14 Days / 13 Nights DISCOVER THE LUXURY BOTSWANA & QUIRIMBAS ARCHIPELAGO

Arrive Maun Airport/Fly Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve – Savuti – Chobe National Park – Chobe River Front – Johannesburg – Quirimbas Archipelago/Depart from Jo’Burg

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Xugana Island Lodge Okavango Delta Day 1 Day 3 FI   2 Nights
Camp Moremi Moremi Game Reserve Day 3 Day 5 FI 2 Nights
Savuti Safari Lodge Savuti – Chobe National Park Day 5 Day 7 FI 2 Nights
Chobe Game Lodge Chobe River Front Day 7 Day 9 FI 2 Nights
African Rock Hotel Johannesburg Day 9 Day 10 HB   1 Night
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort Quirimbas Archipelago Day 10 Day 14 FI 4 Nights
No Included Transfer to International departure Day 14 Day 14 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast.

HB: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.

FI: Fully Inclusive

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 1 Shared Charter To Be Advised Maun Airport [MUB] To Be Advised Xugana Island Lodge To Be Advised
Day 3 Charter Flight Xugana Island Lodge Camp Moremi
Day 5 Shared Charter Camp Moremi Savute Safari Lodge
Day 7 Charter Flight Savute Safari Lodge Kasane Airport [BBK]
Day 9 Scheduled  Own Plan Kasane Airport [BBK] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]
Day 9 Scheduled OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Pemba Airport [POL]
Day 10 Shared Charter Pemba Airport [POL] Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort
Day  14 Charter Flight Anantara Medjumbe Pemba Airport [POL]

DAY 1 – 2: XUGANA ISLAND LODGE, OKAVANGO DELTA    

Okavango Delta

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species.

The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor; game viewing, birding and fishing are all on offer. One can experience this magical world of islands and waterways from land, air and water. Highlights include the elusive Sitatunga antelope which has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and many others provide a spectacular display.

Activities

  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Mokoro Safaris
  • Motorboat Safaris
  • Optional Day & Night Drives
  • Scenic Helicopter Flights (Additional Fees Apply)
  • Bird Watching and Fishing

Guided Nature Walks

Guided nature walks on the various islands allow for the opportunity to track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness.

Mokoro Safaris

Explore the crystal-clear waterways by Mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) and enjoy the magnificent variety of bird, plant and reptile species found in the area.

Motor boat Safaris

Explore the crystal-clear waterways and deeper channels of the Okavango Delta by motorboat and enjoy the magnificent variety of bird, plant and wildlife species found in the area.

Optional Day & Night Drives

Take the opportunity to explore the surrounding islands on day and night game drives with your expert guide in search of the prolific wildlife which inhabits the region.

 Scenic Helicopter Flights (Optional – Additional Fees Apply)

Seeing the Okavango Delta from a helicopter is a truly magnificent experience. Our partners at Helicopter Horizons will remove the doors providing uninterrupted views and close up angles of the majestic delta and its wildlife. A scenic flight is not just a must for keen photographers but an exciting opportunity to witness the remarkable Okavango Delta from above.

The flights are operated with the utmost respect and caution for the natural environment, the wildlife and travellers. Routes have been carefully marked out ensuring guests on other activities and in camp are not disturbed. The flight routes and take off areas are designed specifically to make use of pristine areas within the concession.

Bird Watching and Fishing

Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity at the camp (seasonal)

Overnight: Xugana Island Lodge    

Xugana Lagoon is widely accepted as being the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta. Xugana Island Lodge, situated on a wooded island abutting the lagoon, takes full advantage of this magnificent site. The thatched common area, comprising cocktail bar, lounge and curio shop, is still the original building put up in 1974, when Xugana became only the second tourist lodge ever built in the Okavango Delta.

Mokoro trips in eco-friendly dugout canoes built to the traditional design, boat safaris to lagoons and islands and wilderness walks give guests the chance to see the Delta wildlife such as sitatunga and lechwe antelope, crocodile and hippo, as well as the other big game that frequents the islands and riverine fringes. Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding, and the bream and tiger fishing can be excellent at certain times of the year. Optional day and night drives are available on the islands surrounding Xugana Island Lodge. The peaceful boat ride back across Xugana Lagoon during the spectacular African sunset provides a lifelong memory.

Basis

Fully Inclusive
Drinks (Local Brands) Included

Included

  • Shared light aircraft transfer from Maun airport to Xugana Island Lodge
  • 2 x night accommodation -Fully inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities
  • Park entrance and Falls fees are included

Excluded: Premium brand drinks

DAY 3 – 4: CAMP MOREMI, MOREMI GAME RESERVE   

Moremi Game Reserve

The amazing foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world’s most famous reserves, conserving part of the Okavango Delta and the plains to its east. The reserve covers more than 4871Km² of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest.

This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, and lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list.

A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offer visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.

Activities

Camp Moremi game drives and Camp Moremi motorised boating trips

Camp Moremi game drives

Guest activities include morning and afternoon game drives throughout the many different ecosystems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer. The Moremi Game Reserve is renowned for exceptional wildlife sightings including lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant and exceptional general game.

Camp Moremi motorised boating trips

Explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels by boat for a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta, with its kaleidoscope of birdlife.

Overnight: Camp Moremi   

An elegant, elevated thatch structure serves as the main building, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar. Other facilities include a secluded swimming pool with sundeck and thatched boma where brunch and high tea are served. Accommodating just 24 guests in African-style safari tents, each individually sited on a raised teak platform with private en-suite facilities and viewing deck, most offering unsurpassed views of the Xakanaxa lagoon area.This area of Moremi Game Reserve, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa, offers a variety of different eco-systems, these rich in plant, bird and animal life. The camp faces the Okavango Delta and access to activities include the mainland of Moremi Game Reserve. Experienced guides will introduce you to a whole new world of wildlife.

Basis

Fully Inclusive
Drinks (Local Brands) Included

Included

Shared light aircraft transfer from Xugana to Camp Moremi

2 x night accommodation – fully inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded:

Premium brand drinks

DAY 5 – 6: SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE, SAVUTI – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK      

Savuti – Chobe National Park

Savuti, also known as Savute lies in the heart of Botswana’s beautiful Chobe National Park. This dynamic wilderness is a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the dry channel that was once its lifeline.

The Savute goes through wet and dry cycles, where wild dogs hunt in the dry river channel where crocodiles swam only twenty years ago. Visitors to this spectacular area can spot abundant wildlife including: a variety of birds, elephants, antelope, lion prides, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, kudu, hyena, cheetah Cape buffalo herds, and thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest.

Activities

Savute Safari Lodge Game Drives

Activities are centered around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4×4 safari vehicles
Many trips will incorporate a visit to the famous Savute Marsh for your chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a teeming backdrop of wildlife. Guests will also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills, a small hilly outcrop which forms a remarkable landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.

Savute lays claim to a spectacularly large summer zebra migration, which is determined by the rains but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the lush grasslands and full waterholes in the southeast of the park. They are always accompanied by a myriad of predators.

Overnight: Savute Safari Lodge         

Savute Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the fabled Savute Channel, which has a reputation for flowing and drying up over the years. It is currently in a wet cycle and the impact of that water on the environment, makes Savute one of the most incredible game viewing areas within Botswana. 12 en-suite safari suites with a lounge, bar, dining room and deck offering expansive Channel views complementing the public areas. The chalets, which have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to blend with the natural environment, feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area and en-suite facilities. The draw to Savute are the activities and incredible wildlife experiences. Savute is home to a large population of resident elephants, which by default of the water; tend to congregate right in front of Savute Safari Lodge to get a drink.

Basis

Fully Inclusive
Drinks (Local Brands) Included

Included

Shared light aircraft transfer from Camp Moremi to Savute Safari Lodge

2 x night accommodation – fully inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded:

Premium brand drinks

DAY 7 – 8: CHOBE GAME 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

  • Chobe Game Lodge game viewing
  • Chobe Game Lodge birding experience
  • Chobe Game Lodge boat cruises

Chobe Game Lodge game viewing

Chobe’s wildlife roams in abundance and diversity and is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season these large herds, as well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River where the animals come to drink, bathe and play. Lion, leopard, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe and roan antelope are often seen

Chobe Game Lodge birding experience

Birding is spectacular with Schalows turaco, barred owlet and white-browed coucal resident in the gardens as well as rosy throated long claw, western-banded snake-eagle and hooded vulture among a few of the 450 species of the Chobe region.

Chobe Game Lodge boat cruises

Our professional all female guiding team and resident environmentalist conduct game drives and boat cruises

Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Game Lodge is one of those iconic African properties which tie into the unique combination of location, luxury and elegance. It is the only permanent lodge within the boundaries of Chobe National Park. Chobe Game Lodge was the first property in Botswana to introduce electric game viewing boats, vehicles and among the first lodges to be fully Eco-certified.

Chobe Game Lodge also boats a fully qualified and the only all-female guiding team in Africa. 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.

This 5-star lodge has full eco-grading by the Botswana Tourism Board.Chobe Game Lodge is designed as a haven of peace and privacy – where relaxation is effortless and you can enjoy your own space. Chobe Game Lodge caters for travellers with disabilities

Basis

Fully Inclusive
Drinks (Local Brands) Included

Included

Shared light aircraft transfer from Savute Safari Lodge to Kasane airport

Shared complimentary road transfer from Kasane airport to Chobe Game Lodge

2 x nights accommodation – fully inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

DAY 9: AFRICAN ROCK HOTEL, 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: African Rock Hotel       

This exclusive boutique hotel is located 11km from OR Tambo International Airport in the quiet suburb of Kempton Park away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes. The hotel offers quick and easy high-way access to Johannesburg, the Sandton area as well as Pretoria. There are 8 luxury suites, and 1 executive suite each featuring full en-suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower, 2 comfortable lounge chairs, a work station, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, DSTV and a well-stocked mini bar fridge. The hotel features a well-established restaurant with fusion cuisine, Western, with an African touch. The hotel also features a beautiful tropical garden where guests can relax, a lounge, bar, free and secure car parking, boardroom facilities for up to 20 guests, a swimming pool and a large patio ensures relaxing outdoor living.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Included

  • Shared complimentary road transfer from Chobe Game Lodge to Kasane airport
  • Scheduled flight from Kasane to Johannesburg – own arrangements
  • Complimentary shuttle service from Johannesburg airport to African Rock Hotel
  • 1 x night accommodation – Dinner, bed and breakfast

Excluded

Drinks

DAY 10 – 13: ANANTARA MEDJUMBE ISLAND RESORT,QUIRIMBAS ARCHIPELAGO

Quirimbas Archipelago

Located just off the northern coast of Mozambique, the Quirimbas Archipelago dots the glittering Indian Ocean. It is renowned for its rich history and natural beauty featuring white-sand beaches fringed with low-key resorts and offers some of the best diving in the country.

The archipelago is home to some of the most unspoilt beaches and coral reefs found anywhere in the world, featuring an abundant array of Mozambique’s spectacular marine life. The Quirimbas Archipelago is comprised of a chain of over 25 coral islands, which escaped the 20th century with almost no development.

Many of these islands fall within the Quirimbas National Park, providing a marine sanctuary for whales, dolphins, and endangered dugong. The area is known for its high-quality dive sites, many with exceptional drop-offs.

Activities

Non-motorized water sports/equipment (kayak, snorkelling and paddle-up board) and 60 minutes SPA treatment

Overnight: Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort     

Idyllically located on a private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago off the northern coast of Mozambique. The newly renovated Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort offers a paradise escape that is naturally exclusive. Just 1km long and 300 meters wide, the resort combines sophisticated simplicity with unrivalled hospitality.

A boutique collection of 12 beach pool villas line a postcard perfect beach and reveal panoramic Indian Ocean views. With direct beach access and a private pool. The charmingly furnished interiors offer the ultimate tropical island retreat. ANANTARA Medjumbe Island is perfect for romance, special celebrations or a dream honeymoon.

With the first ever star-bed sleep out in Mozambique as well as the first ever ‘learn to sail a local Dhow’ course and many more surprises, ANANTARA Medjumbe is a must experience when visiting east or southern Africa.

Basis

Fully Inclusive
Drinks (Local Brands) Included

Included

  • Complimentary shuttle service from African Rock Hotel to Johannesburg airport
  • Scheduled flight from Johannesburg airportto Pemba airport – own arrangements
  • 4 x nights accommodation – fully inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

DAY 14: END OF ITINERARY      

Basis

Breakfast

Included

Shared light aircraft transfer from Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort to Pemba airport END SAFARI

INCLUDED

  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Xugana Island Lodge
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Camp Moremi
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Savute Safari Lodge
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Chobe Game Lodge
  • National Park Vehicle & Entrance Fees where stated
  • Intercamp air / road transfers where stated on a seat rate basis
  • Complimentary shared road transfers at African Rock Hotel
  • Helicopter transfers from/to Pemba Airport to/from Anantara Medjumbe

EXCLUDED

  • International / regional flights
  • Visas
  • Premium brand drinks at Fully Inclusive lodges
  • Additional meals, drinks, park fees & activities not specified
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Personal medical and travel insurance
  • Private transfers / activities / charters (unless otherwise stated)
  • Transport

ITINERARY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment

On confirmation of booking, a 35% non-refundable deposit is required. Balance payment is due no later than 8 weeks (60 days) prior to departure. All prices are quoted NETT and exclude any bank charges related to the transaction.

Please note that you are responsible for the cost of any bank charges incurred in any of the payment processes and payments must be made in the currency in which the quotation was accepted, or in which the invoice is made out.

All payments should be made through electronic or telegraphic bank transfer (TT)

Please ensure that you advise your SWIFT code and the relevant reservation number when making payment.

Please email your payment confirmation to your dedicated consultant at Botswana Holidays.

Please note that in some circumstances, full payment is required to secure reservations to which you will be advised on confirmation of booking.

Cancellation Conditions

Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification.

Cancellation conditions vary from supplier to supplier and in certain cases stricter cancellation conditions may apply. Please enquire with your consultant for specific cancellation conditions pertaining to your booking.

To cover all variances Our General cancellation conditions are:

Confirmation – 91 days before travel:  20 – 25% (non-refundable deposit)

90 – 46 days before travel: 50% cancellation fee

45 – 0 days before travel: 100% cancellation fee

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