Secluded Botswana - Natural Habitat

Botswana Safari

  • Small Group
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 8 Capacity
  • 13 Days
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Summary : Experience a classic African safari in Botswana with a visit to the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. This trip is designed to bring a small group of travelers – approximately 8 people – to some of the country's very best and most exciting wildlife spots, as far away from other travelers as possible. Your Expedition Leader meets the group in Livingstone, on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, and stays with you throughout the trip, personally unveiling the splendors of this region with you every step of the way. Your private camps range from simple to spectacular, each providing remarkable comforts. Here, Africa unfolds, revealing vast deserts, endless savannahs and unfathomable water ways, all teeming with wildlife rather than with other tourists.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1 – 2
Livingstone, Zambia & Victoria Falls

The River Club, replete with Edwardian ambience, overlooks the Zambezi River, where hippos may entertain you on the banks. Take a sunset cruise following a guided tour of Victoria Falls, the world's most astounding cataract. The profuse spray has created a rainforest, with a walkway to explore.

Day 3 – 5
Chobe / Linyanti Private Tented Camp

By road and ferry, journey to Botswana's Chobe National Park, known for its vast elephant herds – a population that exceeds 70,000. On the boat cruise down the Chobe River, you sometimes see 500 elephants in a single day. Water birds abound, including herons and storks, as well as hippos and crocodiles. This afternoon, you drive to the private reserve of Linyanti, dramatic big-game country. Its tree-dotted plains are home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and wild dogs, as well as tremendous elephant herds. Encounter wildlife in amazing proximity on game drives, guided walks, canoe trips and boat excursions on the Linyanti River. In the evenings, relax at your private camp, well-appointed tented accommodations evocative of an earlier age. Through the thorny acacia branches, see more stars than you ever dreamed of, scattered across an impossibly black sky.

Day 6 – 7
Duma Tau Camp, Linyanti

Drive to Duma Tau Camp this morning. The previously dry Savuti Channel is once again a hippo-filled stream, surrounded by open grassland that's home to all the big predators and plains animals, including sable and roan antelope. The waterway in front of the camp draws large numbers of game, especially in the dry winter months. Many lions frequent the area, as well as elephants in great numbers. The private verandahs, nearly at eye-level, allow you to watch them from just feet away.

Day 8 – 9
Jacana Camp, Okavango Delta

Fly to Jacana Camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Where the river meets the Kalahari Desert, a green oasis sprawls amid the sands and dry savannah. The maze of canals and lagoons sustains a profusion of wildlife, and you explore the constantly shifting marsh by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Islands and wetlands among the channels are home to many rare birds; you may observe wattled cranes, Pel's fishing owls, jacanas, rails, crakes and moorhens. You may also see antelope and red lechwe browsing in the grasses.

Day 10 – 12
Tubu Tree Camp, Moremi Game Reserve

Travel by boat or safari vehicle to Tubu Tree Camp on the edge of the Moremi Game Reserve. On game drives in open 4X4 vehicles, you may encounter lions, leopards and cheetahs, as well as a host of hoofed game. Night drives reveal nocturnal species such as civet cat and caracal, and large predators that hunt at night. Short safari walks (where safe) reveal the subtleties of the ecosystems that can only be experienced on foot.

Day 13
Maun / Home

Depart by air for Maun, where you connect with flights home or extensions to Cape Town or Namibia.

Notes

Getting There & Getting Home:
You must arrive in Livingstone, Zambia by 3pm on Day 1 and can depart Maun, Botswana after 1pm on the final day. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm schedule before purchasing air tickets.

Physical Requirements: The walking activities are usually short and optional. It is recommended that travelers who participate in these programs be of an adventurous spirit, as you will often enjoy the very closest of animal encounters.

Included:
Internal scheduled light aircraft flights; accommodations; all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day; non-alcoholic drinks at camps and in vehicles; house alcoholic beverages in camps; services of Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff; some gratuities; airport transfers on Day 1 and final day; permits and entrance fees, and all taxes.

Not Included:
Travel to and from start and end point of trip; premium alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees; optional activities; items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.); airline baggage fees; airport and departure taxes; optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.