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Nature's Abundance

The Okavango Delta – there's nowhere quite like it on earth. This is a place where wild creatures roam and rule, where big cats and much bigger elephants walk free in one of the world's last great wildernesses. The delta is a byword for abundance – for animal numbers, for the variety of species, for the birdlife, for floods of Biblical proportions. And it is also a place of singular and unparalleled beauty where safari possibilities can seem as endless as the waters themselves.

Stark Desert Beauty

The Kalahari Desert, the largest unbroken stretch of sand on the planet, is not your ordinary desert. From the salt pans of Makgadikgadi, the baobabs of Nxai Pans, and the spare magnificence of Kubu Island in the north, to the wonderful wildlife of Kgalagadi in the south, this is a desert of exceptional variety. Throw in the fossil river valleys, swaying golden grasses, black-maned lions and the echoes of the indigenous San people in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and there are few more beautiful deserts on Earth.

Exclusive Travel's Spiritual Home

Botswana didn't just turn its back on mass tourism and all the potential pitfalls it can bring. It ushered in an era of utterly exclusive safari experiences, the likes of which no other country on mainland Africa can match. These are sumptuous lodges and remote tented camps, especially in the Okavango Delta and surrounds, that are sometimes contemporary in style, and at other times awash in safari nostalgia. Best of all, they provide a front-row seat for fabulous wildlife spectacles that you may just have all to yourself.

Africa's Best Camping

You can experience Botswana by renting your very own 4WD vehicle that doubles as an ingenious camping home away from home. This is about experiencing wild Africa at your own pace, travelling from one campsite to the next, where you may lie awake at night listening to lions roar their bone-trembling roar, or hippos, elephants, or the chilling saw-like grunt of a leopard. Build a campfire, gaze at the stars and feel at one with this gloriously beautiful country.

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5-Day Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park from Johannesburg

ItineraryDay 1: Johannesburg to Victoria FallsPass By: O.R. Tambo International AirportGuests to make own to OR Tambo International Airport for flight to Victoria Falls. Pass By: Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North ProvinceOn Arrival in Victoria Falls, guests will be transferred to Hotel. remainder of afternoon is at leisure. No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: A'Zambezi River lodge or similarVictoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar Victoria Falls Hotel or similar Day 2: Victoria Falls Stop At: Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya) National Park, Victoria Falls, Southern ProvinceEnjoy a Guided tour of the Victoria Falls. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Zambezi River, Msuna, Matabeleland North ProvinceEnjoy a Cruise on the Zambezi River Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: A'zambezi River Lodge or similarVictoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar Victoria Falls Hotel or similar Day 3: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, BotswanaPass By: Chobe National Park, Kasane, Chobe National Park, North-West DistrictRoad transfer to Chobe National for overnight in Chobe National Park area.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Drinks for clients own account • Dinner: Drinks for clients own account. Accommodation included: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar Chobe Game Lodge or similar Chobe Chilwero or similarDay 4: Chobe National Park Stop At: Chobe National Park, Kasane, Chobe National Park, North-West DistrictEnjoy game drive in open safari vehicles. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Chobe National Park, Kasane, Chobe National Park, North-West DistrictEnjoy afternoon game viewing activity Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Drinks for clients own account. • Dinner: Drinks are for clients own account. Accommodation included: Chobe Safari Lodge or similarChobe Game Lodge or similar Chobe Chilwero Lodge or similarDay 5: Chobe to Victoria Falls to JohannesburgPass By: Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North ProvinceAfter breakfast depart and be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight back to Johannesburg. Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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14-Day Southern African Magic Small-Group Safari from Pretoria

ItineraryDay 1: Pretoria – Hoedspruit Stop At: Nsele Safari's & LodgeDeparting from South Africa’s administrative city, Pretoria, we drive across the scenic Mpumalanga province and enjoy the spectacular mountain vistas. We stop at the Blyde River Canyon to view the odd looking Three Rondavels rock formations perched at the edge of the Blyde River Canyon and enjoy the crisp air and picturesque views. The Blyde River Canyon is revered as an unusual sight owing to the fact that it is a ‘wet’ canyon, making it different from the wind-carved dry canyons found in desert regions elsewhere. After lunch we continue our journey making our way to accommodations, set in attractive gardens situated an hour or so drive from Kruger National Park. After dinner relax and enjoy the first night on tour. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nsele Lodge, Hoedspruit, South AfricaDay 2: Hoedspruit – Kruger National ParkStop At: Kruger National ParkWaking early, we board 4x4 game viewing vehicles for an intense but rewarding day in Kruger National Park. Your professional guide will point out items or interest as we go, and we hope will help the day to be a wonderful opportunity to learn something of the varied and world-renowned Kruger. The park is home to over 505 species of birds and 148 species of mammals as well as good numbers of reptiles and abundant flora. The park has a good network of roads allowing relatively easy access – essential given its size – but has clear rules about encroaching on the animals’ space ensuring conservation is given a high priority, which perhaps helps explain why Kruger is held in such high regard amongst travellers worldwide. We game drive morning and afternoon with a break during the middle of the day to enjoy the peace of the rest camp and wait out the hottest part of the day (when wildlife is usually less active). If you have questions about the wildlife you see, or about the park itself, please ask your resident guide who will be happy to explain the ins and outs of animal behaviour and other interesting sights in Kruger. Eventually we leave the park to return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Nsele Lodge, Hoedspruit, South AfricaDay 3: Hoedspruit – Polokwane Stop At: Boma In The BushAfter breakfast we leave the Kruger area and travel across undulating country-side to the northern town of Polokwane. The journey takes us over some beautiful scenic mountain passes and through flourishing citrus plantations nestled along the valleys of the Limpopo Province. Previously known as the Northern Province, this is a land of myths and legends and is also highly rated as a southern Africa Eco-tourism destination. Arriving in Polokwane, we head off to learn more about the local Bakone culture.This interesting open-air museum allows us to learn about traditional methods of the Bakone tribe who were settled in this area from historic times to the present day. Learn how they made fire, harvested and prepared the staple mielie meal, and about the interesting decorations that adorn their dwellings. We later make our way to our accommodations nearby.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Boma In The Bush, Polokwane, South AfricaDay 4: Polokwane – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Stop At: Travellers Guest HouseThis morning we make our way north crossing out of South Africa and into Zimbabwe. Immigration formalities at the busy Beitbridge border may be lengthy as this is South Africa’s busiest land border, but once completed we continue to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide-open spaces. The area around the city offers much in the way of historical, geological and natural interest. Several national parks are nearby including the well-known Matobo (sometimes written Matopos) which we shall visit. Our accommodation for the evening is in a quiet garden setting on the outskirts of town. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Travellers Guesthouse, Bulawayo, ZimbabweDay 5: Bulawayo – Matobo National Park Stop At: Matobo National Park, Bulawayo, Bulawayo ProvinceWe rise early to meet our guides for our visit and game drive into the Matobo National Park. Situated a short distance outside of Bulawayo, the wind-sculptured Matopos Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual significance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and if conditions are suitable, guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places for a close view of these magnificent animals.The park also has dense populations of the elusive leopard and black eagle and we shall hope to glimpse either (or both) at some point during the day. The Matobo hills are also the location of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, the 19th century colonialist. The grave is not visited as part of the half day park visit but can be seen on the full day upgrade (arranged locally). Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Travellers Guesthouse, Bulawayo, ZimbabweDay 6: Bulawayo – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Stop At: Cresta SprayviewDeparting Bulawayo, we continue north to Victoria Falls. We usually arrive at Victoria Falls by early afternoon. This is a relatively small town built along the southern banks of the Zambezi River and is Zimbabwe’s primary tourist centre. The Victoria Falls themselves are only a short walk and the town has a variety of markets, shops, cafes within easy distance. Your tour leader will arrange a briefing to explain the numerous optional excursions typically available here. We end our day joining a peaceful sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River. Soak up the African ambience with drink in hand as you cruise slowly up and down and look out for elephant, buffalo, buck, hippo and birdlife along the shallow muddy banks of one of Africa’s great rivers. We return to our accommodation for overnight or to try some of the local nightlife.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls, ZimbabweDay 7: Victoria Falls, ZimbabweStop At: Cresta SprayviewRising early, we visit the Victoria Falls National Park itself to witness one of Africa’s most enduring sights. Please take care when wandering along the pathways inside the reserve - the Falls are almost 100 metres deep and the drops are sheer!The rest of the day is at leisure giving you the opportunity to explore and Victoria Falls. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for white river rafting with its many challenging rapids. Alternative options include canoeing, scenic flights, bungee or (more relaxed) afternoon tea at the colonial styled Victoria Falls Hotel. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls, ZimbabweDay 8: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, BotswanaStop At: Thebe River CampingFrom Victoria Falls we travel the short distance to the Botswana border and cross into the small town of Kasane, and on to our lodge. This afternoon we head out onto a game drive and boat cruise in the Chobe National Park. Chobe is widely known for its populations of elephant, but the park also contains lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe and a host of antelope and birdlife. The Chobe floodplains and Chobe River provide a sensitive eco system which attracts much of the wildlife of the region especially in the dry season when it is not uncommon to see between 500 and 2000 elephants on the floodplains at one time. One highlight of Chobe is the combination of wildlife, birdlife and reptiles seen along the banks of the Chobe River. We take the afternoon cruise for a unique perspective of river-side wildlife. This evening we relax and overnight at the lodge. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Thebe Lodge, Kasane, BotswanaDay 9: Chobe National Park – Gweta Stop At: Gweta LodgeFollowing breakfast, we depart for Gweta. Driving south we may be lucky to encounter elephant or buffalo alongside (or on) the road, often strays to the migratory herds which roam freely throughout the area in search of pasture and water. We stop in the small settlement of Nata for lunch or snack before continuing to Gweta. Try the optional Baobab Forest tour to see these great natural giants. The night is spent at the lodge. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Gweta Lodge, Gweta, BotswanaDay 10: Gweta - MaunStop At: Sitatunga CampAfter an early breakfast we join a guided walk through a local Tswana village to learn something of the life of the community, from schools and doctors to trading and traditions. We then depart and head west to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun has experienced rapid growth in recent years and is a bustling provincial centre. Options here include scenic flights and horse riding, but our priority is to prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta. Our accommodation in Maun is simple guesthouse/lodge/hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to relax with a cool beverage and pack for the Delta excursion for the following day. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 11: Maun –Okavango DeltaStop At: Okavango Delta, Maun, Ngamiland East, North-West DistrictHeading out early after breakfast we begin our excursion into the Okavango Delta. The first part of the journey is by 4x4 over rough sandy paths to the ‘mokoro’ station, where the river level reaches. Here we are introduced to the local Tswana ‘polers’, our guides for the excursion and transfer our luggage and equipment to the mokoros (dug-out canoes). We travel by these shallow canoes amongst giant lily pads, tall grasses and labyrinthine channels to our camp on the edge of the Okavango. From our camp we venture out on guided walk in search of some of the prolific birdlife and larger mammals that inhabit the reserve. The whole area is a natural wetland spreading over some 1,600,000ha of northern Botswana offering a perfect habitat for the wildlife that roams here freely. The Okavango River rises in Angola (far to the north) and flows south dividing repeatedly to form an intricate floodplain of channels and swamps which then spreads out into a broad flat inland delta – the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy the afternoon wilderness experience and for many people the feeling of being at camp overnight is an unforgettable experience.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Elephant Camp, Okavango Delta, BotswanaDay 12: Okavango Delta – Maun Stop At: Sitatunga CampThis morning we explore the surrounds on a nature walk where you have the thrilling experience of being out in the natural wilderness. This is a great way to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness and enjoy nature as it wakes for the day. After the bush we enjoy breakfast and then pack up again onto our mokoros, leaving nothing behind but footprints. Returning to our 4x4 and bidding our polers farewell, we return to Maun. The afternoon offers the opportunity to join the guide for a trip into town for a little shopping. Another popular activity here is an optional scenic flight over the ‘Delta’ for a bird’s eye view of the wilderness you have just explored by mokoro and on foot. Prices depend on number of people interested but seeing the vastness of the Okavango from the air gives a further appreciation of the beauty of this part of Africa. We return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Delta Rain's Sitatunga Camp, BotswanaDay 13: Maun – Khama Rhino Sanctuary Stop At: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Serowe, Central DistrictAnother early rise for our long journey skirting the greater Kalahari, where we may glimpse in the distance the vast salt pans of central Botswana to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which we normally reach by late afternoon. In 1989 a group of local people wished to convert the Serowe Pan, previously a hunting area, into a conservation region for the rhino that inhabited the area. The ‘Pan’ was chosen because of its rhino-friendly habitat (and for its proximity to the Botswana Defence Force base for 24-hour protection against poachers). Khama is a prime habitat for white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe and with its community-based wildlife project, allows the local people to benefit from tourism. We take a game drive to catch sight of some of the rhino with guides often pointing up interesting facts about the local fauna and flora. Our last night on safari is spent at the Stevensford private nature conservancy situated on the Limpopo River in Botswana’s Tuli Block. At 3500 ha, this reserve is home to many species of antelope, crocodile, hippo, zebra, giraffe and a plethora of bird species. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Stevensford Game Reserve, BotswanaDay 14: Martins Drift – Pretoria, South Africa Stop At: Sentinel Luxury Suite HotelsOur last morning sees us joining the main route along Martin’s Drift border post. Crossing the mighty Limpopo River into South Africa, we take in the scenic views and notice changes to vegetation, infrastructure and populated areas. We arrive in Pretoria where our tour ends normally by mid to late afternoon.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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10 days Chobe National Park to Moremi Game Reserve Expedition

Day 1: Victoria Falls arrival Your guide will meet you at the Victoria International Airport or your hotel. After a short briefing by your guide we head for a lodge just inside Victoria Falls township.Here you can have time to explore the victoria falls Day 2: Chobe National ParkWe rise early and  breakfast we you will have a chance to tour the falls again until mid day when we will transfer you to Botswana and cross to the chobe national park where have set up camp for the next 2 nights. All lunches will be had in Victoria Falls. The late afternoon is set aside for game viewing until sunset, when we head back to camp.After Dinner is served, there is time to chat and relax around the campfire. Day 3: Chobe National Park This morning we make an extensive game-drive in the park to see the abundance of wildlife in this pristine area. We aim to be back in camp by noon but if we are lucky and see specials this might even be later. After lunch there is time for shower and siesta before setting of for an afternoon game-drive till sundown. After dinner we enjoy the campfire and listen to the bush-noises. Day 4 and Day 5: SavutiToday we leave the Chobe National Park and go to the Savuti. We move camp to the Savuti  area where we stay the next 2 nights. A relaxed game-drive takes us to savuti  marsh where we have lunch at the picnic spot. Arrival in camp around 2 PM.Then we make a first drive along the  dried savuti river to see the many animals who come there to drink.  Day 5: Savuti Areawe will still be in Savuti exploring the area and checking out all interesting places and visiting the water holes to see animals as they come for drinking in the morning and in the evening Day 6 and Day 7: Khwaii area An interesting game drive takes us away of the Savuti , traveling south  to Khwaii, our camp for the next 2 nights.The khwaii  area is wide with open grassy plains and scattered patchy outcrops is the perfect area for large herds of elephants, zebra and wildebeest and giraffe families, not forgetting the many predators that follow them.We enjoy a picnic lunch in the bush and arrive in camp mid-afternoon in time to still make a short sundown drive.Our staff has again prepared a superb bush-dinner and the campfire will welcome us. Day 8 and 9: Moremi Game Reserve Today we make a last game-drive in the area and then head west to the Xakanaka. We pass some some interesting along the road and have plenty possibilities for a "lunch with a view". Arrival in camp is around mid-afternoon and we still have time for a sunset drive along the river. This area has the largest population of elephants in the world and seeing several hundreds a day is normal.Day 10: Maun and end of touron this day we will travel to Maun in time to catch flights back home ore continue with the tour to other parts of the countryEnd of tour Drop off at airport/ border

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6 days Victoria Falls, Chobe, Savuti

Day 1 Victoria Fallson this day upon arrival you will be picked from the Victoria Falls Airport and travel to the Victoria Falls township where you will spend 1 night.On this day you can also explore the falls area.Lunch and dinner and activities will be paid by yourself,we will take care of your accommodation and transferres.Day 2 and 3 ChobeOn this day you will be transferred to Botswana border where you will be picked and go to the Chobe National Park on the Chobe side where you will spend 2 nights exploring this area.Day 4  and 5 SavutiOn this day you will travel to Savuti area where you will spend the next two nights exploring this area for wild animals and visit some interesting area like the leopard rock and the rock paintings hill,you will also have a change to visit the water holes to see animals as they come to dring in the morning and in the afternoonDay 6 Kasane on this day you will travel to Kasane village where you will either be dropped at the airport or the border to travel back to Victoria Falls Airport for Flights back home

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3 days mokoro adventure

Day 1On this day you will be picked from the airport or lodge or hotel and travel to mokoro station where you will meet up with your guide who will be conducting all the activities during your three days stay in the Okavango Delta.At the mokoro station you will be transported in mekoros to your camp where you will spend two nights and this will be the begining of your safari in  a mokoro,on the way to your camp you will meet,animals and see birds and other interesting landscapes.In the afternoon after you had your lunch you will go for the sunset mokoro cruise which will last until in the evening when you will go back to camp and rest and have dinners and plan your next day activity with your guide.Day 2In the morning of this day you will wake up in the morning before sunrise and do short walks and mokoro sunrise cruise to see animals as they come to the channel to drink,while also you will be seeing the tracks and getting closer to animals which are in that area.This morning activity will last until in the sun is up and you will go back to camp to relax and have lunch and sit under the shades.In the afternoon you will go on a walk and a sunset cruise which last until six in the evening,when you go back to camp for dinner and showers and also the guide will be telling you bush stories as you sit around the fire and listening to the sounds of hippos,and other animals who are active at night.Day 3On this day in the morning after the morning activity you will pack up and travel to mokoro station where you will be picked up well in time to catch flights back home or continue with you trip to other parts of the country.This will be the end of the tour.

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The best of Botswana Adventure

Day 1: Okavango Delta camping On arrival in Maun your guide will give you a full safari briefing and take you shopping for your safari drinks. The first highlight of your safari will be a transfer to Mokoro station and sunset mokoro cruise in the Okavango Delta. Camping will be in The Okavango Delta in a campsite with bush toilets and  bush showers.Day 2: Okavango DeltaYou will start an early morning mokoro sunsrise cruise and a walk early to see  tracks of animals and animals coming to the river to drink.  After the morning activity you will come back to camp for lunches and resting until afternoon when you will go for an afternoon sunset walk and Mokoro cruise which last until towards six.Day 3 and Day4 and Day 5: Moremi Game Reserve (Xinni)You will rise with the sun and head west towards the the boat station where you will meet with the guide in safari vehicle and travel to Moremi Game reserve on the Xinni side where you will spend three nights doing activities on this side of the game reserve.After a very early start we visit the the different parts of the Xinni area to see animals which are in this area of Moremi Game Reserve. In the afternoon we will do game drive which called sundowner on the plains of the Xinni areas.You will also do an afternoon game drive exploring different parts of the Xinii area.Day 6 ,Day 7 and Day 8 KhwaiiInspired by the beauty of the Xinni you will travel east to Khwaii.In this part you will spend three nights doing game drives in this animal rich area of the Moremi Game Reserve.In the morning you will do an early morning game drive in the Khwaii area exploring this part of the park to see the animals and birds of this area.The activities will be in the morning and afternoon.Khwaii with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your and exciting destination.  As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of khwaii where bull elephants dot the plains.     Day 9,Day 10 and Day 11 SavutiAfter a morning game drive you will travel to Savuti where you will spend three nights doing game drive in the Savuti marsh and visiting water holes where the animals come in the morning and afternoon for a drink. Also you will visit the rock paintings hills. Day 12 and Day 13 KasaneOn the morning of this day you will travel to kasane township to check in a lodge to wind up the tour with a  sunset boat cruise in the mighty Chobe river which borders Namibia and Botswana,On the boat cruise you will be able to see most animals on the river banks while they come drinking water. Day 14END OF TOUR