Botswana Safari Holiday
Botswana Safari Holiday OverviewDuration: 15 days & 14 nights
This tour starts at Johannesburg and ends at Johannesburg.
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary
- Nxai Pan - one of the best places in Southern Africa to view a lion kill
- Okavango Delta
- Moremi Game Reserve
- Savuti - Chobe National Park
- Victoria Falls
- DAY 1 (20 - 250km) - Johannesburg to Waterberg Wilderness Reserve
- DAY 2 (450km) - Khama Rhino
- DAY 3 (400km) - Makgadigadi Pans/Boteti River Area/Kubu
- DAY 4 - Nxai Pan
- DAY 5 (200km) - Maun
- DAY 6 - Moremi/Okavango Delta- 3rd Bridge
- DAY 7 - Moremi, Xakanaxa
- DAY 8 - Kwhai River, Northgate
- DAY 9 (180km) - Savuti - Chobe National Park
- DAY 10,11 (200km) - Chobe River Front (Ihaha and Chobe Safari Lodge)
- DAY 12 (120km) Victoria Falls - Livingstone
- DAY 13 (380km) Nata Lodge
- DAY 14 Tuli Lodge
- DAY 15 (250km) Johannesburg
- Your guide is experienced in overland and safari travel, and well acquainted with Botswana.
- All guides are well qualified and equipped with thorough knowledge of the area, tracking, wildlife, birding, ecology, group management and culture.
Meals and Accommodation:
- Three meals are served per day. All catering duties are handled by your guide/team with the exception of 2 dinners in lodge restaurants. These are not included in the standard safari price.
- The safaris involve a level of participation where you will be required to assist with some camp duties.
- Accommodation will be in rustic tents or roof tents with the exception of the first and last night, which will be in comfortable chalets or lodge tents.
- Bedding in the form of sheets, sleeping bags and pillows is supplied with the vehicles together with all necessary camping equipment.
- The full menu can be forwarded to you prior to leaving. Dietary restrictions, where applicable, will be required.
Types of Safaris
- Guided Safari: Fully inclusive safari, guide shares and drives provided 4X4 vehicle.
- Guided Self Drive: Fully inclusive safari, guide in lead vehicle, you follow in provided 4X4 vehicle.
- Self Drive: Travel in provided 4X4 vehicle, no guide, self catering.
The route can be changed slightly to include the alternative options mentioned on the itinerary. The guide may also recommend changing the route due to game movements, water shortages or road closures.
- The price for the guided self-drive tour is for a minimum of 8 people. Where less people are booked the departure and trip will remain the same but the guide may join you in the vehicle. You are still able to drive.
- Minimum age is 6 years old.
- Advanced booking is essential.
- Cancellations with less than 60 days notice would result in a loss of the full booking deposit.
- Drivers will be required to have valid drivers license and be over the age of 24 years.
From August to October
This 15-day safari concentrates on the ideal 4x4 overland region of Northern Botswana, home to some of Africa’s wildest game parks and the world renowned Okavango Delta. The 4WD tour showcases the splendor and teaming wildlife that make Botswana a hallowed adventure for game and 4x4 enthusiasts.
Although a 4WD vehicle is essential for this safari, prior 4x4 driving experience is not essential. Guides will provide a comprehensive briefing and introduction to the vehicle prior to departure and hands on tuition is available throughout the tour.
Botswana Safari Holiday Itinerary
DAY 1 (20 - 250km) - Waterberg Wilderness Reserve
You guide/s will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our offices where a discussion about the trip and introduction to the vehicle will take place over a cup of coffee or refreshments of your choice. We then move north towards Botswana and overnight in the Waterberg Wilderness Reserve about 2.5 hours from Johannesburg. A guided walk is included the following morning. (Leopard research is conducted in the reserve and possible Leopard tracking and/or other activity is included.) After breakfast we freshen up and get on the road.
Accommodation: Luxury Tents
DAY 2 (450km) - Khama Rhino
We cross into Botswana at the usually quiet border post of Martins Drift and make our way up to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, about 3.5 hours drive from the Waterberg. This is a community-based project, set up to conserve the dwindling Rhino populations in Botswana. This area attracts a wide variety of plains game and there is a good chance of seeing rhino.
DAY 3 (400km) - Makgadigadi Pans/Boteti River Area/Kubu
After an early morning game drive and English breakfast we continue north towards the Makgadigadi Pans. Depending on the rains in Botswana we will most likely aim for the Boteti river area where the third largest zebra and wildebeest migration in Africa takes place during the dry season. Good numbers of lion, cheetah and wild dog inhabit this area. If heavy rains have fallen, or if your safari is during the wet season, we will concentrate on the eastern side of the Makgadigadi reserve. If this is the case our accommodation is game dependant, either at a raised camp overlooking the plains, or at a site in the Central Kalahari.
Other Option: Central Kalahari
DAY 4 - Nxai Pan
70km north of our camp in the Makgadigadi lies the Nxai Pans, which are host to large herds of plains game and an excellent area to see lion and cheetah. With only a solitary watering hole for many kilometres, game viewing is very rewarding. If good rains have fallen in the pans earlier in the season, large herds of plains game also migrate to these areas.
Statistics show that this is one of the best areas in Botswana and most of Southern Africa to view a lion kill. The waterhole is an ideal place for sundowners.
Other Option: Central Kalahari
DAY 5 (200km) - Maun
We overnight in Maun spending an afternoon relaxing at the camp or around the swimming pool while the guide replenishes supplies. Maun is a good spot to do laundry as facilities after Maun are limited.
Accommodation - camping Dinner at restaurant (own account.)
DAY 6 - Moremi/Okavango Delta- 3rd Bridge
We travel towards the Moremi Game reserve, home to a portion of the world famous Okavango Delta, recognised as one of Africa's natural wonders and one of the highlights of the trip. Moremi hosts exceptional bird and animal life and is rated as one of Africa’s top 5 parks. We spend the night at Third Bridge Campsite, the wildest of the camps in the Delta.
DAY 7 - Moremi, Xakanaxa
We remain within the Moremi game reserve, visiting some of the park’s highlights and enjoying a morning game drive. That afternoon we progress to Mboma boat station where we take a boat trip into the channels of the Delta. The boat trip takes us along one of the larger channels in the Delta and offers an expansive view and authentic feel of this magnificent wilderness. The game viewing from the boat is typically good and we may be fortunate enough to glimpse the shy sitatunga antelope that lurk in the reed beds. Large colonies of water birds and raptors are often seen. Camping and boat trip included.
DAY 8 - Kwhai River, Northgate
Returning from the boat trip we move across to the flood plains of the Kwhai River in northern region of Moremi. This area offers excellent game viewing set against some magnificent scenery. We overnight at the Northgate Campsite, often shared with spotted hyena and baboons, neither of which pose any danger to a large group or anyone taking necessary precautions.
DAY 9 (180 km) - Savuti - Chobe National Park
After a reasonably early start we move north out of Moremi and towards the Savuti area of the Chobe National park. The drive initially takes us along the Kwhai River which is one of the most scenic areas of the trip and excellent for game viewing. The Savuti Camp is based along the Savuti channel, although now dry, it still attracts a large amount of game, this site is particularly good for lion and hyena sightings. In recent years the area’s lion population has developed into large prides and with many mouths to feed the lions have become famous for their adaption, killing large herbivores and even elephants.
DAY 10,11 (200 km) - Chobe River Front (Ihaha and Chobe Safari Lodge)
In the wet season when the Mababe depression is at its best we spend an extra night in Savuti exploring the plains to the southeast of the camp that attracts thousands of zebra and plains game. The abundance of plains game inevitably draws many predators to the area.
In the dry season we choose to head north to the Chobe River area to spend 2 nights camping on the shores of the river where huge herds of buffalo make exceptional game viewing.
DAY 12 (120km) Victoria Falls - Livingstone
We cross into Zambia on the ferry, which negotiates the magnificent Zambezi River, and head east to the natural wonder that is Victoria Falls, these spectacular falls are the largest on the African continent. The area is tourist friendly with several cultural highlights and numerous places to overnight. Vic Falls presents a number of high-adrenaline activities in the form of bungee jumping and white-water rafting.
DAY 13 (380km) Nata Lodge
We return to the Botswana side of the border and head south towards Nata Lodge. A comfortable stop over and an oasis in the surrounding scrub lands. The area is a bird sanctuary and at certain times of the year huge flocks of flamingos congregate around the nearby pans.
DAY 14 Tuli Lodge
After a good night's rest we move through to the Tuli Block area of Botswana. The area is geographically different to anywhere else in Botswana and has one of the higher leopard and elephant densities in Southern Africa.
A guided game drive in an open viewer is included along with a wild dog tracking project that is operating in the Tuli area.
DAY 15 (250km) Johannesburg
The next day sees us move back into South Africa and through to Johannesburg.
Price per person subject to availability. Minimum 8 people per tour. Price is subject to 4 people travelling together in 1 vehicle.
Includes & Excludes
- Meet and Greet service at Johannesburg
- Experienced guide
- All food and soft drinks with meals
- Meals as stipulated in the itinerary
- Game reserve entry fees
- All self-catering accommodation and campsite fees
- Fully equipped Bushlore camping vehicle
- All fuel / diesel for the duration of the trip
- Clothes and items of a personal nature
- Excess alcohol and soft drinks
- 2 Restaurant meals
- Visa Costs
Selecting Your Vehicle
You are not restricted to these vehicles, these are just our recommendations. If you have something else in mind don't hesitate to mention it in your enquiry comments.
Land Rover Defender 110 4x4 Camping Equipped
- Manual Transmission
- Air Conditioning & Radio-CD
- Power Steering
- 4x adults
- Luggage: 1x lrg. 2x med. 2x small