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Botswana Camping Safari + Canoeing + Victoria Falls


BPM12M
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Sleep overnight in dome tents & cook over a campfire, as you explores with your own guide the game-rich Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, the Savuti Plains & Chobe National Park with its abundance of elephants, buffalo and river-based wildlife. Experience an overnight canoe safari on the Zambezi River, before relaxing at Victoria Falls. All park fees included. Price based on  4 people.
Botswana Camping Safari Canoeing Zambezi River Photo Victoria Falls
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Botswana
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Moremi Game Reserve
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Game Viewing
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Okavango Delta
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Bird Watching
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Savuti Plains
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Chobe Game Reserve
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Overnight Canoe Safari
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Zambezi Sunset Cruise
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Victoria Falls
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Botswana
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Moremi Game Reserve
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Game Viewing
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Okavango Delta
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Bird Watching
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Savuti Plains
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Chobe Game Reserve
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Overnight Canoe Safari
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Zambezi Sunset Cruise
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Victoria Falls
Day 1
You will be met at Maun Airport by your guide for your exciting camping safari to see the amazing wildlife of Botswana. After collecting any essentail provisions, including all the drinks you will need (own account), we travel for 5-hours to Moremi Game Reserve.
 
Here you can marvel at the contrast between the semi-desert Kalahari and the lush water wilderness you will find in the Okavango Delta. In the afternoon we arrive at our wilderness camp (with bush ablutions) and erect our dome tents, before relaxing around the campfire in this pristine wildlife conservation area. All meals will be cooked over an open fire under the stars.
 
PACKING LIST:
Large kit bag (max.weight of 12kg - no hard suitcases)
Small backpack
Warm sleeping bag & small pillow
Torch, with spare batteries and globes
Water Bottle
Mosquito repellant lotion
Sun hat & sun cream
Binoculars & Camera, with spare batteries
Clothing in neutral colours (no bright colours)
Light weight trousers and long sleeve shirts
Swimming costume & towel
Toiletries in a small bag (not vanity case)
Comfortable walking shoes & sandals
Day 2
The seasonal Okavango Delta is flooded annually by the great Okavango River, whose waters flow inland from Angola into the vast Kalahari – never finding the sea, but instead forming a great inland delta whose waters are absorbed by the desert.
 
Comprising 6,000 square miles of crystal clear channels, serene lagoons and a myriad of islands, the Okavango Delta forms a natural oasis that sustains a vast variety of wildlife and birds of all descriptions. The waters are at their height from July to October, forming an amazing wetlands ecosystem that is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
 
Activities centre on early morning and late afternoon game viewing and bird watching, with over 240 different bird species. Depending on the season, mekoro excursions may be available as well as game drives to track some of the larger species that inhabit this region - including buffalo, hippo and elephants. In the evening relax around a blazing fire under balmy African skies.
Day 3
Today is one long game drive as we travel 6-hours from Moremi Game Reserve to Savuti, on sandy roads suitable only for 4x4 vehicles, surrounded by the open savannah and camelthorn trees of Chobe Game Reserve – Botswana’s premier game park.
 
The Savuti Plains offer world-acclaimed game viewing – including the famous Savute lion prides, leopard, wild dogs, bull elephants, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, hyena, cheetah, tsessebe, kudu, impala, ostrich and much more.
 
In the late afernoon we check into our wilderness camp (with bush ablutions) and erect our dome tent.
Day 4
The Savuti Plains offer world-acclaimed game viewing – including the famous Savute lion prides, leopard, wild dogs, bull elephants, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, hyena, cheetah, tsessebe, kudu, impala, ostrich and much more.
 
The summer rains bring a feast for lion, hyena and cheetah, as migrating zebra and wildebeest assemble in a chaotic pattern on the marsh. Cape buffalo herds arrive and migrant birds swell the resident population of over 300 different species, making this a bird watchers delight. Carmine bee-eaters perch on the back of kori bustards, red-crested korhaans plummet from the sky in daring mating displays and marabou storks roost in the trees whilst woodland kingfishers sing you to sleep. Game drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon, with balance of day at leisure.
Day 5
This morning transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kasane, where you will be met and transferred to your lodge near the Chobe River.  
 
Chobe National Park is Botswana’s premier wildlife reserve and is uniquely situated at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, where four African countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  After checking in to your lodge, enjoy a game drive with your guide in his vehicle.
 
After checking in to your lodge, enjoy a boat ride on the Chobe River, which is home to some of Botswana’s most spectacular wildlife, as well as abundant bird life. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast game sanctuary and hopefully you will see elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and other river-based wildlife today. Afterwards dine in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide.
Day 6
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing drive with a lodge ranger.
  
Chobe National Park is home to vast herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as numerous other species which roam in profusion and diversity. During the dry season, vast elephant herds migrate from both south and north to congregate in their thousands along the Chobe River – the largest concentration of elephants in the whole of Africa. Also hope to see lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals before returning to your lodge.
 
In the afternoon, enjoy another game-viewing boat ride on the Chobe River.
Day 7
Today transfer to Kasane on the Zimbabwe border.
 
After completing border formalities, connect with your 2-hour shared transfer to your hotel near Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.
  
Check in, settle in and relax whilst you catch your first glimpses of the magnificent Smoke That Thunders first discovered by Dr. David Livingstone and still one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest from February to June following the summer rains, but they are a magnificent sight at any time of year.
Day 8
Today we recommend exploring on foot the mighty Victoria Falls and its rainforest, which offers magnificent views.
 
Afterwards you can participate in other optional activities such as a helicopter flight over the falls or an elephant interaction.
  
In the late afternoon we recommend an optional Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River where you may see hippos, crocodiles and abundant bird life.
 
Note: We suggest you take your own raincoat for walking in the rainforest, as those on hire are well used.
Day 9
This morning is free to relax at your hotel or explore the small town of Victoria Falls.
 
In the afternoon (16.00) you will be collected from your hotel and transferred on a 1.5-hour game drive through Zambezi National Park to your rustic mobile bush camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River about 16 miles (25 km) upstream from Victoria Falls.
 
After drinks on the river bank, relax under the brilliant stars of the southern sky and enjoy a delicious dinner cooked over a roaring campfire.
 
Note: Your walk-in tent will be erected for you and camp beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows and duvets supplied. You will also have a camping water basin (filled with hot water in the morning), paraffin lantern and hand towels. There is a portable toilet and hot water shower in camp. Limited beer, soft drinks and bottled water will be supplied, but if you have specific drink preferences you need to bring your own. From April to August (the winter months) the evenings and early mornings will be very cold, so warm clothing is essential. As space is limited, one soft bag per person is recommended.
Day 10
After breakfast cooked over an open fire and a safety briefing (where you will be required to sign an indemnity form), enjoy the 1-hour game drive upstream to our launch point.
 
We then set out in our canoes and spend the day paddling 11 miles (18 km) downstream through gentle grade one and two rapids on the Upper Zambezi - exploring various channels, birding and game viewing along the way. We stop for a picnic lunch at midday, before continuing down the river.
 
In the afternoon arrive we back at camp and relax on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Day 11
After breakfast cooked over the campfire we set out for another exciting day, as we canoe a further 10 miles (16 km) down the Zambezi River.
 
The scenery, channels and rapids are very different today and include the exciting Kandahar Rapids.
 
In the afternoon we come ashore and you will be dropped off at your hotel in the Zambezi Valley at the end of your canoe safari.
Day 12
At leisure to relax at your lodge in the game-rich Upper Zambezi River Valley.
 
Wildlife activities vary by lodge but usually include game drives, bird watching, boat rides, walking safaris and night drives. You can also enjoy canoeing and seasonal tiger fishing.
Day 13
Transfer 1.5-hours to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.
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