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Backroads of Botswana

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Tour Code: GABB
Tour Duration: 10
Countries Visited: Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Local Payment will not apply to tours (other than African tours) after December 31st 2012.


Overview

Combine the fantastic wildlife of Chobe National Park with the stunning scenery of Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls to make this one of the best trips on offer. We travel from Pretoria to Khama Rhino Sanctuary, where we experience our first taste of the African wildlife. There is a chance to learn more about this community based conservation effort through local site guides, as well as enjoy an optional night drive which may well be the highlight of your visit. Travelling along the back roads of Botswana we arrive at Okavango Delta, where we explore the most spectacular floodplain in the world using traditional mokoros (dug-out canoes) and on foot. The birdlife is prolific and the sunsets are simply spectacular. Travelling past Makgadikgadi Pan we continue to Chobe National Park and spending a day game viewing in open four-wheel drive vehicles and on boats. We watch large herds of elephant play in the river, hippo relaxing at the water's edge, antelope frolicking through the grasslands and, with a bit of luck, lions keeping watch over their territory. To top it all off we finish in Victoria Falls, the adrenalin-filled centre of Africa, where there are a myriad of optional activities available for everyone.


Tour Map


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Pretoria/Johannesburg (South Africa)

Our trip starts today at our lodge near Pretoria. No activities are planned, so you may arrive at any time.

Day 2: Khama Rhino Sanctuary (Botswana)

We travel north to Botswana and across to Khama Rhino Sanctuary for our first night of camping under Botswana skies. Tonight you may take an optional night game drive in the sanctuary.

Day 3: Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Maun (Botswana)

This morning we join the Rhino Trail to discover more about this community-run wildlife conservation centre. We continue to Maun, our base for the Okavango Delta excursion.

Day 4-6: Okavango Delta Excursion - Maun (Botswana)

We travel through the waterways and camp 'wild' for two nights on an island. We take game walks and mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) cruises. Upon returning to Maun, there is the chance for an optional sunset flight over this incredible delta.

Day 7-8: Chobe National Park (Botswana)

We travel past the Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pans National Park to Kasane, where we set up camp for one night on the banks of the Thebe River. Our second night is spent at a mobile camp inside Chobe National Park. An early morning game drive and an afternoon river cruise ensure a wealth of incredible wildlife experiences.

Day 9-10: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

We leave Botswana behind, enter Zimbabwe and head to spectacular Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'The Smoke that Thunders'. Our tour ends on Day 10, after breakfast.

Tour Grade: Wildlife

Take your pick: hunt for tigers in northern India, listen to monkey chatter and birdsong in the jungles of Costa Rica and Peru or gawp at the Galapagos’ diversity. And of course, there's the big one: Africa. The names alone evoke images of wildlife: the Serengeti, Masai Mara, Kruger. And the reality’s even better. Africa’s got the lot, so go beyond the Big Five by hiking to close encounters with gorillas in Uganda’s forests, walking with lions at Zimbabwe’s Antelope Park, or canoeing past crocs on the Okavango Delta. From the Cape’s loveable penguins to Egypt’s loping camels, Africa’s animals await.


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Included

- Gecko’s experienced English-speaking local safari leader, professional driver, and camp cook who will prepare all included meals. - Gecko’s specialist English-speaking guide in Chobe National Park. - Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with large opening windows for unrestricted game viewing (maximum of just 24 clients). - 7 nights camping in large dome tents, with mosquito netting and a foam mattress provided. Camp sites include: inside Khama Rhino Sanctuary; on the banks of the Chobe River; and in Victoria Falls Township. - 1 night in a tented bush camp in Chobe National Park. - 1 day in Chobe National Park, 3 days in the Okavango Delta and half a day at Khama Rhino Sanctuary (including all park entrance fees, where applicable). - Open 4WD vehicle game drives in Chobe National Park. - 3 day excursion on the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dugout canoe) and on foot, guided by an expert poler from the Okavango Polers Trust. - Rhino Trail lead by rangers based at the sanctuary.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners

Not Included

International flights, local payment, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre-tour or post-tour accommodation, all other meals, drinks, sleeping bag, pillow, all optional additional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights (unless specified).


Tour Dates

Start DateEnd DatePrice
20 Dec 201229 Dec 2012$892
03 Jan 201312 Jan 2013$827
24 Jan 201302 Feb 2013$731
14 Feb 201323 Feb 2013$731
07 Mar 201316 Mar 2013$731
21 Mar 201330 Mar 2013$731
11 Apr 201320 Apr 2013$827
02 May 201311 May 2013$827
06 Jun 201315 Jun 2013$827
18 Jul 201327 Jul 2013$827
08 Aug 201317 Aug 2013$827
29 Aug 201307 Sep 2013$827
19 Sep 201328 Sep 2013$827
31 Oct 201309 Nov 2013$950
21 Nov 201330 Nov 2013$950
12 Dec 201321 Dec 2013$950
09 Jan 201418 Jan 2014$950
20 Feb 201401 Mar 2014$840
13 Mar 201422 Mar 2014$840
03 Apr 201412 Apr 2014$950
15 May 201424 May 2014$950
05 Jun 201414 Jun 2014$950
26 Jun 201405 Jul 2014$950

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