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BOTSWANA AND OKAVANGO DELTA TOURS AND SAFARIS
Let us tailor-make your Botswana Safari.
You decide what you want to do and we book it for you. You can travel on your own to Botswana or we can send one of our well trained game rangers along with you. You can hire a 4x4 from us or you can go in your own vehicle.
Botswana is not the average tourist destination and it would be ideal for you to tour at your own pace through this vast country. However, we would suggest a well trained guide to secure your safety and to provide you with the information to make your safari a really enjoyable and uplifting experience.
Accommodation in Botswana’s national parks and the Okavango Delta are very expensive and therefore most people stay in tents. If you can afford to stay in one of the lodges, a once-in-a-lifetime experience is guaranteed. The camps are small, game viewing is excellent and the service is out this world.
By allowing us to tailor-make your safari, you will enjoy the best of both worlds. The best possible guide will be around to take care of your safety and your needs. You will not need to break the bank and you will experience the luxury you deserve. Our guides are child-friendly and we welcome people of all ages.
We strongly recommend a mixed safari where you stay in lodges where the price is not astronomical and sleep in tents in the wild. We do have the knowledge to recommend the best package to suit your particular needs.
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Day 1: Drive from Gauteng via Lephalale (Ellisras) to Groblersbrug border.
This is a relatively easy border crossing which usually takes less than an hour. In Botswana, the border is known as Martin’s Drift. Just after you cross the border you will find Kwa Nokeng with its beautiful views over the Limpopo River on your left. We stay here for one night and relax in the Meru tents. These tents are en-suite. Both dinner and breakfast will be included.
Day 2: Drive to Khama Rhino Sanctuary near Serowe.
You will drive via Palapaye and then to Serowe. About 30km from Serowe on rout to Orapa you will find this beautiful game reserve. This is certainly a destination on its own. We will enjoy the natural environment and the game, which includes both black and white rhino. Accommodation is in comfortable self-catering chalets. Your guide will prepare your meals.
Day 3 and 4: Makgadikgadi Pans.
Our next stop will be camping in the wilderness. Much smaller than in East Africa, but no less spectacular, is the wildebeest migration in the Makgadikgadi Pans. We will most likely experience this phenomenon in August. This gives us the best chance to also see lions and cheetahs. Accommodation comes in the form of camping.
Day 5: Island Safari Lodge, Maun.
The lodge is on the southern tip of the Okavango Delta. From here you can do a Mokoro trip into the Delta and don’t miss a flight over the Okavango Delta. You are guaranteed to see a lot of game.
Day 6,7 and 8: Maun to Khwai River.
People differ about which camp is the best in the Moremi Game Reserve. Both Xaxanaka and Third Bridge are popular, but my choice is without any doubt Khwai or North Gate and I would campe here for three nights. Game viewing in this area is certainly the best and it is much easier to reach from both Maun and Savute, which will be our next stop. From Khwai we can do day trip to the other campsites where we can perhaps have a picnic lunch. Boat trips into the Okavango Delta are available at Xaxanaka, which is about 40km from Khwai. The best game viewing is along the Khwai River.
Day 9 and 10: Moremi to Savute.
Leave early and enjoy the excellent game viewing along the Khwai River on route to Savute. Once you have left the river you will cross the Savute Ridge, an area with very deep sand. As soon as you enter the Chobe Game Reserve the roads gets slightly better. Camp for two nights in Savute and enjoy game drives in the well-known Savute Marsh. You are guaranteed to see large numbers of game on the plains which are followed by the big predators.
Day 11 and 12: Savute to Kasane.
The Chobe Game Reserve is huge and you will certainly want a stay of two nights at Kasane. The campsites are crowded during peak periods. We therefore include accommodation at Chobe Safari Lodge. This is a luxury lodge and promises to be one of the highlights of your tour. The lodge will provide game drives and game cruises. You will therefore no longer need your own transport or guide. Although the accommodation is more expensive you will certainly not pay more in total. Accomodation here costs roughly 80% less than the lodges in the Savute and Moremi.
Day 12 and 13: Chobe to Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls remain one of the most beautiful destinations in Africa. Do not consider staying in Zambia. The falls are on the Zimbabwean side and this is where all the action takes place. We stay in self-catering accommodation at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Included is a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi. Optional extras will be an elephant back safari or walk with lions. For those who prefer an adrenaline rush white water rafting or bungy jumping might be the answer.
You will be collected and transferred to Victoria Falls and eventually to the airport. Our representative at Victoria Falls will gladly assist you, but there is no need for a full time guide at Victoria Falls. The restaurant at the rest camp is affordable and you can enjoy your meals there or at any of the other restaurants in town.
The Victoria Falls and all activities are withing walking distance from your accommodation, but you can also choose to use a taxi.
In this section we shall introduce those hotels and lodges which will be used on the Botswana Tours and Safaris. These tours will be tailor-made and the accommodation will give you a selection of possible lodges. If you fly into Maun, which is known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta, you will perhaps overnight in Maun before taking on the delta. In the Okavango Delta, Moremi and Savute, there is a range of very upmarket lodges such as Camp Moremi, Oddballs and Savute Elephant Camp, to name a few. If birding is your main interest, Drotsky’s Cabins and her sister lodges will certainly be your best option.
If you came from Namibia, a night or two at Thakadu Camp just 5km from Ghanzi will be a very rewarding experience.
From Maun you will travel east in the direction of Nata, but spend a night or two on the Makgadikgadi Pans before you reach Nata. Planet Baobab is under massive Baobab trees near Gweta and certainly worth a visit. Your next stop might be Nata Lodge, which was rebuilt after a fire to become a luxury lodge.
From Nata you will travel 300km north to the Chobe Game Reserve where you can choose from a selection of accommodation, such as the luxury Mowana Safari Ldoge or Chobe Safari Lodge, both on the banks of the Chobe River. If you are looking for more affordable accommodation, but you want to stay on the Chobe River, don’t look any further than Toro Lodge. However, Senyati Safari Lodge offers self-catering accommodation in the bush, where you will definitely see herds of Chobe elephants from the bar.
Most people visiting Botswana include at least some neighbouring countries. Temba Namibia is well-known for excellent tailor-made tours to Namibia and Temba Zimbabwe are specialists in tours and safaris to Zimbabwe. For South African tailor-made tours you can simply look at Temba South Africa.