Affordable Botswana & Victoria Falls

# Tailor-Made Tour

Affordable Botswana & Victoria Falls

13 Days from £3580 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Big Cat Safari
Birding
Budget
Off The Beaten Track
Photographic

We have put together this itinerary to showcase some of the best highlights of Botswana and Victoria Falls whilst using fairly simple guesthouses and community-owned projects to keep the cost down. Starting with the natural wonder that is Victoria Falls, you will travel overland into Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to huge numbers of elephants and other animals. Heading deep into the Okavango Delta, you would visit two excellent locations, each offering slightly different Delta experiences. The first focusses more on game drives, while the second very much concentrates on intimate walking safaris and mokoro safaris with private guide. The programme provides experiences and encounters (such as off-road diving and night drives) normally reserved for the pricier private concessions, so is perfect to wildlife lovers on more modest budgets.

Itinerary

Price from £3580 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Leave London

Includes Breakfast.

Day 2 - Victoria Falls

Arrive Johannesburg and connect with flight to Victoria Falls. Met and transfer (20 mins) to the lodge. Free afternoon to explore Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Staying at Bayete Guest Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Victoria Falls

Day at leisure to explore the Victoria Falls area above the falls on the upper Zambezi, and perhaps take a boat cruise on the tranquil water at sunset while the distant spray catches the fading light downstream. Below the falls, the Batoka Gorge’s rocky walls funnel the lower Zambezi into a chain of world-class rapids. Helicopter flights reveal the falls from the air, and there is white water rafting and bungee jumping for adrenalin junkies or for those looking for something a little more sedate, simply take high tea in an old colonial hotel.

Staying at Bayete Guest Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Chobe National Park

Road transfer (approx. two hours including border crossing) to the town of Kasane close to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Check into hotel and enjoy a game drive in the afternoon.

Staying at The Old House. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5 - Chobe National Park

Morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Afternoon boat cruise. This is one of Africa’s richest areas for elephants and you should see huge herds crossing the park and coming to the river to drink and bathe.

Staying at The Old House. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6 - Chobe National Park

Morning game drive in the Chobe National Park. Afternoon boat cruise.

Staying at The Old House. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 - Khwai Community Area

Transfer to Kasane Airstrip and board flight to the Khwai Community Area. Met and transfer to lodge.

Staying at Khwai Guest House. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Khwai Community Area

Day of inclusive activities. During your time here, you’ll spend most days exploring the narrow Khwai River, which forms the natural boundary to the Moremi Game Reserve on the south. The Khwai River is a beacon for wildlife and plays host to leopards stalking lechwe in the long grass, lions swimming from the banks to save their cubs’ during territorial disputes and crocodiles competing with wild dogs for a midday meal of impala. As Khwai lies outside the parks, it offers the freedom and flexibility normally only possible with the heavier price tag of a private concession. Go off-road for a closer look at sightings, take a night drive in search of nocturnal species, and, with a little advance planning, head out on game walks to track wildlife on foot.

Staying at Khwai Guest House. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Moremi Game Reserve

Choice of game drives in Moremi Game Reserve or the Khwai concession, traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) excursions, night drives and cultural tours of the Khwai community. You have the choice of two of these activities each day.

Staying at Khwai Guest House. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Okavango Delta

Board flight to Delta Airstrip. Met and transfer to your camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta.

Staying at Oddballs Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Okavango Delta

Full day of inclusive activities. You will be assigned your own private guide (max two people per guide) from the local community who will escort you on a series of excursions on foot and by mokoro (water level dependent). An exciting option is to camp ’wild’ out in the delta on a mokoro trail accompanied by your poler/guide (to be booked in advance).

Staying at Oddballs Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Fly Home

Board flight to Maun and check-in for flight to Johannesburg. Connect with flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 13 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London Heathrow to Victoria Falls with South African Airways via Johannesburg.

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris

Consider travelling during the rainy season months of November to May. The prices drop a lot during this period and the rain is normally confined to heavy shower bursts with plenty of sunshine in between. Sightings of large mammals are fewer, but the birdwatching is at its best during these months.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging so superbly yet another exceptional wildlife experience.  As you are aware our ‘expeditions’ tend to be species led and this year’s brief was to observe and photograph the ‘Three Big Cats of Africa’ in a truly wild setting (i.e. no fences).  Your recommended  destination, Botswana, did not let us down, in fact the whole trip proved an outstanding success in all aspects.

We stayed in three camps (three nights in each) across the Okavango Delta and surrounding area, each provided a different environment which ensured our aims were met. Each camp was run to a very high standard, was extremely comfortable and provided excellent meals. The quality of guiding and tracking in all our camps was of the highest standard. As Botswana manages its natural resources so well all the camps were small (no more than 18 guests) ensuring a very intimate safari experience in pristine wild African habitat.

I am delighted to report our big cat objectives were realised. All observations were lengthy and offered excellent photographic opportunities.  However, unexpectedly, the highlight of our spectacular trip turned out to be sightings of two separate packs of African Painted Dogs. We visited two dens, the first had a very healthy number of adult dogs, approximately fifteen and eighteen pups. The second had seven adult dogs and sixteen pups. At Lebala we had the privilege of spending a prolonged period of time following the pack of dogs as they hunted, an experience we will never forget.

When one also considers the significant mammal and bird species we observed, Botswana is truly a must visit destination for the wildlife enthusiast. Incidentally we also observed three serval and two African wild cats.  We also thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Victoria Falls, possibly the most spectacular waterfall in the world, the hotel in Zimbabwe was excellent. Viewing the falls from the Zambian side and also the helicopter flight are both well worth doing.

This was our third consecutive trip with Reef and Rainforest, and I would be very surprised if there is not a fourth being planned very soon. Thank you all once again.

Mr JW - Ettrickbridge

Route Map

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Bayete Guest Lodge: -17.927867, 25.821127
Khwai Guest House: -19.158493, 23.761169
Oddball’s Camp: -19.356976, 22.973672
The Old House: -17.792093, 25.156428