Botswana Wildlife Breakaway (15 days)

Explore the best of Botswana on our exclusive Botswana Lodge Safari including all the best highlights, selected meals, transport in a custom-built safari vehicle & so much more.

Highlights: Hwange National Park, Nata Bird Sanctuary, Game Drive in the Moremi National Park & Greater Khwai, Okavango Delta experience including Mokoro excursion, Bwabata National Park, Eastern Caprivi, Game drive in Chobe National Park, Sunset cruise on the Chobe River, Victoria Falls.

  • 2018 Price
    USD 3335 / EUR 2900 per person sharing
    Single Supplement: USD 1139 / EUR 990
    Local Payment: USD 350 / EUR 339

 

Included in the price:

  • 14 nights in fixed accommodation
  • All transport in appropriate vehicle
  • Game drives as mentioned
  • Meals and activities as mentioned in itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide.

Not Included in the price:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks, telephone calls, gratuities, curios and all personal expenses.
  • Day 1
    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.

    Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)   

  • Day 2
    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Today you will have at leisure to explore Victoria Falls, the town and all of its unique offerings, from adventure activities to cultural experiences. In the afternoon we embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day.

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    Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 3
    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Caprivi, Namibia

    After breakfast we head across the Kazungula border into Namibia, driving through the Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) to our camp situated on the banks of the Kwando River.  The area is lush and water-rich compared to the rest of Namibia, drawing abundant wildlife and villagers sustained by the large rivers and wetlands. We will arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy sunset overlooking the river with a chance of seeing both crocodiles and hippos.

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    Accommodation: Camp Kwando or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 4-5
    Caprivi, Namibia to Okavango Delta, Botswana

    This morning we start early as we embark on a game drive in the Greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game Reserve. Elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen as well as prolific birdlife.

    We cross over the border into Botswana and head to Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique.  The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We have the opportunity to stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.

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    Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathroom, bar area)

  • Day 6
    Khwai River Area, Botswana

    After breakfast we head south travelling via Maun to our camp which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai River region. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. During this season, in order for us to offer the best game viewing possible, extra driving may be required due to the animals migrating closer to the river. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors.

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    Accommodation: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms). Please note that there is no electricity at camp.

  • Day 7
    Khwai RIver Area, Botswana

    We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4×4 vehicle we will explore the Khwai River region on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. After dinner your guide will take you on a night drive, and you will hopefully be able to spot some rare nocturnal animals.

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    Accommodation: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms). Please note that there is no electricity at camp.

  • Day 8
    Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

    Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.

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    Accommodation: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms). Please note that there is no electricity at camp.

  • Day 9
    Khwai to Nata, Botswana

    Leaving the bush behind us, we travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, once a large river fed lake which has become saline and empty. This area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands and forms the Great Makgadikgadi which comprises the largest area of salt pans in the world, covering some 37,000 square km overall. We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

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    Accommodation: Nata Lodge or similar (permanent safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)

  • Day 10-11
    Nata to Chobe, Botswana

    We head off to Nata Bird Sanctuary in the morning, which offers us the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans (please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints). After breakfast, we continue our journey north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.

    Start your morning of day 11 with a hopefully spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

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    Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

  • Day 12-14
    Chobe, Botswana to Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Today we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and onto our lodge located in a private concession near to Hwange National Park, where we will spend the next three nights in this wildlife rich area. This afternoon you can partake in an optional game drive if time allows. Over the following two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to massive herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species.

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    Accommodation: Sable Sands or similar (chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area)

  • Day 15
    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Our safari ends after breakfast.  You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight.  We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

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Ursula Wittmann-Uebel

August 2012

Dear Mrs. Probst,

I opened your email with the lovely zebra photo now - thank you! Also, thank you for organizing our unforgettable Botswana holiday! It wasn’t a holiday in the traditional sense of the word as we were a bit tired afterwards, but we are now relaxed. I think our next holiday will only be in a few years to South America.

All our flights worked quite well. Next time we would prefer to fly from Frankfurt because the train from Nuernberg goes directly to the Frankfurt airport.

Our first hotel, the Amadeus Garden Hotel was small, clean and the German owner had greeted us personally. Our guides joined us that evening: Grant van Zyl und Thula Manzini. They arrived with a new 12-seater Jenman tour bus directly from Cape Town!

Our group only consisted of 8 tourists which was very pleasant. If each of the 12 seats on the tour bus was full, we probably would not have endured the heat. Four people used the camping accommodation and the others used the lodges (like us). We were always excited to see how the next lodge compared - they all were very different! The first two days we slept in an open tree house at the Ivory Lodge in Zimbabwe - unusual but very nice. It also was nice to stay in the luxurious Thamalakane River Lodge with beautiful surroundings and chalets that are located next to the river and the restaurant, providing excellent steaks and breakfast. The most memorable lodge would be the Khwai Bedouin Camp where we stayed for 3 days. The shower consisted of a bucket filled with hot salt water hanging on a metal drum. We slept very well in the permanent tents and the game drives in the parks were magnificent.

The entire group was great - we cooked the food and cleaned the dishes all together. Nobody got sick, nothing happened and no one complained… which was great! Botswana’s wildlife is amazing and the people were very friendly, only at the Victoria Falls market were people a bit pushy. During the day it was very hot (30-35 degrees), but during the morning and evening game drives it was cold and we needed our fleece jackets.

Our one suggestion from our side is to include the local payment in the tour fare. In addition, it would be informative to get an indication of the tips (we spent about USD 450 on them). However we enjoyed doing so because we knew that this additional income is very much needed.


We would definitely recommend this safari.

Kind regards

U. Wittmann-Uebel and K.-H. Uebel

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