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The Cheetah is always a prized safari sighting. Photo: Richard Seibel
Dates
  • Sep 14-27, 2014
  • Duration 14 days
    Group Size 6-12
    Land Cost $6,750
    Single Supplement $750
    Additional Expenses See Estimated Budget
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade II
    Best Time

    Botswana Mammals and Meerkats

    Victoria Falls, Chobe, Moremi, Okavango and The Pans

    Day 1      Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    On arrival in Vic Falls, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. 

    This afternoon you will take a guided tour of the spectacular Victoria Falls.  Known as Mosi-oe-Tunya, or the smoke that thunders, this is without doubt one of the greatest and most unforgettable spectacles on earth.  More than half a million cubic meters of water plummets over the edge every minute, a number that rises to five million cubic meters per minute during the flood season from March to May.

    The group will gather at dinner for introductions and a tour briefing.

    These next two days are spent exploring the area, with the group or independently in your free time.

     

    There is also adequate free time in these days to undertake an evening boat excursion on the Zambezi River, a scenic flight over the falls, or go microlighting (basically, a hang-glider with a motor), or a boat ride on the Zambezi, all of which are at own expense.  If you need more time to enjoy the areas many activities on offer, you may wish to schedule advance arrival.

    Meals: Dinner
    Lodging: Ilala Lodge (or similar)

    Day 2      Victoria Falls

    The morning is free to explore the area further on you own or choosing to join the optional activity:  a walk with the lions! 

    The lion encounter affords you the opportunity to walk with and cubs being prepared for release into the wild. This activity is at own expense.

    This afternoon you will experience the bush from the saddle of one of its largest inhabitants.   On a professionally-guided elephant back safari you wander through the pristine bush and valley of the Masuwe River, homes to numerous wildlife species, including elephants, kudu, buffalo, impala, leopard and even lion (sometimes!).  Each elephant is under the charge of a handler. The excellent birding in this area - over 50 species - will excite bird enthusiasts. 

    The elephant safari ends with a snack and drinks being served before returning to the lodge in time for dinner.

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Ilala Lodge (or similar)

    The Magnificent Victoria Falls, known locally as "Mosi-oa-Tunya," the Smoke that Thunders.
    Day 3-4      Chobe River - National Park

    After breakfast, travel overland across the border to Kasane, Botswana where you are welcomed by the guides.  From here continue via safari vehicle to your mobile bush camp in the Chobe National Park.

    Famous for its beautiful scenery and magnificent sunsets, the park hosts the largest elephant population in Africa. You may see large herds, including matriarchal groups shepherding their young, during the game drives and an unforgettable game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. Evenings are spent relaxing around the campfire under the brilliant stars of the southern hemisphere.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Standard Comfort Mobile Safari

    Embark on an unforgettable game viewing boat cruise
    Day 5-6      Savute - Chobe National Park

    Continuing overland through the park, you visit Savute, made famous for the abundance of large predators found here.   Discover the highlights of this amazing area and its waterholes during early morning and late afternoon game drives.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Standard Comfort Mobile Safari

    Day 7      Sango Safari Camp - Khwai Concession Area

    Travel to the Khwai flood plains and continue to explore the ever-changing scenery of the reserve.  This evening stay at a bush lodge situated on the concession area of the Khwai River, where many species of animal and bird life that make the area their home can be found.

     

    Today you may choose an afternoon mokoro excursion (at own expense) in order to fully experience the serenity of this pristine wilderness area.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Sango Safari Camp

    You will find abundant wildlife
    Day 8-9      Okavango Delta Area of Moremi Reserve

    Today move to the Moremi Wildlife Reserve,   situated in the northeastern corner of the Okavango Delta, a true wilderness area with rich, green vegetation. The area teems with bird life and has a vast population of wild animals. During early morning and late afternoon game drives we will search for the many species of animal and birdlife that make Moremi their home.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Stand Comfort Mobile Safari

    Exploring the reserves in morokos
    Day 10-11      Gcadikwe Island Camp - Okavango Area of Moremi

    This morning after breakfast depart for the Xakanaxa boat station, with wildlife viewing on route.  A boat excursion takes you into the Okavango channels and logoon areas en-route to our pre-erected island tented camp.

    Gcadikwe Island camp brings it all to you:  nature at its best up close and personal.  Elephants, hippos, lechwe and lions roam the area, trumpet, graze and serenade those fortunate enough to be guests at this intimate and rustic camp site.  Ablutions are communal. A delicious three-course dinner is served alongside the sounds and under the stars of the african night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Standard Comfort Mobile Camping

    Day 12-13      Makgadikgadi Pans & Meerkats

    After a hearty breakfast this morning, transfer via boat back to the game vehicle then drive back to the Xakanaxa bush airstrip, to catch the onward flight to the Makgadikgadi Pans.  Following a traditional lunch, village and cattlepost visit, we take quad bikes to our overnight campout on the Ntwetwe Pans.  Tonight is a BBQ dinner under spectacular star-studded skies.

    Rise early to visit the habituated meerkats, whose foraging, barking, grooming, general antics and highly defined social structure provide endless entertainment and intrigue.   A delicious lunch back at Planet Baobab is followed by siesta time and then a guided walk through the surrounding Baobab forests to learn about the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of these amazing trees.  Libations around the campfire against the backdrop of a flaming sunset precedes another amazing Pan African dinner. The shimmering and ethereal austerity of the area, one of the largest salt pans in the world, makes for a striking contrast to the experiences had thus far.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: 1 Night Open Air Camping & 1 Night Planet Baobab Traditional Hut

    Day 14      Maun

    Today you'll fly back to Maun, where the safari culminates. For those interested in extending their adventure, Cape Town offers culture, wildlife (penguins and whale watching at this time of year), wild flora and the most extensive collection of native African flora displayed Kirstenbosch Gardens, at the foot of the city's iconic Table Mountain. You might also consider a visit to Johannesburg's historical Soweto township.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: None



     
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