Botswana Mammals and Meerkats

Victoria Falls, Chobe, Moremi, Okavango and The Pans
Overview

overview

Camp and explore amidst the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Southern Africa. The Okavango, Moremi, Chobe, and Savute are legendary wildlife sanctuaries. Enjoy spectacular game viewing from land and water as your safari guide leads you deep into wildest Africa. You will savor the best natural wonders of Africa while still enjoying the comforts of secluded bush camps within Botswana’s incredible national parks and reserves.  End the safari with the meerkats of the Makgadikgadi Pans.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    On arrival in Vic Falls, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. 

    This afternoon you will take a guided tour of the spectacular Victoria Falls.  Known as Mosi-oe-Tunya, or the smoke that thunders, this is without doubt one of the greatest and most unforgettable spectacles on earth.  More than half a million cubic meters of water plummets over the edge every minute, a number that rises to five million cubic meters per minute during the flood season from March to May.

    The group will gather at dinner for introductions and a tour briefing.

    These next two days are spent exploring the area, with the group or independently in your free time.

     

    There is also adequate free time in these days to undertake an evening boat excursion on the Zambezi River, a scenic flight over the falls, or go microlighting (basically, a hang-glider with a motor), or a boat ride on the Zambezi, all of which are at own expense.  If you need more time to enjoy the areas many activities on offer, you may wish to schedule advance arrival.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Ilala Lodge (or similar)
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  • Day 2: Victoria Falls
    The Magnificent Victoria Falls, known locally as "Mosi-oa-Tunya," the Smoke that Thunders.

    The morning is free to explore the area further on you own or choosing to join the optional activity:  a walk with the lions! 

    The lion encounter affords you the opportunity to walk with and cubs being prepared for release into the wild. This activity is at own expense.

    This afternoon you will experience the bush from the saddle of one of its largest inhabitants.   On a professionally-guided elephant back safari you wander through the pristine bush and valley of the Masuwe River, homes to numerous wildlife species, including elephants, kudu, buffalo, impala, leopard and even lion (sometimes!).  Each elephant is under the charge of a handler. The excellent birding in this area - over 50 species - will excite bird enthusiasts. 

    The elephant safari ends with a snack and drinks being served before returning to the lodge in time for dinner.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ilala Lodge (or similar)
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  • Days 3-4: Chobe River - National Park
    Embark on an unforgettable game viewing boat cruise

    After breakfast, travel overland across the border to Kasane, Botswana where you are welcomed by the guides.  From here continue via safari vehicle to your mobile bush camp in the Chobe National Park.

    Famous for its beautiful scenery and magnificent sunsets, the park hosts the largest elephant population in Africa. You may see large herds, including matriarchal groups shepherding their young, during the game drives and an unforgettable game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River. Evenings are spent relaxing around the campfire under the brilliant stars of the southern hemisphere.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Standard Comfort Mobile Safari
  • Days 5-6: Savute - Chobe National Park

    Continuing overland through the park, you visit Savute, made famous for the abundance of large predators found here.   Discover the highlights of this amazing area and its waterholes during early morning and late afternoon game drives.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Standard Comfort Mobile Safari
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  • Day 7: Sango Safari Camp - Khwai Concession Area
    You will find abundant wildlife

    Travel to the Khwai flood plains and continue to explore the ever-changing scenery of the reserve.  This evening stay at a bush lodge situated on the concession area of the Khwai River, where many species of animal and bird life that make the area their home can be found.

     

    Today you may choose an afternoon mokoro excursion (at own expense) in order to fully experience the serenity of this pristine wilderness area.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Sango Safari Camp
  • Days 8-9: Okavango Delta Area of Moremi Reserve
    Exploring the reserves in morokos

    Today move to the Moremi Wildlife Reserve,   situated in the northeastern corner of the Okavango Delta, a true wilderness area with rich, green vegetation. The area teems with bird life and has a vast population of wild animals. During early morning and late afternoon game drives we will search for the many species of animal and birdlife that make Moremi their home.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Stand Comfort Mobile Safari
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  • Days 10-11: Gcadikwe Island Camp - Okavango Area of Moremi

    This morning after breakfast depart for the Xakanaxa boat station, with wildlife viewing on route.  A boat excursion takes you into the Okavango channels and logoon areas en-route to our pre-erected island tented camp.

    Gcadikwe Island camp brings it all to you:  nature at its best up close and personal.  Elephants, hippos, lechwe and lions roam the area, trumpet, graze and serenade those fortunate enough to be guests at this intimate and rustic camp site.  Ablutions are communal. A delicious three-course dinner is served alongside the sounds and under the stars of the african night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Standard Comfort Mobile Camping
  • Days 12-13: Makgadikgadi Pans & Meerkats

    After a hearty breakfast this morning, transfer via boat back to the game vehicle then drive back to the Xakanaxa bush airstrip, to catch the onward flight to the Makgadikgadi Pans.  Following a traditional lunch, village and cattlepost visit, we take quad bikes to our overnight campout on the Ntwetwe Pans.  Tonight is a BBQ dinner under spectacular star-studded skies.

    Rise early to visit the habituated meerkats, whose foraging, barking, grooming, general antics and highly defined social structure provide endless entertainment and intrigue.   A delicious lunch back at Planet Baobab is followed by siesta time and then a guided walk through the surrounding Baobab forests to learn about the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of these amazing trees.  Libations around the campfire against the backdrop of a flaming sunset precedes another amazing Pan African dinner. The shimmering and ethereal austerity of the area, one of the largest salt pans in the world, makes for a striking contrast to the experiences had thus far.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    1 Night Open Air Camping & 1 Night Planet Baobab Traditional Hut
  • Day 14: Maun

    Today you'll fly back to Maun, where the safari culminates. For those interested in extending their adventure, Cape Town offers culture, wildlife (penguins and whale watching at this time of year), wild flora and the most extensive collection of native African flora displayed Kirstenbosch Gardens, at the foot of the city's iconic Table Mountain. You might also consider a visit to Johannesburg's historical Soweto township.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$6,750
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in JOURNEYS' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$750
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

"Alfresco" en-suite bathroom offered with warm bucket shower, wash basin, porta-potty toilet and towels.

 

Duration:
14 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
2
Secluded bush camps with "al fresco" en-suite facilities, 1 night outdoor camping & comfortable hotel
Group Size:
6-12
per 4x4 vehicle (2 vehicles may travel together on certain departures)
Activity Level:
3
fully-staffed camping, travel over rough roads

Terms & Conditions: 

Southern and South Africa

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Included in costs: Meals as noted in (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy. NOTE:COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELING ON THIS SAFARI! 

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

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