Precious Journeys Botswana

Botswana captivates and inspires with glimpses of old Africa and its wildness. Enjoy a private tour of Victoria Falls. Go on safari in Botswana’s Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. Game viewing can be done day or night, by canoe, on foot, or in a safari vehicle.

Country Information

Botswana

 

Weather:

Summer: (Sept-April) Frequent rain and thunderstorms; days and nights are very hot, but cooling off after rain spells.
Winter: (May-July) Dry and cold days and nights especially in the early hours of the morning.

Time Zone:

Botswana is Greenwich Mean Time GMT +2 hours.

Flight Information:

Botswana Map

Upon arrival, proceed through immigration and baggage claims and customs. You can also exchange money at this time at the bank windows located in the airport. Big Five
personnel will assist you with your baggage and escort you to your hotel & assist with check-in formalities.

Currency:

Pula (P) = 100 thebe. Notes are in denominations of P100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of P5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 thebe.

Before You Go

Bostwana Destination Guide (Download)


Precious Journeys Botswana New Reality

(Countries Visited)

Botswana


(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel

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Safaris

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Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

8 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $6,690
  • Experience one of the foremost natural wonders of Africa – majestic  Victoria Falls, also known as Smoke that Thunders
  • Go on safari in Botswana’s Linyanti Wildlife Reserve with game viewing can be done both day and night and in hides as well as from vehicles
  • Explore the watery world of Jacana Camp by mokoro (canoe), on foot and by vehicle.
  • Enjoy a taste of authentic safari life in the small, private tented camps on private reserves that are vital to the well being of the ecosystems and the animal that move through them
  • Big Five partners with responsible ecotourism and conservation companies that share our views of sustainable travel, and take their stewardship of the land, animals and local communities seriously. Camps in this itinerary, for example, offer educational and employment opportunities to local residents; with 85% of camps’ staff from neighboring communities.

Day 1:  Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Welcome to Johannesburg!  On arrival you are met and assisted to your hotel adjacent to the terminal.  The rest of the day is at leisure as you prepare to begin your journey tomorrow.  Intercontinental Hotel Johannesburg Airport

Day 2:  Johannesburg / Livingstone, Zambia
Make your way to OR Tambo Airport for your flight to Livingstone.  On arrival in Livingstone, you will be privately transferred to the Royal Livingstone Hotel.  The completion of the Victoria Falls bridge gave birth to the city of Livingstone in 1905.  The town prospered as the gateway to trade between the north and south sides of the Zambezi River.  A number of colonial buildings from that era are still standing.  The town is a good base for exploring the many adventure options of the region.  There are a variety of ways to experience Victoria Falls - on foot, by air (helicopter or micro lite flight), on a bungee jump, or rafting the Zambezi River above the falls, sport fishing and kayaking.  Or, learn about local history at the Livingstone Museum and the Railway Museum; shop the extensive craft markets; or relax on an unforgettable African sunsets on a river cruise.  Your hotel is immediately upstream from the falls on the forested banks of the great Zambezi River in Zambia.  This hotel recalls a bygone era, with the main its thatch roofs, large and elegant lounges and bars and shaded verandas where you relax in authentic colonial furnishings.  The sparkling Victorian swimming pool visually links the river with the terraces of the hotel, and there is a sweeping timber deck jutting into the swirling water of the Zambezi.  All rooms are air conditioned and feature satellite television, electronic safe, hairdryer, mini-bar, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.  The en suite bathrooms have free standing Victorian baths and oversized showers.  All the rooms have private balconies or terraces with spectacular views of the river.  Hotel guests are welcome to hop onto a passing golf cart to gain unlimited access to view the falls themselves or with a local guide.  You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the landing to meet the African Queen for a journey upstream along the length of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.  From you comfortable deck chairs, you may spot a variety of animals and birds along the way.  Excellent hot and cold food is served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks.  All food and drink is included in the price and served throughout the two-hour cruise by professional, friendly waiters making the whole experience probably the most luxurious cruise on the Zambezi River.  The Royal Livingstone (B)

Day 3:  Livingstone
After breakfast, enjoy a private tour of Victoria Falls that takes you on a discovery of how the falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them.  One special vantage point is across the Knife Edge Bridge, where you have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the main falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge.  Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree, which commands panoramic views.  The Royal Livingstone (B) 

Day 4:  Livingstone / Kasane, Botswana / Moremi Game Reserve
This morning, you will be transferred to Kasane, Botswana for your charter flight to Moremi Game Reserve.  On arrival, you are met and transferred to your camp along the Maunachira River.  Situated in the heart of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, you experience unhindered views in specially-designed safari vehicles.  This reserve is home to a wide array of wildlife, and its consistent year-round game viewing makes it ideal for first time visitors to Botswana as well as seasoned Africa travelers.  Okuti Camp (B,L,D) 

Day 5:  Moremi Game Reserve
Today you will enjoy the game activities of your camp.  The reserve supports the most diverse habitat and animal populations in Botswana and includes resident species of wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, hyena, zebra, kudu, lechwe, sable and roan antelope.  Okuti Camp (B,L,D) 

Day 6:  Moremi Game Reserve / Okavango Delta
Today you will be transferred by light aircraft to Kanana Camp in the remote heart of the Okavango Delta.  This luxury tented camp is built within the shade of spectacular ebony, knob thorn acacia and sausage trees.  The raised decks of the dining and sitting areas encircle an ancient fig tree.  The menu includes fresh vegetables and fruit and bread baked daily.  The well-stocked bar is a social meeting place at sunset.  The camp has just eight luxury tented rooms, and they are built on stilts to maximize the views of the floodplains.  The large mesh windows of the Meru-style tents allow plenty of natural light into the rooms which are furnished with twin beds, basic furnishings and open canvas camping-style wardrobes.  The en suite bathrooms include basins and showers behind canvas and reed partitions.  Kanana Camp (B,L,D) 

Day 7:  Okavango Delta
Today you will enjoy the game activities of your safari accommodations. Enjoy game viewing in open vehicles, on foot, or by mokoro gliding silently through the Delta’s waterways.  You are sure to see an important nesting site for many migratory water birds that arrive from July on; and a privileged few may see roosting marabou stork, open-bill stork and the rare Pel's fishing owl.  Kanana Camp (B,L,D) 

Day 8:  Okavango Delta / Maun / Johannesburg / Depart
Transfer by light charter flight to the Maun Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.  Upon arrival, you will connect with your international flight home.  (B)

Departure Dates:  Mar 1 to Jun 30 and  Nov 1 to Nov 30, 2013

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $6,690

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