8 Day Classic Botswana Safari: Unveiling Wildlife & Wilderness

Tour Details

Tour Style Comfort Lodges
Length 8 days
Countries Visited Botswana
Starts Victoria Falls
Ends Maun
Group Size Min 2 Max 7
Age Range All Ages
Tour SKU ACS3503
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What You'll Experience

Why You'll Love this Tour

You're in for a fantastic 8 days with a lodge safari guide! For a memorable, traditional Botswana safari, you explore the Moremi Game Reserve and the wildlife-rich Savuti region from your window seat while taking game drives and river cruises through the Chobe National Park. Discover some of Botswana's most well-known wildlife locations with a small group of travelers and a knowledgeable safari guide. Experience the Chobe National Park by land and sea, and while you're there, take in the amazing elephant herds. Uncover more about the Savuti region, which is known for having a large population of predators, by venturing deep into the enigmatic territory. An enlightening safari experience culminates with game drives in the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, which is home to the Big 5.

Tour Price

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R69,100

+ Single Supplement 300 USD - 800 USD

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at USD 3750 - USD 3850 (Price fluctuations occur due to Seasonal and Number of Travellers. For more information please speak to your travel consultant). Currency fluctuations may occur

Dates Tour Length: 8 days


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31 May 2024 → 07 Jun 2024

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Included

  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation - 7 Nights’ stay in lodges and tented camps
  • Transport - 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, German-speaking guide
  • Drinking water
  • Activities and transfers as per itinerary
  • All national park fees
  • Medical evacuation insurance with Okavango Air Rescue to Maun
  • Victoria Falls, visit a souvenir market or talk a walk around town
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive
  • Chobe River Boat Cruise
  • Morning Game Drive in Chobe National Park, Chobe Forest Reserve
  • Savuti
  • Moremi Game Reserve or Khwai Region
  • Moremi Morning Game Drive

Excluded

  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Tips
  • Laundry

Activities

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

  • Victoria Falls, visit a souvenir market or talk a walk around town
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive
  • Chobe River Boat Cruise
  • Morning Game Drive in Chobe National Park, Chobe Forest Reserve
  • Savuti
  • Moremi Game Reserve or Khwai Region
  • Moremi Morning Game Drive


Other Activities

Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense.

  • Victoria Falls Bungee Jumping
  • Victoria Falls  Boat Cruises
  • Victoria Falls Scenic Flights
  • Helicopter flights over the Delta

Itinerary

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The first highlight of your journey is a visit to Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls waterfalls. At the Victoria Falls airport, your transfer driver meets you and drives you to the Batonka Guest Lodge. You are welcome to arrive, unpack, and relax for a bit. It’s here that you’ll meet your guide for the safari ahead. You and your guide have a tour of the Victoria Falls once you check in. The Victoria Falls are thought to be the largest waterfall in the world, measuring 1.7 km in width and 108 m in height. A remarkable encounter! After that, you can stroll through the small village of Victoria Falls or visit the large gift market. You eat dinner at a local restaurant with your guide and other participants (at your own cost). The Batonka Guest Lodge is where you stay the first night of your journey.

Please Note: If you want to participate in activities like bungee jumping, boat excursions, or scenic flights at Victoria Falls, you will need to budget one extra night for your trip. Do not hesitate to contact us!

Accommodation: Batonka Guest Lodge
Included Highlights: Victoria Falls, visit a souvenir market or talk a walk around town
Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping, Boat Excursions, Scenic flights at Victoria Falls

Day 2: Victoria Falls – Kasane – Chobe Region, Botswana

Your Botswana safari trip starts today. Together with your guide and the other participants, your transfer driver drives you to the town of Kasane across the border. At this point, you switch vehicles and board your 4×4 Land Cruiser safari car. Your first wildlife drive will start at the Chobe National Park, which is your next stop! The population of elephants in this park is the most well-known. The Chobe National Park is home to around 40,000 elephants, making it the area with the largest elephant density in the world. The Chobe National Park is also referred to as “The Land of Giants” because of this. Your guide, who is quite knowledgeable about the region, will offer fascinating information and anecdotes about the elephants and other park wildlife, such as lions, buffaloes, various antelope species, and numerous smaller animals that call Chobe home. As the day comes to an end, you depart from Chobe National Park on the western side and travel to Chobe Elephant Camp, where you will spend the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Chobe Elephant Camp
Included Highlights: Chobe National Park Game Drive
Distance: ± 150 km
Driving Time: ± 3 – 4 hours plus game drives

Day 3: Chobe National Park, Botswana

Before going on safari, savor a delicious breakfast. You head back to the Chobe National Park in the best 4×4 safari vehicle, with your guide at your side. You have enough time to savor both the major and little moments of a safari because you spend the entire morning on game drives. It’s likely that you’ll see animals that you missed yesterday. You take a boat ride on the Chobe River in the afternoon. You can see the animals that come to the river to drink; if you’re lucky, you might even get to see elephants playing in the water and drinking. You stay at the Chobe Elephant Camp for an additional night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Chobe Elephant Camp
Included Highlight: Chobe Morning Game Drives, Chobe River Boat Cruise

Day 4: Chobe Region – Chobe National Park – Chobe Forest Reserve, Botswana

Following breakfast, you and your guide proceed on another early morning wildlife drive through Chobe National Park. Every safari day is unique, and you never know what animals you could see today. Observe the elephants as they approach the river to drink, splash around, and cool off. During today’s early game drive, you might also want to keep a look out for the uncommon puku antelope and the water-loving red lechwe. You go in the direction of the Chobe Forest Reserve after leaving the park through the Ngoma gate. We take use of the lovely outdoor environment along the route to have a picnic lunch. It’s midafternoon when you arrive at your lodge, Thobolo’s Bush Lodge, with probably a ton of fresh safari memories. Savor a refreshing sundowner on the observation terrace as you watch resident species, including buffalos and elephants, come in for a drink.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Thobolo’s Bush Lodge
Included Highlights: Morning Game Drive in Chobe National Park, Chobe Forest Reserve,
Distance: 50 km
Time: 2-3 hours

Day 5: Chobe Forest Reserve – Savuti – Moremi Region, Botswana

You have an exciting day ahead of you, so it needs to get underway early. You will be up and moving before the first light, traveling in the direction of the Savuti region. The Savuti is well known for its diverse vistas and excellent game viewing. Predators are especially well-known in this area, so keep an eye out for any lions, leopards, or hyenas. These hunters occasionally be sighted making their way back from their nighttime activities in the early morning hours. The enigmatic Savuti channel created and continues to reshape the bizarre Savuti environment. The canal may supply water to the area for many years, but at some point it may suddenly dry up and stay dry for an unforeseen amount of time. But nature never fails to display its remarkable endurance. Because of this, every Savuti safari is intriguing. After spending an amazing day seeing wildlife, you arrive at Mmatsebe Camp, your two-night lodging located beside the Mbudi River in a private concession north of Khwai. You may expect a satisfying meal and a restful night’s sleep here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mmatsebe Camp
Included Highlights: Savuti
Distance and Driving Time: Depends on the route chosen on game drive

Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Region, Botswana

Anticipate again another thrilling safari day. You will tour either the well-known Moremi Game Reserve or the abundantly wildlife-rich Khwai Region, depending on the season and amount of species present. There is an abundance of wildlife throughout the entire region, including the Big Five. In addition, it’s among the greatest spots in Africa to see African wild dogs. The Moremi, with its private concessions all around, offers the broad places these infrequently seen creatures need to roam. Additional features you might see here include lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, and, if you’re lucky, a cheetah. Antelope species include the tsessebe, roan, and sable. Your guide’s keen vision and ability to spot will provide for an amazing safari experience. You head back to your camp in the afternoon. Make sure you sit on the deck of the camp and watch the animals come to the Mbudi River to drink as the sun sets on another unforgettable day. You stay at the Mmatsebe Camp for an additional night.

Look forward to another exciting day on safari. Depending on the time of year and presence of wildlife, you will explore either the famous Moremi Game Reserve or the wildlife-rich Khwai Region. The whole region is home to a tremendous amount of wildlife, including the Big Five. It is also one of the best places in Africa to spot African wild dogs. The Moremi, with its surrounding private concessions, provides the wide-open spaces which these rarely seen animals require to roam. Further highlights you may encounter here are antelope species such as the tsessebe, the roan and the sable, as well as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes and if you are lucky, you may find a cheetah. Your guide has well trained eyes and his spotting skills will help make it an incredible safari. In the afternoon, you return to your camp. As the sun sets on another memorable day, be sure to sit on the camp’s deck and watch as the animals come to drink at the Mbudi River. You spend another night at the Mmatsebe Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mmatsebe Camp
Included Highlights: Moremi Game Reserve or Khwai Region

Day 7: Moremi Region – Maun, Botswana

With the animals, you take advantage of the cool morning temps as you embark on another morning game drive in the area surrounding your camp. The majority of animals are out and about in the morning, so your chances of seeing anything fascinating are high. You continue southward on your trek through the bush country of Botswana. Compared to the northern portion, the southern portion of the Moremi Game Reserve is more isolated and has less safari cars on the roads. Excellent chance to go on game drives and explore this remote location. You will depart the Moremi Game Reserve in the late afternoon and arrive at the Thamalakane River Lodge, where you will be staying. After enjoying another delectable dinner, cap off this fantastic day by relaxing by the campfire and taking in the view of the river.

You set out on another morning game drive in the region surrounding your camp, taking advantage of the cool morning temperatures just like the animals do. Most animals are active during the morning hours and your chances to experience exciting sightings are good. Your journey takes you further south through Botswana’s bush landscape. The southern part of the Moremi Game Reserve is more remote and there are fewer safari vehicles on the roads than in the northern part. A great opportunity to explore this secluded area on game drives. In the late afternoon, you will leave the Moremi Game Reserve at the South Gate and reach your accommodation, the Thamalakane River Lodge. End this wonderful day with another delicious dinner before you sit around the campfire and overlook the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge
Included Highlights: Moremi Morning Game Drive
Distance: ± 150 km
Driving Time: ±  3 – 4 hours plus game drives

Day 8: Maun, Botswana

Having a filling breakfast, it’s time to prepare your belongings. You will be driven to the Maun Airport by your guide or a transfer driver, where you will bid farewell. From here, you can fly into the Okavango Delta to continue your trip or begin your journey back. You could have time this morning for an optional helicopter ride across the delta, depending on your next destination. Please contact us, and we will be pleased to offer you additional assistance. Whatever you decide, we know that your experience with Botswana’s natural environment and wildlife will live on in your memory, and we look forward to seeing you again!

After a hearty breakfast it is time to pack your bags. Your guide or a transfer driver will bring you to the Maun Airport where you say your farewells. From here, you can start your return journey or continue your adventure by flying into the Okavango Delta. Depending on your onward journey, you may have enough time for a helicopter flight across the delta this morning (optional). Please get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist you further. No matter what you choose, we are certain that your time amongst Botswana’s nature and wildlife will have left a lasting impression and we hope to see you again!

Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Helicopter flight over the Delta
Distance: ±  20 km
Driving Time: ± 30 minutes

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.

FROM

R69,100

+ Single Supplement 300 USD - 800 USD

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced USD 3750 - USD 3850 (Price fluctuations occur due to Seasonal and Number of Travellers. For more information please speak to your travel consultant). Currency fluctuations may occur

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

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