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An amazing 14-day Scenic & Wildlife Safari in Botswana, departing from Johannesburg, South Africa and ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Go game viewing in Khama Rhino Sanctuary, before exploring the beautiful Okavango Delta with its crystal clear waterways and lagoons. Discover the channels by mokoro and walk on the secluded islands of this unique and wild habitat. Next, we embark on 4x4 game drives in the scenic Moremi Game Reserve. Encounter diverse wildlife, including Africa's Big 5, in this beautiful wildlife area, reputed for its fantastic leopard sightings. Then we head to the vast Makgadikgadi Saltpans and on to Chobe National Park, home to some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa.
Our Best of Botswana Budget Lodge Safari package offers outstanding value-for-money!
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 Best of Botswana Budget Lodge Safari departs from Johannesburg in South Africa at 06:30am travelling north into Botswana where we make our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is run by a trust operating a community based wildlife project. The wildlife project was established in 1992 to help save the threatened rhino, restoring this area once teeming with wildlife to its natural state.
The economic benefits from tourism at Khama Rhino Sanctuary go to the local Botswana community, who also benefit from this sustainable resource use. This wildlife sanctuary covers Kalahari sandveld vegetation where natural watering holes are found, providing an ideal habitat for white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and other wildlife.
In the afternoon we take our first game drive in Botswana, coming across an array of wildlife, including rhinos, in Khama.
On day two of the Best of Botswana Accommodated Lodge Safari we drive north through the central Kalahari to Maun. Located on the fringes of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, Maun is the closest base for trips into the delta and Moremi Game Reserve.
Tonight we eat out at a local restaurant (own expense) in the lively town of Maun.
Please note: This trip is available as a 13-day Maun to Vic Safari, starting in Maun on day 2.
On day three we drive to a mokoro station in the untamed Okavango Delta transferring to mekoros (dug out canoes) for the remainder of our journey to camp. We stay at a remote tented camp in the heart of the world's largest inland delta.
This magnificent wetland habitat hosts large numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly kingfishers! Experience an unforgettable mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta where local people pole your traditional dugout canoes along the reed lined channels of the Delta. Simply sit back and relax as you glide tranquilly on the Delta waters, while your skilled poler shows you the fauna and flora of this remarkable wilderness area.
For our nights in the Okavango Delta we stay in tents with twin camping beds and mattresses; linen, blankets and pillows included. Each tent is fitted with insect nets, a bedside table and light. The tents have en suite toilets and the camp features a shared tent with a bucket shower (using hot water off the fire). When camping in the bush we ensure that all rubbish is removed with us, minimising the impact of our stay. There is no WiFi at the camp and we take our own water and equipment with us into the bush.
Next we drive to Moremi Game Reserve in an open 4x4 safari vehicle.
We visit Chief's Island, the largest land area in Moremi Game Reserve and once the prime hunting grounds of the Batswana tribe, before they declared the area as a game reserve. Spend the next few days on 4x4 game drives in search of the abundant wildlife in Moremi and the private game reserve bordering the beautiful and diverse wildlife park. Wildlife sighting in the area include elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion, antelopes and other game, as well as a variety of birds. Moremi is also known for its big game including frequent leopard sightings.
For the next three nights we stay at a tented bushcamp located at a permanent waterhole in the Mopane bushveld of Botswana. In the evenings we relax at our lovely safari camp in a private concession next to Moremi Reserve. This remote camp features a swimming pool and eight meru-style tents with en-suite facilities, including hot and cold running water and flush toilets.
On day eight we head back to Maun at about noon, game viewing in the concession area en route. Tonight we stay in twin rooms with en-suite facilities, at a safari lodge with a swimming pool, restaurant and bar in Maun. We go out for dinner at a local restaurant (own expense) in Maun.
This morning there is time for an optional (own expense) scenic flight over the Okavango Delta - a remarkable experience offering beautiful views of the wetlands and roaming wildlife below.
Next, we head east to Nata, travelling slightly south to visit Makgadikgadi Pans along the way. Here we experience the untamed vastness of Africa under the wide-open skies of the stark Makgadikgadi Pans. Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans are the remnants of a vast lake system and are considered one of the largest salt pans in the world.
The seemingly endless flat plains of the pans are covered in grasslands after the rainy season, attracting thousands of wild animals, including herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok as well as a rich variety of birds, such as large flocks of flamingoes.
Visiting the Chobe River, one of the most beautiful natural features in Botswana, is a top highlight on our Botswana Lodge Safari.
The meandering Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting a variety of birds and wild animals, including some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. On the afternoon of day 10 you have the option of taking a game drive in Chobe (own expense) exploring the reserve in an open 4x4 safari vehicle.
On day 11 we embark on an early morning 4x4 game drive in the Chobe National Park and an afternoon game viewing boat cruise to see the mighty elephant herds, other wildlife and birds drawn to the Chobe River.
We stay in air-conditioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms at a safari lodge beside the Chobe River, with a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
Leaving Botswana we cross into Zimbabwe where we visit the impressive Victoria Falls. One of the natural wonders of the world, witnessing the “Smoke that Thunders” or Mosi-o-Tunya as the locals call Vic Falls is an awe-inspiring experience.
After admiring the spectacle of the Zambezi River plunging over 100 metres into the Gorge below we have the option of embarking on a relaxing sunset river cruise on the mighty Zambezi (extra cost). Alternatively you can take the thrilling “flight of angels” over the Vic Falls (own expense).
The Victoria Falls Bridge spans the impressive gorge and the famous adrenalin pumping Victoria Falls bungi jump is done from this bridge, with a terrifying drop of 360 feet (111m). While at Victoria Falls you have the option of participating in some of the numerous adventure activities available, from white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi River and bungi jumping to flights over the Falls and more (own expense).
This action-packed Best of Botswana Budget Lodge Safari ends after breakfast in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard.
This tour is also available as a 13-day Maun to Victoria Falls. For tour rates and options African Budget Safaris.
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