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14-day Botswana Wildside

Safari through the wilderness of Botswana. Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and the abundant wildlife of Moremi game reserve and Savuti.  Explore Chobe National Park by boat and enjoy wonderful views of Victoria Falls.  While on camping safari, you will stay in designated camping sites. Facilities are generally good with hot showers, restaurants and washing facilities available. On a portion of the safari we camp in the wild with no facilities. Wild camping safaris are a true wilderness experience during which we keep our impact on the environment to a minimum, taking out everything we take in.  You can start this tour a day earlier in Johannesburg, visiting the Khama Rhino Sanctuary on the way up. Please call for details.  

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From
NZD$3,150
per person sharing*

Highlights

Khama Rhino Sanctuary – game drive
Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion 
Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
Savuti – game drives
Chobe National Park – game drive and river cruise
Victoria Falls – adventure activities

Includes

Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bag/pillow)
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excludes

Travel insurance
International flights
Airport Transfers
Pre and post tour accommodation
Gratuities
Visas
Vaccinations
Optional Activities
Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water)
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel surcharges

Starts

Johannesburg, South Africa

Ends

Livingstone, Zambia

Duration

14 days

Countries visited

Botswana, Zambia

Departures

Small Group. Set departure dates

Price

From NZD$3,150
per person sharing*

Group Size

4 - 12 people

Safari Type

Adventure Camping

Accommodation:

Adventure Camping

Vehicle

Day 1 JOHANNESBURG to KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY [camping -LD]
[B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]
Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north into Botswana. We pass Serowe, birthplace of Botswana’s first president, Sir Seretse Khama, on our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This 4300 hectare reserve situated on the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest. We take our first game drive around the open grassland of Malema and Serwe Pans.

Day 2 MAUN [camping BL-]
We drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River, Maun is a bustling frontier town where we prepare for the delta excursion. After setting up camp we have a relaxing afternoon at the swimming pool.

Day 3, 4, 5 OKAVANGO DELTA [camping Bx3, Lx3, Dx2]
Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Makoro (dugout canoes). The delta forms as water flows from the Angolan highlands out over the Botswanan flat Kalahari Desert sands creating a delicate, green oasis for birds & wildlife. We will camp wild on remote islands in this amazingly dynamic environment & enjoy bush walks, bird watching & swimming in the clear water. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle & culture. We return to Maun in the late afternoon of day 5 and have time for an optional (own expense) game flight over the Okavango, which will reveal a different aspect of the delta.

Day 6 – 9 MOREMI & SAVUTI [camping BLD]
We have 4 nights in these conservation areas with time to explore the various habitats. We spend our time on game drives watching the plentiful wildlife including wild dog, elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game.

Moremi Game Reserve rates as one of the leading wildlife areas of the world and we take our open 4WD vehicle into Moremi for fantastic game viewing! Grasslands, floodplains, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a variety of game viewing habitats.

Moving north over the sand ridge and into the Mababe depression we arrive at the Savuti Marsh. This open grassland area attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest, which in turn draw the large lion prides for which Savuti is famous. We camp wild in the central Chobe National Park at either Savuti or Zwei-Zwei.

Day 10 – 11 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [camping Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]
The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. In the early morning we search for game on the flood plains of the Chobe river. The late afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise is a highlight as we see the mighty elephant herds returning to the Chobe River to quench their thirst. We camp at Kasane on the Chobe River for night 11.

Day 12 – 13 VICTORIA FALLS / LIVINGSTONE [lodge Bx2 - -]
We overnight for 2 nights in Zambia near Livingstone town on the banks of the Zambezi River. Enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, Bungi Jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

Day 14 LIVINGSTONE – TOUR ENDS [- B - -]
Tour ends at 08:00 after breakfast. Transfers to local airports are available.

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Botswana

1 Night

Rivernest Boutique Cottages

Maun

1 Night

Okavango Delta Camp

Okavango Delta

2 Nights

Rivernest Boutique Cottages

Maun

1 Night

Moremi Camp

Moremi Game Reserve

2 Nights

Savuti Camp

Savuti - Chobe National Park

2 Nights

Chobe Camp

Chobe River Front

1 Night

Thebe River Lodge and Campsite

Chobe River Front

1 Night

Victoria Falls Waterfront

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

2 Nights