Botswana Explorer Safari

Botswana to Zambia

       

Botswana Explorer Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: £ 2,045 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Botswana

Safari Ends: Zambia Number of Days: 10
Countries visited: Botswana, Zambia
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: WBWD

Safari Price Includes:

3 Meals a day (unless differently specified)
Vehicle
Trailer
Camping fees
Professional guide

Safari Price Excludes:

Travel and medical insurance
Personal spending money
Visas, passports, vaccinations
Personal taxes
All optional activities unscheduled or optional National Parks entrance fees
Gratuities
Restaurant meals and all other items of a personal nature.
All drinks, even on days with full board basis.

Botswana Explorer

Botswana offers some of the world’s best game-viewing and this is an adventurous journey through some of the country’s finest national parks and reserves. By camping in
different areas of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, you’ll gain a real feel for the sights and sounds of the African bush and the wildlife within it

Botswana Explorer Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Santawani Community Wildlife Area Camping Dinner

Mid-morning arrival in Maun, where you will be met by your guide and who will deliver a short briefing before
setting off in your safari vehicle to Santawani Community Wildlife area, on the southern edge of the Okavango
Delta and Moremi Game Reserve, a journey of 90 minutes.
Santawani is a private concession, renowned for the quality of its game viewing; the Gomoti River is located
nearby, which attracts different wildlife and bird species. The area is also well-known for predator research, with
both lion and wild dog projects. This evening you’ll enjoy your first game drive in this unique area.
You’ll camp in walk-in tents, which are 3m wide and 3m long. The tents all have roof ventilation as well as large
windows and mosquito proofing. All equipment is provided, including a camp bed, mattress, fitted sheets, pillows
and duvet or sleeping bag, so unless you want super comfort, you don’t have to take anything with you! A shower
tent (bucket shower) and toilet tent will be set-up for guests.
Our friendly and efficient staff will set-up and break-down your tents, and you will help with that, but nothing more
than that – all of your meals will be cooked for you, leaving you free to enjoy the morning and evening sounds
and changing colours of the African bush. Camping is quite comfortable; although this isn’t a luxurious
experience, it is an authentic one.


Day 2: Santawani Community Wildlife Area Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will utilise the cool morning and afternoon hours for intensive game viewing.
This morning you’ll head out on a game drive, and this afternoon you will, too – in the company of a lion
researcher who will give you a presentation about the status of predators within Botswana and the ongoing
conservation efforts. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the valuable work that is happening to
increase the lion population.


Day 3: Moremi Game Reserve Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we drive into Moremi Game Reserve via the south gate to Xakanaxa, a journey of about two hours (60 kms). Xakanaxa is part of the Okavango Delta, and also falls within the Moremi Game Reserve.Moremi is considered to be one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. Covering 3,000 square kilometres of the Okavango’s northeastern portion, its wide-ranging habitats include woodlands, floodplains, reedbeds and permanent waters of the Okavango Delta.
Wildlife viewing in this stunningly beautiful, unspoilt reserve is by vehicle and motorboat, and close encounters are possible with both sitatunga and red lechwe. There are high concentrations of all the major plains game and their predators, and an excellent birdlife (including Pel’s fishing owl).
After lunch, you’ll explore the crystal clear channels of the delta by motor boat, returning to camp just after sunset for a night around the fire, exchanging tales of your adventures so far.

Day 4: Khwai river area Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, drive to the Khwai river area of Moremi Game Reserve to set-up camp.
Over the next two days, you’ll have four game drives along the game rich floodplains and woodlands. Heading
out in the morning and in the evening allows you to see varied wildlife and gain different experiences. The Khwai
River is the easternmost branch of the Okavango Delta. It’s a dry area and the water attracts a magnificent array
of animals, especially in the winter months. This area is hailed as one of Africa’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries, and
a joy to explore.
In-between your morning and afternoon game drives, and during the hottest part of the day, you can relax back at
your camp, and take that obligatory siesta!


Day 5: Khwai river area Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 4 for Itinerary


Day 6: Chobe National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On day six, travel via the Madabe depression to Savute (130kms/four hours).
The area around the Savute Channel is often described as one of the best wildlife-viewing areas in Africa and
boasts a high concentration of wildlife. The grasslands, and forests of acacia and mopane sustain healthy
populations of bull elephants, and the area is also famed for wild dog.
Upon arrival, in your four-wheel drive vehicle to explore this wonderful area. You’ll also enjoy morning and
afternoon game drives on day seven.
The vehicles you’ll use on your Botswana adventure are customised Toyota Landcruisers with open roof and
sides. This will maximise your game-viewing experiences and allow better wildlife sightings.


Day 7: Chobe National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 6 for Itinerary


Day 8: Chobe river area Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We travel north to the Chobe River today, arriving at
lunchtime. Chobe National Park is near the upper reaches and islands of the mighty Zambezi River where four countries meet at the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. The area is a unique mosaic of bush, waterways, floodplains and
woodland offering exceptional wildlife viewing. It is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa and huge
herds of buffalo which congregate in the dry season along the fertile floodplains of the Chobe River. Other major
species include lion, giraffe, wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable and roan antelope, and huge numbers of hippos.
There are over 450 bird species recorded here too. This afternoon, you’ll head out on a three-hour excursion by riverboat. Game-viewing by river allows for a unique perspective of the area’s wildlife.


Day 9: Livingston Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you leave Botswana behind, crossing via the Kazungula border into Zambia and heading north to
Livingstone (90 minutes/80 kms). Upon arrival you’ll check into your hotel.
This afternoon there’s time to take an optional visit to Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is frequently named as one of the world’s top three waterfalls. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls will take your breath away. Local people call them "Mosi-oa-Tunya” – “the Smoke that Thunders”. Here 550 million litres of water cascade between 90 and 107 metres over the lip every minute, creating a towering column of spray which looks like smoke when seen from a distance. The area around the falls is also protected within a National Park which is home to white rhino as well as most of the species of common antelope, buffalo, zebra and giraffe. Since there are no predators, the animals are very relaxed and you will be able to take some excellent photos.


Day 10: Route Camping Breakfast

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport.


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