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Botswana Highlights

9 Days | Discover the wildlife and World Heritage waterways of Botswana.

4.9 out of 5 based on 22 reviews submitted.
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Containing in its borders the world's largest salt pans, inland delta and number of elephants, Botswana has plenty to boast about. Taking in also Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls and Namibia's Caprivi region, this trip celebrates both the natural and cultural highlights of Botswana. Stay in a lodge overlooking a watering hole frequented by elephants, watch hippos wallowing along the shores of the Chobe River, and paddle through the Okavango Delta in a traditional dug-out canoe. If it's a diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures you're after, then this is the ultimate trip.

Trip overview

Map of Botswana Highlights including Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe
Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Theme
Wildlife
Destinations
Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
UBSZ
This trip generates 30 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Visit Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust – supported by The Intrepid Foundation supports – and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and the Trust’s role in anti-poaching. Then, enjoy a unique stay at Elephant Sands Lodge, where you can witness a herd of these magnificent creatures bath and drink in the natural waterhole only metres from your porch.
  • Glide through the wildlife-filled waterways of the Okavango by mokoro, this traditional dug-out canoe is the best way to experience the delta up-close.
  • Seek out pods of hippos wallowing in the waters and surround yourself with abundant birdlife on a river cruise through Chobe National Park.
  • Enjoy some truly unique accommodation in Elephant Sands. Greet elephants as they come to drink from a natural watering hole right outside the lodge.
  • Experience the rugged beauty of Botswana in comfort as you stay in meru-style permanent tents, lodges and hotels on this Original style trip.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Botswana temperatures rise in the hot dry period of September and October, before the rains hit, and temperatures can get as high as 34-38°C. Not all accommodation will have air-conditioning, which is quite common across Africa, particularly in remote locations where lodges or camps operate on solar power or generators.
  • Botswana is a very seasonal destination. What you see and experience can differ quite dramatically depending on the time of year you visit. Please consider this before you choose your departure date. See the 'Climate and Seasonal' section in ‘Essential Information’ for more details.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

Map of Botswana Highlights including Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Boat, Mokoro

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Lodge (4 nights), Basic Lodge (2 night)

Activities
  • Nata - Elephant Sands Bush Walk
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
  • Okavango Delta - Mokoro Safari
  • Okavango Delta - Nature walk
  • Chobe National Park - River cruise
Add on activities
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Tour - USD68
  • Victoria Falls - Standard Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD45
  • Victoria Falls - Traditional Village Tour - USD55
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Swing - USD168
  • Victoria Falls - Jet Boat (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD110
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD126
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins - excludes USD25 Fuel & NP Fee) - USD150
  • Victoria Falls - River Song Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD75
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins - excludes USD30 Fuel & NP Fee) - USD284
  • Okavango Delta - Helicopter Scenic Flight - From USD250 - USD280
  • Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Morning Game Drive - BWP580

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Victoria Falls with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 and ends mid-afternoon on Day 9. We recommend you do not book departing flights until post 7pm, allowing for any delays.

2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

3. The minimum age for this trip is 15 at the time of travel. Any travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18 day to day’s care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document to delegate their authority.

4. Border crossing delays in the region have been sporadic and difficult to predict. What takes an hour one day may take four hours the next. This may affect the order of activities in the itinerary. We understand this uncertainty can be frustrating, and we strongly recommend packing a bit of patience and flexibility.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 22 reviews submitted.
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Jack · Traveled November 2023
Both our guides Abel and Nathi were phenomenal. The locations were excellent and experiences good, though in some accommodations with no cooling it can be very hot during November/December. The one negative is the price, it isn't always consistent and is a bit expensive for what is included. That being said, highly recommend the trip.
Review submitted 06 Dec 2023

Jonathan · Traveled October 2023
This was the experience if a life time or leader and driver. Admore and Goodman made this experience all the better. We are experienced travelers but there are aspects of this trip we would have missed if it were not for intrepid. Highly recommend Botswana highlights to everyone.
Review submitted 01 Nov 2023

Jessica · Traveled October 2023
A fantastic trip with some incredible accommodation options. A great way to explore Botswana with an outstanding guide and driver. No game drives were included, but were optional extras. I think the itinerary needs some work, but overall a great trip.
Review submitted 26 Oct 2023

Geoff · Traveled September 2023
Each Intrepid trip gets me so involved with the people. That enhances my life. As well as making a difference to theres. We all go away with a better understanding. No one is better. Just different.
Review submitted 29 Sep 2023

Joshua · Traveled September 2023
Intrepid Travel is an amazing adventure travel company which truly goes above and beyond.
Review submitted 01 Oct 2023
Botswana Highlights
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USD $2,253