Why choose this trip?
Botswana Wild Parks is an accommodated safari through Botswana. Experience the vast Magadikgadi pans, the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and the abundant wildlife of Moremi game reserve. Explore Chobe NP by boat and enjoy wonderful views of Victoria Falls!
What’s the Activity level?
Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The accommodation used is simple but clean and this trip will appeal to anyone interested in getting the real wilderness of Botswana. It is a full itinerary with a couple of long driving days. The road conditions through the wilderness areas a very poor and our progress can at times be slow and dusty. Remember to hold on at all times and enjoy the ride!
What’s the transport and accommodation like?
Our fleet of vehicles are custom built to ensure comfortable and safe touring. Each is constructed by an authorised passenger vehicle builder to the latest safety requirements with a safety shell and every seat has a lap belt. The accommodation we use is graded 2 to 3 star and is comfortable, clean and friendly. The majority of rooms have en-suite bathrooms and very occasionally they will have shared ablutions. All linen and bedding is provided. We will also spend 2 nights at a “wild” tented camp in the Okavango Delta.
An essential part of your Botswana Wild Parks safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.
Departs most Mondays. Please enquire for more availability
*All our tours are non-smoking
Duration: 13 Days from Maun to Victoria Falls
Trip focus: The amazing wildlife of Botswana, with game drives to maximise sightings
Accommodation: 10 Nights Lodges/Tented lodge or Chalet and 2 nights tented camp
Transport: Mini bus, Safari Truck 4WD
Group size: Maximum 12 + 2 x Safari tour guide
Local Payment: US$300
Single supplement: $1,436 – or you can request to share with someone of the same gender
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners
- Meals as stated in itinerary
- All park Entrance fees
- All accommodation and transport within the tour
- English speaking driver and local tour guide
- Local game trackers and guides
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, souvenirs etc
- Optional activities
- Meals not stated in the itinerary
- Local payment if required to be paid on day 1 of your tour to your guide
- International flights and internal flight departure taxes
- Travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
- Tips for your tour leader and driver
This tour departs at 1700. We recommend that you fly into Maun Airport MUB in Botswana on the day the tour starts. But if you would like to book additional nights accommodation pre-tour, please indicate this when you submit your booking form. This tour can also be started in Johannesburg a day or 2 earlier and you would drive from there to Maun.
Most of our adventure tours involve a local payment. Paying locally allows us to keep the overall cost of our tours competitive and pass the savings on to you. These funds are put towards local expenses. In some developing countries the transferring of funds is at times problematic so this is a way to help us serve you, whilst saving you money. Payment is to be made to your leader upon arrival in cash.
All prices are approximate and subject to currency fluctuations until final payment has been made.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY MAUN
Today you will meet up with the group at the lodge in Maun at 17:00. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 as the capital of the Batawana people, it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and safari operations. The name Maun is derived from the San word ‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’
Meals Included: None
DAYS 2 & 3 – OKAVANGO DELTA
We drive into the Okavango Delta to the launch station where we boat accross to our tented camp in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. This amazing environment has large numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly kingfishers!
Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners -Provided by tour leaders with help from the group.
DAYS 4 to 7 – MOREMI
We take an open 4WD into Moremi Game Reserve for fantastic game viewing! Chief’s Island is the largest landmass within Moremi and was the Botswana tribe’s richest hunting ground, before being declared a game reserve by the tribe. We spend 4 days on game drives watching the abundant wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game, both in Moremi Game Reserve and in private concession reserves surrounding the park. We return to Maun midday on Day 7 for an evening restaurant meal (own expense).
Meals Included: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 3 Dinners – Provided by lodge and tour leaders
DAY 8 – MAKGADIKGADI PANS
We have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango before we head to Nata (own expense). The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi appear as a glaring white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to the sweet nutritious grasslands and clouds of flamingo feed in its algae rich waters. It is an area of low rainfall so this spectacle only lasts a short while.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
DAYS 9 & 10 – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
The Chobe River is a stunning feature of Botswana and will be the focus of our lodge stay. The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. An Early morning 4WD game drive in the Chobe National Park and an afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise to see the mighty elephant herds return to the Chobe River to quench their thirst.
Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts and 2 Lunches
DAYS 11 & 12 – VICTORIA FALLS
We visit “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls. These magnificent falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world. A rich and fertile rain forest, fed by the spray or “smoke”, surrounds the falls attracting colourful birdlife. Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).
Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts
DAY 13 – DEPARTURE DAY
Tour ends after breakfast at 8am
Meals Included: Breakfast
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