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Botswana Untouched

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  • Holidays
  • Africa
  • Botswana

Price:

From $7,595

Stay:

12 nights

Travel Dates:

Monday 17th of February 2020 until Thursday 17th of December 2020

Description:

Botswana Untouched - 13 Days / 12 Nights - from $7595* per person (with On The Go Tours).

From Jo’burg to Victoria Falls, game drive through Botswana’s finest national parks, go in search of white rhinos at Khama Sanctuary, ride a mokoro through the Okavango Delta and discover the vast salt pans of Makgadikgadi.

Itinerary:

Day 1

Johannesburg

Welcome to South Africa. Included transfer from Johannesburg Airport to your pre tour accommodation where you can relax before tomorrow’s early departure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting at 18h00.
Overnight: Johannesburg

Day 2

Marakele National Park

Johannesburg - Marakele National Park. An early morning departure from Johannesburg takes us via Pretoria, Thabazimbi and through the Limpopo Province to Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains. All the large game species from Elephant and Rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds including the largest colony of endangered Cape Vultures in the world, have settled here. We will head out on a sunset game drive in the evening before enjoying an evening meal prepared by our guide around the campfire and spending our first night in the African wilderness.
Overnight: Marakele National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Marakele National Park - Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Our destination today is the Khama Rhino Sanctuary via the Martin’s Drift border post. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing white rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Batswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. We explore the sanctuary on an afternoon game drive in search of white rhinos.
Overnight: Khama Rhino Sanctuary  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Makgadikgadi Pans

Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Makgadikgadi Pans. Today we travel towards the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park area of Botswana. After settling into our accommodation, we take a stroll with our guide through the surrounding baobab grove. He will explain the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.
Overnight: Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Maun

Makgadikgadi Pan - Maun. This morning we head off to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. En route we travel via Nxai Pan, a fossil lake that is part of the greater Makgadikgadi system. Covered in nutritious short grasses and small islands of acacia trees, Nxai Pan attracts vast numbers of desert herbivores as well as carnivores including lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. After our Nxai Pan excursion we continue our journey to Maun. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”.
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Okavango Delta

Maun - Greater Moremi. After breakfast we will be picked up by our local Botswana guides and take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in these traditional dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in the Greater Moremi area. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the private concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.
Overnight: Greater Moremi  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Greater Moremi

We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4x4 vehicle we will explore the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. During this season, in order for us to offer the best game viewing possible, extra driving may be required due to the animals migrating closer to the river. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors.
Overnight: Greater Moremi  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Moremi Game Reserve

Today we head back into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of reserve which is home to a great diversity of plant and animal life - making it a ‘must see' for a Botswana Safari. It contains - within its boundaries - approximately 20% of the Delta, and a vast range of habitats, acacia forests, floodplains, reed beds, lagoons, enduring wetland through mopane forest and dry savannah woodland.
Overnight: Greater Moremi  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Chobe National Park

Khwai River - Kasane. We have to get up early, as this will be the longest day of our safari with a full day ahead of us. We leave the camp in the Greater Moremi area and transit through the national parks of Moremi, Savuti and Chobe to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Keep an eye out for the wildlife in this area. Our lodge is situated on the bank of the Chobe River a short distance from its confluence with the mighty Zambezi River at Kazungula.
Overnight: Kasane  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Chobe game drive

We start the morning with an exciting game drive in the Chobe National Park, which along with many species of big game, boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. We enjoy game viewing by boat on the Chobe River in the afternoon, watching elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds without having to reach for our binoculars – you’ll be near enough for close-up photographs, as well as having the chance to witness a spectacular African sunset.
Overnight: Kasane  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 11-12

Chobe - Victoria Falls

Kasane - Victoria Falls. Our journey takes us into Zimbabwe, home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the mighty Victoria Falls. In the afternoon we embark on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- “the Smoke that thunders. In the afternoon we have a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. You have the rest of the day and the next day at leisure to partake in one of the many activities on offer.
Overnight: Victoria Falls  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 1

Day 13

Victoria Falls

Your journey ends today and you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departing flight.
Breakfast

INCLUDED

12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners

Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and 13

Game drives in Marakele National Park, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Khwai River Region, Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve

Okavango Delta Mokoro Trip

All park entrance fees, government taxes and levies

12 nights mid-range lodges and permanent tented camps

Transportation from Johannesburg to Maun and Kasane to Victoria Falls in a closed vehicle. Transportation from Maun to Kasane in a fully equipped open sided Land Cruiser or other appropriate vehicles

Chobe River Sunset Cruise

Entrance to Victoria Falls & Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

NOT INCLUDED

International flights and visas

Optional activities

Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Departs: Selected departures from 17 Feb to 17 Dec 20.

Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.

 

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