Botswana Escorted Safari

008896-W20

This small-group safari tour is being escorted by Arnie Hydamaka, our resident Africa specialist. He’s been on so many safaris we’ve lost count! He has designed this safari tour to maximize wildlife experiences during the “green season” in the southern areas of Africa and invites you to join him at the fantastic safari camps in Botswana.

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Highlights
  • Fly in to Seba Camp, Okavango Delta, with its lagoon-side setting and rich wildlife experiences
  • Camp in the Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel, which is a magnet for thirsty wildlife
  • Elephant, hippos, crocodile, roan, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog are all species present in this area
  • Marvel at Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya or The Smoke that Thunders), as the Zambezi River plunges over the 1700 meter wide and 100-meter deep chasm
  • Relax and soak in the beauty of Cape Town, enjoying a break from the winter back home
Details

Group Size: Minimum 10

2020 Dates:
February: 12

2020 Pricing
From US$5,390 – twin

Prices are shown as starting from rates in US$, per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rates may be available on request. Final pricing will depend on the availability of components and exchange rates in place at the time of your reservation.

Tour Code:
008896-W20

Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg

Upon arrival to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport you will transfer by hotel shuttle to the nearby Holiday Inn Airport for a two-night stay.

The Holiday Inn Johannesburg Airport, located just ten minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, is the perfect place to take time to relax and unwind before or after a long journey. Stay stress free a complimentary airport shuttle service. The hotel has 151 comfortable rooms equipped with all modern amenities and Wireless Internet. For leisure, work out in the in-house gym overlooking the outdoor pool, where you can take a swim or soak up the sun. At the end of the day, dine in at their restaurant or order room service and put your feet up.

Day 2: Johannesburg

Free day to do some optional touring, shopping or just relax and rest up in preparation for your upcoming safari days.

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest 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. 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.

It is possible to add on an optional tour to Soweto and the Apartheid Museum, which takes a close look at South Africa’s turbulent past.

Day 3: Johannesburg – Seba Camp, Okavango Delta

Shuttle from the hotel back to Johannesburg’s airport for your flight to Maun. On arrival in Maun you’ll be transferred to the light aircraft, circuit flight that will take you to the Okavango Delta and Seba Camp.

Circuit Flights: The light aircraft, circuit flights are subject to weight restrictions based on the aircraft used, weather conditions and season, passenger and luggage weights, routing and fuel required. Some routes may require en-route stops which may involve changing aircraft. Total baggage allowance on these inter-camp flights is 20kg total per person (includes checked bag as well as all carry-on items).

Seba Camp’s lagoon-side setting hints at the rich wildlife experiences to come. The surrounding forest of majestic hardwood trees plays host to prolific birdlife, while on the concession a variety of land and water game-viewing activities ensure that Seba delivers a classic Okavango Delta safari experience.

Eight luxury tents include two designed for families, with interconnecting bedrooms and plunge pools.

Day 4 & 5: Seba Camp, Okavango Delta

While staying at Seba Camp, you will be taken on twice daily game drives and have the opportunity for night drives, walking safaris, mokoro safaris, or have a relaxing day by the pool.

Day 6: Seba Camp, Okavango Delta - Linyanti Concession

A light aircraft, circuit flight whisks you from the Seba Camp in the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti Concessions.

The Linyanti Concessions Camp is located in the private Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel. This channel is a magnet for thirsty wildlife.

The Kwando-Linyanti river system is home to a series of private game reserves, known for their exotic animal species and luxury safari options. An abundance of wildlife roams freely between the woodland habitats, ancient floodplains
and forests that make up these lush, unfenced reserves. The area hosts large herds of impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe and buffalo as well as the world’s highest density of elephant. Several packs of wild dog are found in the area and lion, leopard and cheetah are frequently sighted. Night drives allow for the discovery of nocturnal creatures such as civets, genets, honey badgers and spring hares. This vast, untamed wilderness is the perfect location for those seeking a unique African adventure in an
exclusive and remote big game habitat.

The activities on offer include day and night game drives, guided walks (on request) and seasonal boating, depending on water levels. Nearby platforms and hides also present excellent wildlife opportunities.

Day 7 & 8: Linyanti Concessions

During your stay at Linyanti Camp, you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives every day to reveal the rich wildlife of the area where predators and elephant are often the highlight.

Given its location on the Linyanti Marsh and easy access to a combination of habitats, floodplains, open dry-land savannah and woodland, the area is a magnet for big game and birdlife. Well-known for its huge elephant concentrations as they congregate along the waterways during the dry winter months, the area is also renowned for general wildlife including specials such as roan and sable. Predator sightings may include lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyaena.

You can also choose to go on a walking safari to observe the many signs of the wild from tracks on the ground to the sounds of the wilderness around you as you explore your surroundings on foot with an experienced guide. Or, experience a whole new safari as you explore after dark for those animals that only come out at night.

Day 9: Linyanti Concessions - Kasane - Victoria Falls

Time to say good-bye to your Linyanti Camp and catch your flight via scheduled, light aircraft to Kasane Airport. From here you transfer by road to Victoria Falls.

Check in to your accommodation, Shearwater Explorers Village or similar, for a two-night stay.

Explorers Village offers the modern pioneer a perfect haven from which to investigate Victoria Falls, widely recognized as the adventure capital of the African continent. Shearwater has been developing and honing adventure, scenic and wildlife experiences in Zimbabwe for over 30 years and the Explorers Village is the ideal melting pot for like-minded individuals to explore the wonders of Victoria Falls and launch themselves into some unforgettable adventures.

Located merely 400m from the Victoria Falls, 100m from the epicenter of the Vic Falls town with its craft and curio markets, bohemian cafes and overlooking natural African bush panorama, the Explorers Village is the perfect “Base Camp”. Comprising of 5 bespoke Overland camping sites, modern ablution facilities and 42 private rooms, the village represents budget accommodation at its finest – clean, cool, relaxing, elegant, excellent traditional food, ice cold drinks and exceptionally friendly hosts ready to welcome you and guide you through your Vic Falls experience.

Day 10: Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone was the first European to visit the Falls, and named it after Queen Victoria. To the locals, it is known as Mosi-oa-Tunya The Smoke that Thunders an accurate description of what happens when the waters of the Zambezi River plunge over the 1700 metre wide and 100-metre deep chasm, creating a shower of spray and a deafening noise. From February to May each year, the Victoria Falls are in full flood and 500 million litres of water tumble over the edge into a series of gorges each minute!

A variety of local activities are available as optional tours such as river walks, cruises down the Zambezi River, helicopter tours over the falls and for the adventurers zip-lining or bungee-jumping. Or simply choose to sit with a nice, cool drink and take in the spectacular views. Pre-booking is recommended.

Day 11: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Cape Town, South Africa

Today it’s time to bid farewell to Victoria Falls and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town, South Africa. We’ll transfer to the centrally located Dale Court Guest House, or similar, for a five-night stay in this fabulous city.

The Dale Court Guest House is situated a five-minute walk away to the nearest entrance to the world-famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. All rooms are en-suite with air-conditioning, TV and tea/coffee tray. Breakfast daily is included in the skylit Breakfast Atrium.

Day 12-15: Cape Town, South Africa

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

There are many optional tours available in Cape Town and the surrounding area such as a Peninsula and Table Mountain Tour, including a cable car ride or a Winelands Tour in the nearby Boland Mountains.

Day 16: Depart Cape Town

Today, our tour ends with a transfer from the hotel to the Cape Town airport to catch your departing flight.

Should you wish to extend your time in Cape Town or continue on to another destination in Africa or beyond, please ask us to quote you for the additional arrangements.

Included
  • Transfer between Johannesburg airport to hotel, round trip
  • Two nights of accommodation in Johannesburg at The Holiday Inn Airport, or similar, including breakfast
  • Airfare Johannesburg to Maun and Victoria Falls to Cape Town
  • Taxes and service charges on airfare
  • Scheduled circuit, light aircraft flight from Maun to Seba Camp, Okavango Delta
  • Three nights of camp accommodation at Seba Camp
  • Scheduled circuit, light aircraft flight from Seba Camp, Okavango Delta to Linyanti Concessions Camp
  • Three nights of accommodation at Linyanti Concessions Camp
  • Scheduled circuit, light aircraft flight from Linyanti Concessions to Kasane
  • Accommodation at all camps in tented rooms
  • All meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities/drives, park fees, laundry service, all local drinks (excludes premium imported brands and champagne)
  • Services of lodge guides and staff
  • Transfer by road from Kasane Airport to Victoria Falls
  • Two nights of accommodation at Explorers Village or similar, Victoria Falls, including breakfast
  • Transfer from Cape Town airport to downtown hotel
  • Five nights of accommodation at Dale Court Guesthouse, or similar, Cape Town, including breakfast
  • Accommodation taxes, Tourism Levies, VAT and GST
  • Great Canadian Travel Africa Specialist escort
Not Included
  • International flights to Johannesburg, returning from Cape Town
  • Flights from Johannesburg to Maun and Victoria Falls to Cape Town
  • Meals not specified
  • Drinks, park and entrance fees, porterage, extra tours/excursions and transfers not specified
  • Guide and camp staff gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport and visa fees, as required
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional sightseeing in Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Cape Town
  • Airport taxes, payable in US$, cash only
  • Any new government taxes, levies, fuel surcharges or industry increase beyond our control
Tour Notes

Great Canadian Travel has partnered with this premier safari tour company since 1983 to create exciting travel experiences in Botswana. We concentrate on offering departures in the African “green season”. The green season includes the months of February and March, which is winter in Canada. However, it is summer in southern Africa! The green season offers spectacular savings in Botswana, often referred to as the best safari destination in Africa.

By using camps in different ecosystems in Botswana, the safaris provide a real diversity and wilderness experience that one can enjoy in privacy and high comfort. The itinerary includes the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti Concessions, a natural oasis in Botswana with an air of untouched beauty teeming with wildlife. These fly in safaris are unsurpassed value as we use luxury camps on private concessions, open vehicles and off-roading, which provide excellent photographic opportunities.

The tour provides the opportunity to extend your stay for a few days in either Johannesburg before the tour begins or in Cape Town at the end of the tour.

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.

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