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Zimbabwe, Botswana

Fly/Drive Holiday “3-4*, Honeymoon/ Romantic, Wildlife, Hiking & Walking” Style

Botswana Focus Budget 2014

9 Days | aprx. NAD31770   Enquire Now Print This

  All prices are per person sharing

Seasonal Prices:From: 01-04-2014 Until: 30-06-2014 Price: aprx. NAD37275

 From: 01-07-2014 Until: 25-10-2014 Price: aprx. NAD40425

 From: 26-10-2014 Until: 03-11-2014 Price: aprx. NAD38395

 From: 04-11-2014 Until: 30-11-2014 Price: aprx. NAD34520

 From: 01-12-2014 Until: 31-12-2014 Price: aprx. NAD31900

Routing:Victoria Falls to Maun

Highlights:Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Khwai Community area, Okavango Delta

Details:Accommodated safari through Botswana, using both air and road transfers. Includes meals and activities as specified in the itinerary below. NB rates will be charged in US$ and the ZAR rate quoted is subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

  • [?]Day 1 to 2: A'Zambezi, Zimbabwe

    Upon guests’ arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, they will be transferred to A’Zambezi River Lodge.

    Located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, just 4 km upstream of the Victoria Falls and 25 km from the airport. The A’Zambezi River Lodge nestles on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lush green lawns. A’Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wild life and nature, whilst enjoying renowned services. The A’Zambezi is the only town hotel with direct river frontage and jetty site in Victoria Falls.

    Victoria Falls town lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the eastern end of the Victoria Falls. It is a lovely tourist town which is easy to explore on foot and which offers a wide range of activities from the challenge of white water rafting and bungy jumping, to the awe-inspiring elephant back safaris and sunset cruises. It has something for everyone.

    The Victoria Falls are one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World and is the largest sheet of falling water on earth - a spellbinding and mesmerising spectacle. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100m drop across nearly 2km makes  a thunderous roar and creates a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles - hence the local name 'mosi oa tunya' meaning 'the smoke that thunders'.

    Access to Victoria Falls is within easy walking distance from the town centre. Water flow over the Falls varies throughout the year. The river's annual flood season is February to May when the spray can reach a height of over 400m, this is spectacular from above but it makes it very difficult to see the Falls at ground level as it is under a heavy shower/mist. Water levels start dropping in August and are at their lowest October - December when much of the rocky face becomes dry. At times of low water, the falls are best viewed from the Zimbabwe side or from Livingstone Island.

  • [?]Day 3 to 4: Chobe National Park, Botswana

    After breakfast, guests will be transferred by road from A’Zambezi River Lodge to Chobe Bush Lodge, where they will stay for 2 nights.

    Chobe Bush Lodge is the new smaller sister lodge to Chobe Safari Lodge due for completion in December 2013.  The lodge is situated directly on the border with Chobe National Park near the meeting point of four countries (Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe & Zambia).

     

    Once completed, the lodge will feature 38 luxury en-suite rooms with air-conditioning, TV, safe and open plan bathroom with bath and shower.  The lodge will also offer 4 large family rooms consisting of two bedrooms, each with their own en-suite.  Guide/tour leader accommodation will also be available.  The lodge’s main area will be semi-enclosed and built to overlook the lodge’s bush surrounds of Chobe National Park.  Rooms on the upper level of the lodge will have balconies with views out over the Chobe floodplains in the far distance, whereas lower level rooms will have verandas with views over Chobe National Park.

    The Chobe River Front is a remarkable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. However its accessibility from Kasane and neighbouring towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone has created quite a busy tourist area with larger hotels and lodges than you find in the more remote Okavango Delta.

    The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water's edge is one to behold, particularly in the dry season (May - Oct) where water is scarce away from the river. It is an area famous for its abundance of elephants, a variety of predators and, in addition, you are likely to see herds of buffalo and possibly even roan and sable antelope. In the rainy season (Nov - Apr) the game is much less concentrated at the river as the wildlife spread throughout the greater area of Chobe National Park due to availability of surface water from nearby pans. This assists the vegetation on the river banks in recovering from the massive herds that are attracted to the area in the dry months. The summer rains bring beautiful wild flowers, exquisite scenery, impressive bird life and an abundance of young animals usually born around November/December. The spectacular Chobe sunsets alone are worth a visit to the area. Please note that activities are restricted within the national park in accordance with government rules and regulations: these include no driving off-road, no walking and no driving after dark.

     

  • [?]Day 5 to 6: Okavango Delta, Botswana

    Following breakfast, guests will be transferred to Kasane Airport for a light aircraft transfer to Moremi Crossing where they will stay for 2 nights.

    Moremi Crossing is located on an Island called Ntswi near the most southern part of Chief’s Island. As you fly over the Delta you can see the intricate twisting and turning of the waterways and the ever-changing colours where dry land meets Delta. The channels around Moremi Crossing offer far-reaching vistas of the Moremi floodplain, grasslands and marginal woodlands interspersed with Mokolwane palm islands.

    The Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest inland deltas situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world - the Kalahari basin. This oasis in the middle of the desert is a rich yet fragile ecosystem, providing a life source for an incredible variety of wildlife. A wealth of species have adapted to the contrasting conditions created by living in the harsh Kalahari desert which is transformed annually with the arrival of the delta flood waters originating in Angola.

     

    The Okavango wetland encompasses Moremi Game Reserve and surrounding regions divided into areas known as Private Concessions. These concessions are wildlife management areas, carefully administrated to balance the growing community’s development and conservation, whilst empowering citizens through sustainable tourism. Many of the exclusive lodges in Botswana are situated within these concessions in the delta, providing an unparalleled wildlife experience - exclusive and remote, avoiding mass tourism and exploitation.

    Flood levels fluctuate dramatically throughout the year, with high water levels peaking in the central Okavango during the dry winter months and water levels at their lowest during the later summer months, contrary to the seasonal rainfall.  The landscape, activities and game viewing vary considerably throughout the delta depending on your location, the season and flood levels. Some areas have larger tracts of permanent dry land which generally means there is more focus on land based activities (game drives) and big game viewing. Lodges situated on islands deep in the delta concentrate more on water activities such as mokoro excursions, walking, boating, fishing and bird watching. Those lodges situated on the outer fringes of the delta, referred to as the 'seasonal' delta, offer varied experiences at different times of the year - more water based during high flood levels and more land based as the flood recedes. 

    Game is more concentrated around the permanent water during the dry season (Apr - Oct) with it becoming very hot in the later months. The heronries become active as the migrant birds return to Botswana from September through November, and general bird watching is excellent throughout the summer months. The rainy season (Nov - Apr) invigorates the lush scenery with wild flowers, dramatic thundershowers, spectacular sunsets and the birthing season brings great predator and prey interaction.

  • [?]Day 7 to 8: Okavango Delta, Botswana

    After breakfast and morning activity (time permitting), guests will be transferred to Sango Safari Camp by light aircraft, where they will stay for 2 nights.

    Sango Safari Camp is nestled in the shade of the trees overlooking the Khwai River. Situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, the camp offers guests the perfect base from which to explore the wildlife and culture of this unique habitat.

    Moremi Game Reserve is surrounded by wildlife management areas of the Okavango, with no boundaries between the concessions and the reserve allowing wildlife to move between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The prior inhabitants in the area (the River Bushmen) were moved to the periphery of the reserve, establishing Khwai village near the North Gate exit of the park. The Khwai area is managed by the community through the Khwai Development Trust. This area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve itself. A key advantage of being outside the reserve is the freedom to do walking safaris and night drives as the area is not governed by the same rules.

    The vegetation is varied, with dry land complemented by permanent and seasonal swamplands, resulting in an excellent diversity of both wildlife and birdlife. Game is more concentrated around the permanent water during the dry season (Apr - Oct) with it becoming very hot in the later months. The rainy season (Nov - Apr) invigorates the lush scenery with wild flowers, dramatic thundershowers, spectacular sunsets and the birthing season brings great predator and prey interaction.

  • [?]Day 9: Depart, Maun

    After the morning activity (time permitting) guests will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun Airport for onward arrangements.

    Lodge: Maun
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