Botswana Wildlife Breakaway

Accommodated Adventure

Mahangu Game Reserve

Nata Lodge Chalet, Botswana

Chobe National Park

Painted Dogs Conservation Centre

Botswana

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16 Day Adventure

Small Group Tour

Guided

Physically Fit

Soft Adventure

Some Meals

Perfect For Ages 40+

Victoria Falls to Chobe

Accommodated Adventure

16 Day Wildlife Adventure Adventure - Victoria Falls to Chobe

Your journey will take you throguh some of Botawana’s and Zimbabwe’s spectacular game reserves.  Starting and ending at the spectacular Victoria Falls. Just some of the highlights of this trip include a game drive in Hwange National Park, the Moremi Game Reserve, a 2-day Okavango Delta excursion and the Chobe National Park, as well as the Caprivi Strip.

Valid for travel: on select dates in 2020

Standard
$6,210CAD
per person based on double occupancy
  • 2020 Departure Dates: 14 Jan 2020, 07 Feb 2020, 01 Mar 2020, 29 Mar 2020, 04 Apr 2020, 18 Apr 2020, 30 Apr 2020, 14 May 2020, 17 May 2020, 20 May, 2020, 29 May 2020, 03 Jun 2020, 06 Jun 2020, 26 Jun 2020, 29 Jun 2020, 03 Jul 2020, 08 Jul 2020, 17 Jul 2020, 20 Jul 2020, 25 Jul 2020, 28 Jul 2020, 11 Aug 2020, 17 Aug 2020, 20Aug 2020, 23 Aug 2020, 27 Aug 2020, 30 Aug 2020, 02 Sep 2020, 06 Sep 2020, 14 Sep 2020, 17 Sep 2020, 26 Sep 2020, 29 Sep 2020 02 Oct 2020, 10 Oct 2020, 19 Oct 2020, 22 Oct 2020, 25 Oct 2020, 03 Oct 2020, 10 Nov 2020, 17 Nov 2020, 09 Dec 2020, 19 Dec 2020
  • Price above is per person, based on double occupancy.  All taxes & fees included within price.
  • Price above includes all park admissions & fees.
  • Accommodations include lodges and/or permanent tented camps.
  • Airfare is NOT included in the above price.

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Details of Your Downunder Travel Adventure

Included in your Adventure

Bus Tour

Hotel Accommodations

Guide

Some Meals

Walking Tour

Airport Transfers

Wildlife Encounter

Cultural Experience

Excluded in your Adventure

Flights/Airfare

Travel Visa

Travel Insurance

Where will you visit?

Victoria Falls
Zambezi River
Nata Bird Sanctuary
Chobe River
Mahangu Game Reserve
Bwabwata National Park
mokoro
Hwange National Park
Game drives
Painted Dogs Conservation
wildlife viewing
Zimbabwe
Namibia
Botswana
Kazungula
Caprivi Strip
Village visit
Kavango River
Maun
Moremi
Nata Lodge
Makgadikgadi Pans

Accommodated Adventure

Itinerary

Windhoek – Windhoek

16 Day Adventure

DAY 1: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.

Meals: none included
Optional Activities (at an additional expense):
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Gorge Swing, Boma Dinner, Zip Line, Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls, Horse Back Safaris (novice), Dinner Cruise, Canoeing (full day), Rafting (full day, low water), Bridge Swing, Bridge Slide, Batoka Gorge Hike and Ndebele Village Tour, Historical Bridge Tour, Traditional Village Tour, Canopy Tour

DAY 2: WINDHOEK – KGALAGADI

Today you will have at leisure to explore Victoria Falls, the town and all of its unique offerings, from adventure activities to cultural experiences. Your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- “the Smoke that thunders”. In the afternoon we embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE TO CAPRIVI, NAMIBIA

After breakfast we head across the Kazungula border into Namibia, driving through the Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) to our camp situated on the banks of the Kwando River.  The area is lush and water-rich compared to the rest of Namibia, drawing abundant wildlife and villagers sustained by the large rivers and wetlands. We will arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy sunset overlooking the river with a chance of seeing both crocodiles and hippos

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4-5: CAPRIVI, NAMIBIA TO OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

This morning we start early as we embark on a game drive in the Greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game Reserve. Elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen as well as prolific birdlife.

We cross over the border into Botswana and head to Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique.  The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. We have the opportunity to stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise.

Meals included Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Meals included Day 5: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 6: GREATER MOREMI AREA, BOTSWANA

After breakfast we head south travelling via Maun to our camp which is situated in a private concession in the Greater Moremi area. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. During this season, in order for us to offer the best game viewing possible, extra driving may be required due to the animals migrating closer to the river. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7: GREATER MOREMI, BOTSWANA

We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4x4 vehicle we will explore the Greater Moremi area on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. After dinner your guide will take you on a night drive, and you will hopefully be able to spot some rare nocturnal animals

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8: MOREMI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9: MOREMI GAME RESERVE TO NATA, BOTSWANA

Leaving the bush behind us, we travel east towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, once a large river fed lake which has become saline and empty. This area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands and forms the Great Makgadikgadi which comprises the largest area of salt pans in the world, covering some 37,000 square km overall. We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10-11: NATA TO CHOBE, BOTSWANA

We head off to Nata Bird Sanctuary in the morning, which offers us the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans (please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints). After breakfast, we continue our journey north to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent.

 

The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.

Start your morning of day 11 with a hopefully spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

Meals included day 10: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Meals included day 11: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12-14: CHOBE, BOTSWANA TO HWANGE, ZIMBABWE

Today we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and onto our lodge located in a private concession near to Hwange National Park, where we will spend the next three nights in this wildlife rich area. This afternoon you can partake in an optional game drive if time allows. Over the following two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to massive herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species

Meals included day 12: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Meals included day 13: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Meals included day 14: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 15: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Your safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Botswana: Facts & Information

Weather

Botswana is generally of a sub-tropical climate year-round. It’s sunny mostly throughout the year as well, however, the country has two seasons. The winter period from May to August has an average temperature of around 14 °C whereas the hot summer season from November to March offer average temperatures of around 26 °C.

Safety

Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Botswana. We recommend our travellers purchase travel insurance. The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day. Take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else have copies on-hand of your important documents.

Vaccinations

Some vaccines may be recommended, and should be up to date when travelling to Botswana. These recommended vaccines include: Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, meningitis and the influenza shot among others. It is best to seek advice from a medical professional prior to travel.

Currency & Customs

The currency in Botswana is the Botswanan pula. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is widely accepted. Your passport must be valid, or should not expire, for at least 6 months past the date of your return. You would need a visa to enter if you are entering on a temporary passport.

Electricity

The electrical current for Botswana is 230 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust (best to seek advice from an electronic or gadget specialist).

Language

The main spoken language in Botswana, including business language and in written communications, is English.  The language in Botswana is Tswana.

Zimbabwe: Facts & Information

Weather

Zimbabwe’s climate is mostly of a subtropical climate with two distinct seasons; a rainy season, also known as the summer (between November to March), characterized by heavy rain falls and from May to September is the country’s winter, characterized with cooler, drier conditions and very little rainfall.

Safety

Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Zimbabwe. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance. The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day. As well, make well-informed decisions, take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else, have copies on-hand of your important documents.

Vaccinations

Some vaccines may be recommended, and should be up to date when travelling to Zimbabwe. These recommended vaccines include: Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, meningitis and the influenza shot among others. It is possible that travellers may need a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to prove they’ve received their vaccines.

Currency & Customs

Accepted currencies in the country include the United States Dollar and the Euro among several others. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is often widely accepted. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the date of your return. Canadians must have a valid entry visa to enter Zimbabwe.

Electricity

The electrical current for Namibia is 220 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.

Language

The main spoken language in Zimbabwe is English. There are also 16 official indigenous languages spoken throughout the country.

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