13 days

Hungry, Hungry Hippos - Family Adventure

Hungry, Hungry Hippos - Family Adventure

Chobe National Park's river

Moremi Game Reserve's concentration of wildlife

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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  • Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. 

    Why we love it

    • Visit the Moremi Game Reserve, the best reserve in Botswana. You may see giraffe, hyena, kudu, elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, lion and leopard here.
    • Spend time at the beautiful Okavango Delta. Canoe along the delta and see the beautiful wildlife that surrounds it.
    • Making up two thirds of Botsawana's total land mass, the Kalahari Desert is something to behold.
    • Visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the largest protected area on earth. Here you will hopefully see gemsbok, springbok, wildesbeest, lion, cheetah and jackal
    • Spend time at the otherwordly Nata Sanctuary on the Makgadikgadi Pans.
    • Visit the beautiful Chobe National Park, go for a game drive and a cruise down the Chobe river. You might see elephant, buffalo, rhino, kudu, hyena, waterbuck, and eland
    • See the beautiful and spectacular Victoria Falls.


    Day 1 - Maun

    • Upon arrival in Maun you will make your way to the joining hotel for your first night of the trip. The rest of the day will be free to explore your surrounds and settle in. Maun is the perfect place to take a relaxing stroll, or perhaps enjoy a swim in your hotel pool.
    • There will be a welcome meeting at 5pm, where you will have the opportunity to meet your tour leader and travel companions.

    Day 2 - Moremi Game Reserve

    • You will drive to Moremi Game Reserve in a 4WD game vehicle today. Moremi is one of the best game reserves in Botswana. It was proclaimed a wildlife reserve by the Batawana people in 1963, making it the first wildlife sanctuary to be created by a local African tribe. The area is rich and interesting, with a lot of wetland and swampy areas, as well as dry land.
    • You will go on a three hour game drive upon arrival, hopefully seeing giraffe, hyena, kudu, elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, lion and leopard, before lunching at North Gate.
    • After lunch, you will leave the park and continue to game drive in a private concession on your way to your accomodation for the night.
    • You will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy your surrounds as the sun sets, before dining under the stars and enjoying a raging camp fire.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Maun

    • You will go on another game drive through the concession this morning before following the gravel road back to Maun. You will stop on the way at Mababe village, and again for a picnic lunch.
    • You will have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango today (additional cost).
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 4 - Okavango Delta

    • You will spend time in the wonderful Okavango Delta today. It is an unusual river that runs into the Kalahari Desert rather than the sea. This is the result of a series of geological shifts, that blocked its initial course and shifted it to instead meet the desert where it flows out across the desert, creating a lively wetland amidst vast aridity. It is a true spectacle, and a completely unique occurence.
    • You will start your time here with a 4WD adventure to the Mokoro (canoe) station. You and one or two others will be assigned a canoe. A skilled Mokoro guide will pole you along the Delta, the perfect way to silently view game at the water's edge.
    • You will have a picnic lunch on one of the islands in the delta, before continuing your Mokoro safari back to the station.
    • You will be taken back to the lodge in Maun in the afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy dinner.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 5 - Kalahari

    • The Kalahari Desert beckons today. It makes up two thirds of Botwana and retains a wonderful ancient culture. You will spend some time with the San Bushmen people today, learning about the culture of some of Africa's oldest people, who once roamed across the whole continent. You will learn how to track animals and how to survive in the wilderness.
    • Later in the day, you will head to your campsite for the evening. Your camping safari adventure will begin here - an especially exciting component of the trip for kids. You will set up camp on a private concession just outside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. As night falls, you can marvel at the beautiful constellations in the Southern Hemisphere's clear skies.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Kalahari

    • You will have the chance to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve today, it is the largest protected area on earth. You will arise early and drive to Deception Valley, where you can spot wildlife such as gemsbok, springbok, wildesbeest, lion, cheetah and jackal.
    • You'll also see the interesting plants that have evolved to resist drought in the area.
    • You will return to your camp later in the day.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Gweta

    • You will spend most of today travelling, leaving your camp early and heading to the thatched village of Gweta. The village is defined by the grey of the sand, the towering palms and vagrant horses and donkies that wander aimlessly. You will set up camp for the night under some large and distinctive Baobab trees.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

    • You will pack up camp and set off for Nata today, where you will discover the Nata Sanctuary on the Makgadikgadi Pans. A lake that once incorporated the Okavango Delta flooded across northern Botswana two million years ago, and the Makgadikgadi Pan makes up the deepest parts of the remaining basin.
    • The smooth, creamy grey clay of the basin makes this an other worldly place, its silence and isolation is both unnerving and mesmerising. The sanctuary here is home to over 165 species of bird, including pelicans, spoonbills, eagles, ostriches and flamingos, and a number of game and predators wander the sanctuary, including springbok, jackal and wildebeest.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Kasane

    • You will drive on to Kasane today, a small town with excellent access to the Chobe National Park. You will set up camp near the river, and enjoy a free afternoon to explore your surrounds and stok up on any supplies you may need from the town nearby.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 10 - Chobe National Park

    • You will start your day with a game drive through the Chobe National Park, a rustic and beautiful wildreness, filled with exciting game. Elephant, buffalo, kudu, hyena, waterbuck, and eland are all common here.
    • You will take a cruise down the river that national park is named for in the afternoon, where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of elephants on the water's edge, and hippos, monitor lizards and crocodiles lazing in the sunshine.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 11-13 - Victoria Falls

    • You will depart Botswana today and head for Zimbabwe, where you will see one of the most incredible sights in Africa, the magnificent Victoria Falls. Named by Dr David Livingstone in honour of his English queen, the Victoria Falls are considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world and, when in full flow, they also form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls are also commonly referred to by their Kololo name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, or 'the Smoke That Thunders' and you’ll see (and hear!) why on your tour of the falls.
    • Your second day here will be free, there are a number of excursions available for those interested (at additional cost). You can choose to go on a spectacular helicopter ride over the falls, canoe along the Zambezi river (minimum age is 12), or go white water rafting (minimum age is 18).
    • If you would prefer to simply relax by the pool at the hotel, that is also an option.
    • Your trip will come to an end after breakfast on Day 13.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced English-speaking local leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Authentic accommodation
    • On-tour transportation
    • Most meals (except those specified in your itinerary)
    • Entrance and park fees as indicated in your itinerary

    Not Included

    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - but there will be opportunity to do some hand-washing in the camps where we stay for two or more nights.
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PTOV
Group size 6 - 16
Start City: Maun, Botswana
End City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Style: Family

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