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Botswana Teenage Safari

Trip type: 
Wildlife
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
12
Avg user rating: 
4
Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe | 15 days
Trip code: 
UWFB
Family Holidays | Min age 11yrs
What's included: 

Transport - Safari vehicle, boat, mokoro

Accommodation - Hotel (2nts), lodges (4nts), camping (6nts)

Meals - 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Okavango Delta
Thundering Victoria Falls
Mokoro Safari
Meet San Bushmen
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
Okavango Delta
Thundering Victoria Falls
Mokoro Safari
Meet San Bushmen
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Safari vehicle, boat, mokoro

Accommodation - Hotel (2nts), lodges (4nts), camping (6nts)

Meals - 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners

Trip Overview: 

Escape on this family safari adventure to the untouched wilderness of Botswana. Experience some of the most diverse and wildlife-rich habitats on Earth as you explore the varied game reserves of Moremi, Kalahari and Chobe. Ride a mokoro canoe in the Okavango Delta for a very unique gliding experience. Take in the vastness of the Kalahari Desert and the sensational Makgadikgadi salt Pans. What better finale than a visit to the stunning Victoria Falls - "the smoke that thunders!"

Itinerary: 
Day
1
Maun

Maun

Take an overnight flight to Johannesburg and then a short connecting flight to Maun.

Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.The fifth largest town in Botswana, Maun is known as the Gateway to the Delta. Although officially still a village, it has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town and its eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts have spread along the Thamalakane River. It now has shopping centres, hotels and lodges, although it retains a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen continue to bring their cattle to Maun to sell.

 

Day
2
Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve

This morning you transfer (1.5 hours) in an open 4WD game vehicle to Moremi Game Reserve which is one of the finest wilderness areas in Botswana. Proclaimed a wildlife reserve by the Batawana people in 1963, it was the first wildlife sanctuary to be created by an African tribe in their own area, and as such it is unique. The landmark act was described at the time as a shining mark in African tribal history. It is a rich and fascinating area, which is an intricate part of the Okavango Delta.

The area comprises permanently swamped areas, lily-covered wetlands, seasonally swamped area and also dry land. Once in the park you game drive for approx 3 hours. Search for giraffe, hyena, kudu, elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, lion and leopard. Stop for lunch a North Gate. Then you exit the park and game drive in a private concession to reach your accommodation for tonight.

At sunset there is plenty of time to relax and absorb the sounds and beauty of this region. Later you will dine under the stars and no doubt exchange stories around the blazing camp fire, often called the Bush TV!

Hyena Pan Bushlodge AAA - 1 night - (BLD)

Day
3

Maun

This morning take a game drive through the concession (approx 2.5 hours) and then follow the gravel road which will return you to Maun, via Mababe village. You will have a picnic lunch enroute. Arriving back in Maun the afternoon is free for relaxation, you might like to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango.

Day
4
Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a unique river delta that, unlike most, flows not into the sea but into the Kalahari Desert. The great Kavango River was blocked from its original course by a series of geological shifts and now flows from its mountain source in Angola to meet the desert. Its waters spill out over the sandy ground to produce a vast aquatic wetland amid equally vast areas of aridity; a true wonder of the natural world and a unique accident of nature, occurring nowhere else.

Today your Okavango adventure begins as you 4WD to the Mokoro (canoe) station. Here you will meet the Mokoro guides and be assigned to your mokoro, you will travel 2 to 3 people per canoe with your guide.

Your safari begins as your poler skillfully transports you along the Delta. Gliding silently along the waters allows you great game viewing opportunties that will likely take your breathe away at times! You will stop for a picnic lunch on one of the islands and have a chance to stretch your legs a little.

After lunch your safari contines back to the station with more exciting game encounters along the way. Your day ends with a transfer by 4WD back to you lodge in Maun where you can relax and relive your adventures this evening over dinner. (BL)

Day
5

Kalahari

Today you drive to the Kalahari Desert (3.5 hours) a region which makes up two thirds of Botswana. In the afternoon you will enjoy a cultural experience and learn about the San Bushmen people. The Kalahari is the largest remaining terrority for the San who are one of Africa's oldest peoples. The San once roamed over most of Africa, now there are only small numbers in Botswana and Namibia. Spend the day discovering their fascinating culture going on bush walks to learn about how they track animals and survive in the wilderness

Later you will reach your campsite and your camping safari adventure begins. You set up camp on a private concession just outside of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Kids will love the freedom of being outdoors and getting stuck in with the chores of the day. Tonight you can take the chance to learn some of the star formations in the Southern Hemisphere's clear skies.

Day
6

Kalahari

Today you will explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve which is one of the largest protected area on earth. Making an early start you drive to Deception Valley (approx 3 hours). This is the second largest game reserve in the world, you can spot wildlife such as gemsbok, springbok, wildesbeest, there is a good lion population here so chances of seeing the king of the jungle are good, plus cheetah and jackal. There are also some interesting drought resistant plants that have evolved to survive these harsh conditions. Later return to camp. (BLD)

Day
7

Gweta

Breaking camp this morning you head off on a long journey to Gweta (approx 5 hours driving). Today is a long travelling day and a chance to rest a little ready for your next adventures. Gweta is a traditional thatched village with towering palm trees, grey sand, vagrant donkeys and horses, and a petrol station. Gweta in San means "where the big frogs meet". You set up camp for overnight beside some large Baobab trees, this distinctive African tree is very unique and appears rather like it has been planted upside down.

Day
8

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

You break camp and set off today on a drive to Nata (approx 2 hours). Makgadikgadi Pans is an impressively large area of 12,000 square kilometres. About 2 million years ago the Okavango Delta and the pans were part of an enormous lake that flooded across northern Botswana. The deepest parts of the basin became todays Makgadikgadi Pans. The surfaces of the pans are a smooth, blemish free grey clay. The feeling of space, together with the silence and isolation is strikingly overwhelming. You will only explore the area during dry season. You visit the Nata sanctuary on the Makgadikgadi Pans in the afternoon. The sanctuary hosts 165 different species of birds, including pelicans, spoonbills, eagles, ostriches and both greater and lesser flamingos seasonally visit at different times of year. In addition plains game and predators wander the sanctuary, including springbok, jackal and wildebeest.

Day
9

Kasane

Make a drive from Nata to Kasane (approx 5 hours). Kasane is a small town and a popular access point to Chobe National Park. Arriving at your riverside campsite you set up camp and enjoy the rest of the afternoon free. Take the chance to stop up on any supplies you need from the town.

Day
10

Kasane & Chobe NP

The day starts with a game drive (approx 2.5 hours) in Chobe National Park, the park entrance is just a few minutes away from your campsite. Chobe is a raw and compelling wilderness packed with game. The park was created in 1968 and named after the river that passes through it. Watch for herds of elephant and buffalo, rhino, giraffe, kudu, hyena, waterbuck, eland and other game.

This afternoon take a cruise on the river (3 hours) where you can watch for the elephants on the waters edge or crossing the river next to you. Spot hippo lazing in their pods and spot water monitor lizzards and crocodiles basking in the sunshine on the river edge. 

Day
11/12
Zimbabwe / Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe / Victoria Falls

This morning you head out of Botswana and into Zimbabwe (approx 2 hours drive). This afternoon you head off to see one of the most awesome sights in the world, ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’- the Smoke That Thunders (the name given to the falls by the Makololo people). The waterfalls are without doubt one of the greatest and most unforgettably scenic spectacles in Africa, guaranteed to make your jaw drop. It’s hot and humid here, and walking through the rainforest that thrives in the spray from the falls, you can feel the immense power generated by the Zambezi River. It plummets over a width of nearly 2km into a deep gorge over 100m below, causing the ground to vibrate under your feet. The wide basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent, cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.

The next day is free - there are many optional excursions to choose from during your stay here – you might not have time to do all of them! (all at additional charge) such as helicopter ride over the falls, canoeing (minimum 12 years old) and white water rafting (minimum 18 years old). You can also enjoy some time to relax by the hotel swimming pool as your holiday is drawing to an end.

Many people choose to fly over the falls for the best aerial view; you can either try a flight by light aircraft, micro-light or helicopter over the falls. The ‘Flight of the Angels’, as it is known, takes its name from a passage in Livingstone’s journal. The overwhelming force and beauty of what he had just seen inspired him to write: “on sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed.”

Day
13

Tour ends

Trip ends today. (B)

Wonderful Wildlife

Being surrounded by the African wilderness is truly unforgettable. You’ll visit a range of different habitats on this family safari holiday and encounter a wide variety of animals. You’ll head deep into Moremi Game Reserve – one of the few untouched parts of Africa – searching for wildlife in Moremi Game reserve. Buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala, and African Wild dog, they are all there. Home to some 120,000 elephants, Chobe National Park is the place to go in search of these loveable giants. The sight of a large herd spread across the landscape is an awesome spectacle.

Wide open Spaces

Two thirds of Botswana is made up by the Kalahari Desert. Visiting the central section which is a game reserve gives you an indication of the true scale of this desert region. The Makgadikgadi salt pans glisten in the sun, merging at the horizon with the blue sky to form a vastness that is breathtakingly beautiful.

Victoria Falls

Your family holiday ends at the incredible Victoria Falls. Here you’ll get soaked by the spray as the Zambezi crashes into the Batoka Gorge, and perhaps take an optional helicopter ride (additional charge) for a spectacular birds-eye view. You will soon discover why this place was called "the smoke that thunders".

Our Okavango to Victoria Falls trip is just one of our many Africa Family tours. To find out more visit our Africa holidays page.