10 Nights Desert & Delta Northern Parks- Superior

FROM US$ 4140.00 per person sharing

HIGHLIGHTS: Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve & Makgadikgadi National Park/Boteti                                                 

SAFARI SUMMARY

Starts Victoria Falls / Ends Maun

Road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Hotel

2 Nights Victoria Falls Hotel – Deluxe Room, Victoria Falls (Bed & Breakfast)

Road transfer from Victoria Falls Hotel to Chobe Game Lodge

2 Nights Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park (Fully Inclusive) - Click here to view

Road transfer to Kasane Airport, seat in charter from Kasane to Savuti Safari Lodge

2 Nights Savuti Safari Lodge, Savute Area of Chobe National Park (Fully Inclusive) - Click here to view

Seat in charter from Savuti Safari Lodge to Camp Moremi

2 Nights Camp Moremi, Moremi Game Reserve (Fully Inclusive) - Click here to view

Seat in charter from Camp Moremi to Leroo-La-Tau

2 Nights Leroo-La-Tau, Boteti River/Makgadikgadi National Park (Fully Inclusive) - Click here to view

Seat in charter from Leroo-La-Tau to Maun

Special Note: Either Savuti Safari Lodge or Camp Moremi can be substituted with Xugana Island Lodge or Camp Okavango at the same rate.

Excludes

·        Lunch, Dinner and Activities at the Victoria Falls Hotel

·        Any flights additional to inter-camp transfers as stated above

·        Premium imported wines, champagnes, spirits & liqueurs where drinks are included

·        Errors and omissions

·        Visas & Vaccinations – Please check with your local embassy

·        Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies, exchange rate fluctuations and fuel surcharges

2013 Package Prices (Nett Rates Based On A Minimum 2 Pax)

Seasons

Per Person Sharing

Single Supplement

November 2012

US $4620.00

US $400.00

Dec 2012

US $4140.00

US $320.00

Jan - Mar 2013

US $4415.00

US $375.00

Apr – Jun  2013

US $4865.00

US $375.00

Jul – Oct 2013

US $6725.00

US $825.00

Nov 2013

US $4890.00

US $365.00

Dec 2013

US $4425.00

US $365.00



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

Single supplement is for accommodation only, applicable when travelling with more than 2 guests and excludes a flying surcharge for guests travelling solo – rate available on request.

 Please note that where a booking crosses over 2 different rate periods e.g. Oct & Nov, neither rate is applicable – please request a special quote.

Botswana Park Fees and Departure Taxes - Increase

Please be aware that the Botswana Park Fees and Airport Departure taxes are expected to increase in 2013.  The new fees and implementation date have not yet been confirmed. We will notify you as soon as we receive an update. Regrettably such increases are beyond our control and are excluded from any bookings, provisional or confirmed. Please highlight this issue to your clients for all future bookings.

 

Detailed Itinerary Package

DAY 1 & 2: VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL, Victoria Falls

Upon arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, guests will be met and transferred to the Victoria Falls Hotel by road where they will stay for two nights.

Set in private gardens overlooking the Victoria Falls bridge and gorge, this majestic Edwardian-style hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is one of the most famous establishments in Africa. Having been refurbished, the hotel's 180 rooms and suites are all elegant, cool and very comfortable.  A private pathway leads to the falls, while the curio market and centre of Victoria Falls are just 500m away.

 

Area Description – VICTORIA FALLS

Victoria Falls town lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the eastern end of the Victoria Falls. It is a lovely tourist town which is easy to explore on foot and which offers a wide range of activities from the challenge of white water rafting and bungi jumping, to the awe-inspiring elephant back safaris and sunset cruises. It has something for everyone

The Victoria Falls are one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is the largest sheet of falling water on earth - a spellbinding and mesmerising spectacle. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100m drop across nearly 2km makes  a thunderous roar and creates a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles - hence the local name 'mosi oa tunya' meaning 'the smoke that thunders'.

Access to Victoria Falls is within easy walking distance from the town centre. Water flow over the falls varies throughout the year. The river's annual flood season is February to May when the spray can reach a height of over 400m, this is spectacular from above but it makes it very difficult to see the falls at ground level as it is under a heavy shower/mist. Water levels start dropping in August and are at their lowest October - December when much of the rocky face becomes dry. At times of low water, the falls are best viewed from the Zimbabwe side or from Livingstone Island.

Day 3 & 4: CHOBE GAME LODGE, CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Following breakfast and leisurely morning, guests will be transferred by road to Chobe Game Lodge in the Chobe National Park, where they will stay for two nights.

Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent lodge situated within the boundaries of Chobe National Park. Built along the riverbanks with spectacular views of the Chobe River and floodplains, this well-established lodge is a prime venue for guests to explore the Chobe National Park

Guests are accommodated in a relaxed and luxurious environment in tune with a timeless Africa. Chobe Game Lodge has forty eight rooms which are river facing, offering air conditioning and overhead fans, a complimentary mini bar, en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms have their very own private terrace. 

Other facilities at the lodge include a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area, a fully equipped conference room, internet lounge, gym, beauty salon, stylish bar with an outside terrace overlooking the Chobe River and a cigar bar with a champion sized billiard table. Chobe Game Lodge also has a reference library with lounge and therefore offers plenty of areas for you to relax between game drives. Meals are catered for at the terrace restaurant overlooking the Chobe River.

Your days will be spent exploring the Chobe National Park in open 4X4 safari vehicles led by professional guides, and boat cruises along the Chobe.

Area Description – CHOBE

The Chobe River Front is a remarkable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. However its accessibility from Kasane and neighbouring towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone has created quite a busy tourist area with larger hotels and lodges than you find in the more remote Okavango Delta. The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water's edge is one to behold, particularly in the dry season (May - Oct) where water is scarce away from the river. It is an area famous for its abundance of elephants, a variety of predators and, in addition, you are likely to see herds of buffalo and possibly even roan and sable antelope. In the rainy season (Nov - Apr) the game is much less concentrated at the river as the wildlife spread throughout the greater area of Chobe National Park due to availability of surface water from nearby pans. This assists the vegetation on the river banks in recovering from the massive herds that are attracted to the area in the dry months. The summer rains bring beautiful wild flowers, exquisite scenery, impressive bird life and an abundance of young animals usually born around November/December. The spectacular Chobe sunsets alone are worth a visit to the area. Please note that activities are restricted within the national park in accordance with government rules and regulations: these include no driving off-road, no walking and no driving after dark.

DAY 5 & 6: SAVUTI SAFARI LODGE, Chobe National Park

Following the morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, guests will be transferred to Kasane airport for their onward air transfer to Savute Safari Lodge, where they will stay for two nights.

In the heart of Chobe National Park, Savuti Safari Lodge peers out from ancient Camel thorn trees on the shore of the Savute channel, Botswana’s fabled ‘stolen river’ which dried out more than 20 years ago, but now flows once again. The Savute channel forms part of the dynamic Savute eco system renowned for its large concentration of elephant and lion and their extraordinary relationship.

 

The lodge has twelve tastefully furnished twin bedded suites, with spacious interiors offering a lounge area, en-suite bathrooms, private decks and large glass sliding doors and windows, which set the lodge apart from typical safari accommodation. The lounge, library and cocktail bar are situated in the thatch and timber main building overlooking the channel as well as a viewing deck, outdoor dining area and swimming pool.

Activities focus on game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles in the Savute area including the Savute Marsh and the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills.  Being situated in the National Park, no night activities are permitted, with the afternoon drive returning just after sunset. The dry winter months offer incredible game viewing as the parched wildlife congregates at the water holes and river to drink – here you may witness the famed elephant-hunting lions in action. The summer rains in Savute bring a fresh feast for lion, hyena and cheetah as thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest arrive in search of the rain rich grasslands of the Savute Marsh.

DAY 7 & 8: CAMP MOREMI, Moremi Game Reserve

After an early morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, guests will be transferred to Camp Moremi by light aircraft where they will stay for two nights.

Camp Moremi is situated on the picturesque Xakanaxa Lagoon in the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve. The area is a wildlife haven with incredible game viewing opportunities year round.

Camp Moremi accommodates twenty-two safari guests in beautifully furnished East African style safari tents with private facilities, each tent with a private deck. The elevated Moremi Tree Lodge is the dazzling central point of the camp and houses the luxurious main lounge, a wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar, shaded by giant Ebony trees and overlooking the Okavango Delta's Xakanaxa Lagoon. Facilities in the camp include a curio shop, swimming pool, shaded boma and elevated observation platform.

 Activities offered are game drives in open safari vehicles exploring the diverse range of habitats within the reserve – from open floodplains to belts of mopane woodland. Guests can also venture out onto the open waters of the Okavango by motorboat, visiting the Xakanaxa Lagoon and beyond up to the seasonal heronry at Gadikwe. Moremi Game Reserve offers some of the most spectacular game viewing in Botswana and guests may encounter breeding herds of elephant, a hunting lioness or a sleeping pride of lion, grazing impalas, kudus and much more.

Area Description - MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Moremi Game Reserve is a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary, encompassing the Okavango Delta. The reserve is unfenced and its boundaries are defined naturally by river systems. The vegetation is varied, with dry land complemented by permanent and seasonal swamplands, resulting in an excellent diversity of both wildlife and birdlife. There is a network of game drive routes through the reserve as well as access to the permanent delta waterways in Xakanaxa where boating can be enjoyed (not available from lodges in the Khwai area).

Moremi is amongst the best game reserves in Africa for viewing the endangered African wild dog. Xakanaxa is home to a resident herd of several hundred buffalo whose range covers the territories of at least 4 prides of lion which may often be seen flanking the ever moving herd. Breeding herds of elephant move between their browsing areas in the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. Red lechwe are one of the more unusual antelope species commonly found here. Game is more concentrated around the permanent water during the dry season (Apr - Oct) with it becoming very hot in the later months. The heronries become active as the migrant birds return to Botswana from September through November, and general bird watching is excellent throughout the summer months. The rainy season (Nov - Apr) invigorates the lush scenery with wild flowers, dramatic thundershowers, spectacular sunsets and the birthing season brings great predator and prey interaction.

Please note that activities are restricted within the national park in accordance with government rules and regulations. These include no driving off-road, no walking and no driving after dark.

DAY 9 & 10: LEROO LA TAU, Boteti River Bordering The Makgadikgadi National Park

Following the morning activity, guests will be transferred to Leroo La Tau by a light aircraft where they will stay for two nights.

Leroo La Tau rises majestically above the Boteti River which stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

 

Accommodation is in twelve newly built chalets, each chalet is incredibly spacious with two beds, one double and the other single. The rooms have en-suite facilities that overlook the Boteti River. The chalets are spectacularly built at the edge of the escarpment and have glass sliding doors opening to a private deck affording incredible views. The main lodge area at Leroo La Tau is built out of natural wood, brick and thatch, housing the lounge, bar, dining room, reception area and curio shop.

The Boteti River is one of the far reaches of the Okavango Delta as it filters into the Kalahari Sands. It has not flowed strongly since 1995 but thanks to high floods seeping down the river system in 2009, the Boteti River is flowing once again. 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.

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. The lodge also 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. The formerly dry riverbed is a major route of the zebra and wildebeest migration (June-November) and outside of the migratory time of the year, for those staying several nights, activities may include a day trip to Makgadikgadi or Nxai Pan.

Area Description - MAKGADIKGADI NATIONAL PARK & BOTETI AREA

Although this area was also once part of the great superlake, it is quite different in character to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. To the west of Nwetwe Pan lies open grassland which is home to a wide range of animals as it incorporates both desert and riverine habitats. The grasslands give rise to a dense riverine forest on the banks of the Boteti River.  During periods of above average rainfall, the Boteti River is one of the few drainage systems that carry the Okavango floodwaters out of the delta into the Kalahari Desert. The Boteti River lies right in the middle of these great vast thirst lands where water is priceless thus attracting some of Africa's last remaining great wildlife populations.

From the Kalahari side on the open plains you may see hartebeest, gemsbok and springbok as well as lion, cheetah, kudu, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest amongst others.  The timing of your visit is significant as the seasonal movement of wildlife varies throughout the year. Following the annual summer rains from November to April, wildlife tends to disperse away from permanent surface water, moving to richer pastures in the Kalahari where rain-filled pans sustain them during the peak breeding season. The Makgadikgadi becomes the summer headquarters for thousands of zebra and blue wildebeest.  However during the dry winter months after the outlying pans have dried up, the main herds of elephant, zebra and wildebeest (and their accompanying predators) are found in the corridor of the Boteti River.

DAY 11: SAFARI ENDS IN MAUN

Following the morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast the guests will be transferred to Maun by light aircraft for their onward travel arrangements.

END OF ARRANGEMENTS


General Notes

All the below information is general and relates to all bookings for Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Please note that each lodge/hotel/camp/airline/charter company/adventure company or any other transport company will have their own unique T&C’s which will apply at all times.

Road and air transfers and activities are quoted on a seat basis (shared) unless otherwise requested or specified.  Passengers may have various stops up to 3 en-route to a destination. The transfer or charter company reserves the right to specify departure and arrival times.  Private charters can be requested at an additional cost.

Passengers weighing over 100kg should please advise us at the time of booking as we may need to cost in an additional seat on internal flights for your safety and comfort.

There are strict luggage restrictions in place on any itinerary which includes light aircraft transfers for safety reasons. Luggage, including camera equipment and hand luggage, is restricted to 20 kg per person travelling (soft bags only) on seat rates.

All quotes exclude international flights and visa costs. The onus is upon the guests to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited.

The costs are subject to change at any time due to fluctuations in fuel costs, taxes, levies, government regulations, rate of exchange and factors that are imposed upon us by our suppliers that are beyond our control.

Please advise us of the ages of children (under 18) travelling, together with their date of birth, at the time of booking as not all lodges accept children and there may be restrictions or conditions applicable.

Please request any optional additional activities at the time of booking, specifically in Livingstone or Victoria Falls e.g. sunset cruise. We recommend that activities are booked in advance to guarantee availability.

Please allow a minimum 2 - 3 hours connection time in Johannesburg for international flights. Where you require us to book onward flights, please advice guests names in full as per their passport together with international arrival and departure details at the time of booking so that we can allow for this connection time accordingly.

Please note that Botswana is a Malaria area. Anti-malaria precautions should be commenced prior to departure. Please consult your doctor for specific advice.

There is no or limited electricity and no cell phone coverage in the camps and lodges excluding major towns and cities.

Please note that most camps & lodges in Botswana do not have double beds.  Twin beds are pushed together to make up a double room.

Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules the company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and camps on safaris as dictated by changing conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Please notify us in advance of any special dietary requirements and / or medical conditions.

We wish to draw your attention to the fact that there are certain inherent risks involved when on a safari.

 

Health

Please note: As of 1 October 2012, if guests have stayed or been in transit in Zambia  (this includes Livingstone and surrounds), a yellow fever certificate will be required to be shown on entering South Africa (whether staying or in transit at an airport). The certificate will need to be produced at any point of entry into South Africa to the customs and immigration officials.

Most parts of Southern Africa are Malaria areas – it is advised that you consult with your local health practitioner about preventative measures.

Booking Procedures, Terms & Conditions

 

Reservations

All reservations should be made through Degrees of Africa.

Provisional bookings will be held for a period of 14 days (2 weeks), after which time confirmation of the booking and payment of a 20% non-refundable deposit will be required, or the booking will automatically be released.

Confirmation of the booking will be made once an invoice has been issued by Degrees of Africa, followed by the receipt of the 20% non-refundable deposit.  If a client confirms a booking with Degrees of Africa on behalf of their client, it will be understood that the clients have read and accepted our terms and conditions and that the agent is holding the deposit and will therefore be liable.

The balance of payment is required 45 days prior to the date that the safari commences. A booking made within 45 days of commencement is payable in full on confirmation.

The company will not provide tickets, coupons, vouchers or documents until full payment has been received. No client will be permitted on safari without payment in full being received by the company.

Cancellations

All cancellations should be made in writing and will only be deemed effective upon acknowledged receipt by Degrees of Africa.

Cancellations will be subject to the following penalties (please note these are general as each lodge/camp/hotel/airline & charter company has their own unique cancellation policies):

20% Cancellation fee due for cancellation more than 90 days prior to departure.

50% Cancellation fee due for cancellation 45 - 90 days prior to departure.

100% Cancellation fee due for cancellation 44 days or less prior to arrival date.

Normal cancellation fees apply if your wish to postpone your departure. Date changes will be treated on an individual basis and will attract an administration fee.

International Flights

We require full payment for international flights at the time of confirmation e.g. Air Botswana JNB / MUB. We are not able to guarantee any flights before receipt of payment as seats are often held for a limited period before ticketing is required so this is a time sensitive issue. Air tickets are considered non refundable unless otherwise specified. Please confirm the details with your consultant at the time of booking.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance to cover cancellation or curtailment, emergency evacuation, medical and repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal luggage, money and goods, is excluded and it is sole responsibility of guests to obtain at the time of the booking confirmation.  This is compulsory for all bookings made through Degrees of Africa and you need to supply all details to us when making your booking.

   
 
     
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