BOTSWANA 

Is the premier wildlife destination in Southern Africa. The rustic, remote atmosphere of  Botswana’s wildlife areas offer real adventure. Open 4 wheel drive game drives in Moremi game reserve, Savuti and Chobe National Parks are the experience of a lifetime. The fabled Kalahari Desert covers roughly two-thirds of the country. At the northern edge of the Kalahari lies the Okavango Delta known as the “Jewel of the Kalahari”, a secret oasis in an otherwise water-starved land. Some of the largest herds in Southern Africa roam free in this unspoiled wilderness, the wildlife is spectacular and varied.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: The Botswana flat landscape is covered by the sand which makes it dry and hot. Their summer temperature can reach 38 degrees and beyond. The best time to visit Botswana is between June and November when the water level is low in the Okavango Delta with cooler temperature.

OKAVANGO DELTA – The experience of being polled into the Okavango Delta is unrivalled. You polers will interpret birdlife as you pass through tranquil waterlily covered lagoons to your camp. Your professional guide will lead you on game walks getting you close to nature. If your passion in camping close to the wildlife or the comfort of a luxury lodge safari, Botswana has something to offer you.

CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE – The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is one of the largest game reserves in the world (52,800 square kilometre). Made famous by Mark and Delia Owen in the book Cry of the Kalahari, its remoteness, unforgiving climate and harsh terrain have kept it pristine and untamed. This reserve is characterised by vast open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds. During the summer months, when the rains fall, the Kalahari grasslands turn green and lush and the good grazing attracts large herds of zebra, wildebeest springbok and gemsbok (oryx). Following the herds we hope to find the Kalahari lions. Khutse National Park is an annex to the south of CKGR and encompasses several beautiful pans. The Sunway Expedition Kalahari tours will visit Khutse.

MOREMI GAME RESERVE – The Moremi Game Reserve is considered to be one of the first reserves in Africa to be formed by the local indigenous population. The Reserve covers the land that traditionally belonged to the Batawana people. In the 1960s the widow of Chief Moremi III was concerned about the toll that hunting and the encroachment of cattle were having on the animals within their hunting grounds. After negotiations the Moremi Game Reserve was officially declared on the 15th of March 1963. In the 1970’s after more negotiations Chief Moremi’s royal hunting ground was also included in the reserve. The reserve now protects about twenty percent of the heart of the Okavango Delta. It is home to over 300 percent of the world’s remaining Wild Dog population and is one of the few places in Botswana that is a sanctuary for the highly endangered White Rhino. To the northeast lies the Chobe National Park. Although just under 5,000 km² in extent, it is a surprisingly diverse Reserve combining mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. Only about 30% of the Reserve is mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK – Chobe National Park is famous for large herds of elephants. Herds numbering hundreds come down the Chobe River each afternoon to quench their thirst. A cruise on the Chobe River, is a brilliant wildlife experience where where it is possible to get close to the hippopotamus, crocodiles and elephants. Keep an eye out for the endemic Chobe puku as well as over 400 hundred species of birds. Chobe provides exceptional photographic opportunities.

SAVUTI – an area in the centre of the Chobe National Park is famous for predators including large prides of lions and packs of hyenas. The waterhole attracts large bull elephants, buffalo and zebra. In 2010 the water flowed again in the “lost river” – after 25 years the waters have again pushed through the Salinda Spillway and arrived on the Savuti marsh, flooding an area which has been dry for so long. This is going to be a fascinating time and the impact on the wildlife is going to be amazing to witness.

NXAI PAN NATIONAL PARK – A national park to the north of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the focal point of which is the “pan” or open grassland, at the centre of which there is a permanent water hole. This water is a magnet for wildlife and attracts vast springbok populations, large herds of giraffe, zebra, gemsbok (oryx), which in turn attract predators. Nxai Pan is an excellent place to find lion and cheetah. The national park also includes the group of massive Baobab trees named after Thomas Baines.

MAKGADIKGADI NATIONAL PARK & THE KALAHARI – The grasslands of the Kalahari together with the lunar expanse of the Makgadikgadi saltpans complement and are in total contrast to the verdant, game-rich Okavango.

 

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TOUR DEPARTS: Johannesburg  TOUR END: Victoria Falls

Serowe – Khama Rhino Sanctuary  X 1 night

Maun – Maun Lodge X 1 night

Okavango Delta – Wild Camping X 1 night

Moremi game reserve – Moremi Camp X 2nights

Nata – Nata Lodge X 1 night

Chobe National Park – Chobe Safari Lodge X 2 nights

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe – Rainbow Lodge X 2 nights

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B=Breakfast   L=Lunch   D=Dinner

Day 1 Khama Rhino Sanctuary

After an early breakfast, we depart from Sandton, City Lodge travelling through Limpopo province heading to Botswana. The drive to our destination will take us about seven hours or more (this estimation takes into account border formalities and break stops). Once we cross the border, we drive straight to Serowe and check in at Serowe hotel before we go to Khama Rhino Sanctuary for a sunset game drive in an open 4 wheel drive. A set dinner will be served at the restaurant. (1 x B, 1 x D)

Day 2 Maun

Another early morning, today we transit to Maun and drive through the flat landscape that forms the Kalahari Desert of Botswana, which is a part of Makgadikgadi Nxai salt pan. Our next destination is Maun, and this is a getaway to the Okavango Delta. After checking in, we go to Maun shopping centre to stock all we need for the next two days in the Delta. A set dinner will be served at the restaurant.  (1 x B,  1 x L)

Day 3 & 4 Okavango Delta

Shortly after breakfast, we leave the lodge and head to Okavango Delta in our 4 wheel drive. There, we will meet the Polas at the polling station, load our camping gear, equipment and start polling to our wild camping site. We will spend two days and one night there. We have one sunset game walk and one sunrise game walk. Relax, but keep your ears close to the ground and keep your eyes open, the bush will have a few surprises in store for you.  (2 x B, 2 x L, 1 x D)

 Day 4 Maun

After spending two days exploring in the bushes of Okavango Delta, enjoying a beautiful sunset, sunrise and nature walk, we sadly say good to the bush. We leave just after brunch, so make sure you pack all your camping gear into a Mekoro and head back to the polling station to get transferred to Maun Lodge. After we check in at the lodge, enjoy some free time until late afternoon and then get ready for a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. The afternoon flight will be an ideal time. (1 x B)

Day 5 & 6 Moremi Game Reserve

Today, we bid Maun Lodge farewell. Shortly after breakfast, we head to Moremi game reserve in an open vehicle – so see if you can spot animals along the way.Moremi game reserve is one of the best reserves in the Southern Africa. On a good day, you can spot the Super 7. So that’s something to look forward to. At this game reserve, we have two days driving into the park and Khwai area where animals roam freely in the conservation area. Dinner will be served at the lodge. (2 x B, 2 x L, 2 x D)

Day 7 Maun

Today after breakfast, we will have time for a short game drive in Khwai and thereafter, we head back to Maun. After we get to the Maun Lodge (which will be around lunchtime), we check in, have set lunch and relax around the pool. (1 x B, 1 x L)

Day 8 Makgadikgadi Salt Pan

Today we head towards East of Botswana on our way to Nata. Expect to get there by lunchtime and then check in and from there, we will have time relaxing around the pool until afternoon. Later that afternoon, we will visit one of the largest remaining salt pans, formally known as Lake Makgadikgadi once covered an area larger than Switzerland.  (1 x B, 1 x L)

Day 9&10 Chobe National Park

 Driving in between game reserves and parks, Savuti and Chobe in Botswana and Hwange national park in Zimbabwe will definitely make our drive to Kasane more interesting. Normally there are big herds of Elephants and other mammals crossing or grazing along the road. After checking in, we have free time until around 14h45 (time changes seasonally). The most beautiful sunset boat game drive starts at 15h00 and goes into Chobe national park and remains there until the sun goes down. (2 x B)

Day 11&12 Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

Botswana has a lot to offer, but Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls is one of the world’s natural wonders so you will be in for a real treat. After having breakfast, we hit the road and go to the border to stamp out of Botswana and stamp into Zimbabwe. Once we have done with all the border formalities, we drive straight to the Lodge, check in and go to the activity centre for optional activities booking. Later in the afternoon, we will visit Victoria Falls. The following day is a free day for optional activities. (2 x B)

Day 13 Victoria Falls

The tour ends after breakfast at 8:30 am! (1 x B)

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Tour StartTour EndTour CodeTour StatusPrices FromAvailability Status
12 Aug.201824 Aug.2018JBt13Guaranteed€2,545Available
19 Aug.201831 Aug.2018JBt134 people guarantee€2,545Available
02 Sept. 201814 Sept. 2018JBt13Guaranteed€2,545Available
09 Sept. 201821 Sept. 2018JBt134 people guarantee€2,545Available
16 Sept.201828 Sept.2018JBt13Guaranteed€2,545Available
07 Oct.201819 Oct.2018JBt134 people guarantee€2,545Available
04 Nov.201816 Nov.2018JBt13Guaranteed€2,545Available
07 Apr 201919 April 2019JBt13Guaranteed€2,600Available
05 May 201917 May 2019JBt13Minimum 4 people€2,600Available
02 June 201914 June 2019JBt13Guaranteed€2,600Available
07 July 201919 July 2019JBt13Minimum 4 people€2,600Available
14 July 201926 July 2019JBt13Guaranteed€2,600Available
04 Aug 201916 Aug 2019JBt13Guaranteed€2,600Available
10 Aug 201923 Aug 2019JBt13Guaranteed€2,600Available
01 Sept 201913 Sept 2019JBt13Guaranteed€2,600Available
15 Sept 201927 Sept 2019JBt13Minimum 4 people€2,600Available
06 Oct 201918 Oct 2019JBt13Minimum 4 people€2,600Available
13 Oct 201924 Oct 2019JBt13Guaranteed€2,600Available
03 Nov 201915 Nov 2019JBt13Minimum 4 people€2,600Available
10 Nov 201922 Nov 2019JBt13Minimum 4 people€2,600Available

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