OKAVANGO DELTA, CHOBE & VICTORIA FALLS
9 Nights / 10 Days
US$ 2 350 per person sharing
Note: Starts on fixed dates only
This safari is designed to give you the best of Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is perfect for those on a budget but who still wish to explore the best wilderness areas in Botswana. Starting in Maun and ending in Zimbabwe, it offers great value for money. You will explore the last true wilderness areas on earth as you pass through the Okavango Delta, Moremi and finally Chobe. You will complete your adventure with a one (1) night stay in Victoria Falls where you will undertake a Zambezi Sunset Cruise.
21 Apr-30 Apr
12 May-21 May
02 Jun-11 Jun
23 Jun-02 Jun
14 Jul-23 Jul
04 Aug-13 Aug
25 Aug-03 Sep
15 Sep-24 Sep
06 Oct-15 Oct
27 Oct-05 Nov
17 Nov-26 Nov
Day 1: To the Okavango Delta (Mokoro Excursions)
We will pick you up in Maun at 07h00 at a pre-arranged meeting point and head for the southern tip of the Okavango Delta–a landscape that is unique and an ever–changing web of crystal clear waterways. On arrival at the Mokoro Station you will meet with experienced mokoro polers.
Boarding your mokoro around 0800 hrs, you are silently poled along the Delta's quiet waterways to one of its many islands where you will set up camp for one (1) night. On your way expect to be rewarded with splendid sightings of a variety of bird life among the more than 400 species that occur in this watery wonderland.
You will set off on foot at this island, as soon as the heat of the day relents on your first guided safari walk within the Okavango Delta. Expect to encounter a fantastic variety of large game during these safari walks such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, etc.
You will arrive back from your safari walk before dark to a warm bucket shower and a hearty campfire cooked dinner.
Day 2: To Moremi Game Reserve
You wake up early morning for coffee/tea, cereals, rusks and cooked breakfast. Then set off with your guide for your last morning safari walk/mokoro excursion in the Okavango Delta after breakfast.
Return to camp at the end of this morning's Okavango Delta excursion and wrap up your mokoro excursion having immersed yourself within the spirit of African adventure. You will silently be poled along the quiet waterways of the Okavango Delta back to the mokoro station for a pick up by your safari guide.
Board your safari vehicle and make the journey northwards to Moremi for a two (2) night stay.
Contained within an area of approximately 3900 square kilometers, Moremi boasts of diverse ecosystems ranging from floodplains, lagoons, pans, grasslands and riparian forests making Moremi one of the prime game viewing and bird watching areas of the world.
You will spend your days searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is famous for.
Day 3: Moremi Exploration
You wake up this morning to a very early breakfast before heading into Moremi for your morning game drive.
Look out for large herds of African elephants in the Mophane scrub while in the waterways you should look out for pods of hippopotami. Also keep an eye on for large herds of the Cape buffalo in Moremi's open plains.
On your safari drives you will also be looking out for the elusive African wild dogs, lions and the elusive leopard as well as the raptors such as the mighty Martial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, the majestic African Fish Eagle and that incredible aviator–the Bateleur and many others.
You will return to camp for lunch in the late morning.
In the afternoon you will set off once again in your safari vehicle for more birding and game viewing. Return to camp just before sunset to have a shower and thereafter enjoy a campfire cooked dinner.
You have 2 nights at a wilderness campsite to marvel at this exceedingly diverse reserve that offers an untouched wildlife experience.
Day 4: To Khwai Concession
You will wake early in the morning for some breakfast and thereafter take a slow game drive through Moremi as you head northeast towards the Khwai Concession for a one (1) night stay.
The Khwai Concerssion, about 1800–square kilometres large, is situated in the northeastern Okavango next to Moremi Game Reserve. It is a wildlife–prolific and varied ecosystem dominated by a patchwork of lagoons, grasslands, permanent flood plains and large areas of Mopane woodland forests.
Khwai is undoubtedly one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. It is a predator–rich area and as such has a marvelous selection of predators such as lion, leopard, serval and African wild cat.
Other resident species include elephant, buffalo, zebra, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, hyena and various other nocturnal species.
In the afternoon you will go for your game drive and possibly watch the sunset unfold over the Khwai River.
Day 5: To Savuti (Chobe)
Today, following an early breakfast, you will go for your morning game drive and follow the Khwai River’s watercourse weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mophane veld and woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango.
Eventually you will leave the Khwai Concession and travel northeastwards to Savuti for a two (2) night stay.
Savuti is known for its predators, both big cats (lion, leopard and cheetah) and birds of prey–raptors, vultures and all manner of birds of prey that soar over Savuti’ landscape in search of food.
Perhaps the strangest phenomenon of all about Savuti is the 100–kilometres Savuti Channel. At times it will stop flowing and remain dry for years at a stretch. When the Savuti Channel recommences its flow, it changes the entire ecosystem, transforming the Savuti Marsh and Mababe Depression into wetlands and thus creating an oasis that provides water for thirsty wildlife herds and acts as a magnet for a profusion of water birds.
Day 6: Exploring Savuti
You wake up early in the morning to freshen up with some hot water in the face basin. This is followed by a light breakfast of some coffee, tea, rusks, cereals, bread, etc.
After breakfast you head out for your morning game drive to explore the Savuti and its marsh. The Savuti Marsh is a vast expanse of grasslands dotted with dead acacia trees, creating an intriguing, almost ghost–like landscape. You will return to camp around mid–day for lunch and some siesta time.
Another point of interest in Savuti is the Bushman rock paintings, thought to be well over a thousand years old. These are paintings of giraffe, elephant and eland. If time permits, we will pay these rock paintings a visit.
In the afternoon you head out again for your afternoon game drive and return to camp just before sunset. Dinner will follow before you turn for the night to rest or as you hold some discussions about events of the day around the camp fire.
Day 7: To Chobe National Park
Wake up early morning for some breakfast. Shortly thereafter you leave in a slow game drive around Savuti, and travel northeastwards to Chobe National Park for a two (2) night stay and more game drives.
Tucked up in Botswana’s far northeastern border with Namibia, Chobe National Park is one of the great wildlife destinations of Africa. At approximately 11 900 square–kilometers Chobe is made up of rich ecosystems and pristine landscapes consisting of savanna plains, river, swamp and scrub.
With such varied environments and habitats, Chobe provides a magnificent array of wildlife. It is the ultimate haven for vast herds of elephant – as many as 120,000 of the animals depend on the Chobe River’s life–sustaining waterways when the dry season kicks in.
Other resident game species are large herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, the rare puku, roan and sable antelopes. These are normally trailed by the notoriously fearless lions of the Chobe, leopard and cheetah.
Day 8: Chobe Exploration & Boating
You wake–up early in the morning to freshen up with some hot water in the face basin. This is followed by a light breakfast of some coffee, tea, rusks, cereals, bread, etc, before heading into Chobe National Park for your morning game drive.
Chobe is one of the best places to see and photograph Roan and Sable Antelopes. Puku Antelope occurs nowhere else in southern Africa, but only on the Chobe floodplains. On the other hand the massive herds of African Buffalo that inhabit Chobe are constantly flanked by the ever–hungry lions of the Chobe.
Chobe River boat cruise
The highlight today is a boat cruise in the Chobe River. This boat cruise gives you the chance to experience the animals of the Chobe from another perspective and you might therefore get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles and a mind–boggling array of water birds.
Day 9: To Victoria Falls
Today you wake up very early and enjoy breakfast prepared by your safari chef. After breakfast you leave Chobe, in the form of a game drive, and head to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe for a one (1) night stay.
Note: Visas are required to cross into Zimbabwe
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
The highlight today is a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. This activity offers a unique and intimate way to view the Zambezi River.
You will be collected from your lodge in Victoria Falls and taken to the jetty on the Zambezi River. There you will board the boat and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks as you set sail on one of the continent's most famous rivers. From the boat, you will have the opportunity to see a variety of game. This might include hippos, crocodiles, and even elephants on the river’s banks as well as the many different species of bird that normally skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline.
You will be dropped off at your hotel at the end of your sunset cruise.
Day 10: Departure
The safari officially ends after breakfast at the lodge today.
Note: Moonstroll Vantage Expeditions is happy to arrange transfers to Victoria Falls Airport at an additional cost.
MOBILE CAMPING/TENTED SAFARI
What is a Mobile Camping Safari?
This is a tented camping safari whereby guests are transferred in four wheel drive vehicles from camp to camp. In case of Botswana, these safaris offer affordable African vacations and take guests to some of the best wilderness areas the country has to offer. They are privately guided and therefore usually consist of guests travelling in a small group with a professional guide and a staff complement made up of the safari chef and one or two camp assistants.
These safaris give some of the best safari experiences as they provide access to some of the prime wildlife areas and make use of the private, unfenced, natural campsites to be found within Botswana’s famous game reserves and national Parks.
MOBILE CAMPING SAFARIS
“It’s all about going back to the basics, back to the way safaris used to be―camping under canvas in the African wilderness, eating under the stars, moving from camp to camp and leaving nothing behind, apart from our footprints.”