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14 days - Botswana Wild Parks ACCOMMODATED

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This small group accommodated safari starts in Johannesburg and finishes in Victoria Falls. An accommodated safari through Botswana. Experience the vast Magadikgadi pans, the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and the abundant wildlife of Moremi game reserve. Explore Chobe National Park by boat and enjoy wonderful views of Victoria Falls!

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Highlights

Khama Rhino Sanctuary – game viewing; Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion and bush walks; Moremi Game Reserve – 3 day 4WD game viewing; Chobe National Park – 4WD game viewing and river cruise; Victoria Falls – adventure activities.

Included

  • Max 12 People
  • 11 nights lodges / tented lodge or chalets and 2 nights tented camping
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
  • Meals as per itinerary: 13 Breakfast 11 Lunch 6 Dinner
  • Professional safari guides
  • Okavango Delta excursion & Moremi 4WD excursion
  • 1 Free WakaWaka per booking #sharethelight

Excluded

  • Local Tour Payment: US$300. The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash to local businesses en route to be arranged in the most cost effective manner possible, a saving we can then pass on to you. It also means we can operate in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities as we travel. Local Payment will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements. We also offer tours without Local Payments. One fixed price for the tour and activities which you pay all at once to us. Contact us to point them out to you on our website!
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature

Please Note

Overnight: a total of all 13 nights accommodation in lodges, chalets and tented camps. Of which; 10 nights on safari we stay at small and intimate lodges, with en suite facilities. 1 night in Khama is in self catering chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom. 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Of which 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the Sunway crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire. Limited Participation: An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning - it's all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently. Transport: for the majority of this safari you travel in a custom-built safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats; or (on 10% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. For the game drives in Moremi and Chobe and the transfer into the Okavango we use open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.

Restrictions

We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children). If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc) Average age of our clients on this tour is 46 years old.

Extras/Upgrades

Single supplement: €830. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.

Hotel Pickup

The tour starts at 06:30 a.m. on day one of the tour from Rivonia Road Lodge Johannesburg. Due to the early departure time of this safari we recommend that you stay in Johannesburg the night before safari. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the notes section of the booking process

Itinerary

14 days - Botswana Wild Parks | accommodated
Starts in Johannesburg to Victoria Falls | South-Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

This tour is also available from Maun (13 day tour) or as a camping tour.

An accommodated safari through Botswana. Experience the vast Magadikgadi pans, the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and the abundant wildlife of Moremi game reserve. Explore Chobe NP by boat and enjoy wonderful views of Victoria Falls!
Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. But it is also known as a very expensive destination. However by using a range of affordable lodges we offer a fully accommodated tour of Botswana at a value for money price.

Day 1 JOHANNESBURG to KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY [chalets - LD]
(B=breakfast, L=lunch D=dinner)
Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north into Botswana and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. This reserve situated on the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest.

Day 2 MAUN [lodge BL-]
We drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 as the capital of the Batawana people, it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and safari operations. The name Maun is derived from the San word ‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’.

Day 3 - 4 OKAVANGO DELTA [tented camp x2 BLD]
We drive into the Okavango Delta to our remote tented camp in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. This amazing environment has large numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly kingfishers! One of the best experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along reed lined channels in a mokoro (dug out canoe). Sit back and relax as the water gurgles gently under the mokoro while your skilled poker points out the fauna and flora.

Day 5, 6, 7, 8 MOREMI [3x tented bushlodge, 1x lodge Bx4 Lx4 Dx3]
We take an open 4WD into Moremi Game Reserve for fantastic game viewing! Chief’s Island is the largest landmass within Moremi and was the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting ground, before being declared a game reserve by the tribe. We spend 4 days on game drives watching the abundant wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game, both in Moremi Game Reserve and in private concession reserves surrounding the park. We return to Maun midday on day 8 for an evening restaurant meal (own expenses).

Day 9 MAKGADIKGADI PANS [tented lodge or chalets BL -]
We have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango before we head to Nata. The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi appear as a glaring white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to the sweet nutritious grasslands and clouds of flamingo feed in its algae rich waters. It is an area of low rainfall so this spectacle only lasts a short while.

Day 10 – 11 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [lodge BL -]
The Chobe River is a stunning feature of Botswana and will be the focus of our lodge stay. The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. Early morning 4WD game drive in the Chobe National Park and an afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise to see the mighty elephant herds return to the Chobe River to quench their thirst.

Day 12 – 13 VICTORIA FALLS (ZIMBABWE) [hotel Bx2 - -]
We visit “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. These magnificent falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls Bridge was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, and was completed by 1905, although Rhodes never lived to see it. It spans the impressive gorge and the famous adrenalin pumping Victoria Falls bungi jump is done from this bridge, with a terrifying drop of 360ft (111m). Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

Day 14 VICTORIA FALLS – TOUR ENDS [- B - -]
Tour ends after breakfast at 08:00am at the hotel.

We have chosen this African partner for their commitment to sustainable and responsible African safari tourism. This is reflected in their low impact travel style and as an African company, they have the grassroots contacts to make a real difference in the lives of the people whose communities you will visit. They have over 20 years’ experience and offer only small group tours with no single supplements (there is only an extra charge involved if you insist on the accommodated tour to have your own hotel room).

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Reviewed by Sharon on
Great travel agency. Quick response to all questions. And, because the agents know Africa, they gave me great advice as to where to go and where to avoid based on my preferences. African Travels made planning my six- week journey into southern Africa not only interesting, but also easy.
Reviewed by Tony on
Awesome trip! We loved everything - guides and staff were amazing.
Reviewed by Thomas on
During our recent trip throughout Southern Africa we took an overland wild parks safari from Joburg to Victoria Falls with your company from June 6th through the 20th. The purpose of this letter to inform you of how pleased my family was with our experience, and specifically our two guides, Lloyd and Paul. Lloyd is not only very intelligent and knowledgeable about Southern Africa and its wildlife, but also has the maturity and wonderful people skills that are critical to creating and managing a team of strangers with diverse expectations. Paul is also very knowledgeable of Southern Africa wildlife and was a valued resource in addition to having an energetically positive personality and contagious smile. Together their synergy rivaled such effective teams as Batman & Robin! All kidding aside, we would like to express our gratitude to them for being such a huge part responsible for our wonderful vacation in Southern Africa. We have friends who are considering vacations in Southern Africa and we have recommended the use of your company for their safaris. Please do pass along our thanks to both Lloyd and Paul for a memorable experience
Reviewed by Priska on
Please say a big big thank you again to Annitta and Cronje for the fantastic Botswana trip that we had with them! It is so far our best holiday we ever had! And we would like to say again a big thank you to this two great an lovable guides!!! Big hug and lovely greetings from Switzerland!
Reviewed by Mackaij on
Have just returned from a trip through Botswana and it was in one word fantastic!
African Travels has set a whole trip varied in its offerings; both somewhat crowded by tourists places like Victoria Falls, as well as nature parks, where you will not see anyone else for days (!): camping in the Okavango Delta, walking and swimming is a wilderness experience that is only possible with a local guide who knows all about the animals, their behavior - but also invite you to the roots of water lilies eating while standing on a safe swimming spot without hippos and crocs.
Furthermore unforgettable Hyena Pan lodge in the Moremi National Park, where in the morning a curious elephant can surprise you in front of your tent. Where the jackals walk around your tents at night.
I have incredible enjoyed this trip and responded perfectly to my expectations! Many thanks for that to African Travels!