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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): Botswana   Zimbabwe  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2875 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2875 US Dollar (USD)

Our First night will be at Nata Lodge on the edge of the Makgadikgadi and Sowa Pans, Botswana. The large pans of Makgadikgadi are the most visible remnants of a lake that has been formed more than five million years ago. Makgadikgadi was once a superlake some 30 metres (100 feet) deep, covering a massive area of 80,000² km (30,888² miles). But as recent as 10,000 years ago, climatic shifts had already started to dry up Lake Makgadikgadi. Further evaporation turned the lake into large pans with a surface glistening with salt. Here we will receive dinner and breakfast. From here we are off to Maun for two nights which we will use as a base and explore the Delta. The delta’s floods are fed from the Angolan rains, which start in October and finish sometime in April. The floods only cross the border between Botswana and Namibia in December and will only reach the bottom end of the delta (Maun) sometime in July.

Taking almost nine months from the source to the bottom. This slow meandering pace of the flood is due to the lack of drop in elevation, which drops a little more than 60 metres over a distance of 450 kilometres. The delta’s water deadends in the Kalahari – via the Botetle river, with over 95 per cent of the water eventually evaporating. During the peak of the flooding the delta’s area can expand to over 16,000 square kilometers, shrinking to less than 9,000 square kilometers in the low period. As the water travels through the delta, the wildlife starts to move back into the region. The areas surrounding the delta are beginning to try out (the rains in Botswana occur approximately the same time as in Angola) and the wildlife starts to congregate on the edge of the newly flooded areas, May through October.

The delta environment has large numbers of animal populations that are otherwise rare, such as crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, elephant, wild dogs, buffalo, wattled crane as well as the other more common mammals and bird life. The best time for game viewing in the delta is during the May-October period, as the animal life is concentrated along the flooded areas and the vegetation has dried out. From there were off to Chobe Safari Lodge for the next two nights. Our package here includes dinner and breakfast everyday plus one morning game drive and an afternoon river cruise.

The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population currently estimated at around 120,000. The Chobe elephant are migratory, making seasonal movements of up to 200 km from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they concentrate in the dry season, to the pans in the southeast of the park, to which they disperse in the rains.

Now we head off to Zimbabwe and spend the next three nights at Victoria Falls. Here we will base our selves at Lokuthula lodge which is rated in the best 5% of the best resorts world wide. The lodge is just 3km’s away form the falls for we will be right in the heart of the action. Our package here is breakfast only, because of the extremely large selection of places to eat and activates to do with many of them including meals. Therefore we decided not to include dinner and activities but to leave it open to your imagination. Some ideas include white water rafting, bungee jumping, “the boma”, sunset cruises and many more, not to mention the falls itself.

From there we head towards Kariba, where we will spend the next three nights on a house boat. I have not included details of the house boat as I need final numbers before choosing a boat that best suits our needs. However most of the house boats offer a fully catered service but we must supply the food which we will take care of. All the house boats also offer “tender” boats which are used for Tiger fishing and exploring the area. Our last stop will be just inside South Africa at Musina. We will spend the last night here exploring the area. Here we will be on a dinner and breakfast basis.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

2 people - R30700.00 pps
4 people - R22 795.00 pps
6 people - R20700.00 pps
8 people - as above R17950.00pps

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