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6 Day Botswana Highlights - South [NAVM]

Route:

Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe - Botswana - Kasane - Maun - Okavango Delta - Maun

Botswana Highlights - South 2015/6

TOUR CODE: NAVM
Twin Share Accommodation
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 2
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck
DURATION: Days: 6 Nights: 5

Meals:
Breakfast:5
Lunch:5
Dinner:5

Departure Point: Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8.00 am from Elephant Hills Hotel, Park Way Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Tel: +26 31 344 793/9 www.africansunhotels.com

End Point: Sitatunga Camp: www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp

 

Itinerary:

Day 1/2 Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana - Kasane
At the start of the tour, your guide will brief you on the next few days. Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering sound of the mighty Zambezi before crossing the Botswana border to Kasane. In the afternoon we enjoy an included sunset cruise on the Chobe River in order to see the animals (in the Chobe National Park). As we depart Victoria Falls today it is best to arrive 1-2 days beforehand if you wish to partake in any of the adventure activities such as the world-famous White Water Rafting.

Optional Activities:
Chobe Game Drive
Meals: Breakfast (day 2 only), Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Accommodation: Two per Room: Thebe River Safaris: www.theberiversafaris.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, swimming pool
Route: Vic Falls to Kasane ±100 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs and a border crossing
Activity package: Victoria Falls entrance and Sunset Boat cruise in Chobe NP
Border posts: Zimbabwe: Kazangula Road, Open: 06h00-20h00. Botswana: Kazangula Road, Tel: +267 62 50330, Open: 06h00-20h00.

Day 3 Maun
We drive through to Maun. Once we get there we will pack small overnight bags and prepare for our 2-day expedition into the Okavango. The rivers leading to the Okavango Delta have no passage to the ocean and irrigate instead some 15,000 square km’s of Kalahari Desert – forming the world’s largest inland Delta.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Sitatunga: www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, swimming pool
Route: Kasane to Maun ±680 km
Travel time: ±8-12 hrs

Day 4/5 Okavango Delta
In the morning we board our planes and head into the Delta. After a wonderful scenic flight we arrive at our base for the next two days. During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing.
Please note: if you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Maun for the following 2 days.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per Meru tent: Moremi Crossing OR Oddballs: www.oddballs.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, shop
Route: Maun to Moremi Crossing
Activity package: Flight from Maun to Moremi Crossing (approx 30 minutes), afternoon nature walk & mokoro ride. Luggage Restrictions: 10kg per person. No bottled water allowed on flight, can be purchased at Moremi crossing

Day 6 Maun
Your tour will come to an end this morning after breakfast.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post Tour accommodation can be booked through SA Tours and Safaris.

Tour Ends
The tour ends at Sitatunga Camp: www.deltarain.com/index.php?page=sitatunga-camp. We suggest you book accommodation here for this evening through your travel agent, SA Tours and Safaris. If you choose to stay elsewhere you will need to arrange a transfer. Garden Court O.R. Tambo International is about 10 min drive from O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport. If you are flying out the following evening we highly recommend the day tour of Johannesburg city and Soweto as an informative and enjoyable way to spend the day.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s included
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

What’s excluded
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

Activity Package
This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour. However, we recommend to pre book and pre pay this to ensure room availability in the Okavango Delta.

This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.

 

Extra information

MEALS ON TOUR
Breakfast: As breakfast is served very early in the morning (if there is driving or activities to be done) it is a simple but filling breakfast: Tea and coffee, breads and spreads, cereals, yoghurts, fruits and on occasion, when there is time for a later breakfast, guides will serve a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, porridge, bacon or beans.

Lunch: Lunch is generally served at a picnic spot next to the road en route to a destination. As the guides only have approximately 45 minutes to get everyone off the truck, prepare lunch and then get everyone back on the truck again, lunches consist of sandwiches and salads (rice salad, pasta salad, tuna salad and green salad) which are quick and easy to prepare but which are quite filling. They do have meal plans which they should stick to, to ensure that there is variety on a day to day basis.

Dinner: This is when the guides get time to prepare a delicious meal and they focus on a substantial protein, vegetable and carbohydrate dinner. We serve traditional cuisine consisting of braais (BBQ), potjie (stew), bobotie (mince), spaghetti and fish and chicken dishes. All meals (on both accommodated and camping tours) that are included as per the dossier are prepared at the full service adventure truck. This is a unique adventure in itself where you get to dine under the stars with your new found friends and experience the real sights and sounds of Africa!

Currency and Banking
South African Rand and US Dollars are the most widely used currency on this route. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring small notes. In Botswana, the Pula is the local currency. You can change your Rand or Dollars to Pula when you enter Botswana. ATM’s do not always work in Botswana. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country.

Health
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Visas
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some nationalities require visas for Botswana. Most nationalities require visas for Zimbabwe. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Malaria
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.