Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. But it is also known as a very expensive destination. However by using a range of affordable lodges Sunway offers a fully accommodated tour of Botswana at a value for money price.
Day 1/2 TRONDHEIM/OSLO/STOCKHOLM TO JOHANNESBURG
We depart from Scandinavia in the evening with Ethiopian Airlines for South Africa. The flight originates in Oslo, stops briefly in Stockholm to take on more passengers and then heads for Addis Ababa in Ethopia. We change planes here and have time to stretch our legs and relax before th last stage of the journey to Johannesburg. We are collected by the transfer shuttle operated by our hotel, the Aero Lodge. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy – whether exploring Johannesburg or relaxing by the hotel pool.
Day 3 JOHANNESBURG to MAUN [lodge B–]
(B=breakfast, L=lunch D=dinner)
We are dropped back at Johannesburg airport by the hotel shuttle bus, to check in for the short flight north into Botswana. We land in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 as the capital of the Batawana people, it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and safari operations. The name Maun is derived from the San word ‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’. In the evening we meet the rest of the group and guides for an evening restaurant meal (own expense).
Day 4 – 5 OKAVANGO DELTA [tented camp x2 BLD]
We drive into the Okavango Delta to the launch station where we board our mokoro’s and pole to our tented camp in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. This amazing environment has large numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly kingfishers! One of the best experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along reed-lined channels in a mokoro (dug-out canoe). Sit back and relax as the water gurgles gently under the mokoro while your skilled poler points out the fauna and flora.
Day 6, 7, 8, 9 MOREMI [3x tented bushcamp, 1x lodge Bx4 Lx4 Dx3]
We take an open 4WD into Moremi Game Reserve for fantastic game viewing! Chief’s Island is the largest landmass within Moremi and was the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting ground, before being declared a game reserve by the tribe. We spend 4 days on game drives watching the abundant wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game, both in Moremi Game Reserve and in private concession reserves surrounding the park. We return to Maun midday on day 8 for an evening restaurant meal (own expense).
Day 10 MAKGADIKGADI PANS [tented lodge or chalets BL -]
We have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango before we head to Nata. The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi appear as a glaring white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to the sweet nutritious grasslands and clouds of flamingo feed in its algae rich waters. It is an area of low rainfall so this spectacle only lasts a short while.
Day 11 – 12 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [lodge BL -]
The Chobe River is a stunning feature of Botswana and will be the focus of our lodge stay. The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. Early morning 4WD game drive in the Chobe National Park and an afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise to see the mighty elephant herds return to the Chobe River to quench their thirst.
Day 13 – 14 VICTORIA FALLS (ZIMBABWE) [hotel Bx2 – -]
We visit “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls. These magnificent falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls Bridge was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, and was completed by 1905, although Rhodes never lived to see it. It spans the impressive gorge and the famous adrenalin pumping Victoria Falls bungi jump is done from this bridge, with a terrifying drop of 360ft (111m). Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).
Day 15 VICTORIA FALLS – ADDIS ABABA [- B – -]
Tour ends after breakfast at 08:00am. You will be dropped at the impressive new Victoria Falls International Airport for the return journey to Europe.
Day 16 ARRIVE HOME in TRONDHEIM/OSLO/STOCKHOLM
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary – game viewing
- Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion and bush walks
- Moremi Game Reserve – 3 day 4WD game viewing
- Chobe National Park – 4WD game viewing and river cruise
- Victoria Falls – adventure activities