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13 Day Botswana Untouched Lodge Safari

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices and Dates: $3160
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 13 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Botswana Botswana
Parks visited Chobe, Nxai Pan, Moremi
Activity level Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Cultural
  • Birding
  • Boating
This 13-day Botswana Lodge Safari takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, Zimbabwe and of course Botswana! Experience a lodge safari that includes the Tuli Block, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta and other wonderful Botswana Attractions. A small-group Lodge Safari, no participation, from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Highlights: Tuli Block, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Moremi National Park, Khwai River game drive and night drive, Okavango Delta experience including Mokoro excursion, Chobe National Park game drive, River cruise on the Chobe River, Victoria Falls

MEALS: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Day 1:  Johannesburg, South Africa                                                  

On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and transferred to the Safari Club.  You have the remainder of the day at leisure.  This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting at 18h00.

Accommodation:    Safari Club or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and restaurant)
Meals:
Lunch:        For your own account
Dinner:    For your own account


Day 2:  Johannesburg to Tuli Block, Botswana [BLD]

An early morning departure from The Safari Club in Johannesburg takes us via Pretoria, Potgietersrus and through the Limpopo Province into Botswana via the Martin’s Drift border post. We proceed to the area known as the Tuli Block. This thin strip of land in the south-east of Botswana, borders Zimbabwe to the north and South Africa to the south. It is one of the few areas of commercial farmland as it receives more rain than the rest of Botswana. Game reserves with huge herds of elephants and hundreds of colourful birds have been established on this land in the extreme east. We will head out on a game walk either in the evening of day 2 or the next morning, depending on the time of arrival. We will enjoy our evening meal prepared by our guide around the campfire before spending our first night in the African wilderness.

Distance:    516 km    Departure:  07h30

Accommodation:    Stevensford Game Reserve or similar (rooms or chalets with en-suite bathrooms)
Meals:
Breakfast:                                       At Safari Club or similar
Lunch:    Prepared by the guide
Dinner:    Stevensford Game Reserve or similar


Day 3:  Tuli Block to Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana [BL]

Our destination today is the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing white rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Batswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. We explore the sanctuary on an afternoon game drive in search of white rhinos.

Distance:    288 km    Departure:  08h00

Accommodation:    Serowe Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant area)
Meals:
Breakfast:    Prepared by the guide
Lunch:    Prepared by the guide
Dinner:    For your own account


Day 4:  Khama Rhino Sanctuary to Planet Baobab, Botswana [BLD]

Today we travel towards the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park area of Botswana. After settling into our accommodation, we take a stroll with our guide through the surrounding baobab grove. He will explain the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.  

Distance:    467 km    Departure:  07h00

Accommodation:    Planet Baobab or similar (Bakalanga or Baobab huts with en-suite bathrooms)
Meals:
Breakfast:    At Serowe Hotel or similar
Lunch:    Prepared by the guide
Dinner:    At Planet Baobab or similar


Day 5:  Planet Baobab to Maun, Botswana [BL]

This morning we head off to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Enroute we travel via Nxai Pan, a fossil lake that is part of the greater Makgadikgadi system. Covered in nutritious short grasses and small islands of acacia trees, Nxai Pan attracts vast numbers of desert herbivores as well as carnivores including lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. After our Nxai Pan excursion we continue our journey to Maun. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”.

Distance:    215 km    Departure:  08h00

Accommodation:    Thamalakane River Lodge or similar (Meru tents with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Meals:
Breakfast:    At Planet Baobab or similar
Lunch:    Prepared by the guide
Dinner:    For your own account


Optional activities in Maun
Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Maun. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person or per flight and are quoted in Botswana Pula or US Dollar. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Please contact our reservation office for further information. Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

Scenic Flight over the Delta (3, 5 or 6 passengers)        Rate to be advised
Scenic Helicopter Flight (22 min, 3 seater)             $ 135 pp.
Scenic Helicopter Flight (45 min, 3 seater)             $ 625 (excl. departure tax)
Scenic Helicopter Flight (60 min, 3 seats)             $ 830 (excl. departure tax)
Scenic Helicopter Flight (45 min, 4 seater)             $ 910 (excl. departure tax)
Scenic Helicopter Flight (60 min, 4 seater)             $ 1,210 (excl. departure tax)

*Please note prices are subject to change


Day 6:  Maun to Greater Khwai, Botswana [BLD]

After breakfast we will be picked up by our local Botswana guides and take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in these traditional dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in the Greater Khwai region. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day. 

Distance:    150 km    Departure:  08h00

Accommodation:    Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms)
Meals:
Breakfast:    At Thamalakane River Lodge or similar
Lunch:    Lunch pack from Thamalakane or similar 
Dinner:    At Bedouin Bush Camp or similar


Day 7:  Greater Khwai, Botswana [BLD]

We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4x4 vehicle we will explore the Greater Khwai River area on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. This area is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and its exceptional location makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Birdlife is also abundant with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors.

Distance:    150 km     Departure: 07h00

Accommodation:    Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms)
Meals:
Breakfast:    At Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Lunch:    Lunch pack from Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Dinner:    At Bedouin Bush Camp or similar


Day 8:  Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana [BLD]

After having explored the Greater Khwai area, we now head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve which is home to a great diversity of plant and animal life - making it a ‘must see' for a Botswana Safari. It contains - within its boundaries - approximately 20% of the Delta, and a vast range of habitats, acacia forests, floodplains, reed beds, lagoons, enduring wetland through mopane forest and dry savannah woodland.  

Distance:    120 km    Departure: 07h00    

Accommodation:    Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (permanent tents, with en-suite bathrooms)
Meals:
Breakfast:    At Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Lunch:    Lunch pack from Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Dinner:    At Bedouin Bush Camp or similar


Day 9:  Greater Khwai to Chobe National Park, Botswana [BLD]

We have to get up early, as there is another exciting day ahead of us! We leave the camp in Greater Khwai and transit through the national parks of Moremi, Savuti and Chobe to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Keep an eye out for the wildlife in this area. Our lodge is situated on the bank of the Chobe River a short distance from its confluence with the mighty Zambezi River at Kazungula.

Distance:    165 km    Departure: 07h00    

Accommodation:    Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Meals:
Breakfast:    At Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Lunch:    Prepared by the guide
Dinner:    At Chobe Safari Lodge or similar 


Day 10:  Chobe National Park, Botswana [BD]

We start the morning with an exciting game drive in the Chobe National Park, which along with many species of big game, boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. We enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon from where we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds without having to reach for our binoculars – you’ll be near enough for close-up photographs, as well as having the chance to witness a spectacular African sunset.

Distance:    100 km    Departure: 07h00    

Accommodation:    Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Meals:
Breakfast:    At Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Lunch:    For your own account
Dinner:    At Chobe Safari Lodge or similar


Days 11 & 12: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe  [BL], [BD]

Our journey takes us into Zimbabwe, home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the mighty Victoria Falls. We have the opportunity to view the falls on a guided tour through the Victoria Falls National Park. You have the rest of the day and the next day at leisure to partake in one of the many activities on offer. 

Distance:    95 km    Departure: 09h00    

Accommodation:    A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Meals:
Day 11:
Breakfast:    At Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Lunch:    Prepared by the guide
Dinner:    For your own account


Day 12:

Breakfast:    At A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar
Lunch:    For your own account
Dinner:    At The Boma Place of Eating or similar

Optional activities in Victoria Falls

Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Victoria Falls. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.  The rates are per person and are quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year. Please contact our reservation office for further information.  Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

15 Minute Helicopter Flight                                  $ 172.50 (excl. levies)
22 Minute Helicopter Flight                                  $ 270.00 (excl. levies)
Boma Dinner                                                      $ 65.00
Sunset Cruise                                                    $ 57.50
Dinner Cruise                                                     $ 86.50
Bungi Jump                                                       $ 171.00
Canoeing (full day)                                             $ 172.50
Horse Back Safaris (novice)                               $ 92.00
Rafting (full day, low water)                                 $ 172.50
Rafting (full day, high water)                               $ 161.00
Flying Fox (Cable Slide)                                     $ 48.50
Gorge Swing                                                     $ 109.00
Zip Line                                                             $ 79.00
Canopy Tour                                                     $ 60.50
Tram & Bridge Champagne Sunset Tour             $ 75.00
Moonlight Dinner Run (tram)                              $ 170.00

*Please note prices are subject to change


Day 13: End of Tour [B]

Your journey ends today and you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departing flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

Meals:
Breakfast:    At A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar

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

  • Stevensford Game Reserve or similar
  • Serowe Hotel or similar
  • Planet Baobab or similar
  • Thamalakane River Lodge or similar
  • Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
  • A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar

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