A safari to all the main parks without having to spend a fortune. Explore the wildness areas of Botswana in a small group.
SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES
9 days from £1,565 pp
(exc. international flights)
If you’re craving a wild, adventure safari on a limited budget, this is the holiday for you!
You’ll set off out into the wilderness, staying in tents and helping with camp chores while being looked after by a professional guide and experienced cook.
There will be a maximum of 9 guests on this trip, so there’s no danger of overcrowding. You’ll spend the night before the safari begins at a friendly guest house in Kasane and then, before you set off on the trip, you’ll enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River, to get you in the mood. The safari covers the wildlife rich areas of Chobe, Savuti and Moremi, some of Botswana’s best highlights. There will also be a chance to experience the Okavango Delta’s waterways as you are expertly propelled through the channels by your able poler. There is the option to enjoy some optional extras such as horse riding or a scenic flight before setting off for the Makgadikgadi Pans, the huge gleaming salt flats where, weather depending, you can sleep under the stars. Your final night is spent on the outskirts of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, giving you the opportunity to see the majestic wonder that is Victoria Falls if you wish before packing your bags one last time as you head for the airport.
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Day 1: Kasane
You’ll arrive in Kasane where you’ll be met and taken your your guest house for the night. Tomorrow you meet the group you’ll be travelling on safari with.
Before you join the group trip, this morning we’ll arranged a gorgeous river cruise on the Chobe for you – you just can’t come to Chobe and miss this wonderful experience.
Your group mobile safari starts at 12.30 in Kasane where you’ll meet your driver-guide and the rest of your group, who’ll you’ll get to know well over the next week. This first afternoon includes a game drive in Chobe National Park. As well as elephant with which the park is synonymous, there are good chances of observing buffalo, hippo, sable antelope and lion, plus, if you’re lucky, wild dog. You’ll soon appreciate the skill of your guide as he helps you spot wildlife and explains the significance of sightings. Exhilarated, you’ll reach camp, where everyone helps pitch tents and make fires, a real bonding experience. Dinner will be cooked for you over the open fire.
Today you’ll drive to Savute, about a 5 hour drive, through Chobe Forest Reserve, arriving in time for lunch and a siesta. Fully rested you’ll set out on a game drive. Birds and animals thrive in the Savute Marsh, while in the hills you may spot leopard. Also in this area there are ancient bushman paintings dating back some 3000 years and there should be time to visit some of these on your drive. Back in camp you can freshen up with a bucket shower and enjoy a cold drink by the fire as cooking aromas fill the air whetting your appetite.
You’ll set off for the 4 hour or so drive to Moremi this morning, arriving around midday for lunch. Moremi is in the heart of the Okavango Delta and is one of the most beautiful reserves on the continent. Your game drive will reveal varied habitats such as floodplains, lagoons, woodland and rivers, all teeming with wildlife. You’ll be reaching for your camera time after time for a record of your day in this special place.
Today you’ll strike camp for an entrancing early morning game drive in Moremi and another chance to get some first class photos. The journey continues towards Maun, with a stop for a tasty picnic lunch on the way, arriving in mid to late afternoon. Depending on the time, you may be able to take part in optional activities such as a scenic flight over the delta or a thrilling horse ride, to be paid for locally.
The delta beckons this morning, so you’re in for a treat as we drive to the waterways and climb into a mokoro (dugout canoe). Let your poler guide the canoe skilfully through waterways, leaving you free to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature all around you. It’s a wonderfully relaxing experience, drifting noiselessly though the water, watching out for birds and enchanting reed frogs. This is the essence of the delta, a place like nowhere else on earth. In the afternoon you’re back in Maun, where once again you could take some of the optional extra activities.
It’s an early start today for the 4-6 hour drive from Maun to the Makgadikgadi Pans. The scenery couldn’t be more different to the delta, with huge gleaming salt flats, the residue of an enormous ancient lake, and vast grasslands as far as the eye can see. You’ll stop for lunch, possibly at Chapman’s Baobab which has a girth of 25 metres and is reckoned to be one of the largest trees in the world. Tonight you’ll sleep out on the pans beneath the stars (seasonally dependent).
On your final day of the mobile safari, you’ll head away from the pans towards Kasane, a journey of some 4-6 hours, travelling through villages and cultivated areas. There’ll be opportunities to spot elephant and antelope as you near Kasane, and you’ll stop for lunch on the way. You should arrive by mid-afternoon, bidding farewell to your guide and new-found safari friends. We will then collect you and transfer you across into Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls, where you’re staying at a lodge outside of the town.
You’re heading home today, but it would be wrong to leave without fitting in an early morning trip to see the iconic Victoria Falls (not included). We will collect you at the right time to get you to Victoria Falls airport in time for your journey home.
Prices & Dates
|2020 prices from £1,565 pp|
Guided Participation Mobile Safari, departing every Thursday from Kasane between 27 Feb and 16 Dec 2020
Bow tents with mattresses, meals from lunch on day 1 to day 7, shared bucket shower and eco toilet, professional guide and cook, game drives in a custom made safari vehicle, mokoro excursions, camping, entrance fees and medical evacuation insurance..
Visas, international flights, vaccinations, pillow & sleeping bag, drinks (can be purchased prior to safari), meals not listed, optional activities, travel insurance, gratuities/tips and personal expenses.
This trip starts and ends in Kasane. From the UK, we recommend getting a flight with a combination of British Airways, Air Botswana and/or South African Airways via Johannesburg. This trip can be done in reverse. A rough price guide for flights is £1200 per person.
This is based on a small group, semi-participation safari departing from Kasane every Thursday – though we’ve added on a day prior to the group trip, and also one night in Victoria Falls at the end.
The safari vehicle
Transport is in a customised 4×4 safari vehicle which takes a maximum of 12 passengers. Not all will have a window seat. You will be spending a large part of the time in the vehicle and some of the tracks will be bumpy and sandy. The vehicle has a small refrigerator and 12v adaptors for charging camera batteries.
The tents are walk-in 2.5 metre square bow tents with built-in floors and mosquito gauze at the windows and entrance. Mattresses (40-50mm thick) are provided but you will need to bring your own pillow, sleeping bag, towel and toiletries. No single supplement will be charged if you’re willing to share a tent with a member of the same sex. If you require your own tent you will need to pay a single supplement.
There are shared ablution facilities comprising a bucket shower and long drop toilet. Water may not be available every day. This is a participation camping trip so you’ll be helping with some chores such as erecting and packing up tents, collecting wood and making fires and washing dishes. Meals are prepared by the cook and cooked over the fire. Campsites are unfenced. The guide carries a first aid kit at all times and has been trained in its use. The vehicle has a satellite phone for communication with the base in Maun.
A’Zambezi River Lodge
A’Zambezi River Lodge is right by the river it’s named after, a striking resort consisting of 2 large crescent structures set on sweeping green lawns. It is the only hotel with a river frontage and jetty in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The Old House
This friendly, family-run guest house is a great place to stay in Kasane without breaking the bank. The vibe here is relaxed, it’s the perfect spot to hang out and chill after a day out exploring Chobe. Whether you’re just staying the night or you’ve been out on activities that we’ve booked for you, the Old House is the perfect base for your Chobe stay.
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