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Duration: 9 days
Location: Zimbabwe & Botswana
Price: 2018 Rates from ZAR 19,500 plus USD 480 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.
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Starts:Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Group size: Max 9

Tour Code: AA07

Duration: 9 days

2018 Rates: ZAR 19,500 plus USD 480 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure

Single Supplement : Applicable

Safari Vehicle Type: Open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, dugout canoe (Mokoro), transfer vehicle. (Maximum group size: 9 passengers per vehicle)

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This exciting holiday offers you a comprehensive insight into some of Botswana’s best adventure attractions. The itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experience within the short time you spend on holiday with us. Following your arrival into the renowned and spectacular Victoria Falls area, Zimbabwe, the tour will take in breath-taking views of the Zambezi River, Chobe River, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi salt pan, game reserves and a full day immersed in the Zimbabwe culture. This Adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Botswana and Zimbabwe that will leave you with a desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent. The Best of Botswana is the only safari of its kind that allows you the opportunity to explore Botswana’s best national parks and game reserves and the Victoria Falls area in less than 9 days.

  • Highlights of this popular tour includes:
    Chobe NP – Game Drive
    Savuti / Linyanti Marsh – Game Drives
    Khwai Wildlife Management Area – Game Drives
    Okavango Delta Excursion – Mokoro/Walking Safari
    Makgadikgadi Pans
    Victoria Falls day tour – orphanage and school
    Victoria Falls Visit
    Zambezi Sunset Cruise
  • 9 Days Best of Botswana Budget Accommodated and Camping Safari Adventure:

    Day 1 – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, Botswana
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 80km
    Approx driving time:
    Half day

    We leave Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and transfer to the Botswana border to join your safari guide and travel the short distance to Kasane where we prepare for our afternoon safari into Chobe National Park. With sun block and cameras in hand we board our safari vehicle in search of lion, leopard, hyena, elephant, giraffe and a host of antelope and bird species while snaking our way through the sandy tracks and rugged terrain. The Chobe National Park is an essential wildlife destination while on safari in Botswana. The Chobe floodplains and Chobe River provide a sensitive eco system where the resident wildlife converges during the dry season. It is not uncommon to see between 500 and 2000 Elephants on these floodplains at one time. The highlight of a visit to Chobe National Park is the combination of wildlife, Birdlife and reptiles along the banks of the Chobe River. This is a photographers dream. Happy and content after our day’s safari, we relax for the night under the African skies.
    Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
    Campsite: Remote wilderness campsite
    Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

    Day 2 – Chobe National Park –Savuti Areas
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 160 Km
    Approx driving time:
    Full day game driving

    This morning we head out into the Chobe National Park and head via the park to the Savuti area. Typically this comprises of a 2 hour drive in the morning after leaving camp, followed by 4-5 hour transfer to the Savuti area, and a further 2-3 hour game drive in the late afternoon. Accessible by 4×4 wheel drive only, we head deep into south west corner of Chobe National Park to the Savuti Marsh, a relic of a large inland lake fed occasionally by the Savuti Channel. This region is made up of rolling savannah which attracts many different species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and elephant. These in turn attract many predators including lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog and cheetah. This is a breath taking game driving day and the inaccessibility of the region offers a throwback of what safari experience might have been like in yesteryear. Camping out in the wild enhances further the feeling of exhilaration at being so close to remote and untamed Mother Nature.
    Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
    Campsite: Remote wilderness campsite
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 3 – Savuti – Moremi Game Reserve or Adjacent Community Game Management area.
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 120 Km
    Approx driving time: Full day Game Driving

    Depart Savuti early morning and transfer to the Moremi Game Reserve /or the adjacent Game Management area. 2-3 Hour afternoon game drive. The Moremi Game Reserve was declared a protected area after being used by the then chief Moremi as an exclusive hunting ground. The area is rich with game and offers an untouched wildlife experience. The combination of different habitats from Mopane woodland to Acacia forest, floodplains and lagoons make the area a place of stunning beauty, supporting a diverse array of wildlife. Sightings of leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion are common, as are elephant, giraffe and zebra encounters. Common nighttime visitors to our camp are the spotted hyena and the honey badger. At certain times of the year it may be preferable / safer (as well as offer better game viewing) to visit an adjacent game management area instead of Moremi.
    Accommodation:
    Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
    Campsite:
    Remote wilderness campsite
    Meals included:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4 – Moremi – Maun
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 150 Km
    Approx driving time:
    4-5 Hours

    We enjoy an early morning game drive, returning to camp mid morning to pack our camp and head for Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is the hub of the tourism industry in Botswana and the road from Moremi t Maun traverses huge areas of protected community land. The surrounding areas of Maun give you an opportunity to witness rural life at its best with folks working the land and tending their cattle.
    Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
    Campsite: Maun area campsite
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 5 – Bulawayo – Maun – Okavango Delta – Maun
    Distance travelled:
    +/- 30 Km

    This morning we depart our camp in Maun for a day excursion to the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is a natural wetland system spreading over some 1.6 million hectares of northern Botswana. The ‘delta’ results from rivers flowing south from Angola, dividing repeatedly on the flat Botswana plains and forming an intricate floodplain of river channels, lagoons and isolated islands – an inland ‘delta’, the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy our day in the wilderness with experienced and knowledgeable ‘polers’ who guide you through the labyrinths of channels in a dug-out canoe (mokoro). If we are lucky we may spot wildlife, in particular hippo, crocodile, buffalo, elephant but the experience is focused on the amazing watercourses, birdlife and beauty of this unique area. We are usually back in Maun by 2pm and time is yours at leisure to relax by the pool or take an optional afternoon scenic flight or over the Okavango Delta (at around 4pm).
    Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
    Campsite: Maun area campsite
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activities: Okavango scenic flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time

    Day 6 – Maun- Makgadikgadi Pans
    Distance travelled: 
    +/- 200 Km
    Approx driving time: 4-6 Hours

    From Maun we travel to the Makgadikgadi Pans stopping on route at the charismatic village of Gweta then continuing south to Chapman’s Baobabs. The Baobabs have a circumference of over 25m and act as sentinels over the distance pans, giving them the nick-name the seven sisters. The Makgadikgadi Pans is a vast shimmering salt flats on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. We camp for the night on the pans near Nata. Sleeping out on the ‘Pans’ under a blanket of stars is a real ‘Africa’ experience – not to be missed.   N.B: Due to the rainy season in Botswana we may not camp at the Makgadikgadi Pans. In that case we may move our destination to Nata where we will overnight and wake early for an opportunity to see the Flamingo’s at the Flamingo sanctuary.
    Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
    Campsite: Remote wilderness campsite
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 7 – Makgadikgadi Pans – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    Distance travelled: 
    +/- 350 Km
    Approx driving time:
    6 Hours

    We depart in the morning and travel back towards Kasane. We travel north through vast open savannahs passing the farming villages before saying goodbye to our guide and meeting the transfer vehicles once again at the border to cross into Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls. En route keep your eyes peeled for wandering wildlife migrating between Chobe National Park and the nearby Hwange National Park (in Zimbabwe).
    Accommodation: Guest House with en suite, swimming pool
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 8 – Victoria Falls – Full day tour

    Today we immerse in the local Zimbabwe culture with a full day in the Victoria Falls area. We visit Victoria Falls National Park and then browse the local curios market before spending an afternoon at the Chamobondo primary school where we will interact with students and learn more about the Zimbabwe educational system from the teachers. From the school we go to a local restaurant for a traditional African lunch, before finishing our tour with a visit to an orphanage. Founded in 2007 by a lady called Sima Moyo in response to the growing number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS on the streets of Victoria Falls, Sima was moved by their stories and began feeding them out of her own home using her own savings. Today Rose of Charity is home to 7 orphans and provides clothes, school fees and medication to 70 HIV positive children from the surrounding community. They have also successfully managed to reunify a 6 year old boy with his family in Chitungwiza Harare, about 1000km from Victoria Falls. We end our day joining a peaceful sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Soak up the African ambience with drink in hand as you cruise slowly up and down and look out for elephant, buffalo, buck, hippo and birdlife along the shallow muddy banks of one of Africa’s great rivers. Eventually we return to our accommodation for overnight or to try some of the local nightlife.
    Accommodation:
    Guest House with en suite, swimmingpool
    Meals included:
    Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 9 – Makgadikgadi Pans – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Tour ends after breakfast today. We do, however, recommend that you spend a few extra days to explore the Victoria Falls area. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for pure white river rafting through its many challenging and novice rapids. From game walks, Micro-light flight or white water rafting to name a few, Victoria Falls will capture and fulfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.
    Accommodation: None
    Meals included: Breakfast

    Optional Activities:
    In order to give you maximum flexibility on tour we offer a number of optional activities on the tour. To help budget, approximate prices are listed below (in US$ unless otherwise stated. All prices subject to change and availability).

    Botswana – Okavango Delta:
    Scenic Flights – based on a 5 seater plane – 45 minutes From USD 500 per plane

    Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls:
    Sunset Cruise – USD 55
    Helicopter 12 Min – USD 170
    Matobo Upgrade to full day -tour and village tour – USD 40

    Victoria Falls:
    Vic Falls bungi (single/tandem) – USD 160
    Gorge Swing – USD 95
    White water rafting – USD 160

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
    TOUR STYLE:  We operate this tour in conjunction with a specialized Botswana ground handler. Minimum age on this safari is 12 years old.

    WHAT’S INCLUDED:  Tour highlights, transport, accommodation, meals as indicated, tent, mattress, and services of an English speaking guide / tour leader.

    WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: Visas, travel insurance, flights, airport transfers, sleeping bags*, pillow, towel, optional activities, laundry, gratuities, passport & visa fees, items of a personal nature, drinks including mineral water.

    ACCOMMODATION:  Accommodation is camping in twin share tents, with portable bush toilets and shared facilities.

    COMFORT LEVEL:  This is a full participation safari. You are asked to play your part in (for instance) pitching and striking camp each day. The safari operates in remote wilderness areas where facilities are few or non-existent and where we carry in and erect (and dismantle) the camp ‘bush’ toilet and ‘bucket’ shower each day. Please also note that the tour involves travelling each day and covers a considerable area: the Best of Botswana is essentially a ‘driving’ tour on mostly 4 x 4 tracks.

    SAFARI PASS:  This small group tour has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, which is paid before travel, and is paid in the currency listed on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes). The Safari Pass covers selected park entries, activities and excursions and some accommodation along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier. The purpose of the separate payment is to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

    TRANSPORT:  Open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, dugout canoe (Mokoro), transfer vehicle. (Maximum group size: 9 passengers)
    *Sleeping bags can be rented for USD 30 USD per person/trip.

  • DATES:

    2018 Dates

    Start Victoria Falls on Thursdays End Victoria Falls on Fridays
    29/03/18 06/04/18
    05/04/18 13/04/18
    12/04/18 20/04/18
    19/04/18 27/04/18
    26/04/18 04/05/18
    03/05/18 11/05/18
    10/05/18 18/05/18
    17/05/18 25/05/18
    24/05/18 01/06/18
    31/05/18 08/06/18
    07/06/18 15/06/18
    14/06/18 22/06/18
    21/06/18 29/06/18
    28/06/18 06/07/18
    05/07/18 13/07/18
    12/07/18 20/07/18
    19/07/18 27/07/18
    26/07/18 03/08/18
    02/08/18 10/08/18
    09/08/18 17/08/18
    16/08/18 24/08/18
    23/08/18 31/08/18
    30/08/18 07/09/18
    06/09/18 14/09/18
     13/09/18 21/09/18
    20/09/18 28/09/18
    27/09/18 05/10/18
    04/10/18 12/10/18
    11/10/18 19/10/18
    18/10/18 26/10/18
    25/10/18 02/11/18
    01/11/18 09/11/18
    08/11/18 16/11/18
    15/11/18 23/11/18
    22/11/18 30/11/18
    29/11/18 07/12/18

    RATES:
    2018 Rates from ZAR 19,500 plus USD 480 mandatory Safari Pass per person
    Single supplement: Applicable

  • This tour departs from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe at 09:30am on day 1. We strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa.

    Meeting point in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Sprayview Hotel
    Tour start time: 09:30 on day 1
    Tour Finish point: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    Tour end time: early afternoon, day 9