Botswana Kaleidoscope Experience
$7 915.00*10 DAYS
Explore one of Africa’s safest countries on a tour that will take you to the lush Okavango Delta and remote Central Kalahari.
This experience takes you on 10 days of adventure and wild-life spotting across the varied landscapes of Botswana. From the floodplains of the Okavango Delta to the arid vistas of the Kalahari desert, Botswana offers a truly unique and beautiful entry point into Africa.
ITINERARY 10 DAYS
DAY 01THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
On arrival at the Victoria Falls airport, you will be met by a Batoka Safaris representative and transferred to the Kingdom Hotel, where an escort will assist with check in.
Overnight: The Kingdom Hotel
With architectural and decorative cues reminiscent of the ancient Shona Kingdom and Great Zimbabwe, the Kingdom Hotel is as comfortable and inviting as it is pleasing to the eye. It’s a firm favourite with all kinds of travelers, and is only a short walk from the Falls.
In the afternoon, we’ll take you on a Sundowner Cruise along the Zambezi River. There is no better way to end the day than to watch the African Sun slip down beneath the horizon, while sipping drinks and enjoying light snacks. Birds, hippos and crocodiles abound in their natural habitat.
Day 02GUIDED TOUR OF THE FALLS
After an early start, our first stop will be at the “Big Tree”, an ancient Baobab some 16 meters in girth. The tour will kick off with an explanation of the geology of the Victoria Falls. We’ll then take you on an extensive tour, from Livingstone View to the Devil’s Cataract, on to the Main Falls, past the Rainbow Falls and finally to Danger Point.
After the tour we’ll drop you at your hotel and there are several optional tours available in the afternoon.
After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane, Botswana. Upon the arrival, you’ll have some time to relax before we depart on an afternoon river cruise.
Chobe River Cruise
In the afternoon we’ll depart on a cruise along Chobe River, a wonderful way to experience the Chobe National Park. Puku and Lechwe antelopes are common on the Chobe Floodplains and herds of elephants can be seen crossing the Chobe River to the islands. Other common sites are hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun. There are a variety of boating options for the Chobe boat cruises. Guests can join a standard cruise on a river cruiser taking about 30-40 people or have the opportunity to take a smaller boat and focus on photography and birding. The bigger boats have bars on board for drinks and soft drinks. All Chobe boat cruises depart from Kasane, the town which borders onto the Chobe national park.
Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge
Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Botswana, on the banks of the famous Chobe River, the scenic little town of Kasane rests on the doorstep of the spectacular Chobe National Park.
There are no boundary fences separating the village from the park and game such as elephant and hippo are often spotted roaming around the town. If on the lookout for elusive game, pay a visit to the Sedudu Valley Road, where large dead trees provide temporary homes for leopards. Within Kasane, an ancient baobab tree stands on display, once serving as a local prison.
Visitors can look forward to a multitude of activities including: enjoying a game drive through the park, taking a sunset cruise down the Chobe River, visiting a local village or jumping on a day trip to the breathtaking Victoria Falls.
The close proximity to Victoria Falls International Airport, Livingstone International Airport and Kasane International Airport makes it easily accessible, with daily road transfers or charter flights connecting all these airports with Chobe Safari Lodge. The lodge has been recently renovated; matching a magical lodge experience to the spectacular game viewing.
Early morning game drive
Early in the morning you depart on an open vehicle game drive in Chobe National Park, returning back to the lodge in time for breakfast.
Relax by the poolside until after lunch when you go on a boat cruise again in the Chobe River.
Afternoon boat cruise.
Day 05DINARE CAMP / OKAVANGO DELTA
Before departing Chobe, you’ll embark on another early morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Later you’ll be transferred to Kasane airport for a charter flight to Dinare Camp. Once there, you’ll have a full day to take part in the many activities available at Dinare, including game drives, night drives, safari walks, seasonal water activities, and just cooling off in the pool with a refreshing drink.
Situated in the north-western corner of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site as it is the largest inland delta in the world.
The magnificent Okavango River sprawls out over the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert forming this flourishing waterlogged oasis featuring countless meandering waterways and crystal clear lagoons studded with water lilies, as well as fertile floodplains and reeded islands inhabited with abundant wildlife.
Commonly spotted animals include: lion, rhino, leopard, giraffe, hippos, elephants, crocodiles and countless species of bird.
Dinare is set in a private 272 km2 concession, adjacent to Moremi Game reserve on the south-eastern side of the Delta. It overlooks the Gomoti River and its flood plains and the camp has been designed to embrace the natural surroundings. This is a 100% eco-friendly development, featuring the latest in solar and waste technology.
Day 06MOREMI CROSSING / MOREMI GAME RESERVE
After morning activities you’ll be transferred by charter flight to Moremi Game Reserve, where you can explore the many adventures offered at Moremi Crossing and in the reserve, including game drives and walks, boat cruises, fishing, Makoro (traditional canoe) excursions, and relaxing in the pool.
Moremi Game Reserve
Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 4800 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest.
This diverse ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare Sitatunga and Lechwe antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands.
The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offers visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.
Overnight: Moremi Crossing
Moremi Crossing is a new 16-tented camp built on a palm-fringed island surrounded by the Moremi’s game-rich seasonal floodplains and overlooking Chief’s Island. It’s a new-style safari camp combining luxury with simplicity. This is a 100% eco-friendly development featuring the latest in solar and waste disposal technology.
Accommodation consists of 16 en suite and spacious tents on raised decks, each with their own veranda. We have both a Family Tent and a Honeymoon Tent.
The Okavango is an immense river that never meets the sea. Instead, its crystal clear waters spread across the Kalahari Desert, forming Africa’s largest wetland wonder. The Delta is an abundant oasis amid the vast plains and pans of the desert that covers most of Southern Africa. Its waterways are a mesh of meandering and intercepting channels, creating a haven for Africa’s most celebrated wildlife.
Day 07MOREMI CROSSING, MOREMI GAME RESERVE
Once again you’ll have a full day to enjoy Moremi Crossing’s many activities.
Day 08KWANDO TAU PAN CAMP, CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE
After a morning with more opportunity to enjoy the camp’s activities, you’ll be transferred by charter flight to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Adventurous travellers seeking a truly remote African safari will be thrilled to discover it in central Botswana. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world and one of the least visited.
Nothing can prepare you for the sheer wonder of exploring this vast reserve with its wild, untouched beauty. The landscape is dominated by sand veld, acacias, and Kalahari apple-leaf, interspersed with grasslands and dotted with occasional sand dunes, pans and fossil river valleys.
While the reserve is home to an impressive variety of wildlife, there is one animal that is rather obviously absent: humans. It is this lack of human traffic, combined with the park’s lack of infrastructure which makes for a challenging and marvellously authentic African experience. Visitors need to be entirely self-sufficient, but those willing to make the effort will be richly rewarded.
Overnight: Kwando Tau Pan Camp
Tau Pan is the first semi-permanent camp inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and offers truly incredible views from the ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana. It overlooks the famous Tau Pan, a large salt pan recognized for its stark beauty and remoteness. ‘Tau’ means lion in Setswana and the pan is so named for its pride of iconic black-manned Kalahari lions, who are frequent visitors to the camp as well.
The main area of the camp includes open bar, lounge and dining areas all set around the fireplace, which is the ideal spot for game viewing down to the waterhole. Star-gazing is also especially beautiful here due to the remote location of the camp, and a telescope is provided for guests’ use. A sleep-out deck is available for guests who wish to spend an amazing night sleeping under the open Kalahari night sky.
Day 9KWANDO TAU PAN CAMP, CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE
Today you’ll have a full day to explore the camp and surrounds.
Besides entrancing game drives, activities at Tau Pan include day trips to the well-known Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passage Pans. A particular favourite is the bushman nature walk where visitors learn how the San used to gather food and water.
Sadly, our journey has come to an end, but we hope you’ve enjoyed every moment of it. You’ll be transferred to Maun airport by charter flight, where you’ll board your outbound flight.
Tribal dancing, Okavango Delta locals
Elephants crossing Okavango Delta
EACH DESTINATION IS
DIFFERENT, THAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE.
The Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site as it is the largest inland delta in the world.
Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa.
Nothing can prepare you for the sheer wonder of exploring this vast reserve with its wild, untouched beauty.
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