Botswana Safari Highlights

8 Nights Botswana Safari Highlights

Safari Includes:

Road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Ilala Lodge
2 Nights Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls (bed & breakfast)

Road transfer from Ilala Lodge to Chobe Elephant Camp
2 Nights Chobe Elephant Camp, Chobe/Ngoma (Fully Inclusive)

Road transfer Chobe Elephant Camp to Kasane Airport
Seat in charter Kasane Airport to Khwai.
2 Nights Machaba Camp, Khwai Community Area (Fully Inclusive)

Seat in charter Machaba Camp to Gunn’s Camp
2 Nights Gunn’s Camp, Okavango Delta (Fully Inclusive)

Safari Excludes:

  • Visas & Vaccinations – Please check with your local embassy
  • All activities whilst at Ilala Lodge
  • Meals and Beverages unless otherwise specified.
  • Premium imported wines, champagnes, spirits & liqueurs where drinks are included
  • Errors and omissions

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 & 2: ILALA LODGE, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Upon guest’s arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, they will be met and transferred by road to Ilala Lodge, where they will stay for two nights.

Ilala Lodge is situated close to the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe as well as to the town centre. Wild animals are often seen grazing the hotel lawns as the National Park borders the front of the property.

The Lodge offers 32 rooms: 24 twins, 8 doubles and 2 suites. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower, air-conditioning, overhead fan and satellite TV. Guests are served early morning tea/coffee and fruit. The rooms are spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either an open lawn or a balcony where you are afforded a view of the Victoria Falls. There is an à la carte restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a comprehensive wine list and cocktails. Dining outside under the African night sky amidst the sound of the mighty waterfall makes for a very romantic evening.

Victoria Falls has become the premier adventure resort of Africa with a multitude of activities to suit every traveller. Some of the most popular are elephant back safaris, exploring the local craft market for African treasures and taking a helicopter flight over the mile-wide Victoria Falls, guided walking safaris and game drives are activities not to be missed and are arranged at the lodge. Game drives take place in 4x4 safari vehicles providing guests with the chance to see big game and enjoy a buffet meal on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Other activities are white water rafting in the river, walking with lions and horseback riding through areas with a high concentration of game and beautiful scenery. Day and overnight trips to Chobe (Botswana) and Hwange National Park are also possible.

Area Description - VICTORIA FALLS

Victoria Falls town lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the eastern end of the Victoria Falls. It is a lovely tourist town which is easy to explore on foot and which offers a wide range of activities from the challenge of white water rafting and bungy jumping, to the awe-inspiring elephant back safaris and sunset cruises. It has something for everyone.

The Victoria Falls are one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World and is the largest sheet of falling water on earth - a spellbinding and mesmerising spectacle. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100m drop across nearly 2km makes  a thunderous roar and creates a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles - hence the local name 'mosi oa tunya' meaning 'the smoke that thunders'.

Access to Victoria Falls is within easy walking distance from the town centre. Water flow over the Falls varies throughout the year. The river's annual flood season is February to May when the spray can reach a height of over 400m, this is spectacular from above but it makes it very difficult to see the Falls at ground level as it is under a heavy shower/mist. Water levels start dropping in August and are at their lowest October - December when much of the rocky face becomes dry. At times of low water, the falls are best viewed from the Zimbabwe side or from Livingstone Island.

DAY 3 & 4: CHOBE ELEPHANT CAMP, Chobe National Park

After breakfast, guests will be transferred by road to Chobe Elephant Camp where they will stay for two nights.

Located high on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the famous Chobe River is the newly developed Chobe Elephant Camp. This uniquely designed lodge has been built to take advantage of the incredible views overlooking the sweeping floodplains while offering a comfortable refuge from the harsh African conditions.

The lodge has been entirely constructed from sandbags, the thick sand-filled walls create a natural insulating barrier from the harsh African climate and enhance the old farm-style feel of the camp. It houses ten rooms, including one family room and can sleep 24 guests at a time.

With a variety of activities that include viewing the regions spectacular wildlife from open safari vehicles, by boat on the Chobe River or on foot in the surrounding Forest Reserve or experiencing life in the village, a visit to Chobe Elephant Camp offers a wide range of experiences to our guests.

Area Description – CHOBE

The Chobe River Front is a remarkable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. However its accessibility from Kasane and neighbouring towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone has created quite a busy tourist area with larger hotels and lodges than you find in the more remote Okavango Delta.

The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water's edge is one to behold, particularly in the dry season (May - Oct) where water is scarce away from the river. It is an area famous for its abundance of elephants, a variety of predators and, in addition, you are likely to see herds of buffalo and possibly even roan and sable antelope. In the rainy season (Nov - Apr) the game is much less concentrated at the river as the wildlife spread throughout the greater area of Chobe National Park due to availability of surface water from nearby pans. This assists the vegetation on the river banks in recovering from the massive herds that are attracted to the area in the dry months. The summer rains bring beautiful wild flowers, exquisite scenery, impressive bird life and an abundance of young animals usually born around November/December. The spectacular Chobe sunsets alone are worth a visit to the area. Please note that activities are restricted within the national park in accordance with government rules and regulations: these include no driving off-road, no walking and no driving after dark.

Day 5 & 6: MACHABA CAMP, Khwai Community Area

After a morning activity (time permitting) an early breakfast, guests will be transferred by road to Kasane Airport followed by a seat in plane transfer to Machaba Camp, where they will stay for two nights.

Machaba Camp is situated in the game rich Khwai area, on the eastern tongue of the Okavango Delta, and is constructed on the same site as the previous Machaba camp. The name Machaba is the local Setswana name for the Sycamore Fig Tree, the tree of life.

The camp is built in the classic 1950’s style, with luxury safari tents, en-suite bathrooms and romantic outdoor showers. All the tents are situated on the ground and the pathways to the tents meander between the large riverine trees.

All 10 luxury tents are situated in the beautiful riverine tree line on the Khwai River, overlooking the famous Moremi Game Reserve. From these tented verandas one can watch the daily parade of animals coming down to drink at the river in front of camp. The camp consists of 8 luxury twin tents and 2 luxury family tents.

Activities offered include night and day game drives as well as mokoro. Walking safaris are available subject to prior arrangements.

Area Description – KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA

The Khwai Community area lies just north of the Moremi Game Reserve and is easily accessible via the North Gate of the park. Although the Khwai area is not officially part of the Moremi Game Reserve it can be seen as an extension of it as there are no fences and animals are free to roam. Khwai was established by the former inhabitants of the reserve (the River Bushmen) and is now managed by the community through the Khwai Development Trust. The wildlife experience in Khwai is the same as inside the reserve with the key advantage being the freedom to participate in walking safaris, off-road driving and night drives as the area is not governed by National Park rules.

The vegetation is varied, with dry land complemented by permanent and seasonal swamplands, resulting in an excellent diversity of both wildlife and birdlife. Game is more concentrated around the permanent water during the dry season (Apr - Oct) with it becoming very hot in the later months. The rainy season (Nov - Apr) invigorates the lush scenery with wild flowers, dramatic thundershowers, spectacular sunsets and the birthing season brings great predator and prey interaction.

Day 7 & 8: GUNN’S CAMP, Okavango Delta

After an early morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, guests will be transferred from Machaba Camp to Gunn’s Camp by seat in plane transfer, where they will stay for two nights.

Overlooking the legendary Chiefs Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Gunn's Camp is one of the few remaining luxury, vintage safari camps. Set under leafy palms and African Ebony to blend naturally with its unique surroundings, Gunn's Camp achieves a fine balance of comfort without isolating guests from the sights and sounds of the wilderness.

The accommodation offered at Gunn's Camp consists of 6 deluxe Kenyan-style meru tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring standalone baths and outside private showers. Set on raised platforms overlooking the delta plains Gunn's Camp is ideal for honeymooners or guests looking for a more intimate and personalised safari experience. All 6 tents are discretely set within the densely treed island ensuring privacy and tranquillity. Each has been traditionally furnished with an eclectic mixture of solid wood and African furniture and offers a lounge area as well as private veranda.

The accommodation area is connected to the main camp via raised wooden walkway crossing the wetlands and magically lit by a series of fairylike lanterns. Guests have access to the elevated bar, lounge and dining room, campfire boma and swimming pool.

Activities on offer are motor boat cruises, mokoro excursions and guided walks which allow you to experience the beauty of the unique Okavango Delta.

Area Description - OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest inland deltas situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world - the Kalahari basin. This oasis in the middle of the desert is a rich yet fragile ecosystem, providing a life source for an incredible variety of wildlife. A wealth of species have adapted to the contrasting conditions created by living in the harsh Kalahari desert which is transformed annually with the arrival of the delta flood waters originating in Angola.

The Okavango wetland encompasses Moremi Game Reserve and surrounding regions divided into areas known as Private Concessions. These concessions are wildlife management areas, carefully administrated to balance the growing community’s development and conservation, whilst empowering citizens through sustainable tourism. Many of the exclusive lodges in Botswana are situated within these concessions in the delta, providing an unparalleled wildlife experience - exclusive and remote, avoiding mass tourism and exploitation.

Flood levels fluctuate dramatically throughout the year, with high water levels peaking in the central Okavango during the dry winter months and water levels at their lowest during the later summer months, contrary to the seasonal rainfall.  The landscape, activities and game viewing vary considerably throughout the delta depending on your location, the season and flood levels. Some areas have larger tracts of permanent dry land which generally means there is more focus on land based activities (game drives) and big game viewing. Lodges situated on islands deep in the delta concentrate more on water activities such as mokoro excursions, walking, boating, fishing and bird watching. Those lodges situated on the outer fringes of the delta, referred to as the 'seasonal' delta, offer varied experiences at different times of the year - more water based during high flood levels and more land based as the flood recedes. 

Game is more concentrated around the permanent water during the dry season (Apr - Oct) with it becoming very hot in the later months. The heronries become active as the migrant birds return to Botswana from September through November, and general bird watching is excellent throughout the summer months. The rainy season (Nov - Apr) invigorates the lush scenery with wild flowers, dramatic thundershowers, spectacular sunsets and the birthing season brings great predator and prey interaction.

DAY 9: SAFARI ENDS IN MAUN

After an early morning activity and breakfast (time permitting), guests will be transferred by a seat in plane transfer to Maun Airport, for their onward travel arrangements.

 

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8 NIGHTS  BOTSWANA HIGHLIGHTS – Prices are inus$  [Minimum 2 pax]

2 nights Ilala Lodge (Victoria Falls),  2 nights Chobe Elephant Camp (Chobe National Park), 2 nights Machaba Camp (Khwai Community area – North of Moremi Game Reserve), & 2 nights Gunn Camp (Okavango Delta)   [minimum 2 pax]

PRICES INCLUDE Road transfer from Victoria Falls airport to Illala Lodge for 2 night’s Bed & Breakfast accommodation; Activities at Illala Lodge are not included. Road transferred to Chobe Elephant Camp for 2 nights on full board. Some of the activities include viewing the regions spectacular wildlife from open safari vehicles, by boat on the Chobe River or on foot in the surrounding Forest Reserve or experiencing life in the village, a visit to Chobe Elephant Camp.Following morning activity, fly to Kasane airport, followed by a seat in plane transfer to Machaba Camp for 2 nights on full board. Day and night games drive walking safaris included (subject to arrangement). After an early morning activity, transferred to Gunns Camp where you stay for 2 nights on full board. Some of the activities include motor boat cruises, Mokoro excursions and guide walks which allow experiencing the beauty of the Okavango. Last day, transfer to Maun airport for your onward arrangement.

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DATES FROMDATES TOPER PERSON SHARINGSINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
01-Jan-1410-Jan-143520 USD770 USD
11-Jan-1431-Mar-143220 USD595 USD
01-Apr-1430-Jun-143950 USD770 USD
01-Jul-1431-Oct-144800 USD1640 USD
01-Nov-1430-Nov-143420 USD595 USD
01-Dec-1414-Dec-143310 USD595 USD
15-Dec-1430-Dec-143600 USD770 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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