Trip Overview

This 11-day African wildlife safari in Botswana is an Adventure Woman’s dream come true! Join us in May and June 2020 in the Okavango Delta for what is truly the ultimate African wildlife experience. Adventure out by vehicle on exciting game drives to spot elephants, zebra, prides of lions, and hippos in three Botswana game parks, then be awed by the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe as the Zambezi River drops hundreds of feet into a cloud of white mist and rainbows!

You turn your face to the African dawn and listen. A chorus of wildlife calls emerging from the African bush surrounding you feeds your sense of excitement about what the day will bring. This classic African safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe appeals to every woman’s sense of wonder and for some, a childhood dream of encountering African wildlife at home in their natural habitat. You arrive as a solo traveler but quickly find yourself among safari friends on this foray into the Okavango Delta deep in the African bush in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Imagine zebras and giraffes passing so close to you that no binoculars are needed! Socialize with your fellow adventurers as you enjoy morning coffee or an evening glass of wine on the patio of your tent, gazing out over water and grasslands at the elephants and other wildlife that regularly congregate there! Daily guided African game drives in search of wildlife combined with luxurious tented camp accommodations each night treat you to the classic African safari experience as you go to sleep listening to the sounds of African animals as they drink and graze nearby.

Out in the wild, on your first safari day of adventure, walk along the bone-dry salt pan of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park watching for cheetahs, antelope, and meerkats. You will traverse the legendary Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in search of hippopotamus, zebras, warthogs, greater kudu, giraffes, leopards, and rhinoceros. Your camp in Moremi Game Reserve is situated right near a local water hole that draws the African wildlife to itGame drives by night allow you to search for rare nocturnal species of wildlife like aardvarks and porcupines, while your game walks on foot by day offer a more intimate connection with Africa as you experience the thrill of wildlife grazing just a few hundred feet away. Poling in a traditional canoe across the lagoon joining the Khwai and Sable Alley Rivers, you discover huge flocks of brightly-colored African birds and photograph the river’s massive crocodiles.

Your grand finale is a visit to Zimbabwe to experience the majestic Zambezi River and mile-wide Victoria Falls. At 5,000 feet wide, Victoria Falls is truly is a wonder of the natural world. Enjoy a spectacular private wildlife cruise at sunset along the Upper Zambezi River where you and your new women friends will spot elephants, hippopotamus, and crocodile, among other African animals. Feel the cooling spray on your face as you walk along the edge of the lush forests growing around Victoria Falls, catching multiple views of the dazzling, mile-long cascade of waterfalls and rainbows. An optional helicopter flight over Victoria Falls can be a sensational finish to your brilliant journey. Depart from your spectacular safari with a warm sense of pride, knowing that you achieved a dream trip to Africa and made some wonderful friends along the way!

Discover African wildlife and the natural beauty and varied landscapes of Botswana and Zimbabwe on this classic African safari in May and June 2020, an experience in the bush, you won’t soon forget.

Main Attractions

  • Observe African wildlife at home in their natural habitats and learn all about them from naturalist guides
  • Travel to three game reserves and national parks in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta
  • Experience the thrill of walking through the African bush in search of animals as well as game drives by night
  • Sleep in luxurious tented camps as you try to distinguish between the call of a lion and the bark of a hyena
  • Walk along the length of Victoria Falls' many waterfalls as the Zambezi River cascades over the cliffs into a cloud of mist and rainbows

What You'll See and Do

  • 4x4
  • Animal Tracking
  • Local Delicacies
  • Luxury Camping
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • River Cruising
  • UNESCO Site
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Cruise
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Johannesburg
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy dinner on your own.

Overnight: City Lodge Ortia

Day 2

Johannesburg to Makgadikgadi Pans
Transfer as a group to the airport for your flight to Maun, Botswana, this morning. You’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to Meno a Kwena, your home for the next few days.

Settle into your stunning camp this afternoon. Unpack a bit and enjoy how private this camp is – with only nine tents, it will feel very intimate!

You will do a number of activities while at Meno a Kwena, but the order in which the activities happen may change in order to give you the best experience possible.

This afternoon, head out to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Search for antelope and meerkats, and just enjoy the vastness of the scenery.

Enjoy your official welcome dinner back at camp. Toast the adventures to come!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Meno a Kwena

Day 3

Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari
Head out this morning on a walk with some of the local people. Stroll along the banks of the river and learn about traditional hunting and survival techniques. Enjoy a glimpse into the local traditional culture.

Not far from camp, you will search for wildlife near the river. Be on the lookout for lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, warthog, and more!

Relax at your tent overlooking the river that is often flooded with elephants and other animals – you can watch the wildlife without leaving your bedroom!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Meno a Kwena

Day 4

Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari
Enjoy another day on safari. You may do an early morning and late afternoon game drive, a full-day excursion, or perhaps you’ll do some of the activities and spend part of the day in the stunning swimming pool with views of the river.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Meno a Kwena

Day 5

Makgadikgadi Pans to the Okavango Delta
Drive to Maun this morning to catch your flight to your next spectacular safari location – the Okavango Delta!

Once you arrive, settle in at this beautiful safari camp. The swimming pool gives it a luxurious feel – take a dip!

Head off on an afternoon game drive in the Moremi Game Reserve. Search for all of the major predators in the area.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Mma Dinare

Day 6

The Okavango Delta
Depending on the day, you may take an early morning walk to soak in the African sunrise, a game drive, or head out by canoe – enjoy the surprises that unfold for you along the way!

You’ll have the opportunity to go out on a night game drive. Search for nocturnal animals and observe their behavior from your vehicle.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Mma Dinare

Day 7

The Okavango Delta
Have breakfast this morning before catching your short flight to your next safari camp.

When you arrive at your next camp, take some time to explore. At this camp, wildlife literally comes to you. There is an uninterrupted view of the plains.

Enjoy an array of activities while at your camp – you will be able to go game viewing from safari vehicles, on foot, and on the water.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sable Alley

Day 8

The Okavango Delta
Get up early this morning and head out on foot. You’ll search for wildlife and see the landscape from a different perspective while on foot. Enjoy the extraordinary quiet peacefulness of the African morning.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at camp after your morning walk. Take some time to sit in an armchair and do some birdwatching.

This afternoon, head out in a mokoro, the traditional boat of the area. Search the waters for elephant, hippo, crocodiles, and the plethora of wildlife that come to drink at the banks of the river.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sable Alley

Day 9

The Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls
Leave the Delta this morning and fly to Victoria Falls. Transfer to your lodge and settle in. You’ll have an amazing view.

Take a sunset cruise this evening on the Zambezi River. Soak in the noise of the river and the falls as you search for elephant, hippo, and crocodiles.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Club

Day 10

Victoria Falls
Tour Victoria Falls today, just minutes from your hotel. Walk a path along the edge of the forest and brave the tremendous spray for an unparalleled view of the falls. You’ll have a chance to view the falls from the Knife Edge Bridge, from which you can see the Eastern Cataract, the main falls, as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns to head into Batoka Gorge.

The 12-minute helicopter flight over the falls offers spectacular photographic opportunities. You’ll fly circuits over the falls in both directions, as well as fly up and down the Zambezi River.

Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group and toast the end of an amazing adventure!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Club

Day 11

Depart Victoria Falls
Fly as a group to Johannesburg mid-day. Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you catch your flight home.
Breakfast

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Botswana & Zimbabwe



Arrival/Departure Information

May 17 departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) on May 17, 2020

Depart: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) on May 27, 2020 after 6pm

June 7 departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) on June 7, 2020

Depart: Depart Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) on June 17, 2020 after 6pm

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

You will need a tourist visa to enter Zimbabwe but you can get it upon arrival in the area for $30.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Moderate. Our Moderate adventures exercise your mind more than your body and are designed for women who prefer a leisurely, less rigorous experience. For example, you could walk up to 2 miles per day through cities and villages, stand in museums for a few hours, relax on a boat, or view wildlife from a vehicle. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to southern Africa, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the pages about Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Money

You will be able to use US dollars on your trip to Botswana. Credit cards are generally accepted but there may be a surcharge for credit card use of 3-4%. You should plan on bringing cash as ATMs may not be readily available.

Suggested Gratuities

  • Specialist Guide: $15 per day
  • Driver: $10 per day
  • Lodge Staff: $7 per day
  • Other Tips: Bartender, guides for nature walks and other activities – at your discretion

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $1,500, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

May Departure

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before February 17, 2020. A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

June Departure

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before March 9, 2020. A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

 

 

 

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, unless otherwise specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for guides and staff

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

City Lodge Ortia
Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge Ortia will provide you with a comfortable and accessible overnight accommodation. The hotel is equipped with a fitness room and pool deck and is the perfect place to overnight before flying into the bush.

Meno a Kwena
Midway between the Botswana’s extraordinary Okavango Delta and the spectacular Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Meno a Kwena tented camp provides you with a unique African wildlife experience. Nine luxurious guest tents, all with ensuite bathrooms, overlook a river often flooded with elephants and other animals – so you can watch game without leaving your bedroom! Incidentally, Meno a Kwena means ‘teeth of the crocodile’ – a common sight as the reptiles lounge on the river’s banks, often near the camp. After game drives, you can relax in the lodge’s stunning swimming pool with views of the river – a relaxing experience that is thankfully crocodile-free.

Mma Dinare
The central area has been built with an open, thatched space allowing you to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, while watching wildlife and birds from the comfort of an armchair or the bar. The swimming pool and curio shop complete the luxurious, relaxed feel. Accommodation consists of luxury safari tents in true traditional safari style, all with full en-suite semi-open bathrooms.

Sable Alley
Overlooking a lagoon that’s connected to the River Khwai, just a stone’s throw from the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve, this enviable location means the game literally comes to you. From the camp’s swimming pool, lounge, and outdoor seating area there is an uninterrupted view of large herds of plains game, elephant, and buffalo coming to drink – an idyllic way to spend an afternoon. Back at camp, your home in the bush is a comfortable and stylish tent. Elevated on decks to give you a view of the lagoon, the tents have en suite bathrooms, private verandas and private indoor and outdoor showers where you can wash off the dust of each truly memorable day.

Victoria Falls Safari Club
Located within the lush grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort the Victoria Falls Safari Club offers a new concept in accommodation. With 20 luxurious en-suite rooms the Safari Club is a place where Africa meets the modern-world in a private “Club.” Situated on a kopje with uninterrupted views of the bush and spectacular sunsets, the property provides an elegant atmosphere in which to relax and unwind after a busy day.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

For your internal flights you are required to have a fully soft-sided duffel bag no larger than 30cm x 30cm x 70cm (approximately 12” x 12” x 27”), and can weigh no more than 44 lbs.

May to September is the dry season, or “winter.” There is little to no rain, the skies are clear, most days are sunny and beautiful, and there are fewer mosquitoes. It is the perfect time for wildlife viewing since it is easier to spot because there is less vegetation, and the animals gather around rivers and waterholes.

At night and in the mornings it can get cold, so it’s advised to pack warm clothing, especially for morning safari drives in open vehicles.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Duffel bag (soft-sided)
  • Daypack
  • 5 short-sleeve shirts
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of convertible, lightweight zip-off pants
  • 1 set of nicer clothes for dinners
  • 7 pairs underwear
  • 3-5 bras/sports bras (good for bumpy roads!)
  • 1 fleece or insulated jacket
  • 1 waterproof windbreaker
  • Wide-brim, tie-on sun hat
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair well broken-in comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 pair sport sandals
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www. earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/ packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686