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
  • Khwai River Region
  • Moremi
  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Chobe
  • Hwange

Price per person – AUD

SeasonTour Price – per person twin shareLocal payment – per personSingle Supplement
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2018AUD 3,495  –  (USD 3,335)USD 350AUD 1,355  – (USD 990)
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2019TBATBATBA

Number of Days:   15

Note:

  1. Price is valid until 31 December 2018. 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: Khwai Bedouin Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms). Please note that there is no electricity at the camp.

Day 7: Khwai River, Botswana – BLD
We have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In our open 4×4 vehicle we will explore the Khwai River 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: Khwai 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: Khwai Bedouin Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms)

Day 9: Khwai River 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

DateAvailableLanguageStatusSpecial
02-Apr-1712ENGLISH A
14-Apr-1711ENGLISH G 
21-May-1712ENGLISH A 
18-Jun-1712ENGLISH A 
26-Aug-1712ENGLISH G 
23-Sep-1712ENGLISH G
06-Nov-1712ENGLISH A 10% Green Season Special
27-Nov-1712ENGLISHG

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 $ 150.00 (excl. levies)
22 Minute Helicopter Flight $ 235.00 (excl. levies)
Boma Dinner incl. transfers $ 55.00
Sunset Cruise $ 48.00
Dinner Cruise $ 85.00
Bungee Jump $ 160.00
Canopy Tour $ 52.50
Flying Fox (Cable Slide) $ 42.00
Gorge Swing $ 94.50
Zip Line $ 68.50
Elephant Back Safari (half day) $ 150.00
Elephant Interaction $ 60.00
Horse Back Safaris (novice) $ 90.00
Canoeing (full day) $ 150.00
Rafting (full day, low water) $ 150.00
Rafting (full day, high water) $ 140.00

*Please note prices are subject to change

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 25 Minute One Person $ 564.00 per person
Scenic Helicopter Flight 25 Minute Two Persons $ 282.00 per person
Scenic Helicopter Flight 25 Minute Three Persons $ 188.00 per person

*Please note prices are subject to change

Optional activities in Swakopmund
Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Swakopmund. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and are quoted in South African Rand. 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.

Quad biking (2 hour) R 600.00
Sand boarding lie-down R 400.00
Sand boarding standing up R 500.00
Living Desert Tour R 700.00
Tandem Sky Diving R 2,100.00
Shore fishing R 1,500.00
Boat fishing R 1,350.00
Township Tour R 450.00
Kayaking R 650.00
Dolphin, Seal & Whale Cruise R 600.00

*Please note prices are subject to change

Optional activities in Cape Town
Below is a list of some of the most popular optional activities on offer in Cape Town. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. The rates are per person and are quoted in South African Rand. 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 or certain days of the week. Please contact our reservation office for further information. 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.

Full Day Cape Point Tour R 930.00
Cape Point with Hiking & Bicycles R 750.00
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour R 930.00
Winelands with Bicycles R 895.00
Half Day City Tour R 475.00
Township Tour R 550.00
Shark Cage Diving R 1,950.00
Whale Tour R 930.00
Give Back Cultural Field Trip R 912.00

*Please note prices are subject to change

Group size: Minimum 4 people, Maximum 12 people


Vehicle: Our ground operator uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, 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. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.


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 great 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.


Spending money: Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, water and additional entertainment. US Dollars, Pound Sterling, South African Rand and Botswana Pula are the most practical and convenient currencies.


Meals: Where included, most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Lunch packs are provided for driving days and excursions. Alternatively, the guide will prepare lunch en-route. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.


First Aid: Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.


Luggage: Maximum baggage allowance: 15 kg. Wild Africa Travel Company stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don’t bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.


Visas: The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Namibia prior to departure.

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