Botswana Explorer

Number of days

14

Start Location

Botswana

Group Size

4-16

Operated by

World Expeditions

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Discover the abundant wildlife and amazing sights of Botswana and Victoria Falls on a fully serviced camping safari

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Johannesburg to Khama Rhino Sanctuary (approx 640 kms/9 hrs drive)

Your trip starts at 08:00am on Day 1 with departure from Johannesburg. Please be ready at the reception of the Peermont Metcourt Hotel at 07:30am. Travelling through the province of Limpopo, we cross the border into Botswana where we set up camp at Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Please note that there is a pre departure meeting at 18:00 the day BEFORE Day 1 in the reception of the Peermont Metcourt Hotel. Please ask your Reservations Consultant if you would like to book an extra night here. NOTE: The Peermont Metcourt Hotel is located near Johannesburg O.R. Tambo airport. The hotel has a free airport shuttle service which runs daily, every 20 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00.

Maun (approx 525 kms/7 hrs drive)

In the early morning you can partake on an optional 2 hour game drive in search of the many white rhino inhabiting Khama Rhino Sanctuary (additional cost applies). We then travel along the western edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans arriving in Maun in the late afternoon. The evening is spent relaxing around the campfire and preparing for our 4x4 excursion into Moremi Wildlife Reserve the next day.

Khwai Area Of Moremi Wildlife Reserve (approx 100 kms/2 hrs drive)

We change vehicles to our open sided 4x4 vehicles and arrive at Moremi by lunchtime. Moremi rests on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and was named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe. It combines permanent water with drier areas, which create some startling and unexpected contrasts. In the Moremi reserve one can experience excellent views of savannah game as well as bird-watching on the lagoons. There are also thickly wooded areas, which are home to the rare leopard. After lunch at South Gate we enter the park and travel to the Khwai area. This is a pure wilderness area of great beauty, with rich green vegetation, palm trees, teeming with birdlife and a vast population of wild animals. We enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives exploring the reserve in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Our private campsite is located inside the park.

Maun (approx 100 kms/2 hrs drive)

After an early morning game drive we exit Moremi and travel back to Maun. The afternoon is free for a 1 hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (own expense).

Okavango Delta - Maun

Today we enjoy a full day Mokoro excursion into the Okavango Delta. Depart Maun at 07:15am and road transfer approximately 1 hour depending on water levels. Upon arrival at the mokoro boat station, a mokoro poler will be introduced to you and will be your boatman and guide throughout the excursion. We enjoy the Delta by Mokoro and nature / game walks. Late afternoon road transfer back to Maun.

Chobe River - Kasane (approx 615 kms/8 hrs drive)

We continue through Botswana to Kasane and our camp is set up on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife. The following day sunset is enjoyed on a relaxing game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. Optional game drives in the Chobe National Park (own expense). Chobe National park was officially declared a National Park in 1967. The park is probably best known for its huge herds of Elephants which number in excess of 50 000. The park is dominated by the Chobe River, which runs through the park and where animals are regularly spotted coming to drink. Habitats found in the Chobe National Park range from flood plains, Mopani trees, baobab trees, acacia woodlands, to verdant flood grasslands and thickets bordering the Chobe River.

To Victoria Falls (approx 90 kms/3 hrs drive)

We travel across the Zimbabwe border to view Victoria Falls - one of the most spectacular sights in Africa! Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (otherwise known as Victoria Falls) is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Park covers 66 km2 from the Songwe Gorge below the falls in a northwest arc along about 20 km of the Zambian riverbank. Two countries - Zambia and Zimbabwe, share the magnificent falls. Nothing can compare to viewing the awesome power of "The Smoke that Thunders" for the first time. There will be plenty of opportunity to view the Falls up close and personal by traversing the many walkways in and around the rain forest that surrounds the many view points (entrance fee own account). In the wet season, be sure to wear a raincoat as the spray can give you a thorough drenching!

In Victoria Falls

Today is spent at leisure to explore this amazing area. Victoria Falls is the adrenalin capital of Southern Africa and there are many optional activities (own expense) on offer to keep you busy. These range from rhino walks to game drives in the nearby national park, scenic micro light or helicopter flights or for the more adventurous, white water rafting or bungi jumping. Victoria Falls also has many local markets where you can browse for African curios. There are several cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a coffee or a meal.

Makgadikgadi Pans (approx 370 kms/5 hrs drive)

Making our way back into Botswana we set up camp at Nata. We visit the Makgadikgadi Pans for a truly unforgettable sunset over what remains of an ancient 6500km2 lake.

Tuli region (approx 520 kms/7 hrs drive)

Traveling South we travel to the Tuli area of Botswana.The Tuli area is rich in archaeological heritage and beautiful San rock art sites have been discovered alongside numerous archaeological sites dating back from the Stone Age. Scattered artifacts are still being discovered across the reserve. It is also a great game area that is unfenced to preserve natural migratory patterns. We camp in the wilds of a beautiful, unfenced bush camp. On our second day here we enjoy a guided morning game walk, where we will have the opportunity to view wildlife at grass roots level, and a late afternoon / evening game drive to search for the many wild animals inhabiting the area.

Johannesburg, trip concludes (approx 520 kms/7 hrs drive)

Today we leave Botswana and travel back to Johannesburg. Our tour ends at approx. 17:00 with a drop off at Peermont Metcourt Hotel or Johannesburg ORT Airport.

Additional Information

Experience the incredible sights and sounds of Botswana, on this quality fully serviced camping safari. Witness the awe-inspiring sight of water thundering over Victoria Falls; search for wildlife in the Okavango Delta and visit the beautiful San rock art sites in the Tuli area, rich in archaeological heritage. Explore the Chobe River, the Chobe National Park offers a great diversity of wildlife as it covers a variety of vegetation types and geological features, and the Makgadikgadi Pans with striking Baobab trees. Game drive through the famous wildlife area of Moremi Wildlife Reserve, on the edge of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is teeming with bird life and is a prime wildlife area where elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion and other big game can be seen in abundance. Camping in the heart of these beautiful national parks allows a full appreciation of these unique habitats and a complete wilderness experience. This is a truly memorable journey, full of incredible wildlife opportunities.

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