Meerkats in the Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana

Meerkats and Much More Itinerary

A traditional game-viewing safari in Botswana with the thrill of Victoria Falls, nature walks and, of course, the hope of entrancing encounters with meerkats.

10 days from £6,770pp plus international flights.

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Day 1

Arrive in Victoria Falls, Transfer to Old Drift Lodge

A representative will be waiting to meet you on arrival at Victoria Falls Airport. You'll be welcomed and driven to Old Drift Lodge in Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe. The rest of the day is free.

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Boat safari with Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe © Kevin Hogan

Day 2

At Victoria Falls

You have a full day to take advantage of the many activities on offer in the Victoria Falls area. The lodge offers a guided tour of the falls, morning and afternoon cruises on the Zambezi, walking safaris, game drives in the park and also lunch in the Lookout Cafe in Victoria Falls. You can also arrange other options locally, including a thrilling helicopter flight over Vic Falls or a white-knuckle whitewater rafting trip.

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A giraffe head, Africa © AGMarks

Day 3

To Chobe National Park, Botswana

After breakfast, you'll be driven to Kasane Airport in Botswana. Chobe Game Lodge is one of the very few in the national park and has an exclusive location next to the river. You'll enjoy superb game drives here as well as a boat safari.

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Electric safari vehicle at Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana © Desert&Delta

Day 4

At Chobe National Park

Another day to enjoy the wildlife and stunning landscapes of Chobe.

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Kudu near Kanana Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana © Kanana Camp

Day 5

Fly to Kanana Camp in the Okavango Delta

The world-renowned Okavango Delta is an African Eden. The wildlife you can see here is just extraordinary and you're coming to a fabulous spot to stay at a gorgeous camp, Kanana. Your professional guide will help you explore the region on game drives, on nature walks and on boats and mokoros (dugout canoes). Prepare for a wild time, but in luxury!

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Boat trip to see the heronry near Kanana Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana © Kanana Camp

Day 6

At Kanana Camp

You have another full day to meet the Okavango's residents be that the famous herons, elephants, impala being stalked by lions . . . it's a constant and exciting wilderness adventure.

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Exterior of guest tent at Camp Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana © Natural Selection Safaris / Silverless

Day 7

Fly to Camp Kalahari

It's time to leave the Okavango Delta for the next part of your adventure! You'll fly to the Kalahari and transfer to a traditional safari camp on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Over a tasty home-cooked lunch you'll get to know your fellow guests. Later, as the heat abates, you can explore your surroundings by 4x4 vehicle. In the wet season the water-filled pans attract flocks of flamingos and diverse wildlife, while in the dry you'll be treated to a show of desert animals. You'll return after dark, your guide using spotlights to pick out nocturnal species.

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Meeting meerkast with Camp Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana © Camp Kalahari

Day 8

At Camp Kalahari

You'll need to be an early bird today, setting off on a dawn walk or drive in the Kalahari keeping your eyes peeled for meerkats. At this early hour they start to emerge from their burrows, woken by the sunlight, and prepare to set off on foraging trips. It's the classic pose, standing tall, surveying their surroundings. It's made all the more magical by the meerkats' apparent lack of fear of humans. With luck, you can spend time with them before they head off to feed, watching the family members interacting. It's a very special experience. Not forgetting other animals, later in the day you can take a safari in the national park, returning for dinner.

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Bushman community meetings with Camp Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana © Elsa Young

Day 9

At Camp Kalahari

You might be able to enjoy a second encounter with the irresistible meerkats this morning. You'll never tire of watching these enchanting creatures. Keep still and quiet and they'll approach you. To be so close to wild animals is a rare privilege and delight. Later in the day, perhaps you can accompany San Bushmen who live in this apparently harsh environment and are custodians of generations of ancient lore. It's a fascinating insight into a unique way of life, so different from your own. Tonight is your farewell dinner, a chance to look back over your African adventure and maybe start planning the next!

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Zebras near Camp Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana © Camp Kalahari

Day 10

Fly to Maun. Head for home.

On this, your last morning, you may want to rise early to watch the sunrise over the pans. Later, having enjoyed breakfast it's time to pack your bags and travel back to the airstrip where you'll board a flight to Maun, which takes about an hour.

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