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Destination: Botswana
Travel Style: Local Expedition
Accommodation: Guesthouses and safari tents
Activity Level:  • • 3 • • (Medium)
Group Size: Min 1, Max 16
Age Range: 18 to 65+

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Itinerary Overview

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Day 1: Chobe National Park, Botswana
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Arrival Airport: Kasane International Airport (BBK)

Welcome to Botswana, one of Africa's most remarkable safari destinations! As we explore places like Chobe National Park, Savuti Marsh, and the Okavango Delta throughout the next eight days, all of your safari dreams will come true. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Accommodation: Elephant Trail Guesthouse and Backpackers or similar

Day 2: Chobe National Park, Botswana
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You'll want to eat a filling breakfast before you begin your day! In the morning, we will board our safari vehicle in search of lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants, giraffes, antelope, and a host of bird species. The floodplains provide a feeding ground for herds of elephants, so it is not uncommon to see between 500 to 2,000 elephants on these plains at one time. The combination of wildlife, birdlife, and reptiles along the river’s edge makes for a photographer’s dream!

You'll return to camp for lunch. After your meal, you may relax at the camp or add on an afternoon game drive to the Savuti. In the evening, you'll eat another delicious meal and relax around the campfire with your friends.

Accommodation: Elephant Trail Guesthouse and Backpackers or similar

Day 3: Savuti Marsh, Botswana
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After breakfast, you will head deep into the Savuti Marsh, a large inland lake fed by the Savuti Channel. Here, you will find a rolling savanna that attracts many different animal species — including the main predators, such as lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, and cheetahs. We'll eat lunch on our drive, returning to camp in the afternoon and spending the rest of the day relaxing and swapping stories.

Accommodation: Elephant Trail Guesthouse and Backpackers or similar

Day 4: Okavango Delta, Botswana
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You'll eat breakfast at your camp, then travel to your next camp in the Okavango Delta. This is one of the most expansive wetland systems in Southern Africa, offering spectacular game viewing and a wide variety of birdlife.

In the afternoon, you will canoe in traditional wood-carved boats through narrow channels, coming up close and personal with hippos, lions, zebras, and birdlife. Be prepared for some of the most incredible scenery and animal encounters you have ever witnessed. In the evening, you'll enjoy another delicious meal under the rolling African spy.

Accommodation: Moremi safari tent or similar

Days 5 and 6: Okavango Delta, Botswana
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You will spend the next two days exploring the southern savanna. While riding in private Jeeps, you’ll venture into the wilderness and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. As always, you should keep your eyes open for wildlife.

In the afternoons, you may relax at camp or add on a sunset game drive. At the end of each day, you'll watch the fiery sunset and share your adventures under a star-strewn sky.

Accommodation: Moremi safari tent

Day 7: Maun, Botswana
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After eating breakfast, we'll say goodbye to the Okavango Delta and venture to Maun, where we'll spend time relaxing, feasting in local restaurants, recalling our safari adventures, and acclimating to city life in Botswana. You may also add on a market tour, if you're interested in local culinary traditions.

Accommodation: Maun Executive Inn or similar

Day 8: Maun, Botswana / USA
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You'll have one last breakfast in Africa, then head to the airport for your flight home. At the airport, remember to take time to collect your thoughts, go through your photos, and write down a few of the incredible memories you made in Botswana.

Departure Airport: Maun International Airport (MUB)

Trip Inclusions

  • Travel Style: Local

  • Service Level: Simple (comfortable and clean accommodations; public and private transport)

  • Route: Chobe National Park, Savuti Marsh, Okavango Delta, Maun

  • Accommodation: Guesthouses and safari camps

  • Transport: Private vehicles

  • Meals Included: One meal per day

Expedition Route

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This Acanela Local Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort and adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical and culinary highlights along the way.

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From $1,200 / person | Comprehensive package including accommodation for all nights; in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight; lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides; all activities; and one meal per day. *International airfare and visa fees are not included. 

+ Single Room Supplement: $200 / person

Please note: Solo travelers are required to choose a single room when they make their booking.

Single Room Supplements and Extension add-ons become available after you select Book Now and hit continue. *Extensions are not eligible for discounts or promotions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What vaccinations should I get before my trip?

It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information before departing for Europe. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. We can provide some general guidance on what websites to check, but these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.

+ Can you help arrange my travel visas?

If you are an American traveler joining this trip, you will not need a visa to visit Botswana.

If you are a citizen of a different country, please use VisaHQ to verify the visa requirements for your travel plans.

In either case, please ensure that your passport will be valid for at least six months from the day you leave Botswana.

+ Do your tours include international airfare?

Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours, and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

+ How should I pack for this trip?

Please see our blog article to learn how to pack for a safari. Note that it's best to bring a duffel bag, rather than a suitcase, as it's much easier to transport a duffel bag from camp to camp.

+ I'm a solo traveler — will I be charged a single supplement?

We are happy to accommodate single travelers! Please note that we will add a single supplement charge to your trip cost. We look forward to putting together your dream trip!

+ Is it safe to canoe through waters where wild animals live?

Yes! The mokoro is a traditional canoe, about 20 feet long. Today, they are often made from fiberglass, but some are still crafted from wood. Animals like lions will not be an issue from a mokoro canoe. As for hippos, they tend to congregate in deeper water, and the mokoro canoe only navigates through the shallows, since you have to push off the bottom of the ground to move. Our experienced guides also know where animals tend to congregate, so they can keep us safe throughout the excursion.

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