BOTSWANA WILD PARKS
Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination.
Get the best wilderness experience in Southern Africa by bush walk, game drive and even by dugout canoe.
Cruise past hippos in the Okavango Delta and watch thirsty elephants at the river in Chobe National Park.
End with a very grand finale Victoria Falls.
Botswana & South Africa & Zimbabwe 14 days
Day 1 JOHANNESBURG to KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY [chalets - LD]
(B=breakfast, L=lunch D=dinner)
Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north into Botswana and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in
saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state
and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable
use of natural resources. This reserve situated on the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural
waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest.
Day 2 MAUN
We drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Since Maun’s founding in
1915 as the capital of the Batawana people, it has had a reputation as a hard living ‘Wild West’ town
helping the local cattle ranching and safari operations. The name Maun is derived from the San word
‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’.
Day 3 - 4 OKAVANGO DELTA
[tented camp x2 BLD]
We drive into the Okavango Delta to the launch station where we board our mekoro’s and pole to our
tented camp in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. This amazing environment has large
numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly kingfishers! One of the best
experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along reed-lined channels in a mokoro (dug-out
canoe). Sit back and relax as the water gurgles gently under the mokoro while your skilled poler points
out the fauna and flora.
Day 5, 6, 7, 8 MOREMI
[3x tented bush lodge BLD, 1x lodge BL-]
We take an open 4WD into Moremi Game Reserve for fantastic game viewing! Chief’s Island is the
largest landmass within Moremi and was the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting ground, before being
declared a game reserve by the tribe. We spend 4 days on game drives watching the abundant wildlife
including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game, both in Moremi Game Reserve and in private
concession reserves surrounding the park. We return to Maun midday on day 8 for an evening
restaurant meal (own expense).
Day 9 MAKGADIKGADI PANS
[tented lodge or chalets BL -]
We have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango before we head to Nata (own expense).
The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi appear as a glaring white, endless plain. When the rain
comes a dramatic change takes place as thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to the sweet
nutritious grasslands and clouds of flamingo feed in its algae rich waters. It is an area of low rainfall, so
this spectacle only lasts a short while. (Please note due to high rainfall in the area over the last few
years that there is water in the section of the pans we visit)
Day 10 – 11 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
[lodge BL -]
The Chobe River is a stunning feature of Botswana and will be the focus of our lodge stay. The Chobe
River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the
largest herds of elephant in Africa. An Early morning 4WD game drive in the Chobe National Park and
an afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise to see the mighty elephant herds return to the Chobe
River to quench their thirst.
Day 12 – 13 VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
[hotel Bx2 - -]
We visit “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. These magnificent falls are one
of the seven natural wonders of the world. A rich and fertile rain forest, fed by the spray or “smoke”,
surrounds the falls attracting colourful birdlife. Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi
River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).
Day 14 VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE – TOUR ENDS
[- B - -]
Tour ends after breakfast at 08:00am.