Summary

Travel Style: ,
Destinations: Africa
  • 14 Days From
    R 36900
  • Trip code: WZT
  • Activity: Wildlife Holidays, Safaris, Big Cats, Wildlife Bestsellers
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 4 - 12
Leisurely / Moderate

A Safari through Botswana’s best wildlife reserves and Victoria Falls.

Take a journey into the wilds of Botswana. Glide along the Okavango Delta in traditional makoros and admire a billion stars from the otherworldly and eerily silent Makgadikgadi Pans. Search for Africa’s emblematic wildlife on the Savuti Marsh and the Moremi reserve and take to the Chobe River, known for having the highest concentration of elephants anywhere. Finally discover why David Livingstone, upon seeing Victoria Falls, declared ‘scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’

Key information
  • 11 nights full-service camping (in two-person tents with camp beds and mattresses provided) 2 nights in hotel
  • Travel by Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Some long and bumpy roads
  • Staying in some remote locations
Activities
  • 11 nights full-service camping (in two-person tents with camp beds and mattresses provided) 2 nights in hotel
  • Travel by Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Some long and bumpy roads
  • Staying in some remote locations
Highlights
  • Gliding along the Okavango Delta waterways in Mokoro canoes and wild camping in the wetlands
  • The other-worldly silent beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pan
  • Good chances of seeing both Africa’s emblematic wildlife as well as some of its lesser species
  • Game viewing by foot, by safari vehicle and by boat
  • The mighty Victoria Falls
What's included
  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
    Food

    All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners included.

    Breakfast – cereals, coffee and toast and the occasional fried breakfast / brunch. Lunch – cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls. Dinner – potjies (stew), braais (barbecue), stir-fries, etc. Please be aware that we need at least two weeks notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason if you did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Exodus office as soon as possible. The trip leaders do all the shopping and meal planning for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. Each tour has 1 cool box for the meats and the fresh produce only and 1 cool box for cold drinks. We will supply the following drinks: squash, tea or coffee served with meals. All other beverages will be at your own expense. We supply drinking water which is perfectly safe to drink. This is not bottled water, however, and whilst we encourage you to drink this water rather than buy plastic bottles, some people do not like the taste of the local water. If you decide that you would rather buy bottles of water rather than drink the water provided, we encourage you to buy large 5L bottles and refill your drinking bottle. Please note that on some days where early morning game drives are included lunch may be substituted for a large brunch on return from the game drive – this is customary. We will always ensure that the number of meals detailed in the trip notes are provided.

Highlights

  • Gliding along the Okavango Delta waterways in Mokoro canoes and wild camping in the wetlands
  • The other-worldly silent beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pan
  • Good chances of seeing both Africa’s emblematic wildlife as well as some of its lesser species
  • Game viewing by foot, by safari vehicle and by boat
  • The mighty Victoria Falls

Dates & Pricing

 
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28 Jul 2019
10 Aug 2019
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R 37900
 
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04 Aug 2019
17 Aug 2019
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R 37900
 
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11 Aug 2019
24 Aug 2019
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R 37900
 
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18 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
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R 37900
 
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01 Sep 2019
14 Sep 2019
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R 37900
 
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15 Sep 2019
28 Sep 2019
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R 37900
 
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29 Sep 2019
12 Oct 2019
Guaranteed (Limited Availability)
R 37900
 
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13 Oct 2019
26 Oct 2019
Guaranteed (Fully Booked)
R 37000
 
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27 Oct 2019
09 Nov 2019
Guaranteed (Limited Availability)
R 37900
 
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10 Nov 2019
23 Nov 2019
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R 37000
 
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15 Mar 2020
28 Mar 2020
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R 39700
 
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29 Mar 2020
11 Apr 2020
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R 39700
 
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12 Apr 2020
25 Apr 2020
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R 39700
 
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26 Apr 2020
09 May 2020
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R 39700
 
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10 May 2020
23 May 2020
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R 39700
 
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31 May 2020
13 Jun 2020
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R 39700
 
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14 Jun 2020
27 Jun 2020
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R 39700
 
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28 Jun 2020
11 Jul 2020
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R 39700
 
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12 Jul 2020
25 Jul 2020
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R 39700
 
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02 Aug 2020
15 Aug 2020
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R 39700
 
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09 Aug 2020
22 Aug 2020
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R 39700
 
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16 Aug 2020
29 Aug 2020
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R 39700
 
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23 Aug 2020
05 Sep 2020
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R 39700
 
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30 Aug 2020
12 Sep 2020
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R 39700
 
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06 Sep 2020
19 Sep 2020
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R 39700
 
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13 Sep 2020
26 Sep 2020
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R 39700
 
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20 Sep 2020
03 Oct 2020
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R 39700
 
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04 Oct 2020
17 Oct 2020
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R 39700
 
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18 Oct 2020
31 Oct 2020
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R 39700
 
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01 Nov 2020
14 Nov 2020
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R 39700
 
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15 Nov 2020
28 Nov 2020
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R 39700

Reviews

Accommodation

Camping

You will spend 11 nights full-service camping and 2 nights normally in chalets or lodges at the Victoria Falls.

This is a full service camping safari. This means that your tents will be erected for you. Most of the nights will be spent wild camping and a few nights will be spent in public campsites. We supply all the camping equipment with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow. The tents are spacious and comfortable (2.4 x 2.4 x 1.8 meter). We supply camp beds with mattresses, which are about 5cm thick, warm and comfortable. The camp chairs have a backrest and we use standard plates, cups and cutlery. Most of the public campsites have swimming pools. Please note that the HATAB campsites in Chobe Game Reserve are located throughout the Savuti area and may include the Zwei Zwei pan. As this trip mostly involves wild camping, wifi is rarely available.

Single supplement available. Please note that on the nights in the Victoria Falls you might share a chalet/cabin with another member of the group. However, you will still have a single room to yourself.

 

Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners included.

Breakfast - cereals, coffee and toast and the occasional fried breakfast / brunch. Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls. Dinner - potjies (stew), braais (barbecue), stir-fries, etc. Please be aware that we need at least two weeks notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason if you did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Exodus office as soon as possible. The trip leaders do all the shopping and meal planning for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. Each tour has 1 cool box for the meats and the fresh produce only and 1 cool box for cold drinks. We will supply the following drinks: squash, tea or coffee served with meals. All other beverages will be at your own expense. We supply drinking water which is perfectly safe to drink. This is not bottled water, however, and whilst we encourage you to drink this water rather than buy plastic bottles, some people do not like the taste of the local water. If you decide that you would rather buy bottles of water rather than drink the water provided, we encourage you to buy large 5L bottles and refill your drinking bottle. Please note that on some days where early morning game drives are included lunch may be substituted for a large brunch on return from the game drive - this is customary. We will always ensure that the number of meals detailed in the trip notes are provided.

The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.

Is this trip for you?

Expect some long and hot drives as we travel between game parks in this large country. On some days we travel on tarmac roads, but a lot of distance is covered on dirt and sand roads. Depending on water levels, driving in the delta can also be challenging. As a full-service camping safari, we have a separate supply vehicle with a camp crew who set up camp for us. The camp crew will also cook the food, wash the dishes and attend to all camp chores so that you can sit back and enjoy the wilderness experience. We normally use Botswana Tourism (HATAB) sites, which are only available for private groups. There are no facilities so we use bush toilets and a bush shower. These sites are not fenced and have no running water. We carry a water supply on our vehicles and fill up daily from public sites. There is plenty of water to wash with but we must be sparing; this all adds to the remote wilderness experience! Other nights will be spent in developed camp grounds with facilities usually including toilet blocks, a bar and, sometimes, a swimming pool. October and November are the hottest months, but are also good for game viewing, please see the weather section for more information. Legal Note: all group members joining this tour will be asked to sign an indemnity form at the start of the holiday. This indemnity form is a requirement of the South African Tourism Service Association which our local supplier is a member of. As a client of Exodus Travels Ltd, your rights under the Package Travel Regulations (1992) are unaffected, and Exodus remains liable for the actions of our sub-contractors.

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Maun.

Those on the group flight arrive in Maun and transfer (30 mins) to our campsite located on the banks of the Thamalakane River. The campsite has hot showers, bar, swimming pool, and the restaurant is known for its good food and ambience. Those not on the group flight can arrive any time. *Audi Camp or similar*

Day 2

To Okavango Delta.

We pack minimal gear for 2 nights into a smaller bag, before a 4×4 transfer into the Okavango Delta. At the ‘polers’ station’ we meet a new team of local staff from a nearby village who will look after us during our stay in the delta. With them we travel in mokoros deep into the Okavango Delta. We have lunch at our campsite on the banks of the river, and in the late afternoon we head out on our first game walk. We return to camp before sunset and enjoy our first meal in the African bush. *Okavango Delta Wild Camp*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 3

Morning game walk; sunset dug-out canoe trip on the Okavango Delta.

We get up early this morning for a game walk with a guide from the poling team. There are never any guarantees whith wildlife, but there is the chance of seeing elephant, buffalo, and other smaller game. We return to camp for a well deserved brunch and some time to relax. In the afternoon we take a short mokoro trip on the river to view the sunset before returning to camp. *Okavango Delta Wild Camp*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 4

Return to Maun; free afternoon.

This morning we board our mokoros for the trip back to the polers’ station. We meet our vehicle and transfer back into Maun for the night where we will purchase supplies for the days ahead. The afternoon is free to relax by the pool or take an optional scenic flight over the Delta. *Audi Camp or similar*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch

Day 5

Visit Makgadikgadi Salt Pan.

After a relaxed breakfast we head east to the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. Depending on the season or if the pans are wet, we will camp wild on the pan or one of the campsites nearby. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan covers an area over 16,000 square kilometres and forms the bed of an ancient lake – now dried up. The sunsets on the pan are truly spectacular. *Makgadikgadi Pan wild camp or similar*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 6

To Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.

A long drive north before crossing into Zimbabwe to the town of Victoria Falls situated minutes from the waterfalls of the same name. At the Kasangula border we leave our 4 x 4 vehicle and complete the border formalities, the local staff will transfer all the luggage to a waiting bus, which takes us to our chalets for the next two nights. The falls themselves are over 1,700m wide and 100m tall making them the largest waterfalls in the world and are one of Africa’s most famous highlights. We will have the opportunity to find out more about the various activities on offer available for tomorrow. *Victoria Falls Rest Camp Chalets or similar*

Meals Included : breakfast

Day 7

Free day for optional activities at Victoria Falls.

Today is a free day to partake in one of the many optional activities on offer ranging from white water rafting to flights over the falls and various others. *Victoria Falls Rest Camp Chalets or similar*

Meals Included : breakfast

Day 8

Free morning to visit Victoria Falls; afternoon to Chobe; optional boat trip.

This morning there is an opportunity to view Victoria Falls themselves (park entry fee not included) from the Zimbabwean side. From here we drive back to Botswana. We rejoin our 4WD vehicles at the border and take a short drive from the border to the town of Kasane where we camp on the banks of the Thebe River, a tributary of the mighty Zambezi. The afternoon is free, with an option to view game on the famous Chobe Waterfront by taking an exciting river cruise on the Chobe River. This is widely regarded as one of the best game cruises in Africa with a very good chance of seeing the elephant herds coming down to the river to drink before the sun sets. *Thebe River Camp or similar*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 9

Discover Chobe N.P; visit Savuti.

We take an early morning game drive back to the Chobe Waterfront area. Chobe is famous for its large population of elephants, but is also home to plenty of other exciting game including lion and wild dog. After exploring the Northern end of this huge park, we head south into remote and rugged terrain, passing in and out of the national park, before finally reaching the Savuti area at the southern edge of Chobe National Park. The Savuti Marsh, often dry, is fed by the Savuti river channel which alternately flows and then dries up for years at a time. Recent flooding has given this area new life. This area is also home to plenty of game, but is especially well known for its lions, and the large numbers of elephant that walk enormous distances to find fodder. *Zwei-Zwei or Savuti Wild Camp*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 10

Full day game drive on the Savuti Marsh.

We take morning and afternoon game drives on the Savuti Marsh. There is a good chance to see lion, cheetah and hyena that follow the seasonal zebra migration through this area. Large secretary birds and kori bustards are often seen strutting around the Savuti marsh and small red-billed francolins provide a noisy morning wake up call. *Zwei-Zwei or Savuti Wild Camp*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 11

Game drive on the way to Moremi.

After breaking camp we drive all the way to Moremi Game Reserve. We pass through a variety of habitats including the Mbabe depression, Mopani forest and past great Acacia trees before arriving at Khwai village and the North Gate entrance of Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi National Park is the jewel in Botswana’s wildlife crown. Protecting much of the northern part of the Okavango Delta, it is made up of waterways, marshes, islands and open grasslands. *Moremi Wild Camp*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 12

Full day safari in Moremi Game Reserve.

We’ll go on morning and afternoon game drives through this beautiful protected area, trying to find the large variety of animals that live here. Despite its wet reputation, there is plenty of dry land in Moremi, which allows our game drives to cover significant distances while spotting game in the sometimes dense vegetation. As well as elephant and lion, Moremi is a good place to spot leopard and cheetah, and the red lechwe, a water dwelling antelope, often seen grazing amongst the lilies. *Moremi Wild Camp*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 13

Morning game drive in Moremi; to Maun.

We go on a final game drive through the park this morning before travelling back to Maun, and back to our riverside campsite. We can enjoy the swimming pool before our last dinner at the campsite restaurant. *Audi Camp or similar*

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch

Day 14

End Maun.

Those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight home. The trip officially ends after breakfast for those not on the group flights.

Meals Included : breakfast

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