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Botswana Safari Experience

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Highlights

  • Spend a couple nights in a houseboat on the okavango delta
  • Look for the big five from the back of your open safari vehicle
  • Travel deep into the chobe wilderness to ghoha hills
  • Witness the power of victoria falls

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, annually attracting thousands of animals to drink from its fresh waters. Travel in a houseboat in the panhandle of the delta, and in open vehicles into Botswana’s best national parks, in search of the unforgettable wildlife here. Visit one of the world's best preserved sites for prehistoric rock art, enjoy an evening of traditional Botswana fireside storytelling, and return home with memories you’ll be sharing for years.

 

Description

Botswana Safari Experience

G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5

100%

recommend

43,080 Reviews

  • Excellent 32,783
  • Great 10,289
  • Average 3
  • Disappointing 1
  • Terrible 3

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.8
  • Guide
    4.8
  • Activities
    4.8
  • Lodging
    4.8
  • Transportation
    4.8
  • Meals
    4.8

Botswana Safari Experience

100% Recommend
100% Recommend

Botswana is an amazing country and we thoroughly enjoyed it's people and wildlife

5.0
March 2016
Recommend: Yes
Botswana is an amazing country and we thoroughly enjoyed it's people and wildlife. Like no other place I've been!
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

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5.0
April 2017
Recommend: Yes
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5.0
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Recommend: Yes
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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Itinerary

Day 1 Victoria Falls

We highly recommend booking pre or post nights to take full advantage of activities at Victoria Falls and around Zambezi. Our convenient G rep can help arrange optional activities. Additional Notes: Your arrival transfer is included from the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA) airport. Should you choose to fly into Livingstone, Zambia (LVI), we can arrange a transfer at an additional cost. Please speak to your agent for details. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Victoria Falls/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

Arrive on the houseboat this evening. On the boat, you’ll receive a safety briefing and meet the crew and check into your cabin. Relax this evening with a sundowner. Enjoy your journey into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. This area is one of the most remote and peaceful areas of the delta with only a handful of permanent boats and camps operating in this area, which makes it an ideal place to stay. The houseboat consists of two decks. The lower deck has eight simple, comfortable en-suit cabins with sliding glass doors that open to the pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta. The upper deck is roughly three meters above the waterline. It’s where the dining area, bar, and sundecks are located. Power on the houseboat is run by a generator, which means there are only a few hours a day to heat water and change up any devices. There is no A/C on the houseboat and sometimes hot water can run out. We recommend bringing a small lantern or flashlight for use in your cabin. Additional Notes: We have a long drive today, but your private A/C vehicle will ensure you’re comfortable. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. There will be plenty of breaks along the way to stretch your legs. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Namibia - Botswana) Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours)

Day 3 Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy your day on the houseboat with early morning and late afternoon wildlife excursions. Your small boat takes your into channels and waterways for optimal wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Opt to enjoy a cultural excursion to Tsoldilo Hills to view ancient San Bushman rock paintings or choose to relax on deck with a cool drink as you watch the scenery pass by. Additional Notes: Passengers who choose to take the optional Tsoldilo Hills excursion will miss the morning boat excursion. All activities in the delta are subject to weather and water levels. Timing of excursions and visits to specific locations are completely dependent on local conditions. Included Activities: Okavango Panhandle Wildlife Excursion

Day 4 Okavango Delta/Maun (1B, 1D)

Stay at a hotel that offers a pleasant eating area and a beautiful swimming pool. In the afternoon, relax at the hotel, which is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Included Activities: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner Transport: 4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 380km)

Day 5 Maun/Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Take a leisurely drive to our camp in the Khwai River area. enjoying wildlife viewing enroute. Due to the fact that none of Botswana’s wildlife reserves are fenced, game can move freely between wilderness areas. This region’s diversity of wildlife is astounding and has been rated as one of the best game viewing areas in the world. Our lodge boasts a majestic dining and lounge area leading onto a viewing deck over the bushveldt. Enjoy spectacular sunsets over sundowners from the quaint bar or from the deck of your comfort en-suite tent. Additional Notes: The vehicle used from here until our return back to Victoria Falls is a 12-seater Toyota Landcruiser. The Landcruiser has open sides and a removable canvas roof. There is no A/C in the vehicle and the ride can often be dusty and a little rough. Some travel days can also be quite long. This vehicle is used throughout the tour on all game drives and long drives. Road conditions in the region can range from good to very poor. As such, we slow our traveling speed in the rough spots and enjoy some sand and bumps – all part of the adventure of traveling in Africa! Included Activities: Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 130km)

Day 6 Moremi Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Embark early on an open vehicle game drive in Moremi and surrounding concession areas. Break for lunch before continuing on with the game drive. Return to camp in the afternoon with time to relax at the comfortable tented camp. Included Activities: Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 4x4

Day 7 Moremi Game Reserve/Chobe National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the early afternoon, head south towards the Ghoha Hills and the Savuti area. Enjoy game viewing along the hills and at the surrounding waterholes. At Ghoha Hills Savuti Camp, meru tents have been placed on platforms on the hills overlooking Chobe National Park. The tents are spacious and include an en-suite. The guest area consists of an intimate lounge, bar, and dining area overlooking the Ghoha Hills. Included Activities: Moremi Wildlife Safari Drive Chobe and Savuti National Parks Talk Transport: 4x4 (7.00 hour(s), 190km)

Day 8 Chobe National Park/Kasane (1B, 1L)

Keep an eye out for Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope, which are found only in this part of Botswana. The Chobe River is home to the world’s largest elephant herds; buffalo, hippos, and lions can also be seen here. Opt into the photo wildlife safari on the Chobe River at sunset; you’ll be accompanied by an expert wildlife photographer and guide who will help you get the perfect shot. Included Activities: Chobe River Drive Transport: 4x4 (5.00 hour(s), 180km)

Day 9 Kasane/Victoria Falls (1B)

Opt for a wildlife safari drive at sunrise for your last chance to see the Big 5. Cross the border back into Zimbabwe for our final evening. Opt to enjoy a helicopter ride over the falls, or a cruise on the Zambezi at sunset to ring in the day. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 120km)

Day 10 Victoria Falls (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 6,099

Price Per Day:

$ 610 per person

 
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Details

Trip Includes

  • Arrival transfer
  • Open-vehicle wildlife safari drives in Savuti area
  • Chobe National Park
  • Khwai River
  • and Moremi area
  • Savuti-Chobe lecture
  • Okavango Panhandle two-night houseboat stay
  • Cultural storytelling and traditional dinner
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Meals Included:

9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport4x4 vehicle, van, walking, boat.In Botswana we use a minibus for the long drive to get you in comfort to the houseboat. After departing the houseboat, we use a 12-seater Toyota Land Cruiser, with open sides and a removable canvas roof. There is no A/C in the vehicle and the ride can often be dusty and a little rough. Some travel days can also be quite long. This vehicle is used throughout the rest of the tour on game drives, and transits. Road conditions in the region can range from good to very poor. As such, we slow our traveling speed in the rough spots and enjoy some sand and bumps en route – something which is of course part of the adventure of traveling in Africa!

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 9

Max 9, Avg 7.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels (4 nts), comfortable safari tents (3 nts), houseboat (2 nts).
Botswana Houseboat The Houseboat consists of 2 decks- the lower deck has eight en-suite cabins with sliding glass doors opening on to the pristine wilderness that is the Okavango Delta. This design offers guests views of the crystal clear waterways, abundant bird life and the seas of papyrus. The Upper Deck is approximately three meters above the waterline, where the dining area, bar and sundecks is situated. General notes -Please note that hot water shortages, low water pressure and power outages can occur in Southern Africa. We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. -Wifi is available in some places (extra charge may apply), but in remote areas there can be service interruptions -A/C is not generally available in the accommodations we use, really it isn't needed as evenings tend to cool down.

Start City

Victoria Falls

End City

Victoria Falls

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. TRAVEL DAYS This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and poor road conditions at times. Despite this, most clients feel that the diversity of the African landscape, countries, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience. We use a comfortable and safe air-conditioned vehicle for the long drives. 2. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 3. EXTRAS Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO. 4. YELLOW FEVER It is compulsory to show a valid Yellow Fever Certificate if you are travelling to Botswana from a Yellow Fever endemic country. Entry into Botswana when travelling from the following countries (but not limited to) will require a Yellow Fever Certificate: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Zambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.

Meals

Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available in South Africa. On this tour, we provide only a few meals for you and your group members, so as to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility in your choices. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though - while in the larger centres, your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. For the included meals, vegetarian meal requests and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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