Botswana Safari by Jeep

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Botswana Safari by Jeep

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Destination for this trip:

Botswana; Cape Town, South Africa; Chobe, Botswana; Francistown, Botswana; Johannesburg, South Africa; Maun, Botswana; Savuti, Botswana; South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Length of trip:

16 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1500 to $ 3000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

For an ‘All Inclusive’ African Style Land Rover Safari to Botswana starting in Johannesburg via the Okavango Delta, the spectacular Victoria Falls, the new Mapungubwe National Park (World Heritage Site) and back to Johannesburg with scheduled dates and limited participation of 3-10 persons.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Johannesburg

    Safari

    Arrival at Johannesburg International Airport in the morning. Welcome by our guide and transfer to the Kwenda Safari premises in Kyalami (30 min. north of Johannesburg); alternatively collection from any Hotel in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area. Small brunch, storing of luggage, introduction and update on routing, instruction on equipment and vehicles.

    Private Car Service

    Departure for Pilanesberg National Park at about lunch time (2 hours drive).

    Safari

    First Game Drive in Pilanesberg ("Big Five Area") in the afternoon.

    Camping

    Setting up camp, dinner (South African "Braai") on campsite.

  • Day 2 - Botswana

    Food and Dining

    Breakfast, taking down of tents.

    Safari

    Short Game Drive through the park.

    Private Car Service

    Heading for Botswana, border post. Arrival at Khama Rhino Sanctuary in the afternoon.

  • Day 3 - Botswana

    Safari

    After breakfast tracing of rhinos. Proceeding northbound towards the Makgadikgadi Pans.

    Camping

    In the afternoon search for a remote overnight spot in the Pans either at Kukanje or Kubu Island - no campsite (no facilities), just in the middle of the Makgadikgadi Pans. We will enjoy our campfire in absolute silence, under the fantastic African Sky (weather permitting).

    Sightseeing

    Alternatively visit of the Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve or the Nxai Pans National Park and stay at one of their camps.

  • Day 4 - Maun

    Private Car Service

    Heading north for the tarmac road connecting Francistown and Maun.

    Camping

    Arrival at Maun, stocking up on fuel and groceries. Setting up camp at Crocodile or Audi Camp, where we have dinner at their respective restaurant.

  • Day 5 - Botswana

    Commercial Flight

    Sight-seeing flight over the "jewel in Botswana’s crown", the Okavango Delta (duration approx. 30 min).

    Safari

    Progressing to Moremi, one of Botswana’s most scenic Game Reserves.

    Camping

    Arrival in the afternoon. Our overnight camp will be unfenced and next to the river.

  • Day 6 - Botswana

    Safari

    On a two hours Mokoro Trip (traditional dug-out canoe) in the swamps of the unique Okavango Delta we will get close to many hippos, crocodiles and over 350 species of birds. Extended Afternoon Game Drive to experience untamed Africa and the variety of its wild animals.

    Camping

    Dinner at the Camp.

  • Day 7 - Chobe

    Private Car Service

    Leaving Moremi following the Khwai River with direction Chobe National Park. On very sandy tracks, our Land Rovers again have to prove their unquestionable off-road capabilities.

    Camping

    Arrival at the Savuti Camp in the afternoon.

  • Day 8 - Savuti

    Safari

    Today we have ample time to explore the magnificent Savuti area reknown for its huge herds of elephants. There is also a fairly good chance to encounter lions, as there are usually many of them in this area.

    Camping

    Returning back to our camp at Savuti.

  • Day 9 - Chobe

    River or Barge Cruise

    Today we follow the tracks to Chobe River, where we arrive at the Chobe Safari Lodge (near Kasane) in the early afternoon. At about 15:00 we embark for a 3 hour River Cruise and experience wildlife from a different perspective.

    Camping

    For the night we settle at the camp grounds of the Chobe Safari Lodge.

  • Day 10 - Victoria Falls

    Private Car Service

    After breakfast we are leaving Botswana, cross the border into Zimbabwe and arrive at Victoria Falls in the early afternoon.

    Sightseeing

    On a walk we admire the spectacular Victoria Falls.

    Food and Dining

    In the evening we leave the bush experience behind and enjoy dinner in "colonial style" at the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel.

    Camping

    Tonight we stay at the nearby campsite of the Inyathi Valley Lodge.

  • Day 11 - Victoria Falls

    Adventure

    This day can be used at your own discretion, you may want to shop around for souvenirs, do a ‘Flight of Angels’ by plane/helicopter viewing the Falls again, ‘White Water Rafting’, ride on the back of an elephant, etc. (Please note, that all these activities, however, are at your own expense).

    Camping

    Our camp is still at Inyathi Valley Lodge.

  • Day 12 - Victoria Falls

    Private Car Service

    Guests who booked the 12 days option "Johannesburg to Victoria Falls", will be transferred to the airport of Victoria Falls for their return flight to Johannesburg. All others will leave Victoria Falls after breakfast and cross the border back into Botswana, heading South to arrive in Nata in the early afternoon.

    Sightseeing

    Visit of the Nata Bird Sanctuary with its prolific birdlife and more than 160 species. During the wet season one can also admire thousands of pink flamingos and pelicans.

    Camping

    For the night we stay over at the beautiful Nata Lodge campsite.

  • Day 13 - Francistown

    Camping

    Via Francistown we head Southeast crossing the Limpopo River, border with South Africa. We arrive at our camp right next to the river where the Tuli-Elephants migrate freely between Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

    Rafting

    Sculling down the Limpopo River in a rafting boat we will be looking for Elephant, Hippo, Crocodile and the elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl – a photographer’s dream!

  • Day 14 - South Africa

    Sightseeing

    This early morning we set out for a 3 hours Game Walk accompanied by an armed local ranger. The expedition, takes us deep into the Limpopo flood plain where we not only encounter animals on foot, but also smell them and the Mopane Bush and listen to the diverse voices of this striking area. After a late bush-breakfast we follow the path of Livingstone and Cecil Rhodes on which we climb the majestic Sandstone Hills with their ancient ruins from the 13th century. This ‘African Late Iron Age’ archaeological site lies in the new Mapungubwe National Park and was declared World Heritage Site in July 2003. San Bushman rock paintings and even dinosaur fossils are to be found.

    Safari

    This evening we will enjoy Africa’s nocturnal fauna on a Game Drive at night in an open vehicle.

  • Day 15 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    At early sunrise we join the researchers of the Venetia Wild Dog Project. This endangered species is tracked in the wild via radio signal and we are offered the opportunity to participate in the daily search of the scientists determining the wild dogs pack dynamics and hunting behaviour.

    National Parks

    In the afternoon we reach the Waterberg Country Lodge bordering with the Marakele National Park and the adjacent UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for the endangered Cape Vultures.

    Food and Dining

    On our last evening we will enjoy a delicious dinner with South African wine in the lodge’s private dining room. This place combines breathtaking views, quietness and vultures high up in the sky with the comfort of a solid bed.

  • Day 16 - Johannesburg

    Safari

    Ample time on our last morning allows us a final game drive or just relaxation as we only have a merely 3 hours drive to Johannesburg.

    Food and Dining

    In the afternoon we enjoy tea or coffee at Kwenda Safari’s in Kyalami.

    Transfer to the JHB-International Airport for your flight home or alternatively to any Hotel within the Johannesburg/Pretoria area.

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