17 Day Boutique Africa Safari

Victoria Falls - Chobe National Park - Hwange National Park - Lake Kariba - Matobo Hills - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans - Okavango Delta

 

✓ Return international airfares with South African Airways
✓ All internal Africa airfares
✓ All airport transfers
✓ 14 nights boutique lodge accommodation
✓ Daily breakfast, 11 lunches & 11 dinners
✓ Incredible sightseeing & game drives
✓ The services of a professional safari guide
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay
 

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From $8,999 Typically
$17,366

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Africa, home to the greatest collection of big animals on Earth and fused with countless cultures, it has been in intrepid explorers dream for centuries. See the 'smoke that thunders' stay in boutique lodges and did we mention you'll get to experience to best National Parks Africa has to offer?

 

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Itinerary

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Day 1

Australia  Victoria Falls

Welcome to the trip of a lifetime! Board your flight to depart Australia and begin your African safari!

 

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Day 2

Victoria Falls

On arrival in Johannesburg you will have a short connecting before boarding your flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge for your pre-departure meeting to learn about the incredible next two weeks.

Lodge
4★ A Zambezi River Lodge or similar

 

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Day 3

Victoria Falls  Chobe 

After breakfast follow your guide for a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders”. We then travel to Kasane in Botswana, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities offered by your lodge or to relax by the pool.

Lodge: 4★ Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 4

Chobe

Start your morning with hopefully a spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. Chobe National Park is Botswana's first national park, and also the most biologically divers. Known for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo it has one of the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa. After an unforgettable start to the day return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

Lodge: 4★ Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 5

Chobe Hwange National Park

This morning we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and to our lodge near Hwange National Park. Over the next two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africas finest it's a wilderness with some of the best game viewing you can experience anywhere in Africa yet fewer tourists. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.

On arrival, we will visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect this endangered species. If time allows, you can partake in an optional game drive on the concession in the afternoon (your guide will advise if there is available time). 

Lodge: (Boutique) Sable Sands or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 6

Hwange National Park

The whole day is spent exploring this magnificent area on a full day game drive in Hwange National Park. Hwange carries 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. The big five can all be found in Hwange, as well as many other predators.

Lodge: (Boutique) Sable Sands or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 7

Hwange National Park  Lake Kariba

Today we head off to Binga located on the south eastern shore of Lake Kariba, where we will board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. Lake Kariba is the world's largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, earth and water. Our voyage takes us to the Sengwe River for afternoon wildlife activities and sunset, followed by drinks and dinner on board. 

Ship: Umbozha Houseboats or similar (cabins with en-suite bathrooms)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 8

Lake Kariba

In the morning you have a wide range of activities available based on your preference, where it be fishing, walking or game viewing. When we return, brunch will be served whilst cruising to Elephant Bay where we will moor at one of the islands and enjoy the sandy beaches. This afternoon, watch the sunset over lake as we relax around a camp fire and enjoying a beach barbecue under the starry sky.

Ship: Umbozha Houseboats or similar (cabins with en-suite bathrooms)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 9

Lake Kariba Matobo Hills

Today we finish our houseboat experience with a morning game viewing on Lake Kariba before cruising back to Binga. After disembarking we travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an extensive area of rolling hills on the high plateau, where massive granite outcrops and boulders form spectacular inselbergs and kopjes.

The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world.

Lodge: 4★ Camp Amalinda or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 10

Matobo Hills

We spend the day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor, a non-invasive technique developed for identifying individual black rhino from their footprints (spoor) which hopefully leads us to some Rhino sightings. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives, ending with a visit to Rhodes’ grave.

Lodge: 4★ Camp Amalinda or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 11

Matabo Hills  Greater Makgadikgadi Pans 

We leave Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of southern Matebeleland en-route to Botswana. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa Pan which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints.) We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

Lodge: (Boutique) Nata Lodge or similar (permanent safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 12

Greater Makgadikgadi Pans The Ntwetwe Pan Gweta

We leave very early morning to depart for Gweta.On arrival we embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures.

The Makgadikgadi Pan comprises of 3 separate salt pans - Sowa (Sua), Nxai and Ntwetwe - which together cover 12,000 square kilometres of the north-eastern part of Botswana, making this the largest collection of salt pans in the world. We visit the Ntwetwe Pan. The pan was fed by the Boteti River until it was left permanently dry following the construction of the Mopipi Dam, which provides water for the diamond mines in Orapa. The outlying fringes of the pan are lush with green grass, enticing further wildlife to the area, including large herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope in their thousands. Needless to say, there is also a healthy number of predators such as lion, cheetah and hyena, who are always present when there is an abundant of 'food' around! We explore the area, in search of uniquely adapted desert species such as bat eared foxes, springbuck, kori bustards, and some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. By spending quality time with these incredibly social,superbly adapted animals, you will be able to see how they interact with each other and their environment. Due to an ongoing habituation programme it’s possible to get up-close and personal with these captivating creatures.

After lunch we have the opportunity to explore a nearby village to experience modern African village culture. Learn about the history and traditions of the Batswana people from a local guide whose knowledge has been inherited from their forefathers. Visit the local primary school, ‘Sekolo’ with its outdoor classes and meet the children, visit the Kgotla – a traditional court that governs the village and get a glimpse of rural Botswana life. 

In the late afternoon we take a stroll with our guide through an impressive baobab grove, as he explains the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.

Lodge: 4★ Planet Baobab or similar
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 13

Gweta  Maun

Today we travel to Maun, a bustling safari town which serves as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The name Maun is derived from the San word 'maung', which translates 'the place of short reeds'. The village started in 1915 as the capital for the Tawana people. The capital was transferred from Toteng after glorious victory over Ndebele King Lobengula. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.

Lodge: (Boutique) Thamalakane River Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 14

Maun  Moremi Reserve (Okavango Delta)

After breakfast we take a drive to the Mokoro Station. From here, we will float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion and lunch, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Greater Moremi area. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.

Lodge: (Boutique) Bedouin Bush Camp (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms). Please note that there is no electricity at the camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 15

Moremi Reserve (Okavango Delta)

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Lodge: (Boutique) Bedouin Bush Camp (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms). Please note that there is no electricity at the camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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Day 16

Moremi Reserve  Maun Australia

Our safari ends after breakfast. Today you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight. We hope you have enjoy your journey through Africa.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 17

Australia

Arrive home today.

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with South African Airways (or Qantas if unavailable)
  • All internal Africa airfares
  • All airport transfers
  • 14 nights boutique lodge accommodation including 2 nights on a spectacular houseboat with private ensuites on Lake Kariba
  • Daily breakfast, 11 lunches & 11 dinners
  • Game drives through the Hwange, Chobe & Okavango national parks
  • The services of a professional safari guide throughout
  • incredible sightseeing including all entry fees as per the the itinerary
  • Dedicated 4×4 safari vehicles transportation

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Victoria Falls - Tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders”.
  • Chobe National Park - Travel Chobe which has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent.
  • Chobe National Park - Go on a spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park.
  • Chobe National Park - Cruise on the Chobe River spot game by the river banks.
  • Hwange National Park - Visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect this endangered species.
  • Hwange National Park - Enjoy a full day game drive in this iconic park.
  • Lake Kariba - Spend two nights on a luxury houseboat with a mix of game viewing and wildlife walks.
  • Matobo Hills - Spend the day tracking wild Rhino's.
  • Makgadikgadi Pans - Spend time exploring some of the largest saltpans in the world.
  • Makgadikgadi Pans - Search for the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats.
  • Okavango Delta - Travel to the Moremi Reverse. Ranked as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa.
  • Okavango Delta - Experience both night and day game safaris in the Moremi Reserve.

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $2,500 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind after the tour concludes. If you wish to choose one of these options, please follow these steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.
  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'arrive early' and/or 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.
  3. In the 'special requests' field, please specify your extension requirements.
  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.
  5. After finalising your purchase, a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contacted after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement.

4 night Cape Town extension (post tour) - $1,499pp twin share:

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  • Internal Africa airfare
  • Return airport transfers
  • 4 nights premium 4 star accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Full day Peninsula tour
  • Table Mountain cable car tickets

The $150pp extension supplement does not apply if selecting this option.

 

Fine Print

Fitness & Health

A reasonable level of health and mobility is requirement for this tour. Upon securing your reservation, you will be asked if you have any health or mobility restrictions. Further medical assessment may be required prior to travel.

Due to the nature of this tour, travellers over the age of 80 years old will be required to submit a compulsory medical certificate. This will be assessed by our travel partners before your booking can be confirmed.

Booking Process

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts.
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you are given two options:
  • Pay using your Paypal account OR
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required.
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!

Airfare Information 

  • You will travel with South African Airways (or Qantas if unavailable)
  • Most flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 23kgs checked baggage.
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities 
  • Personal expenses

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travellers to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against the unexpected.

We have partnered with QBE Insurance to offer our customers competitive rates for their Travel Insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover, earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and save 25% on retail rates.

Simply click HERE to arrange your policy.

Documentation: Final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $2,499 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: Not available.

Triple share: Not available. 

Qantas upgrade: If you would prefer to fly with Qantas, please mention this in the "Special Request" field when completing your purchase. Our supplier will make contact with you directly to confirm your flight preferance and any surcharge involved to upgrade to Qantas, will be invoiced to you directly by Inspiring Vacations.

Premium Economy Upgrade: Not available.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $5500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund. Please note, business class is only applicable on the  BNE/SYD/MEL/ADL/PER to Johannesburg (and return) flights, not the internal Africa flights. 

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule. Please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Group Size: 4-12 people. 

Children: Children must be 5 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Departure Dates

Thursday
21 FEB 2019
Monday
25 MAR 2019
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Sunday
07 APR 2019
Sunday
05 MAY 2019
Wednesday
15 MAY 2019
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Wednesday
19 JUN 2019
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Friday
21 JUN 2019
Wednesday
03 JUL 2019
Sunday
21 JUL 2019
Wednesday
31 JUL 2019
Monday
26 AUG 2019
Thursday
05 SEP 2019
Wednesday
09 OCT 2019
Friday
08 NOV 2019
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