Botswana is one of the most beautiful countries if you decide to choose a wild adventure with an unspoiled nature in search of the “Big Five“. The abundance of wildlife in the parks, the beautiful landscapes of the Chobe River or the Okavango Delta, remote places such as Kubu Island with its baobabs and the Kalahari Desert make this country unique in its kind. Our trip starts with the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (only 1-hour drive from the Kasane), then we enjoyed the majestic wildlife of Chobe National Park and Moremi game reserve camping under thousands bright stars and spotting an incredible abundance of animals.
1° Day: VICTORIA FALLS (Zimbabwe)
2° Day: VICTORIA FALLS – KAZUNGULA ROAD BORDER POST- KASANE
3° Day: KASANE (Game drive Chobe N.P. – Chobe river cruise)
4° Day: KASANE – SAVUTI (Chobe N.P.)
5° Day: SAVUTI (Chobe N.P.)
6° Day: SAVUTI – KHWAI (Chobe N.P.)
7° Day: KHWAI – XAKANAKA (Moremi G. R.)
8° Day: XAKANAXA – KAZAKINI (Moremi G.R.)
9° Day: KAZAKINI – MAUN (Okavango delta flight)
10° Day: MAUN – GWETA
11° Day: GWETA – KUBU ISLAND
12° Day: KUBU ISLAND – NATA
13° Day: NATA – KASANE
14° Day: KASANE (game drive – Chobe cruise)
15° Day: KASANE – LIVINGSTONE
Need to know about Botswana
|1. Visa: check out the official website clicking here.
2. Traveller’s health: click here for more information. Malaria is also endemic, and even though during the dry season the temperature is low at night, it’s always better to take measures to protect yourself by applying mosquito repellent that contains at least 30% DEET.
3. When to go: the best time to visit Botswana is the peak of the dry season, from June to September/October. This period is the peak safari time in Botswana. During the day it is warm (around 25 degrees) but at night the temperature can drop to 10 degrees or less.
4. How to get there: Kasane it’s only a few kilometres from the Zambia and Zimbabwe border, then the closest international airports are Livingston (Zambia), or Victoria falls town (Zimbabwe). Kasane has its airport, but we could find only 1 flight a day from Jo’burg.
5. Tips: usually, all the tours around Botswana start with the visit of the majestic Victoria Falls, a wonder of nature and highlight of the southern part of Africa. With no doubt, the best choice is to book the trip with a local tour operator because they usually use open-sided 4×4 vehicles and the drivers know every corner of the Parks and they also have excellent knowledge of the wildlife. The budget alternative is to rent your car in nearby Kasane and drive yourself around Chobe National Park, although it is advisable to rent a 4×4 and above all have some knowledge about the off-road drive.
6. Mean of transport: a 4×4 open vehicle with driver/guide rented through a local agency. Since it’s not so easy to go around all the wilderness drives of the parks, the best way to enjoy the wildlife is to rely on the local tour operators that will lead you around the country providing closer encounters and spectacular photographic opportunities. We also rented a gas cylinder with stove (through the tour operator) since we self-cooked in the parks. You’ll find a big and well-stocked supermarket (Spar) in Victoria Falls, Kasane and Maun.
7. Tour Operators: if you are looking for a good tour operator to visit Botswana or the southern countries of Africa, we suggest you Undhuvu Safari and Tours.
You can also check with Desert and Delta safaris, Kalahari Tours, Afro-trek Safaris or Cape Fig Safaris. If you are a professional photographer or a photography enthusiast you can also check with Pangolin Photographic Safaris.
Alternatively, you can also look for your tour on safari booking .com.
8. Where to sleep: the best way to enjoy Botswana and its wild nature is with your tent sleeping in the campsites of the Parks which is also the best budget choice. Alternatively, you can sleep in a more comfortable and expensive Lodge. Click here to see the map of Chobe N.P. and click here to see Moremi G.R.
9. Currency exchange: the local currency is called Pula (1 USD is about 11 Pula – 1 euro is about 12.25 Pula). There are some currency exchange shops in Maun and Kasane. You’ll also find ATM in Kasane and Maun. Anyway, you can easier pay accommodations, tour operator, activities in US dollars as well. We changed just a small amount of Pula for paying our expenses at supermarkets in Kasane and Maun since we self-cooked in the parks. Most of the lodges accept the credit cards (better Visa) too. So as in all the African countries, remember that they only exchange US Dollars issued since 2010 and in good condition (no rips, pen stains, scotch tape…etc..).
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