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    $2880 p/p in USD
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  • Botswana
Destinations

Destinations

Botswana, Zimbabwe,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This adventurous safari, which has a great mix of lodge and camping accommodation, is a fantastic way of exploring some of southern Africa’s highlights. See the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and choose from a wide range of optional activities, from river rafting to helicopter flights and much more. Then head into Botswana and experience the wildlife hot spots of Chobe, Savuti, Moremi and the Okavango Delta, exploring on game drives, boat cruises and by mokoro. This safari is guaranteed to make wonderful memories to last a lifetime!

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Birding Safari, Camping Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti Game Reserve, Kasane, Chobe National Park, Maun, Victoria Falls
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Lion, Leopard, Red Lechwe, Puku, Impala, Sable, Crocodile
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Mokoro, Boat Cruise, Optional Activities
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, end in Maun, Botswana
  • Minimum age:
    8 years

Rates – Per Person USD

Rates are ‘from prices’

From USD 2,880 per person, based on 4 people travelling on a budget safari

Full Service Safari

Full service means everything is catered for. Luxury tents are put up and prepared before the guest arrives at the camp. Bedding includes a camping bed with a mattress, pillows, sheets and blankets and towels. You will have en-suite facilities and you will be looked after by a small group of camp staff. Your meals are prepared and cooked for you. Laundry is available except for the washing of underwear and hankies. Drinks are provided for and we will request a list of what you drink when you book your safari.

No of people USD rate per day Cost of safari
2 360 360 x 2 x days
4 330 330 x 4 x days
6 310 310 x 6 x days
8 290 290 x 8 x days

Participation Safari
Participation safari involves putting up your own tents, which are small dome tents, and setting up your beds. We provide bedding. Meals are cooked for you by the guide and guests help with the cleaning up. For the above safari, laundry is done by the individual and facilities are provided for washing. Drinks are bought at guests own cost at the beginning of the safari.

No of people USD rate per day Cost of safari
4 280 280 x 4 x days
6 260 260 x 6 x days
8 240 240 x 8 x days
10 220 220 x 10 x days
12 200 200 x 12 x days

Budget Safari
Budget safari means we bring you bedding, such as pillows and sleeping bag, and will provide you with a mattress. You will be accommodated in tents which you will help the camp staff to set it up. You will assist the guide with the cooking and washing and cleaning up. Water and soft drinks are provided, you provide your own beer or wine.

No of people USD rate per day Cost of safari
4 240 240 x 4 x days
6 220 220 x 6 x days
8 200 200 x 8 x days
10 180 180 x 10 x days
12 160 160 x 12 x days

What's Included

  • Accommodation in lodges and campsites
  • Meals and drinks as per itinerary
  • Camping equipment including sleeping bag
  • All activities as stated in the day to day itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • All taxes/VAT

What's Excluded

  • International flights (to/from home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Optional activities
  • Tips (tip guide of USD 10.00 pp per day)
  • Insurance on all luggage and valuables
  • Airport departure tax
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘African Drifters
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • African Drifters‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

You will have a meet and greet at Victoria Falls airport then drive 20 km to town to check in at the Lokuthula Lodge. In Victoria Falls town there are a host of pulsating optional activities. These include white water rafting down the Zambezi gorge, canoeing on the Upper Zambezi River, elephant rides, helicopter flight over Victoria Falls and many more. The curio market offers fine pieces of art which are good souvenirs to take back home. Tour the spectacular Victoria Falls itself, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which can be seen from several different viewpoints (entrance fee is $30 per person).

Enjoy dinner at The Boma, a traditional Zimbabwean restaurant, at 19:00 hrs. The meal includes a choice of African game meat and other delicacies. Entertainment is local native dancers and drummers. Towards the end of the evening, drums are handed out to the guests and they drum in competition with each other (optional). Overnight at Lokuthula Lodge.

Day 1: (D)

After breakfast @ 0800hrs will depart to Kasane town (1 hour drive) which is a gateway to Chobe National Park, situated on the banks of the mighty beautiful Chobe River, which originates in Angola and flows through to Mozambique, all the while changing names through the different countries. Have lunch in Kasane and later take a sunset cruise to experience the park and wildlife from the Chobe River. You will get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You will see Sedudu Island and enjoy a great sunset. Dinner will be served at the lodge at 19:30 hrs.

Day 2: (B, L, D)

After breakfast at 0800 hrs will depart to Ihaha (5 hours drive) with a picnic lunch and game drive on the way. Ihaha Camp is in Chobe National Park, the third largest national park in Botswana covering 10,698 square km. After our picnic lunch, continue viewing the area’s famous herds of elephant and Cape buffaloes as well as an abundance of other animal species from predators to antelopes and primates. Dinner at the camp.

Day 3: (B, L, D)

In the morning you will continue to search for a wide variety of wildlife and birds in the area while absorbing the sounds and scenic beauty. At some point break for tea/coffee and later return to camp for lunch and siesta.

After the siesta, you will leave camp for an afternoon game drive. Later return to camp for dinner and share the experiences of the day sitting around the bush fire before falling asleep in your comfortable tent with the noises of animals and the bush around you.

Day 4: (B, L, D)

Head south (4 hours drive), away from Ihaha after breakfast, further into the heart of Chobe National Park. As you continue the search for wildlife, traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains. Savuti is very well known for its predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and even African wild dog. The Savuti Channel has started flowing again after being dry for the last 30 years. The arrival of water is changing the landscape as well as accommodating different species which historically have not been able to survive in the rather arid plains of Savuti. This exciting development has allowed large breeding herds of elephant as well as buffalo to visit the area.

Have a packed lunch along the way in one of the picnic sites and wrap up the day with an afternoon game drive before reaching camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: (B, L, D)

Wake up early and embark on a morning game drive to spot the cats. Savute is a hub of cats ranging from leopards, lions and others. With its hilly characteristics the Savute is an ideal breeding ground for cats hence they are a common sight here. A tea/coffee break will be served while on tour. You will then drive back to camp for lunch and siesta. An afternoon game drive will follow driving slowly trying to spot as many animals as we can. Return to camp where you can shower while dinner is prepared.

Day 6: (B, L, D)

After breakfast drive from Savuti (4 hours) through to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. For the next two days you will be searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for. Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets.

Camping will be in private designated campsites with en suite bush ablutions on every tent.

Day 7: (B, L, D)

In the morning continue the search for the wide variety of wildlife and birds, breaking for tea/coffee along the way then returning to camp for lunch and siesta. Afterwards, leave camp for an afternoon game drive, whereby you will cover more area for more exploration. Return to camp for dinner and share the experiences of the day sitting around the bush fire before falling asleep in your comfortable tent with the noises of animals and the bush around you.

Day 8: (B, L, D)

Depart Moremi in the morning after breakfast in a westerly direction to the edge of the Okavango Delta (4 hours drive). Enjoy a packed lunch on one of the islands followed by an afternoon game drive looking for a variety of wildlife species including elephant, kudu, giraffe, zebra, impala, duiker, wildebeest, steenbok, eland, water buffalo, hippo and warthog. Major predators including lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena are present and the bird life is prolific. Botswana has the largest population of free ranging lions in southern Africa, estimated at 3000 and constituting 30% of southern Africa lions.

Dinner at Xakanaxa and the other wilderness camps features camp style home cooking, desert, drinks and wine with dinner by choice. Every night after dinner, enjoy discussions with safari guides about African wildlife adventures. Stay in roomy tents on comfortable cots with mattress, sheet and blanket. Extra bedding is available. Portable toilet adjacent to the sleeping tents and shower is available upon request.

Day 9: (B, L, D)

In the morning breakfast will be served followed by a morning game drive. Brunch at the camp later. Explore this beautiful area by maokoro (a traditional dugout canoe) excursion. You will meet the local polers with their mokoro who will paddle us along the papyrus–lined channels enjoying the exquisite birds of the region as well as the stunning landscape deeper in the delta. Dinner at the camp.

Day 10: (B, L, D)

Head to Maun where you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (optional, clients to pay) and/or village tour.

Day 11: (B, L, D)

Guests will be dropped off to their preferred destination; Maun airport or accommodation.

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