12 Day Botswana Lodge Safari

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DAYS

12

Accommodated Lodges Small Group Top Pick

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R56,000

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced EUR 3281 - 3590. Currency fluctuations may occur

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Highlights

  • 2 Days Chobe National Park
  • 2 Nights Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 2 nights Khwai Concession/Moremi Game Reserve – mokoro excursion
  • 2 nights in Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe
  • Visit Nata Bird Sanctuary
  • Optional Scenic flight over the Delta (extra charges apply)
  • Boat cruise on Chobe River
  • Optional visit to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (extra charges apply)
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  • Starts: Victoria Falls
  • Ends: Victoria Falls

Countries Visited

Botswana, Zimbabwe

Why You'll Love this Tour

Don’t let the length of this African adventure fool you. In just 12 days you’ll get to experience some of Botswana’s and Zimbabwes highlights; sprawling savannahs where big cats and much bigger elephants walk free, wetlands dense with vegetation, and sumptuous safari lodges steeped in quintessential African hospitality. This classic safari tour is the perfect way to soak up the colors, culture, and scenery of this jaw-dropping region. Comfortable transportation is used between the lodges from Zimbabwe to Maun which is done in an enclosed, air-conditioned mini bus whereas the section between Khwai area and Chobe will be done in our custom built open safari vehicle. Accommodation throughout your journey includes lodges, guest houses and tented camps.


Tour Style Accommodated Lodges Small Group Top Pick
Countries Visited Botswana, Zimbabwe
Starts Victoria Falls
Ends Victoria Falls
Group Size Max 9
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
Length 12 days
Tour SKU ACS4501

Tour Price

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FROM

R56,000

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at EUR 3281 - 3590. Currency fluctuations may occur

Dates Tour Length: 12 days


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Included

  • Meals - 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • Accommodation - Lodges and Luxury Tents (11 nights)
  • Services of a Professional Guide
  • Transport in enclosed, air-conditioned or specialised safari vehicles.
  • All Botswana and Zimbabwe park fees for activities included in the itinerary
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Mineral Bottled WaHwange: nature walk, game drive
  • Makgadikgadi : village walk, visit Nxai Pan National Park
  • Khwai: game drives, mokoro excursion
  • Nata: Nata bird sanctuary
  • Chobe: game drive, boat cruise

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Curios
  • Optional excursions at the lodges
  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in Tour Price

  • Hwange National Park: nature walk, game drive
  • Makgadikgadi : village walk,
  • Visit Nxai Pan National Park
  • Khwai Game Drives
  • Khwai Mokoro Excursion
  • Visit Nata Bird Sanctuary
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive
  • Chobe River Cruise


Other Activities

Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense 

  • 45 minute Scenic Flight over the Okavango Delta
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls
  • Victoria Falls White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge
  • Victoria Falls Canoeing on the Upper Zambezi
  • Helicopter Flights over the Falls

Itinerary

Day 1: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Our journey starts in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe at 1400 today. If you do want to visit the Falls, we would suggest you arrive a day early or visit the falls in the morning. We receive a full briefing of the tour by expert guides, after which we begin our travels south. We make our way down to Hwange National Park. You will then have the afternoon to replace by the pool and destress in the bush.

Hwange National Park is in west Zimbabwe. Its grasslands and mopane woods are home to large elephant herds, lions and African wild dogs.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Robins Camp or similar
Route: Hwange National Park, Robins Camp 120 kms
Travel Time: 2 – 3 hrs

Day 2: Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Following a hearty early breakfast, we embark on a game drive in the Northern Hwange Game Reserve which provides us with the chance to spot some huge buffalo and lions. We will take part in a game drive and a game walk during the day. A truly magical bush experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Robins Camp or similar

Day 3: Nata, Botswana

After breakfast you will depart out of Zimbabwe and onto Botswana and the small town of Nata (located on the edge of the Makgadikgadi pans. You will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch in the restaurant (at your own expense).

After you have settled in, you will head to the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where depending on the time of year, it is possible to see large flocks of flamingos and pelicans feeding and nesting on the pans.

The Nata Bird Sanctuary, the only protected reserve in Botswana in the northeastern periphery of Sowa Pan, is a community-managed project, with assistance from the Nata Conservation Committee and local and international organizations.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Nata Lodge or a similar lodge
Route: Hwange to Nata (300 km)
Travel Time: ± 5 – 6 hrs

Day 4: Makgadikgadi, Botswana

After an early breakfast you will head towards your next lodge the Boteti River Camp, an oasis on the edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park entrance gate to Khumaga. You will have lunch at your camp and the afternoon will be spent in the village of Khumaga, a small village of about 1000 people. You can find out about their way of life and further insight into the local culture.

The Makgadikgadi Pans are famous for their shimmering salt pans and home to hippos, wildebeest & zebras plus baobabs in the 3, 900 sq. km.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Boteti River Camp or a similar lodge
Route: Nata to Makgadikgadi Pans (290 km)
Travel Time: ± 4 hrs

Day 5: Makgadikgadi, Botswana

Today your full-day activity will lead you to Nxai Pan, this national park is home to Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and many more. In additional to exploring the pan, you will have the chance to see the incredible Baines Baobabs (Baines Baobabs overlook Kudiakam pan, on the south side of Nxai Pan National Park, is a group of 7 giant baobab trees known as the 7 Sisters).

Nxai Pan National Park is a national park in north-eastern Botswana, consisting of Nxai Pan, which is one of the Makgadikgadi Pan salt flats.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Boteti River Camp or a similar lodge

Days 6: Maun, Botswana

You will travel West to Maun passing through some beautiful areas. Arriving around noon in town, you can do a bit of shopping for curios, safari drinks and necessities before lunch.(Rest of the day at leisure)

In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 min. Maun to Maun scenic flight). This will allow you to experience the beauty of the Okavango Delta’s with its unique waterways and potential larger wildlife like hippos,giraffe and elephants that frequent the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Mochaba Crossing or similar
Route: Pans to Maun 180 kms
Travel Time: ±2.5 hrs

Days 7 – 8: Moremi / Khwai River, Botswana

Leaving Maun, we travel to the Khwai River region, on the Moremi Game Reserve’s border, one of the finest wilderness regions of Botswana with massive populations of game. The following two days will be spent seeking out the wide range of animal and birdlife that this place is famous for, whilst taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the area. We embark on a game driving in the early morning as the sun rises and in the early evening as night begins to fall.

From Maun the drive meanders through to the Khwai River area, on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Night at the Khwai Guesthouse in the Khwai Village. (B, L, D). Game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai river (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession).

Game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai River and a mokoro excursion to experience the aquatic wildlife via dugout canoe and enjoy the silence of the African bush (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession)

Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Accommodation: Khwai Guesthouse
Route: Maun to Khwai area 160 kms
Travel Time: ±5 hrs (including game drive)

Day 9 -10: Chobe, Botswana

The safari then heads North towards a rustic camp in Chobe on the edge of Chobe National Park, which will be home for the next 2 nights.  Large herds of elephant are frequently seen walking to and from the river. Due to the high density of herbivores in this area many predators, such as lions and leopards call this home.

This day will again be a full day activity as we will do a full day of game drives through the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park and North towards the Chobe flood plains. You will have your lunch break along the road surrounded by great wildlife and arrive late afternoon into your lodge.

While staying at Chobe Elephant Camp in this area, a game drive, as well as a boat cruise in the Chobe National Park, will allow the discovery of this incredible area from both land and water.

Chobe National Park is in northern Botswana near the vast, inland Okavango Delta. It’s known for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo, which converge along the Chobe Riverfront in the dry months.

Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Accommodation: Chobe Elephant Camp or similar
Route: Kwai to Chobe 200km
Travel Time: 10hrs (including Game Drives)

Days 11 – 12: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today we leave Chobe, Botswana and head across the border to Victoria Falls Zimbabwe (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a Pioneers.

In the afternoon come face to face with the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios with the roar of the water reverberating nearby.

At Victoria Falls there are many activities from jumping off the bridge to flying high in the sky.

Meals: Breakfast x2
Accommodation: Pioneers or similar
Route: Kasane to Victoria Falls 170 kms, 2-3 hrs
Travel Time: 2-3hrs (including border crossing)

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

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