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Gesa’s Favourite Botswana & South Africa

"Her favourite ways to experience the wilderness"

Price from $4400 USD
Country
Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
When to Go
Mar to Dec
Duration
14 Nights
Safari Type
Mobile Safari, Lodge and Canvas
Kids Min Age
14

This safari itinerary comes from one of Gesa and Franks 2018 tours and follows the exact same route. A great value for money safari that covers some of Gesa’s favourite spots and ways to experience Botswana, Victoria Falls and the Greater Kruger!

This safari starts with a mobile safari which moves from the Khwai Concession on the edge of the Okavango Delta, to the predator famous Savuti region and ends along the Chobe river on the border to Namibia where large amounts of wildlife congregate in the dry season. You then cross the border to Zimbabwe and spend some time experiencing the Victoria Falls in all its glory. A short flight and stopover in Johannesburg then sees you heading to the Lowveld and the Greater Kruger region where you will embark on a 3-night walking safari with some of South Africa’s best walking guides. A small taste of luxury at the end for a final relaxation before heading home. A great mixture of experiences and accommodation types!

This 14-night cross country safari is well suited for medium to large sized groups seeking to experience a mixture of destinations as adventurous and authentic as possible. The accommodation is simple but comfortable and you will find all the amenities one needs to be comfortable in this pristine wilderness, the final two nights are spent in luxury! This safari offers Gesa’s favourite highlights of all 3 countries with a mobile in Botswana, the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and walking in the Lowveld with the pro’s!

Itinerary in Brief

2 Nights in Khwai Mobile Camp

2 Nights in Savuti Mobile Camp

2 Nights in Chobe Mobile Camp

2 Nights in Bayete Guest House

1 Night in City Lodge Hotel

3 Nights in Lowveld Trails Co Mobile Camp

2 Nights in Klaserie Sands River Lodge

Safari Rating

adventure
wilderness
wildlife
comfort
photographic
guiding

detailed itinerary

The Khwai concession is located on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta with the Khwai river forming the boundary between the Moremi Game Reserve and the concession. The area is home to some of the best game viewing as the herbivores from the drier surrounds are forced to come to the Khwai river in order to drink. This in turn supports large concentrations of predators especially leopards and if you are lucky, also Painted wolves.

Mobile safaris follow an old tried and tested formula that ‘takes everything along, but leaves nothing behind’. The safari crew uses a truck to ‘transport the camp’ and they will setup camp before you arrive. Accommodation is in the form of a private canvas setup, specifically for the safari and then moved to the next location by the mobile crew.

Guests can decide the level of luxury of the camp, but all will be in private tents (with proper beds) with on-suite bathroom, including a bucket shower (with hot water!) and basic toilet. The safaris are fully guided by the best local guides and guests travel in open game viewing vehicles between locations. The food is prepared by an experienced bush chef who prepares delicious meals on the open fire.

The Savuti region of the Chobe National Park is located between the Okavango Delta and the town of Kasane in the North East of Botswana. The area is normally fairly dry and arid as the Savuti channel flows rarely and seemingly unpredictably from the Linyanti swamp to the Savuti marsh. The area consists of small rocky outcrops, fairly dense Kalahari woodlands and also vast open grasslands in the marsh – which all attracts and holds strong concentrations of wildlife. The area was made famous for the number of documentaries filmed there, which focus mostly on the predators and their behaviours having to adapt to the random changes in water abundance. The most recent being “Savage Kingdom”.

Mobile safaris follow an old tried and tested formula that ‘takes everything along, but leaves nothing behind’. The safari crew uses a truck to ‘transport the camp’ and they will setup camp before you arrive. Accommodation is in the form of a private canvas setup, specifically for the safari and then moved to the next location by the mobile crew.

Guests can decide the level of luxury of the camp, but all will be in private tents (with proper beds) with on-suite bathroom, including a bucket shower (with hot water!) and basic toilet. The safaris are fully guided by the best local guides and guests travel in open game viewing vehicles between locations. The food is prepared by an experienced bush chef who prepares delicious meals on the open fire.

Game viewing along the Chobe river is nothing short of intense. In the drier parts of the year the river attracts thousands of Elephants, Buffaloes, Zebra’s and everything in between! The concentrations of game along with scenic backdrop of the flood plains make this heaven for wildlife photographers. The only downside to this area is that it can be very busy with tourists, however if you are doing a mobile safari, you are already inside the park and some distance from the busy tourism section of Kasane. This distance allows for your group to be the first out in the park and best chance at finding those incredible sightings without the mass of tourists!

Mobile safaris follow an old tried and tested formula that ‘takes everything along, but leaves nothing behind’. The safari crew uses a truck to ‘transport the camp’ and they will setup camp before you arrive. Accommodation is in the form of a private canvas setup, specifically for the safari and then moved to the next location by the mobile crew.

Guests can decide the level of luxury of the camp, but all will be in private tents (with proper beds) with on-suite bathroom, including a bucket shower (with hot water!) and basic toilet. The safaris are fully guided by the best local guides and guests travel in open game viewing vehicles between locations. The food is prepared by an experienced bush chef who prepares delicious meals on the open fire.

Located in the residential area of Victoria Falls, some distance from the falls itself, Bayete Guests House offers very comfortable accommodation in a casual setting for a very affordable price. We often recommend Bayete as the money saved on accommodation can be better spent on the large range of different activities that Victoria Falls has to offer and these can be booked at the reception.

A stop over at the very comfortable and conveniently located City Lodge is needed for this itinerary due to the timing of flights.

The trails will expose you to the fine detail, the grandeur of the landscape and the thrill of moving amongst large mammals. Well beyond an activity, it is a fully immersive experience that permits participation in nature as opposed to traditional spectatorship.

 

The basic, unfenced camp is erected under giant Jackalberry trees prior to each trail and completely removed after departure, leaving no trace. Canvas dome tents, with mattress and pillow, house two trailists each. Ablutions are simple, yet unmatched. Pit-fall toilets and showers open onto splendid views of the surrounding bush. The communal area is around the campfire or at the kitchen where wholesome meals are whipped up on a gas cooker and an open flame.

A typical day stars with a wake-up call prior to sunrise. As birds announce the approaching day, you enjoy a coffee before heading out on a 4 to 5 hour walk. We return to camp for a well-earned brunch, followed by a few hours free to shower, read and relax. A light lunch is announced around 3pm, before you head off into the wilderness once more for a 2 to 3 hour sunset walk. Dinner and a crackling campfire awaits back at camp.

It is real, visceral and completely authentic.

This camp is best described as intimate with a touch of casual luxury while being romantic. It is set on the edge of a dry riverbed with a huge deck under some magnificently large trees. The friendly staff make you feel as though you are at home and for the next 3 nights you can expect to be well looked after. The camp is fenced in, so for those who want an easy start to the wild, then this camp will be the perfect start to settle you into your surroundings.

The camp is set in the Klaserie Nature Reserve which is a wildlife haven of note. Your knowledgeable guide also communicates with other guides in the area to give you the best possible chance of seeing the big animals which you came all this way for. There are good chances for all members of the big 5 here but the great guides working here are able to bring to life even the smallest of critters that call this place home.

From Klaserie Sands one has three options to move onto the next stage of the trip. A road transfer to either Johannesburg for onward connections, or a shorter transfer to Eastgate airport and then a flight to Johannesburg for onward connections. The 3rd option is a day trip/safari through the public roads of the Kruger and then another night just outside Southern section of the park, where you can then catch a flight from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport the next day.

when to go

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Northern Botswana GoodGoodBestBestBestGoodBestBestBestGoodGoodGood
Central Greater Kruger Park GoodGoodGoodGoodGoodBestBestBestGoodGoodMixedMixed
Johannesburg MixedMixedMixedMixedMixedMixedMixedMixedMixedMixedMixedMixed
Victoria Falls MixedMixedMixedGoodGoodBestBestBestBestBestGoodGood
Best = Best Good = Good Mixed = Mixed

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Much like most of our tours, this itinerary serves as a guide line or example of what is possible and any part of this tour and be changed or additions added. We also create custom itineraries to suite your budget and the experiences you are after. Please contact us so we can create your own personally tailored safari!