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Tour BOTSWANA: 7 Day Botswana on a Budget # 26

8 DAY BOTSWANA ON A BUDGET SAFARI

Tour Details

See the best of what Southern Africa has to offer- all on one seamless itinerary! A Southern Africa safari is all about diversity. Some of Africa’s most iconic and wildly different travel destinations such as Big 5 Game viewing, the breathtaking Victoria Falls, the Southern tip of the African Continent and Wildlife rich Chobe

Using  Cape Town  or Johannesburg as entry points, the top destinations in Southern Africa are easy to reach, easy to combine, and thanks to modern logistics and infrastructure, easy to enjoy. Destinations included in this itinerary are suitable for families with children , couples and honeymooners.

This is a 4 star safari accommodation safari – enjoy!

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

2020 / Jan-Jun: $3,565 / per person sharing /2 pax min.

2020 / Jul-Oct: $3,745 / per person sharing /2 pax min.

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

Arrival: Maun Airport (Google Map)

Departure: Kasane Airport (Google Map)

Price Includes
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • Charter flight as per itinerary
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • All transportation as specified on itinerary
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International airfare, incl. return flights to and from Johannesburg
  • 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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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.

Okavango Delta area camp

Safari days!

Ideally situated only 30km outside of Maun en route to Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti and the Chobe National Park, this is the ideal location to stop over for the real Delta feeling. The idyllic, tranquil surrounding will ensure the perfect start or finish to your safari.

The property features 7 en-suite rooms – one of which has two bedrooms, making it ideal for families, 4 en-suite tents, 5 standard tents, a swimming pool, a dining area and bar. For that adventurous traveller, we also have 6 campsites. Each campsite features  a fireplace and has shared water and power points. The campsite area has shared ablutions, as well as an area for washing cooking equipment, which is also accessible for guests staying in standard tents.

ACTIVITIES
full day game drives in Moremi Game Reserve, full day mokoro excursion, as well as a village walk to give one an appreciation of the culture of the people living in the area.

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.

Khwai Concession Guesthouse

Big game safari!

On the tip of the Okavango Delta’s forefinger, with the Moremi Game Reserve on one side and the Khwai Community Concession on the other, this small, safari-style guesthouse is yet another triumph of the community-led conservation model.

Protected on all sides by vast tracts of uninhabited, unspoilt, impenetrable wilderness, the Khwai village and its 400-odd residents are about as insulated from the vagaries of the outside world as you can get. Time doesn’t stand still here; it retreats

Accommodation is in small thatched chalets, the design of which was inspired by the local community. Not aspiring to excess which, given the excessively remote location, is probably the wisest choice, the chalets offer comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms with piping hot semi-open showers. A fan will do its best to keep you cool should you visit in summer; winters are chilly enough to require an extra blanket. Dining is in a charming tented communal living area that opens onto the encroaching bush with the kitchen campfire an obvious focal point. Food is hearty if not exceptional, again a wise choice given your location.

Being surrounded by game reserves, an excellent safari experience is all but guaranteed. Large herds of everything converge on the water sources and chances are good you’ll see lion, elephant, giraffe, large antelopes, zebra and plenty of smaller mammals. Leopard sightings are relatively frequent here and the birdlife is prolific.

ACTIVITIES
Safari activities include guided half-day, full-day and evening game drives with specially adapted off-road vehicles into either (or both) the Moremi Game Reserve, which encompasses the Delta, and the Khwai Concession along the perennial Khwai River. The half-day mokoro outing through the Delta’s channels is Africa’s considered answer to Venice and a mighty fine way to observe the finer details of this mesmerizing land. Meet the Babukahwe villagers who have lived along the river for eons and learn about their customs, means of subsistence and conservation practices.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & CHOBE RIVER

Safari in spectacular Chobe!

The Chobe National Park established in 1968 covers 11,700 square kilometers and is situated in the northern most part of Botswana. 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.
Encompassing swamps, floodplains and woodlands it is the third largest Park or Reserve in the country after Kgalagadi Transfontier Park and the largest of them all the Central Kalahari Game reserve.

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 elephants, 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.

The Chobe River, which is without doubt one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, forms its northern boundary and in the extreme south-west it borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The park is famous for its wildlife and supports a diversity and concentration unlike anywhere else in Botswana. In the dry winter months over 50 000 elephants can converge on the Chobe River to drink - an awe-inspiring sight.

Chobe Area Camp

Land & Water based safari

Located on a rocky hilltop with the Chobe River below, the endless plains of the Kalahari Basin disappear into the horizon: the sense of timeless space is worth a pocketful of gold any day.

Opting for a more stately imprint, perhaps complimenting its commanding view, the camp eschews the standard timber and thatch tented camp style so popular in Botswana and East Africa. Instead you can expect rough-finished sandstone walls, corrugated tin roofs, timber beams, polished floors and a quirky old-world farmstead feel that is right at home in the African bush.

Large well-spaced chalets, along the ridge and each one taking in that magnificent view. Rustic-looking they may be but inside they are anything but. Luxurious beds, en suite bathrooms - complete with indoor and outdoor showers - and a private deck turn your room into a palace. The screed floors, sand-filled walls and deep shade provide natural cool in the Kalahari.

ACTIVITIES
And then the wildlife! This where you come to see elephants. And lions, leopards, wild dogs, buffalos, hyenas, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, vultures, roan and sable antelope, birds by the bucket load and much, much more. Guided game drives and river safaris happen twice a day and you can also visit the local village and take a guided walk through the bush.
Game drives in open safari vehicles into Chobe National Park; river safaris in delta boats; birding; village visits and bush walks!