege to have had the opportunity to stay at the Okavango Delta...and to spend time with the local guides. Travelling by mokoro canoe through the delta is so peaceful yet you can spot hippos or elephants nearby. Each of the destinations are special in their own way... Moremi Game Reserve is a wonderful place to see the animals and not so busy as Chobe National Park with the number of tourists . How wonderful to share the space where the lodges are with herds of elephants and many other creatures! It was great also to visit the community project established to protect rhinos in a secure habitat and we got to see white rhinos. The salt pan too is amazing. Useful items: foldaway waterproof bag for transfer of some items in mokoro canoe for Okavango stay. A cowl neck/head scarf for early mornings and to protect on dusty road trips. It was very warm (in September) in the smaller tents at the delta - open the side vents for air circulation as front ones must be closed. Our guide was really good and worked well with all the group .

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Steven  

This trip is extremely diverse in terms of its locations, accommodation and experiences. Learning about the culture of the local people is also an important part of the trip and the use of local guides helps you and them.

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Enid  

We chose this tour because it wasn't full-on camping, but did offer some camping in the Delta, which was one of the highlights, largely made special by the local people used to ferry us into the Delta by Mokoros, keeping the camp fire going, guiding the walking safaris and providing fantastic entertainment on the last night, which they clearly enjoyed as much as us. There were so many WOW moments when it came to the animals and birds. We were lucky enough to see the Big 5, but also had time to watch and observe. In particular, the free afternoon in Moreimi at the gorgeous Hyena Pans Lodge, when we just watched elephants (literally hundreds!) coming to the waterhole all afternoon. The second leopard we saw was stalking prey and again there was time to stop and watch something very special. We not only saw White Rhino, but Black as well, who saw fit to scratch itself on the side of the 'Red Elephant' - this being the name given to our very comfortable form of transport. There are some long days on the road, so the comfort of the 'Red Elephant' was welcome, along with all the gear for delicious lunches along the way. The long trip into Moreimi and back is by open-sided safari vehicle, which can be chilly in the mornings (blankets provided) and also dry and dusty - we bumped into 3 of our party all buying vaseline for our dry lips on our return to Maun. The optional flight over the Okavango was very worthwhile - lots of game to be seen and it helps understand the delta area. Your

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John  

The holiday was very well run by the local agent and their two tour guides - Paul and Phumi - were just superb. The meals they prepared were always excellent and they were continuously anxious to ensure that we had a brilliant experience. The first two days involved a lot of driving (Phumi did a great job) but there were always things to see. After this, the driving was much more reasonable. The highlight for us was the Okavango - what a beautiful place. The camping there was very comfortable and all the other accommodation was excellent, with the exception of the lodge at Khama where two couples shared each lodge - sharing a bathroom was OK but it was really en-suite to one of the rooms. One must mention the people of the area - so friendly, happy to chat and talk about their lives. The local guides were of variable quality, but where not so good, we were blessed by having our own tour guides who usually knew much more then they did about the animals we were seeing. However, our guide in Moremi and our first guide in Chobe were excellent. Finally to the animals - exciting encounters with such beautiful animals, sometimes at very close range.

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John O.  

An excellent first time experience on a safari. One of the highlights is the Okavango delta two nights camping in the bush. Saw four of the five big animals. Accommodatiion excellent. Food prepared by the guides varied and good. Only downside was the long drive from Johannesburg (2x7hr days) but we knew this.

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Craig  

Fantastic two weeks travelling through Botswana seeing the very best of Southern Africa. Too many highlights to list them all but the time spent swimming, walking and socalising in the Okavango Delta with the local guides was definitely a highlight whilst we had to pinch ourselves to make sure we were actually watching so much wildlife including a Leopard only 30m from the dining area in Moremi. Seeing Wild Dogs catch an Impala right by the vehicle was special if not necessarily everyone's cup of tea to be so close. I traveled in November which was great as we completed most of the trip before the rains came yet peak season ends in October so it was fairly quiet except for Chobe - it was pretty hot though!

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Steven  

This trip is extremely diverse in terms of its locations, accommodation and experiences. Learning about the culture of the local people is also an important part of the trip and the use of local guides helps you and them.

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