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botswana safari

ct
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botswana safari

I am trying to plan a trip with some time constraints. Can leave Cape Town first thing morning of March 9th and am booked to leave Joburg back to NY on Saturday night flight March 14th.

Would like to do 2 days in Okavango Delta (Little Kwara camp); 2 days in Chobe (Chobe Chilwera) and a night at Vic Falls.

Given transfers etc. is this a reasonable itinerary? Other suggestions as to camps? Who to book thru? Assume agent will arrange tranfers to/from camps.

Thanks for the help.

Harry

Wayzata, Minnesota
posts: 2,466
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1. Re: botswana safari

Hi Harry,

That is a sadly short trip to Botswana! But, I always say, as long as you go to Africa that's all that is important. You will get bitten by the “Africa bug” and I'm sure you'll go back.

I have a few suggestions. There is a 6 AM flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg daily. It will arrive in Johannesburg at approximately 8:30 AM in time to catch the Air Botswana flight to Maun, Botswana which leaves at 10:10 AM. The wake-up time is a little brutal and you can also fly to Johannesburg late in the evening on the 8th spending the night at an airport hotel to avoid the very early wake-up in Cape Town. I have done it both ways and don't mind getting up early in the morning.

Either way, you can still have four days in Botswana and one day at Victoria Falls. From Victoria Falls, you can fly from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) if you are on Zimbabwe or Livingstone airport if you are in Zambia (LVI). You just need to choose which country you want to visit Victoria Falls from. I would not worry about the political situation in Zimbabwe and don't factor that into your decision is my recommendation. The best Falls viewing in early March will be from Zimbabwe.

Regarding the camps, is there any reason you are combining camps owned by two different operators? Kwara is owned by Kwando and Chobe Chilwero is owned by Sanctuary Lodge. There will be some savings by visiting two camps owned by the same company. For example, Wilderness Safaris has many camps in the Okavango Delta where you can spend the first two nights. Then, you can fly to the Linyanti and spend two nights at one of their camps in that region. The Linyanti directly borders the Chobe but is private land so you won't have all the self drive people there.

Regarding companies to work with, I have a competitor in Connecticut called Classic Africa. Here is their website http://classicafrica.com/. Obviously I have never used their service but I know they do a good job! Like my company, I think they have all the air contracts with Air Botswana etc. so they can do all the arrangements.

Where are you from in Connecticut? I spent three summers in Mystic when I was a submarine officer in the Navy. What a beautiful place to be June through September…

Craig Beal -- owner -- Travel Beyond

ct
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2. Re: botswana safari

Craig

Thanks for your help.

We are from Weston, about 90 minutes from Mystic. And I would love to have our spring/summer weather right now!

I will try Classic Africa and see what they suggest. The timetable is tight but this is somewhat of an unscheduled trip so we have to make do with the time we have available.

I was interested in some comments about Chobe and it seems as though Linyanta may be a better, less crowded alternative.

With our timetable, it really becomes important to have arrangements that are reliable to get between camps etc.

Again, thanks for the guidance.

Harry

Wayzata, Minnesota
posts: 2,466
reviews: 17
3. Re: botswana safari

Dear Harry,

like Classic Africa, we only work with a small handful of operators in Botswana. They are very reliable and have many resources at their disposal. For example, if one charter plane is not available there are many more in the hangar to call upon. This is one reason not to use a "one-man shop".

You must be from very close to Norwalk. Good luck and I hope Classic Africa works out for you.

Craig Beal -- owner -- Travel Beyond

Wayzata, Minnesota
posts: 2,466
reviews: 17
4. Re: botswana safari

i forgot to give you a recomendation....

use wilderness safari camps and spend the first two nights at Kwetsani (heart of the delta) and the last two nights at Duba Plains. The elephants won't be in mass at Duba Plains as the rainy season will just be tapering off but you will get a different environment and the camp is awesome. Conde Nast voted Duba #5 safari lodge in the world in November 2008.

Craig Beal - owner - Travel Beyond

SC
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reviews: 121
5. Re: botswana safari

Last month spent 3 nights in Zim, 2 Nights Victoria Falls, 2 Nights in Chobe, 3 Nights @ Selinda Camp in the Delta & 3 Nights in Cape Town. Our trip was arranged through AAC (African Adventure Company) out of Florida. They were great & all the transfers were like clockwork, we flew out of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls, flew from Vic Falls to Kasane, road transfer to Chobe (Muchenje Safari Lodge) road transfer back to Kasane for flight to OK Delta. I think your itinerary is definitely reasonable but only if you fly between destinations. You might try contacting Sefofane

Air Charters, not sure if you can book direct with them or through Wilderness Safaris.

The Falls are spectacular, we also enjoyed dinner at

the Boma & the Lion Walk was an incredible experience.

Hope You Have A Fantastic Trip !!

Wayzata, Minnesota
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Africa Adventure Company is a good and reputable operator. I know their owner Mark Nolting and he was one of the top Africa specialists noted in Conde Nast for 2008. He is a solid competitor of my company.

The only problem with the above itinerary by MarieRed is that she did not go to the Delta. Selinda Camp is not in the Okavango Delta. It is in the central Linyanti on the Linyanti River/Savuti Channel/Selinda Spillway water system.

If you want to go to the Delta and have the real Detla experience, a few km of distance make a big difference sp be real careful where the camp is located.

Craig Beal - owner - Travel Beyond

Mumbai
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I'm trying to plan a trip to Okavango,Chobe,Etosha and South Luangwa in the month of july'09...

Would like the trip to be of 15-17 days...Can i get a itinerary from J'burg and back to J'burg...Reliable agents would be the best thing possible...

Regards

Uchit

Wayzata, Minnesota
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8. Re: botswana safari

Uchit,

If you want to work this with an agent, you will need to contact one directly. I don't think many agents would discuss pricing openly on a forum. My contracts with the major lodge operators in botswana and namibia do not allow me from publically advertising rates and pricing. I am sure it is the same for most of my competitors.

Where are you from originally? let me know and i can gladly refer you to some safari agents that specialize in Africa from your home country. If you are from Dubai, you will need to work with an agent from somewhere else unless someone else on the forum knows a good safari operator in dubai?

UChit - what is your budget for this entire trip and how many people are traveling?

Craig BEal - owner - Travel Beyond

Wayzata, Minnesota
posts: 2,466
reviews: 17
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never mind! i see you are from mumbai NOT dubai.

if you can still answer the above questions, i can hopefully point you in the right direction.

i am very sorry about what happened in mumbai. i have been to mumbai three times and stayed at the oberoi, hilton, and taj mahal. i hope life is getting back to normal.

craig beal - owner - travel beyond

SC
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10. Re: botswana safari

Safari Craig, forgive me for living and traveling and not being such a geographical expert as yourself.

I knew exactly where I was and when mentioning to people while in Africa that I was going to Selinda

they all said oh the Delta is lovely. I just will refrain from posting to any additional forums since you have killed it for me. You always seem to have

to have the last word. - Cheers !

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