Botswana Lodge and Mobile Safari Tour

12 Nights Botswana Lodge and Mobile Safari Tour

SAFARI SUMMARY
Starts Victoria Falls / Ends Maun

Road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
2 Nights Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls (Bed & Breakfast)

Road transfer from Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to Kasane for Pride of the Zambezi
2 Nights Pride of the Zambezi Houseboat, Chobe River (Fully Inclusive – Selected Local Beverages)

Road transfer to Kasane Airport
Seat in charter to Xakanaxa airstrip
6 Nights Letaka Mobile Tented Safaris, Moremi Game Reserve & Khwai Community Area (Fully Inclusive)

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

Seat in charter from Gunn’s Camp to Maun Airport

Excludes

  • International flights or internal flights additional to inter-camp transfers as stated above
  • Visas & Vaccinations – Please check with your local embassy
  • ALL activities and meals and beverages not specified at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  • Premium imported wines, champagnes, spirits & liqueurs where drinks are included
  • Errors and omissions
  • Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies, exchange rate fluctuations and fuel surcharges

DAY 1 & 2: VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE, Victoria Falls

Upon arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, guests will be met and transferred by road to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where they will stay for two nights.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set high on a plateau which forms a natural boundary to the unfenced Zambezi National Park and is just four kilometres from the majestic Victoria Falls. An imaginative concept and impeccable standards have resulted in prestigious awards for the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge: recently, the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents voted it ‘Best Safari Lodge’ for the seventh consecutive year.

This deluxe 72-roomed African Lodge prides itself on hospitality and first-class cuisine rivaled only by uninterrupted views and magnificent sunsets. The interior is created with a keen eye for detail: hardwoods, thatch, and vibrant colours – the effect is awe-inspiring. The lodge offers accommodation in luxurious rooms with private balconies and bathrooms, duplex-style suites with views overlooking the waterhole and in the self-catering and fully-serviced Lokuthula Lodges. Each bedroom has its own balcony, air-conditioning and modern bathroom. Facilities onsite include a Health & Beauty Spa, 24-hour room service, a library and games room.

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 bungee 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: PRIDE OF THE ZAMBEZI HOUSEBOAT, Chobe River

After breakfast, guests will be transferred by road and boat from Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to Pride of the Zambezi Houseboat on the Chobe River, where they will stay for 2 nights.

The Pride of The Zambezi is a luxury houseboat situated on the Namibian side of the Chobe River, accessible via Kasane.  The houseboat accommodates a maximum of 12 guests in comfortable en-suite cabins. The crew of five includes a captain, chef and 3 fully trained guides who will be at your service every second of the day.

 The boat has three water level sun decks and a large covered sundeck on the top level which is perfect for up close and personal wildlife viewing. In additional the boat features an open plan lounge and dining area with unobstructed views, a fully serviced bar area and a ten seater Jacuzzi on the deck.

Four of the five up-market cabins are situated on the bottom deck. Each is air conditioned and can be made up as a twin or double room. All cabins have electronic safes, remote controlled fans, mosquito gauze, built-in cupboards and hair dryers. The cabins have superb views over the river. The Honeymoon suite is situated on the upper deck and features a private deck.

Activities that can be enjoyed while on board include bird watching, fishing (both fly and conventional) and game viewing from the 4 tender boats.

Please note that immigration closes at 16:00.

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 - 10: LETAKA TENTED MOBILE SAFARI, Moremi Game Reserve

Following breakfast, you will be transferred from the lodge to Kasane Airport for your onward flight to Xakanaxa Airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve.

Your guide will meet you upon arrival at the airstrip and take you to your private pre-erected camp. The following 7 days will be spent exploring the Moremi Game Reserve and surrounding areas on game drives. Your 6 nights will be split between two different locations within the reserve and the neighbouring Khwai community area.

Letaka Safaris mobile tented safaris are exclusive (maximum 9 guests), comfortable and fully serviced providing the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation.

Guests are accommodated in spacious (3m x 3m), walk-in wilderness safari tents with large windows, a private bathroom en-suite and a shaded veranda. The tents are furnished with two single beds, complete with comfortable mattresses, duvets and pillows (bed and bath linen are provided). The en-suite bathroom includes a hot water bucket shower, traditional long-drop toilet and hand basin.

There is a dining tent where meals are served but due to the excellent weather and skies often dinner is served beneath the stars. All meals are prepared by the camp chef, dinner is 3-course.

Each tent has an oil/paraffin lamp on the veranda and in the bathroom and within the tent itself, a LED rechargeable camp light is supplied along with a side table in the sleeping area and in the bathroom.  Although each tent has lighting and there are lamps strategically around the camp for navigation, an essential tool for your safari is a headlamp which lets you read a book at night in your tent or catch up with your safari journal as you listen to the sounds of the wild outside!

As well as a professional guide you will also be accompanied by a  back up team consisting of a chef and camp assistants who are there to make your safari even more enjoyable.  The camp staff set-up and break down camp as required as well as carrying out various daily camp chores ensuring guests enjoy total relaxation on safari.

Letaka Safaris vehicles are spacious and comfortable, ensuring guests enjoy the best possible game viewing experience. All vehicles are fitted with inverters and strip plugs allowing guests to charge batteries whilst on safari with us using the ac charger that came with your appliance.

Letaka Safaris use Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana Sites (HATAB) within the National Parks and Game Reserves which are exclusive wilderness sites and can only be booked by members of HATAB. There are no fixed buildings or facilities at these sites and the entire camp is erected and removed by the supply team.

A detailed itinerary for the mobile safari is available on request.

Area Description: MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Moremi Game Reserve is a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary, encompassing the Okavango Delta. The reserve is unfenced and its boundaries are defined naturally by river systems. The vegetation is varied, with dry land complemented by permanent and seasonal swamplands, resulting in an excellent diversity of both wildlife and birdlife. There is a network of game drive routes through the reserve as well as access to the permanent delta waterways in Xakanaxa where boating can be enjoyed (not available from lodges in the Khwai area).

Moremi is amongst the best game reserves in Africa for viewing the endangered African wild dog. Xakanaxa is home to a resident herd of several hundred buffalo whose range covers the territories of at least 4 prides of lion which may often be seen flanking the ever moving herd. Breeding herds of elephant move between their browsing areas in the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. Red lechwe are one of the more unusual antelope species commonly found here. 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.

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.

Area Description: KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA

Moremi Game Reserve is surrounded by wildlife management areas of the Okavango, with no boundaries between the concessions and the reserve allowing wildlife to move between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The prior inhabitants in the area (the River Bushmen) were moved to the periphery of the reserve, establishing Khwai village near the North Gate exit of the park. The Khwai area is managed by the community through the Khwai Development Trust. This area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve itself. A key advantage of being outside the reserve is the freedom to do walking safaris and night drives as the area is not governed by the same 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 11 & 12: GUNNS CAMP, Okavango Delta

Following the morning activity (time permitting) guests will be transferred by light aircraft to Gunn’s Camp where they will stay for 2 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.

The Delta is an oasis amidst the vast plains and pans of the desert that covers most of Southern Africa. Its waterways are a collection of meandering channels, creating a haven for Africa's most notable wildlife. 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 13: SAFARI ENDS IN MAUN

After breakfast guests will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun Airport for their onward travel arrangements.

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13 DAYS, 12 NIGHTS BOTSWANA LODGE AND MOBILE SAFARI: PRICES INUS$ [MINIMUM 2 PAX]

PROPERTISE USED:2 nights Victoria Falls Lodge (Victoria Falls), 2 nights Pride of the Zambezi Houseboat (Chobe River), 6 nights Letaka Miracle Rivers Camp (Moremi Game Reserve & Khwai Community Area) & 2 nights Gunn’s Camp (Okavango Delta).

PRICES INCLUDE: Road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Lodge for 2 nights on Bed & Breakfast. After breakfast, you will be transferred by road and boat from Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to Pride of the Zambezi Houseboat on the Chobe River, for 2 nights on full board. Activities that can be enjoyed while on board include bird watching, fishing (both fly and conventional) and game viewing from the 4 tender boats. Following breakfast, you will be transferred from the lodge to Kasane Airport for your onward flight to Xakanaxa Airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve wherere you will met with you guide and taken to your private pre-erected camp. Following 6 days spent exploring the reserve and surround areas on game drives, including full day boat excursion in the Xakanaxa Lagoons. You 6 nights will be split between 2 locations within reserve and Khwai community area.  Following the morning activity (time permitting) transferred by light aircraft to Gunn’s Camp for two nights on full board.  Next day transferred to Maun for onward flight arrangements. END OF SAFARI

Please select your currency:
DATES FROMDATES TOPER PERSON SHARING, PACKAGESINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGECHILD SHARING WITH 2 ADULTS, PACKAGE
01-Jul-1431-Oct-147215 USD860 USD5775 USD
01-Nov-1430-Nov-147320 USD915 USD5860 USD
01-Dec-1410-Jan-157215 USD860 USD5775 USD
11-Jan-1531-Mar-154685 USD315 USD3750 USD
01-Apr-1528-Apr-156775 USD315 USD5420 USD
01-May-1531-May-156995 USD375 USD5600 USD
01-Jun-1530-Jun-156540 USD375 USD5235 USD
01-Jul-1531-Oct-157390 USD920 USD5915 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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