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Aspects of Botswana (Luxury)

Washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean KwaZulu Natal, also referred to as KZN or The Garden Province is a traveler’s dream.

Aspects of Botswana (Luxury)

From $11910 per person

Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife concentrations in Africa, Botswana is one of our favourite safari destinations. There are more elephants here than in any other country, the big cats roam free and there’s everything from endangered African wild dogs to aquatic antelope. These are lands of contrasts, ranging from the luscious Okavango swamps to the arid Kalahari thirstlands, both iconic African landscapes covering vast stretches of wilderness. This tour covers the very best of what Botswana has to offer

  WHY WE LIKE THIS TOUR:     It encompasses the best of Botswana; incredible game-viewing and birding activities
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  • Departure/Return Location
    OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Included
    Accommodation

Tour Plan

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DAYS 1 & 2 : THE KALAHARI
ABOUT THE AREA :

The Central Kalahari is a vast, remote wilderness and although classified as a desert, the area teems with wildlife. From the boisterous honey badger to the region\'s large herds of Springbok and Gemsbok, high densities of large and small predators and great birdlife abound. The Kalahari will not disappoint: it is a great new area to explore for the avid safari goer.



ARRIVAL


You will be met on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport by an Aspect Africa representative where you will be given your tour briefing and a welcome pack with some useful goodies before your flight to Maun in Botswana.



TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS



You will be assisted to your light aircraft for your flight into the vast Kalahari


WHERE YOU WILL BE STAYING:


RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION:


KALAHARI PLAINS  { READ MORE }


Kalahari Plains Camp lies in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the largest conservation area in Botswana and also one of the world’s largest. Kalahari Plains Camp is built overlooking a large pan offering panoramic views of endless horizons and beautiful star filled African skies. The camp is completely solar powered and built from timber and canvas and raised off the ground offering breathtaking views across the Kalahari. Kalahari Plains Camp features eight exclusive luxury canvas tents with insulated canvas walls and roof that help keep the temperatures inside comfortable. The spacious tents have en-suite bathrooms and unique sleep out platforms where guests can enjoy moonlit or star-filled nights. The main area consists of a lounge and dining area with an inviting swimming pool and deck area where guests can relax and enjoy the views and wildlife below. Kalahari Plains Camp offers some of the best game viewing opportunities in Africa particularly in summer, it is one of the best places in the world for Cheetah viewing in addition to good sightings of the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion. Game drives and guided bush walks present guest with wonderful game sightings throughout the year but particularly spectacular in summer.


 

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WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:



  • INCLUDED ACTIVITIES: 

    • Two Safari Activities per day



  • OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

    • Bushman interaction and nature walks (dependent on the camp booked).

    • Game walks (subject to camp)






HIGHLIGHTS: You will fly in to your camp via a short charter flight which provides an exhilarating birds eye view of the vast expanse of the Kalahari and Makgadigadi area of Botswana.
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DAYS 3 TO 5: THE OKAVANGO DELTA
ABOUT THE AREA : The Okavango Delta needs no introduction as one of Africa’s premier safari hotspots. The Delta is a massive Oasis in the Kalahari Desert where the Kavango River pours out over an inland Delta to form a myriad of water channels and savannah islands. The water and land environments support an incredible concentration of all of Africa’s quintessential big game which can be viewed from the water or on land.


ARRIVAL


You will be met on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport by an Aspect Africa representative where you will be given your tour briefing and a welcome pack with some useful goodies before your flight to Maun in Botswana.



TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS


You will be assisted to your light aircraft for your flight to Maun where you connect to the flight into the heart of the Okavango Delta from where you will be transferred to the lodge by open 4x4 safari vehicle and, possibly by boat which is dependent on the style of lodge that has been booked.


WHERE YOU WILL BE STAYING:


RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION:


VUMBURA PLAINS  { READ MORE }
Little Vumbura is a luxurious six roomed tented camp nestled in canopies of an ancient Okavango forest and surrounded by waterways on a stunning island in the private Vumbura Concession north of the Okavango Delta. Vumbura Concession is a partnership which ensures that the benefits of ecotourism are shared with rural stakeholders. This small intimate camp borders the Moremi Game Reserve in a lush area renowned for its large populations of sable antelope and buffalo as well as predators, like leopard, lion and graceful African wild dogs. Little Vumbura is a little paradise accessible only by boat, offering travellers the epitome of luxury island living and is ideal for those seeking intimate and private authentic safari experiences. The Luxury Tents are well-appointed offering en-suite facilities as well as a private deck overlooking the flood plains offering stunning views and a chance to spot some wildlife from the comfort of the tents. The main area has a plunge pool and reading deck which provide breathtaking views over the floodplains and a star deck is reached by a bridge from the dining area. The area surrounding the camp features annually flooded grasslands and lies close to rivers and is home to a variety of wildlife species including African wild dog, several resident prides of lion, leopard, cheetah, African wildcat, elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, Cape buffalo and other species. The waterways are home to a healthy population of Hippo and crocodile. This exclusive camp offers both land and water-based activities and these include safari drives, night drives to explore the nocturnal life, boating, mokoro excursions, fishing, guided bush walks, bird watching and a hot air ballooning is offered at an extra cost.


 

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ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION:
- Jao Camp  { Read more }
- Mombo Camp { Read more }
- Xigera Safari Lodge { Read more }
- Chief\'s Camp { Read more }


 


WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:



  • INCLUDED ACTIVITIES: 

    • Two Safari Activities per day



  • OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

    • Mokoro dug-out canoes (subject to water levels and camp)

    • Game walks (subject to camp)






HIGHLIGHTS: You will fly in to your camp via a short charter flight which provides an exhilarating birds eye view of the wildlife empire below. Safaris are what it’s all about and you will explore the Okavango either by foot or traditional canoe (mokoro) primarily but also by vehicle in certain areas.   Expect to get close to big game and in particular the big cats, hyenas, hippos, crocs and elephants.
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DAYS 6 TO 8: THE LINYANTI / SAVUTI
ABOUT THE AREA :

The Linyanti River and the Savute Channel attract big herds of animals in the Dry season. Elephant are particularly prolific, but so are other herbivores, such as red lechwe, Burchell\'s zebra, blue wildebeest, impala, waterbuck and buffalo. Lion, wild dog and cheetah are regularly seen. Night drives give an opportunity to spot bushbaby, genet and other nocturnal species.



TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS


You will be assisted to your light aircraft for your flight from the Okavango Delta to the Savuti / Linyanti area bordering the Chobe National Park.


WHERE YOU WILL BE STAYING:


RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION:


KINGS POOL  { READ MORE }


King’s Pool Camp is a luxurious camp located on the private Linyanti Game Reserve overlooking the Linyanti River and Kings Pool Lagoon bordering Chobe National Park and at the heart of the important wildlife corridor that straddles Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. It is located in one of the most pristine and least-visited areas in all of Botswana with exclusive unlimited wilderness including the incredible Savute Channel. The camp is 100% solar powered and is built and run on eco-conscious ethos. The camp boasts luxurious thatch and canvas rooms fit for a king each with a private plunge pool, double walk-in showers and spacious bedroom area with incredibly romantic 4-poster beds. The rooms each have a lounge leading to a private deck that overlooks Kings Pool Lagoon and the Linyanti River where game thrives and elephants, lions and African wild dogs are spotted regularly. The rooms are connected to the main area by raised wooden walkways which allow smaller game to freely roam around giving guest incredible up-close encounters. The main area consists of a comfortable lounge, library, cosy dining, a pool, an open air boma where guests can dine under the African star or moon lit skies and a bar area stylishly set on expansive raised decks close to the water’s edge. King’s Pools offers excellent attention to detail, high levels of personal service and an impressive standard of food creating the best 5-star bush experience. Activities include game drives in roofless safari vehicles, river cruises on the Victorian-inspired barge, bird watching, guided bush walks, sunken hides where elephants can be experiences at eye level and scenic helicopter rides.


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ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION:
- Zarafa  { Read more }



WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:



  • INCLUDED ACTIVITIES: 

    • Two safari activities per day






HIGHLIGHTS:

The Savute Marsh which is known as one of Africa’s wildlife hotspots. The thousands of Zebra migrating to the area during the rainy season and, the predators following in large number.

The largest herds of elephant outside of the Chobe National Park.

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DAYS 9 & 10: LIVINGSTONE
ABOUT THE AREA:

The Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia where the Zambezi River plunges 100m over basalt cliffs a deep gorge below. It is aptly named in local tongue as “The Smoke That Thunders” due to the amount of spray generated, resembling smoke from afar and wetting all who stand near it. This is Africa’s adventure activity capital and there is more than enough to keep everyone entertained



TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS



You will be assisted to your light aircraft for your flight Kasane where you connect with your onward flight to either Livingstone in Zambia. On arrival you will be met by a representative of the private lodge for your transfer to the lodge.



WHERE YOU WILL BE STAYING:


RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION:

TOKA LEYA  { READ MORE }

Toko Leya is a safari haven situated about 5km from Livingstone perched on the banks of the Zambezi River which is home to hippo, crocodile, elephant and an incredible diversity of birdlife. Centrally located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park which hosts the Big 5 and numerous other wildlife species, Toko Leya offers the perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, authentic safari experiences and unforgettable wildlife encounters. Toko Leya is a small, intimate and private camp with 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents built from green canvas and raised on wooden decks creating a perfect synergy with the surrounding bushveld. The tents are elegantly decorated and designed with comfort and adventure in mind. All tents are air-conditioned, have a private viewing deck furnished with wicker armchairs and sun loungers, luxurious outdoor baths and large glass sliding doors allowing magnificent views over the Zambezi River, free roaming wildlife and the lush African bushveld. Wooden decks connect the tents to the main area, a design adopted by this eco-conscious camp to limited footprint on the pristine area around in and around it. The main area features a dining, bar and lounge area, an infinity pool and a sundeck where guests can enjoy some drinks while taking in the sheer beauty of the surrounding area. Fully inclusive activities include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, fishing and guided bush walks. Tours of Livingstone town and museum and visits to Mkuni Market and a nearby village add cultural diversity. Other activities on offer in the area at an additional charge include helicopter flights, microlight flights, canoeing, jet boating and white-water rafting.



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ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION:
- Sussi & Chuma  { Read more }
- The River Club  { Read more }



WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:



  • INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:

    • A minimum of two activities per day including a Zambezi River Cruise and Tour of The Falls



  • OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

    • A helicopter flip over The Falls, guided tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwe side.

    • Flight of Angels helicopter flight

    • Microlight flight over The Falls






HIGHLIGHTS:

Lunch at the Look-Out Café overlooking Batoka Gorge, The Boma Dinner and Drum Show. High-Tea at The Victoria Falls Hotel, A cultural connection home lunch and village tour, White water rafting (in season), bungee jumping .


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DAY 11: END OF ARRANGEMENTS

TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS



Transfer to Livingstone airport for your flight to Johannesburg and, homewards or alternatively, book an extension trip to Cape Town and the majestic Winelands in South Africa.

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Tour Location

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Location, Location, Location

    
DURBAN: Cosmopolitan Durban is often passed over by her cooler Capetonian cousin but, there’s a lot more to Durbs than meets the eye… you will find palm trees fanning Victorian buildings, African squatters living precariously under flyovers and high-rise offices towering over temples and curry houses with the marketplaces and streets of the Indian area replete with the sights, sounds and scents of the sub-continent.
NATAL MIDLANDS: Lying in an area that acts as something of a respite for all who go there, the Natal Midlands is a beautiful region filled with stretches of farmland, charming little towns, a wonderful arts and crafts route and picturesque scenery bordering on the sublime.
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ACTIVITIES YOU'LL ENJOY AS PART OF THIS TOUR

Morning and evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, mokoro and boating trips (water level dependent) at certain camps in the Okavango Delta. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

 


OTHER ACTIVITIES YOU CAN BOOK ON THIS TOUR:
Bungee Jumping in Victoria Falls
Microlight and Helicopter flights over Victoria Falls
Elephant inter-action in Victoria Falls
White-water rafting (in season) in Victoria Falls

     

 

TOUR RATES

Washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean KwaZulu Natal, also referred to as KZN or The Garden Province is a traveler’s dream. With a seemingly perpetual summer, sub-tropical climate, sweeping savannah in the east and magnificent Drakensberg mountain range in the west, KwaZulu Natal generously caters for just about every taste imaginable. It is right up there on the "must-see, must- do" lists of discerning travelers around the world.

 

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