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9D Best of Botswana

Tour Overview 

This exciting holiday offers you a comprehensive insight into some of Botswana’s best wildlife attractions. The itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experience within the short time you spend on holiday with us. Following your arrival into the renowned and spectacular Victoria Falls area, Zimbabwe, the tour will take in breath-taking views of the Zambezi River, Chobe River, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi salt pan, game reserves and a full day immersed in the Zimbabwe culture. This Adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Botswana and Zimbabwe that will leave you with a desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent. The Best of Botswana is the only safari of its kind that allows you the
opportunity to explore Botswana’s best national parks and game reserves and the Victoria Falls area in less than 9 days.

Tour Details

TOUR START/END Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
PASSENGERS Suitable for ages 12 to 65 years | Minimum 2 and maximum 12 travellers per tour
ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is camping in twin share tents (6 nights) with portable bush toilets and shared facilities and tourist class hotel room (2 nights)
Sleeping bags* can be rented for 49 SGD per person/trip. Pre-arrangement required.

MEALS 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners
VEHICLES Open 4x4 safari vehicle, dugout canoe (Mokoro), transfer vehicle (note: vehicles are non-air conditioned)
HIGHLIGHTS Chobe NP Entrance and Game Drives, Savuti Marsh Entrance & Game Drives, Linyanti Marsh Entrance & Game Drives, Moremi Game Reserve Entrance & Game Drives, Okavango Delta Excursion, Victoria Falls Visit, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Victoria Falls Day Tour/Orphanage and School
COMFORT LEVEL This is a full participation safari. You are asked to play your part in (for instance) pitching and striking camp each day. The safari operates in remote wilderness areas where facilities are few or non-existent and where we carry in and erect (and dismantle) the camp ‘bush’ toilet and ‘bucket’ shower each day. Please also note that the tour involves travelling each day and covers a considerable area: the Best of Botswana is essentially a ‘driving’ tour on mostly 4 x 4 tracks.

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PRICE IN SGD PER PERSON

June - Nov 2018

TWIN 2,868
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE AIRPORT TRANSFER SGD 48 per person (one-way)
PRE-ADOMMODATION at Spayview, Victoria Fall or similar

Twin: SGD 178/person/night
Single: SGD 258/person/night

POST-ADOMMODATION at Spayview, Victoria Fall or similar

Twin: SGD 118/person/night
Single: SGD 158/person/night

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT SGD 398/person/trip 

Includes:

Tour highlights, transport, accommodation, meals as indicated, tent, mattress, and services of an
English speaking guide/tour leader

Excludes:

Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, visas, sleeping bags*, pillow, towel, optional activities,
laundry, gratuities, passport & visa fees, items of a personal nature, drinks including mineral water

Payment information:
Deposit (non-refundable) of S$500 per person; balance payment to be made at least 60 days prior to  scheduled departure

Arrive Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Important notes: This tour departs Victoria Falls at 09:30am on Day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa. 


Distance travelled: +/- 80 Km
Approx driving time: Half day


We leave Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and transfer to the Botswana border to join your safari guide and travel the short distance to Kasane where we prepare for our afternoon safari into Chobe National Park. With sun block and cameras in hand we board our safari vehicle in search of lion, leopard, hyena, elephant, giraffe and a host of antelope and bird species while snaking our way through the sandy tracks and rugged terrain. The Chobe National Park is an essential wildlife destination while on safari in Botswana. The Chobe floodplains and Chobe River provide a sensitive eco system where the resident wildlife converges during the dry season. It is not uncommon to see between 500 and 2000 Elephants on these floodplains at one time. The highlight of a visit to Chobe National Park is the combination of wildlife, Birdlife and reptiles along the banks of the Chobe River. This is a photographers dream. Happy and content after our day’s safari, we relax for the night under the African skies. Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities

Campsite: remote wilderness campsite
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Chobe National Park –Savuti Areas

Distance travelled: +/- 160 Km
Approx driving time: Full day game driving.

This morning we head out into the Chobe National Park and head via the park to the Savuti area. Typically this comprises of a 2 hour drive in the morning after leaving camp, followed by 4-5 hour transfer to the Savuti area, and a further 2-3 hour game drive in the late afternoon. Accessible by 4x4 wheel drive only, we head deep into south west corner of Chobe National Park to the Savuti Marsh, a relic of a large inland lake fed occasionally by the Savuti Channel. This region is made up of rolling savannah which attracts many different species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and elephant. These in turn attract many predators including lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog and cheetah. This is a breath-taking game driving day and the inaccessibility of the region offers a throwback of what safari experience might have been like in yesteryear. Camping out in the wild enhances further the feeling of exhilaration at being so close to remote and untamed Mother Nature. 

Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: remote wilderness campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Savuti - Moremi Game Reserve or Adjacent Community

Game Management area.
Distance travelled: +/- 120 Km
Approx driving time: Full day Game Driving

Depart Savuti early morning and transfer to the Moremi Game Reserve /or the adjacent Game Management area. 2-3 Hour afternoon game drive. The Moremi Game Reserve was declared a protected area after being used by the then chief Moremi as an exclusive hunting ground. The area is rich with game and offers an
untouched wildlife experience. The combination of different habitats from Mopane woodland to Acacia forest, floodplains and lagoons make the area a place of stunning beauty, supporting a diverse array of wildlife. Sightings of leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion are common, as are elephant, giraffe and zebra encounters. Common nighttime visitors to our camp are the spotted hyena and the honey badger. At certain times of the year it may be preferable / safer (as well as offer better game viewing) to visit an adjacent game management area instead of Moremi.


Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: remote wilderness campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Moremi – Maun

Distance travelled: +/- 150 Km
Approx driving time: 4-5 Hours

We enjoy an early morning game drive, returning to camp mid-morning to pack our camp and head for Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is the hub of the tourism industry in Botswana and the road from Moremi to Maun traverses huge areas of protected community land. The surrounding areas of Maun give you an opportunity to witness rural life at its best with folks working the land and tending their cattle. 

Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: Maun area campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Maun - Okavango Delta - Maun

Distance travelled: +/- 30 Km
This morning we depart our camp in Maun for a day
excursion to the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is a natural wetland system spreading over some 1.6 million hectares of northern Botswana. The ‘delta’ results from rivers flowing south from Angola, dividing repeatedly on the flat Botswana plains and forming an intricate floodplain of river channels, lagoons and isolated islands - an inland ‘delta’, the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy our day in the wilderness with experienced and knowledgeable ‘polers’ who guide you through the labyrinths of channels in a dug-out canoe (mokoro). If we are lucky we may spot wildlife, in particular hippo, crocodile, buffalo, elephant but the experience is focused on the amazing watercourses, birdlife and beauty of this unique area. We are usually back in Maun by 2pm and time is yours at leisure to relax by the pool or take an optional afternoon scenic flight or over the Okavango Delta (at around 4pm).


Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: Maun area campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activities in USD: Okavango Delta Scenic Flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time US$500, Maun Horse Riding (2 Hours) US$50

Maun- Makgadikgadi Pans

Distance travelled: +/- 200 Km
Approx driving time: 4-6 Hours


From Maun we travel to the Makgadikgadi Pans stopping on route at the charismatic village of Gweta then
continuing south to Chapman’s Baobabs. The Baobabs have a circumference of over 25m and act as sentinels over the distance pans, giving them the nick-name the seven sisters. The Makgadikgadi Pans is a vast shimmering salt flats on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. We camp for the night on the pans near Nata. Sleeping out on the ‘Pans’ under a blanket of stars is a real ‘Africa’ experience – not to be missed.


Note: Due to the rainy season in Botswana we may not camp at the Makgadikgadi Pans. In that case we may move our destination to Nata where we will overnight and wake early for an opportunity to see the Flamingo’s at the Flamingo sanctuary.

Accommodation: Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities
Campsite: Remote wilderness campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Makgadikgadi Pans – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Distance travelled: +/- 350 Km
Approx driving time: 6 Hours

We depart in the morning and travel back towards Kasane. We travel north through vast open savannahs passing the farming villages before saying goodbye to our guide and meeting the transfer vehicles once again at the border to cross into Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls. En route keep your eyes peeled for wandering wildlife migrating between Chobe National Park and the nearby Hwange National Park (in Zimbabwe).

Accommodation: Hotel room with en suite, swimming pool
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Victoria Falls – Full day tour

Today we immerse in the local Zimbabwe culture with a full day in the Victoria Falls area. We visit Victoria Falls National Park and then browse the local curios market before spending an afternoon at the Chamobondo primary school where we will interact with students and learn more about the Zimbabwe educational system from the teachers. From the school we go to a local restaurant for a traditional African lunch, before finishing our tour with a visit to an orphanage. Founded in 2007 by a lady called Sima Moyo in
response to the growing number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS on the streets of Victoria Falls, Sima was moved by their stories and began feeding them out of her own home using her own savings. Today Rose of Charity is home to 7 orphans and provides clothes, school fees and medication to 70 HIV positive children from the surrounding community. They have also successfully managed to reunify a 6 year old boy with his family in Chitungwiza Harare, about 1000km from Victoria Falls. We end our day joining a peaceful sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Soak up the African ambience with drink in hand as you cruise slowly up and down and look out for elephant, buffalo, buck, hippo and birdlife along the shallow muddy banks of one of Africa’s great rivers. Eventually we return to our accommodation for overnight or to try some of the
local nightlife.

Accommodation: Hotel room with en suite, swimming pool
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Your ends after breakfast today. We do, however, recommend that you spend a few extra days to explore the
Victoria Falls area. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for pure white river rafting through its many challenging and novice rapids. From game walks, Micro-light flight or white water rafting to name a few, Victoria Falls will capture and fulfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

Accommodation: None
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activities (prices are guide only in USD): Bungee Jumping US$160, Gorge Swing $95, Helicopter Flights from US$150 White water rafting $120, Full day canoe $145, Game walk $75, Jet boating $120, Birding ½ day $75, Bike tour – 3 hours $65

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