Botswana

 

 

Botswana

Accommodation

  • Chobe Safari Lodge, Kasane (4-Star) – 2 Nights
  • Nata Lodge, Nata (3-Star) – 1 Night
  • Maun Lodge, Maun (3-Star) – 2 Nights
  • Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Divundu (2.5-Star) – 1 Night
  • Protea Hotel Zambezi River Lodge, Katima Mulilo (3-Star) – 1 Night
  • Zambezi Sun Hotel, Livingstone (4-Star) – 2 Nights

Itinerary

Day 1 – 2 : Travelling

Fly To Livingstone, Zambia. Journey To The Border And Take A Transfer Into Botswana By Boat Before Continuing To Chobe National Park. Overnight Kasane.

Day 3 : Meet The Wildlife

Wake Early, Board A Jeep And Join Your Safari Guide For A Morning Game Drive. An Abundance Of Wildlife Awaits In Chobe National Park. Elephants Are Nearly Always Close By; There Are An Estimated 40,000 To 60,000 Of These Gentle Giants Residing In The Park. Mammoth Herds Of Buffalo Roam The Grasslands, Standing Out Against The Horizon, Often Interspersed With The Distinctive Stripes Of The Sturdy Zebra. Lofty Giraffe Saunter Elegantly, Their Splendid Long Necks Visible Above The Lower Tree Line. Your Safari Guide Will Endeavour To Seek Out The Big Cats; The Memory Of A Magnificent Lion Will Stay With You Long After Your Return Home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Afternoon On The Chobe River –

Game Viewing From The Water Gives You A Unique And Sometimes More Intimate View Of Wildlife. Gently Drift Along The Chobe, Your Local Specialist Guide Will Introduce You To The River. When The Boat Slows Have Your Camera Ready For A Slithering Crocodile And The Bright Pink Mouths Of Yawning Hippos. African Skimmers And Fish Eagle May Join You, Patrolling The Skies And Searching For Prey Along The Banks. Herds Of Elephant And Buffalo Amble To The Waters’ Edge In Search Of A Cooling Drink At The End Of A Hot Day, And Perhaps An African Jacana Takes Flight Across A Red Streaked Evening Sky. Overnight Kasane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 : A Drive On The Pan

Travel South To The Lunar Landscape Of The Makgadikgadi. This Area Incorporates A Multitude Of Salt Pans, The Largest In The World, And Vast Grass Plains Dotted By Palm Islands; This Unique Environment Exudes An Atmosphere Of Mystery. Join An Open Back Safari Vehicle And Drive Through The Nata Sanctuary. This Is A Community Based Project That Benefits Four Surrounding Villages. Look Out For Smaller Mammals; Wildebeest, Black Back Jackal, Impala And Springbok May All Be Sighted. The Birdlife Is Also Excellent. Keep Your Binoculars At The Ready For Pelicans And Magnificent Pink Flamingos. Dependant On The Route Enjoy A Spectacular End To The Afternoon As The Sun Sets On The Opposite Side Of The Pan. Overnight Nata.

 

Day 5 : To The Delta

Travel North-West To Maun, Gateway To The Lush Wetlands Of The Okavango Delta. Located In The Arid Kalahari This Verdant Oasis Is Fed By The Mighty Okavango River And Is A Magnet For An Extraordinary Array Of Wildlife. On Arrival, An Optional Flight Over The Delta Gives You The Opportunity To View This Natural Wonder From The Air. At Heights Of 400ft You Will Be Able To See For Miles Whilst Still Being Able To Spot Wildlife. Your Pilot Will Point Out Herds Of Elephant And Zebra, Grazing Hippos And Giraffe. Fly Over Winding Rivers, Still Pools And Lush Grasslands. This Is Untouched Africa At Its Very Best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Afternoon In The Village –

Travel To Kaziikini And Spend The Afternoon With The Bayei Tribe. Join A Tour With A Local Specialist Guide And Learn About Daily Life In The Village. Visit A Home And See How Rooms Are Heated In The Winter And Mosquitoes Repelled In The Summer. Watch Women Weaving Baskets And Pounding Sorghum, The Staple Grain Of Botswana. Learn Fish Preserving Methods And How To Keep A ‘Traditional’ Fridge Cold. Consult With A Medicine Man And Watch A Colourful And Energetic Display Of Song And Dance. Join A Nature Walk And As You Follow The Tracks And Trails Learn About Traditional Hunting Methods. Overnight Maun.

Day 6 : Wildlife Of The Okavango

Travel To The Eastern Side Of The Magnificent Okavango Delta For A Full Day Safari In Moremi Game Reserve. Drive Through Mopane Woodland And Acacia Forests; Across Floodplains And Past Lagoons Carpeted With Lilies. This Diverse Landscape Is Quite Literally Teeming With Wildlife. Iridescent Kingfishers Dive And Hippos Grunt. Elephants Are Numerous And Lion, Leopard And Cheetah Are Here Too. Wild Dogs Are Regularly Sighted In The Reserve And Antelope, Large And Small, Graze The Fertile Grassland. As The Afternoon Draws To A Close And Dusk Falls The Silence May Be Broken By The Haunting Call Of A Jackal. Overnight Maun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7 : Across The Border To Namibia

Journey Along The Western Panhandle, A Minor Fault Line Along Which The Okavango River Flows Before Emptying Into The Delta. Travel Through A Landscape Of Rivers And Palm Islands Before Crossing The Border Into Namibia And Mahango Park. Striking Baobab Trees Dot The Landscape And Acacia And Bushwillow Line The Banks Of Ancient Fossil Rivers. A Year Round Water Supply From The Kavango River And The Proximity To The Caprivi Strip Ensures An Abundance Of Game In This Wilderness. View Bushbuck And Impala Grazing And Herds Of Elephants Plodding Slowly Between Angolo And The Okavango Delta.

Cruise The Kavango River –

Drift Down The Kavango River On An Evening Cruise. Papyrus And Palm Trees Line The Banks, And Thickly Wooded Islands Are Scattered Across The Waterway. The Sound Of Snorting Hippos And Snapping Crocodiles Fills The Early Evening Air And The Shrill Cry Of A Fish Eagle Signals The Setting Sun As It Drops Down Beyond The Horizon. A Cool Drink In One Hand, Binoculars In The Other, This Must Be The Perfect Way To Spend An Evening. Overnight Divundu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 8 : A Journey Across The Caprivi Strip

A Green Ribbon Of Fertile Landscape Stretches East Across Northern Namibia And Along The Border With Botswana, This Is The Caprivi Strip. The High Rainfall And Lush Vegetation Attracts A Rich And Diverse Wildlife And The Snaking Okavango And Kwando Rivers Create Magnificent Waterfalls, Rapids And Swamps. This Is Where The Savannah Meets With Ancient Kalahari Woodland. Drive Through Riverine Forests And Flood Plains Dotted With Distinctive Baobab Trees. Journey Through Small Villages Where Communities Depend On The Fertile Soils, And Watch Local Children Herd Goats And Cattle Along The Dusty Roads.

Meet The Mafwe –

Visit A Local Village Museum And Spend The Afternoon With The Mafwe People. They Will Greet You In Traditional Dress And Guide You Through The Village. Learn How To Make A Fire And Taste Typical Local Dishes. Watch Women Weaving And See How An Arrow Point Is Forged. Take A Short Bushwalk And Discover Ancient Hunting Skills. A Performance Of Local Song And Dance Is Sure To Have Your Hips Swinging Before You Leave. We Stay Overnight At Katima Mulilo, A Lively Little Town Located On The Banks Of The Zambezi River. Explore The Bustling Open Market. Just About Everything Is For Sale Here And Local Handicrafts Are Particularly Good. Soak Up The Local Atmosphere, Browse The Stalls For Jewellery And Woven Goods, And Make Sure You Barter. Ask Your Local Specialist Guide For Their Favourite Places In The Town. Overnight Katima Mulilo.

Day 9 : A Journey To The Falls

Cross The Border Into Zambia And Continue To Magnificent Victoria Falls. Listen As Your Local Specialist Guide Tells You Of The Discovery Of The Falls By Dr Livingstone, Where, Depending On The Season, Up To 150 Million Gallons Of Water Per Minute Cascades Over The Mile-Wide Basalt Cliff, A Truly Awesome Sight. Walk Along The Most Scenic Section, Stopping To Take In The Splendid Views Along The Way; Remember These Falls Are Twice The Height Of Niagara. Cross The Knife Edge Bridge And View Neighbouring Zimbabwe Through The Rising Mist, Created By The Sheer Force Of The Mighty River As It Hits The Rocks Below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cruise On The Zambezi –

Board A Riverboat And Glide Gently Downstream As The Sun Sets Over The Upper Zambezi River. Relax In A Comfortable Wicker Chair On Deck, Enjoy A Drink Or Two And Get Ready To Spot Elephants And Giraffes, Enjoying Their Own Evening Drink By The Water’s Edge. Overnight Livingstone.

 

Day 10 : A Day At Leisure

Today You Are Free To Relax Or Join One Of The Many Optional Activities. Take A Scenic Flight Over The Falls, Join An Elephant Safari Or Take A Game Drive In Mosi-Oa-Tunya-National Park. Explore The Town Of Livingstone With Its Carefully Planned Streets And Avenues Of Beautiful Trees. Visit The Livingstone Museum And View A Collection Of The Famous Explorer’s Memorabilia. Stroll Through The Bustling Maramba Market And Join The Locals As They Shop At Stalls Laden With Everything From Fruit And Vegetables To Chitenge, A Brightly Coloured Local Fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner In The Bush –

Travel Out To The Bush For A Farewell Dinner With A Difference. The Sound Of Drums Welcomes You And A Lively And Colourful Performance By Mikishi Dancers Follows. Dine Under The Night Sky And Then Gather Around The Open Fire, The Perfect Way To End Your Last Evening In Africa. Overnight Livingstone.

Day 11 – 12 : Travelling

Fly Back To The Uk, Arriving On Day 12.