Starry Nights From Madikwe to Okavango

Tour Overview

9 Nights
April to October
From $ 8,800 per person

Overview

Day 1

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Chobe National Park, Botswana's first, hosts the largest herds of elephants globally. Its border with the Chobe River sustains abundant wildlife. During the dry season (May-Oct), the riverfront draws massive elephant, giraffe, sable, and cape buffalo herds. Unique puku antelope inhabit this region. Sunset views on the Chobe River are stunning, accompanied by the calls of Fish Eagles and grunting hippos preparing to graze. Witness elephants swimming across to the central islands. This area, easily accessible from Kasane, is frequented due to its proximity to Victoria Falls. Activities include boat cruises, game drives, and fishing. It is a haven for birdwatchers & game viewers alike!

Travel Johannesburg to Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Botswana

Travel Johannesburg to Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Botswana

At OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) check in to and board your regional flight to Kasane Airport, Botswana.
On arrival retrieve your bags and move into the arrivals hall to meet your guide from Chobe Pangolin Hotel, who will transfer you to the town of Kasane.

Pangolin Chobe Hotel - Gallery/Loft Room

Pangolin Chobe Hotel - Gallery/Loft Room (3 nights)

The Pangolin Chobe Hotel sits on the plateau overlooking The Chobe River and Namibia’s Caprivi floodplains which stretch out to the far horizon.

Each of the fourteen rooms have been designed to maximize the space and provide plenty of surfaces and charging points galore. They are all en-suite and air-conditioned and tea/coffee making facilities and plenty of intriguing design features.

All meals (brunch, high tea and dinner) and selected drinks (wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits) • Twice daily photo safari activities (photo boat or game drive) • Cameras, lenses, tuition by resident photo host and memory cards supplied • Park fees and bed levies • Airport transfers in Kasane

At the hotel there are 9 king rooms and 5 twin rooms. The base of the beds is fashioned from concrete. This innovation means that at the hotel they can't simply push two beds together to form a double.

All of the rooms have a private balcony with chairs and a side table to relax and enjoy the view.

All meals (brunch, high tea and dinner) and selected drinks (wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits) • Twice daily photo safari activities (photo boat or game drive) • Cameras, lenses, tuition by resident photo host and memory cards supplied • Park fees and bed levies • Airport transfers in Kasane

Activities at Pangolin Chobe

Activities at Pangolin Chobe

Activities are mainly on the river…that’s what the Chobe (and Pangolin) is famous for!

The Chobe is often combined with other iconic destinations in the region that offer only land-based game activities. For this reason (and because the river is so special) one can expect to do more activities on the photo boats rather than the game viewer while at The Pangolin Chobe Hotel. As a guideline this ratio will be about three to one in favour of water-based activities.

Day 4

Travel Pangolin Chobe Hotel to The Peech Hotel, Botswana

Travel Pangolin Chobe Hotel to The Peech Hotel, Botswana

Check out of Pangolin Chobe Hotel and take your road transfer to Kasane Airport to meet your outbound flight.
On arrival check in to and board your regional flight to Johannesburg.
A representative of The Peech Hotel will await you in the arrivals hall and transfer you to the hotel.

The Peech Hotel

The Peech Hotel (1 night)

Set within two acres in the residential suburb of Melrose, The Peech is a true boutique hotel offering 32 well appointed guest rooms.

The location feels both private and absolutely central being located near the city's main shopping and business hubs and adjacent to the boutiques, cafés and park of Melrose.

The hotel champions responsible tourism by blending awareness for the environment and the community and is also Fair Trade Tourism certified. It has been described as “Contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric” by Condé Nast Traveller was awarded ‘Best City Boutique Hotel’ in Africa at the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Awards.

The Peech Hotel is often described as a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Joburg.

The new Luxury Rooms (50m2) strike the ideal contrast between bold urban structure, paired with soft, bespoke interiors for ultimate comfort. Cleverly designed to include all that is relevant and functional for modern travellers, these rooms feature beautifully crafted finishes that are both conscious and simple. Stackable glass doors open onto private patios (ground floor) or terraces (first floor), allowing guests to soak up the relaxed outdoor surrounds, whilst enjoying their own privacy. Green living herringbone oak floorboards enhance the light-filled space. Modern and well-appointed bathrooms (with separate loos) with floor to ceiling tiles in monochromatic hues of natural grey, white and black. Generous sized showers (no bath) are a feature, whilst also ensuring water efficiency. Some ground floor rooms offer inter-leading options.

Day 5

Travel Johannesburg to Madikwe

Travel Johannesburg to Madikwe

MADIKWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

MADIKWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Madikwe Game Reserve, a 75,000-hectare malaria-free wildlife sanctuary in South Africa's North West Province, houses diverse animals, birds, and plants. Established in 1991 within what was once Bophuthatswana, it transformed from arid farmland to a wildlife haven post a feasibility study. Operation Phoenix relocated 8,000+ animals, initiating the world's largest wildlife relocation. This included moving entire elephant herds and introducing endangered species like African wild dogs, spotted hyenas, hippos, and lions. Today, it boasts 60+ mammal species, including the Big 5, and over 300 bird species, marking this reserve a conservation success.

Jaci's Safari Lodge

Jaci's Safari Lodge (3 nights)

Set in the magnificent malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s North West province, Jaci’s Lodges offer guests the perfect destination for unrivaled game-viewing, unique accommodation options, outstanding service and tailor-made safari activities.

Inspired by the unique natural surroundings, and designed with comfort and relaxation in mind, the accommodation options at Jaci’s Safari Lodge offer guests the ideal base from which to experience their own African safari.

The ‘old’ Main Lodge was the heartbeat of Jaci’s Safari Lodges for 17 years, and has warmly and proudly welcomed a great many guests. But now it’s time to usher in a new era, and after much planning and anticipation and building, the extreme makeover process is complete! We are so proud of our bold, refreshed, upgraded and spectacular new Main Lodge.

The new building features a new-and-improved lounge, fireplace, bar, kitchen and dining areas, all proudly reflecting our trademark striking and unique decor and authentic proudly South African atmosphere.

Bushveld romance personified, these two suites are furnished with bursts of colour and custom-made finishes, with rooftop extensions that afford guests the unique opportunity of sleeping under the African stars.

Photographic Experience at Jaci's Lodges

Photographic Experience at Jaci's Lodges

Whether you want to capture priceless images of wildlife from the centre of the waterhole or simply sit quietly, immersing yourself in your surroundings, the water-level Terrapin Hide at Jaci’s Lodges is proud to offer this unique vantage point. With the help of Pangolin Photo Safaris who assisted with the design and construction of the hide, ensuring its position and functionality for a truly unique game-viewing and photographic experience. The hide is visited by a wide variety of animals and birds, and, thanks to its unique location, you can sit quietly and watch them coming down to drink as if you weren’t even there.

The Terrapin Hide has established Jaci’s Lodges as a premium photographic safari destination

Its west-facing orientation guarantees soft morning light and warm backlit silhouettes in the late afternoon

Accessible via an underwater tunnel, the hide is open 24 hours a day

It is fully equipped with red LED interior lights, spotlights and a radio

Day 8

THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH US!

THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH US!

Your tremendous journey with us comes to an end. We wish you safe travels home, and look forward to welcoming you back to our spectacular continent! So much more to explore, so many adventures to be had.

Hamba Kakuhle

(Go well - Xhosa)

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