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15 Day Botswana Wildlife Breakaway - Livingstone to Livingstone [BWB]
Chobe National Park - Botswana
Moremi Game Reserve
Mahango Game Park
Mudumu National Park
Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zambia
Botswana Wildlife Breakaway
Duration: 15 day(s)
Experience Botswana – truly a magical safari adventure! Enjoy the Botswana Wildlife Breakaway Safari whilst exploring Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
A small group lodge Safari, no participation, from / to Victoria Falls through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia
Highlights: Hwange National Park, Nata Bird Sanctuary, Game Drives in the Moremi National Park & Khwai, Okavango Delta experience including Mokoro excursion, Bwabwata National Park, Eastern Caprivi, Game drive in Chobe National Park, Sunset cruise on the Chobe River, Victoria Falls.
Group Size: Minimum 4 people, maximum 12 people Type of Safari: Lodge Safari
Accommodation: We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most of them have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet, whilst others have shared ablutions available. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.
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, llala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 2 - 4: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe [BLD, BLD, BLD] This morning we depart Victoria Falls and make our way to our lodge in a private concession near to Hwange National Park. The next days are spent exploring 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 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. Accommodation: Sable Sands or similar (chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area)
Day 5: Hwange National Park to Nata Lodge, Botswana [BLD] We need to get up early, as today is our longest drive of the safari. We leave Hwange National Park and drive through the Matetsi safari area en-route to Botswana. The drive is beautifully scenic, with the chance of spotting game along the way. We arrive into Nata Lodge in the late afternoon. Accommodation: Nata Lodge or similar (permanent safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)
Day 6: Nata Bird Sanctuary and Khwai, Botswana [BLD] After breakfast we head off to the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we get 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.) We make our way to our camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai River area. 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. Accommodation: Khwai Bedouin Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)
Day 7: Khwai River, Botswana [BLD] We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4x4 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. Accommodation: Khwai Bedouin Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)
Day 8: Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana [BLD] 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. Accommodation: Khwai Bedouin Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)
Day 9 & 10: Okavango Delta, Botswana [BLD, BLD] An early departure for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. 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. Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathroom, bar area)
Day 11: Mahangu, Namibia [BLD] Today after our Delta experience we leave the lush verdant wetlands of Botswana and enter Namibia. Enjoy an afternoon 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. Accommodation: Mahangu Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)
Day 12 & 13: Mahangu National Park to Chobe National Park, Botswana [BLD, B] After a night spent at Mahangu Lodge we continue our journey through the Caprivi Strip, crossing the border back into Botswana until we reach our destination, Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Start your morning of Day 13 with a hopefully spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for lunch, where you can relax 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. Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe Bush Lodge or similar (tented chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)
Day 14: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe [B] Today we leave Botswana behind us and come to the place where we started this trip full of real African experiences – Victoria Falls. We visit the Victoria Falls on a guided tour and then have the rest of the day at leisure or to partake in one of the many optional activities. (For own expense). Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge, Ilala Lodge or similar (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Day 15: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe [B] 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.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Included in the price: - 14 nights in fixed accommodation - All transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari 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 - All personal expenses
Meal Key: B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
Insurance It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. SA Tours and Safaris can assist you with your travel insurance, please enquire with our consultants for further information.
Luggage Baggage is strictly limited to one large bag, weighing a maximum of 15 kg. Also allowed will be a smaller hand-luggage bag or camera bag per Client. These restrictions are essential because of the nature of the tour. Because overloaded vehicles are inherently dangerous and cause unnecessary transport problems, potentially endangering Clients and Company representatives, the Company insists that every Client adhere to these luggage restrictions.
Botswana MALARIA Botswana is a malaria zone and therefore precautions and health care requirements are recommended and necessary. Botswana is fairly developed with many hospitals along the route. Don’t forget to secure your visa for this country if you are required to do so.
Departure The Botswana Wildlife Breakaway Safari departs from Amadeus Garden Guest House in Victoria Falls. Please note that the daily departure times are a guideline only and are subject to change due to seasonal variations, as well as unforeseen circumstances. The final decision rests with your guide who will advise you at what time you will be departing each day. On the evening of Day 1, there will be a meeting presented by your guide, at 7pm, at Amadeus Garden Guest House. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.
Transport Jenman Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Landcruiser or 12-seater 4x4 Isuzu or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, windows for game viewing and a music system. An off-road trailer is fitted with a field kitchen. All luggage is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.
Local Payment A local payment is required on your Jenman Safari and will be collected by your Jenman guide on the day of departure. The local payment is part of the overall tour cost and is used to pay some of the day to day operational costs that are incurred while we are on the road. We try to prepay as many of the costs as possible however in some cases cash payment on arrival is the only option as some of the attractions we visit on safari only accept cash. Examples include park fees at most of the national parks, a few accommodations or camp sites and any local food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour as well as local guides. Your tour guide is given a garage card to pay for fuel, however this is only valid for use in South Africa and certain parts of Namibia therefore any other fuel purchases also need to be paid for in cash. The local payment also ensures that a portion of your tour cost actually goes directly to the countries you visit, thus benefiting local communities as well as contributing to conservation of the areas we visit. Essentially having a local payment means your tour price is a bit lower and give you a more inclusive experience!
Spending money Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, water and additional entertainment. US Dollars, Pound Sterling and Botswana Pula are the most practical and convenient currencies.
Meals Where included most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments, however on certain nights the guide will provide an authentic meal for the group, which will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a camp fire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
First Aid Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration. It is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.
Visas The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit the countries stated on the itinerary. Kindly remember that clients would require a multiple entry visa for Zimbabwe & Botswana should they partake on our Botswana Wildlife Breakaway scheduled tour. Please note that travellers entering Botswana will be required to present a valid international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas within the preceding 6 months.