Graham Johansson, Naturalist Guide
$8,995 per person, double occupancy, land only.
A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $2,995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.
No place on earth displays the transformational power of water as dramatically as Botswana. By its presence or absence, water is the underlying theme of this illuminating trip. Your journey occurs at the end of the dry season when the expectation of – in fact desperation for rain dominates. Take in the action that surrounds you as great herds of zebra and wildebeest crowd the shores of the river that borders your luxury camp. The iconic predators, Lion and hyena are on the hunt and all are vulnerable. Here is a unique opportunity to encounter Big Five wildlife: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo and more.
Adventure is wrapped in luxury in Botswana, where you wing your way from camp to camp aboard small planes. Private camps set inside reserves and game parks provide well-appointed en-suite tents built on raised wooden decks for spectacular views. Gourmet dining experiences are enjoyed in open-air while sundown cocktails are served in the bush. Visit the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where a glowing-white expanse of natural salt deposits creates glittering mirages that stretch into the endless horizon. Then, follow migrating elephant to take in the spectacular view over the Okavango; a wetland wilderness of looping channels and islands forested with palms and wide grassy floodplains.
• Twice daily game drives into the African bush
• Delve into the habitat of the almost mythical black-maned Kalahari lions, experience some of the best cheetah viewing in Africa and photo safari for a vast array of wildlife, including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, enormous herds of buffalo and the highly endangered African painted wolf (wild dog)
• Views from the private verandah of your room set on raised platforms overlooking Africa’s 2nd largest land migration
• Evenings around the fire celebrating the day’s encounters with new friends and old acquaintances
• Aerial views of migrating herds of red lechwe as you fly aboard light aircraft from camp to camp
Graham Johansson, Naturalist Guide
Graham Johansson is a Professional Guide and an accomplished wildlife photographer who has led several of our UVA Botswana and South Africa trips over the last few years. He has been leading private and specialist photographic tours and safaris since 1994 in Botswana, his first love and an area he knows intimately – Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Graham was born and raised on a farm in Zambia, educated in Zimbabwe, and moved to South Africa to further his studies, train and pursue a career in tourism. Graham is now based out of Cape Town where he lives with his wife and two sons. His passion is found in the intangible harmony and beauty of the wilds and outdoors. An avid naturalist with a well published portfolio of wildlife photographs that have appeared in a variety of publications, he is well suited to interpret natural history and what can capture that special moment by camera. His interests also include current and historic affairs, sports, good food and South African wine.
DAY 1 – Sunday, October 20
Depart the U.S.A. for Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport
DAY 2 – Monday, October 21
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
D’Oreale Grande Hotel
DAY 3/4/5 – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, October 22/23/24
MAUN / MAKGADIKGADI & NAXI PANS NATIONAL PARK / KHUMAGA VILLAGE
Get set to discover the sweeping landscapes of Botswana as you fly to Maun, Botswana, and board a light aircraft to Leroo La Tau at the edge of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, named for ancient Lake Makgadikgadi that disappeared thousands of years ago. What remains is a collection of salt pans that cover approximately 6,200 square miles due south of the Okavango Delta. Next day, drive to Nxai Pan National Park, named for one of the salt pans that, along with the Ntwetwe, Sua, and Kudiakam pans, comprised the bed of the erstwhile Lake Makgadikgadi. These pans transform during the rainy season and their stark whiteness becomes lush greenery. Your visit occurs at the end of the long, dry season when vegetation is scarce and wildlife is exposed to their predators. Vast herds of wildebeest and zebra, antelope and elephant crowd the shores of the only available water source, the Boteti River, which flows at the foot of your camp offering spectacular views of the action from viewing decks and private verandahs. On your last day, drive to the nearby Khumaga Village for an enlightening cultural experience. A farewell open-air dinner with traditional storytelling will bookend your day.
Leroo La Tau
B, L, D Daily
DAY 6/7 – Friday/Saturday October 25/26
Take to the air in light aircraft and fly to one of the world’s most distinctive wildlife regions. The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seen from space, the delta provides a permenant source of water in a landscape dominated by the Kalahari Desert. Your home for the next two nights is the exceptional Camp Okavango on the remote Nxaragha Island. Activities here feature mokoro (dugout canoe) rides, boat excursions and walking safaris. Feel the beat of Africa beneath your feet on a walking safari, and take a boat through miles of channels reedy marshes and flood plains to spot some of the larger species such as elephant, hippo, red lechwe, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, baboon, monkey, warthog, and buffalo, along with major predators such as lion, leopard, and hyena. Birding is excellent, with nearly 500 species recorded including Pel’s Fishing Owl and Wattled Crane.
B, L, D Daily
DAY 8/9 – Sunday/Monday, October 27/28
MOREMI GAME RESERVE
By light aircraft, arrive in just about 10 minutes at Camp Moremi in the Xakanaxa region of the Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi occupies an area where the life giving waters of the Okavango River give way to the arid expanses of the Kalahari Desert. Stands of Mopane forests cover islands separated by papyrus lined waterways filled with the chatter of a thriving bird population. In the open grassland portions of the reserve, the elusive wild dog uses its wiles to capture a meal whilst the cheetah relies on its prodigious speed, and you may be lucky enough to see both. Activities here include game drives by open land cruiser, and boating up channels and across lagoons, all the while viewing the goings on of the delta residents: a hippo watches you from a deep pool, young baboon race around a sausage tree, a Lilac breasted Roller flits from branch to branch. Return to camp for lunch and do it again in the afternoon as the nocturnal civet, genet, serval, and aardwolf begin to wake.
B, L, D Daily
DAY 10 – Tuesday, October 29
JOHANNESBURG / ENROUTE
Enjoy a last game run in the morning before returning to Johannesburg via Maun where you connect with your international flight for home.
B, Meals Aloft
Pre-Extension to CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
5 days/4 nights for $3,995 total price per person (Single supplement: $1,295)
Begin your journey with a delightful retreat in Cape Town, one of the loveliest cities in the world. Enjoy stunning accommodations at the historic TAJ CAPE TOWN. Ascend Table Mountain and take the coastal route to the Cape of Good Hope to discover charming seaside towns, spectacular wildlife, and the comical penguins at Boulders Beach. Tour the brilliant Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and spend a day in the famed Boland Valley wine region. Visit the settlement of Khayelitsha with a township guide and get an eye-opening historical tour of Robben Island. This is the perfect way to begin your adventure in Southern Africa
Post-Extension to CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, BOTSWANA & VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
4 days/4 nights for $3,695 total price per person (Single supplement: $1,595)
Your adventure continues to Chobe National Park, home to some of the largest elephant herds on the continent. By boat and open land cruiser, search for iconic wildlife and don’t forget to snap a photo of one of the most magical sunsets in Africa. Stay at CHOBE GAME LODGE in the heart of the park and be pampered with superb service and cuisine. End your safari in Zimbabwe to experience the power of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This incredible spectacle — “The Smoke That Thunders,” as it is known to locals — is the world’s largest waterfall, with five thundering cascades plummeting more than 300 feet. Feel the mist on your face during a guided tour of the Falls, and enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River. Stay at the luxurious ELEPHANT CAMP, built on the banks of the Zambezi River.
• D’Oreale Grande in Johannesburg
• Leroo La Tau Camp at Makgadikgadi National Park
• Camp Okavango at Okavango Delta
• Camp Moremi at Moremi Game Reserve
All meals as specified in the itinerary. Please notify us if you have special dietary needs or requests, and we will do our best to accommodate.
$8,995 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $2,995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.
• All flights between the camps.
• Roundtrip flight between Johannesburg and Cape Town on the pre-extension.
• Flight between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg on the post-extension.
• Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
• All meals while on safari. Other meals as specified in itinerary.
• All wildlife viewing by private 4X4 open vehicles, driven by professional driver/guides.
• Laundry and all local beverages during safari in Botswana except for Champagne and imported spirits
• Complimentary bottled water in vehicles throughout
• All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling
• All park entry fees and sightseeing as specified
• Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.
Price Does not include:
• International air transportation to Johannesburg, including departure taxes and fuel surcharges (quoted separately).
• Roundtrip flight between Johannesburg and Maun (quoted separately).
• Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
• Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants. Gratuities should only be given as a reward for exceptional service and is at your discretion. We estimate $15 per person/per day for the naturalist guide. $10 per person/per day for the safari driver. $10 for the ranger. $5 per person/per day for the camp staff.
• Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
• Meals and beverages, other than specified.
• Laundry, other than specified and other items of a personal nature.
• Personal and baggage insurance.
• Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
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CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this tour:
• Up to July 17, 2019, $300 handling fee, plus $500 non-refundable deposits given to overseas suppliers.
• July 18 to August 6, 2019, deposit is forfeited.
• August 7 to 19, 2019, less 75% of tour cost on both the main trip and the extension.
• After August 19, 2019, no refund is possible
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• Emergency evacuation insurance up to $100,000.
• Up to $25,000 medical expense and up to $500 dental expense coverage subject to the terms and limitations of the insurance policy.
• 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance.
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