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The Best of Botswana 



November 7-16, 2018

10 Days 9 Nights


SAFARI OVERVIEW

Nov 7-9: Arrive Maun, Leroo La Tau
Nov 10-12: Camp Moremi
Nov 13-16: Savute Safari Lodge, Departure
Nov 17-19: Optional Victoria Falls Extension Trip


ITINERARY
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Leroo La Tau
Days 1-3

Arrive Maun airport in Botswana by midday, where we will be met by our driver who will drive us about two and half hours to our first lodge, Leroo La Tau near the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, provides the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction. Makgadikgadi stretches away from the banks of the Boteti River, through its interior of scrubland and grasslands. The western boundary provides for mineral rich grasslands and the Boteti River supplies the much needed sustenance for the herds, which inhabit the park. The Boteti River is the main outflow of the Okavango Delta, collecting the water that flows past Maun, and stretches about 250 km southeast finally ending at Lake Xau on the extreme south western edge of the great Makgadikgadi salt pans. After the start of the rainy season, this desert area teems with wildlife as herds of zebra and wildebeest graze to their heart’s content on the wide-open green grassland plains of the Makgadikgadi. The park also boasts plenty lion, leopard, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, Chobe bushbuck, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupine, genet and caracal, to name but a few. In addition, there is also the possibility of seeing the rare white rhinoceros. The lodge offers guided day and night game drives. Depending on water levels of the Boteti River, boat activities are also on offer. Optional cultural excursions can also be arranged to visit Khumaga Village. Guided bush walks in the area surrounding the lodge can also be arranged.

Makgadikgadi is one of the largest salt flats in the world, although it is technically not a single pan but many pans with sandy desert in between - the largest being the Sua (Sowa), Nwetwe and Nxai Pans. Because of the remote location of the physical pans to visit the Nxai Pans, is subject to vehicle availability.

Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, about 140 kilometers south east of Maun, and the river’s eastern bank forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The lodge offers a raised hide above the river from where you can enjoy spectacular wildlife sightings. The lodge has 12 thatched chalets, each with en-suite bathrooms, a dining room, reading room and bar in the main lodge, expansive wooden decks and a plunge pool. After a day of exploration on guided day and night game drives, you can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river.

Moremi Game Reserve, Camp Moremi
Days 4-6

After a final morning game drive and breakfast we will take a charter flight from the Leroo La Tau north to the Moremi Game Reserve. This reserve is situated at the heart of the Okavango Delta and was the first wildlife area to be set aside by tribal people rather than colonial powers. The reserve itself is unfenced, allowing free movement of animals within the Delta according to seasonal migrations. Moremi extends east and northwards as far as Chobe National Park, ensuring a continuous area of protected land all the way to Kasane. Chiefʼs Island is the largest island; 100km long by 15km wide, tectonic movements most likely created it.

We will explore the vast and different eco systems with morning and afternoon game drives. Leopards curl up in the Mopani trees, herds of elephants graze under the canopy of green and prides of lions are camouflaged in the long grasses. The Moremi’s incredible wetlands create natural watering holes, which support a myriad of antelope including impala, kudu and waterbuck. Fish Eagles and Pied Kingfisher flying overhead complete this magical experience.

Camp Moremi offers twelve tents all raised on a teak deck each featuring an en-suite bathroom. Within this tranquil environment you will have privacy and luxury. Buffet style dinners are served under an ebony canopy while breakfast, lunch and high tea are taken under the thatched boma. There is a secluded swimming pool to cool off in and a fire pit to warm up and viewing deck to take in those spectacular African sunsets.

Meals: Full Board


Chobe National Park, Savute Lodge
Days 7-9

We’ll take flight in another charter plane farther north into the Chobe National Park where we will stay for three nights at the Savute Lodge to explore the Savute Channel. When David Livingston discovered the Savute Channel in 1851 it was flowing and strong. Just 30 years after, the channel had disappeared and the marsh had dried out. It started to flow again in the 1950’s until the early 80’s when it receded again. In 2009 is started flowing once again and this time the Savute Marsh was reestablished as well. No one knows how long the water will remain. Savute lays claim to the second largest zebra migration in Africa, which is determined by the rains but typically occurs in early November to December… when we will be there!

Savute Lodge offers just twelve local timber and thatched chalets creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Every chalet has a private deck and en-suite bathrooms. There is a library, lounge and cocktail bar in the two story main building which boasts el fresco dining, a swimming pool and a shaded viewing deck from which we can observe elephants coming to the Savute Channel to drink, bath and play.


Departure
Day 10

One final game drive and then we have to catch our charter flight back to Maun for our connecting flights home… or do we?


Onward to Zimbabwe
Days 10-12

If desired, you can fly to Kasane instead of Maun and continue on Zimbabwe for two glorious days at Victoria Falls. Upon landing in Kasane, Botswana you will be met by a driver who will drive you across the border into Zimbabwe and on to Victoria Falls. You will have two nights at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and plenty of time to explore the falls, the town and get some final game viewing in from the lodges awesome decks. On the morning of November 19th you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls airport to catch a flight to your desired destination.


PLEASE NOTE:

Prices and availability are subject to change until a signed trip application and 20% deposit are received, at which time accommodations are booked and a final itinerary prepared. Modifications to the itinerary may result in a change in price


PRICING

Botswana Only

  • Based on 8 guests: $7,250 Per Person sharing
  • Based on 6 guests: $9,225 Per Person sharing
  • Based on 4 guests: $12,895 Per Person sharing
  • Single Supplement: $1,700 (Applies to third single and onward)

Victoria Falls Extension

  • $750 Per Person sharing
  • Single Supplement: $150

Things to Know
  • Passports MUST be valid for at least six months from your return home date. We recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems in this regard. There must be at least FOUR blank VISA pages in the passport (not endorsement pages).
  • No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. We highly recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics. The drugs of choice seem to be Larium or Malarone. We recommend you contact your pharmacist/ Travel Advisory Clinic for advice as to which prophylactic is recommended. We also encourage you to research http://www.cdc.gov/ for Botswana.
  • Luggage is restricted to 18 kg per person including photographic equipment and hand luggage - in soft-sided rolling bags.

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