BOTSWANA – Discover the Wilderness
15 nights / 15 days – Johannesburg- Livingstone

€3695 – Fully Accommodated

€2295- Camping

Botswana is arguably the best wildlife destination on the African continent. With roughly 70% of the country dedicated to national parks or protected conservation areas, it is no secret why this might be the case. During this tour, we will cover all of what makes Botswana such a desirable destination; from the immense emptiness of the Makgadikgadi saltpans, to the sheer natural beauty of the Okavango Delta, and untamed nature of exclusive camps in the famous Chobe, Savuti, and Moremi Game Reserve, where we will enjoy endless game drives. And if that was not enough, we will end off the tour relaxing at ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, (the smoke that thunders) aka the mighty Victoria Falls.

OKAVANGO DELTA PRIVATE ISLAND

Experience the Okavango Delta from one of its oldest private lodges on the famous Chiefs Island.

SCENIC FLIGHTS IN OKAVANGO DELTA

View the Okavango from above on 2 breathtaking scenic flights to and from our private island.

MOKORO RIDES

Enjoy multiple ‘Makoro’ (local dug-out boat) cruises in the channels of the Delta.

VICTORIA FALLS

View the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ – Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall, from several breathtaking viewpoints.

MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS

Spend a night under the stars in one of the world’s largest Salt pans.

MOREMI, SAVUTI & CHOBE 5 DAYS “MOBILE” SAFARI

Explore some of Africa’s most wild and prestigious national parks for 5 full days.

MULTIPLE GAME DRIVES

Discover this amazing land and its wildlife in our many game drives.

CHOBE RIVER BOAT CRUISE

One of the most remarkable experiences in Botswana. Enjoy a boat cruise among giants.

BUSH WALKS

The ultimate experience to enjoy the bush. A true nature immersion provided by experienced local guides.

KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY

Watching white and black rhino in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience. Visiting the Khama Rhino Santuary is also helping this community-based wildlife project, established to assist in saving the rhinoceros.

ROUTE

  • Johannesburg (pre-night)
  • Johannesburg – Khama Rhino Sanctuary (1 night)
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary – Maun ( 1 night)
  • Maun – Okavango Delta (3 nights)
  • Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve (2 nights)
  • Moremi Game Reserve -Savuti, Chobe National park (2 nights)
  • Savuti – Maun (1 night)
  • Maun – Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (1 night)
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – Kasane (1 night)
  • Kasane – Livingstone (2 nights, TOUR END)

INCLUDED Highlights:

  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary with Game drive
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • 3 nights Okavango Delta
  • 2 x Okavango Delta scenic flights
  • Private Okavango Delta Island
  • Numerous Bush walks
  • Numerous Mokoro cruises
  • 2 nights Moremi Game Reserve
  • 2 nights Savuti (southern Chobe National
    Park)
  • Chobe National park
  • Chobe River boat cruise
  • Private ‘Mobile Safari’ in national parks
  • 10 National park Safaris
  • Victoria Falls National Park

Included:

  • Pre-tour accommodation (Johannesburg)
  • Airport transfers (Livingstone &
    Johannesburg)
  • Transport (between our 13 seater overland
    truck, open safari vehicles & light aircrafts)
  • All Accommodation (between lodges and
    assisted camping)
  • Meals: 15x breakfast, 12x lunch, 11x dinner
  • Professional & experienced tour guide
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Drinking water
  • Footsteps welcome package
  • Flights to and from Okavango Delta

Additional Expenses:

  • Personal drinks/snacks
  • International flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Any optional activities
  • Gratuities/tips for guides used along the way (tipping guideline will be provided)

TOUR DATES & Prices

At Footsteps Through Africa, we run our tours seasonally, ensuring the best possible conditions in our chosen destinations. 
Our Botswana tour departs every month from July to September – After the very warm rain season, and once the floods have come down from Angola. This ensures we will have comfortable temperatures, optimal game viewing/safaris, and the water level in the Delta is at its peak to make the most of our ‘Mokoro’ trips!

Departure Arrival Tour Style Price Available seats
26 June 2020, Johanesburg 11 July 2020, Livingstone Camping €2750 3
15 August 2020, Johanesburg 30 August 2020, Livingstone Fully Accommodated Fully Booked
29 August 2020, Johanesburg 13 September 2020, Livingstone Fully Accommodated Fully Booked
31 August 2020, Johanesburg 15 September 2020, Livingstone Fully Accommodated Fully Booked
19 September 2020, Johanesburg 4 October 2020, Livingstone Fully Accommodated €3695 4

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 0: Johannesburg (pre-night)

This evening will be your opportunity to meet your guide and tour group at Cradlemoon Lakeside Game lodge.
After dinner, you will have an extensive briefing about the day-to-day operations of the tour.

Accommodation: Cradlemoon Lakeside Game Lodge

Day 1: Johannesburg - Khama Rhino Sanctuary

It’s an early start as we leave the big city behind and head for the wilderness of Botswana! Today is a transit day to reach the wilderness that is Botswana. We will leave Jo’burg at sunrise and drive the 450km to the border of Botswana. Once over the border, we will cover another 150km and reach our first destination in the late afternoon where we will have a chance to see our first member of the Big Five: rhino

B/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Khama Rhino Lodge (or similar)
Mileage: 600 kms
Highlights of the day:
Game drive

Day 2: Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Maun

We will have a more relaxed start this morning before taking the drive further north to Botswana’s tourism capital and the gateway to the Okavango Delta, Maun.
We will arrive at our stunning accommodation situated on the banks of the powerful Boteti River in the late afternoon, with time to relax in the shady garden and enjoy the sunset over the Boteti River. Relax and get ready for our upcoming adventure in the heart of the Okavango Delta.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Drifters Maun Lodge (or similar)
Mileage: 460 kms

Day 3 - 5: Okavango Delta

Today, the real adventure begins! We will have a relatively early start to the day, grab a bite to eat and head through to the Maun airport to board our Cessna light aircrafts, which is the only way to access our private island in the heart of the Okavango Delta! Our island falls in the far western section of Moremi Game Reserve and borders the famous Chief’s island. This area is absolutely teeming with wildlife and there is no better way to experience it than from the air, from the water, and on foot. We will have three magical days and nights in this wildlife haven, staying in the luxury of a rustic lodge nestled in the middle of the giant marula and ficus trees at the water’s edge, with views over the Delta – beautiful enough to blow anyone’s mind! We will spend our time here bouncing between bush walks, mokoro cruises in a traditional dugout wooden canoe, and relaxing at the viewpoints at our lodge, watching in awe as the bush in front of us comes to life.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Lodge – Oddballs (or similar)
Highlights of the day:
Okavango Delta private island
Scenic flight
Multiple ‘Mokoro’ trips
Multiple bush walks

Day 6: Okavango Delta – Moremi

Today we get to enjoy one more breath-taking scene flight over the Delta. We will fly directly from our Delta private island to Moremi. Together with Savuti, these two national parks boast some of the best wildlife sightings in Africa, and they have every right to – their reputation precedes them. Our first stop will be Moremi Game Reserve, where we will spend two nights camping wild in Khwai, the northern part of the park, famous for having some of Botswana’s best wildlife sightings.
We will reach the camp in time for lunch, and after grabbing a bite to eat, the adventure begins! We will spend the second half of this day on game drive in the park. Our camps here are unfenced and totally wild! It is not uncommon to have anything from elephants, to hyenas, and lions passing right through our campsite. It is truly an experience second to none, but it is essential that you have an open mind and stay aware of your surroundings during our time here.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Assisted Camping – Moremi BOGA Site
Mileage: 90 kms (Flight)
Highlights of the day:
Okavango Delta Scenic flight
Evening game drive
Moremi Game Reserve

Day 7: Moremi

Rising with the sun, we will have a quick coffee and light breakfast before leaving camp for our game drive. We will spend this morning exploring part of Moremi in search of wildlife before returning to camp for a hearty brunch. After enjoying a relaxing siesta (sometimes disturbed by elephants marching through camp), we will head off on our afternoon drive in the reserve.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Assisted Camping – Moremi BOGA Site
Highlights of the day:
Morning Game drive
Evening Game Drive
Moremi Game Reserve

Day 8: Moremi – Savuti

After two exciting days in Moremi, we will head north through the reserve to reach our next destination, Savuti, on a full day safari! Savuti is in the southern part of Chobe National Park and is most famous for the impressive population of predators found on the Savuti Marsh. Our two nights here are bound to be full of excitement! We will also be camping wild and our time will be spent on safari throughout the reserve. An unforgettable experience!

B/L/D
Accommodation: Assisted camping – Savuti BOGA site
Highlights of the day:
Full day game drive
Savuti Marsh
Chobe National Park

Day 9: Savuti

Rising with the sun, we will have a quick coffee and light breakfast before leaving camp for our game drive. We will spend this morning exploring the Savuti Marsh in search of the large predator population, before returning to camp for a hearty brunch. After enjoying a relaxing siesta (sometimes disturbed by elephants marching through camp), we will head off on our afternoon drive in the reserve.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Assisted camping – Savuti BOGA site
Highlights of the day:
Morning Game drive
Evening Game Drive
Savuti Marsh
Chobe National Park

Day 10: Savuti – Maun

After what has hopefully been an incredible and unforgettable time in the Botswana national parks, we will leave Savuti and head back down to Maun for one last night. We will enjoy our last morning game drive on our way out of the park, arriving in Maun after lunch.

B/L
Accommodation: Lodge – Drifters Maun Lodge (or similar)
Mileage: 240 kms
Highlights of the day:
Morning game drive

Day 11: Maun - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

A relaxing start after a busy time in the national parks. We will enjoy a nice, late sleep and spend the morning relaxing at the swimming pool and soaking up the sun.
After lunch, we will begin our short drive East, to the stunning The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. These pans are well known as some of the largest in the world, covering an impressive 18000 square km! We will arrive at camp in the late afternoon (avoiding the heat of the day) with plenty of time to enjoy the endless stretch of the white pans under the classic amber sunset.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Assisted camping – One tree island
Mileage: 260 kms

Day 12: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – Kasane

Heading North once more, today takes us to the town of Kasane, built along the banks of the famous Chobe River. We will arrive at our lodge here around mid- afternoon, with time to settle in before jumping aboard our cruise boat that will take us on an unforgettable cruise down the Chobe River – where hippos rule the water and elephants the surrounding land – never a dull moment! We will enjoy dinner tonight at the lodge’s in-house restaurant.

B/L
Accommodation: Thebe River Safaris (or similar)
Mileage: 340 kms
Highlights of the day:
Chobe River boat cruise

Day 13: Kasane - Livingstone

After a wild and adventurous time in Botswana, it’s time to kick back and relax in the comfort of our lodge in Livingstone. We will arrive in Livingstone in the late morning and settle into our lodge, where we will stay for two nights.
You can spend your time here at your own leisure, whether it be relaxing at the waterfront swimming pool overlooking the Zambezi River or enjoying a trip to the mighty Victoria Falls viewpoints or crossing the old bridge to the neighbour Zimbabwe.
Lunch and dinner in Livingstone will be at your own expense.

B
Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge (or similar)
Mileage: 80 kms
Highlights of the day:
Victoria Falls National Park

Day 14 & 15: Victoria Falls

The last two days of the tour will be spent at your own leisure.
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and one of the most spectacular sights in Africa. It’s also a well know place for having numerous activities such as white water rafting or bungee jumping, or relaxing on a sunset cruise, or enjoying the falls from a helicopter in the “Flight of Angels”.
Unfortunately, this will bring us to the end of the tour, leaving you with memories and experiences to last a lifetime!

B
Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge (or similar)
Highlights of the day:
Victoria Falls National Park

Optional:
White water rafting,
Helicopter flight,
Sunset cruise,
Canoeing,
Bungee jumping
Horseback safari
and more…

Tour End

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