Highlights on this affordable Botswana Wildlife Safari Adventure include:
This Wild Botswana Lodge Safari explores the lesser known and more remote wilderness areas of Botswana, as well as visiting several of Southern Africa's top game parks and attractions.
During this trip, you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
This Botswana Wildlife Safari Adventure starts with collection from the International Airport in the dynamic city of Johannesburg.
From the airport, you are transferred to comfortable African themed lodge in Johannesburg, for your first night's stay. The rest of the day is free for you to rest after your flight and relax at the lodge pool, set in leafy gardens. In the evening you meet up with your safari guide and your fellow travellers for a pre-safari briefing at 18h00.
On day two we leave vibrant Johannesburg early in the morning, heading north towards Pretoria. We drive north through the Limpopo Province of South Africa to the Waterberg Mountain Range. The scenic Waterberg Region of Limpopo hosts archaeological findings from the Stone Age and a rich diversity of flora and fauna.
We head to Marakele National Park, where a host of large mammals are found, from elephants, lions and leopards to kudu, hyenas and rhinos. The game park is also home to antelope species such as the less-sighted varieties of reedbuck, eland and tsessebe. This is the ideal place to see endangered Cape Vultures as the park hosts a huge breeding colony.
Embarking on a sunset game drive in Marakele National Park we encounter various animals and a diversity of birds as the day fades to night. After our evening game drive, we return to camp to relax and have dinner around the flickering campfire.
Today we travel to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in southern Botswana, crossing the border at Martin’s Drift.
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community-based wildlife project working to protect white rhinos from poaching. The trust was established in 1992 to restore this wilderness area of Botswana to its former state, reintroducing wildlife and promoting sustainable natural resource use. Tourism at the sanctuary benefits the local Batswana community economically and environmentally.
We embark on an afternoon game drive in the rhino sanctuary, in search of white rhinos and other wild animals.
On day four we drive to the open plains of the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana.
We make our way to our unique accommodation in Gweta near the Makgadigadi Pans National Park and settle in at the funky and friendly lodge.
Then we take a guided walk in a baobab forest in the area to get a look at the world's largest succulents. Your guide fills you in on the unusual biology of the giant old baobabs and shares some interesting facts about the local ecology and geology as you stroll along.
We make our way to Maun, the travel hub of the Okavango Delta, on the morning of day five.
Along the way, we visit the Nxai Pan area of the larger Makgadikgadi Pans network. Once a large lake, this salt pan is today a flat expanse of arid plains dotted with thorn trees. After the rains, the Nxai Pans is blanketed in short, lush grasses that attract herbivores and the predators that feed on them. Once the rains have arrived hugs herds of zebra can be seen here, as well as gemsbok, springbok, elephants and giraffes. The abundance of prey species attracts large and small carnivores alike, from cheetahs, lions and wild dogs to jackals and foxes.
From Nxai Pan we drive on to Maun and our lodge, where you can take a dip in the swimming pool and relax.
Local Botswana guides collect you after breakfast and transfer you to a nearby mokoro station. Mekoros are the dug-out canoes traditionally used as local transport in the watery delta.
Our local guides pole us along the winding channels through the dense reeds and the secluded delta islands. Exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro is the ideal way to encounter the variety of birds and wild animals found in this pristine wilderness area.
The tranquil Okavango Delta flows from Angola into the Kalahari Desert in Botswana making it the largest inland delta in the world. We head to our bush camp, in the Khwai River Area, after our traditional canoe trip in the pristine delta. Settle in at the Khwai camp and have dinner before setting off into the bush on an exhilarating night game drive. Heading into the bush after dark is an excellent way to spot the more elusive nocturnal animals inhabiting the area.
Today we explore the Khwai River area on open 4x4 game viewing drives.
Our game drives take us in search of the wild animals this wilderness area is known for, including plenty of mammals. The Khwai is home to elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs, as well as an abundance of birds, especially raptors. Different animals are seen in each of the seasons, with the end of the dry season and spring being excellent times for spotting wildlife.
From the Khwai River area, we travel to the famous Moremi Game Reserve, considered one of the most beautiful and diverse wilderness areas in Africa.
We spend the whole day game viewing in the unspoiled Moremi Game Reserve home to an unprecedented concentration of wildlife and a rich variety of plant life. Moremi covers around 20% of the untamed Okavango Delta, incorporating a staggering array of natural habitats, from acacia forests, floodplains and reed lands, to lagoons, wetlands, mopane forests and savanna woodlands.
Moremi is one of the most unforgettable wildlife highlights on this Botswana Lodge Safari.
Rise and shine early today for an action-packed day in the African bush.
Leaving the camp in Khwai River we drive through the northern game parks of Botswana, namely Moremi and Savuti Game Reserves and Chobe National Park. Northern Botswana is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants on earth, so keep a look out for these gentle giants along with an array of other wildlife.
We travel via the gateway town of Kasane en route to our next overnight safari lodge, located on the banks of Chobe River, near the place where the mighty Zambezi and Chobe rivers meet.
This morning we embark on a rewarding game drive in Chobe National Park, exploring this top Botswana game park in search of the abundance of wildlife and birds found here.
Our Botswana Wildlife Safari Adventure includes a sunset cruise on Chobe River - the best way to sight the numerous wild animals and birds drawn to the river. Encounter elephants, hippos, crocodiles and many birds, at close range on this relaxing afternoon boat cruise. This is a superb opportunity for close-up wildlife photography, in the beautiful setting of an African sunset over the river.
We cross from Botswana into Zimbabwe today, covering the short distance to the world-famous Victoria Falls.
This afternoon we embark on a laid-back sunset boat cruise along the Zambezi River. As we cruise along, you can sit back and enjoy sundowners watching for animals and birds along the river as the sun sets.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the mighty Victoria Falls waterfall during our time here. There is an optional guided tour in the Victoria Falls National Park on offer. Witnessing the largest sheet of falling water in the world it becomes clear why locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning "the Smoke that Thunders". This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of the natural wonders of the world - a truly impressive natural sight to behold!
The rest of your time at Victoria Falls is free for you to enjoy some of the multitudes of adventure activities (optional extras) on offer here, or explore the area and relax at the lodge. Victoria Falls is the Adventure Capital of Africa, offering a dizzying array of adventure activities, from bungee jumping and whitewater rafting to helicopter flights.
Our Botswana Wildlife Safari Adventure comes to a close after breakfast in Zimbabwe today.
We transfer you to the airport in Victoria Falls for your onward flight, or you can spend a few extra days exploring the Adventure Capital of Africa after your tour.
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