14-day Botswana Wildparks

On this affordable accommodated safari much of the time is spent in Botswana, Southern Africa’s premier wildlife viewing destination.  Starting in Johannesburg you will travel north through the South Africa/Botswana border stopping off at Khama Rhino Sanctuary on your first night.  From there this safari explores the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Whilst wild in nature this trip is accommodated so it allows for some home creature comforts!

DEPARTS: JOHANNESBURG on Sunday at 06:30am
ENDS: VICTORIA FALLS on Saturday at +/-08:00am

Highlights
* Khama Rhino Sanctuary – game viewing
* Okavango Delta – mokoro trail and bush walks
* Moremi Game Reserve – 3-day 4WD game viewing
* Chobe – 4WD game viewing & sunset river cruise
* Victoria Falls – tour the Falls & optional adventure activities

Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. But it is also known as a very expensive destination. However, by using a range of affordable lodges Sunway offers a fully accommodated tour of Botswana at a value for money price.

The BTa14 Johannesburg start saves you the cost of flights to Maun and includes an opportunity to see rhino.
The BTa13 Maun start clients join the BTa14 group in Maun on day 2 eliminating the drive Jo’burg to Maun.

Overnight: A total of all 13 nights accommodation in lodges, chalets and tented camps. Of which; 10 nights on safari we stay at small and intimate lodges, with en suite facilities.
1 night in Khama is in self catering chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom.
2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire.

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Of which 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the Sunway crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire.

Transport: For most of this safari you travel in a custom-built Sunway Safari truck with 12 forward facing seats; or (on 10% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. For the game drives in Moremi and Chobe and the transfer into the Okavango we use open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.

Limited participation: An essential part of your safari is some participation. From carrying your own bag to cleaning your window and packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Where the tour leaders provide meals, we ask that clients help (on rotation) with the washing up.

Highlights

  • Maun
  • Chobe River Front
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Nata
  • Okavango Delta
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe
  • Botswana

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north into Botswana and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community-based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. This reserve situated on the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest.

Day 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 1: Dinner provided tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Khama Rhino Sanctuary & afternoon game drive
Overnight:                   Khama Rhino Sanctuary, 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms.      WiFi not available
Distance/time:           630km, ± 7½ hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch

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Day 2 : Maun

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We drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 as the capital of the Batswana people, it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and safari operations. The name Maun is derived from the San word ‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’.

Day 2: Breakfast provided tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:                    -
Overnight:                 
Island Safari Lodge, chalet - twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.  WiFi not available
Distance/time:           520kms. ± 6½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities     Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)

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Day 3 – 4 : Okavango Delta

[tented camp x2 BLD]
We drive into the Okavango Delta to the launch station where we board our mekoro’s and pole to our tented camp in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. This amazing environment has large numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly kingfishers! One of the best experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along reed-lined channels in a mokoro (dug-out canoe). Sit back and relax as the water gurgles gently under the mokoro while your skilled poler points out the fauna and flora.

Day 3: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 4: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:                    Entrance fees to the Okavango Delta, morning & afternoon game walks with local guides
Overnight:                   Wilderness tented camping - 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has
twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel.  WiFi not available
Distance/time:           2 hour 4WD transfer into the Delta, each way

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Day 5 – 7 :

[3x tented bushlodge BLD]
We take an open 4WD into Moremi Game Reserve for fantastic game viewing! Chief’s Island is the largest landmass within Moremi and was the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting ground, before being declared a game reserve by the tribe. We spend 4 days on game drives watching the abundant wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game, both in Moremi Game Reserve and in private concession reserves surrounding the park. We return to Maun midday on day 8 for an evening restaurant meal (own expense).

Day 5: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge

Day 6, 7: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 6, 7: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6, 7: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Moremi Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives in open 4WD vehicle
Overnight:                   3x nights Elephant Pools Lodge – exclusive private tented bush lodge in Khwai Private Reserve, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en-suite facilities.   WiFi not available
1x night Maun Island Safari Lodge, chalet - twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.   WiFi not available
Distance/time:           150kms ± 4 hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Maun – Lodge)
Optional Activities      Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)

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Day 8 : Maun

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Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 8: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 8: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

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Day 9 : Nata

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We have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango before we head to Nata (own expense). The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi appear as a glaring white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to the sweet nutritious grasslands and clouds of flamingo feed in its algae rich waters. It is an area of low rainfall, so this spectacle only lasts a short while. (Please note due to high rainfall in the area over the last few years that there is water in the section of the pans we visit)

Day 9: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 9: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Dinner will be an own expense meal

Includes:                    Entrance fees into Makgadikgadi Pans
Overnight:                   Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Pelican Lodge, – Chalets with en suite facilities)  WiFi not available
Distance/time:           320km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

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Day 10 – 11 : Chobe River Front

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The Chobe River is a stunning feature of Botswana and will be the focus of our lodge stay. The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. An Early morning 4WD game drive in the Chobe National Park and an afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise to see the mighty elephant herds return to the Chobe River to quench their thirst.

Day 10: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11: Breakfast provided by the lodge

Day 10, 11: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10, 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal

Includes:                    Entrance fees to Chobe National Park, morning game drive (day 11), sunset boat cruise (day 11)
Overnight:                  Thebe River Safaris – twin room with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available
Distance/time:           300kms, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing + 1x 3 hour game drive
|Optional Activities      Afternoon game drive in open 4WD vehicle (on day 10)

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Day 12 – 13 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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We visit “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. These magnificent falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls Bridge was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, and was completed by 1905, although Rhodes never lived to see it. It spans the impressive gorge and the famous adrenalin pumping Victoria Falls bungi jump is done from this bridge, with a terrifying drop of 360ft (111m). Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

Day 12: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 12: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 12: Dinner will be an own expense meal

Day 13: Breakfast provided by the hotel
Day 13: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 13: Dinner will be an own expense meal

Includes:                    Entrance to see the Victoria Falls
Overnight:                   Shearwater Explorers Village, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. Free WiFi available
Distance/time:           70kms – 1 hour, excluding border formalities
Optional Activities      White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more

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Day 14 : Departure

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Tour ends after breakfast at 08:00am.

Day 14: Breakfast provided by the hotel

Included

Accommodation as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excluded

International flights
Pre / Post tour accommodation
Airport transfers
Travel insurance
Visas
Vaccinations
Gratuities
Optional activities