9 Days / 8 Nights  Thunders  Of Victoria Falls & Botswana

Arrive/Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) – Chobe River Front – Khwai Community Area – Boteti River – Makgadikgadi Pans National Park – Maun/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Shongwe Lookout Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) Day 1 Day 3 B&B 2 Nights
Muchenje Safari Lodge Chobe River Front Day 3 Day 5 FI 2 Nights
African Bush Camps        Khwai Bush Camp Khwai Community Area Day 5 Day 7 FI 2 Nights
Leroo La Tau Boteti River – Makgadikgadi Pans National Park Day 7 Day 9 FI 2 Nights
Not Included Fly to Maun for International departure Day 9 Day 9 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast.

FI: Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 5 Shared Charter  To Be Advised Kasane Airport [BBK] To Be Advised  African Bush Camps Khwai Bush Camp  To Be Advised
Day 7 Shared Charter   African Bush Camps Khwai Bush Camp   Leroo La Tau  
Day 9 Charter Flight   Leroo La Tau   Maun Airport [MUB]  

Transfers

Date Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 1 Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] Shongwe Lookout   Private Transfer
Day 3 Shongwe Lookout Kasane Airport [BBK]   Private Transfer
Day 3 Kasane Airport [BBK] Muchenje Safari Lodge   Shared Transfer
Day 5 Muchenje Safari Lodge Kasane Airport [BBK]   Shared Transfer

DAY 1 – 3: SHONGWE LOOKOUT, 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: Shongwe Lookout        

Shongwe Lookout is an exciting new build, 23-bedroom lodge in the suburbs of Victoria Falls. It is located roughly 1 kilometre from Victoria Falls town, and 2 kilometres from the Falls. Our rooms are targeted at the more discerning guest, with quality fittings, elegant decor, and verdant garden surrounds. Our unique offering is a 2-platform lookout tower with views of the Zambezi River, and Falls’ spray.

This tower is open both for early morning coffees, from 0500hrs, and for evening drinks, until 2100hrs. The tower includes an intercom system and a pulley to allow guests to order drinks and nibbles without having to miss a moment of the magical view.

Shongwe Lookout also has an onsite bar and restaurant, the latter offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. An onsite pool and boma area complete the experience.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Private road transfer Victoria Falls airport to The Shongwe Lookout

2 x nights’ Accommodation -Bed & Breakfast

Activities:

Sunset dhow cruise on the Zambezi River – pick up @ 15hrs30

Dinner at The Lookout Cafe with transfers after sunset cruise approx.

@ 18hrs 45 arrival at The lookout Cafe

Excluded

Additional meals and drinks

Activities

DAY 3 – 5: MUCHENJE SAFARI 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 safari – half day
Guided Walks
Mokoro Trips
Sundowner on the Muchenje Plains
Full Day Excursion with Boat trip on Chobe and game drive

Guided Walks

Even if you have witnessed a thousand elephants, there is nothing like seeing them on foot.  Morning walks within the Forest Reserve is wonderfully rewarding.  In the early mornings, before the African heat arrives, the guides explore the river frontage and open pans within easy reach of the lodge. An opportunity to be totally aware of what is around you and the great African outdoors.

Mokoro Trips

Available when the flood waters arrive on the Western Floodplains – usually April – December.  The mokoro trips depart from in-front of Muchenje and explore the shallow channels and plains.  A wonderful Botswana experience, especially if only visiting the Chobe Region and not continuing onto the Okavango.

Sundown on the Muchenje Plains

A private and exclusive activity that is available for guests during their stay – particularly wonderful if you are staying a many nights and want to arrange the pace of your stay to for a slightly leisurely day – or if you arrive later at Muchenje and still want to explore the area before dinner.

Full Day Excursion with Boat trip on Chobe and game drive

After breakfast the drive will leave from Muchenje and drive to the Jetty on the Eastern side of the park.  Our small private boat will depart at approximately 1130hrs and spend 2.5hours exploring the river.  The guides know where the elephants prefer to congregate, drink and cross to Sedudu Island, so they are making their way to those areas, but on the way they will explore the banks, trees and pools to show the guests the other wonderful wildlife that frequent the Chobe River.

Once the boat finds a suitable crossing or drinking area, the boat rests and the guests enjoy a delicious picnic whilst witnessing the elephants gathering on the banks.  Watching these magnificent animals drinking as the boat gently drifts in the currents is something awe inspiring. The activity returns to the vehicles later and enjoys a slow drive through the park along the river back to the quieter western banks.

Although the full day out is long and dusty, the guests have an amazing opportunity to break the usual safari cycle and get to enjoy a more holistic experience within this amazing region.

Overnight: Muchenje Safari Lodge

Muchenje Safari Lodge is situated on the quieter, western side of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, and only 45 minutes drive from Kasane. The lodge overlooks the Chobe River, and its impressive flood plains. Explore the area on game drives and venture onto the Chobe by boat to witness herds of elephants and the great diversity of game that the area is well known for. Guided bush walks and a visit to the local village are also available.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities – All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Included

Private road transfer The Shongwe LookoutKasane airport

Shared complimentary road transfer Kasane airportMuchenje Safari Lodge

2 x nights’ Accommodation – Fully inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

DAY 5 – 7: AFRICAN BUSH CAMPS KHWAI BUSH CAMP, KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA  

Khwai Community Area

The Khwai area of the Okavango lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season.

The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives.

Activities

Game Drives on the Khwai Community Concession
Night Drives at Khwai Bush Camp
Mokoro Safaris at Khwai Bush Camp
Walking at Khwai Bush Camp
Bird Watching at Khwai Bush Camp
Sundowner Drinks

Game Drives

Lead by one of our experienced guides, you’ll see magnificent wildlife indigenous to the area. Your guide will show you the hidden spots best for game viewing and give you an insider’s knowledge. Being located on a private concession, night drives are possible and are offered as an optional activity at Khwai Bush Camp.  Experience the bush when elusive nocturnal wildlife awakens to hunt, forage and explore the lands under the cover of darkness. They can be arranged on request.

Night Drives on the Khwai Community Concession

Being located on a private concession, night drives are possible and are offered as an optional activity at Khwai Bush Camp. They can be arranged on request. Experience the bush when elusive nocturnal wildlife awakens to hunt, forage and explore the lands under the cover of darkness.

Mokoro Safaris

No activity is more synonymous with the Okavango Delta than a mokoro trip. Glide silently along the hippo highways and elephant byways of the ancient Khwai River, historically, the only form of transport of the River Bushmen.

Explore this unique inland delta deserving of its World Heritage Site status. Traditionally, fashioned out of a single tree trunk today, mokoro or dugout canoe are fibreglass as a measure to preserve Botswana’s hardwood forests. Learn about the fascinating ecology from our River Guides who navigate your journey through the tranquil watery wilderness. This seasonal activity is available to guests 16 years and older.

Walking Safaris

Awaken your senses and discover all that the bush has to offer when taking part in walking safaris. Guided walking safaris are for guests 16 years and older and are led by our qualified and passionate walking guides who share their knowledge and love of the bush.

For a full day walking safari, a private walking guide will need to be pre-booked with us. With the dry vegetation between May and October, walking safaris are a fantastic and exciting way to experience the area. Since your safety is our first priority, walking safaris are usually conducted when the bush is not too thick and our guides are armed at all times.

Bird Watching

Khwai is a haven for birds, delight in the calls of the Green heron or the African wood owl; photograph the majestic Ayres’s hawk-eagle and Pel’s fishing owl. Or simply sit back and enjoy their beautiful songs.

Overnight: African Bush Camps Khwai Bush Camp

Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch, has found a home on a permanent site on Tsaro Concession, Khwai Community Area. Built on the banks of the Khwai River and nestled amongst a forest of sycamore and leadwood trees, Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch consists of 4 standard and 2 family chalets.

Guests enjoy spacious and comfortable thatched accommodation and private en-suite bathrooms with views over the permanent water source and beyond into the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp preserves the romance of yester-year, a simpler life in harmony with nature.

From the sanctuary of a cool thatched interior and a veranda that overlooks the famed Moremi Game Reserve, one of the richest game viewing areas in Botswana, our guests are able to watch the magic of Africa unfold. The area offers varied ecosystems- from enchanted forests and undulating grasslands to lush floodplains and meandering lagoons- this is one of the most consistent areas for wildlife encounters year-round.

Included

Complimentary shared road transfer Muchenje Safari Lodge to Kasane airport

Shared light aircraft transfer Kasane to Khwai Bush Camp

2 x Nights’ Accommodation – Fully Inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

Basis

Fully Inclusive Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities – All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

DAY 7 – 9: LEROO LA TAU, BOTETI RIVER – MAKGADIKGADI PANS NATIONAL PARK   

Boteti River – Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

On the western boundary of the renowned Makgadikgadi Pans National Park lies the Boteti River. Owing to the arid nature of the park, the river and the nutrient-rich western grasslands supply the essential water and sustenance for the wildlife that inhabit the region.

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is home to the second largest zebra migration in the world, where thousands of zebra migrate to the Boteti River in the dry winter months (May to Oct) from their summer grazing ground further inside the park.

The fascinating contrast between the Boteti River and arid national park makes it a fascinating region to include in any Botswana safari.

Activities

Leroo La Tau Game Drives
Leroo La Tau Boating (subject to water levels)
Leroo La Tau Cultural Excursions

Leroo La Tau Game Drives

Daily game drives in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park focusing along the Boteti River.

Leroo La Tau cultural excursions

Optional cultural excursions can be arranged to visit Khumaga Village and Nxai Pan Day trips for 3 night stays

Overnight: Leroo La Tau      

Leroo La Tau rises majestically above the Boteti River which stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

The park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, offers guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction. The lodge offers a raised hide above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that we’ve come to expect in this part of Botswana.

With just 12 thatched luxury chalets all overlooking the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, each with en-suite bathrooms.  There is a dining room, reading room and bar in the main lodge, expansive wooden decks and a plunge pool, where guests can immerse themselves seamlessly into the ultimate wildlife experience in Botswana.

Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, guests can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river.

Included

Shared light aircraft transfer Khwai Bush Camp to Leroo La Tau

2 x Nights’ Accommodation – Fully Inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities – All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

DAY 9: END OF ITINERARY       

Included

Shared light aircraft transfer Leroo La Tau to Maun airport to connect International flight back home ***Safari ends***

Basis

Breakfast

Included

  • Bed &  Breakfast Basis at The Shongwe Lookout (Victoria Falls)
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Muchenje Safari Lodge (Botswana)
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at  Khwai Bush Camp (Botswana)
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Leroo La Tau(Botswana)
  • National Park Vehicle & Entrance Fees where stated
  • Intercamp air / road transfers where stated on a seat rate basis
  • Private road transfers where stated
  • Zambezi Truth Dhow cruise (river fees included)
  • The Lookout Cafe dinner + transfers

Excluded

  • International / regional flights
  • Visas
  • Vehicle hire
  • Premium brand drinks at FI lodges
  • Entrance fee to the Falls (USD30 per person)
  • 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)

ITINERARY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment

On confirmation of booking, a 35% non-refundable deposit is required

Balance payment is due no later than 6 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 AMA Safaris Ltd

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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