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Botswana Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Botswana   Zimbabwe  
Specialty Categories: National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3905 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3905 Euro (EUR)

Your adventure begins in Maun, a lively town located on the South Eastern edge of the Okavango Delta and our access point to the wilderness of Botswana. The first day will be spent settling into camp and preparing for the trip. For the more adventurous of heart there is a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, which is a great opportunity for game spotting (own expense).

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart to the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Experience this unique system of African waterways. The gentle moderate nature of the delta's currents creates lazy lagoons, inhabited by hippopotamus and trimmed with water lilies. Exploring the waterways in a traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) is highly recommended and a truly unique experience, gliding silently through clear waters, gives guests an unparalleled perspective of the abundant wonders.

On arrival at the Mokoro station you will be met by the polar guides from where you will set off by mokoro to your campsite in the Okavango Delta. When camping in the wilderness, there are no ablution facilities. Activities comprise game walks and mokoro excursions. To experience the Okavango delta is not only to see game but to appreciate the area and the bird life.

Days 2 & 3: Depart to Moremi Game Reserve. Early in the morning we pack to travel back to the mainland and drive on to Moremi Game Reserve. This unique area is named after the Chief of the Botswana tribe, who founded the reserve in 1963, making it one of the first reserves in Africa proclaimed by the local community. The reserve protects a large part of the greater Okavango Delta. There are grasslands, floodplains, forests and winding water channels that combine to form a variety of game viewing habitats.

This attracts a wide variety of animals amongst others: buffalo, elephant, lion, hippo, lechwes, water bucks, leopard and wild dog. The Okavango Delta is also known to be a birdwatchers paradise. From predator to bee-eater species can be seen. We explore the reserve on morning and afternoon game drives, relax during the heat of the day and spend two nights camping in the reserve. Optional is a boat cruise in the afternoon over the Delta on own expenses.

Days 4 & 5: Onwards to Savuti (afternoon game drive). On the morning of day 4 we break camp and depart to Savuti. The dry Savuti channel runs from the west into the sandy Mababe depression, but it seldom flows, so the seasonal rains and waterholes in the park ensure a perennial source of life for the game in the area. Wildlife gathers on the open plains of the Savuti marsh and the surrounding dry camel thorn trees make this place a wildlife photographer's dream.

Famous for its big game and particularly its predators. The lions of Savuti fight a constant battle for survival and over the years have master the skill to hunt and kill elephants. This remarkable evolution has been documented by scientists and was subject to a BBC documentary. We explore the reserve on morning and afternoon game drive, relax during the heat of the day and spend two nights in the reserve.

Days 6 & 7: Chobe National Park and Chobe river. Chobe National Park offers an exceptional wildlife experience. The meandering river feeds the flood plains, which provides essential grazing to the herbivores throughout the year. And although it boasts some of the largest concentration of plains game, Chobe is most famous for massive herds of elephants. One is more than likely to spot them during the dry season, in the late afternoon, when herd after herd of elephants emerge from the Mopane woodland to quench their thirst.

We explore the park along the river during game drives. Our experience in Chobe is rounded off with a spectacular afternoon cruise on the river (own expense). This is one of the best ways to view the elephants and to get closer to the hippos and crocodiles - an experience of a lifetime. One night is spent camping in the Chobe National Park and one night on the border of the park, in Kasane.

Days 8 & 9: Victoria Falls National Park. We leave Chobe and depart for the Victoria Falls via the Kazungula boarder. We enter Zimbabwe and make our way to Victoria Falls. The Zambezi river plummets 110 meters (360 feet) over the Victoria Falls and it is a breathtaking sight. The following day is at leisure to enjoy (on own expenses) some of the wonderful activities available in the adventure capital of Southern Africa.

The Flight of Angels over the falls in a micro light is highly recommended, as is a day of rafting on the white waters of the mighty Zambezi River. More local activities you can do are bush walks, bungee jumping, helicopter flights. Alternatively an elephant back safari is an experience never to be forgotten!

Day 10: Travel to Nata or Gweta. Today we will start early for a day of traveling. On the way we will see astonishing landscapes and will stop a few times. This day its main purpose is to make a circular route coming from the north east into the center to get into the Nxai Pan. Along the route you will come across baobab trees, some of enormous size. At the end of the day we will arrive at Nata or Gweta to set up camp.

Day 11: Nxai Pan National Park. Today we depart to our campsite in the Nxai Pan National Park. The Kalahari Desert pans around Nxai Pan are fossilized and covered with short nutritious grasses and stunted acacia trees, creating wildlife-rich areas surrounded by vegetated dune savannas.

We will undertake extensive game drives to explore the surrounding pans, with an excellent chance of seeing spectacular dry-season predator-and-prey interaction at the waterholes. Possible game sightings include gemsbok (oryx), springbok, even the elusive black-manned lion and a range of other different uniquely adapted wildlife not often seen in the savannah regions in northern Botswana.     

Day 12: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. This morning we break camp again and travel out of the Nxai Pan on to Khumaga, on the edge of the great Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert. The salt pans are among the largest in the world, part of a fossilized super-lake that existed a eons ago. The adventurer campsite is well positioned under shady trees on the banks of the Boteti River.

With the coming of rain, life abounds, and brown hyena, gemsbok and springbok are just a few of the desert-adapted species that can be seen. Activities include game drives, concentrating on the opportunistic birthing time of desert animals, as a result of the erratic rains, and the diverse array of birds, possibly including rarities like the Pallid and Montague's Harriers.

Days 13 - 15: Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We enter the pristine wilderness of the largest game reserve in Botswana the central Kalahari. We spend 3 nights exploring the undeveloped wilderness of the northern region of the Kalahari, moving from camp to camp. We will visit Pipers Pan, Tau Pan and Deception Valley in our exploration of the Kalahari. Savor the vast open spaces, clear night skies and uninterrupted beauty of the Kalahari on game drives and at camp. This is adventure camping in its purest form, water and communications are limited and we travel as a self-sufficient group.

Day 16: Morning game drive, return to Maun. Today we will start with a game drive out of the park and travel back to Maun. This is the end of the safari. If you like we  can drop you off at the airport or any other location in Maun.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- VAT per person based on a minimal booking of 2 people.

Notes:
- Additional bookings will lower the price per person
- Prices and rates are subject to change.

About This Supplier
Location: Zimbabwe
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2010
Client Request Served: 13

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