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Premium Botswana

Premium Botswana

From $ 6,480 AUD

Description

Experience the wilderness and welcoming people of Botswana on a 7-day Premium adventure through its heart. Set out in search of wildlife on a series of game drives, cruise down the Zambezi River from the Namibian banks, drift through the endless channels of the Okavango Delta, and hang out with a family of meerkats at the Ntwetwe Salt Pans. From the rich diversity of Chobe National Park to the curious beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana’s natural wonders will take your breath away.

Trip Name
Premium Botswana
Last Updated
2024-02-14
Days
7
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Take a morning game drive in Chobe National Park – home to Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, this is one of the world’s great wildlife destinations.
  • Spend two magnificent evenings at your Feature Stay camp. Perfectly positioned on the Namibian banks of the Zambezi River, enjoy a morning and afternoon boat cruise along the fourth largest river in Africa.
  • Uncover the unique beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pans during an Exclusive Experience – a 4x4 excursion through the sprawling landscape, stopping for drinks and snacks as the sun goes down.
  • Explore the Okavango Delta's maze of lagoons, lakes, and streams via a traditional mokoro boat safari. Enjoy lunch on a delta island and spot wildlife on a bush walk with an experienced guide.
  • Meet a family of Meerkats on the edge of the Ntwetwe Salt Pans and watch them go about their morning rituals as the sun rises.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust. Donations help employ a team of Community Guardians who collaborate with locals to find sustainable solutions to human-wildlife conflict and conservation in Southern Africa.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. ROAD CONDITIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA: Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on our vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. Sometimes the going on this trip is quite tough, the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. The travelling times indicated in our Essential Trip Information is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders. DRIVE TIMES: The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall! Additionally, the travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure. NAMIBIA AND BOTSWANA IN PEAK SEASON Namibia and Botswana are becoming increasingly popular tourist destinations. Despite the influx of travellers, bed numbers are not being increased to match the demand. This intentional move is aimed at minimising the environmental impact of tourism and keeping the destinations exclusive. It is therefore becoming more and more difficult for us to confirm our allocation with our usual suppliers, particularly in peak season. We may use alternative accommodation which could affect driving times and distances listed in the Essential Trip Information. However we will always use properties of the same standard and ensure that no included activities will be affected.

Day 1 - Chobe National Park
Welcome to Botswana! Your adventure begins at Chobe National Park – one of Africa’s premier wildlife destinations and home to its largest population of Elephants. You will be collected from the airport and transferred to your accommodation on the banks of the Chobe River at the fringe of the national park. Here you will meet your tour leader and small group of fellow travellers for a 6pm welcome meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. After your meeting, join your group and leader for dinner at the lodge. Enjoy a celebration of indigenous food and the rich flavours of Africa as you dine alongside the scenic Chobe River.
Day 2 - Zambezi River
Rise early for a morning game drive in Chobe National Park. You might see elephants drinking at the water's edge, large herds of cape buffaloes and many impalas within the park. Head back to the lodge for breakfast, then journey to the Ngoma Border Post before continuing to the Namibian side of the Zambezi River. Here you will find your Feature Stay accommodation, the fabulous Zambezi Mubala Lodge. Newly-built, modern, innovative and stylish, Zambezi Mubala is a secret river hideaway where you can find hippo, vervet monkeys and over 450 species of birds. Arrive in time for a hearty lunch at the lodge, then enjoy some downtime to relax by the pool, spot wildlife from the bar or soak up the wild surroundings on the banks of the Zambezi River. Speak to your leader about some fabulous optional activities for the afternoon, including a canoe trip, guided walking trail or a birding drive.
Day 3 - Zambezi River
Today, head out for two boat cruises on the Zambezi River. The privileged position of your camp allows you to access a part of the river that most visitors don’t get to see, which means you’ll have the special opportunity to view abundant wildlife without the crowds. This region offers a wildlife spotting experience like no other – with a bit of luck you will see large herds of elephants, buffalo and antelope. Head back to the lodge to enjoy lunch, refreshments and time to relax. In the afternoon, head back out on the boat for sunset and enjoy drinks and refreshments as you watch the changing colours of the spectacular landscape.
Day 4 - Makgadikgadi Pans
Heading south, cross the Ngoma border back into Botswana and continue your journey to the vast salt flats and grassy plains of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Located in the north-east of Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pans are situated in the middle of a dry savanna and are all that remain of the former Lake Makgadikgadi. This afternoon, get to know your gold-hued, otherworldly surroundings during a 4x4 excursion. The immense, sprawling salt flat will unfold in front of you as you look out for aardvark, ostriches and mongooses. Surrounded by the Nata sanctuary, a breeding ground for thousands of water birds, the horizon is tinted pink by clouds of flamingos and pelicans. Savour the ethereal landscape as you sit out on the pans and enjoy drinks and snacks as the sun sets. Return to the lodge for dinner and relive the highlights of an exciting day.
Day 5 - Thamalakane River
Embrace a very early start this morning and head out with a packed breakfast in hand. Today’s experience will surely be one to remember. Travel to the edge of the Ntwetwe salt pan, home to a resident family of entertaining Meerkats. With the aid of trackers, arrive in time to observe their morning rituals as the sun rises. Watch the meerkats bask in the morning sun before heading out for their daily foraging – the fantastic conditions and lighting will help you snap an unforgettable picture of these marvellous creatures. Stop at a neighbouring lodge for lunch, then continue to Maun, the gateway to one of the world's most complex ecosystems, the Okavango Delta.
Day 6 - Thamalakane River (Okavango Delta)
Today, you'll take a traditional mokoro – a dugout canoe steered by friendly local 'polers' – for an Okavango waterways experience. With some luck, you could spot some of the delta's unusual wildlife and exotic birdlife. Spend some time today exploring the maze of lagoons, lakes and streams by mokoro before exploring on foot with a local guide. View plants, trees and animals from a different perspective and observe close-up details often missed on game drives. Your guide will provide expert knowledge and help you gain a deeper understanding of the environment. Lunch will be served on one of the many secluded islands created by the Delta waterways.
Day 7 - Thamalakane River (Maun)
The trip concludes today after breakfast, but this doesn’t mean the adventure has to end. If you’d like to spend more time here, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). Please speak to your booking agent ahead of time. For those interested, there is the opportunity to fly over the delta in a helicopter for a bird's-eye view. This is a great way to appreciate the vast scale of this waterscape. Your leader can give you more information on this activity and how to reserve a place.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
13-04-202419-04-2024AUD $ 7,030-
11-05-202417-05-2024AUD $ 6,705-
08-06-202414-06-2024AUD $ 7,445-
22-06-202428-06-2024AUD $ 6,975-
29-06-202405-07-2024AUD $ 7,315-
06-07-202412-07-2024AUD $ 7,735-
13-07-202419-07-2024AUD $ 7,035-
27-07-202402-08-2024AUD $ 7,035-
03-08-202409-08-2024AUD $ 7,035-
10-08-202416-08-2024AUD $ 7,035-
24-08-202430-08-2024AUD $ 7,105-
07-09-202413-09-2024AUD $ 6,775-
14-09-202420-09-2024AUD $ 6,775-
28-09-202404-10-2024AUD $ 6,775-
05-10-202411-10-2024AUD $ 6,775-
19-10-202425-10-2024AUD $ 6,775-
02-11-202408-11-2024AUD $ 6,510-
22-02-202528-02-2025AUD $ 6,965-
19-04-202525-04-2025AUD $ 6,965-
10-05-202516-05-2025AUD $ 6,965-
24-05-202530-05-2025AUD $ 6,965-
07-06-202513-06-2025AUD $ 7,245-
21-06-202527-06-2025AUD $ 7,245-
05-07-202511-07-2025AUD $ 7,525-
19-07-202525-07-2025AUD $ 7,525-
26-07-202501-08-2025AUD $ 7,525-
02-08-202508-08-2025AUD $ 7,525-
09-08-202515-08-2025AUD $ 7,525-
23-08-202529-08-2025AUD $ 7,525-
06-09-202512-09-2025AUD $ 7,245-
13-09-202519-09-2025AUD $ 7,245-
20-09-202526-09-2025AUD $ 7,245-
27-09-202503-10-2025AUD $ 7,245-
11-10-202517-10-2025AUD $ 7,245-
01-11-202507-11-2025AUD $ 6,965-
20-12-202526-12-2025AUD $ 6,965-
21-02-202627-02-2026AUD $ 6,480-
18-04-202624-04-2026AUD $ 6,480-
09-05-202615-05-2026AUD $ 6,480-
23-05-202629-05-2026AUD $ 6,480-
06-06-202612-06-2026AUD $ 6,480-
20-06-202626-06-2026AUD $ 6,480-
04-07-202610-07-2026AUD $ 6,480-
18-07-202624-07-2026AUD $ 6,480-
25-07-202631-07-2026AUD $ 6,480-
01-08-202607-08-2026AUD $ 6,480-
08-08-202614-08-2026AUD $ 6,480-
22-08-202628-08-2026AUD $ 6,480-
05-09-202611-09-2026AUD $ 6,480-
12-09-202618-09-2026AUD $ 6,480-
19-09-202625-09-2026AUD $ 6,480-
26-09-202602-10-2026AUD $ 6,480-
10-10-202616-10-2026AUD $ 6,480-
31-10-202606-11-2026AUD $ 6,480-
19-12-202625-12-2026AUD $ 6,480-

Accommodation

Lodge (6 nights)

Transport

4x4,Open Safari Vehicle,Private Vehicle

Map