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Meerkats and Much More Itinerary

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

11 days from £7100pp plus international flights.

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Day 1

Arrive In Vic Falls, Transfer To Gorges Lodge

A representative will be waiting to meet you on arrival at Victoria Falls Airport. You'll be welcomed and driven the 30 minutes to Gorges Lodge in Zimbabwe. The rest of the day is free. Go for a swim in the pool or relax on your private balcony enjoying the magnificent views of Batoka Gorge and the Zambezi River 200 metres below.

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Day 2

At Vic Falls

You have a full day to take advantage of the many activities on offer at Victoria Falls. The lodge offers a free shuttle service to and from the falls and once there you'll have two free activities such as a guided tour of the falls, a cruise on the Zambezi or a village visit. You can also arrange other options locally, including a thrilling helicopter flight over Vic Falls or white-knuckle whitewater rafting trip. If you'd rather spend time near the lodge you can go on a guided black eagle viewing walk in the gorge with snacks and sundowners.

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Day 3

Fly To Selinda

After breakfast you'll be driven to Kasane Airport in Botswana where you'll catch a light aircraft bound for Selinda. On arrival you'll be met by your guide and driven to your bushcamp deep in the Selinda Reserve, a journey of about 45 minutes. With just four tents the camp has an intimate feel. While the sun's at its hottest you can rest beneath the shade of large trees, enjoying your new surroundings. Later, as the temperature cools a little you can venture out on foot or by canoe with your guide for an initial glimpse of Selinda's varied flora and fauna.

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Day 4

Exploring Selinda

This morning you can choose between a guided walk and a gentle canoe trip, both excellent ways to get close to the natural environment. Wildlife is plentiful here and you should see large numbers of elephant, buffalo, sable and roan antelope, lion and wild dog. Exploring by canoe and on foot you'll also have the chance to observe smaller creatures. On land you can follow footprints, and on the water you'll spot wildlife on the banks, and, with no motor noise you'll be able to hear the calls of animals and birds.

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Day 5

Fly To Khwai

Today you have a flight from Selinda to the airstrip at Khwai, followed by a 20-minute drive to your next camp, Machaba. The camp is on the banks of the Khwai River in the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Soak up some sun on the deck, then cool off in the pool. In the late afternoon you can embark on a game drive in the delta, known for its profuse wildlife. You'll return to camp in time for a delicious dinner.

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Day 6

In Khwai

On waking you can stroll out to your veranda for beautiful views of the river in the early morning light. After a light breakfast you'll be taken out on a game drive and you'll soon be spotting elephant, giraffe, buffalo, lion, cheetah and wild dog, plus a wide variety of birds. The time will fly by as you listen to your guide and take in all that you see. You'll have time to unwind in camp, enjoying lunch and a siesta or catching up with some reading. Refreshed, you'll set out again in the evening to observe wildlife at the end of the day.

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Day 7

In Khwai

Another day dawns and you may opt to start the day with a guided walk. You'll be amazed by the extent and depth of your guide's knowledge, as you learn about the importance of the various animals that you see and find out about the medicinal properties of the plants. Relaxing over lunch you'll spot hippos and elephants by the river, your very own wildlife show! Later you can head out in the vehicle to the flood plains, where zebra, impala and giraffe roam free - a photographer's delight. Back in camp you'll have time to enjoy a candlelit dinner.

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Day 8

Fly To Camp Kalahari

It's time to leave the Okavango Delta for the next, and possibly best, 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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Day 9

At Camp Kalahari

Today's the day! You'll need to be an early bird, 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. 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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Day 10

At Camp Kalahari

You can enjoy a second encounter with the irresistable 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 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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Day 11

Fly To Maun, Depart

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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