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This luxury small group (max 8 people) safari starts in Maun (Botswana) and finishes in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. There are few wildlife experiences in the world like a week spent in the Botswanan wilderness. This classic itinerary offers a lodge and luxury camping combination safari. The lodges are beautiful, comfortable and make for a great adventure safari though the world famous parks including Moremi National Park, Savuti, Chobe National Park and the Victoria Falls!
Overnight: Overnight The accommodation throughout this classic journey is of 3 to 4 star style and are chosen not only for their service and comfort level but also for their wonderful locations and local wildlife viewing opportunities. All rooms have private en suite facilities. For the 2 nights in central Chobe NP we stay in mini meru tents. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water off the fire.
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners are included. All of which are provided by the lodges at which we are staying. Due to travel arrangements or game viewing activities, the included lunches will be picnic lunches. Where meals are not included there will be an opportunity to buy a meal en route or at the a restaurant in the evening.
Transport: for the entire safari you travel in a purpose built 4WD Land Cruiser with 12 forward facing seats and trailer for luggage. It has solid roof and back which provides protection from the sun, and dust. The Land Cruiser has 12 individual seats in 4 rows of 3 seats but this tour is limited to a maximum of 8 clients so that everyone has a “window” seat. The light aircraft flight from Maun airport to Khwai airstrip is usually 4-12 seater Cessna or Caravan. Due to bush landing the luggage limits are adhered to. Non Participation: This is an adventure tour, and as such please expect to get involved. Where there are porters, they’ll help you, otherwise you’ll need to carry your own bag. Included meals are all lodge or camp provided. If you have a particular interest, please let your safari leader know, and he/she will endeavour to make your journey more rewarding.
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: €890. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.
This tour starts on day one of the tour at 09:00 a.m. from Thamalakane River Lodge in Maun. Most flights into MUB arrive at lunch time. You will need to fly into Maun airport (MUB) in Botswana the day before the tour starts. If you would like to book additional nights accommodation pre-tour, please indicate required airport transfers and lodge reservations when you submit your enquiry
Maun – Victoria Falls
09h00 AM on day of departure
This safari starts at Maun airport where you will be met and after a short briefing, you will board a light aircraft flight to Khwai. You will then be met by your safari guide and enjoy your first game drive to the lodge.
Moremi Game Reserve is the jewel of Botswana and arguably one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in Africa. To the north of Moremi is a vast wilderness consisting of open grasslands and forest and abundant wildlife.
Our lodge is situated on a large concession in this wilderness, overlooking a waterhole, the raised deck allows us to watch the animals in the afternoon as they come down to quench their thirst. Moremi’s wide variety of habitats makes it a birdwatchers paradise. Our days are spent on open 4WD game drives in Moremi GR and on the wildlife concession along the Khwai River.
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Day 1: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge
Day 2-3: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 2-3: Lunch provided by the lodge
Day 2-3: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge
Includes: Light aircraft flight, game drives & National Park Entry Fees.
Distance/time: Short 20minute flight in small aircraft, morning & afternoon game drives +/-4hrs each
Optional Activities: Helicopter flight over the Delta (own expense).
Overnight: Elephant Pools Lodge- exclusive private tented bush lodge, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en-suite facilities. WiFi not available.
We head north from Moremi to the renowned Savuti section of the Chobe National Park. This is an excellent area for big predators with frequent sightings of lion and leopard, elephant and plains game.
We spend our time on game drives through the dramatic open plains dotted with Acacia, and along the Savuti channel where we hope to see the lions and hyenas that make Savuti an outstanding wildlife destination. We overnight in our serviced tented camp. After dinner in our dining tent, fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush.
Day 4: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 4: Lunch provided by the mobile camp
Day 4: Dinner provided by tour mobile camp
Day 5: Breakfast provided by the mobile camp
Day 5: Lunch provided by the mobile camp
Day 5: Dinner provided by tour mobile camp
Includes: Entrance fees, morning and afternoon game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicle.
Distance/time: ±150km, which involves game drive and transit so we expect a long travel day of ±08h00.
Overnight: Mini Meru Serviced Camping – twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water off the fire. A towel will be provided. WiFi not available.
Our next destination is Chobe National Park. We depart Savuti and head north through the remote wilderness of Botswana to the small town of Kasane and our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River.
The following day we head back into Chobe NP on a game drive in the early morning before heading back to the comfort of the lodge during the heat of the day. In the afternoon we take a boat cruise on the Chobe River. This is possibly the most satisfying and relaxing game viewing activity in Southern Africa. We head into the park on a small game viewing boat and spend the next few hours till sunset floating slowly down stream while watching the wildlife come down to drink. We get close to the herds
of elephants, and have amazing sightings of crocodile, hippo, fish eagle and many more. As the sunsets we head out of the park with some amazing wildlife and sunset photographs.
Day 6: Breakfast provided by the mobile camp
Day 6: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 6: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Day 7: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 7: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Includes: Entrance Fees, game drive & Chobe River Boat Cruise.
Distance/time: ±220km, again it’s part game drive and part transit travel, so we expect a long travel day of ±06h30.
Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available.
We leave Botswana behind and cross into Zimbabwe and make our way to Victoria Falls. The mighty Zambezi River thunders 100m over the gorge creating a magnificent spectacle. The spray from the waterfall sustains a rainforest surrounding the falls
which is abundant with birdlife and protected in a National Park. We explore the Victoria Falls on foot with a local guide bringing the Falls to life with tales of the explorers of these ancient lands.
Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 8: Lunch is an own expense meal
Day 8: Dinner is an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Includes: Entrance fees to Victoria Falls.
Distance/time: ±85km, 1h30 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 Sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.
Overnight: PheZulu Guest Lodge, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. Free WiFi available.
There is time for one of the many optional adventure activities (own expense) before the tour ends.
Day 9: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 9: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 9: Dinner own expense
The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and animal sightings!
Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. The remote wilderness, limited access for visitors and abundant game make for an exceptional wildlife safari.
A Botswana guide travels with us through the National Parks. This ensures employment for local people and direct benefits for the community from tourism. The local guides are highly knowledgeable so please ask plenty of questions, you’ll be amazed at what you can learn.
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.
Dear Ladies and Gentleman! I want to give you another Feedback about our trip The Botswana Baobabs BPac09. It was wonderful! A great point of this experience was due to Edwin, our excellent local guide!!! Thank you very, very much! He was so caring for everybody’s needs (please drink enough, we don´t want you to dehydrate, does anybody need more blankets, don´t forget your Malaria prophylaxis…… and so on). Having so much knowledge about culture, economics, political issues, fauna and flora, and so much respect for everybody with a lot of humour, all these things made him to “the best guide on earth”. Edwin is one very important point that this trip was an unforgettable experience! Thanks a lot!
Today I would like to give you a little report on the Safari I did together with my clients. WE HAD A GREAT TIME, THE BEST SAFARI EVER! Both our Guides, Wouter and Moses have been very much caring for the group and 100% trustful.I shouldn’t forget to mention the pooler who took us into the Delta, this were 5 young men and they have been great. Jason was leading the team. For the first time I saw a lot of animals on the walk in the Delta, and Jason explained so many things to us on. Beside this, on the last evening, the pooler team have been dancing for us. We have been very lucky to see so many animals, big and small, 2 times a Leopard, 2 times Lions, 2 times wild dogs, uncountable Elephants and so on. As Wouter is a bird watcher he showed us also many beautiful birds.Beside this he is a very, very pleasant person and also he cooks very well. Also Moses the driver, he has a great knowledge of the animals and the country. Both of them explained many things to us, it was a most pleasant experience. As always, we all enjoyed Hyena Pan, a beautiful place to be and very friendly staff. Lister and his team in Savuti, also they did a great job. We didn’t miss anything at all. It was great and we all enjoyed it very much. Thank you and your team for planning and organising.
Where to start….. what a wonderful tour!! The sheer number and variety of wildlife we saw, and the in-depth knowledge shared by Moses and Wayne, our guides, ensured we were not left wanting. Their easy demeanour allowed us all to have a fun- filled interactive experience and we learned a lot about the animals and surrounding environment as a result. Each place had its different landscapes, from arid treeless expanses to heavily wooded shrubland, with vast horizons and amazing skies aplenty. We would fully recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience Botswana’s wildlife and ecosystems at their best. The Sunway Safari staff were outstanding and the hospitality shown was greatly appreciated. From an amazing breakfast selection right through to the 3 course dinners every evening – were spoilt for choice. We’ve attached a couple of our favourite photos – still too many to go through at this stage – but hope you like them. A reminder for this time of year is that layering of clothing is a must – mornings are brisk in the open-sided vehicles and evenings are very cool, however, the daytime temperatures were lovely. A great touch that the vehicle provided rugs for the cooler mornings. Already planning for our next safari….