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Botswana Wildlife Breakaway: Victoria Falls, Chobe, Okavango Delta & More

Duration
15 Days
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US$ 4,660

MODERATE | SMALL-GROUP: 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$ 4,660

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Day 1

Maun, Botswana

On arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your lodge. Thamalakane River Lodge is located on the banks of the Thamalakane River outside of Maun en route to the famous Okavango Delta. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available at the Lodge. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 6:00 pm for your pre-departure meeting.

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Duration1 Night
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Thamalakane River Lodge

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    Thamalakane River Lodge is placed on the banks of the Thamalakane River, just 19kms from Maun, and en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the …

    Thamalakane River Lodge is placed on the banks of the Thamalakane River, just 19kms from Maun, and en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. Chalets, public areas and the swimming pool take advantage of the 180 degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever changing array of water fowl and birds. It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring

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Maun to Okavango Delta, Botswana

This morning after breakfast we 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. Optional activities at Guma Lagoon include a 30 minute helicopter flight (at additional cost, pre-booking is highly recommended). Total distance travelled 320 km.

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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 3

Okavango Delta Botswana

Today 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 1.5 hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck, or other animals living in this water-filled paradise.

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Day 4

Greater Moremi Area, Botswana

After breakfast, we head south travelling via Maun to our camp which is situated in a private concession in the Greater Moremi area. 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. Please note there is no electricity at Bedouin Bush Camp. Total distance travelled 420 km.

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Duration3 Nights
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Bedouin Bush Camp

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    Bedouin Bush Camp



    The Bedouin Bush Camp is located in the heart of Botswana, overlooking the magnificent Khwai River on a private concession a 2 hour drive from Maun - your gateway to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai River area is known as …

    The Bedouin Bush Camp is located in the heart of Botswana, overlooking the magnificent Khwai River on a private concession a 2 hour drive from Maun - your gateway to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai River area is known as one of the most beautiful and wildlife rich areas in Africa. Listen to the amazing sounds of the bush at night or watch one of the many elephants strolling around the camp at daylight. This basic camp is a true gem in the bush and most of the travellers unanimously agreed upon one thing: They want to go back!

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    • Bar
    • Camp Fire

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Day 5

Greater Moremi Area, Botswana

We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4x4 vehicle we will explore the Greater Moremi area on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of games 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. Total distance travelled 150 km.

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Day 6

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. Total distance travelled 150 km.

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Day 7

Moremi Game Reserve 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. Total distance travelled 430 km.

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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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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 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 elephants found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool. Clients can have their PCR test on arrival on day 8 at the lodge should this be required to enter the Zimbabwe border on day 10 at the time of travel. Please note, PCR test is for own account. Total distance travelled 320 km.

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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
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Day 9

Chobe, Botswana

Start your morning today 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 3 pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of birds, making for excellent up-close photo opportunities.

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Day 10

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 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. Total distance travelled 280 km.

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Duration3 Nights
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Sable Sands

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    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 11

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 elephants, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffes. 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. During your stay, you can engage with the anti-poaching unit. Guests will learn what motivates these conservation warriors and can ask them any burning questions.

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Day 12

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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Day 13

Hwange to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After breakfast, we head back towards Victoria Falls. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many optional activities available in Victoria Falls.

Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Victoria Falls. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and are quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year. Please contact your Goway Destination Specialist for further information. Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

Helicopter Flights, Boma Dinner Incl. Transfers, Bungee Jump Flying Fox (Cable Slide), Bridge Slide, Canopy Tour, Gorge Swing, Horse Back Safaris (Novice), Livingstone Island: Lunch Departure, Victoria Falls Bicycle Tour and Zip Line.

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Duration2 Nights
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Shearwater Explorers Village

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    Need somewhere to stay in Victoria Falls? Shearwater Explorers Village is the perfect place, only 400m from the mighty Falls you can see the spray from the swimming pool. Here luxury meets affordability in the stylish hotel. Whether a helicopter flies over the mighty Victoria …

    Need somewhere to stay in Victoria Falls? Shearwater Explorers Village is the perfect place, only 400m from the mighty Falls you can see the spray from the swimming pool. Here luxury meets affordability in the stylish hotel.

    Whether a helicopter flies over the mighty Victoria Falls, an adrenaline rush leaping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, a relaxing cruise on the Zambezi, a high-speed jet boat ride under the Falls, a theatrical and historic bridge tour, a grade five rafting adventure or a game walk in the Zambezi National Park, they can help you create the memories that will last a lifetime.

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    • Concierge
    • Garden
    • Laundry Service
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today you will have the leisure to explore Victoria Falls, the town, and all of its unique offerings, from adventure activities to cultural experiences. Your guide will take you 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 embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.

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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, kindly note it is advisable to book international flights not earlier than 1:00 pm. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures. Total distance travelled 30 km.

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DEPARTURES:

2022: Jul 6, 27; Aug 11, 20, 30; Sep 14, 28; Oct 19, 26; Nov 3, 17; Dec19

2023: Jan 14; Feb 7; Mar 3; Apr 7; May 4; Jun 3, 30; Jul 8, 21; Aug 11, 21; Sep 14, 28; Oct 7, 19, 27; Nov 2, 17; Dec19

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Victoria Falls
  • 1 night moderate accommodation on the Kwando River
  • 2 nights moderate accommodations in Okavango Delta
  • 3 nights moderate accommodations in greater Moremi
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Nata
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Kasane
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Hwange
  • Transport throughout in fully equipped vehicle
  • Services of qualified English-speaking guide throughout
  • Included activities / sightseeing (max 12 guests):
    • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
    • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
    • Morning game drive in Greater Bwabwata National Park
    • Game viewing by Mokoro in the Okavango Delta
    • Guided walk in the Okavango Delta
    • Morning and afternoon game drive in Greater Moremi
    • Full day game drive in Moremi Game Reserve
    • Visit to the Nata Bird Sanctuary
    • Morning game drive in Chobe National Park
    • Afternoon boat cruise on Chobe River
    • Morning and afternoon game drives near Hwange
    • Visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre
  • All applicable park and entrance fees for included excursions
  • 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 dinners 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

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 JENMANAVIC23SA: BO 20
17 Nov 2023
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