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LODGE TO LODGE SAFARI • 11 NIGHTS or 9 NIGHTS

THE SABLE ACCOMMODATED SAFARI

This accommodated safari explores prime wildlife areas in Botswana and a lodge stay at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Accommodated Safari offers a great value trip through three countries - Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. It is an activity-packed safari allowing you to discover the diversity that these countries have to offer.
2020 route: For 11 nights explore Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe
2021 route: For 9 nights explore Botswana and Zimbabwe

Accommodation throughout your journey with us includes lodges, guest houses and bungalows.

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Highlights

  • 2 Nights in North Eastern Namibian National Parks - Caprivi area (2020)
  • Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
  • Optional Scenic flight over the Delta (Rate TBA)
  • 2 Nights Moremi surrounds
  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 2 Nights Chobe surrounds
Highlights

Trip Details 2020

AccommodatedMap19All nights in lodges / guest houses / permanent camps

  • Day 1: Pick up guests from their lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle - drive to the Caprivi Strip, Namibia (2 border crossings) (D)
  • Day 2: Boat, game drive, stay in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia (B, D)
  • Day 3: Drive to the Okavango Delta panhandle (1 border crossing) (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Mokoro and nature walk, stay on the Okavango Delta panhandle (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Drive to Maun – optional scenic flight (45 min) over the delta (B, D)
  • Day 6: Transfer / game drive in a Bush Ways safari vehicle to Khwai (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Game drives in the Khwai concession or Moremi Game Reserve (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Drive back to Maun and swap for air-conditioned vehicle, drive to Nata (B, D)
  • Day 9: Visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary then drive to Kasane (B, D)
  • Day 10: Game drive in Chobe National Park and boat on the Chobe river, stay in Kasane (B, D)
  • Day 11: Drive to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (1 border crossing) – optional visit of the Victoria Falls – stay in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (B)
  • Day 12: Breakfast at the Lodge – END of the safari (B) 
  • Caprivi: boat excursion, game drive
  • Nxamaseri: mokoro excursions, possible nature walks
  • Khwai: game drives
  • Nata: Nata bird sanctuary
  • Kasane: game drive, boat cruise

Day 1: Susuwe/West Caprivi National Park, comfortable lodge

The safari begins in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, at 07h30. Bush Ways Safaris is happy to assist with pre-safari arrangements such as accommodation and transfers (extra cost) from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Livingstone (Zambia) or Kasane (Botswana). A full safari briefing by our experienced guide commences your adventure with us on arrival in Victoria Falls, after which we head west. Crossing the border into Namibia at Katima Mulilo gives us the opportunity to pause for lunch. Afterwards, we head further into the Caprivi Strip of Namibia to Camp Kwando or a similar lodge. This lodge has a lovely vista over the Kwando River, a tributary of the Chobe River, which forms the border between Botswana and Namibia. (D)

Victoria Falls – Kwando/Susuwe: 340 km, 4-5 hrs driving (depending on border crossing) + lunch break in Katima Mulilo

Day 2: Susuwe/West Caprivi National Park, comfortable lodge

Stomachs full from an early breakfast, a game drive in the nearby Mudumu Game Reserve offers the prospect of seeing large game. Elephant, Kudu and other antelope are commonly seen in this area. Returning to the lodge in the late morning for lunch and a short rest before an afternoon boat cruise on the Kwando River. Upon returning to the lodge once again, feel free to enjoy a drink before a hearty dinner, then leisurely head off to bed lulled by the sounds of the African bush. (B, D)

Day 3: Okavango Delta, comfortable lodge

After an early rise, the safari continues east along the Caprivi Strip until reaching Popa Falls located on the Okavango River. Stretching your legs, take a short walk through the bush in order to get a closer look at these rapids, the last of the great Okavango River before it enters the Delta.
From Poppa Falls we continue on our way to Botswana, entering Mahango Game Reserve just before the border. Situated on the flood plains of the Okavango River, Mahango Game Reserve is well known for its sightings of Red Lechwe, Sable and Roan Antelope amongst other wildlife.
Leaving this scenic reserve, a short stop at the border crossing back into Botswana sees us heading south to Nxamasere or a similar lodge for 2 nights. Nxamasere is situated right in the Okavango Delta. (B,L,D)

Susuwe – Nxamasere: 350 km, ±5 hrs (depending on border crossing)

Day 4: Okavango Delta, comfortable lodge

Early in the morning, enjoy a motorboat cruise through the papyrus-lined channels of the Delta to the mokoro station, where your day of exploration in the heart of the Okavango Delta begins. Mokoros are traditional dugout canoes, which have been used by the Bayeyi River Bushmen for centuries to negotiate the intricate pathways of this unique area. This full day excursion allows the opportunity to encounter a large number of bird species and view landscapes many people can only dream of. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Maun outskirts, comfortable lodge

Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango, you will travel south to Maun. Arriving around noon in town, you can doa bit of shopping for curios, safari drinks and necessities before lunch.Rest of the day at leisure. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 min. Maun to Maun scenic flight, min 3pax– to be booked during the safari, payment in cash only). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s distinctive water system.During the flight it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami. Night at a comfortable lodge on the outskirts of Maun. (B, D)

 Nxamasere – Maun: 290 km, 4-5 hrs

Day 6: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

From Maun the drive meanders through to the Khwai River area, on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Night at the Khwai Guesthouse in the Khwai Village. (B, L, D)

Maun – Khwai area: 160 km, ±5 hrs (including Game Drive)

Day 7: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

Game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai river (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession). (B, L, D)

Day 8: Nata, comfortable lodge

An early start will see us travelling back through Maun, and then towards Nata, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Watching the landscape change from green swamplands to vast saltpans, our journey pauses along the way for lunch and sees us arrive in the late afternoon at Nata Lodge or a similar lodge.
(B, D)

Day 8: Khwai – Nata (via Maun) 

480 km, 7-8 hrs (including shopping stop in town).

Day 9: Chobe, comfortable lodge

An eventful start to the day commences with a visit to Nata Bird Sanctuary, where depending on the time of year, it is possible to see large flocks of flamingos and pelicans feeding and nesting on the pans. The safari then heads North towards Chobe National National Park, where we will stay 2 nights to explore the northern reaches of the park. Feel free to investigate the ins and outs of the town, a well-known tourism hub of Northern Botswana, in the afternoon. (B, D)

Nata – Chobe: 320 km, 3-4 hrs

Day 10: Chobe, comfortable lodge

Time is spent in Northern Chobe, a park which is incredibly rich in game due to the Chobe River providing water all year round. Large herds of elephants are frequently seen walking to and from the river. Due to the high density of herbivores in this area many predators, such as lions and leopards, can be found. While staying at Chobe Elephant Camp, a game drive into the park in the early hours of the morning, and a river cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon allows the discovery of this incredible area from both land and water. (B, D)

Day 11: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, comfortable lodge

Today the journey takes youto Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge.  In the afternoon come face to face with the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios with the roar of the water reverberating nearby.  At Victoria Falls there are many activities to partake in which your guide can assist in organising.  Please note that dinner on your last evening will be at your own expense. Spend your last night ata comfortable lodge with the images of the last 2 weeks still fresh in your memory. (B)

Chobe – Victoria Falls: 100 km, 2-3hrs (including border crossing)

Day 12: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, END OF THE SAFARI

The safari officially ends at 8h00 on Day 12. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls airport, Livingstone airport, Kasane, or any nearby lodges at an additional cost. 

Activities in Victoria Falls include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details. (B)

Contact us to check availability.

 CODE Safari Dates 2020 SEASON 
BWAS 2009 10-Sep - 21-Sep High
BWAS 2010 24-Sep - 05-Oct High
BWAS 2011 08-Oct - 19-Oct High
BWAS 2012 22-Oct - 02-Nov High
BWAS 2013 05-Nov - 16-Nov Low
BWAS 2014 03-Dec - 14-Dec Low

Rates

2020

Low Season: EUR 3,300 per person sharing

High Season: EUR 3,620 per person sharing

Safari price includes:

All accommodation (rooms in comfortable lodges or luxury tents), all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner), services of a Professional Guide, all Botswana and Namibian park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in enclosed, air-conditioned or specialised safari vehicles.

 

Safari price does not include:

Entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions at the lodges (scenic flight over the Delta, activities in Victoria Falls, game drives, fishing etc), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, any increase in National Park fees.

The Bush Ways Accommodated Safari offers travelers the opportunity to explore the most amazing wilderness areas of Botswana as well as a glimpse of the beauty of Zimbabwe simultaneously providing the comfort of permanent camps and lodges with the incredible privilege of being introduced to these fantastic natural wonders from beginning to end by one of our passionate Bush Ways guides.

This lodge-to-lodge mobile safari itinerary is around a 2/3-star standard and offers a lot of activities. Transportation between lodges is done in a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus, equipped with a small fridge and plenty of space for photographic opportunities. For part of the safari, a custom-built Bush Ways open game viewer will be used for the activities as well as the drive between properties.

The activities are carried out in the various lodges where we are staying using the lodge game drive vehicles, boats and mokoros (traditional dugout canoes). 

Maximum 11 participants for 2020 and 12 participants in 2021 for Southbound and Northbound safaris

The accommodation used during this tour will therefore be:

•  In Susuwe: Camp Kwando or similar (2020)

  • In the Okavango Delta Panhandle: Nxamaseri or similar (2020)
  • In Maun: Mochaba Crossing or similar
  • In Moremi/Khwai: Khwai Guest House
  • In Nata: Nata Lodge or similar (2020)
  • Chobe: Chobe Elephant Camp (applicable from 2020)
  • In Victoria Falls: Pioneers or similar

LUGGAGE

One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-hard suitcases should be avoided as well.

One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet

Main luggage: max weight = 18kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm

Remember that on safari you need far fewer clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing ;-)

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea

Hat/cap

Scarf and gloves (especially for winter months)

Warm jacket/fleece/jumper – windproof in winter months (May - Sept), waterproof in summer months (Nov - Mar)

Swimming costume

Natural clothing (i.e. no bright colours and no white), t-shirts, shorts, a pair of light weight long trousers and a lightweight long sleeve shirt (long sleeves are extremely useful for sun protection during the day and mosquito protection during the evening)

Please note that camouflage printed clothing is fine for the bush but please do not to wear in towns or when crossing borders.

Comfortable walking shoes and flip flops/sandals

Camera equipment, binoculars, lots of spare films, batteries and spare memory cards for digital cameras are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.

Adaptors for cables, chargers, USB, etc.: note that we recommend you label them to avoid confusion on the vehicle charging station

Water bottle and a small day pack for walks

TOILETRIES AND FIRST AID

Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case

Sunscreen

Malaria prophylaxis (see section 5 for further information)

Mosquito repellents/lotion/spray

Water proof/zip lock bags for storing personal items to keep dust free and/or dry.

Personal First Aid Kit

Please note: A First Aid Kit will be present throughout the safari but personal medicines must be brought for the duration of the safari.

MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

Check with your local immunisation authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician

Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION website for up to date information www.who.int

Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken

Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from / going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from / going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.

Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.

For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bw, www.zambiatourism.com, www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na

Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas

For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy

If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment.

Requirements for minor traveling through all Botswana ports of entry

Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

The Botswana Tourism Development Levy has not been reinstated, if put back in place this will be advised.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.

Bush Ways Safaris does not provide travel insurance.

Bush Ways Safaris can assist you to sign up for the Okavango Air Rescue membership. The service provides medical evacuation from isolated areas of the bush by a medically equipped helicopter and emergency doctor, ensuring smooth and swift operations. International insurance companies are not always familiar with the practicalities of dealing with emergencies in the Botswana bush, which can add to delays in obtaining medical care. Although the OAR membership is not compulsory, and does not replace an international medical insurance and evacuation (which remains compulsory with or without OAR membership), we highly recommend to sign up for the OAR membership which is only BWP175 / USD 17 / EUR 15.

Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details prior to your arrival so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer's Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone it from Botswana - USA 800 numbers don't work from here).

SAFARI DRINKS

Drinks are at your own account at all lodges

Please note that our safari teams do not sell drinks during the safari and drinks can only be bought in town prior to and/or during the safari.

We always recommend that people drink a minimum 3 litres of drinking water / juices / soft drinks per person per day to avoid dehydration.

At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis

Please find below the approximate prices for drinks in Botswana in local stores (note these are subject to change)

 - Water 5l = Pula 20 - 25

 - Water 1.5l = Pula 7 - 10

 - 6 cans of beer = Pula 70 - 80

 - 6 cans of Coke/Fanta/etc = Pula 50

 - 2 litres Red wine (box) = Pula 115

 - 5 litres Red wine (box) = Pula 215

 - 2 litres White wine (box) = Pula 115

 - 5 litres White wine (box)= Pula 215

 - 1 litre Fruit juice = Pula 25

 - 330ml Fruit Juice = Pula 17

 - 6 cans of Tonic Water/Dry Lemon/Lemonade = Pula 50

Trip details 2021

All nights in lodges / guest houses / permanent camps

  • Day 1: Pick up guests from the airport - drive to Makgadikgadi area (D)
  • Day 2: Game drive, stay in Makgadikgadi area (B, L, D)
  • Day 3: Village walk in Khumaga, drive to Maun, Mochaba Crossing, optional scenic flight over the delta (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Full day mokoro and nature walk in the Okavango Delta, stay in Mochaba Crossing (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Drive to Khwai – game drive on the way (B, D)
  • Day 6: Game drives in the Khwai concession or Moremi Game Reserve (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Drive to Chobe, game drive on the way through Savuti (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Game drive and boat cruise in Chobe National Park, stay in Chobe area (B, L, D)
  • Day 9: Drive to Victoria Falls, optional visit to the falls (one border crossing) (B)
  • Day 10: Breakfast at the lodge – END of the safari (B) 

All nights in lodges / guest houses / permanent camps

  • Day 1: Victoria Falls, optional activities at the falls, stay in Victoria Falls
  • Day 2: Pick up at the lodge by guide, optional visit to the falls, drive to Chobe (one border crossing) (B, D)
  • Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise in Chobe National Park, stay in Chobe (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Drive to Khwai, game drive on the way through Savuti (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Game drives in the Khwai concession or Moremi Game Reserve, stay in Khwai (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: Drive to outskirts of Maun, Mochaba Crossing, optional scenic flight over the delta (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Full day Kokomo and nature walk in the Okavango Delta, stay in Mochaba Crossing (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Drive to Magkadikgadi, village walk in Khumaga, Boteti River (B, L, D)
  • Day 9: Game drives, stay in Makgadikgadi area (B, L, D)
  • Day 10: Drive to Maun airport – END of the safari (B) 
  • Chobe: boat excursion, game drive
  • Mochaba: mokoro excursions, possible nature walks
  • Khwai: game drives
  • Makgadikgadi: game drives, village walk

Day 1: Makgadikgadi, comfortable camp

Your guide will meet you at Maun Airport at 14h30, where you will be briefed and thereafter head towards your first lodge, an oasis on the edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park , overlooking the Boteti River in Khumaga village. Spend the late afternoon relaxing by the poolside or enjoying the river view from the lounge. (D)

Maun – Boteti River Camp or similar: 180 km, 2.5 hrs

Day 2: Makgadikgadi, comfortable camp

An early morning start to explore the Makgadikgadi area, which is home to a fascinating variety of desert specialised wildlife as well as predators including lion, hyena and cheetah. In addition, this area Is famous for one of the largest zebra migrations in Africa, which you may have the opportunity to witness.  (B, L, D)

Day 3: Maun outskirts, comfortable camp

After breakfast, you will visit the village of Khumaga, a small village of about 1000 people. You can find out about their way of life and further insight into the local culture. After this, you will depart from the Makgadikgadi and travel west to Maun, arriving around noon,  in time for lunch at camp. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to enjoy a scenic flight (30min helicopter flight from camp for EUR 173 for minimum 6pax, cc accepted, or a 45min  scenic flight in a small airplane from Maun, priced at  EUR 135 per person for 3 pax or more, 2 pax at EUR195 per person, one pax at EUR385, includes transfers to and from Maun, cash only, no credit card) or a visit to a local Elephant orphanage at USD 50 per person. Night at a comfortable lodge on the outskirts of Maun. (B, L, D)

Boteti River Camp – Maun: 180 km, 2.5 hrs

Day 4: Maun outskirts, comfortable camp

Today we explore the famous Okavango Delta, with a full day mokoro excursion into a community-managed concession area. Your guide will take you on a scenic drive to the mokoro station where you will meet your mokoro poler/guide, who will share with you hidden secrets of this water system and take you on a nature walk. After experiencing the pristine wilderness in your dugout canoe and on foot, you will head back to camp for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

After breakfast, the drive takes you through beautiful wildlife areas, game viewing as you go. Your journey is to the Khwai River, on the border of Moremi Game Reserve - one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Night at Khwai Guesthouse in the Khwai Village. (B, L, D)

Maun – Khwai area: 160 km, ±5 hrs (including Game Drive)

Day 6: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

Game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai River (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession). You will spend as much time as possible in this stunning area. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Chobe, comfortable lodge

The safari then heads North towards a rustic camp at the edge of Chobe National Park, where we will stay 2 nights to explore the northern reaches of the park. This day will again be a full day activity as we will do a full day of game drives through the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park and North towards the Chobe flood plains. You will have your lunch break along the road surrounded by great wildlife and arrive late afternoon into your lodge. (B, L, D)

Khwai – Chobe: 200 km, 10 hrs (including game drives)

Day 8: Chobe, comfortable lodge

Time is spent in Northern Chobe, a park which is incredibly rich in game due to the Chobe River providing water all year round. Large herds of elephant and buffalo are frequently seen. Due to the high density of herbivores in this area many predators, such as lions and leopards, can be found. While staying at Chobe Elephant Camp or a similar lodge in this area, a game drive and boat cruise within the Chobe National Park allows the discovery of this incredible area from both land and water.  (B, L, D)

Day 9: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe comfortable lodge

Today the journey takes you to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. Your guide will introduce you to the team at your lodge, and bid you farewell. The lodge team will assist you with arranging any of the many activities you can enjoy at Vic Falls. Spend the afternoon at leisure - visiting the majestic falls themselves, or shop for curios. Please note that dinner on your last evening will be at your own expense. (B)

Chobe – Victoria Falls:  170 km, ±2.5hrs (plus border crossing)

Day 10: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, END of safari

The safari officially ends at 8h00 on Day 10. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges, Kasane, or any nearby lodges at an additional cost. 

Activities in Victoria Falls include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask the lodge reception for further details if not pre-booked (B)

Day 1: Victoria Falls, comfortable lodge

Your adventure starts at a comfortable lodge at Victoria Falls. Bush Ways Safaris is happy to assist with pre-safari arrangements including transfers (extra cost). You will have your afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Victoria Falls town and the numerous activities it offersActivities in Victoria Falls include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask the lodge reception for further details if not pre-booked. 

Day 2: Chobe, comfortable lodge

Today you will have a leisurely breakfast at your lodge, with your Bush Ways Safari guide meeting you at 9am for the tour briefing. After this, you will have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Victoria Falls (park fees own expense). Enjoy lunch in Victoria Falls town before leaving for Botswana. You will then head towards a rustic camp at the edge of Chobe National Park, where we will stay 2 nights. Look out for any wild life along the way as you travel through the Chobe National Park to get to your destination. (B, D)

Victoria Falls – Chobe, Chobe Elephant Camp:  160 km, ±2.5 hrs driving (plus border crossing)

Day 3: Chobe, comfortable lodge

Time is spent in Chobe National Park, which is incredibly rich in game due to the Chobe River providing water all year round. Large herds of elephant and buffalo are frequently seen. Due to the high density of herbivores in this area many predators, such as lions and leopards, can be found. While staying at Chobe Elephant Camp or a similar lodge in this area, a game drive and boat cruise within the Chobe National Park allows the discovery of this incredible area from both land and water.  (B, L, D)

Day 4: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

After breakfast,  your adventure continues through to the Southern parts of Chobe National Park, having lunch in the Savuti area and travelling onward to the Khwai River area, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. This is one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Night at the Khwai Guest House or similar in the Khwai Village. (B, L, D)

Chobe – Khwai Guest House: 200 km, 10 hrs (including game drives)

Day 5: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

Game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai River (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession). You will spend as much time as possible in this stunning area. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Maun outskirts, comfortable lodge

Inspired by the beauty of the area, you will travel South to the outskirts of Maun. Arriving around noon, you will enjoy lunch at camp. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to enjoy a scenic flight (30min helicopter flight from camp for EUR 173 for minimum 6pax, cc accepted, or a 45min scenic flight in a small airplane from Maun, priced at  EUR 135 per person for 3 pax or more, 2 pax at EUR195 per person, one pax at EUR385, includes transfers to and from Maun, cash only, no credit card) or a visit to a local Elephant orphanage at USD 50 per person. Night at a comfortable lodge on the outskirts of Maun. (B, L, D)

Khwai - Maun: 150 km, ±3 hrs (including game viewing)

Day 7: Maun outskirts, comfortable lodge

Today we explore the famous Okavango Delta, with a full day mokoro excursion into a community-managed concession area. Your guide will take you on a scenic drive to the mokoro station where you will meet your mokoro poler/guide, who will share with you hidden secrets of this water system and take you on a nature walk. After experiencing the pristine wilderness in your dugout canoe and on foot, you will head back to camp for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Nata, comfortable lodge

After a relaxed breakfast you will head towards your next lodge, an oasis on the edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park, overlooking the Boteti River in Khumaga village. You will have lunch at your camp and the afternoon will be spent in the village of Khumaga, a small village of about 1000 people. You can find out about their way of life and further insight into the local culture. (B, L, D)

Maun – Boteti River Camp or similar: 180 km, 2.5 hrs

Day 9: Makgadikgadi, comfortable camp

An early morning start to explore the Makgadikgadi area, which is home to a fascinating variety of desert specialised wildlife as well as predators including lion, hyena and cheetah. In addition, this area Is famous for one of the largest zebra migrations in Africa, which you may have the opportunity to witness.  (B, L, D)

Day 10: Makgadikgadi, comfortable camp, END of safari

After a relaxed breakfast, you will make your way to Maun Airport where the safari officially ends at 12h00. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers. (B)

 

Contact us to check availability.

 CODE Safari Dates 2021 SEASON 

BWAS 2101

Northbound

25-Feb - 06-Mar Low

BWAS 2102

Northbound 

02-Apr - 11-Apr Low

BWAS 2103

Northbound

07-May - 16-May Low

BWAS 2104

Northbound

04-Jun - 13-Jun Low

BWAS 2105

Southbound

07-Jul - 16-Jul High

BWAS 2106

Northbound

23-Jul - 01-Aug High

BWAS 2107

Northbound

06-Aug - 15-Aug High

BWAS 2108

Northbound

27-Aug - 05-Sep High

BWAS 2109

Northbound

10-Sep - 19-Sep High

BWAS 2110

Southbound

22-Sep - 01-Oct High

BWAS 2111

Northbound

16-Oct - 25-Oct High

BWAS 2112

Northbound

23-Oct - 01-Nov High

BWAS 2113

Southbound

01-Nov - 10-Nov Low

BWAS 2114

Northbound

03-Dec - 12-Dec Low

Rates

2021

Low Season: EUR 2,410 per person sharing

High Season: EUR 2,610 per person sharing

 

Safari price includes:

All accommodation (rooms in comfortable lodges or luxury tents), all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner), services of a Professional Guide, all Botswana and Namibian park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in enclosed, air-conditioned or specialised safari vehicles.

 

Safari price does not include:

Entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions at the lodges (scenic flight over the Delta, activities in Victoria Falls, game drives, fishing etc), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, any increase in National Park fees.

The Bush Ways Accommodated Safari offers travelers the opportunity to explore the most amazing wilderness areas of Botswana as well as a glimpse of the beauty of Zimbabwe simultaneously providing the comfort of permanent camps and lodges with the incredible privilege of being introduced to these fantastic natural wonders from beginning to end by one of our passionate Bush Ways guides.

This lodge-to-lodge mobile safari itinerary is around a 2/3-star standard and offers a lot of activities. Transportation between lodges is done in a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus, equipped with a small fridge and plenty of space for photographic opportunities. For part of the safari, a custom-built Bush Ways open game viewer will be used for the activities as well as the drive between properties.

The activities are carried out in the various lodges where we are staying using the lodge game drive vehicles, boats and mokoros (traditional dugout canoes). 

Maximum 12 participants in 2021 for Southbound and Northbound safaris

The accommodation used during this tour will therefore be:

  • In Maun: Mochaba Crossing or similar
  • In Moremi/Khwai: Khwai Guest House
  • In Makgadikgadi: Boteti River Camp or similar
  • Chobe: Chobe Elephant Camp 
  • In Victoria Falls: Pioneers or similar

LUGGAGE

One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-hard suitcases should be avoided as well.

One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet

Main luggage: max weight = 18kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm

Remember that on safari you need far fewer clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing ;-)

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea

Hat/cap

Scarf and gloves (especially for winter months)

Warm jacket/fleece/jumper – windproof in winter months (May - Sept), waterproof in summer months (Nov - Mar)

Swimming costume

Natural clothing (i.e. no bright colours and no white), t-shirts, shorts, a pair of light weight long trousers and a lightweight long sleeve shirt (long sleeves are extremely useful for sun protection during the day and mosquito protection during the evening)

Please note that camouflage printed clothing is fine for the bush but please do not to wear in towns or when crossing borders.

Comfortable walking shoes and flip flops/sandals

Camera equipment, binoculars, lots of spare films, batteries and spare memory cards for digital cameras are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.

Adaptors for cables, chargers, USB, etc.: note that we recommend you label them to avoid confusion on the vehicle charging station

Water bottle and a small day pack for walks

TOILETRIES AND FIRST AID

Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case

Sunscreen

Malaria prophylaxis (see section 5 for further information)

Mosquito repellents/lotion/spray

Water proof/zip lock bags for storing personal items to keep dust free and/or dry.

Personal First Aid Kit

Please note: A First Aid Kit will be present throughout the safari but personal medicines must be brought for the duration of the safari.

MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

Check with your local immunisation authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician

Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION website for up to date information www.who.int

Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken

Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from / going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from / going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.

Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.

For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bw, www.zambiatourism.com, www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na

Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas

For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy

If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment.

Requirements for minor traveling through all Botswana ports of entry

Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

The Botswana Tourism Development Levy has not been reinstated, if put back in place this will be advised.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.

Bush Ways Safaris does not provide travel insurance.

Bush Ways Safaris can assist you to sign up for the Okavango Air Rescue membership. The service provides medical evacuation from isolated areas of the bush by a medically equipped helicopter and emergency doctor, ensuring smooth and swift operations. International insurance companies are not always familiar with the practicalities of dealing with emergencies in the Botswana bush, which can add to delays in obtaining medical care. Although the OAR membership is not compulsory, and does not replace an international medical insurance and evacuation (which remains compulsory with or without OAR membership), we highly recommend to sign up for the OAR membership which is only BWP175 / USD 17 / EUR 15.

Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details prior to your arrival so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer's Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone it from Botswana - USA 800 numbers don't work from here).

SAFARI DRINKS

Drinks are at your own account at all lodges

Please note that our safari teams do not sell drinks during the safari and drinks can only be bought in town prior to and/or during the safari.

We always recommend that people drink a minimum 3 litres of drinking water / juices / soft drinks per person per day to avoid dehydration.

At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis

Please find below the approximate prices for drinks in Botswana in local stores (note these are subject to change)

 - Water 5l = Pula 20 - 25

 - Water 1.5l = Pula 7 - 10

 - 6 cans of beer = Pula 70 - 80

 - 6 cans of Coke/Fanta/etc = Pula 50

 - 2 litres Red wine (box) = Pula 115

 - 5 litres Red wine (box) = Pula 215

 - 2 litres White wine (box) = Pula 115

 - 5 litres White wine (box)= Pula 215

 - 1 litre Fruit juice = Pula 25

 - 330ml Fruit Juice = Pula 17

 - 6 cans of Tonic Water/Dry Lemon/Lemonade = Pula 50

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