BOTSWANA EXPLORER

Cultural tour & Safari of Botswana & Zimbabwe

Journey from Maun to majestic Victoria Falls on one of our most popular Botswana safari tours. Experience the stunning beauty, unimaginable vastness and open plains of Nxai Pan, the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, and the untamed wilderness and wildlife of Chobe National Park. Finish your adventure in Zimbabwe with Hwange National Park, one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife, and Victoria Falls, an essential stop for all African safari trips.

Tour Information
Tour Duration : 11 days
Min. Tour Size : 04 persons
Max. Tour Size : 12 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Maun (BOTSWANA)
Day 02: Maun/Makgadikgadi Pans (Drive) (BOTSWANA)
(B, L, D)
Day 03: Makgadikgadi Pans
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Makgadikgadi Pans/Greater Moremi (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Greater Moremi/Moremi Game Reserve/Greater Moremi (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Greater Moremi/Chobe (Flight/Drive)
(B)
Day 07: Chobe/Hwange National Park (Drive) (ZIMBABWE)
(B, L, D)
Day 08: Hwange National Park
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Hwange National Park/Victoria Falls (Drive)
(B)
Day 10: Victoria Falls
(B)
Day 11: Depart Victoria Falls
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Maun (BOTSWANA)

We are warmly met by our guide at the Maun Airport and transferred to our lodge accommodation. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is ours to spend at leisure, either relaxing poolside at the lodge or perhaps booking an exciting optional sunset cruise along the Thamalakane River. This evening, we will meet our guide and the rest of our group for our pre-departure meeting at 18h00.

Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun (1 night)
(Chalets with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 02: Maun/Makgadikgadi Pans (Drive) (BOTSWANA)

Today, we journey to the area of the breathtaking Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest salt flats in the world. After settling into our accommodation, we take a stroll with our guide through the surrounding baobab grove as he explains the local ecology, geology and unique biology of the baobabs, which are not, in fact, trees, but the largest succulents in the world.

Overnight: Planet Baobab, Makgadikgadi Pans (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Bakalanga huts with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool and bar)

Day 03: Makgadikgadi Pans

After breakfast, we venture out to one of two locations in the greater Makgadikgadi system: Nxai Pan (January to May, and December) or Ntwetwe Pan (June to November).  Nxai Pan adjoins the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park at its northern border. The pan itself is covered in short grasses and small islands of acacia trees. It attracts vast numbers of desert herbivores such as gemsbok, springbuck and extraordinarily large herds of giraffe. In the south of the pan are Baines’ Baobabs, a cluster of baobab trees that are more than 1,000 years old and named after the famous artist who discovered them in 1862, Thomas Baines. It is rare to see Baobab trees so close together. Ntwetwe Pan is one of the two major pans that makes up Makgadikgadi Pans. Ntwetwe is famous for its extraordinary lunar landscape, which includes rocky outcrops, dunes islets and channels. We explore the area and search for uniquely adapted desert species such as bat-eared foxes, springbuck, kori bustards and some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. (B, L, D)

Day 04: Makgadikgadi Pans/Greater Moremi (Drive)

This morning, we travel via Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta*, to our camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Greater Moremi region. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many types of wildlife during just one game drive, including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year we 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. After dinner, we experience Botswana after dark through an exciting night game drive.

Overnight: Bedouin Bush Camp, Greater Moremi (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms - Please note that there is no electricity at the camp. The camp is solar powered and camera and mobile phones can be charged in the communal areas should the power levels allow it. Showers are bucket showers where staff heat water over the fire and you shower under a bucket in your en-suite bathroom.)

Day 05: Greater Moremi/Moremi Game Reserve/Greater Moremi (Drive)

Today we set out for an exciting full day safari in the famous Moremi Game Reserve, known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves for Botswana safari tours. Moremi is in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta, and offers an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. With the recent re-introduction of the black and white rhino, Moremi is a Big Five game-viewing destination that also offers the possibilities to see more than 400 species of bird. (B, L, D)

Day 06: Greater Moremi/Chobe (Flight/Drive)

After breakfast, we are transferred to Khwai Airstrip for our flight to Kasane (additional charge applies). On arrival, we are met and brought to our lodge. The excitement continues in the afternoon as we enjoy game viewing by boat on the Chobe River, watching elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds. We will be near enough for close-up photographs, so no need to reach for our binoculars! We will also have the chance to witness a spectacular African sunset.

Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe (1 nights) (B)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 07: Chobe/Hwange National Park (Drive) (ZIMBABWE)

This morning, we depart Chobe and make our way to our lodge near Hwange National Park, the largest park in Zimbabwe. The next two days are spent exploring this rich wildlife area. In the afternoon, partake in an optional game drive if time allows.

Overnight: Sable Sands, Hwange National Park (2 nights) (B, L, D)
(Chalets with en suite bathroom, swimming pool and bar area)

Day 08: Hwange National Park

Today we have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on a game drive. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra, as well as a very large concentration of giraffe. What’s more, it is home to many predators, endangered species and varied bird life. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work being done to protect these endangered species. (B, L, D)

Day 09: Hwange National Park/Victoria Falls (Drive)

After breakfast at our lodge, we make our way to Victoria Falls*, an essential for all African safari trips. In the afternoon, we have a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls (2 nights) (B)
(Rooms with en suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 10: Victoria Falls

Day at leisure in Victoria Falls . Feel free to take part in one of the many optional activities, including a walking and/or a helicopter tour of the majestic Victoria Falls, a dinner cruise, horse back safari, etc. Please contact Bestway Tours & Safaris to arrange a guided tour of the famous Victoria Falls at additional cost. (B)

Day 11: Depart Victoria Falls

After breakfast, our Botswana Explorer tour comes to an end with a transfer to Victoria Falls Airport in time for our departure flight. Or choose to extend your tour to a neighbouring country! (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 14; Feb 15*; Mar 13; Apr 10 & 26; May 11**; Aug 11**; Sep 09 & 18; Oct 05**; Dec 02, 07 & 17 US$ 2950 US$ 729 US$ 1870 US$ 1770
(*,**) what's this?
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 14; Feb 17*; Mar 13; Apr 10; May 11**; Aug 11**; Sep 10 & 18; Oct 05**; Dec 07 & 17 US$ 2950 US$ 810 US$ 1870 US$ 1770
(*,**) what's this?
Scheduled flight from Khwai/Maun to Kasane: Additional cost of US$ 380
2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 14; Feb 15*; Mar 13; Apr 10 & 26; May 11**; Aug 11**; Sep 09 & 18; Oct 05**; Dec 02, 07 & 17 CA$ 3983 CA$ 985 CA$ 2100 CA$ 1950
(*,**) what's this?
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 14; Feb 17*; Mar 13; Apr 10; May 11**; Aug 11**; Sep 10 & 18; Oct 05**; Dec 07 & 17 CA$ 3983 CA$ 1094 CA$ 2100 CA$ 1950
(*,**) what's this?
Scheduled flight from Khwai/Maun to Kasane: Additional cost of CA$ 513


Notes

** Guaranteed Departures operate on a minimum group size of 2 persons. Other departures require a minimum group size of 4 persons



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 22 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers on seat-in-coach basis
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites & game parks included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Domestic airfares (within tour itinerary Khwai/Kasane approx US$ 380 / CA$ 513)
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 04 and a maximum of 12 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.