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TIER 2 - HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTSWANA SAFARI
AfricanMecca's Highlights Of Botswana Safari - TIER 2 sets out to discover Linyanti Reserve (Savuti) combined with 2 unique ecology (Xigera Moremi & Chitabe Concessions) within the Okavango Delta experiencing the best of what Botswana's premier wilderness can offer.
10 DAYS TIER TWO ITINERARY FOR HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTSWANA SAFARI
TIER 2 SAFARI SUMMARY FOR HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTSWANA SAFARI
- 3 nights stay in Okavango Delta – Water Based Ecology. Overnights at Xigera Camp.
- 3 nights stay in Okavango Delta – Land Based Ecology. Overnights at Chitabe Camp.
- 3 nights stay in Linyanti Reserve - Savannah & River Ecology. Overnights at Savuti Camp.
- Roundtrip flights from/to Johannesburg - Maun (base safari start town).
- All flights from/to Maun - Okavango Delta and Linyanti.
- Botswana meet and greet service at Maun Airport - Maun.
- Various noted game activities are included with your overnight stay as indicated.
- Ability to customize and add more days to the existing program e.g Chobe, Victoria Falls and Cape Town.
- This program can further be combined with other AfricanMecca safaris/itineraries/locations in Botswana or to include other parks and destinations within Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.
XIGERA CONCESSION - OKAVANGO DELTA - WATER BASED ECOLOGY
Fly from Johannesburg, South Africa to Maun. Upon arrival at the Maun Airport, our airport guest relations’ officer will personally meet all arriving guests. We will be standing outside the arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. You are met and transferred by air to the first Okavango Delta concession for 3 nights stay at Xigera Camp situated deep within the Delta surrounded by water and lush vegetation. Nestled in riverine forest on the aptly-named Paradise Island, Xigera has ten luxuriously furnished tented rooms, a clever mix of wood and canvas, each with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. All are built on wooden decks, offering views of a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed in the lounge and dining area overlooking the permanently flowing channel or under the stars in a traditional African boma. The camp is finished off with a plunge pool and curio shop. The concession’s year-round water allows for the Delta’s most sublime experiences – poling on a mokoro and motorboat outings. This is complemented by game drives in the area depending on flood levels. Xigera also offers some of the best birding opportunities in the Delta. Xigera is a water-based camp offering guests an opportunity to experience the waterways of the Okavango Delta. In the peak months, guests are able to boat through over 60 kilometers of floodplain and channels to reach the islands where there are regular sightings of Buffalo, Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Lechwe and Sitatunga as well as numerous other Delta species. Lion and leopard can also be seen crossing the deep channels as they move between islands. Hippo can be seen from mokoro and there is an abundance of birds, a special being Pel’s Fishing Owl.
Activities Included: Specialized water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Xigera Camp
CHITABE CONCESSION - OKAVANGO DELTA - LAND BASED ECOLOGY
After breakfast, you will fly to your second Okavango Delta concession experience for 3 nights stay at Chitabe Camp. The accommodation is situated on a beautiful old tree-island in a prime location in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. Eight spacious en-suite Meru-style tented rooms are built on elevated wooden decks, each tastefully styled with unique décor. The spacious en-suite bathrooms include double vanity basins together with an indoor as well outdoor shower. Elevated walkways connect the rooms to the main area. The central part of camp is made up of a thatched dining area and lounge leading onto open decking, all built on raised decks to provide superb views across a floodplain. There is a pool that provides cool sanctuary in the heat of the day. Activities include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks and spectacular birding through a diverse array of habitats. Owing its location on the periphery of the delta, Chitabe offers exciting year-round game viewing. The area is a combination of open grasslands, acacia woodland and shallow waterways. Game viewing is varied from the lush green period after the rains to the dry winter months when plains game numbers peak. Buffalo, elephant, lion, warthog, lechwe, hippo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah and tsessebe are found throughout the year. Wild dog are frequently seen in the concession.
Activities Included: Land based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Chitabe Camp
LINYANTI RESERVE - SAVANNAH & RIVER ECOLOGY - SAVUTI
After your early morning activity, fly to Linyanti. On arrival, transfer to Savuti Camp for your 3 nights stay. The camp is located on the Savute Channel, which for many years was a dry, wide-open ribbon of grassland snaking through the adjoining woodland. In 2008, the waters returned, and Savuti Camp now has front-row seats to view the abundant game that has congregated and adapted in its wake. The site of the camp is about 17 kilometers ‘downstream’ from the Zibadianja Lagoon – the source of the Channel. Accommodation comprises seven large en-suite canvas-and-thatch rooms that are raised off the ground and face onto the Savute Channel. From the thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks towards the new waters that flow past the camp. Activities on offer are day and night game drives and nature walks with a guide (on request). Several elevated hides can also be visited in the area.
Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Savuti Camp
DEPARTURE & TRIP EXTENSIONS
Day 10: Maun Departure & Extensions
Breakfast. Morning activity. Thereafter, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Maun Airport with a onward connection to Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, check in for your international flight back home. OPTIONALLY customize the below extensions to Cape Town, Victoria Falls and/or Chobe as part of your itinerary.
RECOMMENDED PRE AND POST SAFARI AND TOUR EXTENSIONS IN CHOBE, VICTORIA FALLS & CAPE TOWNAfter your Highlights Of Botswana Safari - TIER 2 safari, we recommend a combination off-beat extension to distinct destinations such as Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. Thereafter, harmoniously conclude with a coastal rest and relaxation in Cape Town with speckled seaside, cultural, winelands and historic experiences. You may customize to include any other destination of your preference in Eastern and Southern Africa. The options are endless!
4 Nights Cape Town Extension (South Africa)
Transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) via Johannesburg. Upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport (CPT), a transfer officer will personally meet all arriving guests. They will be standing in the main arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. They will meet you and transfer you to Victoria & Alfred Hotel for your 4 nights Cape Town experience. Victoria & Alfred Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and offers spectacular views of the working harbour and Table Mountain. Walk in the utmost safety to some of the finest retail outlets from designer stores to restaurants, craft markets, cinemas, boat cruises to Robben Island and entertainment in the amphitheatre. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted into a luxury hotel in 1990, the V&A Hotel is named in honour of the Queen of England and her son who visited the Cape in 1870 when Prince Alfred officially opened the Breakwater Basin today's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Optional Activities Available: Cape Town Tours
Overnight Accommodation: Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Transfer to Livingstone - Victoria Falls area in Zambia; thereafter, you will be transferred to Stanley Safari Lodge for your 2 nights Victoria Falls experience. The accommodation is seductively settled on the heights of the Victoria Falls in Livingstone, bordering the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park - the smoke that thunders, inspired by the classical bush experience providing an unforgettable experience. Stanley is set on a hill overlooking unspoilt bush, only 3 km birdsview from the river and the Victoria Falls. Stanley is a perfect base from which to explore the delights of the area. The accommodation is the exclusive oasis for the new explorers of the Victoria Falls. With only 10 private cottages it is able to give you an unmatched level of entirely personalized service. The African style and furnishings of the lodge reflect the textures and patterns of Africa, and your hosts will do their best to make your stay a memorable one. You can dine outdoors under the stars, in the privacy of your suite, in the wine cellar or even in the infinity pool. An immaculate tablecloth and the beautiful tableware brings us back to the old days.
Activities Included: Tour of Victoria Falls
Overnight Accommodation: Stanley Safari Lodge
Transfer to Kasane. On arrival, transfer to Chobe Game Lodge for your 3 nights stay. Chobe Game Lodge is located within Chobe National Park. The only permanent game lodge situated within the famous Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana's premier venue for guests looking for a perfect base to explore Chobe National Park and the Chobe River. Its extensive facilities include a swimming pool with adjacent terrace and a grassy riverside boma area where a Marimba band or traditional dancers can perform. Each of the rooms at the lodge is river facing and air conditioned, featuring overhead fans, complimentary mini bar, en-suite bathrooms and private terrace. For those AfricanMecca Safaris guests who demand the ultimate in exclusivity, Chobe Game Lodge has four river view suites, each with their own plunge pool and a separate lounge area. Chobe's wildlife roams in abundance and diversity and is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season these large herds, as well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River where they come to drink, bathe and play. Sightings of lion, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe and roan antelope are frequent reported in the area.
Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Chobe Game Lodge
LOCATION OF YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN OKAVANGO DELTA & LINYANTI
With the various customization and personalization options available as an independent and/or combination safari with other countries in Southern and East Africa, the prices for this safari/tour are best available by having a discussion with our safari professionals to ensure a perfect match. Please contact us to customize your safari and request prices based on your travel preference.
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On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari. Everything you promised exceeded our expectations and was superb, which is saying a lot since this was our second trip, having had a wonderful Botswana Safari 10 years ago. Do not ever hesitate to use me as a reference.
Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
Chobe was delightful, less than half full. Sussi and Chuma, very nice, again only 13 people in all. All the game drives and river cruises were excellent. We had great weather. The ability to get really close is in inspiring. EVERYWHERE we went, the people were warm, helpful and charming. Thank you so much. We will be recommending your services to all.
Thomas Kelch - California, United States
Raza Visram at AfricanMecca planned the most amazing trip for my friend and I. I wanted to go to 4 countries in 15 days and he made it happen. It was an aggressive itinerary and Raza planned it so well, that the transitions were seamless. The last leg of the trip was Botswana for another Safari and we stayed at the most beautiful lodge. The excitement in seeing the animals so closely is indescribable.
Karin Alsdorf - New Jersey, United States
I had a wonderful trip to Africa and I would highly recommend your company.I have been to Africa many times and I have never had such wonderful service. The guide and safari vehicle were both great and all the lodges were outstanding. We will be going to Africa again the year after next and I assure you I will be contacting you. Thanks again for arranging such a great trip.
Ronald Price, President, Ron Price Motors Group - California, United States
Our Botswana safari was FANTASTIC! It truly was a luxury, but rustic enough, safari. We really loved our trip! We saw everything here. From lions to leopards to elephants to buffalos. Our guide, Rams was truly amazing. He really knew his stuff! While on the bush walks we encountered zebras, warthogs and much more. Thanks for your help! We will definitely do another trip within a year.
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