Botswana Explorer Expedition

Enjoy the ultimate in comfort on a mobile safari that travels through Botswana’s most scenic wildlife areas.

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Introduction

Botswana-map-706x1024_resizedOnly 6 Guests per safari

Indulge in the adventure of a lifetime as you discover the most remote and untouched corners of Botswana’s iconic wilderness destinations. The mobile camping portion of the Expedition spends eight nights in comfortable domed tents with private bathrooms, each featuring an en suite flush w.c. and al fresco bucket shower.

The remaining night of this adventure is spent at The Elephant Camp, within sight of the breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. While the landscape changes from destination to destination, the warm African welcome at each private campsite remains the same.

A dedicated professional guide accompanies you on each stage of this unforgettable wilderness expedition, unravelling the secrets of the bush. A maximum of six guests on each mobile safari ensures that everyone is guaranteed a window seat.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ITINERARY:

  • Fully-serviced wilderness camping at private campsites
  • Ensuite Expedition safari tents
  • Accompanied by a professional, knowledgeable &Beyond guide
  • Maximum of six guests per mobile safari and guaranteed window seats
  • Mokoro and boat cruise in the Okavango Delta
  • Exhilarating game drives
  • Guided walking safari (only in the Delta)
  • Chobe boat cruise

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ADVENTURE:

We highly recommend that you extend your adventure with one more night at The Elephant Camp to fully experience the wonders of this beautiful place. The lodge offers breathtaking views of the spray of the Victoria Falls, as well as the spectacular gorges that separate Zimbabwe and Zambia, and is within easy reach of the all the adrenalin activities in the town.

SPECIALLY CREATED FOR:

  • Adventure travellers
  • Keen safari-goers
  • Africa addicts
  • Guests who prefer to travel as part of a group

Itinerary

Expeditions4-320x320This safari begins at Maun International Airport in Botswana and ends at Victoria Falls International Airport in Zimbabwe.

DAY 01 & 02

OKAVANGO DELTA

Upon arrival at Maun International Airport your dedicated guide for this adventure will be waiting to warmly welcome you and discuss your interests and expectations for your safari. Once you have become acquainted with your guide, a light aircraft flight will take the entire group to Nxabega Airstrip, where a safari vehicle will be waiting to drive you to a campsite in the Okavango Delta. A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands, the Okavango Delta is the world’s only inland delta. Crystal clear channels spread over the Kalahari Desert with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands.

Elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness, while lion and leopard share the floodplains with giraffe and elephant. Hippo inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, where iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the lush banks. Spend two nights at the &Beyond campsite in a private concession area bordering the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, with a complement of camp staff to cater for your needs. Explore the crystal- clear channels, islands and waterways by mokoro (dug-out canoe) and enjoy game-viewing walks on the islands.

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KHWAI CONCESSION – MOREMI WILDLIFE RESERVE

A short flight in a light aircraft will take you to Khwai in the North Gate region of Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

Adjacent to the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, the only proclaimed wildlife area in the Okavango Delta, the Khwai concession delights with its diverse beauty, comprising a stunning landscape of forests, lagoons, floodplains and islands, with rich wildlife.

Game viewing is excellent year- round and resident species include lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, wild dog, zebra, red lechwe and many more. Spend two nights camping on the concession, with extensive game drives taking up your days.

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CHOBE NATIONAL PARK – SAVUTE

A long game drive (5 – 6 hours) takes you to the Savute region of Chobe National Park, where you will spend two nights camping in this haunting and magnificent landscape.

Renowned for lion and other predator viewing, the landscape around Savute is starkly beautiful. Mopane forest gives way to acacia savanna with rocky outcrops.

The mysterious Savute Channel, which dries up periodically, has recently begun to flow for the first time in more than two decades and has proved an irresistible attraction for a high concentration of wildlife.

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CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

From Savute, move up to northern Chobe (4 – 5 hours overland game drive), where you will camp for two nights. This is the heart of elephant country and you may spend many hours watching the huge herds in and around the Chobe River on game drives or private boat cruises.

Northern Chobe is renowned for its large variety of bird and animal life, beautiful scenery and magnificent sunsets.

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VICTORIA FALLS

You will be driven from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you will meet your &Beyond representative for the last few days of your adventure, who will escort you to The Elephant Camp and on your Victoria Falls activities.

One of the world’s greatest natural spectacles, Victoria Falls is the stuff of legends, romance and myth. Long before the Scottish missionary and explorer, Dr David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Falls in 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’. Livingstone named them for his queen.

Today, the village rightly claims the title of Adrenaline Capital of Africa, home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports from bungee jumping to canoeing and white water rafting. Your &Beyond representative will accompany you on a breathtaking tour of the Falls (entrance fee to the Falls is included in the safari fare). At The Elephant Camp, their dedicated team will take over from your guide and will enthral you with up-close and personal interactions with wildlife – in particular, the elephants at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary.

INSIDER’S TIPS – THE ELEPHANT CAMP

  • Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment on the viewing deck of your suite, followed by a daring outdoor shower while taking in the distant views.
  • Ask your hosts to arrange sundowner drinks (with their famous gin and tonic, of course) at the head of the gorge, whilst listening to the rushing waters of the Zambezi River far below.

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DEPARTURE

After a scrumptious breakfast at The Elephant Camp, you will be taken to Victoria Falls International Airport by road, where your adventure with us will end.

Dates & Cost

Dates & Cost 2015

1 Jan -31 Mar 2015 10 day camping safari All year USD 5,215 per person
1 Apr – 31 May,  1Nov – 31 Dec 10 day camping safari All year USD 5,915 per person
1 Jun – 31 Oct 10 day camping safari All year USD 6,715 per person

Departs every 2nd to 3rd day throughout the year first departure starting 17 Jan 2015

Botswana Expeditions only accept children over the age of 12 years

What’s included

What’s included

  • Nine nights accommodation.
  • Meet and Greet at Maun Airport.
  • All meals – from dinner on day one to breakfast on day ten.
  • A reasonable amount of bottled water, local wine, beer and soft drinks are included.
  • Road transfers during your safari ending at Victoria Falls Airport on day 10. Seat on charter as specified: Maun / Nxabega / Khwai.
  • Waterborne/game viewing activities while on safari.
  • Elephant interaction during your stay at The Elephant Camp.
  • Tour of Victoria Falls – including entrance fee.
  • National Parks entrance fees while on safari.
  • Soft drinks, house wine, local beer, teas and coffees at The Elephant Camp. Domestic airport tax within Botswana.
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance.
  • Personal Travel Journal filled with the highlights of your itinerary.
  • Services of an &Beyond guide throughout your adventure in Botswana.

Luggage: A strict luggage restriction of 20kg per person, including hand luggage, applies to all light aircraft flights within Botswana. It is important that you carry soft-sided or “barrel” bags, as hard-sided suitcases cannot be fitted into the small holds of light aircraft.

What’s not included

What’s not included

  • Flights and airport tax not included above.
  • Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip. We strongly recommend travel /cancellation insurance.
  • Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, fax, telex or telephone charges and transfers/sightseeing or meals not included.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Tipping to local representatives, guides or drivers.
  • Visas: If required.

How to book

How to Book

Space on Adventure Associates’ Special Interest Land tours is limited to allow for ease of movement for an in-depth smaller group experience. To ensure your place on these exciting adventures, please contact us to reserve a place, then complete the Booking Form and return to us with your deposit. Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form.

Deposit required: USD 750 per person
Balance due: 75 days prior to departure
If booking within

75 days of departure:

Full payment must be made

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Adventure Associates recommends the following Travel insurance companies; SureSave and Aussietravelcover. You can access these insurance companies by visiting the Adventure Associates website. By clicking on the travel insurance companies icon. It will take you directly to the website for a quote.

Otherwise if you need assistance with your travel insurance please contact our office on +61 2 8916 3000 or 1800 222 141

Cancellations

Written instructions only will be accepted by Adventure Associates to cancel a reservation.

Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.

More than 100 days prior to departure USD 500 per person
Between 99 and 75 days prior to departure Full loss of deposit per person
Between 74 and 35 days prior to departure 75% of tour cost per person
On or within 34 days prior to departure No Refund

All cancellation charges will be strictly applied. If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.