Voyage Photo : Ultimate Botswana 2021

Ultimate Botswana 2021 with Keith Connelly

The Best of Botswana 2021 Brief Itinerary Day 1: Arrive and Overnight Maun Day 2: Khwai Concession Day 3 Khwai Concession Day 4: Savuti Day 5: Savuti Day 6: Transfer to Chobe Pangolin Lodge Day 7: Pangolin Lodge Day 8: Pangolin Lodge Day 9: Pangolin Lodge Day 10: Transfer Nxai Pans Day 11: Nxai Pans Day 12: Nxai Pans Day 13: Nxai Pans Day 14: Overnight enroute to Mashatu Day 15: Mashatu Day 16 Mashatu Day 17 Mashatu Day 18 Transfer to Polokwane for Flight to JHB Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Arrive and Transfer to Hotel Meet at Maun International Airport to begin the safari, we will transfer to River Lodge for the first evening. Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast Day 2: Helicopter Flight and Khwai Community Concession You will begin the morning with a Helicopter Flight photographic flight over the Okavango Delta on a Helicopter without doors for ease of shooting. The helicopters will then drop you off at the Khwai Airstrip where you will be met by African Big Five Safaris and myself and transfer to the mobile camp. The afternoon we will begin the safari in Ernest with our first afternoon game drive followed by a short night drive back to camp. . Overnight: African Big Five Mobile Camp All Inclusive Day 3 : Morning Game Drive and Afternoon Game Drives Khwai Concession. We will be up early to begin our morning safari before the sun rises to maximize the available light. We will spend the day exploring the concessions photographic opportunities with morning and afternoon game drive broken up lunch and followed by a fireside dinner. Overnight: African Big Five Mobile Camp All Inclusive Day 4: Morning Drive followed by the drive out into Savuti An early morning drive where we will look to exploit the best morning light before beginning to make our way in Chobe National Park enroute to Savuti. We will spend the day driving to Savuti and enjoy lunch on the way. We plan to be in camp early afternoon and follow that with an afternoon game drive in the famous Savuti region. Overnight: African Big Five Mobile Camp All Inclusive Day 5 : Morning Game Drive and Afternoon Game Drives in Savuti With a great deal of predator abundance we will spend the day with the familiar plan of morning and afternoon drives in the very productive and photographic Savuti region, Once again African big five’s hospitality will take care of all of our meal and drinks throughout the day and we will finish the day with a foreside dinner. Overnight: African Big Five Mobile Camp All Inclusive Day 6: Morning Drive followed by the drive out toward Kasane and the Chobe River An early morning drive where we will look to exploit the best morning light before beginning to make our way through Chobe National Park towards Kasane. On arrival in Kasane we will check into the Pangolin Hotel before heading out on the boat for the evening photographic boat safaris on the Chobe river. Overnight: Pangolin Lodge, Kasane All Inclusive Day 7,8 & 9: Pangolin Chobe River For the next three night we will enjoy the luxury of the innovative and award winning Pangolin Lodge. Mornings and afternoons will be made up of boat safaris on Pangolins custom photographic boats. The Chobe river is truly one of the most photographically productive areas in Africa and in October we expect to see a great deal of activity as mid-October is generally the driest part of the year. Morning are focused on bird photography while the afternoon focus on the mammal species. Overnight: Pangolin Lodge, Kasane All Inclusive Day 10: Morning Boat Safari followed by the road trip to Nxai Pans After our last morning safari at Pangolin we will make our way on the 5 hour drive to Nxai Pans with African Big Five Safaris. Along the way we will have a stopover in Gweta. Once again African Big Five Safaris will be taking care of our hospitality needs and will have the camp set up for our arrival in Nxai Pans. We will enjoy our first afternoon and the Nxai Waterhole enjoying the action. Overnight: African Big Five Mobile Camp All Inclusive Day 11,12 & 13: Nxai Pans National Park With October being the driest month of the year the only permanent waterhole in the area is a hive of activity with tons of photographic opportunities. We will focus most of our attention on the waterhole which is often a great place to photograph Lions, Elephants, Cheetah and tons of plains game that flock here in the dry season. Overnight: African Big Five Mobile Camp All Inclusive Day 14: Over Night enroute to Mashatu After enjoying our last morning of fantastic light at Nxai Pans National Park we will begin our long journey down south. We will be overnighting near more than half way to Mashatu on our way down south. Overnight: Cresta Hotel Dinner,Bed and Breakfast Day 15: Transfer Mashatu Game Reserve After Breakfast, we will make our way to our final destination, Mashatu Game Reserve close to the border with South Africa. We plan to arrive in Mashatu to check in around lunch time and after enjoying lunch we will head out for or first activity.. Overnight: Mashatu Main Lodge All Inclusive Day 16 & 17: Masahtu Game Reserve For the last three days we will enjoy the Tuli Block region and Mashatu Game Reserve. Mashatu is well known for having one of the world’s most famous underground hides in the Matebole Hide. We will enjoy three full session 2 morning and one afternoon in the hide. Our other three activities will be game drives in the very productive Tuli Block. Our focus for the drives will be Cheetah’s Leopards and Lions as the areas has all of the above in good numbers Overnight: Mashatu Main Lodge All Inclusive Day 18: Depart for Home Destinations After our final morning in the Matebole Hide we will begin to make our way back to JHB international for your flight back home. At this stage I have quoted on taking a road transfer across the border to Polokwane, South Africa where we will catch a domestic flight back to Johannesburg International. The other option on the table is either a direct charter flight from Masahtu to either Maun or JHB depending on the logistics. Currently the flight are not available due to Covid but once I have clarity we can amend the plans accordingly. Inclusions: • All ground transportation including Fuel • All Meals, Drinks and Drinking Water • Private Guide • Accommodation • All Activities Listed in the Itinerary Exclusions: • International Air Tickets • Visas • Personal insurance • Personal expenses (tips, souvenir shopping, laundry etc.) • All optional/Alternative activities • All items not included in the itinerary Costing: On request « My express goal in planning safaris is to provide an experience that translates into high quality and enduring experiences that will leave you with life-long memories. You will be lead throughout your trip by a private guide ensuring your stay is highly informative, interactive and enjoyable with the ultimate goal of advancing your knowledge and understanding of the area, it’s wildlife and the conservation of wild areas throughout Africa.«