14 days – Botswana Wildside

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

This small group camping tour starts in Johannesburg, South-Africa 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

Khama Rhino Sanctuary; 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: €220. 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.

Departure & Return Location

Johannesburg – Livingstone

Departure Time

Early morning on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Max 12 people
  • Professional Safari Guides
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck
  • 13 Breakfast 11 Lunch 8 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 1 JOHANNESBURG to KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY [camping -LD]

Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north into Botswana. We pass Serowe, the birthplace of Botswana’s first president, Sir Seretse Khama, on our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This 4300 hectare reserve situated on the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest. We take our first game drive around the open grassland of Malema and Serowe Pans.

Day 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 1: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance to Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
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 to us to a special overnight stop.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers.

Day 2MAUN [camping ---]

We drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. 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 2: Breakfast provided by 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

Includes: –
Distance/time: ±520km, 6h30 actual driving time. We leave Khama relatively early to arrive in Maun midday to shop for delta supplies, so an expected total travel day of ±8h00.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities with hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.

Day 3, 4, 5OKAVANGO 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 3, 4: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3, 4: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3, 4: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
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 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 3 ±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 3 & 4: Wild camping – basic facilities with bucket shower. You will need to bring a towel.

Day 6,7,8,9MOREMI & 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 6, 7, 8, 9: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6, 7, 8, 9: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6, 7, 8, 9: 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 10 – 11 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 11.

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 provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11: 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 10 wild camping – basic ablutions with a bucket shower.
day 11 campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, bar & restaurant.

Day 12 – 13VICTORIA 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 12: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 12, 13: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 12, 13: 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 14 ZAMBIA - LIVINGSTONE – TOUR ENDS [- B - -]

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

Day 14: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 14: Lunch not included
Day 14: 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.

4 Reviews
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Ingrid

Solo Traveller

Everything was perfect. The guides worked together very well and liked each other, completed each other!

May 5, 2016

Philipp

Solo Traveller

Best trip ever! THANK YOU!!

May 5, 2016

Laurent

Couple Traveller

From Oct. 6 to 19., my wife and I had the chance to participate in a mobile, wild camping safari. We would like to congratulate our guides (Woulter and Kenny) as well as the camp aide (Dineo) for the wonderful job that they did. Woulter and Kenny are highly knowledgeable, very nice persons, always motivated to share their experience. Woulter did also a wonderful job cooking all meals (we were happy to help) and organising the food storage ! Kenny is a truly nice person and knows the savannah “as his pocket”. Dineo was always keen to help setting the tent or anticipating the meals when we were on a game drive. This team made our safari so interesting!

The accommodation were all very nice. Even the tents were quite big and comfortable. As said, all meals were above expectation given the circumstances (wild safari…). The Waterfront hotel in Zambia is outstanding.

All game drive gave us always new surprises. The high experience of Woulter and Kenny allowed us to see many wild animals and also nice spots to enjoy the wonderful landscapes.

During the way to Kasane, there was a problem with the 4×4, but even this was not seen as a failure… Kenny managed to handle the problem and two 4×4 went to pick us up in less than an hour. Woulter always keeps his usual good mood and everything went fine.

As you can see, we are delighted by this safari, as everything went beyond expectation. We will certainly recommend Sunway Safaris to anyone interested in safari and we hope to join such a safari soon!

To note, Safari Specialists recommended us to Sunway and the safari was in line with their description.

November 30, -0001

Tony

Solo Traveller

1. 1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday? Seeing a leopard kill. Being chased by a hippo. All the amazing animals up close. Our fabulous guide Farai and his cooking!! Kenny our driver and guide – great driving skills! Ronald our guide who put up our tents before we arrived at a new camp.

2. 2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday? Be prepared for anything. Bring lots of wet wipes and a scarf to put around your face when in the jeep – for warmth, to keep the dust and wind out. Be super organised.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation? Definitely – it created jobs. We were so careful with the environment – no rubbish left, used water sparingly, donated to the sausage tree fund.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall? Amazing!!!! So well-organised and the guides were so professional. Loved the guides and the healthy food.

Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

5 *****

November 30, -0001