The Best of Botswana

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$5500 - $6450
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
11 days
Best months:
June - October
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Camping safaris Camping Cultural safaris Cultural
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Tour size: The tour is be limited to a maximum of 9 participants unless special arrangements are made.

The fee for the Best of Botswana tour is US$5,500 (2010) per person sharing. This includes all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 11 of the tour, all lodgings, ground transportation, boat trips as per the itinerary, reserve entrance fees, and all guiding services (including local guides and tour leaders.)

A single supplement will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If we cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Not included are excessive alcoholic beverages, gratuities, telephone calls, laundry and items of a personal nature. All costs are subject to major currency fluctuations, fuel price fluctuations and other significant items that might be beyond our control.

Day 1: Kasane.

You will arrive at Kasane International Airport where you will be met by a representative of the safari company. Transfered by vehicle to your luxury lodge located on the Chobe River where you'll spend your first night. In the evening you'll take a leisurely boat cruise on the Chobe River and get close to a wide variety of wildlife.

 

Day 2: Victoria Falls.

You'll take a guided day trip to the magnificent Victoria Falls. Returning to the lodge for dinner.

 

Day 3: Kasane to Savuti, Chobe National Park (CNP).

After breakfast we depart for the Savuti area of Chobe National Park. Our drive takes us by a small remote craft shop who'd read about Cecilia's efforts in the US and contacted her to sell some of their simple crafts. In the afternoon us pass the famous Pump Pan where the sun sets behind the camel thorn trees with the elephants silhouetted in the foreground. This night will be in spent in a mobile camp set up for you by your guide and his assistant. In camp we should hear the plaintive call of the jackal, often referred to as the 'cry of the Kalahari' and the eerie whooping of the hyenas, infamous inhabitants of the region.

 

Day 4: Savuti to Moremi Game Reserve (MGR).

After breakfast we depart for Moremi Game Reserve. Our drive takes us through ever changing scenery as we pass through Savuti marsh and the famous Mababe depression and follow the Khwai River to our camp. This area is somewhat drier as we are moving east of the delta proper. The change in habitat heralds a change in the dominant wildlife species and we explore all of this before arriving at our new camp. After a late lunch we head out on our evening game drive. We return to camp for dinner.

 

Day 5: Moremi.

Our morning starts off once again with a light, early breakfast followed by a game drive and brunch. In the afternoon we head to the Xakanaxa boat station where you will explore the channels of the Xakanaxa Lediba (Lagoon) and see the permanent waterways and the associated birds and wildlife. Return to boat station and transfer to camp for dinner. After dinner we relax and listen to the chorus of owls.

 

Day 6: Moremi to Maun.

After our early morning game drive and a light lunch, we drive out of Moremi G.R. and head for Maun. Upon reaching Maun, you'll get a chance to check your emails and shop a little bit at the grocery store. The night is spent a comfortable lodge on the outskirts of town.

 

Day 7: Maun to Ghanzi.

In the morning you'll head back into Maun to meet Mma Kushonya who will teach you how the famous Botswana baskets are made and show you around her shop. After lunch, and a stop back at your lodge to collect your things, we head west into the Kalahari proper to the cattle farming town of Ghanzi. Ghanzi is at the cross roads of many cultures. First there were the San Bushmen, then various black tribes such as the Bahereros, the Bakgalagadi, and the Batswana, then the white Afrikaners, who first settled in the area in the late 1800's. Add to that the more recent western expatriate development workers and you've got Ghanzi. You'll spent the night at a Bushmen cultural village.

 

Day 8: Ghanzi.

A full day is planned. In the morning, we'll get up and accompany a small group of Bushmen as they show us how they traditionally gathered plants from the veld, or bush. The small family groups that work at the culural village are from the either the #Hoa or Gwi clan, some of the last clans to give up the traditional hunter/gatherer lifestyle. Peter's adopted grandfather and tracking mentor Xanate is one of the guides and hopefully will be around. After a late breakfast, we'll drive into Ghanzi to get a demonstration of how ostrich eggshell beads are made. Then off to visit the store at Gantsi Craft where Cecilia used to work, That night, back at the culural village we'll watch a traditional Bushmen dance as the women sit around the fire chanting and clapping and the men dance a hypnotic rhythm in a circle round the women. As an extra, we can also arrange for a traditional healer to be there to perform a trance dance, where he has an out of body experience then performs a laying on of hands.

 

Day 9: Ghanzi to Shakawe.

In the morning, we drive back towards the east then turn north along the western edge of the Delta to Etsha 6, the epicenter of Botswana's basket making communities. This is where Mma Kushonya is from. In Etsha 6 you'll get to meet a few more basket makers and see how they live. Next is a push north with successive stops at Etsha 9 and 13 to see wood carvers and a traditional HaMbukusu dance troupe. Then on to Shakawe, and your lodge. That evening we'll relax on the banks of the Okavango River where we'll enjoy sundowners and the incredible bird life.

 

Day 10: Shakawe.

Today we visit Tsodilo Hills, a world heritage site because of its 100's of ancient rock paintings. Recently the oldest known evidence of human religion was found there. We'll be shown around the "Mountains of the Gods" by a local Bushman guide. Tsodilo is a really cool place that gets few international tourists. In addition to the rock paintings there are numerous caves for the adventurous to explore. That evening we'll go for a relaxing boat cruise on the Okavango and see the many crocodiles and prolific bird life.


 

Day 11: Shakawe to Maun.

On your final day on safari you will leave Shakawe drive back to Maun and catch your flight home.


Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Chobe Game Lodge
  • Chobe Savanna Lodge
  • Savute Safari Lodge
  • Camp Moremi
  • Camp Okavango

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Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
African caracal
African caracal
Baboon
Baboon
Bat-eared fox
Bat-eared fox
Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros
Bushbaby
Bushbaby
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Activities you can do

Horseback riding
Horseback riding
Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Bush walks
Bush walks
Cultural / Tribal visits
Cultural / Tribal visits
Fishing
Fishing
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