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Exciting Safaris and Towering Mountains

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PRIVATE TOUR - 15 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $12400+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Combine the top safari destinations in Botswana with the Drakensbergs
  • Travel through a circuit of luxury safari camps
  • Enjoy a wide range of adventures – from horseback riding to kayaking
  • Visit local villages and get immersed in their cultural history
  • Explore the wildlife with daily game drives
  • Travel the vast expanse of Northern Botswana while on safari
  • See Victoria Falls, a Natural Wonder of the World
  • Get in the mountains and see the views on horseback
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Tour Overview

Combine the top exciting safari destinations in Botswana with South Africa’s towering Drakensberg Mountains in the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa. Here you will be able to visit the local villages and have the chance to enjoy adventures including mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding, or kayaking. This tour also includes a few days in Zambia touring Victoria Falls.

Beginning on safari, you will travel the expanse of northern Botswana via a circuit of luxury camps and lodges in the best wildlife viewing regions. Each accommodation provides unique experiences in their own way, but they all offer a range of activities from daily game drives (on land or water) and canoe tours, to sunset cruises and nature walks.

As your Botswana tour ends in Kasane, near the Zambian border, you will then be transferred by road to Livingstone. This is where you will be based out of to explore Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Here, there are many adrenaline sports from zip lines and bungee jumping, to white water rafting, surfing and kayaking. For the more sedate, there are river cruises, elephant rides, local arts, craft and cultural experiences, fishing, golf, and safaris, just to name a few.

Following Victoria Falls, you will fly to Durban and be transferred by road to the Southern Drakensberg Mountains in the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa. Surrounded by the towering green peaks, you will tour the local and picturesque villages, farm shops, and arts centers. You will also have the chance to get in the mountains for some fun whether it be a leisurely hike or horseback ride, or some mountain biking, fishing, or kayaking.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
Round trip international airfare between New York and Johannesburg, One way local airfare from Johannesburg to Maun, Livingstone to Durban, and Durban to Johannesburg, Ground transfer from Kasane to Livingstone, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, Meals where specified, Activities where specified, All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Notes:
* Full open or netted rooms are available; please enquire with your Yampu Travel Consultant.

* For Botswana air transfers luggage is restricted to 20 kg in soft bags only, including hand luggage.
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Package Price: $12400
Pricing Details

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Johannesburg

Overnight flight to Johannesburg

Overnight flight to Johannesburg

Day
2

Arrival at Camp Okavango

Day flight to Maun. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to Camp Okavango via light aircraft. Stay in one of the camp’s beautifully designed and furnished African-style safari tent structures. The 16,000 square kilometers of wetlands that is the Okavango Delta is the final destination of Africa’s third longest river. It is here that herds of elephants, hippos, or buffalos can be stalked along the shoreline while drifting silently through the reeds upon a guided mokoro (indigenous canoe). Motorboat cruises, nature walks, and game drives are also available, where, each morning, Africa’s most famed animals will be tracked during their hunt for prey. In this colorful setting thriving within the reaches of the Kalahari Desert, experience a part of Africa like no other. Once arriving, take some time to relax and take in the surroundings before taking part in an afternoon activity of choice before returning to camp for the evening. Because mammals are the most active during the cool temperatures of the mornings and evenings, the game drives will follow this format as well. ...read less

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3

Exploring the Okavango Delta

Again, today there will be a chance to engage in any of the camp’s activities. This is a great opportunity to explore new parts of the Delta or to track animals that have yet to be seen. Return to camp for a night of relaxing and enjoying dinner and the surroundings in the heart of the Botswanan bush.

Again, today there will be a chance to engage in any of the camp’s activities. This is a great opportunity to explore new parts of the Delta or to track animals that have yet to be seen. Return to camp for a night of relaxing and enjoying dinner and the surroundings in the heart of the Botswanan bush.

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4

Camp Okavango – Camp Moremi

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Transfer to Camp Moremi via light aircraft. Here, stay in the comfort of the Camp’s authentic looking, yet elegantly furnished East African inspired tent like structures, deep within the heart of the reserve. As the only part of the Okavango Delta that has been set aside for the preservation of wildlife, The Moremi Game Reserve is most well-known for its frequent sightings of lion, leopard, and cheetah, but most notably for its abundance of wild dogs, whose population is quickly dwindling in most other regions of Africa. Spend the remaining afternoon either relaxing or taking part in a game drive before returning to for the evening. ...read less

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5

Exploring the Xakanaxa Lagoon

Awake early to partake in a morning game drive through the Reserve or explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and the surrounding channels of the Okavango Delta by motorboat, which provides fantastic birding experiences. Return to camp for lunch and some afternoon relaxing by the pool before embarking on an afternoon game drive.

Awake early to partake in a morning game drive through the Reserve or explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and the surrounding channels of the Okavango Delta by motorboat, which provides fantastic birding experiences. Return to camp for lunch and some afternoon relaxing by the pool before embarking on an afternoon game drive.

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6

Morning game drive through Camp Moremi

Again, awake early to take part in a morning activity, with lunch and relaxation at camp, before embarking on another afternoon game drive.

Again, awake early to take part in a morning activity, with lunch and relaxation at camp, before embarking on another afternoon game drive.

Day
7

Camp Moremi – Chobe Game Lodge

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Transfer by light aircraft to the Chobe Game Lodge. Built upon the banks of the Chobe River, splendid views are guaranteed, as each air conditioned room is facing the water and the surrounding floodplains with its own private terrace. Most famed for the largest population of elephants in all of Africa, Chobe National Park is also famous for its large buffalo herds, a great variety of antelope, hippos and abundant birdlife. Once at the lodge, choose to relax and enjoy the surroundings or take part in one of the lodge’s afternoon activities; from land or water based activities, to a sunset cruise, before returning for dinner, traditional dance performances, and perhaps some stargazing led by the experts on hand. ...read less

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8

Nature walks in the Lesoma Valley and Kasuma Pan

Again, today there will be a chance to take game drives through the park, or engage in a scenic sunset cruise. Also, nature walks with interpretive guides are lead to the Lesoma Valley and the Kasuma Pan; however this is only available between April and October due to weather constraints.

Again, today there will be a chance to take game drives through the park, or engage in a scenic sunset cruise. Also, nature walks with interpretive guides are lead to the Lesoma Valley and the Kasuma Pan; however this is only available between April and October due to weather constraints.

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9

Chobe Game Lodge – Livingstone

Ground transfer to a hotel in Livingstone. Take the day at leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings. Overnight at the lodge.

Ground transfer to a hotel in Livingstone. Take the day at leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings. Overnight at the lodge.

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10

Tour of Victoria Falls

After breakfast, set off on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls, now approximately 150 million years old, reaches its peak volume around May each year. The sights, sounds, and smells of this massive fall will truly inspire; it creates such a humbling feeling, seeing a true masterpiece of nature. Tours to the falls are conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, go past the ‘Big Tree’ to stop and take photos. Journey through the rainforest by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed. Overnight at lodge. ...read less

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11

Livingstone – Durban

After breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to Durban. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel in the Drakensberg.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to Durban. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel in the Drakensberg.

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12

Tour of the Midlands Meander

After breakfast embark on a day trip around the Midlands Meander. This is a tour of the picturesque villages, farm shops and arts and crafts center through the Southern Drakensberg Mountains. Get surrounded by towering mountain peaks and get to meet colorful characters while browsing the local produce in this wonderful area. We will also stop at one or two of the local breweries to sample the local tipples. The tour includes lunch in a country restaurant where trout from the mountain streams and local cheeses will be sampled. ...read less

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13

Battlefields Tour

Today take the opportunity to get in to the mountains and get active. Join a guided walk, go mountain biking or horse riding, fish in the lakes or rivers or even kayak in the fast flowing mountain waters. Any of these activities can be arranged.
In the afternoon we will make our way to the Battlefield Sites of Spionkop or Islandwana. This is an opportunity to discover more about South Africa’s colourful past.

Today take the opportunity to get in to the mountains and get active. Join a guided walk, go mountain biking or horse riding, fish in the lakes or rivers or even kayak in the fast flowing mountain waters. Any of these activities can be arranged.
In the afternoon we will make our way to the Battlefield Sites of Spionkop or Islandwana. This is an opportunity to discover more about South Africa’s colourful past.

Battlefields
Day
14

South African Cultural Immersion

After breakfast take a full day battlefield tour. Discover more about the Boer War (The Boer Republic and Great Britain) or the Zulu Wars (Zulus, Great Britain and The Boers). The guides are incredibly animated and informative; guests will get fully immersed in the drama and atmosphere of these great battles.

After breakfast take a full day battlefield tour. Discover more about the Boer War (The Boer Republic and Great Britain) or the Zulu Wars (Zulus, Great Britain and The Boers). The guides are incredibly animated and informative; guests will get fully immersed in the drama and atmosphere of these great battles.

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15

International flight home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Okavango Delta, North West, Botswana

Xakanaxa Lagoon, Ngamiland East, North West, Botswana

Chobe National Park, Chobe, North West, Botswana

Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

Places You'll See

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    Okavango Delta

    A delta is generally characterized as an outlet of water to the open sea. The Okavango river releases flood waters into open land, flooding the savannah. With the hot and wet winter months in Botswana comes nearly 20 inches of rain that floods the area, welcoming many crosses of life. Another animal lover’s paradise, nearly 200,000 beasts can be seen during this time, including herds of elephants, black rhinoceros, and buffalo.

  • Moremi Game Reserve

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    Chobe National Park

    For wildlife lovers, Chobe National Park is the place to see a wide assortment of species, from elephants to giraffes, in their natural habitat. This national park is the most biologically diverse and can be witnessed by land as well as flying safaris! The first national park of Botswana has a wide variety of accommodations from camping to private lodges.

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    Victoria Falls (Zambia/Livingstone)

    Twice the height of the Niagara Falls and the world’s largest curtain of falling water, Victoria Falls will not disappoint. The falls offer many experiences that are once in a lifetime. From bungee jumping to looking over the falls from the water just inches away from the official drop, Victoria Falls is a must!

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Livingstone (Zambia) : Thorn Tree Lodge

Southern Drakensbergs : Cathedral Peak

4 Star Properties

Livingstone : Stanley Safari Lodge (Baobab Cottage)

Southern Drakensbergs : Hartford House

5 Star Properties

Moremi Game Reserve : Camp Moremi

Livingstone : Tongabezi Lodge (Nut House)

Southern Drakensbergs : Cleopatra’s

Luxury Properties

Okavango Delta : Camp Okavango

Chobe National Park : Chobe Game Lodge

Testimonials

Sara

Traveled June, 2014

I highly recommend Yampu as a company and Karolina in particular as an agent.

Karolina Guilcapi at Yampu Tours has provided excellent service for me and my brother on two separate trips, one to Mexico last August and, more recently, South Africa (and Botswana and Zimbabwe) last month. In particular on the South Africa trip she worked closely with me to combine and fine tune a number of their tours. I appreciated her recommendation to go to several game reserves and parks, rather than a lot of time at one. And my brother had some last minute complicated logistics (scheduling an all-day teleconference in the middle of our trip and rescheduling his flights when he missed his original flights) for which Karolina was instrumental in coordinating. I highly recommend Yampu as a company and Karolina in particular as an agent.

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Jerome S.

Traveled May, 2013

The trip you set up for me was flawless.

The trip you set up for me was flawless. The guide met all my expectations. He was helpful and protective. I did learn that in Africa, time is a relative thing. I soon learned that when James told me we were one half hour from anywhere, I could count on an hour. I saw every major animal, but one, including the Black Rino, one of the most endangers specie in the Crater. I took 900 pictures. I can tell you without a doubt, that your people can take care of a person my age and should promote that fact. I loved Nxabega. However, I was prevented from going to my tent for a rest when a family of Elephants started eating the trees between the lunch area and my tent. They were all first rate camps, but Sopa was exceptional. If you wish me to fill out anything, let me know. One funny story. I needed to go to the bathroom. James asked me to wait while he drove about a half a mile to high ground, so he could watch out for animals while I attended to the problem behind his 4×4. As we get to about fifty yards from the place we planned to stop; three lions walked over the hill and past our vehicle. You would be surprised how fast the urge to go disappears under these circumstances.

Peter C.

Traveled May, 2013

We all loved Cape Town and Franschoek

We’re on our last day at Kagga Kamma and I wanted to let you know that we are having a great time and everything is according to plan. We all loved Cape Town and Franschoek. While we were unsure about KK when we arrived, it has turned out to be a great experience. Just today we saw ostrich, eland, wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, botinbok, Springbok and cave paintings. Ted and i are taking the ATV’s this afternoon. It is a huge reserve here. The weather today is sunny and cool. Off to the airport in early morning to fly to Kruger. Hopefully the last leg of our trip will be as good as the first.

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