24 Day Southern Explorer

This journey takes us through some of Botswana’s and Zimbabwe’s most magnificent 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, Greater Khwai, a 2-day Okavango Delta excursion and the Chobe National Park, as well as the Caprivi Strip.

Highlights:

  • Victoria Falls
  • Caprivi / Zambezi Region
  • Okavango Delta
  • Greater Moremi Area
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Chobe National Park
  • Hwange National Park

Price per person – AUD

SeasonTour Price – per person twin shareLocal payment – per personSingle Supplement
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2019AUD 4,495  –  (USD 3,735)USD 350AUD 1,540  – (USD 1,150)
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2020TBATBATBA

Number of Days:   15

Note:

  1. Price is valid until 31 December 2019. If travelling after this date please contact us for revised prices.
  2. Departs on selected dates, see below for  exact departure dates.
  3. Accommodation is lodge and camping, semi participation.
  4. Accommodation may be different from properties listed due to availability but will be of a similar standard.
  5. Minimum of 4 people on tour.
  6. Maximum of 12 people on the tour.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • All transport in fully kitted 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Game drives and activities as mentioned in itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks, telephone calls, gratuities, curios
  • All personal expenses

Local Payment:

The local payment is included in the overall tour cost and is handed over to the guide to pay some of the day-to-day operational costs that are incurred while groups are on the road. Examples include fees at most of the national parks, entrance fees to some attractions, local guides and any food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour.

Local Payment: USD 350.00 Per person

Meal Key:  B – Breakfast   L – Lunch   D – Dinner

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.
Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 2: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – B
Today you will have at leisure to explore Victoria Falls, the town and all of its unique offerings, from adventure activities to cultural experiences. In the afternoon we embark on a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day.
Accommodation: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 3: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Caprivi, Namibia – BLD
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.
Distance: 345 km Departure: 08h00
Accommodation: Camp Kwando or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 4 & 5: Caprivi, Namibia to Okavango Delta, Botswana – BLD, BLD
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.

Day 4:
Distance: 415 km Departure: 07h00
Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Camp or similar (permanent tents with en-suite bathroom, bar area)

Day 6: Khwai River Area, Botswana – BLD
After breakfast we head south travelling via Maun to our camp which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai River region. 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.
Distance: 420 km Departure: 06h00
Accommodation: Bedouin Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms). Please note that there is no electricity at the camp.

Day 7: Greater Moremi, Botswana – BLD
We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4×4 vehicle we will explore the Greater Moremi region 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.
Distance: 150 km Departure: 07h00
Accommodation: Bedouin Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 8: Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana – BLD
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.
Distance: 150 km Departure: 07h00
Accommodation: Bedouin Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 9: Moremi Game Reserve to Nata, Botswana – BL
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.
Distance: 430 km Departure: 07h00
Accommodation: Nata Lodge or similar (permanent safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)

Day 10 & 11: Nata to Chobe, Botswana – BLD, BLD
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.

Day 10:
Distance: 320 km Departure: 08h00
Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 12-14: Chobe, Botswana to Hwange, Zimbabwe – BLD, BLD, BLD
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.

Day 12:
Distance: 280 km (day 12) Departure: 08h00
Accommodation: Sable Sands or similar (chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area)

Day 15: Victoria falls, Zimbabwe – B
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.
Distance: 190 km Departure: 08h00

Departure Dates – 2019

DateAvailableStatusSpecial
07 Feb8G10% discount
01 Mar12 A 
18 Apr6 G 
30 Apr12 A 
03 May7 A 
14 May12 A
20 May12 A
03 Jun3GLA
06 Jun10A
23 Jun8 G 
26 Jun4 GLA 
03 Jul4 GLA 
08 Jul6 A 
11 Jul6 A
25 Jul6 A
11 Aug6G
20 Aug6 A
23 Aug3 GLA 
29 Aug6 G 
01 Sep8 G 
09 Sep6 G 
14 Sep4 GLA
17 Sep6G
29 Sep5G
12 Oct6G
19 Oct6 G 
22 Oct6 G 
29 Oct6 G 
03 Nov6 G 
06 Nov6 G
22 Nov12 A
09 Dec12G
22 Dec8A
26 Dec12A

Legend
A – Available
G – Guaranteed
GLA – Guaranteed with limited seats (less than 4 seats available)
X – Tour full or cancelled

Optional activities in Victoria Falls
Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Victoria Falls. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and are quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Certain activities only operate at specific times of the year. Please contact our reservation office for further information. Should you wish to partake in an activity that is not listed below, we will gladly assist you with rates and reservations.

15 Minute Helicopter Flight
Flying Fox (Cable Slide)
22 Minute Helicopter Flight
Gorge Swing
Boma Dinner incl. transfers
Zip Line
Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls
Horse Back Safaris (novice)
Dinner Cruise
Canoeing (full day)
Bungee Jump
Rafting (full day, low water)
Bridge Swing
Rafting (full day, high water)
Bridge Slide
Batoka Gorge Hike and Ndebele Village Tour
Historical Bridge Tour
Traditional Village Tour
Canopy Tour

Optional activities at Guma Lagoon
Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and quoted in US Dollars. All activities are subject to availability and may require a minimum amount of passengers to operate. Please contact our reservation office for further information.

Scenic Helicopter Flight 30 Minute One Person
Scenic Helicopter Flight 30 Minute Two Persons
Scenic Helicopter Flight 30 Minute Three Persons

DEPARTURE:
The Botswana Wildlife Breakaway Safari departs from A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar.

Please note that the daily departure times are a guideline only and are subject to change due to seasonal variations, as well as unforeseen circumstances. The final decision rests with your guide who will advise you at what time you will be departing each day.

On the evening of day 1, there will be a meeting presented by your guide, at 6pm, at your lodge. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.

Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

TRANSPORT:
Our ground operators uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Sprinters, 12-seater 4×4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA system and air-conditioning to be determined by the company. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. Some game drives may be conducted in open-sided safari vehicles. For transfers between Kasane and Victoria Falls or Hwange and Victoria Falls (or vice versa), 2×4 vehicles may be utilised.

TRAVELLING TIMES AND DISTANCES:
All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

ACCOMMODATION:
We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms.

MEALS:
Where included most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments, however on certain nights the guide will provide an authentic meal for the group, which will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a camp fire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

VISAS:
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit the countries stated on the itinerary. Kindly remember that clients would require a multiple entry visa for Zimbabwe, Namibia & Botswana should they partake on our Botswana Wildlife Breakaway scheduled tour. Please note that travellers entering Botswana will be required to present a valid international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas within the preceding 6 months.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Wild Africa Travel Company. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel consultant if you require assistance.

MAKING YOUR TRAVELS MEANINGFUL:
The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.

Your booking makes a difference: With every booking to the value of R10,000 / US$1,000 / EUR1,000 or more a donation of R50 / US$5 / EUR5 will go to the Grow Africa Foundation.

We are also proud members of Pack for a Purpose, a global initiative that allows you to make a lasting impact on the communities you visit. Use your excess luggage allowance to pack supplies needed by the Dingani Primary School in Zimbabwe. We’ll then make sure it gets delivered to them.

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