12 Days – 11 Nights MAGICAL BOTSWANA & BAZARUTO ISLAND

Arrive/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe River Front – Khwai Private Reserve – Johannesburg – Bazaruto Archipelago/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Bayete Guest Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Day 1 Day 3 B&B 2 Nights
Chobe Bakwena Lodge Chobe River Front Day 3 Day 5 FI 2 Nights
Sable Alley Khwai Private Reserve Day 5 Day 7 FI 2 Nights
City Lodge OR Tambo Airport Johannesburg Day 7 Day 8 B&B   1 Night
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort Bazaruto Archipelago Day 8 Day 12 FI 4 Nights
Not Included Transfer for International departure Day 12 Day 12 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast.

FI: Fully Inclusive

Internal Flight Information

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 1 To Be Advised Victoria Falls International Airport Bayete Guest Lodge  To Be Advised Private Transfer
Day 3 Bayete Guest Lodge Chobe Bakwena Lodge   Private Transfer
Day 3   Chobe Bakwena Lodge Kasane Airport [BBK]   Shared Transfer
Day 7   Tambo International Airport [JNB] Tambo International Airport [JNB]   Walking
Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 5 Shared Charter Mack-Air Kasane Airport [BBK] To Be Advised Sable Alley To Be Advised
Day 5 Shared Charter Mack-Air Sable Alley Maun Airport
Day 7 Scheduled Maun Airport Tambo Airport
Day 8 Scheduled Tambo International Airport [JNB] Vilanculos Airport

Voyage Information

Date Boat Agency Departure Port Time Arrival Port Time
Day 7 Cruise To Be Advised Vilanculos Airport [VNX] To Be Advised Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort To Be Advised
Day 12 Cruise Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort Vilanculos Airport [VNX]

DAYS 1 – 2: BAYETE GUEST LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE        

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

Overnight: Bayete Guest Lodge     

Bayete offers comfortable and affordable accommodation and is situated in the heart of the Victoria Falls Residential Area. The lodge is 2km away from the Victoria Falls Centre and 22km from the airport. Recently renovated, this family run lodge has 25 rooms which is set in a lush tropical garden. Central to the lodge is the large tear drop pool which is hugged by the Caldecott Boma and Ngwezi Tavern. Breakfast is served in the Caldecott Boma every day. Lunch and dinner are also available on special request and are delicious home cooked meals. Buffets and BBQ’s are available for group bookings or by special request.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

Included

Private road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Bayete Lodge

1 x night accommodation (deluxe room) – Bed & Breakfast

Excluded:

Drinks and additional meals

DAYS 3 – 4: CHOBE BAKWENA LODGE, CHOBE RIVER FRONT        

Chobe River Front

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Activities

  • Game Drives
  • Boat Cruise
  • Guided Village Walks
  • Guided Bicycle Tours

Game Drives: Bakwena is the proud owner of four game vehicles allowing extended drives to suit guests and the chance to linger longer at game sightings.

Early bird and sedate afternoon drives ensure every box is ticked. Experienced guides with extensive knowledge of the Chobe National Park provide an entertaining and educational addition to your safari

Boat Cruise: There are boat cruises then there are Chobe cruises. Exquisite and beyond comparison the Chobe river boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. Float in a 24 seater Noah’s Ark past every creature on this continent great and small.

Time stands still, mirages of herds of elephant swimming and predators in slow motion. Salute the break of dawn with a strong brewed coffee or swirl gin and tonic at the pace of a setting sun.

Guided Village Walks / Village Walkabout: In the words of Bakwena’s Adam Young “The cultural exchange is a means for us to break down a social barrier, transforming us into a ‘we’ based community.” Unlike the majority of developing countries Botswana has no slum areas. Integration rather than segregation is a way of life here just as human and wildlife conflict is reduced through day to day co-existence.

There is a tangible sense of integrity that sets this country apart. Through its government policies and conservation initiatives Botswana has raised the bar for fellow Africans.

Guided Bicycle Tours: Pedal Power

With 20 Cruiser bikes built for comfort Bakwena guests can safely enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Africa. The sense of personal freedom and space is worth the effort, not to mention the excitement of seeing an elephant en route! Tours include the neighbouring village which can be guided or unguided on request.

Overnight: Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Bakwena Lodge is an intimate, privately owned eco-lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. Bakwena has a total of 15 chalets designed and decorated in a manner befitting our environment which offer a cool and comfortable escape. There are two Room Types at Bakwena Lodge. ‘Ten x ‘River-View Chalets’ which are all facing the magnificent Chobe River and Five x ‘Treetop Chalets’ which are elevated 3.5m above the ground with views of the Treetop canopy.

They offer an inclusive safari option in an area with some of the finest game viewing to be had. Chobe is well known for its predators and has the home of most of Botswana’s estimated 200 000 elephants.

Activities are naturally focused on the land and water based safaris, all based in-house, a host of other activities are also on offer from fishing trips to guided bicycle tours or a sundowner cruise to the meeting place of four countries, (the only one in the world). Bakwenas’ excellent guides will endeavour to make your stay in Chobe a highlight of any safari. The lodges’ eco-credentials include the natural swimming pool filtered entirely by plants, their employment policies, food choices, building methods and a host of otherwise unseen ways in which any negatives to the lodges surroundings or environment are addressed.

Basis

Fully Inclusive
Drinks (Excluding Spirits) Included

Included

Private road transfer from Bayete Lodge to Chobe Bakwena – border crossing

2 x nights’ accommodation – Fully Inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and 2 activities per day

Excluded

Premium brand drinks and spirits

DAYS 5 – 6: SABLE ALLEY, KHWAI PRIVATE RESERVE

Khwai Private Reserve

Welcome to Khwai Private Reserve, 440 000 acres bordering onto both the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. It is an innovative community based joint venture partnership that adjoins onto the world famous Okavango Delta eco-system.

The Reserve was established to create a meaningful bridge between the tourism industry and local villagers, ensuring significant economic income for local communities, first world environmentally sensitive practices and a superb safari experience.

The massive Khwai Private Reserve comprises of some of the most fantastically diverse habitats in northern Botswana, including riverine woodlands, floodplains, open savannah, mopane woodland, rivers and lagoons. This range of habitats results in a range of wildlife, including elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and of course the eponymous sable antelope.

Activities

Game Drives
Mokoro excursions

Game Drives

Game drives are done in our Khwai Private Reserve concession, which is a 200 000 hectare private concession. Morning drives and afternoon drives are on offer guests the chance to spot lion, elephants, wild dog and even the elusive sable antelope.

Mokoro excursions

Take a gentle meander in a mokoro (dugout canoe), as part of your activities at Sable Alley or enjoy a trip through the channels on a motorboat.

*Please note that these activities are water level dependent

Overnight: Sable Alley         

Not only is Khwai Private Reserve one of Botswana’s best kept secrets, its also home to Sable Alley – a piece of light, bright and beautiful luxury amid the game rich floodplains of Khwai. The camp is not only sophisticated and sustainable but we’re also partnered with local communities in Khwai, which make up the majority of our staff & proceeds from staying at Sable Alley go straight back into the Khwai Village community projects, as well as

Located right on the banks of the lily-covered lagoon, home to hippo & a favorite drinking spot for elephant and buffalo, the big game quite literally comes to you. s tempting as it is to stay in camp, venture out you should, for Khwai offers one of Africa’s greatest and most exclusive safari experiences. Remember to have your binos ready for lion, leopard, wild dogs and more ad you drive through the diverse landscapes.

Basis

Fully Inclusive
Drinks (Local Brands) Included

Included

Complimentary road transfer from Bakwena to Kasane Airport

Shared light aircraft transfer from Kasane Airport to Sable Alley

2 x nights’ accommodation – Fully inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and 2 activities per day

Excluded: Premium brand drinks

DAY 7: CITY LODGE OR TAMBO AIRPORT, JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.

Overnight: City Lodge OR Tambo Airport

Based at Africas busiest airport, City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travellers with home away from home accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport.

OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether its a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airports facilities have everything you need. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

Included

Shared light aircraft transfer from Sable Alley to Maun Airport

Scheduled flight from Maun Airport to Johannesburg Airport – own arrangements

1 x night accommodation – Bed & Breakfast

**City Lodge is at walking distance from the airport

DAYS 8 – 11: ANANTARA BAZARUTO ISLAND RESORT, BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO

Bazaruto Archipelago

Resting in the warm Indian Ocean just off the coast of Vilanculos in Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago forms part of a protected marine park and consist of five idyllic islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue. These small, sandy and exquisitely beautiful islands feature some of Africa’s best beaches as well as a number of large dunes and freshwater lakes, providing an ideal nesting habitat for black-winged flamingos. Just offshore visitors can explore a kaleidoscope of colourful corals teeming with an array of exotic marine life including manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins, turtles and dugongs. The islands boast several private luxury lodges, many of which provide excellent opportunities for water-based activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing and sailing.

Activities

Non-Motorised Water Sports

Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Windsurfing, Sailing on a Hobie Cat and Snorkelling.

Overnight: Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort        

Located within the Bazaruto Archipelago of protected national park islands, scattered across the turquoise Indian Ocean. This Resort and Spa brings to life escapist dreams through secluded African island romance and unforgettable experiences. Beyond the resort pleasures, guests can tour the island to discover pristine bays, enjoy powdery white beaches; towering dunes can be cantered along on horseback.

The dunes offer boarding escapades, private picnics as well as unique spots for sunset drinks. Renowned as one of the world’s top snorkelling, diving and fishing destinations, we boast year round warm waters, dazzling soft coral ridges and thousands of tropical fish species. A utopic playground for a range of activities and water sports, make this one of the most sought after properties in all of Africa.

Basis

Fully Inclusive
Drinks (Local Brands) Included

Included

Scheduled flight from Johannesburg Airport to Vilanculos Airport – own arrangements.

Complimentary boat transfer from Vilanculos to Anantara Bazaruto.

4 x nights’ accommodation (Beach villa) – Fully Inclusive of all meals, local drinks and selected activities.

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

Motorized water sports and horse riding

DAY 12: END OF ITINERARY      

Basis

Breakfast and boat transfer

 Included

Complimentary boat transfer from Anantara Bazaruto to Vilanculos Airport. END OF SERVICES

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