iExplore Botswana Experience

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $4,219
  • Length: 10 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: Africa, Botswana
    Activities: Safari
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Tour Description

This ten day trip offers a fantastic overview of Okavango, Botswana. The tour includes a range of different activities including game drives, boating safaris, mokoro excursions and bush walks. Highlights include visits to Hwange NP, the Makgadikgadi Pans, the Moremi Game Reserve, the Okavango Delta, Chobe NP, and of course mighty Victoria Falls.

Highlights:

  • Victoria Falls
  • Game drives in Hwange National Park
  • Wild Dog conservancy & local school visit
  • Sunset on Makgadikgadi Pans (weather dependant)
  • Scenic flight into the Okavango Delta
  • 2 nights Okavango Delta with mokoro & boat excursions & bush walks Game drive in the Chobe National Park & Game viewing cruise on the Chobe River

Itinerary

Day 1-2: VICTORIA FALLS "MOSI-OA-TUNYA" - THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS

The tour starts at 3 pm on Day 1 with a pre-departure meeting at the campsite. 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 not included). In the wet season, be sure to wear a raincoat as the spray can give you a thorough drenching! Victoria Falls is also the “adventure capital” of Southern Africa and there are many optional activities on offer to wet your appetite. These range from Elephant back safaris to game drives in the nearby national park, scenic micro flights, helicopter rides, and for the more adventurous white water rafting or bungi jumping. Victoria Falls also has many markets where you can browse for African curios.

Overnight A ‘Zambezi River Lodge (or similar)- B.

Day 3-4: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Traveling through Zimbabwe we arrive around midday to Hwange National Park. The park was founded in 1928 with the first warden being the 22-year-old Ted Davison. It was formerly known as the Wankie Game Reserve and is the largest in Zimbabwe covering an area of 14,651 km². The Park hosts over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. Our first afternoon is spent on a game drive in open 4x4 vehicles. The following morning we enjoy another game drive and then visit a local school giving us the opportunity to interact with the local population. The afternoon we visit a Wild Dog Conservancy (http://us.tusk.org/painted-dog-conservation.asp) to learn about these endangered animals.

Overnight Miombo Tented Camp (or similar)- B, D.

Day 5: MAKGADIKGADI PANS

Entering Botswana we travel to our lodge on the edge of the vast Makgadikgadi Pans. One of the largest salt pans in the world, the Makgadikgadi pans lies in northeastern Botswana. Once occupying the site of former Lake Makgadikgadi, the pans once spanned an area the size of Switzerland. During the dry season the pans can support very little fauna and flora, but during the abundant wet season many species of birds can be seen and are utilized by large herds of migrating Wildebeest and Zebra. Late afternoon we enter the Park and drive to the edge of the Pans where we enjoy a magnificent sunset (weather dependent).

Overnight Nata Lodge (or similar)- B, D

Day 6-7: OKAVANGO DELTA

We arrive in Maun midday and fly by light aircraft into the Okavango delta. This 20 minute scenic flight gives an amazing aerial view of the Delta. The Okavango Delta is the result of seasonal flooding in the Angolan highlands. The water then flows 1200 km south where it evaporates into the Kalahari Desert. The flood peaks between June to August when the Delta swells to 3 times its normal size, attracting animals for miles around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. The Okavango Delta is therefore a permanent and seasonal home to a huge variety of wildlife. The majority of the 200,000 or so animals found in the Delta are not permanent residents, but leave with the summer rain to find new fields of grazing. The days are spent with your guide exploring the wonders of the Okavango delta by Mokoro, boat and on foot. Early morning and late afternoon excursions take advantage of the natural beauty on offer. Relax in the evenings listening to the many sounds of the African bush. Our lodge is situated in the heart of this untouched and pristine wilderness area.

Overnight at Moremi Crossing (or similar)- B, D

Days 8-9: CHOBE RIVER - KASANE

We depart the delta with a 1½-hour scenic flight to Kasane to our lodge situated on the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is famous for its beautiful scenery, magnificent sunsets and abundance of wildlife and birdlife and has been a national park since 1967. The park is best known for its huge herds of elephants which number in excess of 50,000 and is dominated by the Chobe River, which runs through the park where animals are regularly spotted coming to drink. Habitat’s found in the Chobe National Park range from flood plains, Mopani trees, baobab trees, and acacia woodlands to verdant flood grasslands and thickets bordering the Chobe River. The following day is spent on an early morning Game drive in Chobe National Park and a sunset Game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River.

Overnight Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)- B, D

Day 10: VICTORIA FALLS

After breakfast we depart Botswana and re-enter Zimbabwe for onward flight home.

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This itinerary will depend on local conditions.

Departures

2013 Departure Dates
June 19-28
July 3-12
July 17-26
August 7-16
August 21-30
Sept 4-13
Sept 18- 27
Oct 2-11
Oct 16-25
Oct 30- Nov 8

 

Pricing Information

2013 Prices

June: $4219 Price per Person (USD)

July- August: $4630 Price per Person (USD)

Group Size: 4-12 passengers. Departure guaranteed with a minimum of 4.
Transport: 4x4 Safari vehicles
Accommodations: Guesthouse, chalets, lodges, semi-permanent tented camps, camping
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 10 dinners

Inclusions: English-speaking guide, accommodations and meals as per itinerary, all transportation, excursions and activities as per itinerary, all park fees, game drives as per the itinerary, airport transfers.
Exclusions: International airfare, visas, gratuities, items of a personal nature, all beverages, travel insurance and optional activities.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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