13 days – Botswana Wildside

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13 days
Camping Group Tour
Maun - Livingstone
Botswana, Zambia
Min Age : 12
Max People : 12
Tour Details

This small group camping tour starts in Maun, Botswana and finishes in Livingstone, Zambia. Safari through the wilderness of Botswana. Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and the abundant wildlife of Moremi game reserve and Savuti. Explore Chobe National Park by boat and enjoy wonderful views of Victoria Falls!

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Highlights

Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion; Moremi Game Reserve – game drives; Savuti – game drives; Chobe National Park – game drive and river cruise; Victoria Falls – adventure activities.

Accommodation

Participation camping with hot shower facilities (6 nights), wild camping with basic facilities (7 nights), we will provide a bucket shower with warm water off the fire and pit latrine (with seat!). The tour provides mats and chairs with backrests. Tents are large, easy to erect. 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 prepartion 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.

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: €215. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.

Hotel Pickup

The tour starts at 17:00 p.m.one day one of the tour. Please indicate if you require assistance with airport transfers and hotel reservations in the notes section of the booking process

Departure & Return Location

Maun – Livingstone

Departure Time

Late afternoon on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Max 12 people
  • Professional Safari Guides
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck
  • 12 Breakfast 9 Lunch 7 Dinner
  • Entrance Fees
  • Okavango Delta excursion; Moremi, Savuti, Chobe 4WD excursion
  • Flexible payment options in multiple currencies
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • 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
Itinerary

Day 1MAUN [camping ---]

We will meet up with the group at 17:00 at the camp. Situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River, Maun is a bustling frontier town where we prepare for the delta excursion. After setting up camp we have a relaxing afternoon at the swimming pool.

Day 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch is not included
Day 1: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: –
Distance/time: 15km, ± ½ hour, excluding stops for sightseeing.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.

Day 2, 3, 4 OKAVANGO DELTA [camping Bx3, Lx3, Dx2]

Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on mekoro (dugout canoes). The delta forms as water flows from the Angolan highlands out over the Botswanan flat Kalahari Desert sands creating a delicate, green oasis for birds & wildlife. We will camp wild on remote islands in this amazingly dynamic environment & enjoy bush walks, bird watching & swimming in the clear water. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle & culture. We return to Maun in the late afternoon of day 5 and have time for an optional (own expense) game flight over the Okavango, which will reveal a different aspect of the delta.

Day 2, 3: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2, 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2, 3: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance to Okavango Delta, mokoro excursion, morning and afternoon game walks with local guides.
Distance/time: Day 2 ±50km, 2h00 actual driving time to mekoro station. Mokoro ride to camp is dependent on campsite location so overall travel time for the day ±6h30.
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on the number of people in each aircraft).
Overnight: Day 2 & 3: Wild camping – basic facilities with a bucket shower. You will need to bring a towel.
Day 4 Maun: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant
& bar.

Day 5,6,7,8 MOREMI & SAVUTI [camping BLD]

We have 4 nights in these conservation areas with time to explore the various habitats. We spend our time on game drives watching the plentiful wildlife including wild dog, elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game.
Moremi Game Reserve rates as one of the leading wildlife areas of the world and we take our open 4WD vehicle into Moremi for fantastic game viewing! Grasslands, floodplains, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a variety of game viewing habitats.
Moving north over the sand ridge and into the Mababe depression we arrive at the Savuti Marsh. This open grassland area attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest, which in turn draw the large lion prides for which Savuti is famous. We camp wild in the central Chobe National Park at either Savuti or ZweiZwei.

Day 5, 6, 7, 8: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5, 6, 7, 8: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5, 6, 7, 8: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees, morning and afternoon game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicle.
Distance/time: 350kms ± 8½ hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Maun – Savuti).
Overnight: Wild camping – basic ablutions with a bucket shower.

Day 9 – 10 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [camping Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. In the early morning we search for game on the flood plains of the Chobe River. The late afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise is a highlight as we see the mighty elephant herds returning to the Chobe River to quench their thirst. We camp at Kasane on the Chobe River for night 10.

Day 9: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance fees, morning and afternoon game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicle &
sunset cruise on Chobe River.
Distance/time: ±150km, 5h30 actual driving time, excluding stops for sightseeing, expected total travel time ±06h00.
Overnight: Day 9 wild camping – basic ablutions with a bucket shower.
Day 10 campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, bar & restaurant.

Day 11 – 12 VICTORIA FALLS / LIVINGSTONE ZAMBIA [lodge Bx2 - -]

Overnight for 2 nights in Zambia near Livingstone town on the banks of the Zambezi River. Enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls. Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

Day 11: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 11, 12: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 11, 12: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance Fees to see the Victoria Falls.
Distance/time: ±70km, 1h00 actual driving time. It’s not a long way, but the border can be busy and slow so we anticipate a total travel day of ±3h00.
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.
Overnight: Adventure Village Rooms – twin en-suite, hot showers, swimming pool, bar & restaurant.

Day 13 ZAMBIA - LIVINGSTONE – TOUR ENDS [- B - -]

Tour ends at 08:00 after breakfast. Transfers to local airports are available.

Day 13: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 13: Lunch not included
Day 13: Dinner not included

Includes: N/A
Overnight: N/A
Distance/time: N/A

Please Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and animal sightings!
In the unlikely event that road conditions in the parks prevent us visiting Savuti, then the alternative route will be run via Nxai pan (It is possible that this may happen between January – April, but it is subject to rainfall, so only in special circumstances).

Sustainable Tourism:
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 Motswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single tent at additional costs. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use USD and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.

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Hannah

Group Traveller

I just wanted to email as I have just arrived home after my travels.Two friends and I did the Botswana Wildside safari and absolutely loved it! The tour guides were lovely, always helpful and worked so hard. They knew the environment very well and introduced us to this wonderful place with expertise. Our eyes were opened to parts of the African wildlife we never knew before. The guides kept us safe and happy. What a fun group we had! The safari was a great balance of animal life but also the fauna and flora. I definitely experienced more than I thought I would! We loved being able to camp out in these countries to feel 100% immersed in the wilderness. The gear we used was of good quality and had no problems. Every part of the safari was well organised from the gear we used, to our food and our travel plans. I especially wanted to say a huge thank you to the Johannesburg office lady (sorry I can’t remember her name). We had some problems with our flights and sadly missed out of the first day and a half of our safari. This lady was so helpful when it came to working out how to meet up with our safari group. It was a stressful situation that she made easier because of her calm manor and friendliness. So overall thank you so much for enabling us to have this amazing experience! It will remain special in our minds and hearts. I will never forget these memories. I definitely recommend Sunway Safaris! .

November 30, -0001

Neil

Solo Traveller

Best of Botswana, camping Safari.. Beautiful scenery, good weather, plenty of wildlife & good food. What a fantastic 15 day holiday/adventure. Our guides were fantastic, their knowledge & passion was second to none. The camping was enjoyable, even though you spent 7 nights wild camping with no proper toilets or showers we were well looked after with the portable versions. We saw so much wildlife including Rhino, Elephant, lion, Zebra, Giraffe and plenty bird life. While doing the camping through the parks make sure you take enough bottled water with you as there are no shops to stock up.Entering Botswana there is a $30 tourism levy, but for now it has been postponed until further notice. Entry in to Zambia is $50, but for the same price you can get a double entry to include Zimbabwe which is highly recommended so that you can see the falls from both sides. While in Zambia we went to the Victoria Falls which was a true highlight for all. The water levels are high at the moment so the spray from the falls gets you very wet!! The next day we went to the Zimbabwe side of the falls to view the other half which I would highly recommend. We went to the Victoria Falls hotel and enjoyed a cocktail with a wonderful view of the falls in the back ground. I would highly recommend this holiday as the campsites for the wild camping are right in where the animals roam with no fences. Will definitely go again. Thank you Sunway Safaris and guide Brian for an amazing holiday.

November 30, -0001