Botswana and Zambia 05 2014

Botswana and Zambia Wildlife Photo Safari

ESCORTED BY PROFESSIONAL WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL RENNER

May 21-June 2, 2014

This adventurous African wildlife photo safari begins with our flights from Johannesburg, into the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta where we will enjoy three nights at our lodge, located in the Moremi Game Reserve. It is a protected area renowned for its frequent sightings of lion, leopard and African wild Dogs. From the Delta we fly to our lodge in Savute, bordered by Chobe National Park to the east and the Okavango Delta to the west. Savute offers one of the finest wildlife photo and nature observing opportunities in Africa. While relaxing between game drives, watch and photograph right from the viewing deck as elephants and other animals jockey for drinking positions at the watering hole right before your eyes! Our next flight takes us to Chobe Game Lodge overlooking the Chobe River. It is the only permanent safari lodge located inside Chobe National Park. In addition to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, antelope, zebra, and giraffe these areas have good concentrations of roan, sable, lion, leopard, impala, hippo and wild dog. Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. From Chobe National Park we’ll travel the short distance to banks of the Zambezi River. After fording the river by ferry boat into Zambia our next stop is the mighty Victoria Falls called by the locals “Mosi-oa-Tunya”- “the smoke that thunders”. This will be a thrilling safari where the unlimited photo opportunities come fast and furious!  I hope you will be able join us.

Our safari will include game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles, and boat excursions on the scenic waterways of the Okavango Delta and Chobe 

 TOUR PRICE:

Safari Price: $9305 (based on double occupancy)
(Single Room Supplement – $2690)
Deposit to confirm registration: $2500 per person
(Deposit is non-refundable) (Above prices based on payment by check. Extra service fee will apply if paid by credit card)

Tour Price includes:

Regional flights – Johannesburg/Maun-Livingstone/Johannesburg

Chartered flights – Maun/Moremi/Savute/Kasane

Accommodations as per itinerary

Meet & Assist at Johannesburg on arrival

Transfers to/from airport/hotel/camps

Professional English-speaking tour guides and drivers

Game drives in open safari vehicles

All National Parks and Game Reserve entrance fees

Meals as listed per itinerary

Luggage allowance is 110 pounds per person including carry-ons in Botswana

Luxury accommodation in Botswana with  2 game viewing activities daily, all drinks (excluding premium brands) laundry, medical evacuation insurance, park fees

Group size limited to 12 participants

Camp Moremi, Savute Safari Lodge, and Chobe Game Lodge include: accommodations, all meals, 2 game viewing activities daily, all drinks (excluding premium brands) laundry, medical evacuation insurance, park fees

Excludes: International airfares from USA (Estimated at about $1480 plus taxes)

Departure taxes (taxes for regional flights estimated at $197)

Local Airport tax

Visas – required for Zambia (if needed)

Beverages other than specified

Tips for driver/guides, gratuities to porters and waiters

All items of a personal nature and everything else not mentioned

Travel insurance, applicable visas, all items of a personal nature (e.g.   telephone, fax, etc.)

Price of charter flights to and from the parks is subject to currency fluctuations, fuel price increases and navigation and departure tax increases.

Price quoted is valid only for dates specified and subject to availability at time of booking.

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SAFARI DAILY ITINERARY:
Botswana Wildlife Photo Safari~May 21 – June 2, 2014ESCORTED BY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL RENNER

Wednesday, May 21, 2014: Johannesburg

Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport where the group will be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel located near the airport.  Rest of the day at leisure.  SOUTHERN SUN O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT HOTEL

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Thursday, May 22Moremi Game Reserve

Take your complimentary shuttle to the airport and connect with your flight to Maun.  Arrive in Maun where our representative will assist you to connect with your flight to Camp Moremi. Arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon activity.

The Moremi Reserve is rated as one of Africa’s finest game-viewing areas, offering sanctuary to abundant herds of elephant, sable, giraffe, tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala and waterbuck. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena complete the picture. Birding is quite spectacular, especially during spring and summer when the migrants breed. Return back to the camp with time to freshen up in your tent before enjoying dinner.  CAMP MOREMI (BLD)                                                                                                                     

Peering out beneath giant ebony trees, Camp Moremi brings true meaning to the word Hippos(1)safari in the Xaxanaka area of Moremi Game Reserve. Here, where the life-giving waters of the Okavango meet up with the vast Kalahari, ancient Mopane forests, open grassland, seasonal floodplains and Riverine habitats have formed, creating one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal sanctuaries in all of Africa. Shaded by giant ebony trees, the magnificent Moremi tree lodge is an elegant elevated thatch and timber structure, consisting of a main lounge, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar. 

Friday/Saturday, May 23/24Moremi Game Reserve

Awake early in the morning for breakfast and the game viewing activity, which could be by an open 4×4 land rover, powerboat or traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) on the Okavango Delta’s waterways. Spend time relaxing around the pool or catch up on your reading. Depart on the afternoon game viewing activity before returning back to camp for dinner. Enjoy after dinner drinks around the campfire. CAMP MOREMI (BLD)

Sunday, May 25Savute – Chobe National Park

After breakfast and the morning game viewing activity take the chartered flight to Savute Safari Lodge. Lunch is followed by an afternoon game drive. The Savute area in Botswana is part of the Chobe National Park and boasts some of the most fascinating wildlife interactions in Africa. The Savute is unique in its erratic behavior, known for its mysterious channel that runs for almost 50 miles from the Linyanti Swamp before entering the Mababe Depression at the Savute Marsh. The Savute Marsh has been dry for more than twenty years but it is still a wildlife haven, in particular during the rainy season when thousands of animals move in to feed on the lush new grass. SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE (BLD)

It is on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, that you will find Savute Safari Lodge in a setting of singular beauty. The often dry Savute channel is part of the dynamic Savute eco system renowned for its large concentration of elephant and lion and their troubled relationship. Savute’s signature expansive glass sliding doors and viewing decks were inspired by the striking panorama. Whether seen in the dry season when it can appear desert-like and barren beyond belief or after the rain on one of those crystal clear days across the vivid green of new grass, the impression is always breathtaking.

Monday/Tuesday, May 26/27Savute -Chobe National Park

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Awake early in the morning for breakfast and the game viewing activity. Spend the morning focusing your lens on the incredible variety of wildlife and flora of this region. Relax until the afternoon game viewing activity when photographic opportunities will abound once again. Enjoy dinner back at the lodge. SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE (BLD)

Wednesday, May 28: Chobe National Park

After breakfast and the morning game viewing activity take the chartered flight to Kasane Airport. On arrival you will be transferred to Chobe Game Lodge. Arrive in time for lunch and the afternoon game viewing activity, which is either a river cruise or a 4×4 game drive. Return back to the lodge for dinner. CHOBE GAME LODGE (BLD)

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The Chobe National Park is renowned for Africa’s largest concentration of Elephants and is an all year round big game and birding destination. Picturesquely situated about 50 miles west of the Victoria Falls, overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains, the iconic Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent safari lodge within the Chobe National Park.

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Thursday/Friday, May 29/30Chobe National Park

Awake early in the morning for breakfast and the game viewing activity. Spend the day relaxing around the pool before the afternoon game viewing activity. Enjoy dinner at the lodge. CHOBE GAME LODGE (BLD)

 Saturday, May 31Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls Zambia

After breakfast and the morning game viewing activity transfer by road to the hotel situated at the Victoria Falls in Zambia. You will need to pass through the border post between Botswana and Zambia at Kazungula. At 4pm depart on a Sundowner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Spend time searching for hippos and the prolific bird life, along the river banks. While on the cruise enjoy drinks and hot snacks. ZAMBEZI SUN (B)

Zambezi Sun: This superior 3* hotel reflects the richness and diversity of the land’s heritage with its architecture and decor inspired by African tradition. Within easy walking distance of one of the world’s seven natural wonders – the Victoria Falls, it is a quiet, relaxing retreat for those who choose. On the other hand there is an astonishing selection of activities available, ranging from relaxing sun downer cruises to white-water rafting and bungi-jumping Hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, bar, terrace, swimming pool and shops. Each of the rooms with en-suite bathroom is air-conditioned and has TV and hairdryer.

Sunday, June 01Victoria Falls

In the morning meet at the Activity Center for a walking guided tour of the Victoria Falls. Spend time photographing one of the seven wonders of the world! As a guest of the hotel you have unlimited access to the Falls. Rest of the day at leisure to join optional activities payable locally. ZAMBEZI SUN  (B)

Monday, June 02Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Depart

After breakfast transfer to Livingstone Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Arrive Johannesburg Airport where you will connect your flight home (B)

 Botswana and Zambia Travel Information

For more information and reservations:

Contact Paul Renner at 949.295.3136

Email: paulrenner3@cox.net

OR

Gaby or Prem at Best Safaris – 800.757.6625

CST # 2073854-40

(to safari listings)

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