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BOTSWANA

BOTSWANA LODGE SAFARI

Destination

Botswana

Highlights

Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Khwai, Savute, Chobe River

Tour Type

Lodge Safari
Guided Safari

From

R 61,000 pp

Duration

12 days/11 nights
Victoria Falls to Victoria Falls

This lodge adventure is highly recommended and although we experience great African lodges, we also bring you some of the best Botswana wildlife reserves as well as introduce you to some of the beautiful locals as we travel along to make the most of your safari, we highly recommend you arrive and depart from Victoria falls in Zimbabwe.

ROUTE: (VICTORIA FALLS – VICTORIA FALLS)

This lodge adventure is highly recommended and although we experience great African lodges, we also bring you some of the best Botswana wildlife reserves as well as introduce you to some of the beautiful locals. As we travel along to make the most of your safari, we highly recommend you arrive and depart from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Day 1
Upon your arrival at Victoria Falls international airport we transfer to A’zambezi River Lodge where you can spend the afternoon at leisure, resting, or enjoying the lodge pool.
The lodge is on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river and you have a good chance of spotting elephants and hippos while enjoying a cold one at the pool bar.
This evening we will have your first African dinner of many, whilst we discuss the details of our adventure commencing after breakfast tomorrow morning.

Day 2
After a scrumptious breakfast we depart to the border with Botswana and once formalities are completed we head on south where we overnight at Elephant Sands, a lodge known for the many elephants frequenting the watering hole at the lodge.
You will be able to watch these great beasts having a drink from the comfort of your elevated safari tent whilst enjoying a sundowner after an exciting first day in Botswana.

Day 3
We enjoy a super breakfast at our lodge before we take a leisurely drive to Planet Baobab, our lodge for tonight.
The drive is a short one and after a light lunch on arrival, we partake in a guided tour to Ntetwe pan inside the Greater Makgadikgadi pan, to experience the amazing doings of one of the suricate colonies found here in their natural habitat.
Planet Baobab hosts a few of the biggest baobab trees on earth your lodge nestles nicely between these amazing 1000 year old giants.

Day 4
After grabbing breakfast packs we jump aboard and take 1 hour drive to Nxai pan, one of the smaller pans within the Makgadikgadi pan system for an exciting 3 hour game drive, hoping to see some of the many animals that occur here…. elephant, lion, hyena, cheetah, you name them and they are here.
A light lunch follows the game drive and soon after we are on our way to Tiaans camp, our destination for today.

Day 5
After an early morning coffee at our lodge, we cross the Boteti river on a pontoon and enter the Makgadikgadi National Park for an action packed game drive all along the Boteti river, hoping to find more of the great animals we have come to Africa for…
This park has large numbers of animals including zebra, kudu and giraffe as well as hippos, crocodiles and all the predators, from the smallest to the king of the jungle himself.

A light lunch follows after which we head west, towards Maun, the getaway to the delta, where we overnight in Thamalakane River Lodge, a lodge with a beautiful setting on the banks of the Thamalakane river.
This afternoon you are also given the opportunity to partake in an optional small plane flight over the Okavango Delta. From this higher vantage point you get a much better perspective of the delta and partaking in this flight is normally one of the tour highlights of most guests.

Day 6
This morning we depart our lodge at 05h00 and travel the 100km to South Gate Moremi, for another exciting game drive, this time in one of the most pristine reserves in Africa.
As with the other reserves Moremi has it all and we hope to see as much of the wildlife as possible in the 3 hours we will be spending in the reserve.
A lovely picnic follows our game drive before heading back to our lodge for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 7
We have a fairly long drive ahead of us today, as we are going to drive all along the western boundary of the delta to our destination which is Guma lagoon, nestled nicely on the banks of the majestic Okavango river.
Guma lagoon is one of my all time favorite lodges in Botswana and you will soon find out why.

Day 8
We depart by motorboat to the mokoro station which is a good 30 minutes from the lodge, for a half day mokoro outing on the delta, where the polers will show you the wonders of this World Heritage Site.
In many years to come you will fondly look back at this day, remembering the wonders of Botswana and particularly being poled around the many channels of this amazing place.
After a light lunch we pack our bags and prepare for our entry into Namibia at Mohembo border post.
Our lodge tonite is Mahangu Safari Lodge, another beauty on the banks of the Okavango river.
The restaurant sits snugly on the banks of the river and we have a great chance of spotting many wild animals as they come down for an afternoon drink.

Day 9
Another exciting day awaits us, as we tranfer to Kasane, Botswana via the famous Caprivi strip, the history of which I will tell you all about while we travel along.
We have a late arrival in Kasane and our lodge tonite is the Chobe Safari Lodge, on the banks of the Chobe river.
This is another of my all time favorite lodges and you will enjoy this one too, that I promise!

Day 10
We enter the Chobe National Park at 07h00 and spend the next 3 to 4 hours on a top quality game drive.
Chobe has one of the largest elephant populations on earth and you will see large numbers of them as well as many other animals that roam this area.

Back at the lodge you have leisure time until 15h00 when we board the large Chobe river boat for an unforgettable 3 hour sundowner cruise on the mighty Chobe.
Don’t forget your cameras folks, here you can take wildlife pictures to your heart’s content… they just keep coming and coming…

Day 11
After a full English breakfast we prepare to re-enter Zimbabwe for our last night on African soil, again lodging at A’zambezi River Lodge.
Arrival in Victoria Falls is around 10h00 and we enjoy the magic of the falls for the next 3 hours after which I treat you to a wonderful pizza in downtown Victoria Falls.
This afternoon you have some leisure time and I highly recommend the helicopter flip over the falls as an optional extra. Although only 15 min long this is an experience not to be missed. It is an absolutely incredible experience.
Our last evening together is spent at the Boma, a real African gem, where the food is astounding and the fun never ends.

Day 12
This is the saddest day you would have in a long, long time as we say our goodbyes and you travel on to your next destination.

What Altis say about this safari

This adventure is as classic and full bodied as they come. What I like the most about it, is the wonderful lodges we stay in, combined with a large number of game drives in the most pristine of Botswana’s reserves. You will find that the itinerary is laid out in such a way that there is very little wastage and most of the days are pretty full.

You will enjoy the few free afternoons for sure as traveling in Africa with lots of game viewing often does call for a little rest now and then.

Meals are important on safari and we will enjoy great breakfasts and dinners at the lodges, whilst lunches will all be lovely picnics prepared by ourselves as we travel along.

I always like to travel with a well stocked fridge in the vehicle and this allows me to carry a nice variety of food and drink stuff, all available to create super mid day lunches, complete with something cool for the throat as needed.

Somewhere along the line I’m going to surprise you with a welcome sundown or two, too, but exactly when and where remains a secret for now!

Highlights are too many to mention, and I prefer to say the whole trip will be a highlight.

My main objective on an adventure of this nature, is caring for you, spoiling you, and treating you to an experience you will treasure for the rest of your life!

What’s Included
All road transport
All meals
Passenger and public liability insurance
All lodge accommodation
Entries into the Makgadikgadi National park Moremi game reserve, Chobe National park and Victoria falls
A sundowner cruise on the Chobe river
4 Game drives
A mokoro poling experience on the Okavango delta
Coffee and tea as needed
Okavango Air Rescue membership

What’s Excluded
International air fare
Personal travel insurance
Visa costs in Zimbabwe
Personal items, sweets, bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Gratuities

Activities available for own account
Helicopter flights over the Victoria falls
Scenic flights over the Okavango delta
Game drives at private game reserves
Bungee jumping
River rafting

Clothing
Neutral colours are recommended
Your choice of clothing will depend on the season during which you travel

Wet Season
November through April
During this time temperatures are warm to hot and mostly humid around the Okavango Delta area and Zimbabwe, with regular thundershowers from Dec to March
During these months we recommend light weight long sleeve hiking pants and similar as well as light weight long sleeve shirts(particularly for evenings when mosquitoes are active)
Short sleeve shirts and t shirts
Sunhat
Scarf
Swimsuit
A few warmer items and a fleece top in case of unexpected cold weather
Hiking shoes
Sandals or flip flops
At least one nice outfit

Dry season
May through september
During this time days are sunny and can reach mid 20’s regularly
Evenings can be cool to cold to very cold, to freezing cold
We recommend a few short sleeve shirts and short pants for warmer mid days, whilst you should bring some warm long sleeve shirts, pants as well as a warm jersey and jacket for evening wear
Also pack a scarf
Sunhat
Beanie
Hiking shoes
Sandals or flip flops
Thermals
Vests
Warm socks
Warm gloves

Medical
Malaria prophylaxis
Basic medicine like tablets for headache, nausea, cramps and diarrhea
Sunscreen
Lip balm
Body lotion
Mosquito repellent
Hand sanitizer
Travel towels

Other items for both seasons
Passport
Travel insurance taken out at home, please ensure that tour cancellation and curtailment is Included
A good book to read
A diary should you like to diarize your adventure
Universal power adapter
Portable power pack
Binoculars
Water bottle
Camera and spare batteries
Torch or headlamp
Some USD cash
Visa or mastercard credit cards

To experience the real Africa is a priviledge that changes you for ever. There is no other place on earth like it… 

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