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Trip Type : Private Guided
Classic Botswana Explorer tour

Classic Botswana Explorer

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
10 days
From: $ 5,841 $ 584 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Chobe which is Botswana’s first national park and possibly it’s most famous
  • Cultural visits to local community
  • Enjoy game drives daily
  • Explore Moremi Game Reserve, which offers exceptional wildlife viewing and is rightfully one of the most celebrated wildlife reserves in the world!

Short Description

While on safari in Botswana, the story always comes back to water. On this classic Botswana safari, you’ll begin by exploring the Savute Channel. The Savuti Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere – a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years. Here, the annual Zebra migration is closely followed by many Lion prides. Then, move on to the Okavango Delta, home to the greatest concentration of big game in the country. Explore the delta by vehicle or by boat during the day, and sleep under the roof of your luxury tent (or opt for the “sleep under the stars”option!) by night. End your Botswana adventure across the delta at Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. Here, enjoy a front row seat to the most exceptional wildlife sightings (both day and night) combined with some of the most innovative architectural design in Southern Africa.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Johannesburg
End City Johannesburg

Trip Includes

  • Internal charter flights
  • Accommodations
  • Transfers
  • Activities and experiences as indicated
  • National park fees
  • Meal plans as stated throughout itinerary.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Chobe National Park Game Drive

Welcome to Africa! Transfer from Maun to Chobe National Park, famous for massive herds of elephant and all around spectacular wildlife. Stretching from the Linyanti River all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. After lunch, set out on an early evening game drive.

Day 2: Game Drive And Zebra Migration

Today the Botswana safari continues! After an early cup of coffee, set out with a guide to explore Chobe National Park by game drive in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. This morning, visit the Savute Marsh where you can fully appreciate the massive Savute Channel and learn about the ecological mystery around the water levels here. Return to camp for lunch and a restful afternoon head out for an afternoon game drive, catching the Zebra Migration if the timing is right. Savute boasts the second-largest summer Zebra migration in Africa; its timing is determined by the rains, but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April, when the Zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the southwest of the park. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: San Rock Art

Today, visit some of the most well preserved ancient San Rock Art in Africa. Drive to Gubatsa Hills, a small hilly outcrop which forms a prominent landmark in the otherwise flat landscape, where you guide will educate you on the history and meaning of these paintings. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 4: Moremi Wildlife Reserve Game Drive

After breakfast, transfer to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Arrive at Baines Camp in time for lunch, and enjoy the private concession area that plays host to a breathtaking mosaic of open floodplains, waterways, marshlands, dry acacia and mopane woodland, riverine forest and open grasslands, the area is famed for its incredible numbers and diversity of wildlife, in particular predators. After lunch, set out for an extended game drive, ending with sundowners before heading back to camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: Bush Breakfast And Leopard Tracking

This morning, set out on a morning game drive around camp. End the morning adventure with a hot breakfast served out in the bush. After a restful afternoon in camp, set out with a specialist guide to track leopard. Learn more about these elusive creatures as you follow their tracks. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Botswana Safari Elephant Experience

Today get ready for an amazing experience; a walk in the bush with semi-habituated elephants! Jabu and Morula are elephants that were orphaned nearby and adopted by the camp owners. The elephants will ‘take’ you on a long walk while they forage in the area. Watch them look for food, strip leaves from branches with their long trunks and take showers in the lagoons of the delta. After walking with and observing these magnificent creatures, enjoy a picnic lunch in their company before heading back to camp.

Day 7: Okavango Delta Day And Night Game Drive

This morning, fly to Sandibe Safari Lodge, where your guide will pick you up at the airstrip and on the way to camp enjoy your first game drive in Botswana. Situated on a beautiful island in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta, enjoy great game viewing right from camp. After high tea, head out for an early evening game drive, stopping for sundowner cocktails. Take a moment to appreciate the pristine wilderness as the sky turns fire orange before nightfall. Return to camp in the dark, using a spotlight to see nocturnal creatures as they emerge for the evening.

DAY 8: Okavango Delta Game Drive, Mokoro Safari And Bush Walk

This morning, head out for an early morning game drive. After lunch and an afternoon rest, hop into a traditional wooden canoe, called a Mokoro, for a Botswana safari game experience on the water. As you glide silently through the waterways, watch elephant drink, birds fishing for their dinner and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a predator on the banks. After high tea, experience the thrill of walking in the bush. Accompanied by an armed guide, walk slowly from camp, learning more about tracking the wildlife and big game that surrounds camp. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Scenic Helicopter Flight Over The Delta

This morning, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Delta’s patchwork landscape of islands, plains and lagoons. With many of the Delta’s most remote areas not reachable in any other way, an aerial perspective is the ideal way to gaze onto the vast Delta and its meandering labyrinth of crystal-clear channels. The incredible diversity and amount of wildlife encountered in the Delta becomes clear from above. Soar above pods of hippo sleeping the day away in the depths of a lagoon, watch a herd of elephants slowly amble along open grasslands or marvel at the fleet moves of red lechwe antelope as they leap through a fringe of papyrus reeds in the shallows. Return to camp for a relaxing last evening in the bush.

DAY 10: Safari In Botswana – Travel Home

Today you will enjoy a last morning game drive, and then you will then transfer to the local airstrip for your shared charter flight to Maun. On arrival in Maun, you will connect with your flight to Johannesburg, where you will complete your Botswana safari with us and connect with your flight home.

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Flights & Transport

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Accomodations

Safari Lodge

The safari lodge sits on an escarpment in the Chobe Forest Reserve west of Chobe National Park with wonderful views of the Chobe River and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. Muchenje offers 11 thatched bungalows, each with its own unique view of the Chobe River. Bathrooms are en-suite with a shower, flush toilet and his/ hers hand-basins. All rooms include a private verandah. One family unit is also available, and can comfortably accommodate four people. Lodge facilities include a pool and sun deck area.

Classic tented camp

This classic tented camp accommodates twenty-four guests in twelve spacious all-canvas classic Meru-style luxury safari tents; with en-suite showers, hand basins and flush toilet facilities. Situated around the fringe of the lagoon, every tent has a private viewing deck with comfortable loungers and a unique water sprinkler system aids cooling in the midday heat.

In camp, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere together with personalized and caring service evokes a feeling of coming home. The main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. The lounge and dining rooms, built of local timber, reed and thatch, feature a small library, expansive sundeck, plunge pool and sala with day bed. The fire-deck extends over the Khwai River and creates an enchanting environment in which to relax after dinner. There is also a larger pool with elevated sun deck in the expansive grounds.

Camp

The camp is built in the classic 1950's style, with 10 luxury en-suite tents with verandahs. There are eight luxury twin tents and two luxury family tents. All are situated on the ground and the pathways meander between the large riverine trees. Common areas include a swimming pool, library, and tented main area for meals.

Trip ID#:

ClaBotRot

Trip Excludes

  • International flights
  • Trip insurance
  • Visas
  • Tips
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Incidentals throughout trip.

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 9 Dinners

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