Travel 2 Touring 18/19

CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

AFRICA

ZAMBIA

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

Victoria Falls

1

Chobe National Park

2

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

Okavango Delta

Maun

2

1

1

ZIMBABWE

1

NAMIBIA

Makgadikgadi Pans

1 LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

BOTSWANA

Central Kalahari

Windhoek

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

• Spend 2 nights on a houseboat as your base for exploring the Okavango Delta • Drive through the Elephant Highway between Nata and Kasane • Relax on a sunset cruise along the Chobe River spotting bird life and hippos watch the sunset with a sundowner in hand • Feel the raw power of the mighty Victoria Falls • Learn more about the Kalahari from the knowledgeable San people as they sing and dance by the campfire • Head out on a morning game drive in open 4x4’s in Chobe National Park • Explore the Makgadikgadi Pans; scenery, sundowners, Baobabs and Meerkats! RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ in various styles of accommodation • Meals as specified: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners • Services of a qualified English-speaking guide throughout • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (excludes ‘optional’ items) DEPARTURES 2019: Jan 24, 31; Feb 14; Mar 28; Apr 18; May 2, 16; Jun 6, 13, 20; Jul 4, 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 31; Nov 14, 28; Dec 19 TOUR DETAILS £2399 per person PRICES FROM:

SMALL GROUP TOUR

PRICES FROM £2399pp

10 day Botswana Adventure Windhoek • Ghanzi • Okavango Delta • Maun • Makgadikgadi Pans • Chobe National Park • Victoria Falls

Day 1: Windhoek Upon arrival, you will be met by an Intrepid representative and transferred to your hotel in Windhoek. The old German colonial town of Windhoek has been blended into a modern city. The German architecture of the older buildings lends the town a historic atmosphere. That evening you may wish to join the rest of the group for an optional welcome dinner. Day 2: Ghanzi - Central Kalahari Cross the border into Botswana and travel to Ghanzi, known as the “Capital of the Kalahari”. Later that evening, you’ll be treated to a real cultural experience and interaction with the local Bushmen. Around the campfire, you will experience the ancient dance rituals of the San/Bushman community. (BLD) Day 3: Okavango Delta Head to the Okavango Delta, where you’ll board speedboats that will take you to your home for the following 2 nights – a houseboat in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Cabins are very small and basic but we don’t expect you’ll be spending much time in there. That evening, head to the deck where your captain will serve dinner, enjoy a sundowner, and listen to the sound of the hippos along the waters edge. (BLD) Day 4: Okavango Delta After breakfast, take a speedboat and 4x4 to a nearby poling station. From here you have the opportunity to experience the myriad waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros) with a local guide. Your guide will take you on a nature walk around one of the many islands in the Delta. That evening grab a sundowner, pull up a chair and witness the often breathtaking After breakfast, leave your houseboat behind, and again board the speedboats to take you back to your truck, and then on towards Maun – the gateway of the Okavango Delta. For those wanting more adventure, there’s an opportunity to fly over the delta in a small plane for a bird’s-eye view – a great way to appreciate the immensity of this watery world. Otherwise the afternoon is free to sit by the pool. (BLD) sunset. (BLD) Day 5: Maun

Day 6: Makgadikgadi Pan Depart from your lodge after breakfast and head towards north-east Botswana. Your next stop is the Makgadikgadi Pan. This pan is now all that remains of the former Lake Makgadikgadi. Head out to the Makgadikgadi Pan for an afternoon excursion in open 4x4s to one of the largest salt flats in the world. With the aid of trackers you may have the opportunity to spend some time in the company of the local meerkat colony, and look out for elephants that meander their way down to the watering hole to quench their thirst. (BLD) Day 7: Chobe National Park In the morning, make tracks after breakfast and travel towards Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park. The stretch of road between Nata and Kasane is known as the ‘Elephant Highway’. With no fences elephants are free to move between Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and Botswana. So keep your eyes peeled for roadside elephants. Botswana’s first national park, Chobe, is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants. (BLD) Day 8: Chobe National Park Wake early and take a dawn game drive in Chobe National Park where you may see elephants, large herds of cape buffaloes and many impala within the park. In the afternoon, you’ll take a breathtaking cruise on the Chobe River, ideal for spotting bird life such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and large families of elephants. (BD) Day 9: Victoria Falls Travel on to Victoria Falls, crossing the border into Zimbabwe in time to have lunch on the banks of the Zambezi. These falls are one of the natural wonders of the world and, when in full flow, form the largest sheet of falling water in the world. A unique dinner at Boma restaurant, which specialises in Zimbabwean barbeque is included and is a perfect way to spend your evening. (BD) Day 10: Victoria Falls Your adventure will come to an end after breakfast. (B)

TOUR STYLE: Small Group

GROUP SIZE: 13 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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