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LODGE TO LODGE SAFARI • 10 NIGHTS

THE ELAND ACCOMMODATED SAFARI

This accommodated safari explores prime wildlife areas in Botswana and a lodge stay at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Accommodated Safari offers a great value trip through Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is an activity-packed safari allowing you to discover the diversity that these countries have to offer.
Accommodation throughout your journey with us includes lodges, guest houses and bungalows.

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Highlights

Highlights

  • 2 nights in Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
  • Explore Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (extra charges apply)
  • 2 days visiting Chobe National Park
  • Boat cruise on Chobe River
  • 2 nights Khwai Concession/Moremi Game Reserve – mokoro excursion
  • 2 nights Khumaga, bordering Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Visit to a rhino sanctuary
Highlights
  • Day 1: Gaborone
  • Day 2: Serowe
  • Day 3: Boteti River Camp
  • Day 4: Boteti River Camp
  • Day 5: Khwai Guest House (air transfer option from MUB to Khwai Airstrip)
  • Day 6: Khwai Guest House
  • Day 7: Chobe Elephant Camp
  • Day 8: Chobe Elephant Camp
  • Day 9: Pioneers Vic Falls
  • Day 10: Pioneers Vic Falls
  • Day 1: Pioneers Vic Falls
  • Day 2: Pioneers Vic Falls
  • Day 3: Chobe Elephant Camp
  • Day 4: Chobe Elephant Camp
  • Day 5: Khwai Guest House
  • Day 6: Khwai Guest House
  • Day 7: Boteti River Camp (air transfer option from Khwai Airstrip to MUB)
  • Day 8: Boteti River Camp
  • Day 9: Serowe
  • Day 10: Gaborone
  • Vic Falls: Vic falls activities (extra charges apply)
  • Chobe: boat excursion, game drive
  • Khwai: mokoro excursion, game drives
  • Makgadikgadi: game drives, village walk
  • Game drive into a rhino sanctuary

Day 1: Gaborone, comfortable lodge

The safari starts at the lodge where your guide will meet you after arrival for a safari briefing. Bush Ways is happy to assist in booking transfers from Sir Seretse Khama International al Airport (Gaborone) to the lodge, extra charges apply. You will have your afternoon at leisure to do a city tour (extra charges apply) or relax by the poolside. Lunch and dinner at own expense.

Day 2: Serowe - comfortable lodge

After breakfast you will start your journey north and will spend the night in a charming hotel. Your guide will take you to a rhino sanctuary for an afternoon game drive where you will have an opportunity to see white and black rhinos, giraffe, steenbok and wildebeest. Dinner at own expense. Night spent in a comfortable hotel. (B, L)

Gaborone - Serowe: 306km, 3.5h

Day 3: Makgadikgadi, comfortable camp

You will wake up as the sun rises and enjoy breakfast before heading to the Makgadikgadi area enjoying lunch enroute. You will spend the next two nights at an oasis on the edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park, overlooking the Boteti River in Khumaga village. The afternoon will be spent in the village of Khumaga, a small village of about 1000 people. You can find out about their way of life and further insight into the local culture. (B, L, D)

Serowe – Boteti: 411km, 5h

Day 4: Makgadikgadi, comfortable camp


An early morning start to explore the surrounding national parks, which are home to a fascinating variety of desert specialised wildlife as well as predators including lion, hyena and cheetah. In addition, this area is famous for one of the largest zebra migrations in Africa, which you may have the opportunity to witness. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

After breakfast you will make your way west, you will stop over in Maun where you will enjoy lunch (at own expense) at a local restaurant. Your adventure then proceeds to Khwai, you will have the option of taking an air transfer that afternoon to Khwai (1 hour, inclusive of 15 minute scenic flight, rate TBA by your guide/agent – to be booked during the safari, payment in USD cash only) alternatively continue on with your guide and vehicle through beautiful wildlife areas, game viewing as you go. Your journey is to the Khwai River area, on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve - one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and late afternoon as the sun sets. Night at Khwai Guesthouse in the Khwai Village. (B, D)
Boteti River Camp – Khwai: 340 km, ±6 hrs (excluding lunch stop over)

Day 6: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

You will further discover this region of the famous Okavango Delta, you will do game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai River (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession and have an opportunity to do a mokoro excursion into a community-managed concession area. Your guide will take you on a scenic drive to the mokoro station where you will meet your mokoro poler/guide, who will share with you hidden secrets of this water system. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Chobe, comfortable lodge

The safari then heads north towards a rustic camp at the edge of Chobe National Park, where you will stay 2 nights to explore the northern reaches of the park. This day will be a full day activity as we will do a full day of game drives through the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park towards the Chobe flood plains. You will have your lunch break en-route and arrive late afternoon at your lodge. (B, L, D)

Khwai – Chobe: 200 km, 10 hrs (including game drives)

Day 8: Chobe, comfortable lodge

Time is spent in northern Chobe, a park which is incredibly rich in game due to the Chobe River providing water all year round. Large herds of elephant and buffalo are frequently seen. Due to the high density of herbivores in this area many predators, such as lions and leopards, can be found. While staying at Chobe Elephant Camp you will do a game drive and boat cruise within the Chobe National Park where you immerse yourself into this incredible area from both land and water. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, comfortable lodge

Today the journey takes you to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (Visa required) where you will spend two nights at a comfortable lodge. The lodge team will assist you with arranging activities of your choice that you can enjoy during your stay (at own expense). Spend the afternoon at leisure, visiting the majestic falls or shop for curios. Dinner at own expense. (B) (L, D at own expense)

Chobe – Victoria Falls: 160 km, ±3.5 hrs driving (plus border crossing)

Day 10: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The lodge has an activities desk where you can make bookings for the day to explore Vic Falls town. Activities in Victoria Falls include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask the lodge reception for further details if not pre-booked. (B)

Day 11: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – END of the safari

Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges, Kasane, or any nearby lodges at an additional cost.

Day 1: Victoria Falls, comfortable lodge

Your adventure starts at a comfortable lodge at Victoria Falls. Bush Ways Safaris is happy to assist with pre-safari arrangements including transfers (extra cost) from the airport to the lodge. You will have your afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Victoria Falls town and the numerous activities it offers. Lunch and dinner at own expense.

Day 2: Victoria Falls, comfortable lodge

You have this day to further explore Vic Falls Town. Activities in Victoria Falls include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask the lodge reception for further details if not pre-booked. Lunch and dinner at own expense. (B)

Day 3: Chobe, comfortable lodge

Today you will have a leisurely breakfast at your lodge. The lodge reception will advise the departure time of your transfer to Botswana. You will then head to Botswana. The next two nights are spent at a rustic camp at the edge of Chobe National Park. Look out for any wildlife along the way as you travel through the Chobe National Park to get to your destination. (B, D)

Victoria Falls – Chobe, Chobe Elephant Camp:  160 km, ±3.5 hrs driving (plus border crossing)

Day 4: Chobe, comfortable lodge

Time is spent in Chobe National Park, which is incredibly rich in game due to the Chobe River providing water all year round. Large herds of elephant and buffalo are frequently seen. Due to the high density of herbivores in this area many predators, such as lions and leopards, can be found. While staying at Chobe Elephant Camp you will do a game drive and boat cruise within the Chobe National Park where you immerse yourself into this incredible area from both land and water.  (B, L, D)

Day 5: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

After breakfast, your adventure continues through to the Southern parts of Chobe National Park, having lunch in the Savuti area and travelling onward to the Khwai River area, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. This is one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Night at the Khwai Guest House or similar in the Khwai Village. (B, L, D)

Chobe – Khwai Guest House: 200 km, 10 hrs (including game drives)

 Day 6: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

You will further explore this region of the famous Okavango Delta, you will do game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai River (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession) and have an opportunity to do a mokoro excursion into a community-managed concession area. Your guide will take you on a scenic drive to the mokoro station where you will meet your mokoro poler/guide, who will share with you hidden secrets of this water system. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Makgadikgadi, comfortable camp

Inspired by the beauty of the area, you will travel south to Maun. You will have the option of taking an air transfer that morning to Maun (1 hour, inclusive of 15 minute scenic flight, rate TBA by your guide/agent – to be booked during the safari, payment in cash only). Enjoy a bit of curio shopping  while waiting for the guide and the rest of the group to then have lunch at a local restaurant (lunch at own expense).  After lunch you will head towards your next lodge, an oasis on the edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park, overlooking the Boteti River in Khumaga village. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool or enjoying the view from the lounge. (B,D)

Khwai – Boteti River Camp: 340 km, ±6 hrs by road (excluding lunch stop over)

Day 8: Makgadikgadi, comfortable camp

An early morning start to explore the surrounding national parks, which are home to a fascinating variety of desert specialised wildlife as well as predators including lion, hyena and cheetah. In addition, this area is famous for one of the largest zebra migrations in Africa, which you may have the opportunity to witness. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Serowe - comfortable lodge

After breakfast you will travel south where you will spend the night in a charming hotel. Your guide will take you to a rhino sanctuary for an afternoon game drive where you will have an opportunity to see white and black rhinos, giraffe, African black python, steenbok and wildebeest. Dinner at own expense. Night spent in a comfortable hotel.  (B, L)

Boteti – Serowe (Central District): 411km, 5h

Day 10: Gaborone, comfortable lodge

You will have a late breakfast before making your way to the capital city for your last night in Botswana. This afternoon will be at leisure with the chance to do a city tour (extra charges apply) or relax by the poolside. Dinner at own expense. Night spent in a comfortable hotel.  (B, L)

Serowe - Gaborone: 306km, 3.5h

Day 11: END OF THE SAFARI

This is your last morning in Botswana, you will have a late breakfast before your guide takes you to the airport where your safari officially ends at 12h00.  Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers. (B)

  • Gaborone: Town Lodge or similar
  • Serowe: Serowe Hotel or similar
  • Makgadikgadi: Boteti River Camp or similar 
  • Khwai: Khwai Guest House or similar
  • Chobe: Chobe Elephant Camp or similar 
  • Victoria Falls: Pioneers or similar 

Contact us to check availability.

 CODE SAFARI DATES 2023        SEASON

 BWAE 2301

 Southbound

25-May - 5-Jun Low

 BWAE 2302

Northbound

04-Jun - 15-Jun Low

 BWAE 2203

 Northbound

29 -Jun - 10-Jul Low

BWAE 2304

Southbound

27-Jul - 07-Aug High

BWAE 2305

Southbound

05-Oct - 16-Oct High

2023

Low Season: EUR 3, 580 per person sharing

High Season: EUR 3, 780 per person sharing

 

Safari price includes:

All accommodation (rooms in comfortable lodges or guest houses, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner), services of a Professional Guide, all Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in enclosed, air-conditioned and specialised safari vehicles. 

Safari price does not include:

Covid-19 PCR test fees (please note your travel insurance must cover for COVID-19). Entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions at the lodges (scenic flight over the Delta, activities in Victoria Falls, game drives, fishing etc), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, any increase in National Park fees.

The Bush Ways Accommodated Safari offers travelers the opportunity to explore the most amazing wilderness areas of Botswana as well as a glimpse of the beauty of Zimbabwe simultaneously providing the comfort of permanent camps and lodges with the incredible privilege of being introduced to these fantastic natural wonders by one of our passionate Bush Ways guides.

This lodge-to-lodge mobile safari itinerary is around a 2/3-star standard and offers a lot of activities. Transportation between lodges is done in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus and a custom-built Bush Ways open game viewer.

The activities are carried out in the various lodges where we are staying using the lodge game drive vehicles, boats and mekoro (traditional dugout canoes). 

Maximum 11 participants for Southbound and Northbound safaris

The accommodation used during this tour will therefore be:

  • In Gaborone: Town Lodge or similar
  • In Serowe: Serowe Hotel or similar
  • In Moremi/Khwai: Khwai Guest House or similar
  • In Makgadikgadi: Boteti River Camp or similar
  • Chobe: Chobe Elephant Camp or similar
  • In Victoria Falls: Pioneers or similar

LUGGAGE

One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-hard suitcases should be avoided as well.

One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet

Main luggage: max weight = 18kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm

Remember that on safari you need far fewer clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing ;-)

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea

Hat/cap

Scarf and gloves (especially for winter months)

Warm jacket/fleece/jumper – windproof in winter months (May - Sept), waterproof in summer months (Nov - Mar)

Swimming costume

Natural clothing (i.e. no bright colours and no white), t-shirts, shorts, a pair of light weight long trousers and a lightweight long sleeve shirt (long sleeves are extremely useful for sun protection during the day and mosquito protection during the evening)

Please note that camouflage printed clothing is fine for the bush but please do not to wear in towns or when crossing borders.

Comfortable walking shoes and flip flops/sandals

Camera equipment, binoculars, lots of spare films, batteries and spare memory cards for digital cameras are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.

Adaptors for cables, chargers, USB, etc.: note that we recommend you label them to avoid confusion on the vehicle charging station

Water bottle and a small day pack for walks

TOILETRIES AND FIRST AID

Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case

Sunscreen

Malaria prophylaxis (see section 5 for further information)

Mosquito repellents/lotion/spray

Water proof/zip lock bags for storing personal items to keep dust free and/or dry.

Personal First Aid Kit

Please note: A First Aid Kit will be present throughout the safari but personal medicines must be brought for the duration of the safari.

MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

Check with your local immunisation authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician

Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION website for up to date information www.who.int

Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken

Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from / going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from / going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR result documentation not more than 72 hours valid to enter into Botswana (To enter into Zimbabwe do have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination) 

Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.

Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.

For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bw, www.zambiatourism.com, www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na

Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas

For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy

If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment.

Requirements for minor traveling through all Botswana ports of entry

Minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

The Botswana Tourism Development Levy has not been reinstated, if put back in place this will be advised.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.

Bush Ways Safaris does not provide travel insurance.

Bush Ways Safaris rate includes Okavango Air Rescue membership. The service provides medical evacuation from isolated areas of the bush by a medically equipped helicopter and emergency doctor, ensuring smooth and swift operations. International insurance companies are not always familiar with the practicalities of dealing with emergencies in the Botswana bush, which can add to delays in obtaining medical care. OAR membership does not replace an international medical insurance and evacuation during safari. Alternatively if you would like to receive coverage to your entire stay in Botswana and not just for our safari coverage extra charges will apply.

Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details prior to your arrival so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer's Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone it from Botswana - USA 800 numbers don't work from here).

SAFARI DRINKS

Drinks are at your own account at all lodges

Please note that our safari teams do not sell drinks during the safari and drinks can only be bought in town prior to and/or during the safari.

We always recommend that people drink a minimum 3 litres of drinking water / juices / soft drinks per person per day to avoid dehydration.

At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis

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