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Botswana Private Expedition
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10 days

from $10,577 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($7,195 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, and easy hikes.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Venture out on safari in two conservancies featured in wildlife films produced by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
  • Encounter the fascinating lion prides of Duba Plains, unique for their swimming abilities and daytime hunting practices.
  • Witness some of Africa’s largest elephant and buffalo herds, drawn to the area’s prolific aquatic habitats.
  • Take a private tour of Victoria Falls, and watch the sun set over the Zambezi on a river cruise.
Itinerary

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the ideal wildlife sanctuary: a far-reaching network of flood plains and shimmering lagoons nearly devoid of human presence. Discover the region on open-vehicle game drives and canoe safaris, seeking out rare and endangered species, including African wild dogs and blue wildebeests. Cap off your visit exploring thunderous Victoria Falls with a private guide.

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa

Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to your hotel, located directly across the street from the airport and easily accessed on foot. This evening, taste South African specialties at dinner in the hotel’s fine restaurant.

Day 2: Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Fly to the city of Maun and transfer to a small aircraft for your flight to the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta system and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your destination is Duba Explorers Camp, a safari lodge situated on an island in the heart of the delta. Originally a research station, the camp was established to study the area’s abundant wildlife. It has also served as the backdrop for wildlife documentary films by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Settle into your screened-in tent and watch for animals roaming the surrounding marshlands.

Day 3: Okavango Delta

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Set out on your first game drive, venturing into the bush in search of elephant herds, buffalo, and multiple antelope species, including the tsessebe and red lechwe. Keep an eye out for lions belonging to the area’s resident prides, remarkable for their unique daytime hunting tendencies and their ability to swim in the delta waterways.

Day 4: Okavango Delta

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Venture out on another land safari today or choose to explore the area by water. Sail across lagoons in a speedboat as you look for hippos wading in the surrounding waters and all manner of birdlife flying through the skies overhead. After the sun goes down, head back into the wilderness on a nighttime safari to discover the nocturnal creatures of the floodplains.

Day 5: Selinda Reserve

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Start your day with an exhilarating bush flight over the delta, taking in stunning aerial views of its intricate and far-reaching maze of waterways. Touch down at the nearby Selinda Game Reserve, a 320,000-acre private wildlife refuge on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta shared by just three sister safari camps. One of these properties, the intimate nine-tent Selinda Explorers, will be your home for the next three nights. Settle in, and then enjoy an exclusive safari-style dinner, followed by a bush viewing of a wildlife conservation film created by the Jouberts, the lodge founders.

Day 6: Selinda Reserve

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Delve into the secluded marshlands of the Selinda Reserve on a game drive, on the lookout for endangered African wild dogs, as well as large herds of elephant and buffalo, which can often be spotted drinking or bathing in the surrounding waterways. Continue your wildlife viewing back at the lodge this evening: Selinda Explorers sits on the banks of the Selinda Spillway where plenty of creatures come to drink.

Day 7: Selinda Reserve

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Explore the Selinda Reserve further today, choosing from a range of activities, including day and nighttime game drives; a guided walk across the floodplain to learn about the complex nature of hydrology in northern Botswana; or an exploration of the Selinda Spillway by boat (June to September). This evening, enjoy a gourmet meal overlooking the spillway while dining at a candlelit table.

Day 8: Livingstone, Zambia

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Fly to the city of Kasane in Botswana and travel by land and river to Livingstone, a former British colonial hub on the shores of the Zambezi River. Take a boat to the opposite shore to reach your hotel, located just steps from the mighty Victoria Falls. Get a first look at this spectacular natural wonder and designated World Heritage site—a thundering cascade that spans a mile across highveld escarpment and plummets into the deep and narrow Batoka Gorge. This evening, see one of Africa’s famous sunsets while cruising the Zambezi, looking for resident hippos and crocodiles as you drift across the river in the comfort of the African Queen riverboat.

Day 9: Livingstone

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Approach the “smoke that thunders,” as the site is called locally, on a walking tour of Victoria Falls, and then enjoy an afternoon exploring them on your own. You may wish to cross the Knife’s Edge footbridge for views of the Eastern Cataract. Or choose to hike through the surrounding mist-fed rain forest to Danger Point.

Day 10: Livingstone/Depart

Transfer to the airport in Livingstone for your flight home.

What to Expect

This expedition is rated as light; travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Excursions include safari drives in open vehicles on dusty, bumpy roads; nature walks on uneven terrain; excursions by speedboat and canoe, and sometimes climbing stairs without handrails. A typical safari day begins at dawn and includes 3- to 4-hour wildlife-viewing drives.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, you’ll stay in high-end accommodations selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character.

Expedition Team
Top private guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and local experts will meet with you along the way as described in the itinerary.

About Private Expeditions

National Geographic Private Expeditions are specially crafted itineraries designed for independent travelers that combine guided excursions, fascinating insights into culture and wildlife, and top accommodations. These trips are designed to fit into your schedule. You choose your desired departure date, and we'll make all the arrangements.

ACCOMMODATIONS

You may upgrade to Zarafa Camp at an additional cost. A member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection, Zarafa is an elegant five-tent camp located along the shores of the stunning Zibadianja Lagoon.

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Zarafa Camp - Selinda Reserve

Edging the shores of a wildlife-rich lagoon in the Okavango Delta and surrounded by more than 320,000 acres of private, protected land, Zarafa Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge has spacious tents that offer an intimate experience with one of Africa's great wildernesses.

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Zarafa Camp - Selinda Reserve

Edging the shores of a wildlife-rich lagoon in the Okavango Delta and surrounded by more than 320,000 acres of private, protected land, Zarafa Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge has spacious tents that offer an intimate experience with one of Africa's great wildernesses.

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Zarafa Camp - Selinda Reserve

Edging the shores of a wildlife-rich lagoon in the Okavango Delta and surrounded by more than 320,000 acres of private, protected land, Zarafa Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge has spacious tents that offer an intimate experience with one of Africa's great wildernesses.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Jun 15-Oct 31, 2019
  • 2 People $20,573 AUD ($13,995 USD)
  • 4 People $19,838 AUD ($13,495 USD)
  • 6 People $19,103 AUD ($12,995 USD)

  • date Nov 1, 2019 - Jan 10, 2020
  • 2 People $14,693 AUD ($9,995 USD)
  • 4 People $13,958 AUD ($9,495 USD)
  • 6 People $13,664 AUD ($9,295 USD)

  • date Jan 11-Mar 31, 2020
  • 2 People $11,165 AUD ($7,595 USD)
  • 4 People $10,724 AUD ($7,295 USD)
  • 6 People $10,577 AUD ($7,195 USD)

  • date Apr 1-May 31, 2020
  • 2 People $13,223 AUD ($8,995 USD)
  • 4 People $12,635 AUD ($8,595 USD)
  • 6 People $12,488 AUD ($8,495 USD)

  • date Jun 1-14, 2020
  • 2 People $15,134 AUD ($10,295 USD)
  • 4 People $14,546 AUD ($9,895 USD)
  • 6 People $14,105 AUD ($9,595 USD)

  • date Jun 15-Oct 31, 2020
  • 2 People $21,161 AUD ($14,395 USD)
  • 4 People $20,573 AUD ($13,995 USD)
  • 6 People $19,985 AUD ($13,595 USD)

  • date Nov 1-Dec 19, 2020
  • 2 People $15,134 AUD ($10,295 USD)
  • 4 People $14,546 AUD ($9,895 USD)
  • 6 People $14,105 AUD ($9,595 USD)

  • date Dec 20, 2020 - Jan 11, 2021
  • 2 People $21,161 AUD ($14,395 USD)
  • 4 People $20,573 AUD ($13,995 USD)
  • 6 People $19,985 AUD ($13,595 USD)

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Single traveler prices are available upon request. Internal flights are $1,395 per person. Surcharges may apply to certain travel dates based upon international or local holidays, as well as local events and festivals. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities