8 day/ 7 night Botswana Green Safari
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USD 3 799.00 per person based on TWO persons travelling
USD 4 099.00 per person based on TWO persons travelling
USD 4 899.00 per person based on TWO persons travelling
Reason for including each property:
Elephant Valley Lodge
Water: We operate on borehole water which comes from 110 metres below the ground. This water is used for everything in the lodge, cooking, gardens and rooms. It is safe to drink and use for washing etc. We do not use municipal water as the demand in the area is too high. This means we are not taking from the river and we are eliminating all chances of disease from the municipal water
Sewage: We have just installed and built a 20 000L bio chemical septic tank which filters and purifies the water making it reusable for irrigation. This saves the use of the borehole water and is a very good form of recycling.
The water bowsers are fitter with ball valves and mercury switches which turns the main bore hole pump off when the bowsers are full which eliminates water wastage
Power: We have a policy that if any room or area of the lodge is not being used all power to that section of the lodge is turned off. All rooms that are occupied are monitored for electrical usage, so when the guest is out of the room the power to the room is turned off. We only allow 2 hours a day of geyser usage a day per room. This heats the water sufficiently for the clients and also saves power.
Litter: We have an out-sourced refuse removal company that removes all refuse on a daily basis; this refuse is taken to the new eco friendly dump that has been built Kasane.
Health department: We successfully past our last health inspection with flying colours due to our conservation policies at the lodgeDelta Camp Delta Camp is powered by solar power.
The lodge is built from natural material (Thatched wooden & reeded en suite chalets – Open with roll up reeded blinds).Delta Camp also doesn’t have any motorized activities – we only offer mokoro trips and walks.
Fridges and stoves use a clean source of fuel (gas).Khwai Tented Camp
Khwai Tented Camp uses solar lighting and wind up bed side lamps and torches. For radios and communication solar powered equipment.
Gas stoves, fridges and hot water on demand – all using clean source of fuel (Gas).
Soaps are all natural products.
Tents and canvas are used for most of the structures so that it is low impact and can pack away easily.
- 7 nights
- 2 nights ELEPHANT VALLEY LODGE adjacent to the Chobe National Park
- 2 nights DELTA CAMP in the Okavango Delta
- 3 Nnights KHWAI TENTED CAMP
Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport where you will be met by a representative of Falcon-Safari.com in the Arrivals Hall.
Our representative will then accompany you to the check in counter for your flight to Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe (it may be possible to fly directly to Kasane in Botswana depending on your dates of travel).
After clearing customs and immigration , you will be met by our representative who will transfer you by private vehicle to The Eephant Valley Lodge.
This transfer takes approximately 2 hours and involves Zimbabwe and Botswana customs and immigration en-route. On arrival you will be welcomed by the management who will show you to your room, given a brief overview of the lodge and area and will then discuss which activities you would like to do during your stay. Enjoy a lovely lunch and afternoon relaxing before your pm activity. You then return to the lodge in time to freshen up before a delicious dinner accompanies by the sounds of the African bush.
2 x Nights at Elephant Valley Lodge in a twin tent with private en-suite facilities. Accommodation includes all meals, park fees, local drinks on activities and snacks on activities, PM game drive on day 1, AM boat cruise and PM game drive on day 2, AM boat cruise on day 3 (time permitting).
ELEPHANT VALLEY LODGE
The Chobe region is home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. This is estimated to be approximately 120,000 individuals. Their sometimes daily passage takes them from Zimbabwe through the Chobe and on into Namibia before returning. Elephant Valley Lodge lies along one of these routes and is situated in the Kasane Forest, which is adjacent to the Chobe National Park. Open guest areas, a secluded hide, refreshing swimming pool and 20 ‘meru styled’ tents complete the lodge which lies beneath a forest of sturdy knob thorns. It is within these tree tops that the largest colony of white back vultures occurs.
The lodge is unique for several reasons and amongst these is the fact that it is situated within a game rich reserve affording the guests wonderful sightings between our open Landrover safaris into the Chobe and boat cruises along the Chobe River. The camp perimeter is fenced to keep the elephant from moving through the camp, instead now they move around the camp boundary, along their well worn paths to and from the Chobe River. Your tent also ensures that you are able to hear the multitude of night sounds as you drift away with vivid thoughts of the experiences of your day on safari. Each of the tents features twin beds, en suite shower and toilet, mini safe and fan. At Elephant Valley we have found that a morning cruise along the Chobe River provides a couple of distinct advantages they include the following; During the morning the river is distinctly less busy with fewer boats. This also permits a longer experience, assuming that sightings kept us busy, and we do not have to cut the trip short to get back before sunset. It does also permit a greater length of the river to be explored. In the afternoons we have found that the Chobe National Park is conversely less busy and we are able to enjoy a sun downer along the river to capture the sunset on camera. It is also during the late afternoon that game becomes most active.
After breakfast and an early morning activity (time permitting) you will be transferred by road to Kasane Airport where you will be met by your pilot and transferred by light aircraft to Delta Camp. On arrival you will be welcomed by the Camp Managers and shown to your room. Enjoy a leisurely buffet lunch and a little later this afternoon your guide will take you on a mokoro excursion where you explore the channels which have excellent birdlife. There is also a chance of seeing Hippo, Elephant and Crocodile as well as numerous antelope species. While on your activity enjoy sundowners while in the mokoro and watch the sun sizzles as it sets on the waterways. Return to the camp in time to freshen up before a delicious dinner accompanied by the sounds of the African bush.
An early morning wake-up call, some tea, coffee and biscuits, and then accompanied by your Guide you go out on a walking safari – really the ONLY way to go out on safari, on foot, accompanied by a man whose knowledge of the Okavango and its wildlife and plants will astound you. You can, in all safety track and stalk animals that you are particularly interested in seeing, a truly remarkable experience. After a leisurely three hour walk, conducted at your pace, you will return to Delta Camp for a hearty Brunch and a rest during the heat of the day. A little later this afternoon enjoy another mokoro excursion returning to the camp by sunset. Enjoy a leisurely dinner.
DELTA CAMP, OKAVANGO DELTA **MOKOROS ARE SUBJECT TO WATER LEVELS**
This intimate and informal safari camp nestles on a small Falcon close to the south-western edge of Chief’s Falcon, heart of the Okavango Delta – the vast oasis of the Kgalagadi Desert, Botswana. Accommodation is in spacious ‘lethaka’ (reed) chalets with en-suite facilities. The amazing design of the Chalets is such that you enjoy the luxuries of a ‘top rate’ hotel, but without affecting the environment; you will find you share your chalet with the trees around which the chalets have been built rather than having been cut down during their construction. Delta Camp was voted the best Safari Lodge in Southern Africa by the prestigious South African Getaway Magazine in its 2004 anniversary edition The Okavango Delta is a shifting web of crystal-clear channels, lagoons, sweeping floodplains and palm-studded Falcons. Home to over 450 bird and 1,000 plant species, crocodile, hippo, elephant, buffalo – in fact the full spectrum of African big-game and several species of antelope that are amongst the world’s rarest – the Okavango has earned its reputation as one of the world’s premier wilderness areas. Your chalet at Delta Camp directly overlooks the waterways.
Delta Camp is on the banks of the Boro, one of the primary watercourses of the Okavango. Excursions, by foot and mokoro – the traditional dug-out canoe – are conducted in the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, with your own professional game-guide, a man of the swamps, completely at one with his environment.
Dine in the elegant Dining Room overlooking the sweep of the Delta, or take a beautifully prepared picnic onto one of the many nearby Falcons for a secluded and intimate experience.
This unusual Camp engenders in its staff and guests alike, an acute awareness of the ecological sensitivity of this magnificent area. Bio-degradable products have been sourced and are used, careful separation and treatment of refuse ensures that nothing that is not fully bio-degradable stays on the Falcon – light aircraft remove cans, bottles and the like from the Okavango altogether. The accent is on peace and tranquillity (stalking game on foot provides all the excitement one could wish for) and guests are actively encouraged to visit a local village, home to our guides, and to interact, should they wish to, with the people there.
After breakfast and an early morning activity (time permitting) you will be assisted onto your charter flight to Khwai Tented Camp. On arrival you will be welcomed by the management who will show you to your room, given a brief overview of the lodge and area and will then discuss which activities you would like to do during your stay. Enjoy a lovely lunch and afternoon relaxing before your pm activity. You then return to the lodge in time to freshen up before a delicious dinner accompanies by the sounds of the African bush.
3 x Nights at Khwai Tented Camp in a twin room with private en-suite facilities. Accommodation includes all meals, activities, park fees, laundry, medical evacuation insurance and local beverages.
KHWAI TENTED CAMP
This provides the perfect setting of a wilderness area where a community lives in harmony with nature and wildlife. The magnificent Khwai River is the hub for some of the most outstanding wildlife viewing both on the Moremi and in the Khwai area. Khwai Tented Camp is a small 8 bedded tented camp situated along this life supporting river. It is designed for the luxury camping seeker who is looking for the real African experience in a simple and yet understated tented safari experience. The main focus is the wildlife experience including walking and excursions to the legendary Moremi game reserve. The style of the camp is the East African Meru tent, as the original explorers moved through the African wilderness. Activities on offer are game drives, walking and night excursions including cultural village outings to the old bushman village of Khwai.
After breakfast and an early morning activity you will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun in time for your scheduled flight Maun to Johannesburg
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What is included in the itinerary:
- Scheduled flights Johannesburg – Victoria Falls (it may be possible to fly directly to Kasane in Botswana depending on your dates of travel).
- Road transfer Victoria Falls – Elephant Valley Lodge
- 2 x Nights at Elephant Valley Lodge in a twin tent with private en-suite facilities. Accommodation includes all meals, park fees,
- local drinks on activities and snacks on activities, PM game drive on day 1, AM boat cruise and PM game drive on day 2, AM boat cruise on day 3 (time permitting).
- Road transfer from Elephant Valley Lodge – Kasane
- Charter flight from Kasane – Delta Camp
- 2 x Nights at Delta Camp in a twin room with private en-suite facilities. Accommodation includes all meals, local brand drinks,laundry, mekoro, walking safaris, park fees and VAT
- Charter flight Delta Camp – Khwai Tented Camp
- Road transfer Airstrip – Lodge
- 3 x Nights at Khwai Tented Camp in a twin room with private en-suite facilities. Accommodation includes all meals, activities, park
- fees, laundry, medical evacuation insurance and local beverages.
- Road transfer Lodge – Airstrip
- Charter flight from Khwai Tented Camp – Maun
- All charter flight taxes
Schedule flight Maun to Johannesburg
What is not included in the itinerary:
- All items of a personal nature
- Curios shop purchases
- Premium brand drinks
- Travel insurance
- Any international flights
- Elephant Valley Lodge: Optional activities, Laundry, all beverages