Makgadikgadi Pans and Safari

Botswana

Makgadikgadi Pans and Safari

R47490 per person

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers an impressive 4900 square kilometre area and is brimming with natural wonders including the largest tree in Africa, a world-famous 5300-year-old Baobab.

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers an impressive 4900 square kilometre area and is brimming with natural wonders including the largest tree in Africa, a world-famous 5300-year-old Baobab. Game viewing is at its best during the wet season when the plains teem with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. The rains transform the salt pans into a magnificent lake attracting an abundance of wildlife and, most spectacularly, large flocks of gloriously pink flamingos. The area is renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park en masse followed by a variety of predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, exploring the salt pans on 4WD or quad bikes, tours of Gweta Village, and fascinating bush walks to historic sites guided by experiences Bushmen trackers.

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    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
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    Airport Transfers
    Breakfast
    Entry Fees
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    5 Star Accommodation
    Bed & Breakfast
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    Flights
    Optional Activities
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Day 1: Arrive, Victoria Falls Int Airport Zimbabwe
A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
  • Accommodation: Overnight- Hwange Safari Lodge (BB)
 
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Day 2: Hwange National Park Safari
Today you have a full day open-vehicle 4x4 safari from 05h30am to 15h00pm
  • Accommodation: Overnight Hwange Safari Lodge (BB)
 
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Day 3: Village tour and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Today after breakfast you will have the day to visit an African village and interact with the local villagers. Witness rural life first hand on a Victoria Falls Village Tour. Experience the local culture and enter into a different world as you explore a traditional village in Victoria Falls. The traditional village that you will visit is located a short 20-minute drive from Victoria Falls town. At the village, you are given the opportunity to interact with the local villagers going about their daily tasks. The Victoria Falls village tour enables you to see tribal life first hand. Visit rural homes and see people tending their fields and possibly getting the chance to help in some of the day-to-day chores.
In Victoria falls Today is for optional Activities that include:
  • Helicopter flights
  • Water activities
  • Market visit
  • Accommodation: Overnight A’zambezi River Lodge (BB)
 
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Day 4: Victoria Falls Tour Zimbabwe and Optionals
It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece, The Victoria Falls. No photograph can begin to depict the reality...and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree before being accompanied through the Rain-forest by a guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls.
To discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them it is well worth booking a Wild Horizons tour of the Falls. Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800's as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders' and in more modern terms as 'the greatest known curtain of falling water', Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor who is prepared to brave the tremendous spray with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can 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 a panoramic view across the Main Falls. Different times of the year will provide completely different experiences of the Falls region. Peak flood season is around March and April and the full power of the falls can be experienced in all its glory. As the floods abate the view of the falls gets better and better through the year, but at it's lowest, around November and December the Falls become little rivulets running over the edge and in some places along the 1,7km width no waterfalls at all. Please note: During this time, it is recommended guests book a tour of the falls on the Zimbabwean side.
Livingstone was an important town in southern Africa during the first days of European settlement and one can spend a couple of hours on a guided tour learning about its past and the colourful people who created it. A Historical Tour of Livingstone should definitely include the David Livingstone and the Railway Museums.
Described as an unforgettable African experience infused with Zimbabwean cuisine, spirited performances and traditional storytelling, The Boma–Dinner & Drum Show has firmly established itself as a Victoria Falls highlight. Partially open to the skies, The Boma specializes in a superb selection of Zimbabwean dishes. A four-course meal combines a choice of starters with a barbecue buffet. The adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as Mopani worms and potjiekos (hunter’s game stew), whilst those wishing to enjoy beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian meals are welcome to do so. The sights and sounds of the evening are accentuated by a feast of nightly entertainment, incorporating traditional dancers, who captivate guests with their vibrant songs and dance. The acclaimed Zambezi Drumbeat provides a wonderful interactive drumming experience.
  • Accommodation: Overnight A’zambezi River Lodge (BB)
 
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Day 5: Chobe National Park, Boat Safari, Botswana
Despite recent and surprisingly rapid modernization, Botswana’s cities provide little in the way of tourist attractions. However, what the cities lack in excitement, the surrounding wilderness areas more than makeup for in outstanding natural beauty. The country’s primary tourist drawcard is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta - the largest inland delta in the world provide a haven for an abundance of African wildlife. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi salt pans where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti plains which host large pride of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills where 4500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.
  • Accommodation: Chobe Marina Lodge Lodge (FB)
 
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Day 6: Chobe Safari and Boat Safari, Chobe River Botswana
You continue your stay at the lodge and enjoy some of the game activities on offer at the lodge.
  • Early Morning safari in 4x4 vehicles in Chobe National Park
  • Breakfast ,Lunch and Leisurely afternoon
  • Depart late afternoon on a choice of Boat safari or 4x4 safari.
  • Accommodation: Chobe Marina Lodge Lodge (FB)
 
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Day 7: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans National Park
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers an impressive 4900 square kilometre area and is brimming with natural wonders including the largest tree in Africa, a world-famous 5300-year-old Baobab. Game viewing is at its best during the wet season when the plains teem with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. The rains transform the salt pans into a magnificent lake attracting an abundance of wildlife and, most spectacularly, large flocks of gloriously pink flamingos. The area is renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park en masse followed by a variety of predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, exploring the salt pans on 4WD or quad bikes, tours of Gweta Village, and fascinating bush walks to historic sites guided by experiences Bushmen trackers. Today we drive to Gweta to our Baobab lodge, it is a very scenic and quaint place surrounded by these African giants We enjoy a sunset walk and dinner at Lodge
The lodge is along the Nata Maun road which stretches across the middle of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, offers guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction. The lodge offers a raised hide above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that we’ve come to expect in this part of Botswana. With just 12 thatched luxury chalets all overlooking the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, each with en-suite bathrooms. There is a dining room, reading room and bar in the main lodge, expansive wooden decks and a plunge pool, where guests can immerse themselves seamlessly into the ultimate wildlife experience in Botswana. Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, guests can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river.
  • Accommodation: Planet Baobab (FB)
 
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Day 8: Safari drive in Nxai Pan National Park
Today we leave early morning for a full day Game drive in Nxai Pan National Park within the salt pans. You continue your stay at the lodge and enjoy some of the activities on offer which include visiting:
  • Sowa Pans
  • Nata Bird Sanctuary
The Makgadikgadi Pan is the world’s largest salt pan, formed on the bed of an ancient lake that began evaporating aeons ago. Visiting Makgadikgadi is a unique desert experience: in the dry season, this vast expanse of sun-baked salt glistens in the light and when the rains come, the pan is home to a cornucopia of flamingos and other waterbirds, as well as one of Africa's biggest zebra populations, whose annual migration is a wonder to behold.
  • Accommodation: Planet Baobab (FB)
 
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Day 9: Okavango Delta Bush Camp
Today we depart our Lodge in Gweta and drive to Maun, we proceed to our bush Lodge in the delta. Today you have a full day open-vehicle 4x4 safari in Kwaai Game Reserve as well as a night safari. The guide will provide, water, drinks Breakfast and lunch packs
  • Accommodation: Overnight Kazikini Campsite Kwaai (FB)
 
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Day 10: Okavango Delta Bush Camp – Kwaai Game Reserve
Today we have a morning Safari in the delta and leave for Maun
  • Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge (BB)
 
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Day 11: Thamalakane River Lodge , Maun
Today we booked activities to choose from for the morning
  • MOKORO ACTIVITY
  • NATURE WALK
  • BATSWANA VILLAGE VISIT
Check in at your hotel, later embark on a Sunset cruise along Zambezi river enjoying game viewing on the river banks as well as fantastic birdlife.
  • Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge (BB)
 
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Day 12: Fly to Johannesburg
Today we have the morning at leisure and at 12h30am From Maun Airport you have a scheduled SAA flight to Johannesburg where you connect with your onward journey
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TOUR LOCATION

Hwange NP, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Chobe River NP - Nxai Pan National Park - Okavango Delta 12 Days 11 Nights

History

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers an impressive 4900 square kilometre area and is brimming with natural wonders including the largest tree in Africa, a world-famous 5300-year-old Baobab. Game viewing is at its best during the wet season when the plains teem with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. The rains transform the salt pans into a magnificent lake attracting an abundance of wildlife and, most spectacularly, large flocks of gloriously pink flamingos. The area is renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park en masse followed by a variety of predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, exploring the salt pans on 4WD or quad bikes, tours of Gweta Village, and fascinating bush walks to historic sites guided by experiences Bushmen trackers.
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