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Tour BOTSWANA:10 Day Best of Botswana Fly-In Safari #19

10 DAY BEST OF BOTSWANA FLY-IN SAFARI

Safari Overview

Uncover Botswana’s wildest landscapes on a stunning 10-day luxury safari across Botswana. The natural habitat for some of the largest populations of game in the region, Botswana’s magnificent range of dazzling landscapes is an untouched idyll where you can travel for miles and not see a soul.

Journey across this exciting, peaceful region on a custom Botswana photo safari to enjoy spectacular wildlife, luxury safari lodge accommodation and the most spectacular experiences that will last for a lifetime.

Explore Botswana’s most iconic landscapes, over 10 unforgettable days filled with our handpicked selection of the best sights, experiences and accommodation in Botswana.

Enjoy spectacular sightings of an unrivalled variety of birds and large concentrations of stunning wildlife including elephants, black rhinoceros,  giraffes, jackals and more during your stay at Moremi Game Reserve, an iconic part of the great Okavango Delta.

Marvel at the extraordinary sight of the Makgadikgadi Pan, one of the world’s largest salt pans situated in the midst of a savannah in Makgadikgadi National Park. From its mini migration of tens of thousands of zebras and wildebeest to its enormous population of birds, this is wild Botswana at its best.

With further days spent in the glorious Okavango Delta then the spectacular Chobe Game Reserve, you can look forward to leisurely game drives and water safaris as you travel across a rich array of dry and water landscapes, home to wildebeest, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, large prides of lions, elephants, buffalos and so much more.  

From sensational day and night game drives to river safaris, a visit to Victoria Falls and so much more, this is an action-packed, luxury photo safari adventure through the wilds of Botswana that you will never forget.

Itinerary Details
Click on the buttons/links below for LOCATION and ACCOMMODATION details and pictures
Price

2020 / Jan- Mar:  6,240 / per person sharing /2 pax min.

2020 / Mar – Jun : $7,925 / per person sharing /2 pax min.

2020 / Jul-Oct: $9,340 / per person sharing /2 pax min.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park
Departure & Return Location

Johannesburg International Airport (Google Map)

 

Price Includes
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • "Inter-Africa" flight as per itinerary
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • All transportation as specified on itinerary
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International airfare
  • Tips & Private Expenses
  • Visa's (When applicable)
  • Additional accommodation before or after the safari
  • Park and enhance fees as indicated
Map


 VISA & Levy’s

  • Zimbabwe: Foreigners need to obtain a visa at the port of entry.Cost os US $ 50 per person and should be paid in cash.
  • No other visa’s are required for USA citizens entering into South Africa, Namibia or Botswana
  • Please refer to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for updated information on each country

VACCINATIONS

Please refer to your health care professional for advise , as well as the CDC for updated information, but typically only malaria prevention medication is advised. Usually, no  other shots are required

*NOTES

  1. Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations. Airline tickets have been estimated and can vary depending on booking dates, fares and available flights
  2. BOARDING: Full Boarding (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the specific location – please inquire if you need details
  3. Child policy may apply & single occupancy policy apply
  4. Park entry fees and cable car ride fees are not included
  5. Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client’s responsibility
  6. Checking and obtaining the necessary/applicable VISA’s for each country visited is the client’s responsibility

They say that all bugs in Africa bite…but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all!

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Johannesburg Airport area Boutique Hotel

1 Night

The Guest House & Spa is situated approximately 3 miles from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in the Kempton Park area.

It offers luxurious accommodation in nine double en-suite rooms, with baths and showers. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with coffee and tea making facilities, central heating, DStv, a telephone, Internet access and easy access to the outside areas.

Spa treatments are available on-site and the fully qualified spa therapist will be more than willing to discuss a personalized treatment program, tailored to your individual needs. There is also a pool with a spacious pool area and a Jacuzzi.

MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Safari in stunning Moremi!

At the place where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of Mopane forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa! Encompassing the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi game reserve includes permanent water as well as drier areas, creating beautiful and unexpected contrasts. Prominent geographical features in the Moremi are Chiefs Island and the Moremi Tongue.

The idea to create a game reserve first originated in 1961 and was approved by the Batawana at a kgotla in 1963. The area was then officially designated as a game reserve in April 1965 and was initially run by the Fauna Conservation Society of Ngamiland. Moremi was then extended to include Chiefs Island in 1976. In August 1979 the reserve was taken over by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. A further extension was added as recently as 1992 and now the reserve contains within its boundaries approximately twenty percent of the Okavango Delta.

The Moremi Game Reserve, although not one of the largest Parks, presents insights and views even for the most experienced of travelers. Home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. African Wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is resident and has been the subject of a project run in the area since 1989; thus this species is often seen wearing collars emplaced by researchers. The sitatunga and lechwe live in the papyrus banks of the waterways with lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs hunting in the open grassland. The Moremi Game Reserve is home to over 400 of the Okavango’s species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle, Crested Crane and Sacred Ibis. This vast array of mammal, bird, insect, plant, fish and reptile species have adapted to the Okavango Delta’s swamp conditions.
The northeast tip of Moremi, Khwai is an area where evergreen trees line wide floodplains. It boasts excellent density and diversity of both predator and prey species with leopard sightings consistently good. From an ontological perspective, Saddle-billed storks, wattled cranes and many species of kingfishers and bee-eaters are common. In the heart of Moremi, at the tip of the Mopane Tongue, lies the renowned Xakanaxa Lagoon comprising mopane forests and a patchwork of deep waterways and shallow flooded areas, creating a beautiful area packed with game. Leopard and cheetah are regularly seen and the density of antelope is notable. The area’s birdlife is exceptional.

Moremi, hunted by the Bushman as long as 10,000 years ago, was initiated by the Batawana tribe and covers some 4,871 sq. km, as the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. It combines Mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi so well known. Only about 30% of the Reserve is mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.

Moremi Luxury Camp

Big game safari days!

The Moremi Game Reserve features a diverse habitat home to a wide range of African wildlife. Guests can look forward to guided game drives where they might spot Wild Dog, Cheetah, Lion, Zebra, Elephant and Buffalo.
A sanctuary of Mopane forests, seasonal flood plains, open grasslands and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa. This is where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert. The Moremi game reserve is a result of a donation to the world by the Batawana Tribe.

The lodge located on the banks of the Khwai River in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. Rated as one of Africa’s most beautiful game reserves, Moremi Game Reserve ensures that it is one of the only safari destinations which can provide guests with an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. The reserve offers sanctuary to abundant herds of elephants, buffalo, giraffe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable and more. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas complete the picture. Birding is also quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed.

Accommodations are canvas, Meru-style classic luxury safari tents on raised decks. Canvas window covers can be closed as desired or left open to view the surroundings through a mesh screen at each window. Each tent boasts en-suite facilities. The camp operates on generator power, but at night all lighting is supplied by battery powered lamps, candles and paraffin lanterns, giving the camp an authentic African ambience.

The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. Constructed of local timber, reed and thatch, the elegant lounge contains a small but comprehensive library, dining room, expansive sundeck, plunge pool and sala with day bed as well as a fire-deck set under giant Jackalberry trees.

ACTIVITIES
Guests are offered two activities of their choice per day, or an all-day outing can be arranged. These activities include: morning and afternoon game drives; and water game viewing in powerboats.

MAKGADIKGADI NATIONAL PARK

Safari in the the Makgadikgadi Pans!

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. There was permanent water in the river since long before Livingstone first explored the area in the late 1840s and brought the existence of Lake Ngami to the attention of the outside world. The river provided water for the great herds of wildlife that seasonally utilized the short grass plains on the north-west side of the Makgadikgadi, and latterly provided water for the Setswana cattle herders who moved onto the western bank. The river was thus a natural barrier between the wildlife and the cattle – and was a natural boundary for the National park.

The Makgadikgadi pans are the remains of a great lake that once occupied a significant portion of Northern Botswana, covering approximately 14,826,323 sq acres. After dramatic climate change caused the drying up of this once majestic lake, there was a considerable amount of salt residue left behind. After the start of the rainy season the desert area teems with wildlife as herds of zebra and wildebeest graze on the wide-open green grassland plains. During the wet season there is an influx of migratory bird species, while resident desert species welcome their visitors by showing off their breeding plumage.

At the onset of the dry season as the pans dry out again, there is a mini migration as all the animals start looking for water again. This migration moves up along the Boteti River, searching for water holes providing the only water for thousands of square kilometers. The migration can bring up to 30 000 zebra and wildebeest into the area and with it an increase in levels of predator activity.

Makgadikgadi Accommodation

Big game safari days!

The camp is located on the eastern bank of the Boteti, forming the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral-rich grasslands.The western boundary provides for mineral rich grass lands and the Boteti River which supplies the much-needed sustenance for the herds which inhabit the park.

The zebra and wildebeest herds continued to use the rich grass plains and migrating to the river at the end of winter to access the water in the seeps. The Makgadikgadi National Park is a harsh dry environment, suited to Gemsbok and Kudu, but the river provided a life-giving source of water for the zebra and wildebeest utilizing the eastern grass plains.
The Lodge is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, north west of Khumaga village, about 90 miles south east of Maun. The river's eastern bank forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.The lodge cliffs over 30 feet high above this changing riverbed environment.

Offering 12 luxury thatched and glass fronted suites with en-suite bathrooms, each one a raised wooden platform. The main reception and lounge area is located on top of these cliffs; this raised vantage point ensures unsurpassed views of the river and the Makgadikgadi to the east. The main lounge area with its inviting wooden and thatch finishes, offers guests the opportunity to sit back and relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively, you can lounge around the pool or enjoy the river view vistas from the game viewing hide built into the bank of the river.

ACTIVITIES
The lodge offers both scheduled guided 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 nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge can also be arranged.

MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Safari in stunning Moremi!

At the place where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of Mopane forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa! Encompassing the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi game reserve includes permanent water as well as drier areas, creating beautiful and unexpected contrasts. Prominent geographical features in the Moremi are Chiefs Island and the Moremi Tongue.

The idea to create a game reserve first originated in 1961 and was approved by the Batawana at a kgotla in 1963. The area was then officially designated as a game reserve in April 1965 and was initially run by the Fauna Conservation Society of Ngamiland. Moremi was then extended to include Chiefs Island in 1976. In August 1979 the reserve was taken over by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. A further extension was added as recently as 1992 and now the reserve contains within its boundaries approximately twenty percent of the Okavango Delta.

The Moremi Game Reserve, although not one of the largest Parks, presents insights and views even for the most experienced of travelers. Home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. African Wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is resident and has been the subject of a project run in the area since 1989; thus this species is often seen wearing collars emplaced by researchers. The sitatunga and lechwe live in the papyrus banks of the waterways with lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs hunting in the open grassland. The Moremi Game Reserve is home to over 400 of the Okavango’s species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle, Crested Crane and Sacred Ibis. This vast array of mammal, bird, insect, plant, fish and reptile species have adapted to the Okavango Delta’s swamp conditions.
The northeast tip of Moremi, Khwai is an area where evergreen trees line wide floodplains. It boasts excellent density and diversity of both predator and prey species with leopard sightings consistently good. From an ontological perspective, Saddle-billed storks, wattled cranes and many species of kingfishers and bee-eaters are common. In the heart of Moremi, at the tip of the Mopane Tongue, lies the renowned Xakanaxa Lagoon comprising mopane forests and a patchwork of deep waterways and shallow flooded areas, creating a beautiful area packed with game. Leopard and cheetah are regularly seen and the density of antelope is notable. The area’s birdlife is exceptional.

Moremi, hunted by the Bushman as long as 10,000 years ago, was initiated by the Batawana tribe and covers some 4,871 sq. km, as the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. It combines Mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi so well known. Only about 30% of the Reserve is mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.

Moremi Reserve Camp

Safari in the Moremi!

A small and welcoming safari lodge in the Okavango Delta's Moremi Game Reserve on the edge of a large palm-infringed lagoon and one of three permanent, well-established camps located on the tip of the Mopane Tongue, in Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. Shaded by a variety of riverine trees, including leadwood and jackal berry, it is set in pleasant grounds directly overlooking the peaceful Xakanaxa Lagoon.
The main living area is built in and around a grove of giant ebony trees and the tented rooms flank the lodge on both sides suspended on stilts along the water's edge.

Particularly welcome in the heat of the day is a large swimming pool, which is raised on a wooden deck and kept in excellent condition. Shade is provided for the surrounding sun loungers by large canvas umbrellas.

The camp has 12 tented chalets, comfortable & rustic. The chalets are connected to the main area by a clearly marked dirt pathway. Raised off the ground on wooden decks, the chalets are pretty substantial, and are quite different in design and layout.

In the bedroom, twin beds – or a double – sit beneath a wooden canopy draped with mosquito nets. All have private bathrooms on the same platform, slightly apart from the bedrooms and private balconies overlooking the lagoon and the Okavango Delta beyond.

SAVUTE REGION, CHOBE GAME RESERVE

Safari in the Savute!

The Savute Channel stretches from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to the Savute Marsh. The winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of the Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. But this fickle and unpredictable channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere – a mystery that has intrigued geologists and researchers for many years.

With such varied environments and habitats there’s a magnificent array of wildlife. A profusion of palatable grass species attracts a variety of herbivores, including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, and tsessebe. The puku is found, as is the endemic Chobe bushbuck. Predator sightings are good, with leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and large prides of lion that hunt elephant. From servals to side-striped jackals, the list is endless

All that said, Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephant, these gentle giants constantly surround you. In the dry season the Chobe River sees thousands lining the banks and crossing the water. Boat trips at this time provide excellent photograph opportunities.

Savute also lays claim to a spectacularly large summer zebra migration, which is determined by the rains but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the lush grasslands and full waterholes in the southeast of the park. They are always accompanied by a myriad of predators. The area is renowned for its population of bull elephant and for the unique interaction of the resident predator species

When David Livingstone, the first European to visit the area, saw the Savute Channel in 1851 it was flowing. Thirty years later it had disappeared and the Savute Marsh had dried out, remaining this way for almost 80 years. It flowed again from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, when it again receded, hence its reputation as ‘the river that flows in both directions’.
Then in 2010 this unpredictable river started flowing once again, dramatically transforming the Savute Region: the marsh is a watery paradise once more, large herds of elephant and buffalo crowd the riverbanks, and the birdlife is nothing short of phenomenal.

Like most safari destinations, game viewing in Savute reaches its peak during the dry winter months. But early summer is also an excellent time for a Savute safari; especially around November and December when the annual zebra migration passes through the area. Imagine the sight of vast herds of zebra converging on the grassy plains, with opportunistic predators hot on their hooves.

Savute Reserve Luxury Camp

3Big game safari days!

Savute is justly famous for its high concentrations of predators, and if you visit in summer (about November to March), you may be lucky enough to witness the Linyanti/Chobe zebra migration as well as enjoying amazing bird watching. The Chobe national park encompasses an impressive 10,700 square kilometers (4,150 square miles) of wilderness, the Chobe National Park stretches from the tip of northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. It has a wide range of distinctive landscapes, from the emerald floodplains of the Chobe River to the sweeping grasslands of the Savuti Marsh and skeletal leadwood trees in the Savuti Channel.

At times flowing and other times dry, the channel forms part of a rich ecosystem renowned for its large concentrations of elephant, spotted hyena and lion - the latter two often being in brutal conflict over kills and territory - and the region is one of Botswana's premier game-viewing destinations.

The Lodge is situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled “Stolen River”- the Savute Channel, within Chobe National Park.
The main building is made of thatch and timber and has a lounge, library, and cocktail bar. It is nearby is the viewing deck, which is ideal for watching game at the waterhole below. The real drama, however, lies away from camp when you head out on early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of big game.

Savute Safari Lodge accommodates 24 guests in local timber and glass suites with cool thatching, beautifully furnished in fresh colors. All chalets have private decks, a combined bedroom / lounge area and en-suite facilities, which sets the lodge apart from typical safari accommodation. A viewing deck, al fresco dining area & swimming pool - ideal for watching game at the water hole. After dinner, enjoy a night-cap by the fire-side whilst viewing the bull elephants congregate at the waterhole.