Botswana Big Game Safari

8 nights • From $13,331

Get Up Close with the Big Five

This thrilling big game safari across Botswana takes in Mashatu with its subterranean elephant hide, the Okavango and Linyanti for non-stop animal encounters, and the mighty Zambezi River tumbling over the widest curtain of water in the world at Victoria Falls.
8 Nights
4 Destinations
Destination

Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 1-2

Known as Joburg, Jozi, or Egoli ' the City of Gold '; Johannesburg serves as the main international airport when arriving in southern Africa. Spending a night here at the beginning or end of your safari is common, and as South Africa's economic capital, there are plenty of upmarket hotels. While here, do a tour of Soweto, where Mandela and Tutu both lived.

Accommodation

54 On Bath

1 Night

A Johannesburg stopover in this 5-star hotel epitomizes elegant luxury at its best. Enjoy the terrace garden and outdoor pool with city skyline, champagne bar and fitness club. It’s linked to a stylish shopping mall for retail therapy.

Destination

Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana

Day 5-8

The allure of the Okavango is its range of habitats, turned into a magical water wonderland by annual floodwaters. This swirl of green on saturated Kalahari sand can be seen from space, and creates an idyllic environment for animals. Incomparable game-viewing options vary from boat, mokoro canoe, 4X4, on foot and an aerial overview from the light aircraft to your lodge.

Accommodation

Kwando Splash Camp

3 Nights

Named ‘Splash’ after the water crossings required to get to camp, with a labyrinth of permanent water channels and seasonal flood plains. Simple yet stylish rooms, the main lodge, pool and fire pit all overlook the pan, which attracts game year-round.

Destination

Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

Day 8-10

All the private game reserves between Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta are blessed with water, either from river, lagoons or marshes. Water is life, so there is plenty of wildlife. Let your senses come alive here, noticing the aroma of sage bush crushed underfoot, the iridescent feathers of plum-colored starlings, and the deep primal resonance of lions roaring.

Accommodation

Linyanti Ebony

2 Nights

Gain different perspectives of Linyanti River, its lagoons and marshes, on boating, fishing and mokoro excursions, guided walks and game drives. Linyanti Ebony is the perfect camp for a family or small group to book the place just for themselves.

Destination

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 10-12

The mighty Zambezi plummets some 350 feet, in the widest unbroken curtain of falling water in the world. Known as Mosi-oa-Tunya ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, this powerful spectacle is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It beckons adventurers for white water rafting, bungee jumping and the exhilarating helicopter ‘Flight of Angels’.

Accommodation

Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel

2 Nights

In between scrumptious meals on the terrace, massages, cooling off in the swimming pool and special kids’ activities, you can visit Victoria Falls (7.5 miles away) and do game drives, walks, rhino tracking and horseback safaris in this privately-owned reserve.

Destination

Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 12

Known as Joburg, Jozi, or Egoli ' the City of Gold '; Johannesburg serves as the main international airport when arriving in southern Africa. Spending a night here at the beginning or end of your safari is common, and as South Africa's economic capital, there are plenty of upmarket hotels. While here, do a tour of Soweto, where Mandela and Tutu both lived.

Accommodation

Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel

0 Nights

In between scrumptious meals on the terrace, massages, cooling off in the swimming pool and special kids’ activities, you can visit Victoria Falls (7.5 miles away) and do game drives, walks, rhino tracking and horseback safaris in this privately-owned reserve.

Destination

Johannesburg, South Africa

Day 12

Depart

Botswana Big Game Safari

Get Up Close with the Big Five

8 Nights
4 Destinations

From

$13,331

This is a sample itinerary and the price is an estimate, used for rough planning purposes only and is subject to change. Actual prices and availability must be finalized by one of our trip planners who will contact and confirm pricing with all accommodations and operators.

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In Our Travelers' Words

At the end of the day our travelers are most qualified to describe the African safari experience, and they certainly say it best.

The Peacock Family
Multi-Generational Safari

"Our youngest, Emily is almost 7. And mom and dad are in their late 70's. And the rest of us fall somewhere in between - and I can tell you we ALL just had the best time! It's tricky to have a plan that appeals to everyone. The thought of our daily adventure was so exciting, that no one minded the early morning wake-ups - not even the teenagers! They were often the first ones on the jeep - as they couldn't wait to start the drive each day."

The Ousterhout Family
Family Safari

"My father-in-law had always wanted to go to Africa, and invited us all to go with him to celebrate his 80th birthday. We went with no expectations, and the trip was beyond anything we could have imagined. In each camp we were exhilarated to be so unbelievably close to animals. Our guides really turned the safari into an educational experience for the girls with in-depth discussions on not just the wildlife, but also history, culture, and the relationship between tourism and the environment. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip – but we hope to return."

Tamar Sherer & Chris Cooper
Active Safari

"This was our fourth trip to Africa, and by far the best. We keep going back because we love the whole experience: the people, the wildlife, their behavior, the environment, the accommodations, the music, everything. We chose Bushtracks for this custom adventure with two goals: to see the migration and to see the gorillas. Experiencing the migration was like witnessing a miracle in process. Could it get any better? Yes - the gorilla treks were the most exhausting thing we've ever done, but worth every exhilarating ache. Amazing!"

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