17 Days Botswana Birding Safari

Price (2-24 Pax)

P/Person: USD 376
Solo: USD 676.80
 17 Days Botswana Birding Safari

Overview

  • DEPARTURE : This tour departs from Windhoek
  • COUNTRY(‘S) : Botswana
  • TOUR CODE:3C-NAM-SOS
  • RETURN : Back to Windhoek in the Afternoon
  • PASSENGERS : Minimum 1 Traveler and a Maximum of 14 Travelers per group
  • STYLE : Camping Safari with all Equipment
  • MEALS : BB: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner
  • VEHICLE : 2-3: Double Cab 4x4/ SUV
  • 4 - 7 guests: Toyota Quantum/Landcruiser with a purpose built trailer
  • 8-14 guests: Toyota Dyna truck (a modified safari vehicle) / Iveco Daily 24 Seater

Introduction


Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge Okavango Delta FB 3 Nights
Drotsky's Cabins Okavango Panhandle FB 2 Nights
Namushasha River Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia Bwabwata National Park FB 2 Nights
Caprivi River Lodge Zambezi Region FB 3 Nights
Camp Morem Moremi Game Reserve FB 3 Nights
Thamalakane River Lodge Maun FB 3 Nights

Okavango Delta

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species. The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor; game viewing, birding and fishing are all on offer. One can experience this magical world of islands and waterways from land, air and water. Highlights include the elusive Sitatunga antelope which has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel's fishing owl and many others provide a spectacular display.

Overnight: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge has reopened as the ultimate Okavango Delta water- experience-focused safari lodge, unveiling a sleek new look after an almost total rebuild. The lodge is decorated to reflect an explorer’s base. Design highlights in the twelve spacious deluxe tented rooms include oversized beds with views of the delta, large outdoor decks with a vista, private plunge pools, indoor & outdoor showers, a reading nook and walk-in wardrobes. Fully rebuilt public areas include a stylish dining area with a pizza oven, a lounge area with an artisan-style bar, a library, a campfire area and the Fish Eagle Bar which is located directly on the water. Local artisans and materials were used throughout the renovations. The lodge offers a variety of water-focused safari activities including motorboat safaris, barge cruises, mekoro safaris (a local canoe), fishing, as well as walking safaris and the ultimate air safari experience by helicopter.

Okavango Panhandle

The main water source feeding the Okavango Delta, the Panhandle is a stretch of the Okavango River that follows a more-or-less straight course for approximately 70 kilometres before entering the wetlands. It is a deep channel that offers excellent tiger and bream fishing, while the surrounding woodlands and the river’s shallow waters teem with a myriad of birds. Several villages are dotted along the Panhandle, while, some 40 kilometres west, lie the Tsodilo Hills, with their plethora of tribal cave paintings, some dating back as far as 20, 000 years. There are also a number of well-established riverside camps that provide tourist accommodation.

Overnight: Drotsky's Cabins

Drotsky’s Cabins on the western panhandle of the Okavango Delta near Shakawe in the northwestern corner of Botswana, is an original pioneer lodge. The bar at Drotsky’s Cabins is frequented by both locals and tourists. The papyrus channels and lush vegetation of the river make the cabins an ideal venue for fishing and bird watching. The river boasts seventeen species of fish, most notable are the tiger fish and bream. Apart from many opportunities to view birds and some wildlife of the Shakawe area in Botswana, the lodge also offers a place for rest and relaxation.

Bwabwata National Park

The 6,100-square-kilometre Bwabwata National Park incorporates the West Caprivi Triangle around Kongola, the Mahango Game Reserve, Popa Falls and the Buffalo Core Area. The park aims to rehabilitate wildlife populations that were lost to poachers, therefore community game guards and resource monitors are employed as part of a long-term strategy aimed at conservation as well as job creation for local Caprivian people. It is because of places like Bwabwata that there has been a steady increase in the numbers of Namibian wildlife, including several rare species. The best time to visit the park is in October when animals gather around the remaining waterholes along the Kwando River.

Overnight: Namushasha River Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia

As the evening sky turns into a red glow you sit back, high above the river, enjoying a chilled drink while listening to the deep grunt of hippos – this experience awaits you on the sundowner deck of Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando River in eastern Caprivi. Situated 24 km south of Kongola on the C 49 (former D 3501), it is the perfect stop-over en route to the Victoria Falls. Apart from 24 rooms in chalets the lodge consists of a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. Watch elephant, hippo, buffalo or sable antelope on excursions by boat and off-road vehicle or take time to observe the colourful birdlife (more than 400 species).

Zambezi Region

The Zambezi Region (previously the Caprivi Strip) is the name given to the little finger of Namibia that sticks eastwards between Angola and Botswana all the way across to Zimbabwe and creates the only spot on the planet where 4 countries meet. The region lies in the middle of one of Africa’s largest and most well know game viewing areas. The abundance of water supplied by the Zambezi, Okavango, Kwando and Chobe Rivers sustains a large variety of animal and bird species. There are four Namibian reserves and no fences preventing the animals from moving between the countries.

Overnight: Caprivi River Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Mighty Zambezi River, Caprivi River Lodge invites you to enjoy a relaxing, body and soul experience. Just a few minutes from Katima Mulilo on the tranquil Zambezi River, Caprivi River Lodge will leave you in awe of the closeness it offers with nature. It has been said that the Caprivi, "Namibia's Wetland Paradise", is one of Namibia's best kept secrets. From the majestic rivers, rich cultural customs to the vibrant reeds swaying along, the river's edge is full of life. The Caprivi region is an area steeped in wildlife and tradition and as yet undisturbed by western influences. With beautiful river views from the wooden lunch deck or from under the shade of old indigenous trees, whether you are a business person, tourist, fisherman or avid bird-watcher, the lodge is the perfect place to chill out and relax. With the numerous National Parks in close proximity; Caprivi River Lodge offers central accommodation enabling easy access to the attractions of this four-countries area with plenty of exciting options to explore.

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

Overnight: Taita Falcon Lodge

Taita Falcon Lodge is only 11 km from the Victoria Falls and is stunningly perched 230m above the Zambezi on the edge of the Batoka Gorge and is a luxurious bush experience near the Victoria Falls. Owner managed, the lodge’s focus is on providing personalized service to each individual client. With only 7 chalets, the lodge offers an intimate stay or an exclusive venue to smaller groups. Each spacious chalet is en-suite with its own private garden and outdoor shower.Each bed also have a huge walk in net. The chalets are constructed of reed and stone with ¾ walls bringing in the cool breezes from outside. All creature comforts are catered for in the elegantly down to earth design. Chalets are individually prepared as double, twin, triple or family rooms. The indigenous gardens are blended with “bush zen” sand gardens at the lodge entrance and chalet exteriors, and a “green theme” around the swimming pool. There is a boma where some evening winter meals are hosted around an open fire. The large viewing deck and adjacent lounge play host to meals and per-dinner drinks in conjunction to providing expansive views downstream and miles beyond! Our meals are hearty “Afrikaans style” cooking with healthy options prepared in conjunction. We offer BB, HB and FB rates as well as tour packages incorporating visits to the Victoria Falls, cultural village tours, guided bush and bird walks, game drives and a sunset cruise. Any of the numerous activities in the region can easily be arranged by the Lodge. A paradise for birders, Taita also offers guided hiking trails in and around the Batoka Gorge. An ideal beginning or ending to your African Safari – spend a few days taking in the natural wonder of the Victoria Falls and the many adventure activities that the region has to offer or just sit back and relax!!

Moremi Game Reserve

The amazing foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world's most famous reserves, conserving part of the Okavango Delta and the plains to its east. The reserve covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest. This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, and lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offer visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.

Overnight: Camp Moremi

Peering out beneath giant ebony trees, Camp Moremi brings true meaning to the word safari in the Xaxanaka area of the Moremi Game Reserve. Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, both in the morning and late afternoons, offer frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog. Alternatively, guest can explore the Xaxanaka Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat.

Maun

Maun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. Area attractions include a renowned river boat that offers ‘booze cruises’ up and down the Thamalakane River, and the forest groves of the Maun Game Reserve.

Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge

Thamalakane River Lodge is ideally located an easy 20-minute drive from Maun Airport en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. It is a secluded haven of tranquility nestled in a grove of mature riverine trees on the bank of the Thamalakane River. The rambling lodge has an idyllic setting and is committed to service excellence. Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. All chalets and common areas have terraces that take advantage of the serene 180 degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever changing array of water fowl and birds. It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring.


Terms and Conditions


  • A 40% deposit of the full amount due is required to confirm any reservation and is to be done by the agent or client by fax or e-mail.
  • The Company must receive the balance of the contract price no later than 40 days prior to departure. 3. If the Company does not receive the full contract price 40 days before the departure date, the Company may cancel the reservation and retain whatever deposit or other funds it has already received from the client or his agent.
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  • Differences due to currency fluctuations will not be accepted by Enrico’s Tours & Transfers..
  • Namibian Dollar is not a international trading currency and will encounter larger handling fees due to conversions 7. Any cancellation of a confirmed booking must be done in writing (email) to the Company.
  • If the booking is cancelled, the following fees apply relative to the amount of notice given: >30 + days: Deposit forfeited 15-30 days: 50% of invoiced amount refunded 14 or less days: No refund
  • If the booking is cancelled, the following fees apply relative to the amount of notice given: >30 + days: Deposit forfeited 15-30 days: 50% of invoiced amount refunded 14 or less days: No refund
  • If a booking is changed to an earlier date than originally reserved, the Company will endeavour to change it. But if changed to a further date there will be a charge of 5% on invoice value.
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Belmond Eagle Island Lodge


Belmond Eagle Island Lodge has reopened as the ultimate Okavango Delta water- experience-focused safari lodge, unveiling a sleek new look after an almost total rebuild.

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Drotsky's Cabins


Drotsky’s Cabins on the western panhandle of the Okavango Delta near Shakawe in the northwestern corner of Botswana, is an original pioneer lodge. The bar at Drotsky’s Cabins is frequented by both locals .

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Namushasha River Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia


The 6,100-square-kilometre Bwabwata National Park incorporates the West Caprivi Triangle around Kongola, the Mahango Game Reserve, Popa Falls and the Buffalo Core Area.

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Caprivi River Lodge


Situated on the banks of the Mighty Zambezi River, Caprivi River Lodge invites you to enjoy a relaxing, body and soul experience,Just a few minutes from Katima Mulilo on the tranquil Zambezi River, Caprivi River Lodge will leave you in awe of the.

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Camp Moremi


The amazing foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world's most famous reserves, conserving part of the Okavango Delta and the plains to its east. The reserve covers more than 4871 square kilometres.

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Thamalakane River


Thamalakane River Lodge is ideally located an easy 20-minute drive from Maun Airport en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. It is a secluded haven of tranquility nestled in a grove of mature riverine.

INCLUDE

  • Transfers from accomoadation
  • Qualified professional Driver guide
  • Accommodation, Breakfast and Dinner clients (as per itinerary)
  • Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Passenger Liability 15%
  • VAT 2% Tourism Levy
  • Activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Vehicle/ Fuel

EXCLUDE

  • All expenses of personal
  • All meals not mentioned
  • Above Drinks at lodges and on road
  • All optional excursions and activities
  • Tips for tour guides
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Nature Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary

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