SOUTHERN AFRICA

Botswana Focus

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Overview

Discover all of Botswana’s northern highlights on this nine-day holiday including Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, as well as the majestic Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe.

Highlights

  • Discover Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
  • Boat trip on the Chobe River where you can watch large herds of elephants
  • Game drives in Chobe National Park and Khwai Community Area searching for wildlife
  • Enjoy a relaxing mokoro (dugout canoe) tour in the pretty Okavango Delta
  • Explore the Okavango Delta on game drives and on foot

Botswana is best travelled around by small plane, hopping from lodge to lodge taking in stunning aerial views as you go. This holiday includes the well-known highlights of the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls, as well as the lesser known Khwai Community Area which offers superb wildlife opportunities.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport, where you will meet your transport and transfer to the town, where you will spend the next two nights. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is one of Africa's most remarkable geographical features and the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, visitors cannot fail to be inspired and amazed by the sheer size, power and beauty of the thundering curtain of water, which at more than 100 metres in height is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls. Although Victoria Falls straddles both Zimbabwe and Zambia, Zimbabwe boasts three quarters of the water and the best views. The Zambian side can dry up completely between September and December whilst Zimbabwe has water flow year round.
Day 2: explore Victoria Falls
The falls are known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya – ‘the smoke that thunders’. Walk through the rainforest stopping at viewpoints to experience spectacular views and photo opportunities, as well as a wide variety of bird and plant life. After visiting the falls, a ‘Flight of Angels’ helicopter journey is highly recommended to discover a different perspective of this natural wonder. Later, you may wish to relax on a sunset Zambezi cruise looking out for wildlife including wild herds of elephants streaming to the river banks for their last drink and flocks of birds. It is also worth paying a visit to the historical Victoria Falls Hotel to enjoy high tea on its terrace, with spectacular views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray from the falls below.
Day 3: Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park (Botswana)
Transfer by road from Victoria Falls, crossing the border into Botswana to Chobe National Park. You will spend two nights at a property located near the Ngoma Gate for entry to the Chobe Riverfront. Very few lodges are located at this end of the park creating a more remote and exclusive experience. The Chobe Riverfront is a remarkable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River, home to the largest density of African elephants in the world, which in the winter months can be seen in their hundreds. The spectacle of so many huge animals coming to drink and frolic at the water's edge is impressive to behold. A boat cruise on the Chobe River offers exceptional opportunities to come face to face with aquatic species such as hippos and crocodiles, as well as allowing for unique photographic perspectives when animals come down to the river to quench their thirst. The birdlife is prolific year-round with an exceptional variety along the river, including birds of prey.
Day 4: discover Chobe National Park
Explore Chobe National Park on game drives. One of Africa's greatest game parks, Chobe is the third largest park in Botswana, covering an area of 10,698 square kilometres. Chobe National Park is home to large herds of elephant, buffalo and Burchell's zebra and high densities of predators such as lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah. The park is also notable for the presence of more unusual antelope species such as roan, sable and the rare Chobe bushbuck.
Days 5-6: explore Khwai Community Area
Transfer to the Khwai Community area by small plane. Khwai is located between Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. During your time here, you’ll spend most days exploring the narrow Khwai River, which forms the natural boundary to the Moremi Game Reserve to the south. The Khwai River is a beacon for wildlife and plays host to leopards stalking lechwe in the long grass, lions swimming from the banks to save their cubs’ during territorial disputes and crocodiles competing with wild dogs for a midday meal of impala. As Khwai lies outside the parks, it offers the freedom and flexibility normally only possible with the heavier price tag of a private concession. Go off-road for a closer look at sightings, night drive in search of nocturnal species, and, with a little advance planning, head out on game walks to track wildlife on foot. Khwai is also home to a village community where people live side by side with the resident wildlife.
Days 7-8: Khwai – Okavango Delta
Today’s small plane journey takes you to the Okavango Delta, enjoying spectacular bird’s eye views as you go. The Okavango Delta is an immense, waterlogged oasis alive with wildlife, adrift in the middle of Kalahari sands. During winter in the Kalahari, when the sun has baked the earth bare and the desert is at its driest, water fills the Okavango transforming the floodplains into a Noah’s Ark of African wildlife. The diversity and number of animals and birds found here is staggering; 122 species of mammals, 71 species of fish, 444 species of birds, 64 species of reptiles and 1300 species of flowering plants. The delta’s watery heart is best discovered by mokoro (dugout canoe); these hand-hewn canoes are perfectly suited to the calm waters of the Okavango. You can also explore the delta on day and night drives and guided nature walks (subject to guide availability). Boat trips are also possible, subject to water level.
Day 9: Okavango Delta - Maun
Board a small plane and fly to Maun Airport where your holiday ends.

Accommodation Options

Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls and…

Chobe Elephant Camp, nr Chobe National Park

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Luxury Lodge

Located high on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking th…

Excursions

Excursions

A number of excursions are included in this itinerary. Below is a list of optional excursions you may wish to book. Please contact your Travel Specialist for more information.

Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls

View Victoria Falls from the sky for a unique perspective …

Zambezi Sunset Cruise

At the end of the day, relax on a sunset Zambezi cruise loo…

Prices & Dates

Prices from £ per person based on 2 people sharing standard twin/double accommodation

 Dates  Price
 1st Mar - 31st Mar 2018  £2,861
 1st Apr - 31st May 2018  £3,016
 1st Jun - 30th Jun 2018  £3,374
 1st Jul - 31st Oct 2018  £3,780
 1st Nov - 31st Nov 2018  £3,016

Please note this itinerary is not possible December-February.

Price includes
8 nights standard/superior accommodation; 2 nights on a bed & breakfast basis, 6 nights on a fully inclusive basis ● All activities and park fees when staying in Chobe, Khwai and the Okavango Delta ● Road transfers from Victoria Falls Airport to hotel, Victoria Falls hotel to Chobe hotel and Chobe hotel to Kasane Airport ● Internal flights Kasane-Khwai-Okavango Delta-Maun

Price excludes
International flights • Additional meals and excursions not specified above ● Travel insurance • Gratuities

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