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Botswana Focus

The mighty Victoria Falls, elephants in Chobe and the game-rich Okavango Delta. What more could you want?

Botswana Focus

9 days from £3,525 pp

(exc. international flights)

Explore two different areas of the Okavango Delta for exciting game drives, mokoro trips and perhaps a bush walk, plus the wildlife-rich Chobe and the incredible Victoria Falls.

This trip is a great introduction to Botswana with the added bonus of Victoria Falls. Start in the vibrant town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe where there is plenty to keep you enthralled and entertained.

Crossing the border into Botswana you’ll explore the Chobe National Park in a 4×4 vehicle and by boat, returning to your lodge on the banks of the Chobe River to relax between excursions, surrounded by riverine forest.

A light aircraft transfer takes you to the jewel in Botswana’s crown, the Okavango Delta’s Panhandle where you’ll enjoy exploring on foot and in traditional dug-out canoes. Sunsets in the Delta are spectacular and best enjoyed while on a motorboat on the water. From here a short light aircraft transfer will take you to Khwai, which lies adjacent to the famous Moremi Game Reserve, for more adventure and wildlife action.

All too soon it’s time to catch your final light aircraft flight to Maun Airport where your onward plane awaits.

Summary – 8 nights

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Day 1: Arrive at Victoria Falls

On arrival at the Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your guest lodge. Arrive in time to settle into your room before enjoying the afternoon at leisure.

Day 2: Explore Victoria Falls

Today you have a full day to explore the Victoria Falls area. Staff at Pioneers are happy to arrange various activities such as guided tours of Victoria Falls, canoeing, cycling, helicopter flights, bungee jumping, white water rafting, game viewing and sunset cruises. The lodge has its own attractions including two lovely swimming pools, day spa and attractive gardens. Take your pick and create your perfect day at Victoria Falls.

Day 3: On to Chobe

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the border post and complete the formalities before crossing into Botswana and heading to your lodge on the Chobe River east of the park. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch before and afternoon of game viewing. Chobe is known for its huge herds of elephants and you should get your first sightings of these today. Your guide knows this area well and is able to tale you to some of his favourite places as you enjoy the safari and learn about the park's habitats and wildlife. Your return to the lodge in time to shower and don a change of clothes for dinner.

Day 4: Chobe game viewing

Today you’ll have a full day enjoying game viewing activities. You might like to set out on the morning 4x4 game drive, before the heat of the day becomes too intense, to see how many species you can spot. You can never be quite sure what you'll encounter though in Chobe elephants are pretty much guaranteed, and the anticipation is all part of the experience. You can visit the nearby village for an insight into local life. In the late afternoon you can take to the water with a cruise, complete with sundowner drinks, to watch wildlife in and by the river.  

Day 5: Okavango Delta

After breakfast and a morning activity (time permitting) you will be transferred to Kasane airport to board a light aircraft transfer to Okavango Delta and to your safari camp. You will arrive at the camp in time for lunch and a rest before heading out on an afternoon activity. These include boat trips on the Boro River. It makes a nice contrast to a game drive and provides a different vantage point from which to survey the scenery and sundowner drinks are served to add a touch of style.

Day 6: Okavango Delta

Enjoy a full day of game viewing activities. This is a water-based and walking camp, so your choice includes game viewing on mokoro excursions, guided walks, fishing, motor boating and sunset cruises. A mokoro ride is the classic delta activity. You recline on your seat in the dugout canoe as your poler-guide skillfully steers the vessel along waterways. The gentle pace and lovely water- and landscapes combine to create a wonderfully enthralling experience. Bush walks give you the opportunity to get close to nature and learn how to read signs that your guide points out and to gain an overall understanding of the ecosystems of the delta. 

Day 7: Arrive at Sango Safari Camp

After your morning game activity and breakfast you will drive to the airstrip and take a light aircraft transfer further east in the Okavango Delta to your next camp. Arrive in time for an afternoon of game viewing. Sango is in the Khwai area and offers both land and water-based activities, so you can opt for whichever you prefer this afternoon. Night drives are also offered and shouldn't be missed. After dark it feels like another world as nocturnal species come to the fore. It adds another dimension to your Botswana safari.

 Sango Safari Camp

Day 8: Last full day on safari

Today you have a final full day of game viewing activities. Game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles offer some of the finest dry land game viewing in Botswana with regular sightings of lion and leopard, so you're in for a treat and will definitely want your camera close at hand. You can enjoy a change of pace as you board a mokoro to glide along the water channels as you watch birds, spot reed frogs and see game by the water's edge. A guided walk is another option, as you leave the transport behind and set out on foot with nothing between you and the natural world. It's a marvellous opportunity to learn about the bush from your expert guide. However you spend the day come nightfall you'll have some great tales to tell your fellow guests.

Day 9: Onward journey

After breakfast and a morning activity (time permitting) you will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun where you will connect to your onward flight arrangements, taking home wonderful photos and memories.

Prices & Dates

10 Jan – 31 Mar 2024 from £3,52501 Apr – 31 May and November 2024 from £4,11501 – 30 Jun 2024 from £4,260
01 Jul – 30 September 2024 from £4,950October 2024 from £4,555December 2024 from £3,930

Per person prices based on two people sharing. Please ask for single supplements. Plus international flights from roughly £950 pp.
NOTE: There may be a Christmas / New Year surcharge at some lodges. Please ask.

Includes:

Accommodation, meals (breakfast at Victoria Falls & full board for safari), local drinks at Sango Safari Camp and Setari Camp, road and light aircraft transfers, daily activities on safari, park and concession fees.

Excludes:

Visas, international flights, meals not listed, drinks at Victoria Falls and Chobe and premium drinks on safari, optional activities, travel insurance, personal expenses.

Getting there:

This trip starts in Victoria Falls and ends in Maun.

Departure dates:

This is a private tailor-made fly-in safari which we can arrange for you at any time you like subject to availability.

Tailor-make your safari:

We can change this trip in any way, from duration to places and lodges. This will of course affect the price.

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