The Best of Botswana
Immerse yourself in the Okavango Delta and enjoy an authentic African bush getaway filled with tranquility. Meet native bushmen who share the beauty of their land with you on guided excursions and become captivated by the variety of animals in this region.
Itinerary November 7-16, 2018
Days 1-3: November 7-9, 2018
Arrive Maun. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Leroo La Tau
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.
Meals: Full Board
Days 4-6: November 10,11 & 12, 2018
Moremi Game Reserve, Camp Moremi
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
Day 7-9: November 13,14 & 15, 2018
Chobe National Park, Savute Lodge
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.
Meals: Full Board
Day 10: November 16, 2018
One final game drive and then we have to catch our charter flight back to Maun for our connecting flights home… or do we?
Days 10,11 and 12: November 16, 17 and 18, 2018
Optional 2-Day Victoria Falls Extension
Onward to Zimbabwe
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 18th you will be transferred to the Victoria Falls airport to catch a flight to your desired destination
Meals: Full Board
Botswana only-November 7-16, 2018
- $7,692. Per Person sharing, based on a minimum of 4 guests traveling
- Single Supplement: $1,700 (First two singles are on us, fee only applies to third single onward)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Extension-November 16-18, 2018
- $750 Per Person sharing
- Single Supplement Per Person: $150
- Accompanied by specialist guide Jody Cole and Local guides
- All internal flights while on safari, as well as departure taxes
- Accommodations listed in itinerary
- All meals listed in itinerary
- Scheduled activities and transfers as listed in itinerary
- All soft drinks and local branded spirits and wines with meals
- Administration fees
- Laundry Services
- All government levies and taxes
- All National Park entry fees
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- International flights
- Travel and Medical Insurance
- Premium brand drinks
- Sightseeing and activities other than specified
- Visa fees: There is no visa fees for Botswana as of 10/17
- All meals/drinks not mentioned above
- All entrance fees and excursions or additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Items of a personal nature (bar bills, curios, etc)
- Airport luggage storage
- 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 THREE blank VISA pages in the passport (not endorsement pages).
- We recommend that you visit the CDC.gov website to see recommended vaccinations.
- Luggage restrictions – strictly 20kg per person including hand luggage and camera equipment in soft, duffel-style bags that need to fit into the small hold of our charter planes.
“Jody was very attentive to all of us. I liked how she took care of each person’s individual needs.”
“Jody Cole and Wild Rainbow African Safaris is the only way to go to Africa.”
“Fantastic life altering trip!! Jody and her team were the bomb. They were extremely knowledgable, caring, experts and fabulous hosts in an exotic land. I will never forget this experience and have many fond memories to last me forever.