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Sunset in the Okavango Delta on a classic Botswana safari
Small Group Lodge Safari

Fascinating Botswana

8 Days from 3,750 USD per person sharing

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Fascinating Botswana – 8 Day Small Group Lodge Safari

Many amazing moments await you on this 8-day guided lodge safari. You explore the Chobe National Park on game drives and river cruises and from your window seat, you explore the wildlife rich Savuti region and the Moremi Game Reserve for an unforgettable classic Botswana safari.

Lodge accommodation

Lodges & tented camps

Accommodation style

Tour price

from 3,750 USD pp sharing

Starting price per person

Travellers

2-7

Travellers (window seat guaranteed)

Departure dates calendar

Every Thursday

Departure dates

Highlights

Day 1-8 | Botswana

Not more than 7 travellers, window-seat guaranteed

Small Group Safari
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Not more than 7 travellers, window-seat guaranteed

Game drives and river cruise in the park with highest elephant density in the world

Chobe National Park
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Game drives and river cruise in the park with highest elephant density in the world

Game drive along the Chobe River in an unfenced wilderness area

Chobe Flood Plains & Forest Reserve
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Game drive along the Chobe River in an unfenced wilderness area

Game drives in an area famous for high numbers of predators and big cats

Savuti Region

Game drives in an area famous for high numbers of predators and big cats

Game drive in the Okavango Delta, large variety wildlife, including the African Wild Dog

Moremi Game Reserve
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Game drive in the Okavango Delta, large variety wildlife, including the African Wild Dog

Optional flight across the Okavango Delta

Maun

Optional flight across the Okavango Delta

Who Should Go

If you love safari and want to see the highlights of Botswana, this classic lodge safari is for you. Together with your guide, you will spend time on extensive game drives in some of the most wildlife-rich areas in Southern Africa. To make the list of highlights complete, we can organise an optional visit to the Victoria Falls for you.

Safari activities

Safari Enthusiasts

Botswana newbies

Botswana Newbies

Solo travellers

Solo Travellers

Nature Lovers

Nature Lovers

Accommodation

5 lodges over 8 days/7 nights
Batonka Guest Lodge
Day 1
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Batonka Guest Lodge
1 night breakfast
Day 1
Campfire at the Chobe Elephant Camp in Botswana
Day 2-3
Chobe Forest Reserve
Chobe Elephant Camp
1 night half-board & 1 night full-board
Day 2-3
View of the Thobolo's Bush Lodge in Botswana
Day 4
Chobe Forest Reserve
Thobolo’s Bush Lodge
1 night full-board
Day 4
An outside view of a bungalow at the Thamalakne River Lodge near Maun, Botswana
Day 7
Maun
Thamalakane River Lodge
1 night half-board
Day 7

Tour Itinerary

Small group lodge safari | minimum 2, maximum 7 people | guaranteed window-seat

Set out on a journey to Botswana’s classic wildlife areas, accompanied by an expert safari guide and a small travel group. On this 8-day guided safari you overnight in charming accommodations and you experience a classic Botswana lodge safari. Explore the Chobe National Park on land and on water and observe tremendous herds of elephants in the process. Travel deep into the mysterious Savuti region and learn about this area renowned for its high number of predators. Game drives in the famed Moremi Game Reserve, home to the Big 5, crown an eye-opening safari adventure.

Please Note: The starting point of this tour alternates between Victoria Falls and Maun. Therefore, this tour is conducted from Victoria Falls to Maun as well as from Maun to Victoria Falls. Kindly contact us for more information.

Fascinating Botswana tour map

Start Victoria Falls/Maun

Ends Maun/Victoria Falls

White water lily in the Okavango Delta

Day 1 | Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Your trip begins with a highlight: A visit to the Victoria Falls waterfalls in Zimbabwe! Your transfer driver welcomes you at Victoria Falls airport and takes you to your accommodation, the Batonka Guest Lodge. You can check in, unpack, and take a moment to settle in. Here, you will also meet your guide for the upcoming safari. After checking-in, you go on a tour of the Victoria Falls together with your guide. Being 1.7km wide and 108m high, the Victoria Falls are said to be the biggest waterfalls in the world. An impressive experience! Afterwards, you can visit the big souvenir market or take a walk around the little town of Victoria Falls. Together with your guide and the other participants, you enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town (at own cost). You spend the first night of your journey at the Batonka Guest Lodge.

Please note: To join activities such as scenic flights, boat cruises or bungee-jumping at Victoria Falls, you would need to plan for an additional night ahead of your trip. Please get in touch with us!

A large hippo on land opening its mouth

Day 2 | Victoria Falls – Kasane – Chobe Region

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours + game drives

Victoria Falls – Kasane – Chobe Region

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours + game drives

Today your safari adventure in Botswana begins. Your transfer driver takes you – together with your guide and the other participants – across the border to the town of Kasane. Here you change cars and get into your 4×4 Land Cruiser safari vehicle. Your next destination is the Chobe National Park where your first game drive begins! No other park is better known for its elephant population. With more than 40,000 elephants calling the Chobe National Park home, it is the region with the highest density of elephants in the world. It is for this reason that the Chobe National Park is also known as “The Land of Giants”. Your guide knows the area very well and will share interesting facts and anecdotes about elephants as well as other animals in the park: lions, buffaloes, different types of antelopes and many smaller creatures live in Chobe. When the day draws to a close, you leave Chobe National Park on the western side and drive to your accommodation for the next two nights: Chobe Elephant Camp.

Breakfast Dinner
An elephant standing in the Chobe River in Botswana

Day 3 | Chobe National Park

Game Drives

Chobe National Park

Game Drives

Enjoy a tasty breakfast before heading out on safari. With your guide by your side and in the optimal 4×4 safari vehicle, you return to the Chobe National Park. You spend the whole morning on game drives and have enough time to enjoy the big and small moments of a safari. You will very likely come across animals you didn’t see yesterday. In the afternoon, you embark on a boat cruise on the Chobe River. You can observe animals that come to the river to drink; with a bit of luck you can even watch elephants drinking, splashing and playing in the water. You spend another night at the Chobe Elephant Camp.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
A cheetah looking to the left

Day 4 | Chobe Region – Chobe National Park – Chobe Forest Reserve

Distance approx. 50 km; direct driving time approx. 2 hours + game drives

Chobe Region – Chobe National Park – Chobe Forest Reserve

Distance approx. 50 km; direct driving time approx. 2 hours + game drives

After breakfast, you go on another morning game drive in the Chobe National Park together with your guide. No day on safari is like the other and you never know which wildlife sightings await you today. Watch as the elephants come to the water to drink, cool down and play by splashing about. You may also want to keep your eyes open for the water-loving red lechwe and the rare puku antelope on today’s morning game drive. After exiting the park at the Ngoma gate, you continue towards the Chobe Forest Reserve. Along the way we make use of the wonderful outside setting to enjoy a picnic lunch. With quite possibly many new safari impressions, you arrive at your lodge, the Thobolo’s Bush Lodge, in the mid-afternoon. End the day by enjoying a cool sundowner on the viewing deck and gaze over the waterhole as elephants, buffalos and other resident wildlife arrive for a drink of their own.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
A safari vehicle on a game drive on a classic Botswana safari

Day 5 | Chobe Forest Reserve – Savuti – Moremi Region

Distance and driving time; depends on the route chosen on game drive

Chobe Forest Reserve – Savuti – Moremi Region

Distance and driving time; depends on the route chosen on game drive

You have an exciting day ahead of you and one which must therefore start very early. Before the first light, you will be up and going already, heading towards the Savuti region. The Savuti is renowned for its fantastic game viewing and its varied landscapes. The region is particularly famed for its predators, so be on the lookout for any lions, leopards, or hyenas about. During the morning hours, these hunters can sometimes be spotted returning from their night-time activity. The surreal Savuti landscape was formed and is constantly being reformed by the mysterious Savuti channel. The channel can flow for many years, bringing water to the region and then unexpectedly dry up and remain dry for an undefined period of time. Nature, however, always finds a way to show its impressive resilience. This makes every safari in the Savuti fascinating. After a long and wonderful day of game viewing, you arrive at your accommodation for the next two nights, the Mmatsebe Camp, at the Mbudi River in a private concession north of Khwai. Here, a tasty dinner and a good night’s rest await you.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
An elephant seen from the air on a scenic flight on a classic Botswana safari

Day 6 | Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Region

Game Drives

Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Region

Game Drives

Look forward to another exciting day on safari. Depending on the time of year and presence of wildlife, you will explore either the famous Moremi Game Reserve or the wildlife-rich Khwai Region. The whole region is home to a tremendous amount of wildlife, including the Big Five. It is also one of the best places in Africa to spot African wild dogs. The Moremi, with its surrounding private concessions, provides the wide-open spaces which these rarely seen animals require to roam. Further highlights you may encounter here are antelope species such as the tsessebe, the roan and the sable, as well as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes and if you are lucky, you may find a cheetah. Your guide has well trained eyes and his spotting skills will help make it an incredible safari. In the afternoon, you return to your camp. As the sun sets on another memorable day, be sure to sit on the camp’s deck and watch as the animals come to drink at the Mbudi River. You spend another night at the Mmatsebe Camp.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
A landscape at sunset with clouds in the sky on a classic Botswana safari

Day 7 | Moremi Region – Maun

Distance approx. 150 km; direct driving time approx. 3-4 hours + game drives

Moremi Region – Maun

Distance approx. 150 km; direct driving time approx. 3-4 hours + game drives

You set out on another morning game drive in the region surrounding your camp, taking advantage of the cool morning temperatures just like the animals do. Most animals are active during the morning hours and your chances to experience exciting sightings are good. Your journey takes you further south through Botswana’s bush landscape. The southern part of the Moremi Game Reserve is more remote and there are fewer safari vehicles on the roads than in the northern part. A great opportunity to explore this secluded area on game drives. In the late afternoon, you will leave the Moremi Game Reserve at the South Gate and reach your accommodation, the Thamalakane River Lodge. End this wonderful day with another delicious dinner before you sit around the campfire and overlook the river.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
King Fisher bird

Day 8 | Maun

Distance approx. 20 km; driving time approx. 30 minutes

Maun

Distance approx. 20 km; driving time approx. 30 minutes

After a hearty breakfast it is time to pack your bags. Your guide or a transfer driver will bring you to the Maun Airport where you say your farewells. From here, you can start your return journey or continue your adventure by flying into the Okavango Delta. Depending on your onward journey, you may have enough time for a helicopter flight across the delta this morning (optional). Please get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist you further. No matter what you choose, we are certain that your time amongst Botswana’s nature and wildlife will have left a lasting impression and we hope to see you again!

Breakfast

Included

  • transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • professional, German-speaking guide
  • 7 nights’ stay in lodges and tented camps
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • drinking water
  • activities and transfers as per itinerary
  • all national park fees
  • medical evacuation insurance with Okavango Air Rescue to Maun

Excluded

  • flights (international and domestic)
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks
  • optional activities
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

Upcoming Departures

Start End Price per person sharing Single supplement Language
14.07.2024 21.07.2024 3,950 USD 800 USD German
07.08.2024 14.08.2024 3,850 USD 800 USD English
14.08.2024 21.08.2024 3,950 USD 800 USD German
07.09.2024 14.09.2024 3,850 USD 800 USD English
14.09.2024 21.09.2024 3,950 USD 800 USD German
11.10.2024 18.10.2024 3,850 USD 800 USD English
19.10.2024 26.10.2024 3,950 USD 800 USD German
07.11.2024 14.11.2024 3,750 USD 300 USD English
14.11.2024 21.11.2024 3,850 USD 300 USD German
01.04.2025 09.04.2025 4,850 USD 400 USD English
09.04.2025 17.04.2025 4,850 USD 400 USD German
01.05.2025 09.05.2025 4,850 USD 400 USD English
11.05.2025 19.05.2025 4,850 USD 400 USD German
01.06.2025 09.06.2025 4,850 USD 400 USD English
09.06.2025 17.06.2025 4,850 USD 400 USD German
01.07.2025 09.07.2025 4,850 USD 770 USD English
09.07.2025 17.07.2025 4,850 USD 770 USD German
01.08.2025 09.08.2025 4,850 USD 770 USD English
10.08.2025 18.08.2025 4,850 USD 770 USD German
01.09.2025 09.09.2025 4,850 USD 770 USD English
09.09.2025 17.09.2025 4,850 USD 770 USD German
01.10.2025 09.10.2025 4,850 USD 770 USD English
09.10.2025 17.10.2025 4,850 USD 770 USD German
01.11.2025 09.11.2025 4,850 USD 400 USD English
09.11.2025 17.11.2025 4,850 USD 400 USD German

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