The Sable Lodge Safari

This accommodated safari forms a circular route around the Okavango Delta, starting and ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Lodge Safari offers a great value trip through three countries - Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Accommodation type: 
Duration: 
11 nights/12 days
Country: 

Zimbabwe, Namibië, Botswana

Minimum age: 
12
Activity: 
Type: 

Highlights

  • 2 nights in North Eastern Namibian National Parks - Caprivi area
  • Western Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
  • Optional Scenic flight over the Delta (Rate TBA)
  • 2 nights Moremi Game Reserve
  • 1 night Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 2 nights Chobe National Park
  • Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

PLEASE NOTE

  • All tours and prices are subject to availability. Please check with YŪGEN tours before booking your flights.
  • A visa is required for the border crossing into Zimbabwe. There are several types of visa available. Please contact the embassy well before departure to inquire about the right visa for your nationality and according to your travel plans ( single entry and multiple entry visas are available).

Itinerary

The Sable Lodge Safari is an activity-packed safari allowing you to discover the diversity that Botswana and Namibia have to offer. Comfortable transportation between the lodges is done in an enclosed, air-conditioned mini bus. Accommodation throughout your journey includes lodges and bungalows. This safari starts and ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, giving you the opportunity to visit the impressive Victoria Falls.

Day 1: Susuwe/West Caprivi National Park, comfortable lodge

The safari begins in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, at 07h30 AM. A full safari briefing by our experienced guide commences your adventure with us on arrival in Victoria Falls, after which we head west.  Crossing the border into Namibia. Afterwards, we head further into the Caprivi Strip of Namibia to Camp Kwando or a similar lodge. This lodge has a lovely vista over the Kwando River, a tributary of the Chobe River, which forms the border between Botswana and Namibia. 

Dinner included.

Day 1: Victoria Falls – Kwando/Susuwe: 340 km, 4-5 hrs driving (depending on border crossing) + lunch break on route

PLEASE NOTE

  • As the lodge safari starts on day 1 at  7:30 AM, you will need to pre-night in Victoria Falls. YŪGEN tours can assist with pre-safari arrangements (accommodation, transfers).

Day 2: Susuwe/West Caprivi National Park, comfortable lodge

Stomachs full from an early breakfast, a game drive in the nearby Mudumu Game Reserve offers the prospect of seeing large game.  Elephant, Kudu and other antelope are commonly seen in this area. Returning to the lodge in the late morning for lunch and a short rest before an afternoon boat cruise on the Kwando River. Upon returning to the lodge, feel free to enjoy a drink before a hearty dinner, then leisurely head off to bed lulled by the sounds of the African bush. 

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3: Okavango Delta, comfortable lodge

After an early rise the safari continues west along the Caprivi Strip until reaching Popa Falls located on the Okavango River. Stretch your legs and take a short walk through the bush in order to get a closer look at these rapids, the last of the great Okavango River before it enters the Delta.
From Poppa Falls we continue our way to Botswana, entering Mahango Game Reserve just before the border.  Situated on the flood plains of the Okavango River, Mahango Game Reserve is well known for its sightings of Red Lechwe, Sable and Roan Antelope amongst other wildlife.
Leaving this scenic reserve, a short stop at the border crossing back into Botswana sees us heading south to Nxamasere or a similar lodge for 2 nights.  Nxamasere is situated right in the Okavango Delta. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner inluded.

Day 3: Susuwe – Nxamasere: 350 km, ±5 hrs (depending on border crossing)

Day 4: Okavango Delta, comfortable lodge

Early in the morning, enjoy a motorboat cruise through the papyrus-lined channels of the Delta to the mokoro station, where your day of exploration in the heart of the Okavango Delta begins.  Mokoros are traditional dugout canoes, which have been used by the Bayeyi River Bushmen for centuries to navigate the intricate pathways of this unique area. This full day excursion allows the opportunity to encounter a large number of bird species and view landscapes many people can only dream of. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5: Maun, comfortable lodge

Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango, you will travel south to Maun. Arriving around noon in town, you can do bit of shopping for curios, safari drinks and necessities before lunch. Rest of the day at leisure. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 min. Maun to Maun scenic flight, rate TBA – to be booked during the safari, payment in cash only). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s distinctive water system. During the flight it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami.
Night at a comfortable lodge in Maun. 

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5: Nxamasere – Maun: 290 km, 4-5 hrs

Days 6-7: Moremi/Khwai, guest house

From Maun the drive meanders through to the Khwai River area, on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Enjoy game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets. Night at the Khwai Guesthouse in the Khwai Village. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6: Maun – Khwai area: 160 km, ±5 hrs (including Game Drive)

Day 8: Nata, comfortable lodge

After an early start we will travel back through Maun, and then towards Nata, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans.  We watch the landscape change from green swamplands to vast saltpans.Our journey pauses along the way for lunch and in the late afternoon we arrive at Nata Lodge or a similar lodge. 

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 8: Khwai – Nata (via Maun) 480 km, 7-8 hrs (including shopping stop in town).

Days 9-10: Kasane, comfortable lodge

An eventful start to the day commences with a visit to Nata Bird Sanctuary, where depending on the time of year, it is possible to see large flocks of flamingos and pelicans feeding and nesting on the pans. The safari then heads North towards Kasane, a town on the edge of Chobe National Game Reserve, where we will stay 2 nights to explore the northern reaches of the park.  Feel free to investigate the ins and outs of the town, a well-known tourism hub of Northern Botswana, in the afternoon.  

Time is spent in Northern Chobe, a park which is incredibly rich in game due to the Chobe River providing water all year round. Large herds of elephant are frequently seen walking to and from the river. Because of the high density of herbivores in this area, many predators such as lions and leopards can be found. While staying at The Old House or a similar lodge in Kasane, a game drive into the park in the early hours of the morning, and a river cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon allows us to discover this incredible area from both land and water.  

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 9: Nata – Kasane: 320 km, 3-4 hrs

Days 11-12: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, comfortable lodge

Today the journey takes you to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge.  In the afternoon come face to face with the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios with the roar of the water reverberating nearby.  At Victoria Falls there are many activities to partake in which your guide can assist in organising.  Please note that dinner on your last evening will be at your own expense. Spend your last night at a comfortable lodge with the images of the last 2 weeks still fresh in your memory.  The safari officially ends at 8.00 AM on Day 12. 

Breakfast included.

Day 11: Kasane – Victoria Falls: 100 km, 2-3hrs (including border crossing)

YŪGEN tours is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation and transfers Victoria Falls airport or lodges, or to Kasane in Botswana, at an additional cost.  Possible and optional activities in Victoria Falls are: White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi, swimming in the Devil's Pool and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls.

Prices 2019*

Low season (January – June & November – December): 3170 EUR per person

High Season (July – October): 3480 EUR per person

(*) All prices include tax, and are subject to changes in exchange fluctuations, government taxes, change in Park fees or levies.  Prices on our website are no “as of” prices but changes may occur before we can adapt the website. Therefor we ask our providers to always confirm the price at the moment we check availability with them. We ask you to fill out our contact form in order to inquire about availability and to verify if any price changes have occurred very recently.

The safari price includes

All accommodation (rooms in comfortable lodges or luxury tents), all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated as included in the itinerary, services of a Professional Guide, all Botswana and Namibian park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in enclosed, air-conditioned or specialized safari vehicles.

The safari price does not include

Flights to the tour starting point and flights back home, entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions at the lodges (scenic flight over the Delta, activities in Victoria Falls, game drives, fishing etc), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, any increase in National Park fees.

Price indications for extra services and options

Single supplement: 565 EUR

Extra transfers and accommodation

Extra nights in and/or transfers from/to Kasane or Victoria Falls airport or lodges can be arranged at an additional cost. All depends on your personal schedule and flight schedule. 

Okavango Air Rescue: 15 € / 17 USD

Okavango Air Rescue transports medical assistance directly to their members, by helicopter, if they have a medical emergency. OAR provides a fully equipped helicopter with an emergency Doctor to treat and stabilize the patient on the spot and takes them to the nearest appropriate location from where further arrangements will be made. Okavango Air Rescue aims to provide around the clock Maun-based service. Their current radius of operation is Northern Botswana and the Central Kalahari.

OAR is a private organization. It is financed by the annual subscriptions of its Patrons. The Patron’s contribution is not an insurance premium, but a contribution which helps keeping the helicopter airborne. Additional funds will be sourced, on invoice, from a Patron’s insurance company after medically necessitated rescue is complete. 
As the Patronage System has not been created to work free of charge for insurances, but is purely here to eliminate financial worries and provide fast assistance during an emergency, the Patron will never be invoiced by us. 

If Patrons who have received the assistance of the OAR do have an insurance, OAR will deal directly with the insurers regarding any payments. This will be the responsibility of the OAR and not the Patron.

 YŪGEN tours can assist you to become a Patron of Okavango Air Rescue.

The patronage is valid for one year (the validity will start on the date of your choice). It entitles you to one free medical necessitated rescue annually. If the patronage is not renewed it will expire 12 months after your initial payment. Every Patron will be issued with an identifying personal patronage card on receipt of payment. For more information please visit http://www.okavangorescue.com/

Important information

Travel insurance

  • For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance, covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.
  • YŪGEN tours does not provide travel insurance
  • Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details at the time of booking so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer’s Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone from Botswana – USA 800 numbers do not work from Botswana).

Medical Precautions

  • Check with your local immunization authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION website for up to date information www.who.int
  • Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken
  • Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from/going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from/going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice. Therefor we do advise to make sure you have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you.

Travel documentation

  • Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.
  • Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before traveling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.
  • For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bw, www.zambiatourism.com, www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na
  • Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas. For up-to-date visa requirements, check with your Embassy
  • If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment
  • Requirements for minors traveling through all Botswana ports of entry
  • Effective from the 1st of October 2016 minors traveling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not traveling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
  • It was announced that of 1st of June 2017, all travelers to Botswana would be required to pay a Tourism Development Levy of USD 30 per person to enter the country. However, on December 7th 2017 it was not applied yet. For more up-to-date information please check:  http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/info/tourism-levy

Luggage restrictions

  • One large kit bag (preferably a backpack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-hard suitcases should be avoided as well.
  • One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet
  • Main luggage: max weight = 18kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
  • Remember that on safari you need far less clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing

Food

  • You will enjoy a wide variety of meals during your safari
  • It is possible for us to cater for specific dietary requirements, provided we are notified when making your booking. Please note that specialist gluten free/vegan foods are not always available in Botswana. Therefore, if you require any specialist food please bring it on safari with you.
  • It is important to advise us if you are vegetarian, or have any allergies or intolerances prior to coming on safari so we can plan for and accommodate your dietary requirements.

Safari Drinks

  • Drinks are at your own account at all lodges as well as during the safari
  • Please note that our safari teams do not sell drinks during the safari and drinks can only be bought in town prior to and/or during the safari.
  • We always recommend that people drink a minimum 3 litres of drinking water / juices / soft drinks per person per day to avoid dehydration.
  • At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis
  • Please find below the approximate prices for drinks in Botswana in local stores (note these are subject to change):
    Water 5 l Pula 20-25
    Water 1 l Pula 7-10
    6 cans of beer Pula 70-80
    6 cans of Coke/Fanta/etc Pula 50
    2 l Red wine (box) Pula 115
    5 l Red wine (box) Pula 215
    2 l White wine (box) Pula 115
    5 l White wine (box) Pula 215
    1 l Fruit juice Pula 25
    330 ml fruit juice Pula 17
    6 cans of Tonic Water/Dry Lemon/Lemonade Pula 50