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Botswana Lodge Explorer

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10 days  |  Maun to Victoria Falls  |  from USD $3,809  |   Guaranteed Departures 

Starting in Maun take in the best of Botswana from the fascinating salt pans to the incredible wildlife of Moremi and Chobe National Park, before crossing the border into Zimbabwe to going wild in Hwange National Park and end your adventure in Victoria Falls.
Countries Visited: Botswana, Zimbabwe

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Maun

Maun - Makgadikgadi Pans. On arrival into Maun Airport, you will be met by your guide and continue onto the area of the Makgadikgadi Pans. After settling into our accommodation, we take a stroll with our guide through the surrounding baobab grove, as he explains the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.
Overnight: Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park  |  Dinner

Day 2

Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park

After breakfast, we depart for an excursion to either Nxai Pan or Ntwetwe Pan. These excursions are seasonal based on wildlife sightings and road conditions. Both pans form 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 extraordinarily large herds of giraffe. The Ntwetwe Pan is amongst the largest saltpans in the world and famous for its extraordinary lunar landscape. Ntwetwe is home oto uniquely adapted desert species such as bat eared foxes, springbuck, kori bustards and some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. After exploring either Nxai or Ntwetwe we return to the lodge in the afternoon with some time to relax by the pool.
Overnight: Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Khwai River

Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Khwai River. This morning we travel via Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, 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. After dinner, we will explore the concession on a night game drive.
Overnight: Khwai River  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Moremi Game Reserve

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 5

Chobe National Park

Khwai River - Chobe. 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. We enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon from where we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds without having to reach for our binoculars – you’ll be near enough for close-up photographs, as well as having the chance to witness a spectacular African sunset.

*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 National Park  |  Breakfast

Days 6-7

Hwange National Park

Chobe - Hwange. This morning we depart Chobe and make our way to our lodge in a private concession near to Hwange National Park. The next two days are spent exploring this wildlife rich area. This afternoon you can partake in an optional game drive if time allows. On the following day, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on a game drive. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast 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.
Overnight: Hwange National Park  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 8-9

Victoria Falls

Hwange - Victoria Falls. The final leg of our journey takes us into Zimbabwe, home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the mighty Victoria Falls. We visit the Victoria Falls on a guided tour and then have the rest of the day and the next day at leisure or to partake in one of the many optional activities which include helicopter flights, elephant back or horse back safaris, canoeing, bungee jumping and more!
Overnight: Victoria Falls  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 10

Victoria Falls

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

Prices & Dates

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.

All other departure dates will be guaranteed to run subject to a minimum of 4 travellers. This safari has a maximum group size of 12.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
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Single Supp.
USD $3809
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2017
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Single Supp.
USD $4225
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Hotels

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.

Planet Baobab Lodge, Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

The Planet Baobab Lodge is a unique oasis-like lodge in the heart of Botswana’s baobab capital. Guests can choose between a traditional Bakalanga hut made from mud or a traditional grass hut made in the way bushmen once did. The use of natural materials indigenous to the region mean that air-conditioning is unnecessary and only the mud huts are en suite. After a day on safari, relax with a cold drink besides the pool and feast on delicious dishes from all over Africa.

Khwai Bedouin Camp, Khwai River

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Basic Lodge

Overlooking the magnificent Khwai River on a private concession, the Khwai Bedouin Camp is set deep in the bush amongst large acacia trees with comfortable en suite tents facing the river. The camp is frequently visited by the local animal residents, from elephants to lions, so you can enjoy your safari from the comfort of your own tent. At night, bed down to soft pillows and duvets with mosquito nets provided for your added comfort. This one of a kind camp is situated in the Khwai River area just outside the northern gate of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Chobe Safari Lodge is an excellent gateway to Chobe, Victoria Falls and the Zambezi Region. Rooms are spacious, with excellent facilities and private balconies. The restaurant serves a fantastic array of African and International cuisine. The Cocktail and Sedudu Bar is a great place to relax with a cocktail as the sun sets. The lodge is in Kasane, just 5 kilometres from Chobe National Park.

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. The lodge is located within walking distance of the mighty Victoria Falls.

Trip Highlights

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
Game drive in Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe's largest national park
Victoria Falls - one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
Game drive in Chobe National Park - home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa
The Makgadikgadi Pans
A cruise on Chobe River spotting wildlife along the riverbanks

Included

9 nights mid range lodges, chalets and tented camps Please Note: Accommodation named, may be subject to change but will be of a similar standard.
9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Game drives in Khwai Region, Moremi NP, Chobe NP and Hwange NP
Chobe River Cruise
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 10
Visit to Hwange's Painted Dogs Conservation Centre
Transportation in Toyota Land Cruisers, 12-seater 4x4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles
Services of an experienced local guide/driver
Excursion to Nxai or Ntwetwe 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$400 - 450. We can book this for flight you and will confirm the price at time of booking.
Tour Details
Starts
Maun
Ends
Victoria Falls
Departs
Year Round
Hotel Rating
Mid Range
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 6
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