2018: Wilds of Botswana & Victoria Falls (IQZ)
11 days from Johannesburg to Johannesburg
Smoking?we all know it's bad for you. But what about 'the smoke that thunders' or 'Mosi-oa-Tunya,' which is what the locals call Victoria Falls? Seeing them will delight you and will most assuredly be good for you. And no one brings you Victoria Falls like Monograms! Victoria Falls is not the only place you'll visit on this 11-day vacation. You'll also go on safari in some of Botswana's most famous game reserves and national parks. We've made it easy for you by arranging your choice of accommodations, most of your meals, game drives, and more. And on safari, you'll have experienced Rangers and game trackers with you on all game viewing activities. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host-someone who is there to help make sure your vacation runs smoothly-in both Johannesburg & Victoria Falls. Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Johannesburg, where we can pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The next day, after an included breakfast, you'll fly to Botswana and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in southern Africa. Here, you will have three game drives in a 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle. Be on the lookout for cheetah, leopard, springbok, gemsbok, the rare brown hyena, and the famed black-maned Kalahari lion. We've also arranged for you to have a guided walk with San Bushmen to learn about their intriguing culture, survival and hunting skills, and extensive knowledge of desert animal and plant life.Then, it's off to the famed Okavango Delta. This area features various ecosystems-wetlands, mopane forest, flood plains, and dry savannah woodland-making it ideal for your three game activities here. Have your camera ready for cheetah, hyena, impala, Cape buffalo, and more. We'll also take you to Chobe National Park, which features some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. You'll have three game activities here consisting of game drives and boat excursions. You may see giraffe, lion, and huge herds of elephant, which are said to be the largest elephants on Earth.Finally, a private transfer brings you to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Your Local Host in Victoria Falls will help you get settled and feel right at home. We've arranged for you to have a private, guided walk of Victoria Falls, so you can learn the history of the falls and hear about the surrounding flora and fauna. Photos do not do justice to these awe-inspiring falls; you must experience them in person! And did we mention we've included a cruise on the Zambezi River, where you'll have an opportunity to take photographs of the wildlife-such as hippos, crocodiles, and elephants-and a stunning Africa sunset? Between the game drives we've included, the hotels and lodges we've booked, and the guides and transportation we've arranged, all you have to do is make sure you remember your camera! We've taken care of the rest. Between the time saved, the hassles taken care of regarding where to go and how to get from one destination to the next, and even having locals there to help you spot the game, you've got yourself an unbeatable vacation!
Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13513646
- Tour Operator
- 11 Days
- Escorted - No
|Day 1||Johannesburg||Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel for the night.|
|Day 2||Central Kalahari Game Reserve||Today, fly to the CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE (via Maun), the largest game reserve in southern Africa, to start your safari adventure. The Kalahari is a desert climate with a strong population of permanent game, including gemsbok, springbok, cheetah, and leopard. During the summer rains, between December and April, the desert comes alive, and vast numbers of plains game migrate to the area to feed on the short grasses. Enjoy an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE, keeping a look out for the rare brown hyena and the famed black-maned Kalahari lion. (B,D)|
|Day 3||Central Kalahari||Explore the area further during your MORNING GAME DRIVE. This afternoon, enjoy a short GAME DRIVE and a GUIDED WALK with SAN BUSHMEN to learn about their fascinating culture, survival and hunting skills, and their vast knowledge of the desert's animal and plant life. (B,L,D)NOTE:The guided walk with San Bushmen can move to Day 4 based on the weather/lodge capacity.|
|Day 4||Okavango Delta||Today, fly to the famed OKAVANGO DELTA. This vast area features various ecosystems-wetlands, mopane forest, flood plains, and dry savannah woodland, making it ideal for game viewing. After settling in, embark on an AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITY. (B,L,D)NOTE:Game activities in the Okavango vary by lodge/camp and can be land or water based.|
|Day 5||Okavango||Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES each day. Spot cheetah, hyena, impala, Cape buffalo, and more. If you are lucky, you might even see the reclusive leopard. (B,L,D daily)|
|Day 6||Okavango||Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES each day. Spot cheetah, hyena, impala, Cape buffalo, and more. If you are lucky, you might even see the reclusive leopard. (B,L,D daily)|
|Day 7||Chobe National Park Area||Today, fly to CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, featuring some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Partake in an AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITY before settling in for the evening. (B,L,D) NOTE:Game activities in Chobe vary by lodge, but mainly consist of game drives/boat excursions.|
|Day 8||Chobe Area||Explore this stunning land on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES. You may see giraffe, lion, lechwe, and more. Also watch for the huge herds of elephant, which are said to be the largest elephants in the world. (B,L,D)|
|Day 9||Victoria Falls||A PRIVATE TRANSFER by road brings you to VICTORIA FALLS. Check in to your hotel and get settled. This evening, a CRUISE on the Zambezi River affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular Africa sunset. (B)|
|Day 10||Victoria Falls||Today, visit mighty Victoria Falls for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)NOTE:During the dry season (September-December) and dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.|
|Day 11||Homebound Flight||Your vacation ends with a flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5:30 pm. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1,711. Required intra-vacation air segments are Johannesburg/Central Kalahari; Central Kalahari/Okavango Delta; Okavango Delta/Kasane; Victoria Falls/Johannesburg. Air prices in this brochure were effective on July 12, 2017, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher. 2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.NOTES:
- All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
- Consult with your physician for the latest health requirements for travel to South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.
- We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off game park trails.
- Due to limited capacity on charter flights in Botswana, your luggage must be soft-sided with dimensions not exceeding 26"x12"x10" or weight exceeding 44 lbs including hand luggage.
- Flights in Botswana have a strict passenger weight restriction. Due to this, the weight of each passenger will be required and an extra seat charge may apply.