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Botswana Lodge Explorer

11 days  |  Starts/Ends: Victoria Falls  |  from USD $3,199

Discover some of the best Botswana has to offer including Moremi Game Reserve, the Nxai Pans and famous Chobe River and National Park. Visit three countries starting and ending in Zimbabwe's might Victoria Falls!

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The Botswana Lodge Explorer is a non participation lodge safari. Group size 4-12

Day 1

On arrival into Victoria Falls airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later on we take a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls for a guided tour. This evening at 1800h meet your guide and the rest of your group for the informative pre-departure meeting.
Overnight: Victoria Falls

Days 2-3
Chobe River - Namibia

Victoria Falls - Chobe River. After breakfast, we cross the border into Namibia as we head for the Chobe River and National Park. The afternoon will be spent cruising the Chobe River where you will get the opportunity to view all manner of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, elephants and a vast number of birds. Day 3 will be spent exploring the flood plains on a guided walk.
Overnight: Caprivi Strip  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 4-5

Chobe River - Nxai Pan. We need to get up early, as today is our longest drive of the safari as we leave Namibia and enter Botswana. After settling into our accommodation, we take a stroll with our guide through the surrounding baobab forest, while he explains the local ecology, geology and, of course, the unique biology of the baobabs.

The next day we depart for Nxai Pan, a fossil lake that is part of the greater Makgadikgadi system. Covered in nutritious short grasses and small islands of acacia trees, Nxai Pan attracts vast numbers of desert herbivores such as gemsbok, springbuck, and giraffe. It also offers a diverse habitat to a surprisingly complete suite of carnivores including lion, leopard, and both brown and spotted hyena at night, and cheetah and wild dog during the day.
Overnight: Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 6

Nxai Pan - Maun. This morning we travel to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta?
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Maun - Khwai. After breakfast we make our way to Khwai which is renowned for its large concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. As a year round destination for wildlife, predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. The exceptional location of Khwai makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors.
Overnight: Khwai River  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Khwai River - Moremi Game Reserve - Khwai River. 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.
Overnight: Khwai River  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Khwai River - Kasane. This morning you will be transferred to Khwai Airstrip for your flight to Kasane (flight not included in the tour cost*). On arrival you will be met and transferred to our lodge. In the afternoon we explore the Chobe National Park on a game drive, along with many species of big game, Chobe National Park boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa.

*Please Note: The flight from Khwai Airstrip to Kasane is not included in the tour cost. We can book this for you, contact us for rates.
Overnight: Chobe N. P.  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Kasane - Victoria Falls. Heading back to Zimbabwe today, we leave Botswana behind and return to Victoria Falls. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Victoria Falls is home to so many different activities you certainly won’t be bored here. From white water rafting to lion walks to bungee jumping – it’s all available here!
Overnight: Victoria Falls  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

A'Zambezi Lodge, Victoria Falls
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A'Zambei has an African-style design, curvy lay-out and distinctive thatched roof. Likewise, its accommodation follows the same theme, with thoughtfully decorated river-theme rooms in a variety of options.

Camp Chobe, Caprivi Strip
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Offering a unique position on the Chobe River on the Namibian side, Camp Chobe is a private and eco friendly resort using solar power for all lights and geysers. Stay in tented en suite accommodation and breath in the sites and sounds of the wildlife all around. Taking a boat trip out on the river is the best way to get up close with some of the amazing wildlife including elephant, buffalo, zebra and much much more. Uniquely located on the Namibian side of the River Chobe, a side visitors seldom visit.

Planet Baobab Lodge, Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Planet Baobab is a unique oasis-like lodge in the heart of Botswana’s baobab capital. There are spacious, en suite double rooms or traditionally-styled, en suite Bakalanga Huts.

Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Several different forms of accomodation - 10 standard chalets, 3 superior chalets, 3 superior luxury chalets and 2 family units.

Khwai Bedouin Camp, Khwai River
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

With comfortable tents all with en-suite bathrooms, the Khwai Bedouin Camp is positioned privately under big Acacia trees.

Chobe Marina Lodge, Chobe N. P.
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Chobe Marina Lodge is spacious and stylish lodge. Accommodation is either studios, apartments, chalets, or suites with private lounges.

Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set amongst pretty landscaped gardens, the elegant Ilala Lodge is the perfect place for exploring Victoria Falls. Spread out over two floors, the guest rooms are beautifully furnished in a classic style with teak wooden furniture. The falls are much more visible from the upper floors however the ground floor offers charming proximity to the friendly warthogs who frequent the hotel grounds to graze. The hotel also benefits from a gorgeous outdoor pool and award winning restaurant. Located within walking distance of the mighty Vic Falls.

Trip Highlights

Maun - gateway to the Okavanga Delta. Optional scenic flight over the delta.
Game drive in Chobe National Park - home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa.
Nxai Pan, a fossil lake which is part of the greater Makgadikgadi System
Victoria Falls - one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
Game drive in the Khwai River Region - renowned for its large concentration of mammals.
Game drive in Moremi Game Reserve - one of Africa's most beautiful reserves.
A cruise on Chobe River spotting wildlife along the riverbanks.

Included

10 nights mid range lodges, chalets and tented camps Please Note: Accommodation named, may be subject to change but will be of a similar standard.
Transportation in Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4x4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles
Game drives in Khwai Region, Moremi NP and Chobe NP
Chobe River Cruise
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 11
10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Services of an experienced local guide/driver
Excursion to Nxai Pan
Guided tour of Victoria Falls
All park entrance fees

Not Included

International flights and visas.
Optional activities
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Domestic flight from Khwai Airstrip to Kasane - additional cost of approx USD$350 - 400. We can book this for flight you and will confirm the price at time of booking.

Prices shown are per person travelling. The price per person applies when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

Note: This tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to run.

In 2015 Botswana Lodge Explorer will be 10 days in length. Click on the 'Travel in 2015' tab above for next year's dates, prices and the 2015 Go Guide trip notes.

Prices shown are per person travelling. The price per person applies when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

Note: This tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to run.

In 2015 Botswana Lodge Explorer will be 10 days in length. Click on the 'Travel in 2015' tab above for next year's dates, prices and the 2015 Go Guide trip notes.

Botswana Lodge Explorer 2015

Prices shown are per person travelling. The price per person applies when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

2015
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USD $879
 
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This tour is guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers and has a maximum group size of 12.

Tour Details
Starts
Victoria Falls
Ends
Victoria Falls
Departs
Year round
Hotel Rating
Mid Range
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 7

Many thanks - we had a superb trip and couldn't ask for better sightings of the numerous animals. It exceeded my expectations. I have completed a form for Jenman safaris. The rep - Chantel was brilliant.

Thanks for your assistance and very worthwhile trip. My husband let me go saying that go and get it out of your system once and for all. It hasn't done that but just wet my appetite for more!

Kind regards

JUDITH SPENCER
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