Botswana Premium Safari Collection

Duration 8 days Countries Transport Transfers + internal flights included Meals Meals + drinks (local brands only) included Activities Lodge game activities

Excludes: International flights, visas, travel insurance, gratuities


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Forming the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park as well as much of Botswana’s border with Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, the Chobe River is an integral part of the Botswana safari experience and combines easily with the Okavango Delta and Kalahari.

This section is the scene for some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa as well as providing a safe haven for the continent’s greatest concentration of elephant, hippo, herds of buffalo and lion.

Plan your Chobe safari carefully - the best time to visit is during Botswana’s dry season (July - October) when game concentration is at its highest. During this season expect huge herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope, plus a full range of predators such as wild dog, crocodile, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena.

During the low season (December - March) you won’t see massive concentrations of animals, but the resident wildlife are still in abundance.

Look forward to some exciting activities such as driving along the game-dotted river banks or cruise along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife.

Moremi Game Reserve rests on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and was named after Chief Moremi of the Botswana tribe. The reserve covers 5,000 square kilometres and is a surprisingly diverse reserve, combining mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. Only about 30% of the reserve is in the mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.

The reserve is the best place to experience unrivalled views of savannah game, as well as bird watching on the lagoons. Enjoy game drives and nature walks that will give you the opportunity to spot an incredibly varied spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope.

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, consists of salt pans with an area of 3,900 square kilometres and is situated in the middle of the dry savanna, in north-east Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world.

Game viewing is at its best during the wet season, when the migratory birds such as ducks, geese and Great White Pelicans. The rains transform the salt pans into a magnificent lake attracting an abundance of wildlife and large flocks of gloriously pink flamingos.

The area is also renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park, as well as a variety of predators. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, a tour to the Gweta, and bush walks to historic sites - guided by experienced Bushmen trackers.

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 2

    Welcome to Botswana

    On arrival at Kasane Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to the Chobe Game Lodge. This will be your home for…

    Day 1 - 2

    Welcome to Botswana

    On arrival at Kasane Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to the Chobe Game Lodge. This will be your home for the next two nights with all your meals and drinks included.

    The only permanent game lodge situated within the famous Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana’s premier venue for guests looking for a perfect base from which to explore the national park and the Chobe River. The lodge offer facilities including a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area and an expansive deck offering magnificent views over the Chobe River.

    Chobe’s diverse wildlife roams in abundance and is also home tyo the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season, elephant well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate on the fertile flood plains along the Chobe River to drink, bath and play. There are frequent sightings of lion, African wild dog, puku, Red lechwe, sable, giraffe and Roan antelope.

    Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy both land or water-based activities. Encounter morning game drives for bird watching and nature walks. Meanwhile, riverside game viewing may be done from small and highly maneuverable boats, perfect for morning or sunset cruises.

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    Meals: All meals and local drinks

    Transport: Included

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  • Day 3 - 5

    Hop in a safari 4WD and go down winding tracks

    After spending two nights in the Chobe Game Lodge, you’ll be transported to the Camp Xakanaxa. Located on the…

    Day 3 - 5

    Hop in a safari 4WD and go down winding tracks

    After spending two nights in the Chobe Game Lodge, you’ll be transported to the Camp Xakanaxa. Located on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. It's one of the very few safari camps that offer guests an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience, in open 4x4 safari vehicles or powerboats.

    The ancient riverine forest, open savannah, serpentine channels and seasonal floodplains that surround the camp, make for a varied habitat of exceptional fauna and flora. The diverse habitat ensures prolific sightings of elephant, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe and leopard, among many others. Birding is spectacular, especially in the spring and summer months, when the migrants are breeding.

    A true Okavango experience is not complete without a boat trip. Glide down the Khwai River and explore the sinuous channels as well as floodplains of the Delta in a dugout canoe or motorised boat.

    Includes & Excludes

    Meals: All meals and local drinks

    Transport: Included

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  • Day 6 - 7

    Ultimate wildlife experience

    Spend two nights with all your meals and drinks included in the Leroo La Tau situated above the Boteti River.…

    Day 6 - 7

    Ultimate wildlife experience

    Spend two nights with all your meals and drinks included in the Leroo La Tau situated above the Boteti River. It stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and offers a stunning, seasonal game viewing experience where wildlife can be seen congregating along the river. The lodge offers a raised hideout above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that you’ve come to expect in this part of Botswana.

    Populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest and closely accompanied by predators, the lodge will offer you the chance to encounter the exhilaration of seeing a large concentration of game and the resultant predator interaction. Bird watching during the warm summer months is particularly rewarding.

    Spend your time on game drives through the national park or experience thrilling night drives in search of the lion that prowl the area. Guided walks are also available around the lodge. Relax during the day in the plunge pool on the rolling front lawn and watch the wildlife from the river's vista desk.

    Includes & Excludes

    Meals: All meals and local drinks

    Transport: Included

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  • Day 8

    End of Dream African Safari

    This is the last day of your Botswana safari. Enjoy your final morning activities followed by a leisurely…

    Day 8

    End of Dream African Safari

    This is the last day of your Botswana safari. Enjoy your final morning activities followed by a leisurely breakfast before you will be collected at the camp and transferred to the Maun International Airport, where you board your connecting flight back home.

    We look forward to planning your next Authentic African Safari experience.

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FAQs about Premium Botswana

Safari lodges have guest rooms similar to a hotel with en-suite bathrooms. They are comfortably furnished with all facilities normally associated with a 3-star hotel. Tented lodges have rooms which are tents on a platform and with a roof and also have en-suite facilities with showers, flush toilets and hot as well as cold running water! Like a hotel bathroom. The safari lodges and bigger tented lodges can be more “touristy” and being larger establishment they can be a bit impersonal if you are travelling alone or as s couple. They suit those who prefer to have the infrastructure and facilities of a hotel and most have swimming pools and extensive grounds and gardens. The boutique lodges and camps can be very stylish and smart in terms of design and decor, often with very spacious rooms and even going so far in some cases as having plunge pools for each room. Eco-camps and smaller tented camps have insect-proof tents with en-suite facilities including safari shower and flush toilet. They give a more authentic safari experience but the tents are comfortably furnished with proper beds and you don’t need to bring your own sleeping bag! The emphasis is usually on having excellent guides and great wildlife viewing away from the crowds. Guests often eat together and people travelling alone usually say that they found the atmosphere friendly and enjoyed meeting other like-minded travellers around the campfire in the evening or at dinner. The Adventure Camps are a budget option with guests bringing their own sleeping bags and towels. Accommodation is in small dome tented with a mattress on the floor. Each tent has its own nearby cubicle with a flush toilet, safari shower, and wash basin. The Adventure Camps are suitable only for those who don’t mind “real camping” and can put with some degree of “roughing it”. Apart from the accommodation in simple dome tents, the meals and the guiding are the same standards as the higher quality camps and game drives are in 4x4 safari vehicles. For those on a limited budget, the Adventure Camps are a good alternative to the big tourist lodges and minibus tours for those for whom the safari experience is more important than hotel accommodation.

Botswana currency official money is the Botswana Pula (BWP). Botswana money, the Pula is divided into 100 thebe. Botswana Pula is represented by the letter P. Botswana Pula is regarded as one of Africa's most powerful currencies. The symbol for Pula is (P) and the ISO 4217 code for Botswana currency is BWP. Other countries using the same Botswana currency include Zimbabwe.

Botswana Currency | Botswana Money

Botswana Banks accepts the following foreign currencies: US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euro and South African Rands in cash.

Credit and debit cards, including International Visa and MasterCard, are accepted at most lodges. However, Express and Diners Club are not accepted by the banks of Botswana either by the camps.

5 Facts about Botswana's Economy
  • Unemployment is expected to be around 7% in Botswana.

  • South Africa provides 70% of the country's electricity. - Botswana had the worlds fastest growth rate from 1966 to 1999.

  • Textiles, salt, diamonds, soda ash, silver, potash, animal manufacturing, and copper are the top sectors.

  • Agriculture is a small part of the country's economy, accounting for just 1% of overall GDP.

  • In major cities, ATMs are available to get Botswana Money/ Botswana Pula. Most high-end hotels accept credit cards, but lodges and tour operators demand payment in advance via bank transfer. Otherwise, carry cash in US dollars.

ATMs
  • Credit cards can be used at ATMs that have the required sign or to get cash advances over the counter at several banks – Visa and MasterCard are two of the most well-known.

  • Transaction costs can be prohibitive, as they are normally calculated per transaction rather than by the amount you withdraw.

  • Withdraw as much Botswana pula as you can per time. Before leaving home, check with your bank to see if any banks have arrangements with your home bank that are less expensive than others to draw Botswana currency.

  • ATMs can be found at all of Botswana's major bank branches, including those in Gaborone, Maun, Francistown, and Kasane, and are unquestionably the easiest (and safest) way to manage your Botswana money when travelling.

Cash
  • As you know, Botswana pula is Botswana's currency (P). Pula means "blessings" or "rain," with the latter being as valuable as money in this largely desert region.

  • Botswana currency coins (thebe, or ‘shield') come in denominations of 5t, 10t, 25t, 50t, P1, P2, and P5.

  • Notes come in denominations of P10, P20, P50, and P100.

  • The majority of traditional foreign currencies can be traded, but not all bank branches can do so. As a result, it's best to stick to easy-to-change currencies like US dollars, euros, British pounds, and South African rand.

Credit and Debit Cards
  • Most stores, restaurants, and hotels accept all major credit cards, especially Visa and MasterCard, but also American Express and Diners Club (but only in some petrol stations).

  • Cash advances are also available over the counter at major Barclays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank stores, which do not charge commissions on Visa and MasterCard.

  • About every town has a Barclays or Standard Chartered branch that provides foreign-exchange services, but not all have the authority or technology to provide cash advances.

Although some of the game parks have become quite overrun with tourists during certain times of year, there are still many very remote and untouched areas to view game in Africa two examples of this are in Northern Mozambique and Uganda.