Botswana and Zambia Photo Safari 05 15-June 1, 2016

 Botswana and Zambia Wildlife Photo Safari

LED BY PROFESSIONAL WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL RENNER

May 15-June 1, 2016

This adventurous African wildlife photo safari begins as we fly into 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 from the deck as elephants and other animals come to drink at the watering hole right in front of the dining area! After three nights at Savute we fly to Camp Xakanaka, located in the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It is a protected area renowned for its frequent sighting of lion, leopard and African wild Dogs. Here in the Delta, on boat cruises you will enjoy sightings of wildlife together with spectacular scenery while making your way through gorgeous channels in tall Papyrus grass growing in the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta. Our next short flight takes us north to Chobe Game Lodge perched on the bank with spectacular views overlooking the Chobe River. It is the only permanent safari lodge located inside Chobe National Park. In addition to vast herds of buffalo, antelope, zebra, and giraffe these areas have good concentrations of sable antelope, lion, leopard, impala, hippo and wild dog. Chobe is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. This area is one of Africa crown jewels. Our adventure continues into Zambia where we spend time at the mighty Victoria Falls before flying into South Luangwa National Park. Due to the high concentration of wildlife around the Luangwa River, it is considered by many to be one of the most remarkable wildlife sanctuaries in the world.  It’s also one of the best locations to witness the elusive leopard, in fact it’s also called the valley of leopards. This will be a spectacular photo safari and should not be missed!

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

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While on safari in Botswana, we fly on smaller aircraft ( included in tour price) between the lodges thereby avoiding long drives on rough roads. This also affords us more time on game drives. (Higher weight limits for photo equipment on the flights is also included)

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TOUR PRICE: Safari Price: $12,740  (based on double occupancy)

(Single Room Supplement – $2520)

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: 

Group size limited to 12 participants

International airfares from LAX to Botswana and return from Zambia

Small aircraft flights – Maun/Savute/Xakanaxa/Kasane, Livingstone/Lusaka/Mfuwe/Lusaka

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- Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D)

Luggage allowance is 78 pounds per person including carry-on on all small aircraft flights

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

Mfuwe Lodge include: Accommodations, all meals, 2 game viewing activities daily, and laundry

Excludes: 

Departure taxes (Approximately $700)

Visas – $50 required for Zambia

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.)

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SAFARI DAILY ITINERARY:

Botswana and Zambia Wildlife Photo Safari

May 15-June 1, 2016

ESCORTED BY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL RENNER

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Sunday May 15:                                             Depart for Africa

Monday, May 16:                                           En-route to Johannesburg.  

Tuesday, May 17:                                           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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 Wednesday, May 18: Savute                              Chobe National Park

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 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)

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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.

Thursday/Friday, May 19/20:                          Savute -Chobe National Park

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)

Saturday, May 21:                                           Moremi Game Reserve

After breakfast and the morning game viewing activity take the chartered flight to  Camp Xakanaka. Arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon activity. The Moremi Reserve is rated as one of Africa’s finest game-viewing areas, Photographing in the Okavango Delta-0726offering 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 XAKANAKA (BLD)

The prime location of Camp Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, makes it one of the very few safari camps that offer guests an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximize the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. The elegant lounge and dining rooms, built of local timber, reed and thatch, feature a small library, expansive sundeck, plunge pool and Sala with day bed. There is also a larger pool with elevated sun deck in the expansive grounds.

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Sunday/Monday , May 22/23:                           Moremi Game Reserve

Awake early for a quick 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 XAKANAKA (BLD)   IMG_1618   Thursday, May 24:                                         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)

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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Friday/Saturday, May 25/26:                          Chobe 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)


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Sunday, May 27: Chobe National Park                           Victoria Falls Zambia

After breakfast 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. You will arrive at your hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the falls.  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.



Monday, May 28 :                                                      South Luangwa in Zambia

Early breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Mfuwe via Lusaka.  On arrival, you will be transferred to your lodge nestled between two picturesque lagoons in the heart of South Luangwa National Park. Afternoon game drive followed by dinner. MFUWE LODGE (BLD)

Red Lechwe and Fawn -4405-2Mfuwe Lodge is nestled beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany trees, beside two tranquil lagoons, where an endless stream of wildlife wanders. Scattered along the banks lie 18 thatched chalets with covered verandas that look out over resident hippo pods. The newly updated rooms provide comfortable seating areas and en-suite bathrooms with spacious walk-in showers. The airy interior of the main lodge is an exquisite complement to its natural surroundings. The open floor plan featuring cozy sofas and chairs and African-chic styling incorporates a lounge, dining and bar area under a thatch roof supported by palm poles and dominated by two impressive chimneys at opposite ends. There is a broad timber deck where the swimming pool is situated, overlooking the main lagoon. From here you can relax and cool off while witnessing the parade of wildlife nearby.

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Monday/Tuesday May 29/30 :                                   South Luangwa

Morning and game afternoon viewing activities are planned for the next 2 days which could be by 4×4 open vehicles and safari walks. The now famous “walking safari” originated in this park and is still one of the finest ways to experience this pristine wilderness first hand. In between game drives, walks and mouthwatering meals, relax with a book on the library’s private deck, an ideal spot to take in the tranquility of Africa. The Luangwa River is one of the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life blood of the South Luangwa National Park. MFUWE LODGE (BLD)

Wednesday, May 31:                                               Lusaka/Johannesburg/Depart After breakfast and your game viewing game drive, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Lusaka and continue Johannesburg for your flight home. (BL)

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Thursday, June 01:                                                 Home

Arrive home to share pleasant memories of your trip to Botswana and Zambia with family and friends.

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

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For travel between the lodges in Botswana, we fly on smaller aircraft thereby avoiding long drives on rough roads. This also affords us more time on game drives. (Flights and higher weight limits for photo equipment on the flights is also included in tour price)

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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

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  Elephants Lined Up to Drink From Chobe River
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