Botswana Lodge Explorer

11 day Small Group Safari - from £2669

Experience the beauty, vastness, and prolific wildlife of Botswana as well as Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, finishing off with the untamed power of Victoria Falls. This 11 day small group safari stays in a mix of lodges, guesthouse and en suite tented accommodation with most meals provided.

Highlights:

  • Okavango Delta
  • Scenic flight from Khwai to Kasane
  • Wildlife & sunset cruise in Chobe
  • Game drive in Hwange National Park
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive into Maun

On arrival into Maun airport, transfer to your hotel for the rest of the day to relax and meet your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar
Meals: none

Day 2 - Makgadikgadi Pans

After breakfast, drive to the Makgadikgadi Pans region. After settling into our accommodation, take a stroll with your guide through the surrounding baobab forest, and learn about their unique biology, remarkably they are not trees but the largest succulent in the world.

Hotel: Planet Baobab Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Makgadikgadi Pans

Depending on the time of year, today departs for either Ntwetwe Pan (Jun – Nov), or Nxai Pan. Ntwetwe Pan is an extraordinary lunar landscape punctuated with rocky outcrops. Head off and explore the area looking out for uniquely adapted species such as the bat eared fox, springbuck, kori bustards and meerkats. Nxai Pan is a fossil lake bed about 15 sq. miles in size surrounded by nutritious short grasses and small islands of acacia trees. The area attracts large numbers of desert herbivores such as gemsbok, springbok and giraffe as well as carnivores including lion, leopard, hyena and wild dog.

Hotel: Planet Baobab Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 4-5 - Okavango Delta

After breakfast, we travel via Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, to our camp which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai area. Renowned for its large concentration of mammals, it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during the day such as elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors. After dinner head out for a night game drive for a chance to see the more elusive wildlife of the region.

Spend the next day in the famous Moremi Game Reserve, known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with excellent concentrations of wildlife.

Hotel: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Chobe National Park

Today take a spectacular flight from Khwai airstrip to Kasane, gateway to  Chobe National Park. In the afternoon enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River where you have the chance to see elephant, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, finishing off with one of the often spectacular sunsets.

Hotel: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7-8 - Hwange National Park

This morning we head over the border into Zimbabwe and to our lodge situated in a private concession near to Hwange National Park. The days are spent exploring the excellent wildlife on game drives – Hwange is home to large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and giraffe as well as many predators. A visit will be made to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to see the work that is done to protect these endangered species.

Hotel: Sable Sands or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9-10 - Victoria Falls

Today travel to Victoria Falls, where this afternoon you will be taken on a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax and enjoy the views as the sun dips below the horizon. The next day is free to relax in your hotel or take part in one of the optional activities.

Hotel: Ilala Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Farewell

After breakfast bid farewell to your fellow travellers and transfer to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

11 day Small Group Safari - from £2669

With flights from £3458

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin or double room. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar or higher standard if necessary. Please note luggage restriction of 15kg.

Botswana Lodge Explorer 2019

Your Safari Experience

Discover amazing wildlife and sample the local culture on a real African adventure.

Your safari includes:

  • Comfortable lodges or hotels
  • Most meals
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Expert guide throughout tour
  • 4WD vehicles
  • Max 14 passengers
  • Park fees
  • Local Payment

Departure dates:

2019:

Jun: 11
Aug: 11
Sep: 9* & 18
Oct: 5*
Dec: 2, 7 & 17

2020

Jan: 14
Feb: 17
Mar: 13
Apr: 10
May: 11*
Aug: 11*
Sep: 10 & 18
Oct: 5*
Dec: 7 & 17

*Guaranteed departures

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