12 DAY – 09 NIGHT FROM CAPE TOWN TO BOTSWANA OKOVANGO DELTA AND CHOBE NATIONAL SAFARI PARK
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12 DAY – 09 NIGHT FROM CAPE TOWN TO BOTSWANA OKOVANGO DELTA AND CHOBE NATIONAL SAFARI PARK – SAMPLE ITINERARY
Botswana in short Botswana is a land-locked country situated in southern Africa. The country share borders with South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Botswana is known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas in Africa. An estimated 38 percent of the country’s area is mostly dedicated to national parks, resorts, and game reserves. You will get lasting impressions of vast expanses of unpopulated wilderness stretching from horizon to horizon, and the sensation of enormous space.
This country consists of some of the most unspoiled game reserves in Africa. With highlights such as the Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, the Kalahari Desert, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, and the most favored, the Okavango Delta. The place is a game lover’s paradise, with popular tourist attractions.
To mention a few tourist attractions.
DAY 1 – DEPART USA Depart on your international South African Airways flight from New York (JFK) or Washington D.C. (Dulles) to Cape Town, South Africa via Johannesburg.
DAY 2 – CAPE TOWN Arrive at Cape Town. Here you will be met by an English-speaking Driver who will transfer to your hotel of your choice with views such as, overlooking the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, the Seaside, Robben Island, the Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination in South Africa due to its good climate, culture and scenic beauty. The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notably Table Mountain, for panoramic views of the city. ACCOMMODATION: HOTEL OF YOUR CHOICE (B)
DAY 3 – CAPE TOWN Today after breakfast you met by an English-speaking driver and guide to take you on a wonderful journey on a Cape Peninsula Tour. On this tour you will see why the area earned the name of The Fairest Cape. Sit back and relax, as you drive along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as Millionaire’s Paradise – from Clifton to Camps Bay, to the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno – towards the charming working harbor of Hout Bay. The tour then winds its way along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views. After a stop for lunch (your own account), visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. You will have the opportunity to ride the Flying Dutchman funicular (optional and own account) to the old lighthouse for awe-inspiring views! Finally, the tour makes its way back along the coast towards the City, visiting the historic naval port of Simon’s Town and the endearing African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. ACCOMMODATION: HOTEL OF YOUR CHOICE (B)
DAY 4 – CAPE TOWN After breakfast your local English-speaking driver/guide will meet you at the hotel for a tour of the Cape wine region. You will depart from the hotel and head north to Paarl. A brief city tour of Paarl follows, before you make your way to Franschhoek. After a short tour of the town, you will go to the Solms Delta Vineyard. After a tour through their cellars, there is a chance to sample some of their local wines as well as a cheese tasting. followed by a lunch where perhaps you will a a chance to savor some of the fresh trout for which Franschhoek is renowned. After lunch, the tour continues to the university town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village here amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak-lined streets and lanes all combine to give this place a charm that will not be quickly forgotten. Time permitting; you will also enjoy a third and final wine tasting. Then you will set off for your return to the Mother City. ACCOMMODATION: HOTEL OF YOUR CHOICE (B)
DAY 5 – CAPE TOWN Your final day in Cape Town! Enjoy a day of leisure exploring the many attractions in and around the cosmopolitan city and take advantage of some awesome shopping and culture. Cape Town offers historic and cultural sites, world-class museums and bustling markets. This evening you will enjoy a complimentary dinner an award-winning beef and seafood experience and the biggest wine by the glass bar in the world. ACCOMMODATION: HOTEL OF YOUR CHOICE (B, D)
DAY 6 – CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG/MAUN Today you will be transferred from your hotel to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Maun, gateway to Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta. On arrival in Maun you will be whisked away by light charter flight to the airstrip near your camp or tent. Nights at your camp/tent are on a fully inclusive basis (including 3 meals daily, local drinks and daily game activities). A few camps are situated in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta overlooking a panoramic seasonal floodplain. Giant Marulas, Sycamore figs, Jackal berries and Rain trees provide a canopy of shade throughout these camps/tents. The bar, lounge, reception and dining areas form a horse-shoe shape around the sandy fire pit. From there, a decked walkway leads you to an inviting swimming pool with a view over the floodplain. The camps/tents accommodation is spacious and furnished in a classic style ensuring that time between activities is spent relaxing comfortably. Each camp/tent has an En‐suite bathroom with a feature bath, his and hers vanities, outdoor shower, tea & coffee making facilities and private viewing deck. These camps/tents offer the ultimate Okavango Delta experience, with a wide range of activities, a beautiful location, diverse wildlife and warm, local hospitality. Specific camps in the Okavango Delta offer hot air ballooning You have the option, of booking an early morning hot air balloon flight to soar over the Delta at sunrise and view game from above. Based upon which camp you choose, you can experience open vehicle safaris, walking safaris and boating. Mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions provide a fabulous and traditional way to explore the meandering water channels. Float quietly amongst the water-lilies and experience a spectacular bird lovers’ paradise. There is the option to arrange a day trip to a traditional village. Visit the church, the clinic, local primary school and meet family members of the camp staff. Fishing is available in season. Arrive in time to take a late afternoon game activity – sure to be a thrilling experience! ACCOMMODATION: CAMP OF YOUR CHOICE – Okavango Delta (B, L, D)
DAY 7 – CAMP – OKAVANGO DELTA Enjoy the day discovering the awesome wildlife of this unique region. Botswana’s gem is the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. Explore the waterways in a traditional mokoro looking out for tiny frogs, blooming water lilies, hippos, crocodiles and a myriad of birds. Or venture into unspoiled wilderness on foot or by open safari vehicles going in search of plains game and predators. A vast stretch of channels, lagoons, forests and reed islands spreads across northern Botswana and disappears into the sands of the Kalahari. Birdlife is amazing here and game viewing too is very special; not only because of the variety and number of animals but also because you can do a great deal on the water, giving a totally different perspective to the traditional game drives During your afternoon/evening game drive you will have the opportunity to see nocturnal mammals such as civet, genet and bush babies, as well as owls and if you’re lucky even the elusive leopard. Walking safaris with skilled guides offers you the exciting opportunity of coming across big game on foot as well as observing the smaller things you miss when travelling by vehicle. ACCOMMODATION: CAMP OF YOUR CHOICE – OKAVANGO DELTA (B, L, D)
DAY 8 – CAMP-OKAVANGO DELTA Enjoy another day to participate in game drives in an open safari vehicle, allowing you to explore some of the varied vegetation this World Heritage site has to offer. Drive through semi-desert sands, dense Mopani woodlands and marshy floodplains. The area is home to a vast species of game including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, red lechwe, impala, honey badgers, hippos and crocodile, to name a few. The region is also home to countless resident and migratory birds and birdwatching is particularly favorable when the Delta waters arrive in February and dry up in late September. ACCOMMODATION: CAMP OF YOUR CHOICE – OKAVANGO DELTA (B, L, D)
DAY 9 – OKAVANGO DELTA/CHOBE NATIONAL PARK Today you will take a flight to Kasane. On arrival you will be transferred by road to any Lodge or Camp of your choice where you will spend two nights with all meals and daily game activities included. Some Lodges are situated in Kasane directly on the border of Chobe National Park and within proximity of the Chobe River. These Lodges are an excellent gateway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls and Caprivi, because four African countries meet right on their doorstep – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. They have spacious luxury en-suite rooms each one with open plan bathroom featuring a bath and a shower, air-conditioning, TV and safe. The rooms are completed in modern bush-style design, with exquisite views over Chobe National Park Other Camps are situated among sturdy acacia trees that reach high above the camp, forming large canopies of shade. Given the concentration of elephant in this wildlife sanctuary, the camp is fenced and ensures peace of mind whilst not limiting the cacophony of night sounds as you drift off to sleep after an exhilarating day of game viewing. These camps are spacious and tastefully furnished tents, each feature en-suite shower and toilet as well as tea and coffee making facilities and a fan. ACCOMMODATION: BUSH LODGE OR CAMP OF YOUR CHOICE (B, L, D)
DAY 10 -CHOBE NATIONAL PARK Today enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing activities in this wildlife haven. Safaris are in 10-seater open vehicles in both the Chobe and Kasane forest reserve. The Chobe National Park is home to the largest population of Elephant, it is estimated to number more than 80,000. The park and its surrounds sustain a wide diversity of wildlife, in part, due to the spectacular Chobe River. Game drives offer opportunities to see and photograph the stunning range and concentration of wild life that the Chobe National Park and is famous for. As you drive along the river bank looking for fresh tracks, the experienced guides can interpret the bush signs and track the animals that left them. Being the first observers at a special sighting is very exciting. The thrill of finding spoor and tracking game must be experienced to be appreciated. Impala are everywhere, and giraffe are commonly encountered. Elephant and herds of buffalo abound. In the afternoons you can enjoy a sundowner cruise along the river to capture the sunset on camera. It is also during the late afternoon that game becomes most active and is seen along the water’s edge. On boat trips down the Chobe River you can enjoy watching herds of elephants drinking, swimming and playing in the water. The animals and birds move freely in the valley between the game-rich conservation areas of the neighboring Chobe Game Reserve and the National Parks of Zimbabwe. From the comfort and tranquility of the lodge you can watch creatures great and small, dropping by for a thirst-quenching drink at the lodge’s waterhole. ACCOMMODATION: BUSH LODGE OR CAMP OF YOUR CHOICE (B, L, D)
DAY 11 – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK/KASANE/JOHANNESBURG Make the most of your last morning as you take in all the sights and sounds on your final game activity of this trip before heading to Kasane for your journey home. (B) We highly recommend an easy extension to see the magnificent Victoria Falls. Please inquire. If you do not opt for the Victoria Falls Extension, you will then be transferred by road to Kasane and connect with your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport you will connect with your South African Airways flight to New York or Washington (Dulles).
DAY 12 – ARRIVE USA Arrive home with a lifetime of memories!
Roundtrip Trans-Atlantic Air & Inter-Country Air
LODGING CAN BE AT CAMPS AND TENTS OF YOUR CHOICE AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING GAME RESERVES.
Chobe National Park is the third largest conservation area in Botswana.
* The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin. The place is an incredible travel destination. An area that is home to a myriad of animal and bird species.
* The Tsodilo Hills are a unique place with an atmosphere of intrigue and mystery. The site is believed to be the first creation by the Bushmen who painted more than 3500 rock paintings.
* Moremi Game Reserve represents a staggering one-third of the Okavango Delta and boasts one of the biggest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.
* The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve is a unique safari destination in Africa, and one of Botswana’s best.
- Visas, if required Medical and travel insurance Lunches and dinners on certain days
- Water and snacks on motor coach Items of personal nature Gratuities
- Any items not mentioned as included.
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There are many choices in Botswana between Premier Camps or Classic Camps. Accommodations are based on personal preference and budget. You can choose from any of the following:
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- Water Camps
- The Linyanti Region
- the Central Kalahari
- Elephant Safari
- Adventure Camps
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