Vacation of a Lifetime: Botswana Experience


This incredible African vacation includes safaris, a sleepout under the stars and luxury accommodations. Discover the beauty of Botswana while on a photographic safari with a world-renowned photographer, relax at Jack's Camp with a 30-minute massage and get close to the wildlife with a meerkat experience. If you are looking to add something to your bucket list, this is it!

 

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Vacation Includes

  • Applicable domestic flights within Africa

  • One night at The Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa (Johannesburg)

  • Three nights at Jack’s Camp (Makgadikgadi Pans National Park)

  • Three nights at Xigera Camp (Moremi Game Reserve)

  • Two nights at Chobe Game Lodge (Chobe National Park)

  • Nine breakfasts, eight lunches and eight dinners

  • Meerkat experience

  • Quad biking into the salt pans

  • A special secret sleepout under the stars in the salt pans

  • Walk with the Bushman

  • A one-day private game drive experience with a guide

  • A photographic safari with a world-renowned photographer

  • Champagne breakfast in the bush

  • 30-Minute massage at Jack's Camp

  • Game drives as specified in the itinerary

  • Services of qualified English-speaking guides, drivers, rangers and trackers

  • Transportation in deluxe vehicles

  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated

  • Lion World Travel representative meet and greet upon arrival

Itinerary Days 1 - 2

Day 1

  • Upon arrival at Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport, a security-approved representative will meet you at the aircraft, and escort and assist you through customs and immigration. You will be accompanied into the arrival hall where a Lion World Travel Representative will meet and escort you to your private transfer to the 5-star Saxon Hotel & Spa.

  • The Saxon became home to Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison. It was during this time that South Africa's former President used the serene setting of the hotel to edit his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom".

  • No meals included today

  • Accommodations: The Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa


Day 2

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Maun. On arrival in Maun, you will connect with your light aircraft transfer to Jack’s Camp.

  • Please Note: Luggage restrictions on the Botswana light aircraft transfer flights is 20kg/44lbs in soft bags – including hand luggage.

  • The camp sits in a striking spot on the edge of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, gazing over glittering salt pans and shimmering expanses of sun-scorched earth. Jack’s Camp is an oasis of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. Spectacular views, creative surprises, expert guiding, old-world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely different from any other. The camp features ten Bedouin-style tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring indoor and private outdoor showers, scattered below a soft canopy of molokwane palms, each one an ode to safaris of old.

  • Separate tents contain an antique pool table, library, and a bar with an excellent selection of fine wines.

  • Although the desert is never a place of abundance, the Makgadikgadi is full of elusive species and desert-adapted animals and the perfect complement to Botswana’s traditionally game-rich areas, like the Khwai Private Reserve and the Okavango Delta.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Accommodations: Jack’s Camp


Itinerary Days 3 - 5

Day 3

  • While staying at Jack's Camp, you will go out on game drives for a day of private guiding with specialist guides Chabba and Bones for a unique experience of desert wildlife to view brown hyenas, bat-eared foxes and if you're lucky enough you might even spot a lion or elephant. On these guided game drives, you can explore the Makgadikgadi Salt pans to see rare desert species and enjoy birding walks to seek the resident bird species. Ornithology enthusiasts will enjoy birding walks to seek migratory and resident bird species.

  • On nature and anthropology walks you will be able to seek ancient stone tools dated 2,000 to 500,000 years old and you will be able to enjoy Sunset "sundowners" on the pans and surreal astronomy evenings with the guides. During the wet, rainy season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeests migrate into the area with regular sightings of lions, cheetah, and other predators on the hunt of their trail. See hundreds of thousands of pink flamingos on the soda lake at Kubu Island in the wet season – the greatest flock on earth.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Accommodations: Jack’s Camp


Day 4

  • Enjoy a day of wildlife viewing. A visit to the Makgadikgadi means getting up close and personal with the local meerkat families.

  • Here you have a great opportunity to meet these social mongooses while gaining insight into how Kalahari meerkats band together to face the challenges of this unique and unforgiving environment.

  • Walk amongst them (you’re not allowed to touch or feed them) and if you take a seat, you might be lucky enough to be mistaken for a termite mound, where you will be used as a lookout point for predators.

  • Spend time walking and interacting with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen and gain insight into their ancient culture.

  • During the dry season, go quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans. During the green season, experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Accommodations: Jack’s Camp


Day 5

  • Today you will be transferred by light aircraft to the Okavango Delta.

  • Please Note: Luggage restrictions on the Botswana light aircraft transfer flights is 20kg/44lbs in soft bags – including hand luggage.

  • Each guest suite is fully air-conditioned and solar-powered by the Xigera Energy Centre, which supplies over 95% of Xigera's energy needs. Water is also purified using an innovative reverse osmosis mineralizing process, to enable guests to drink the water.

  • On arrival at the camp airstrip, you will be met and transferred to Xigera Safari Lodge, where you will spend 3 nights, including all meals and two activities each day.

  • Xigera ("Kee-jera") Safari Lodge is a bold new statement in Botswana's most unspoiled wilderness on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Discover 12 suites suspended above the forest floor, with a deck that offers uninterrupted views over the floodplains and passing wildlife. Floating delicately above the water and allowing wildlife to pass uninterruptedly beneath, the suites are situated on two islands, bridged together with an extraordinary bronze lily centerpiece.

  • Each guest suite is fully air-conditioned and solar powered by the Xigera Energy Centre, which supplies over 95% of Xigera's energy needs. Water is also purified using an innovative reverse osmosis mineralizing process, to enable guests to drink the water.

  • The lodge is surrounded by palm-filled islands, breath-taking floodplains and riverine forests: a pristine lacework of islands, papyrus swamps and dense trees. In the afternoon, enjoy a game viewing activity in the Okavango Delta, where you might encounter lions, leopards, elephants, crocodiles and more than 450 bird species.

  • During your free time, admire Xigera's 'living gallery' of bespoke works commissioned exclusively by Africa's most exciting artists and craftspeople. Relax around a totemic firepit sculpture by blacksmith artist Conrad Hicks, holding the fire as a boma centerpiece and offering a contemporary take on the traditional boma setting.

  • The spectacular spa provides a tranquil haven, with an extensive spa program focused on mindfulness, wellness and holistic healing, tapping into the natural healing powers of the bush. Practice yoga each day, spend time in the gym or swim in the flowing water of the swimming pool, which overlooks the river.

  • Dining at Xigera is a true bush experience. Beneath the velvet night sky, dine on delicious dishes that are inspired by the Delta, using the very best fresh and local ingredients. African-inspired menus, designed by experienced Red Carnation Executive Chefs, are complemented by much-loved signature recipes and a cellar that showcases a superb selection of award-winning Bouchard Finlayson wines.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Accommodations: Xigera Camp


Itinerary Days 6 - 8

Day 6

  • At Xigera, you're at the heart of one of the most incredible ecosystems in Africa. With its diversity of wildlife and unique landscapes, Botswana is a memorable destination. It's a wetlands paradise where the ebb and flow of the seasons paint an ever-changing vista to frame your wildlife experiences.

  • Embark on a game viewing experience as you are taken on a once-in-a-lifetime photo safari with Ike Mogalakwe – Head Safari Guide or one of the specialist guides who generously share a lifetime's knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Guides such as Ike have unparalleled knowledge of the landscape and its inhabitants and you can be assured that he or one of the expert guides will deliver the very best safari experience for you.

  • You can take a game drive, walking safari, or journey through the labyrinth of waterways on a mokoro dugout boat or sleek motorboat. With exceptional clarity of light and stunning scenery, the Delta provides unlimited space and opportunity to capture outstanding photographs.

  • During your stay you can experience the Baobab Sleepout, in Xigera's remarkable Baobab Treehouse, situated just over a ½ mile away from the lodge, with a guide stationed close by. Experience Africa at its most raw, and most remarkable.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Accommodations: Xigera Camp


Day 7

  • Exquisite palm forests and long miscanthus grass; papyrus-lined channels and large floodwater lagoons all form the dramatic stage of an ancient land that showcases one of Africa's greatest natural wildernesses. Witness this magical world come to life on a walking safari, with the opportunity to spot wildlife that might otherwise be missed from a vehicle.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Accommodations: Xigera Camp


Day 8

  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to the camp’s airstrip for your flight to Kasane. On arrival in Kasane, you will be met and transferred to Chobe Game Lodge.

  • Chobe Game Lodge is an elegant, five-star, fully Ecotourism-certified safari lodge with spacious guest rooms and suites. The expansive main area incorporates several comfortable and tastefully appointed seating areas from which to enjoy the tranquility of the lodge surroundings.

  • Following the banks of the river, the 820 foot elevated boardwalk and viewing deck offers seemingly endless panoramic views over the Chobe River. Find your favorite spot along the platform and settle down to watch the ever-changing wildlife parade across the river, on the islands and the surrounding floodplains.

  • At Chobe Game Lodge, they are leading the way in responsible tourism with a variety of sustainable tourism initiatives including an electric safari fleet of electric land vehicles and electric and solar-powered safari boats – a clean and quiet way to enjoy a boat safari and another first for tourism in Africa.

  • Gender equality and creating better employment opportunities for women in the Botswana tourism industry is a key focus at Chobe Game Lodge where they have been training women in the guiding fraternity since 2005 and today has a full complement of professionally trained female guides and 65% of all the staff members at the lodge are women.

  • Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton decided to tie the knot in 1975 (for the second time) at Chobe Game Lodge which catapulted the lodge and region into the international limelight. There is a possibility that you could stay in the Burtons honeymoon suite!

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Accommodations: Chobe Game Lodge


Itinerary Days 9 - 10

Day 9

  • Take an early morning drive along the river looking out for fresh tracks – there is always evidence of predator activity. There are huge herds of elephants and buffalo, and impala and giraffes are everywhere.

  • On your return from the morning game drive and after breakfast, you can watch the animals come down to the river, or spot wildlife across the floodplains. Enjoy the facilities including a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area, a stylish bar with an outside terrace and an expansive deck with magnificent views over the Chobe River.

  • Lunch and high tea are served on the boardwalk before the start of the afternoon’s activity.

  • Go on a late afternoon open vehicle game drive or a sunset boat cruise. The river cruise presents an opportunity to view the animals from a different perspective. Keep an eye out for hippos, crocodiles and elephants drinking and splashing at the water’s edge.

  • Dinner is served on the terrace overlooking the Chobe River as you enjoy the sounds of the Chobe surroundings.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Accommodations: Chobe Game Lodge


Day 10

  • Transfer from the camp to Kasane Airport for your flight to Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport. Connect with your scheduled departure international flight.

  • Return home with a lifetime of memories!

  • Meals included: breakfast


 

Available Dates & Prices

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7/1/24 - 8/31/249From
$29,520*
9/1/24 - 10/31/249From
$24,030*
11/1/24 - 11/30/249From
$21,150*
12/1/24 - 12/19/249From
$20,250*
1/16/25 - 3/31/259From
$19,440*
4/1/25 - 5/31/259From
$25,110*
6/1/25 - 6/30/259From
$31,860*
7/1/25 - 8/31/259From
$33,210*
9/1/25 - 9/30/259From
$26,460*
10/1/25 - 10/31/259From
$26,640*
11/1/25 - 12/19/259From
$22,770*
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Terms & Conditions

*Prices in USD is per person based on double occupancy including inter-African airfares, fuel surcharges, government taxes, departure fees and September 11th Security fee. Prices are true and accurate at the time of printing, are valid for travel as specified, are valid for new bookings only, include hotel taxes and are available to Costco members residing in the United States. All offers and inclusions are subject to availability and may change or be terminated without notice. Seasonal surcharges, availability, blackout dates and restrictions may apply. Due to airfare and/or currency fluctuation, as well as government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases beyond the control of Lion World Travel or Costco Travel, the price is subject to change. Fees for checked baggage may apply and vary by airline. Please also note that some transatlantic flights may be overnight, and this should be taken into consideration when planning. For complete information, please visit the airline's website. Any unused portion(s) of inclusions are nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. Cancellation and change fees may apply. Costco Travel disclaims liability for any inaccuracies or typographical errors. Please note: The supplier for this product, Lion World Travel, is a Canadian-based company. Therefore, individual banks may apply a foreign currency service fee to credit card transactions.

United States of America passport holders do not require a visa for South Africa for a visit of less than 90 days. All non-South African passport holders are required to have at least two, entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages (i.e. one side of such a page not front and back thereof) in their passport, each time entry is sought into South Africa. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. South Africa government regulations prohibit airlines from boarding passengers without the required blank visa pages. Passports must be valid for a minimum of six months after the intended date of departure.

It is recommended that visitors take anti-malaria medication prior to arrival in South Africa and Botswana. For information, visit your family physician or the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/.

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