12-day Botswana Lodge Safari

This small group 12-day Botswana Lodge Safari accommodated is a circular route around the Okavango Delta.  Starting and ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  This activity-packed safari allows you to discover the diversity that Botswana and Namibia have to offer.  Comfortable transportation between the lodges is in an enclosed, air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter.  Accommodation throughout your journey us includes lodges and bungalows.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2 nights in North Eastern Namibian National Parks – Caprivi area
  • Western Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
  • Optional Scenic flight over the Delta
  • 2 nights Moremi Game Reserve
  • 1 night Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 2 nights Chobe National Park
  • Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (extra charges apply)

Highlights

  • Maun
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Chobe River Front
  • Khwai Community Area
  • Kwando River
  • Nata
  • Okavango Panhandle
  • Zimbabwe
  • Namibia
  • Botswana

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Kwando River

The safari begins in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe at 07h30. We are happy to assist with pre-safari arrangements such as accommodation and transfers from Zambia or Kasane, Botswana.  A full safari briefing by our experienced guide commences your adventure with us on arrival in Victoria Falls, after which we head west.  With a border crossing into Namibia from Botswana.  Afterwards, we head further into the Caprivi Strip of Namibia to Camp Kwando or a similar lodge. This lodge has a lovely vista over the Kwando River, a tributary of the Chobe River, which forms the border between Botswana and Namibia. (D)
Victoria Falls – Kwando/Susuwe: 340 km, 4-5 hrs driving (depending on border crossing) + lunch break on route Caprivi.

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Day 2 : Kwando River

Stomachs full from an early breakfast; a game drive in the nearby Mudumu Game Reserve offers the prospect of seeing large game.  Elephant, Kudu and other antelope are commonly seen in this area. You will then return to the lodge in the late morning for lunch and a short rest before an afternoon boat cruise on the Kwando River. Upon returning to the lodge once again, feel free to enjoy a drink before a hearty dinner, then leisurely head off to bed lulled by the sounds of the African bush. (B, D)

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Day 3 : Okavango Panhandle

After an early rise the safari continues west along the Caprivi Strip until reaching Popa Falls located on the Okavango River. Stretching your legs, take a short walk through the bush in order to get a closer look at these rapids, the last of the great Okavango River before it enters the Delta.
From Poppa Falls we continue on our way to Botswana, entering Mahango Game Reserve just before the border.  Situated on the flood plains of the Okavango River, Mahango Game Reserve is well known for its sightings of Red Lechwe, Sable and Roan Antelope amongst other wildlife.
Leaving this scenic reserve, a short stop at the border crossing back into Botswana sees us heading south to Nxamasere or a similar lodge for 2 nights.  Nxamasere is situated right in the Okavango Delta. (B, L, D)
Susuwe – Nxamasere: 350 km, ±5 hrs (depending on border crossing)

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Day 4 : Okavango Panhandle

Early in the morning, enjoy a motorboat cruise through the papyrus-lined channels of the Delta to the mokoro station, where your day of exploration in the heart of the Okavango Delta begins.  Mokoro are traditional dugout canoes, which have been used by the Bayeyi River Bushmen for centuries to negotiate the intricate pathways of this unique area.  This full day excursion allows the opportunity to encounter a large number of bird species and view landscapes many people can only dream of. (B, L, D)

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Day 5 : Maun

Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango, you will travel south to Maun. Arriving around noon in town, you can do a bit of shopping for curios, safari drinks and necessities before lunch. Rest of the day at leisure. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta. This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s distinctive water system. During the flight it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami.  Night at a comfortable lodge in Maun. (B, D)
Nxamasere – Maun: 290 km, 4-5 hrs

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Day 6 : Khwai Community Area

From Maun the drive meanders through to the Khwai River area, on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Night at the Khwai Guesthouse in the Khwai Village. (B, L, D)
Maun – Khwai area: 160 km, ±5 hrs (including Game Drive)

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Day 7 : Khwai Community Area

Game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai River (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession). (B, L, D)

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Day 8 : Nata

An early start will see us traveling back through Maun, and then towards Nata, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans.  Watching the landscape change from green swamplands to vast saltpans, our journey pauses along the way for lunch and sees us arrive in the late afternoon at Nata Lodge or a similar lodge. (B, D)
Khwai – Nata (via Maun) 480 km, 7-8 hrs (including shopping stop in town).

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Day 9 : Chobe River Front

An eventful start to the day commences with a visit to Nata Bird Sanctuary, where depending on the time of year, it is possible to see large flocks of flamingos and pelicans feeding and nesting on the pans. The safari then heads North towards Kasane, a town on the edge of Chobe National Game Reserve, where we will stay 2 nights to explore the northern reaches of the park.  Feel free to investigate the ins and outs of the town, a well-known tourism hub of Northern Botswana, in the afternoon. (B, D)
Nata – Kasane: 320 km, 3-4 hrs

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Day 10 : Chobe River Front

Time is spent in Northern Chobe, a park which is incredibly rich in game due to the Chobe River providing water all year round. Large herds of elephant are frequently seen walking to and from the river. Due to the high density of herbivores in this area many predators, such as lions and leopards, can be found. While staying at The Old House or a similar lodge in Kasane, a game drive into the park in the early hours of the morning, and a river cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon allows the discovery of this incredible area from both land and water.  (B, D)

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Day 11 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today the journey takes you to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge.  In the afternoon come face to face with the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios with the roar of the water reverberating nearby.  At Victoria Falls there are many activities to partake in which your guide can assist in organising.  Please note that dinner on your last evening will be at your own expense. Spend your last night at a comfortable lodge with the images of the last 2 weeks still fresh in your memory. (B)
Kasane – Victoria Falls: 100 km, 2-3hrs (including border crossing)

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Day 12 : Departure

The safari officially ends at 8h00 on Day 12. We are happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities, and transfers to Victoria Falls airport, Livingstone airport, Kasane, or any nearby lodges at an additional cost.  Activities in Victoria Falls include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details. (B)

Included

All accommodation (rooms in comfortable lodges or luxury tents)
All transfers and activities as per the itinerary
All meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner)
Mineral bottled water
Services of a Professional Guide
All Botswana and Namibian park fees for activities included on itinerary
Transport in enclosed, air-conditioned or specialized safari vehicles.

Excluded

Entrance to the Falls
Visas
Airport transfers
Tips
Curios
Optional excursions at the lodges (scenic flight over the Delta, activities in Livingstone/Victoria Falls, game drives, fishing etc)
Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment
Medical
Baggage
Emergency evacuation
Any increase in National Park fees