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Botswana Wildlife Breakaway

Duration
15 Days
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US$ 3,671

There’s Africa, and then there’s Botswana. This very special trip explores two of the country's best loved wildlife areas, and takes you on to see much more.


This 15-day round trip from Victoria Falls takes you to some of Africa’s most impressive national parks and reserves, including Hwange National Park, Chobe, and the Okavango Delta.

From Victoria Falls, set out for Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. Over 100 mammals and 400 bird species call the Park home, including one of the largest surviving groups of African Wild Dog. Other predators to be found include Leopards, hyenas and Cheetahs. The park also boasts unusually large numbers of elephants, buffalo and giraffes.

Crossing into Botswana, you’ll visit Nata Bird Sanctuary and the Khwai River region. Though not as famous as other Botswana wildlife regions, Khwai frequently offers exceptional viewing, particularly of the country’s predators including the big cats. The better known Okavango Delta is your next stop, offering a very different viewing experience. This is the world’s largest inland delta, flowing into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast. Explore by boat and on foot, spotting elephants, waterbuck and other creatures that thrive in these wetlands.

Spend a night in Namibia, a country best known for unique desert landscapes and equally unique fauna. You’d need a separate trip to see it all, but as you explore the Caprivi Strip, keep a lookout for roan, kudu and Kalahari Elephants – enough to give you a taste of this fascinating country before returning to Botswana. Your final wildlife destination is Chobe National Park, best known for Africa’s largest concentration of elephants. You might also expect to see hippos, crocodiles and an impressive variety of birds before your return to Victoria Falls. A full day here includes a guided tour, but with time to spare, you may consider a helicopter ride or a Zambezi river cruise before you depart.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,671

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Day 1

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to your lodge. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls (own expense). This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 6.00pm for your pre-departure meeting.

Duration2 Nights
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A'Zambezi River Lodge

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    A'Zambezi River Lodge



    A'Zambezi River Lodge is located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 25km from the airport, nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lash ...

    A'Zambezi River Lodge is located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 25km from the airport, nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lash green lawns. A'Zambezi, with its 83 well-appointed rooms, is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wild life and nature, whilst enjoying renowned services.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Supervised Pool

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Day 2

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today you will have at leisure to explore Victoria Falls, the town and all of its unique offerings, from adventure activities to cultural experiences. In the afternoon we embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day.

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Day 3

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Caprivi, Namibia

After breakfast we head across the Kazungula border into Namibia, driving through the Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) to our camp situated on the banks of the Kwando River. The area is lush and water-rich compared to the rest of Namibia, drawing abundant wildlife and villagers sustained by the large rivers and wetlands. We will arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy sunset overlooking the river with a chance of seeing both crocodiles and hippos.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Camp Kwando

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    Camp Kwando



    Nestled on the banks of the Kwando river (Zambezi Region - Caprivi, Namibia), Camp Kwando invites you to come and explore the hidden treasures of an untamed land. Capture the spirit of the African bush while sipping sundowners from the beautiful overhead deck and experience ...

    Nestled on the banks of the Kwando river (Zambezi Region - Caprivi, Namibia), Camp Kwando invites you to come and explore the hidden treasures of an untamed land. Capture the spirit of the African bush while sipping sundowners from the beautiful overhead deck and experience the thrill of the hauntingly beautiful call of the African fish eagle.

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    • Bar
    • Bird Watching
    • Boat Trips
    • Game Drives
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Caprivi, Namibia to Okavango Delta, Botswana

This morning we start early as we embark on a game drive in the Greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game Reserve. Elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen as well as prolific birdlife.

We cross over the border into Botswana and head to Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Guma Lagoon Camp

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    Guma Lagoon Camp



    Guma Lagoon Camp is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Guma Lagoon Camp is truly a fisherman's paradise and bird watchers' haven. Guma offers both self-catering and full board accommodation. Accommodation is provided ...

    Guma Lagoon Camp is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the northwestern side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Guma Lagoon Camp is truly a fisherman's paradise and bird watchers' haven. Guma offers both self-catering and full board accommodation. Accommodation is provided in spacious canvas chalets, all en suite and located on the edge of the lagoon. Alternatively there are seven campsites under shady trees with private ablutions.

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Day 5

Caprivi, Namibia to Okavango Delta, Botswana

This day is spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We have the opportunity to stop at a secluded island to take a 1 1/2 hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Khwai River Area, Botswana

After breakfast we head south travelling via Maun to our camp which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai River region. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Khwai Bedouin Camp

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    Khwai Bedouin Camp



    Khwai Bedouin Camp is situated right next to the Khwai River, just outside the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, this one-of its kind camp offers you a truly African experience in the bush. With ten comfortable tents all with en-suite bathrooms positioned privately under big ...

    Khwai Bedouin Camp is situated right next to the Khwai River, just outside the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, this one-of its kind camp offers you a truly African experience in the bush. With ten comfortable tents all with en-suite bathrooms positioned privately under big Acacia trees (covering an area of approximately 5000 m2) guests can relax in the privacy and the authenticity of the area while enjoying the astounding Botswana bush. Listen to the amazing sounds of the bush at night or watch one of the many elephants strolling around the camp at daylight. This camp is a true gem in the bush.

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Day 7

Khwai River, Botswana

We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4x4 vehicle we will explore the Khwai River region on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. After dinner your guide will take you on a night drive, and you will hopefully be able to spot some rare nocturnal animals.

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Day 8

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Today we head 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 the Moremi Game Reserve.

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Day 9

Khwai River to Nata, Botswana

Leaving the bush behind us, we travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, once a large river fed lake which has become saline and empty. This area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands and forms the Great Makgadikgadi which comprises the largest area of salt pans in the world, covering some 37,000 square km overall. We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Nata Lodge

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    Nata Lodge



    An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe ...

    An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas. Nata Lodge offers 22 Luxury thatched chalets built on stilts and set in rustic African style, 10 luxury safari tents are built on raised wooden platforms which are nestled under the lodges many Marula trees. The lodge also offers campsites; able to accommodate 150 pax.

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Day 10

Nata to Chobe, Botswana

We head off to Nata Bird Sanctuary in the morning, which offers us the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans (Please note: A visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints). After breakfast, we continue our journey north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.

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

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    Chobe Safari Lodge



    Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on the lodge's doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an ...

    Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on the lodge's doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi. The close proximity to Victoria Falls International Airport, Livingstone International Airport and Kasane International Airport makes it easily accessible, with daily road transfers or charter flights connecting all these airports with Chobe Safari Lodge. The lodge offers 76 individually decorated rooms that offer all the comforts of home.

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    • Gift Shop
    • Gift Shop

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Day 11

Nata to Chobe, Botswana

Start your morning with a hopefully spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

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Day 12

Chobe, Botswana to Hwange, Zimbabwe

Today we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and onto our lodge located in a private concession near to Hwange National Park, where we will spend the next three nights in this wildlife rich area. This afternoon you can partake in an optional game drive if time allows.

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Duration3 Nights
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Sable Sands

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    Sable Sands



    Built on a rich cultural and artistic legacy, and sheltered by the stunning Sikumi forest, on the edge of the world-famous Hwange National Park, on a private concession with stunning views over the Dete Vlei, stands the beautiful photographic safari 'village' known as Sable Sands. ...

    Built on a rich cultural and artistic legacy, and sheltered by the stunning Sikumi forest, on the edge of the world-famous Hwange National Park, on a private concession with stunning views over the Dete Vlei, stands the beautiful photographic safari 'village' known as Sable Sands.

    Sable Sands has 11 traditionally thatched rondavels. Part of the ancient royal hunting grounds of King Lobengula, the lodge was later visited in 1991 by her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Phillip, so it's no wonder the designed bedrooms have added luxury complete with private terrace, and en suite bathroom, making your rondavel the perfect blend of ancient culture, nature and modern convenience.

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    • Bar
    • Lounge(s)
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 13

Chobe, Botswana to Hwange, Zimbabwe

Over the following two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to massive herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species.

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Day 14

Chobe, Botswana to Hwange, Zimbabwe

Continue to explore this vast wilderness on game drives.

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Day 15

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: May 17, 20; Jun 3, 6, 14, 23, 26, 29; Jul 3, 8, 11, 17, 20, 25, 28; Aug 11, 14, 16, 20, 23, 26, 29; Sep 1, 9, 14, 17, 26, 29; Oct 2, 7, 12, 19, 21, 24, 29; Nov 3, 6, 9, 17, 22; Dec 22, 26

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights in moderate accommodation as indicated or similar
  • All transportation in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicles as specified
  • Game drives and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park entrance fees as specified
  • Experience local guide

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks unless specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND 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 enquire.

TB JENMANAVIC18SA: BWB18
26 Dec 2018
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