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Botswana Safari Escape - 10 Days

Botswana Safari Escape – 10 Days

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Escape into the rich and varied landscapes of Botswana with Jenman African Safaris. A small group safari with a big soul, this 10 day itinerary will guide you from Maun in Botswana to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, with an array of wildlife encounters in between. A scenic flight over the Okavango Delta will give you a birds eye view of its winding waterways, gaining perspective of its intricate ecosystem. Exploring Moremi, Chobe and Hwange National Park provides you with a range of landscapes, each unique in character and equally abundant in wildlife. Unleash your creativity with an art safari finale, taking a piece of Africa home with you, your safari escape captured with brush and paint.

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A small group guided safari through Zimbabwe and Botswana with a big soul. This 10 day journey will show you stunning wildlife in Chobe and Hwange plus Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta. Fully inclusive of accommodation, most meals, park fees and activities.

Highlights of the Botswana Safari Escape

Hwange National Park Zimbabwe

Covering more than 14000 square kilometers this is Zimbabwe’s largest national park. Hwange National Park is an hour or two south of Victoria Falls depending on which entry gate you use or camp you will be staying at. So its easily accessible from Vic Falls and is a must-see when you are on safari to Zimbabwe. With over 400 bird species and more than a hundred mammals Hwange National Park provides some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. During the dry season from July to October animals concentrate around the waterholes and pans, so this is the best time to visit.

Moremi National Park Botswana

The central and eastern parts of the Okavango Delta are protected by the Moremi Game Reserve. This includes not only the waterways but also the drier regions so there’s a great diversity of wildlife and over 500 species of birds. No safari in Botswana is complete without a trip to Moremi as it has been described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa With the reintroduction of white rhino its once again a big five reserve.

The Okavango Delta

This vast and varied ecosystem of the Okavango Delta is a well known Botswana wildlife and safari destination. The Okavango River flows into the Kalahari Desert and creates a myriad of waterways home to some of Africa’s most endangered wildlife and birds. We explore the natural majesty of the Delta by boat and vehicle on this leg of your Botswana and Zimbabwe safari.

Chobe National Park Botswana

Chobe National Park is famous for its big herds of buffalo and its massive elephant population.  This is an up close and inspiring safari destination in Botswana and you will enjoy to the full on safari, especially as it has some of the highest game densities in Africa.  Chobe is especially well known for the beautiful remote Savuti region, which we visit as part of this Chobe safari package.

The mighty Victoria Falls

Statistically speaking the Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world and is also known as one of the seven wonders of the world! Great accolades for this stop on your safari package and a must see on your journey through Botswana and Zimbabwe. Visit Vic falls, explore the town and enjoy the great selection of adventure activities that are available.

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Included & Excluded

Included in the Botswana Safari Escape
  • Accommodation in Botswana and Zimbabwe as mentioned in the full itinerary
  • Breakfast and dinner daily plus lunch on 6 days
  • All transport in a Jenman safari vehicle
  • Game drives and activities
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide
  • Airport transfers in Maun on the day of arrival and in Victoria Falls on the day of departure
Excluded
  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios etc.
  • Travel insurance and visas

Park Fees & Activities

This fee will be payable prior to travel together with the main tour fee. The fee is used to pay for some of the day-to-day operational costs that are incurred while groups are on the road. Examples include fees at most of the national parks, entrance fees to some attractions, local guides and any food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour.

Park Fees & Activities: US$ 350 / € 320

Accommodation

We make use of mid-range, en-suite accommodation on the Botswana Safari Escape.

Day 1 : Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun or similar
Day 2 & 3: Hideaways Mogotlho Safari Lodge, Khwai River or similar
Day 4 & 5: Hideaways Camp Kuzuma, Chobe or similar
Day 6 & 7: Hideaways Nantwich Lodge, Hwange  or similar
Day 8 & 9: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls or similar

Full Itinerary

The full itinerary of the Botswana Safari Escape is available here.

Pre-Tour Information

Accommodation

We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation on the Botswana Safari Escape. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms.

Departure

The Botswana Safari Escape departs from Maun. Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical.  Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

Transport

Jenman African Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Mercedes All-Terrain vehicle,12-seater 4×4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA system and air-conditioning to be determined by the company. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. Some game drives may be conducted in open-sided safari vehicles. For transfers between Kasane and Victoria Falls (or vice versa), 2×4 vehicles may be utilised.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Travelling Times  and Distances

All travelling times in Botswana and Zimbabwe are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer.   Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

Visas

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required. Kindly remember that clients would require a multiple entry visas for Zimbabwe, Namibia & Botswana should they partake on our Botswana Wildlife Breakaway scheduled tour. Please note that travellers entering Botswana will be required to present a valid international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas within the preceding 6 months.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

Making your Travels Meaningful

The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.

Your booking makes a difference: With every booking to the value of R10,000 / US$1,000 / EUR1,000 or more a donation of R50 / US$5 / EUR5 will go to the Grow Africa Foundation.

Itinerary

Flying into Botswana and Maun airport you will be arriving at the safari capital of the country. It’s where you access the Okavango Delta and the whole town is focused on safari activities into the Delta. You will be met and transferred to your accommodation on the Thamalakane River by your Botswana guide.  You have the afternoon free to explore or book an optional sunset cruise on the river.
After breakfast we travel by road to the Moremi area and your safari accommodation at Mogotlho Safari Lodge, Khwai River. Situated on the banks of the Khwai river and the perfect base for mokoro safaris and game walks or game drives.
In the morning, you will take a light aircraft flight to Kasane – the gateway to the Chobe National Park.  Cruise along the Chobe River frontage for great game viewing and enjoy a lunch on this Chobe boat safari. Thereafter, you will be transferred to your Chobe lodge. The following day we will rise early for an included game drive through the Chobe bush. The cool morning temperatures make for great game viewing as the large numbers of animals move around before the heat of the day descends. The rest of the day in Chobe is at your leisure. Relax at the lodge poolside and soak up some sun, or take an additional optional game drive or night drive for more game viewing.
Today, you will be transferred to your lodge in Hwange National Park. You have the opportunity to continue your search for African wildlife on a half day game drive. The rest of the day is at your leisure. The following day we have the liberty of traversing a large part of Hwange on a full day game drive. Enjoy a unique lunch at a hide overlooking one of the many waterholes in the park. Expect elephant in large numbers. There’s great viewing of giraffe and a high density of lions. Hopefully you get to tick off all of the big five on this full day safari in Hwange. We end the day with a special safari painting experience, led by a professional artist, guiding you to create your own masterpiece whilst the sun sets over the horizon.
Continuing our trip, we leave our safari camp Hideaways Nantwich Lodge, in Hwange and drive to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Settle down in your central lodge in Vic Falls and enjoy all that this town has to offer. This will be your base for the next two days. On day two your local Zim guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- “ the smoke that thunders”. In the afternoon, we enjoy a traditional lunch in Vic Falls before a cruise down the mighty Zambezi River at sunset, basking in the afterglow of the day.
Our Botswana and Zimbabwe safari ends in Victoria Falls after a delicious breakfast. You will then be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your international or regional flight. We hope to welcome you back one day on one of our other Jenman African adventures.
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