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Botswana Express

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,560

What makes Botswana such a popular African safari destination? Three of the world’s best wildlife regions, plus year round excellent game viewing are the main draws. Discover Chobe, the Kalahari, and the beautiful wetlands of the Okavango Delta.


This 7-day Botswana adventure takes you straight to the country’s best wildlife viewing, from Kalahari National Park to the Okavango – the country’s latest addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list – and Chobe National Park.

Land in Maun and transfer to Deception Valley Lodge, where you can explore the awesome Kalahari with the expert guidance of local Bushmen, one of Africa’s oldest cultures. They’ll escort you on safari walks and teach you some basic survival skills in this desert landscape. While the emphasis here is on the cultural aspects, the Kalahari is also rich with wildlife, including many subspecies unique to the region.

Fly to the Okavango region, and enjoy a game drive en route to luxurious Kadizora Camp. On a full day here, enjoy a morning mekoro (traditional canoe) trip and an afternoon game drive. As a wetland, the Okavango is in sharp contrast to the Kalahari, though it spreads out over the ‘desert’s basin. The wetland attracts many different types of animals, so expect some amazing sightings.

Transfer to Chobe National Park, home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations (estimated at 120,000). Your lodge overlooks a busy water hole, with viewing opportunities day and night as the animals come in to water. Safaris and boat excursions take you in for a closer look, and at night, you’ll hear the sounds of the African wilderness as you drift off to sleep.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,560

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Day 1

Arrive Maun

Upon arrival at Maun International Airport you will board onto a connecting flight that will take you straight into Deception Valley Lodge located in the Kalahari where you will be spending the next two evenings.

Nothing prepares you for the immensity of the Kalahari Game Reserve, nor it's wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space, and having the entire reserve to yourself. Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Deception Valley Lodge

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    Deception Valley Lodge



    Deception Valley Lodge is a pristine oasis deep in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana and not far from the famous Okavango Delta. Experience the vastness of the Kalahari whilst enjoying abundant bird life, game viewing or star gazing by night. Boasting pure comfort and vibrant, ...

    Deception Valley Lodge is a pristine oasis deep in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana and not far from the famous Okavango Delta. Experience the vastness of the Kalahari whilst enjoying abundant bird life, game viewing or star gazing by night. Boasting pure comfort and vibrant, rustic interiors, Deception Valley Lodge accommodates up to sixteen people on a sharing basis. Set amidst the arid and remote Kalahari bush, the lodge and each of its units are raised upon stilts and connected by wooden walkways. Every attention has been given to detail to ensure not only a completely novel guest experience but also an environmentally pleasing haven consistent with its natural surroundings.

    The main complex incorporates a dining room, lounge and bar area. Views from the deck include the nearby watering hole, perfect for lazy game viewing. A small library lies in wait for the book lover whilst the curio shop makes for some retail therapy if so desired. By daylight, the swimming pool provides a cool

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Day 2

Deception Valley Lodge

What makes Deception Valley Lodge special is the rare opportunity to meet and explore this remarkable environment with Bushman Guides of the Naru-speaking tribe, one of the oldest cultures in Africa. Experience safaris and walks with real Bushmen. Exploring the bush on foot, while your guide will teach you of the hunting and survival skills, the culture and crafts of the San people, who over the centuries have adapted their lives to survive in the most inhospitable environment of them all.

Professional guides at Deception Valley Lodge pride themselves in having the best skills and knowledge of the Kalahari Desert. These guides have in excess of 40 years' experience of guiding in the Kalahari Desert.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Travel to Okavango

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred by Air from the Lodge to Mapula Air Strip followed by a game drive transfer to Kadizora Camp where you will spend the next three nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Kadizora Camp

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    Kadizora Camp



    The northern areas of the delta feature larger expanses of savannahs punctuated by lagoons and tributaries, and it is on the banks of one of these that a magnificent site has been selected for Kadizora Camp. Beneath a majestic stand of trees and along a ...

    The northern areas of the delta feature larger expanses of savannahs punctuated by lagoons and tributaries, and it is on the banks of one of these that a magnificent site has been selected for Kadizora Camp. Beneath a majestic stand of trees and along a peninsula, commanding uninterrupted panoramic vistas of the delta, the camp has been set out to afford each luxury tent absolute privacy.

    Kadizora has luxury tents, each with generous living spaces, and surrounded by sophisticated furnishing, making time between exciting wildlife experiences comfortable and tranquil. In addition to open vehicle and walking safaris, mokoro excursions will provide the ideal position from which to explore the endless flow of rivers and tributaries, this tranquil experience permits close encounters with an abundance of bird and wildlife. The camp is reached after a short 40 minute flight from Maun.

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    • Activities Desk
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Kadizora Camp

Today enjoy the activities offered by the camp, morning mekoro trip, and island walk and an afternoon/evening game drive. You will also enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the Okavango Delta on this day.

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Day 5

Kadizora Camp

Today enjoy the activities offered by the camp, morning mekoro trip, and island walk and an afternoon/evening game drive.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Travel to Chobe

Today you will have a game drive transfer to Mapula Air Strip to be transferred by light aircraft to Kasane International Airport. Then experience a road transfer from airport to Ngoma Safari Lodge, your accommodation for the next two nights.

The Chobe region is home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. This is estimated to be approximately 120,000 individuals. Their sometimes daily passage takes them from Zimbabwe through the Chobe and on into Namibia before returning.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Ngoma Safari Lodge

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    Ngoma Safari Lodge



    Situated in northern Chobe, Botswana, within the Chobe Forest Reserve, Ngoma Safari Lodge is 55 km from the nearest town, Kasane, and 135 km from the magnificent Natural Wonder of Victoria Falls. Your own exclusive river-facing suite offers a quiet refuge and includes an indoor ...

    Situated in northern Chobe, Botswana, within the Chobe Forest Reserve, Ngoma Safari Lodge is 55 km from the nearest town, Kasane, and 135 km from the magnificent Natural Wonder of Victoria Falls. Your own exclusive river-facing suite offers a quiet refuge and includes an indoor bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and a private outdoor sanctuary.

    It is from here, where you will be able to gaze out onto the floodplain and Chobe River, the lifeblood of the area.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)

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Day 7

Ngoma Safari Lodge

Located in Botswana, this oasis is in a wildlife wonderland. This boutique lodge offers unrivalled panoramic views over the game-rich Chobe River and floodplain, and is on the doorstep of Chobe National Park, also known as Land of the Giants, as it is home to the largest herds of elephants on Earth.

Ngoma Safari Lodge is built of natural materials which blend seamlessly with the surroundings. The central area of the lodge houses the lounge, dining room, bar and a plunge pool. A well-positioned viewing deck provides a perfect setting from which to enjoy a beautifully prepared evening meal with views over a floodlit waterhole frequented by elephants, zebra, antelope and other game.

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Day 8

Onward Journey

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred by road from the camp to Kasane International Airport for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Light Aircraft flight from Maun to Deception Valley Lodge
  • 2 nights accommodation at Deception Valley Lodge in a standard suite, including all meals, teas/coffees, snacks, game drives, Bushman walks select house wines, local beers and soft drinks and laundry
  • Light aircraft flight from Deception Valley to Mapula Airstrip
  • Scheduled return open vehicle transfers between Mapula Airstrip and Kadizora Camp
  • 3 nights accommodation at Kadizora Camp in a luxury tent including all meals, selected local beverages, morning mokoro trip, island walk and afternoon game drives
  • Light aircraft flight from Mapula Airstrip to Kasane Airport
  • Scheduled return transfers between Kasane Airport and Elephant Valley Lodge
  • 2 nights accommodation at Ngoma Safari Lodge in a luxury Forest tent including all meals, drinks on activities, two daily safari activities (morning boat cruise and afternoon game drive)
  • Park fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flights and taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature 
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and drinks not specified

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

TB THOMPSOMAU17SG: BE 17
30 Apr 2018
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