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LODGE TO LODGE SAFARI • 11 NIGHTS

THE SABLE ACCOMMODATED SAFARI

This accommodated safari forms a circular route around the Okavango Delta, starting and ending in Livingstone, Zambia (2018)/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (2019). The Accommodated Safari offers a great value trip through three countries - Botswana, Namibia and Zambia/Zimbabwe.
The  Accommodated Safari is an activity-packed safari allowing you to discover the diversity that Botswana and Namibia have to offer. Comfortable transportation between the lodges is done in an enclosed, air-conditioned mini bus. Accommodation throughout your journey with us includes lodges and bungalows.

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Highlights

  • 2 Nights in North Eastern Namibian National Parks - Caprivi area
  • Western Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
  • Optional Scenic flight over the Delta (Rate TBA)
  • 2 Nights Moremi Game Reserve
  • 1 Night Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 2 Nights Chobe National Park

Trip Details 2018

AccommodatedMap16All nights in lodges / guest houses / permanent camps

  • Day 1: Pick up guests from Maramba River 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 Livingstone, Zambia (1 border crossing) – optional visit of the Victoria Falls – stay in Livingstone (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

Contact us to check availability.

CODE

Safari Dates 2018

SEASON

 BWA 1808 30 Aug - 10 Sep High
 BWA 1809 13 Sep 24 Sep  High
 BWA 1810 27 Sep 08 Oct  High
 BWA 1811 11 Oct 22 Oct High
 BWA 1812 25 Oct  05 Nov High
 BWA 1813 08 Nov  19 Nov Low
 BWA 1814 06 Dec 17 Dec Low

Rates

2018

Low Season: EUR 2,940 per person sharing

High Season: EUR 3,220 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 Livingstone/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.

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

The safari begins in Livingstone, Zambia, at 07h30. Bush Ways Safaris is happy to assist with pre-safari arrangements such as accommodation and transfers from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Kasane, Botswana. A full safari briefing by our experienced guide commences your adventure with us on arrival in Livingstone, 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)

Livingstone – 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, comfortable lodge
Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango, you will travel south to Maun. Arriving around noon in town, you can do a 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, rate TBA – 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 in 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: Kasane, 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 Kasane, a town on the edge of Chobe National Game Reserve, 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 – Kasane: 320 km, 3-4 hrs

Day 10: Kasane, 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 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 The Old House or a similar lodge in Kasane, 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: Livingstone, Zambia, comfortable lodge

Today the journey traverses the Zambezi River by ferry and then goes through to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, (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 Livingstone 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 at Maramba Lodge or a similar lodge with the images of the last 2 weeks still fresh in your memory.

Kasane – Livingstone: 100 km, 2-3hrs (including border crossing)

Day 12: Livingstone, Zambia, comfortable lodge

The safari officially ends at 8h00 on Day 12. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Livingstone airport, Victoria Falls airport, Kasane, or any nearby lodges at an additional cost.
Activities in Livingstone include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi, Elephant rides and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details. (B)

The Bush Ways Accommodated Safari offers travelers the opportunity to explore the most amazing wilderness areas of Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, 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 3-star standing and offers a lot of activities. Transportation between lodges is done in a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus. 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 10 guests. Departures are guaranteed from 4 guests confirmed on a tour.

The accommodation used during this tour will therefore be:

  • In Susuwe: Camp Kwando or similar
  • In the Okavango Delta Panhandle: Nxamaseri or similar
  • In Maun: Maun Lodge or similar
  • In Moremi/Khwai: Khwai Guest House
  • In Nata: Nata Lodge or similar
  • In Kasane: The Old House or similar
  • In Livingstone: Maramba River Lodge 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 2019

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

Contact us to check availability.

 CODE Safari Dates 2019 SEASON 
BWA 1901 28-Feb - 11-Mar Low
BWA 1902 04-Apr - 15-Apr Low
BWA 1903 09-May - 20-May Low
BWA 1904 06-Jun - 17-Jun Low
BWA 1905 11-Jul - 22-Jul High
BWA 1906 25-Jul - 05-Aug High
BWA 1907 08-Aug - 19-Aug High
BWA 1908 29-Aug - 09-Sep High
BWA 1909 12-Sep - 23-Sep High
BWA 1910 26-Sep - 07-Oct High
BWA 1911 10-Oct - 21-Oct High
BWA 1912 24-Oct - 04-Nov High
BWA 1913 07-Nov - 18-Nov Low
BWA 1914 05-Dec - 16-Dec Low

Rates

2019

Low Season: EUR 3,170 per person sharing

High Season: EUR 3,480 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.

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 Livingstone, 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)

Livingstone – 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, comfortable lodge

Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango, you will travel south to Maun. Arriving around noon in town, you can do a 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, rate TBA – 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 in 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: Kasane, 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 Kasane, a town on the edge of Chobe National Game Reserve, 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 – Kasane: 320 km, 3-4 hrs

Day 10: Kasane, 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 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 The Old House or a similar lodge in Kasane, 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)

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

Day 12: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, comfortable lodge

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)

The Bush Ways Accommodated Safari offers travelers the opportunity to explore the most amazing wilderness areas of Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, 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 3-star standing and offers a lot of activities. Transportation between lodges is done in a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus. 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 guests. Departures are guaranteed from 4 guests confirmed on a tour.

The accommodation used during this tour will therefore be:

  • In Susuwe: Camp Kwando or similar
  • In the Okavango Delta Panhandle: Nxamaseri or similar
  • In Maun: Maun Lodge or similar
  • In Moremi/Khwai: Khwai Guest House
  • In Nata: Nata Lodge or similar
  • In Kasane: The Old House or similar
  • In Victoria Falls: Phezulu Lodge 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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