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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!
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.
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.
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.
Single supplement: €590. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.
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
Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
Early morning on day of departure
(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 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 1: Dinner provided tour leaders with the help of the group
Includes: Entrance fees to Khama Rhino Sanctuary & afternoon game drive
Distance/time: ±650km, 7h30 actual driving time, so with a border crossing and lunch stop we expect a total travel day of ±9h30. This is a long travel day for us to a special overnight stop.
Overnight: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms. WiFi not available.
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 2: Breakfast provided tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Distance/time: ±520km, 6h30 actual driving time. We leave Khama relatively early to arrive in Maun midday to shop for delta supplies, so expect a travel day of ±8h00.
Optional Activities Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)
Overnight: Island Safari Lodge,, chalet – twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available.
We drive into the Okavango Delta to the launch station where we board our mekoro’s and pole to our 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 poler points
out the fauna and flora.
Day 3: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 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 provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Includes: Entrance fees to the Okavango Delta, morning & afternoon game walks with local guides
Distance/time: ±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.
Overnight: Wilderness tented camping – 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we
leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel. WiFi not available.
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 expense).
Day 5: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge
Day 6, 7: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 6, 7: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6, 7: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge
Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 8: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 8: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Includes: Entrance fees to Moremi Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives in an open 4WD vehicle.
Distance/time: ±150km, 4h00 actual driving time but it’s a rough 4×4 route, and with a mokoro ride start, lunch stop and game viewing en-route we expect a full travel day of ±10h00 subject to sunset time.
Optional Activities Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on the number of people in each aircraft).
Overnight: 3x nights Elephant Pools Lodge – exclusive private tented bush lodge in Khwai Private Reserve, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin-share permanent tented lodge with en-suite facilities. WiFi not available.
1x night Maun Island Safari Lodge, chalet – twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
We have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango before we head to Nata (own expense). 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. (Please note due to high rainfall in the area over the last few
years that there is water in the section of the pans we visit)
Day 9: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 9: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Dinner will be an own expense meal
Includes: Entrance fees into Makgadikgadi Pans
Distance/time: ±320km, 4h00 actual driving time. It’s a relatively flat, straight road so with stops and lunch the total travel for the day is ±5h00.
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Pelican Lodge, – Chalets with en suite facilities). WiFi not available.
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. An 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 10: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 10, 11: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10, 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal
Includes: Entrance fees to Chobe National Park, morning game drive (day 11), sunset boat cruise (day 11)
Distance/time: ±300km, 4h00 actual driving time. We leave early and aim for a midday arrival with total travel for the day of ±4h30.
Optional Activities Afternoon game drive in an open 4WD vehicle (on day 10)
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris – twin room with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available
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. A rich and fertile rain forest, fed by the spray or “smoke”, surrounds the falls attracting colourful birdlife. Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).
Day 12: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 12: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 12: Dinner will be an own expense meal
Day 13: Breakfast provided by the hotel
Day 13: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 13: Dinner will be an own expense meal
Includes: Entrance 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: Shearwater Explorers Village, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. Free WiFi available.
Tour ends after breakfast at 08:00am.
Day 14: Breakfast provided by the hotel
Day 14: NA
Day 14: NA
Please note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only and subject to local road conditions
Please note: That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.
Sustainable Tourism: Botswanan conservation lands surrounding the national parks are leased by the government to tourism businesses for the benefit of the local communities. The lodge we use outside Moremi not only employs staff from the local
village but also contributes financially towards the community trust. The village board use that income for the betterment of the local people. The lease environmental management plan is the benefit of conservation of the region.
On request we can book you a single room at additional costs. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.
You can use USD and your credit card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars
We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.
We had never been on a safari before, so this trip was a real adventure and we loved it! We will definitely travel again with Sunway Safaris when we return to Africa 🙂
Everything was very well organized. Guides Maxwell & Wayne were amazing, very helpful, cheerful and had answers to all our questions about nature, animals, plants and also culture and geography, one could really tell they liked their job. Food on the road, prepared by the guides with a little help from the group, was always fresh, healthy and tasty, we actually liked it better than any restaurant food we had on the tour. Accommodation facilities were always clean and comfortable, perfect for a good rest after our full days. We really got into the spirit of Africa, taking things one day at a time. Each day was a new and different experience regardless of what we found on the way. The whole safari experience was simply incredible, game drives were really exciting and we saw a lot of animals in the wild. Also loved the fact that we were able to visit Victoria Falls National Park, a real wonder of nature. I was just sad we didn’t get to spend more time exploring the salt pans.
Some practical tips: Be open minded and have group spirit. Our group was a mix of ages and nationalities but everyone was willing to help and interact an we got along very well. When you spend 2 weeks with the same people this is really a big part of your experience. On this trip you should not forget your camera and binoculars, a torch for walking at night and, if traveling in winter months,take clothes for hot and cold weather since early mornings and nights are really chilly but during the day it can get very hot.
Thank you again and hope we can travel again soon!
Our two guides (Brian as the tour guide und Ngande as our guide in the Moremi Game Reserve) have both a big knowledge of nature, wildlife and culture etc. and were always more than happy to share that knowledge and answer whatever questions we had. Also they made us always feel safe. They are both very professional & experienced and respected wildlife, nature & people a lot! (It´s really appreciated that this is really lived and not only a marketing slogan! And I believe, that they are both personally convinced by that and not simply follow a company-policy.) Both did a fantastic job! Our two drivers (Mike and Lister) did a wonderful job in bringing us safe and on time from A to B. Even on the partially more than bumpy roads with a lot of animals next to or even on the roads… Thanks a lot for that! All of them – guides and drivers – cared a lot, were always interested in all the group members personally and made the whole journey feel like a big family trip :-). It was a pleasure travelling with them. We had a lot of fun whilst exploring Africa. You can be really proud of your team members. They are all very engaged, professional and really nice people – and that makes a big difference :-). The Safari Truck is perfectly equipped with everything you need for such a trip. The accomodations were all nice and some had a much higher standard than expected (e.g. Nata Lodge and Hyena Pan Bushlodge → really beautiful!!!).”
The holiday was awesome! Sunway couldn’t be faulted and everything went without a hassle. The guesthouse worked wonderfully….they are very nice people! The other 7 people on the safari were great…the group got on incredibly well! The guides were excellent also. People wise it couldn’t have been better either. The delta was amazing and so was Hyena Pan!! The whole trip was not as ‘rough’ as we expected and was the perfect balance of variety for our family….a bit of rough at the delta and luxury at Hyena Pan. We saw a cheetah with big cubs and a leopard with little cubs, wild dogs, and or course all the rest of the list.”
“Amazing tour with great guides – Brian + Yotam were brilliant – tour exceeded all my expectations”
First time and very recommandable. Just back from an unforgettable Sunway Safaris Tour to Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls with German speaking, perfect guide Wouter („as almost a part of the group“, always available and left no questions open) Driver William also a very experienced, carefully driver. Because both of them, we have discoverd the „Big Five“ at the first days already. Our “Red Elephant“ (Safari Chariot) was perfect suited for all “challenges”. Thanks for the great time, will recommand to others !