Best of Botswana

Every country has a highlight – that one thing that puts it on the map. Botswana is different. It offers several of the most sort after and total wild experiences on the planet. This self-drive guided adventure takes you through 4 regions and 3 countries giving 4 unique experiences with diverse and fascinating landscapes. You’ll stay in the finest camps, lodges and House Boat, traveling in your very own individual and private luxury safari vehicle.

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The journey takes you to the Okavango Delta listed as the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moremi Game Reserve with prolific game viewing and exhilarating terrain… via the Savuti channel with geological roots traced back 100 million years. Onto the Chobe National park, where elephants rule and the confluence of Zambezi and Chobe rivers, where four countries meet and the greater Zambezi thunders down Victoria Falls.

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Highlights

  • Stay in remote luxury camps with uniquely beautiful settings
  • Seek out wildlife on guided game drives
  • House boat experience on the Chobe River.
  • Hands on photography experience thrown in for free.
  • Experience first hand the Okavango delta. Listed as the 1000 UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • This trip culminates with flight over the same route that you have just traveled giving a really unique dimension to your adventure.

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Day 1

Arrive at Maun International Airport where you will be met by your guide team and transferred to your camp. Your luxury safari vehicles will be presented and handed over for a short shopping experience for personal provisions. An early evening welcome dinner and restful sleep set the tone for wonderful experiences and camaraderie.

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Day 2

There is no better way to experience the Okavango than to gently navigate the shallow and crystal clear waterways of the Delta in a Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), and camp out on its remote islands. Imagine gliding through narrow channels made by the animals that habituate this oasis on waters and that mirror the sky above. Overnight in a remote and intimate mobile safari camp. Dine on healthy meals made over an open fire and bathe naturally under buckets of water warmed by the cooking fires.

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Day 3

Rise early and discover on foot, this magnificent inland delta that starts life far away in another land… the highlands of Angola and flows 1,200 kilometres in approximately one month. The waters then spread over the 250 km by 150 km area of the delta over the next four months (March–June). The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, when the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from kilometres around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. Mokoro back to land and get acquainted with your private safari vehicle.

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Day 4

Like pioneers of old we head out in our safari vehicles to conquer the Moremi and beyond in search of the Mosi-oa-Tunya “the Smoke that Thunders” or Victoria Falls. Moremi’s poor roads – some of the bumpiest, sandiest and most waterlogged in Botswana – are unavoidable, but they should never deter anyone from having one of the best wildlife experiences in the world. Camp wild.

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Day 5

We spend the whole day discovering the 3 900 sq km Moremi Wildlife Reserve named after Chief Moremi III grandfather of Tawana Moremi, the current heir to the Botswana Chieftaincy. There will be a number of challenges due to the rising water, quite moments of tranquillity and 4×4 skills learned and honed for the great African safari adventure still in its infancy.

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Day 6

After a big day exploring Moremi it’s a late start and a slap up safari brunch before we leisurely set off for one of the private lodges in the area. Here we take lazy showers, a siesta or indulge in a good book before going on a game drive, to a more intimate understanding of wild life in the area by an expert game guide. Dinner is served by attentive hosts and stories are relived and shared before drifting off into well-deserved and sleepy recharge

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Day 7

The Savuti Channel is well known for its abundant plains game and one would imagine that this has been this way since the beginning of time, and yet, invisibly large tectonic plates linked to the Rift system thousands of kilometres away is steadily changing the landscape. Due to the predominately flat topography the most minuscule movement of plates can change the course of rivers and there channels. We camp wild in this ever moving glorious rich tapestry that is the Savuti Basin.

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Day 8

The Gubatsa Hills as Savuti’s seven hills are known, dominate the landscape for hundreds of kilometres were home to the San hunter gatherers 2 000 years ago as they lived in harmony with the wild life. 4000 years ago the Gubatsa where a range of islands buffeted by a Savuti sea that was part of the Makgadikgadi mega-lake system that stretched across most of Northern Botswana. A time to contemplate our vulnerability against such history and yet, marvel in the understanding that this is still untouched 100 million years later, as we spend one more night in our temporary camp Savuti, with our feet on that very same soil.

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Day 9

We continue our safari eastward towards the Chobe riverfront where we will encounter the largest population of elephant in the continent, generally peaceful and tolerant animals – particularly the old bulls. They are Kalahari elephants, the largest in size of all known elephant populations. Tonight we camp and rest peacefully amongst the elephant and re-adjust to our new surroundings and unfamiliar sounds of the Chobe night.

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Day 10

Prepare yourself for luxury afloat, as we climb aboard specially prepared photographic tender boats with cameras supplied and head up the Chobe River to join our floating home. Here we will come up personal with every variety of bird, mammal and amphibian one can imagine – a Giant Kingfisher 2 metres from the end of your camera lens, a madala elephant (‘old man’) swims past trunk in the air like a snorkel – gorgeous sunsets. 2 Nights.

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Day 11

Spend the day floating up and down the Chobe with hippo, buffalo, giraffe, roan and sable antelope, kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, impala, puku, crocodiles as well as predators – lion, leopard and hyena. All captured on film and to take away with your complimentary memory disk for prosperity. Have a siesta before sun-downers, and enjoy a scrumptious dinner at the ‘Captains’ table. Sweet dreams to the water lullaby.

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Day 12

Rise early for one last boat game ride or linger longer for a relaxing start to the day. Say goodbye to Captain Ron and his crew after brunch as we transfer to a land base lodge to re-cover our bush legs. Also goodbye to our faithful safari vehicle and prepare for flight based activity as we near the end of our safari adventure. We dine with elephant and other interesting animals overlooking an intimate water hole.

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Day 13

As the sun rises we transfer to Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia for the day. To discover what is classified as the largest waterfall, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the falls he named after Queen Victoria on 16 November 1855 from what is now known as Livingstone Island. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. In height and width Victoria Falls is rivalled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls. Overnight back at the lodge in Botswana.

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Day 14

An early start as we transfer to Kasane airport from where we take a scenic flight which will cover most of your two week journey, giving you a completely different perspective and understanding of your great adventure. We fly into a lodge deep in the Okavango Delta for 2 nights.

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Day 15

Rise early for a balloon ride over the delta and various activities of your choice or day of leisure.

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Day 16

After one last breakfast and an opportunity to say fond farewell you fly to Maun International and wish you a safe journey.

Included

  • All accommodation
  • A personal and private fully equipped self-drive luxury Safari Vehicle Group O – Avis Safari Rental is the preferred partner which includes;
    • Full bedding
    • Crockery and cutlery
    • Fridge and freezer
    • Showers with hot and cold water
    • Table and chairs
    • Solar Power
  • All breakfast and dinners (dinners at most lodges include local beverages, beers and wines)
  • All activities including scenic flights, tours, walks, game drives etc. as per the final itinerary
  • Airport transfers – Cape Town, Windhoek and Maun
  • Two member guide team in a support vehicle
    • Providing breakfast and dinners at non lodge and accommodation
  • All Namibian and Botswana park fees
  • Vehicle upgrade option – Group L or Group P

Excluded

  • Lunches and beverages between breakfast and dinner – Safari Vehicles can carry picnic provisions and beverages
  • Beverages unless provided by a lodge
  • Fuel, oil and road tolls
  • International flights and visas
  • Border fees and taxes
  • Personal insurance including medical and evacuation, personal belongings, baggage, cancellation and curtailment
  • Tips, curios, optional (non-scheduled) excursions and activities
  • Increases in Park Fees and Taxes

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