Botswana Adventure Safari (Comfort/Inclusive)

Currency estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)

DAYS

16

Accommodated Small Group Top Pick

FROM

R46,100

+ Single Supplement EURO 195 (optional)

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced EUR 2895 High Season (1 Jul - 31 Dec) | View 2020 rates  . Currency fluctuations may occur

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Highlights

  • Kalahari - Bushmen walk
  • Okavango Delta private island camp
  • Okavango Boat trip and Mokoro Excursion
  • Game Walks
  • National Parks (Moremi/Savuti - 5 days)
  • Extensive Open-vehicle Game Drives in National Parks
  • Wild remote services camping
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – Night under the Stars
  • Chobe River Boat Cruise
  • Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls National Park and entry fee
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  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends: Johannesburg

Countries Visited

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Why You'll Love this Tour

Pinch yourself; this is the African overland tour you’ve been dreaming about. We’ve put together an action-packed itinerary that hits all the highlights, tracking elephants across the Chobe, and hitching a ride in a mokoro to exploring the Okavango Delta. Top it off white water rafting, an aircraft flip over the thundering Vic Falls, or bungee jumping to complete your experience of a lifetime.

  • The tour requires participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes and keeping the truck clean. Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind is needed on the trip. Your guide is registered with the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). This tour also provides great value as all highlights are included in the price so no hidden surprises.
 


Tour Style Accommodated Small Group Top Pick
Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Johannesburg
Group Size Max 12
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
Length 16 days
Tour SKU ACS0307

Tour Price

Currency conversion estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)


FROM

R46,100

+ Single Supplement EURO 195 (optional)

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at EUR 2895 High Season (1 Jul - 31 Dec) | View 2020 rates  . Currency fluctuations may occur

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Tour Reviews

Review by Henrique Vollmer who traveled Botswana Adventure:

Just thought I’d drop you a note to let you know how the trip had gone…
It was really spectacular! Thanks for your tips and suggestions; I think the Botswana was just right for what I was looking for.

The tour was great; the group was a nice set of people from different nationalities and the guide was awesome (Wayne Westland). He really managed to get us into the whole bush and wildlife scene!

Review by Irene Grimwader who traveled Botswana Adventure:

I had a wonderful time! It was a tiny group – just a young couple from Denmark and the guide(s) and myself. The Lodges were all comfortable, the guides just great, and we saw all of the big 5 except the rhino – plus African Painted dogs, Sable Antelopes, and so many more. The whole trip was very professionally done, without losing any enthusiasm which we all shared.

Review by Johannes who traveled Botswana Adventure (sourced from operator) :

Fantastic tour guide with a brain like a library on animals, nature and history and a lot of love for the local people. We leave him as a friend.

Review by Veronique who traveled Botswana Adventure (sourced from operator) :

I enjoyed the adventure very much and thanks to our guide Arnold I now know so much more about Southern Africa. Thank you very much for the memorable tour.

 

Dates Tour Length: 16 days


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Included

  • Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Kalahari - Guided Bushmen walk
  • Okavango Delta Private Island Camp
  • Okavango Delta boat trip and mokoro excursion
  • Guided Game Walks in the Delta
  • Sunset Cruise on the Delta
  • Motorboat transfers in and out of the Delta
  • National Parks
  • Open vehicle game drives in National Parks
  • Makgadigadi Salt Pans
  • Chobe River Boat Cruise
  • Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls National Park and entrance
  • Scenic Drive through North West, South Africa
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Boteti River Sunset
  • Visit to Maun

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

Activities

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


Other Activities

Optional Activities in Maun:

  • Botswana Estimated Costs p/p
  • Extended Game Flight over Okavango Delta USD 120
  Optional Activities in Victoria Falls:
  • Zimbabwe Estimated Costs p/p
  • White Water Rafting – Low water USD 150
  • White Water Rafting – High water USD 140
  • Gorge Swing USD 95
  • Tandem – Gorge Swing USD 140
  • Zip line USD 70
  • Flying Fox USD 45
  • Canopy Tour USD 55
  • Sundowner Boat Cruise USD 50
  • Horse Riding Safari USD 85
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg – Kalahari, Botswana

This Botswana Accommodated tour departs at 06h30 from Johannesburg Lodge and make our way to the border of Botswana near Lobatse. We will travel a long way towards the Kalahari Plains where our accommodation is located near Kang at Kalahari Rest Lodge. Tonight our guide will explain what can be expected in the days to come as we enjoy a catered meal.

Meals: No meals included on this day
Accommodation: Kalahari Rest Lodge
Included Highlights: Scenic Drive through North West South Africa, Kalahari Desert
Highlights: Scenic drive through North West South Africa, Kalahari Desert
Distance: 720 km

Day 2: Kalahari Bushmen, Botswana

We enjoy a cup of hot coffee before filling up on a camp breakfast and continuing to Ghanzi, where we will meet the Kalahari Bushmen and enjoy learning about their ways. Our experience will include a bush walk led by Bushmen. We will spend the night in the comfortable accommodation of Dqae Qare San Lodge on land that is owned by the local people who reside here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Dqae Qare San Lodge
Included Highlights: Guided Bush Walk led by bushmen/san
Distance: 250 km

Day 3 – 5: Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango is an enormous river leading into the sandy scenery of the Kalahari Desert, forming the world’s largest inland delta. This delta forms a unique ecosystem that contains a wide variety of animal life and vegetation. The sight of a nervous Lechwe pounding across a flooded plain, the Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle all combine to create one of nature’s most incredible masterpieces.

We will begin our journey into the centre of the Delta by motorised boat and then by the traditional form of transport, a mokoro. After a few hours travelling through the narrow waterways of the Delta to our exclusive wild island in the middle of the Okavango Delta. We will stay here for the next three nights and discover nature by foot and by mokoro. Here we can enjoy the calm and tranquil area far away from any civilisation.

Meals: Breakfast x3, Lunch x3 and Dinner x3
Accommodation: Twin-bedded tented Camps on Private Island
Included Highlights: Motorboat transfer into the Okavango Delta, Private Island, Guided game walks in the Delta, Mokoro excursion in Delta, Extensive sunset cruise
Optional Activities: Scenic Helicopter Flight over Delta
Distance: Day 3 – 390 km

2020 Itinerary Change: Motorboat transfer into the Delta and the Sunset cruise are no longer included highlights in 2020. 

Day 6: Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

We head out early for the town of Maun using motorboats to wind our way back to our vehicle. We will do some shopping in town for supplies and then head for the lodge in Maun that is located on the Boteti River and has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Maun Lodge – Twin bedded tented units
Highlight: Motorboat transfer out of the Delta, Boteti River Sunset
Optional Activity: Scenic Helicopter flight over Delta
Distance: 354 km

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Day 7-10: Flexible Game Reserve Schedule (Moremi/ Savuti), Botswana

In the early morning we return to Maun where we stock up on our supplies for the next few days. We will prepare ourselves for a game viewing trip using our vehicle to get into the wilderness, passing remote villages along the way. These 5 days will be spent in different game reserves, beginning with the Moremi Game Conservation. After arriving at this reserve we will spend our night near the famous third bridge. We will fall asleep surrounded by the sounds of nature’s wildlife. After our overnight, we travel via Xakanaxa towards the North Gate where our camp will be set up for us. Here, you can expect wonderful game viewing which is why we will spend our entire day game driving through the wetlands of the region.

We then drive to the Savuti region where our next campsite awaits us. This area gives us wonderful game drive opportunities. The environment is constantly changing from open plains, palm trees and marshland, to dense Mopane woodlands and Acacia scrub. We camp in pristine, private sites that are untouched by man, ensuring that when we leave it is in the same condition. An opportunity to venture into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve or the Makgadigadi Pans National Park may present itself but would be completed dependant on the conditions in the national park.

Meals: Breakfast x4, Lunch x4, Dinner x4
Accommodation: Fully Serviced Camping (Camp bed, linen, pillow and sleeping bag provided)
Included Highlights: 4×4 open vehicle game drives, Private non-fenced campsites, Extensive first-hand game viewing experience, Explore the heart of National Geographic’s photography region
Distances: +/- 125 km on Day 7

Day 11: Maun, Botswana

We leave the national parks and make our way slowly back to our lodge in Maun. Here you can enjoy a lunch at the lodge at your own expense. Spend the day relaxing at the pool before enjoying a lovely catered meal before having a comfortable nights sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Maun Lodge – Twin bedded tented units
Included Highlight: Game Drive on the way out of the park, Visit to Maun
Distance: +/- 225 km

Day 12: Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

We have a lazy start to the day relaxing by the pool and eating a sumptuous brunch before heading east to the spectacular and stark Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The Makgadikgadi Pans has spectacular dry scenery, famous for its abundant birdlife and other desert-adapted animals it attracts. Today we will be aware of our untouched environment and enjoy the serenity of the area. Tonight we set up tents and enjoy a night under a canopy of glittering stars. Our guides will explain the constellations to you as this is the perfect spot for star-gazing. The pans may be inaccessible at the time of our arrival in which case we will make use of alternative accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Elephant Sands Lodge
Included Highlights: Visit to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Distance: 300 km

2020 Itinerary Change: There is a Village Walk as an included highlight in 2020.

Day 13: Chobe River – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Travelling North to Chobe, known for its large population of elephant which gather on the floodplains, a very stark contrast to the salt pans of the previous day. This afternoon we will enjoy an extensive boat cruise which enables us to get up close to the hippos and elephants on the waters edge. We then cross the border to spend the night in luxury at the Victoria Falls Lodge which is within walking distance of the falls and other attractions.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Victoria Falls
Included Highlights: Chobe National Park, Chobe boat cruise
Distance: 320 km

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Day 14: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

This morning we will wake up in the adventure capital of Africa, and after a good night’s sleep, we will discover the amazing Victoria Falls, known by the local people as Mosi-oa-Tunya – ‘The smoke that thunders’. We will take our time to enjoy the unforgettable falls and afterwards we will visit the tribal village or the curio market. You can also participate in a few optional activities such as an aircraft flip over the falls or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping to complete your experience of a lifetime. We will stay for two nights at the Victoria Falls lodge, which will give us the chance to discover the area on foot or by bicycle.

Two of the nights we will have dinner at local restaurants (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls and drink farewell toasts to your adventure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Victoria Falls Lodge
Included Highlights: Victoria Falls National Park, Entry Fee for viewing the Falls
Optional Activities: Scenic Helicopter Flight, White water rafting, Bungee jump, Gorge swing and more

Day 15: Victoria Falls – Francistown, Botswana

The people who depart on the 15-day tour will do so here and the other travellers will go back to Botswana and complete the long drive back to Francistown. We stay in comfortable lodgings in Francistown and share our experiences over our last dinner on tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Woodlands Lodge
Included Highlights: Game viewing on route to Francistown, Scenic drive from Zimbabwe to Botswana
Distance: 568 km

Day 16: Francistown – Johannesburg, South Africa

Driving back towards Johannesburg, South Africa we arrive at the lodge in the early evening. Lunch and dinner are at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlights: Border crossing back into South Africa
Distance: 700 km
Post Tour accommodation and Transfers can be booked through us.

Onward Travel Plans

Due to on the road variable beyond our control (such as border crossings, traffic, delays, etc) on the tours. The end time on the last day can’t be guaranteed and therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

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