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7 Day Ultimate Botswana Budget Safari

R12,935

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Tour Style Camping Small Group
Countries Visited Zimbabwe, Botswana
Starts Victoria Falls
Ends Victoria Falls
Group Size Max 9
Age Range All Ages

Botswana Budget Safari is a Small Group Camping Budget Safari tour visiting the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Victoria Falls
Ends in
Victoria Falls

This 7 Day Botswana Budget Safari provides a comprehensive insight into some of Botswana’s finest attractions and gives you a glimpse of the incredible things that Africa has to offer. Our unique itinerary has been carefully designed and mapped to maximise your experiences in the short time you spend exploring this magnificent continent with us. This tour operates in remote wilderness where facilities are few and often don’t exist. The trip uses camp ‘bush’ toilet and ‘bucket’ shower each day. The distances covered are long and requires travelling each day. The paths are for 4x4’s and are rough. It is one of our more adventurous trips.    

Highlights

*Highlight is part of the Adventure Activity Package Pass

Included

  • All tour highlights
  • Meals as indicated
  • Services of a driver/ guide and cook
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • Mattress
 

Excluded

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping bags
  • Drinks
  • Laundry

SKU: CAS2505
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe* – Chobe National Park, Botswana

We depart from Victoria Falls to journey to the border of Botswana in order to meet up with our safari guide and travel the brief distance to Kasane. Upon our arrival in the small town, we prepare for our afternoon safari into the Chobe National Park. Armed with sunscreen and cameras we climb aboard our safari vehicles, seeking out lion, leopard, hyena, elephant, giraffe and a wide variety of antelope and birdlife whilst winding our way through the reserve’s  gravel tracks and rough terrain. Chobe National Park was the very first National Park to be constructed in Botswana, and is the third biggest Park throughout the whole country. It is also home to Africa’s biggest population of elephant. The Chobe River is one of Africa’s most exquisite, and contains a massive concentration of different animals. We search the horizon and riverbanks trying to spot animals that are looking for water as the day turns to night. Following a satisfying day of game viewing, we arrive back at our accommodation and sleep beneath the star-speckled African sky.

*For a supplement, you can start your tour in Livingstone, Zambia.

Trip Highlights: Chobe National Park, Chobe River, afternoon game drive
Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: Remote wilderness campsite
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 80kms
Approximate Driving Time: Half a day

Day 2

Chobe National Park –Savuti Areas, Botswana

We are able to travel deep into the southwest corner of the Chobe National Park today by means of a 4X4 wheel drive only. From there, we head to the Savuti Marsh which is a relic of a massive inland lake, fed from time to time by the Savuti Channel. This area is comprised of undulating  savannah which attracts a wide variety of antelope species, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and elephant. In turn, these attract a range of predators, including lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog and cheetah. This is an incredible game viewing day and camping in the wild only serves to enhance your experience when you this near to the true wilderness of nature.

Trip Highlights: Chobe National Park, Savuti Game drives
Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: Remote wilderness campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 160kms
Approximate Driving Time: Full day game driving
Typically this comprises of a 2 hour drive in the morning after leaving camp, followed by a 4-5 hour transfer to the Savuti area, and a further 2-3 hour game drive.

Day 3

Savuti – Moremi Game Reserve or Adjacent Community Game Management Area, Botswana

Snuggled against the waters of the Okavango Delta is the Moremi Game Reserve. Smaller and visited less often than Chobe, it nevertheless boasts spectacular game viewing. The mixture of different habitats from Mopane woodland to Acacia floodplains and lagoons makes the region an area of breathtaking beauty, nourishing a wide variety of wildlife. Frequent sightings include that of leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion, and elephant, giraffe and zebra encounters are rather common around the Reserve. Usually, you will have a couple of visitors in the night, including the spotted hyena and honey badger. At particular times of the year, you might prefer to pay a visit to a surrounding Game Management Area in place of Moremi due to safety reasons as well as to experience better game viewing.

Trip Highlights: Afternoon  Game  Drive in either Moremi or the adjacent game management area
Accommodation: : Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: Remote wilderness campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 120kms
Approximate Driving Time: Full day Game Driving
Depart Savuti early morning and transfer to Moremi Game Reserve/or the adjacent Game Management Area. 2-3 hour game drive.

Day 4

Moremi – Maun, Botswana

We awake early to head out on a morning game drive, returning later in the day to pack up and begin our journey to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is the hub of Botswana’s tourism industry, and the road from Moremi to Maun crosses enormous regions of protected community land. On the way to the town, we will also cross the Buffalo Fence, which circles the entire southern portion of the Delta in order to protect it from cattle encroachment. The neighbouring regions of Maun offer us the incredible chance to observe authentic rural life at its best, with locals working the land and tending to their livestock.

Trip Highlights: Early morning Game Drive in Moremi or adjacent game management area, rural Botswana, Maun
Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: Maun area campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 150kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 – 5  hours

Day 5

Maun – Okavango Delta – Maun, Botswana

A relaxing leave from camp leads us to the Okavango Delta, a natural wetland network that spreads over approximately 1.6 million hectares of northern Botswana. The Delta is formed by the south flow of rivers from Angola that divide repetitively across the flat plains of Botswana, creating a complex system of river channels, lagoons and isolated islands. The Okavango is an inland Delta and the only one of its kind in the whole of Africa. We devote today to exploring the wilderness with expert ‘polers’ who navigate us through the maze of water channels of the Delta in a Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe). If luck is on our side, we might be able to spot some wonderful wildlife, including hippo, crocodile, buffalo and elephant, but this experience is more focused on the incredible watercourses and stunning beauty of this unique place.

Trip Highlights: Excursion in the Okavango Delta by Mokoro
Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: Maun area campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 30kms
Optional Activities: Okavango scenic flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time

Day 6

Maun – Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

Departing from Maun, we journey to the Makgadikgadi Pans stopping on the way at the charming village of Gweta and continuing on south to Chapman’s Baobabs. The Baobabs’ circumference is more than 25 metres, leaving them to act as sentries over the distant pans – enormous glimmering salt depression on the edges of the Kalahari Desert. We spend our evening camping on the pans close to the small village of Nata. Sleeping near these pans, beneath a star-studded African sky is a truly unforgettable experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the rainy season in Botswana (primarily between January-March), we may not camp at the Makgadikgadi Pans. We might move our destination to Nata where we will overnight and awake early for a chance to see the Flamingos at the Flaming Sanctuary.

Trip Highlights: Chapman’s  Baobabs,  Makgadikgadi  Pans, Stargazing and sleeping  out on the salt pans,  seasonally  flamingos
Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: Remote wilderness campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 200kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4-6 Hours

Day 7

Makgadikgadi Pans – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We leave in the early morning to journey back toward Kasane, wandering through enormous open savannahs on the way and passing various local villages before bidding our guide adieu and going on to meet up with the transfer vehicles once again, which will take us across the border into Zimbabwe for our last trip to Victoria Falls. On today’s journey be sure to keep your eyes open for the migrating wildlife wandering between Chobe National Park and the close by Hwange National Park.
*For a supplement, you can finish your tour in Livingstone, Zambia.

Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance Covered: +/- 350kms
Approximate Driving Time: 6 hours

 

Activities

Included in Adventure Activity Package Pass:

  • Chobe National Park Entrance and Game drives
  • Savuti Marsh Entrance & Game Drives
  • Linyanti Marsh Entrance & Game Drives
  • Moremi Game Reserve Entrance & Game Drives
  • Okavango Delta Excursion
*Highlight is part of the Adventure Activity Package Pass


Other Activities

Okavango Delta

  • Scenic Flights – based on a 5 seater plane – 45 minutes From $500 per plane Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Cruise $55
  • Helicopter 12 Min $170
Victoria Falls
  • Vic Falls bungi (single/tandem) $160
  • White Water rafting $160
  • Gorge Swing $95

 

Dates

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Highlights

Highlights

*Highlight is part of the Adventure Activity Package Pass

 

Price

R12,935





R12,935

+ Activity Package (Compulsory) USD 315

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