If you do not have the luxury of time and are on a budget, this short safari offers you the opportunity to explore two (2) of Botswana’s highly sought after safari destinations. Both water–based and land–based activities form part of this safari offering. Therefore you will explore the Okavango Delta through mokoro excursions and safari walks. Chobe, on the other hand, will be explored through game drives and a Chobe River boat cruise.
23 Apr-29 Apr
14 May-20 May
04 Jun-10 Jun
25 Jun-01 Jul
16 Jul-22 Jul
06 Aug-12 Aug
27 Aug-02 Sep
17 Sep-23 Sep
08 Oct-14 Oct
29 Oct-04 Nov
19 Nov-25 Nov
Day 1: To the Okavango Delta (Mokoro Excursions)
We will pick you up early in the morning and head for the Okavango Delta to meet with experienced mokoro polers.
The Okavango Delta, Africa’s last great unspoiled wilderness, is situated in the northern reaches of Botswana. It is a vast ecosystem created as the Okavango River spills over onto the shifting sands of the parched Kalahari Desert. It then fans out to form the Okavango Delta, a 16 000 square–kilometre wilderness of papyrus swamps, shallow reed–beds and fertile floodplains, dotted with islands and laced with a network of channels and lagoons.
You will board your mokoro around 0800 hrs and will silently be poled along the Okavango Delta’s quiet waterways to one of its many islands where you will set up camp for two (2) nights.
You will set off on foot at this island as soon as the heat of the day relents, on your first 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.
Days 2: Okavango Delta Exploration (Mokoro rides & Safari Walks)
Wake up early morning for coffee/tea, cereals, rusks and cooked breakfast. After breakfast you will set off with your guide for your morning safari walk in the Okavango Delta.
As you explore the Okavango on foot you will once again be searching for game as the Okavango is world famous for its rich biodiversity. These safari walks are led by local guides who are part of the community that lives on the fringes the Delta. On these outings you may come across a combination of game animals and you will also be presented with excellent photographic opportunities to capture the beauty of the Okavango. It is possible to spot game such as elephants, hippos, zebras, etc. during these safari walks.
Come back from the safari walk around midday to chill and enjoy your lunch.
In the afternoon you will set off once again to explore the Okavango Delta either on foot or in a mokoro.
Return to camp in the late afternoon to have a shower and thereafter enjoy a campfire cooked dinner.
Day 3: Back to Maun
Wake up early morning for coffee/tea, cereals, rusks and cooked breakfast. After breakfast you will set off with your guide for your last morning safari walk/mokoro excursion in the Okavango Delta.
You will return to camp at the end of today’s Okavango Delta excursion and wrap up your mokoro safari having immersed yourself within the spirit of African adventure. Camp will be packed up as we ready ourselves for the return trip back to the mokoro station for a pick up by your safari guide.
You will board your safari vehicle at the mokoro station and then head back to Maun for a one (1) night stay at a comfortable lodge.
The rest of the day will be spent at leisure or you can do a bit of shopping in town if you wish. Also you can embark on an optional scenic flight (at an extra cost) over the Okavango Delta if you haven’t already done so. This will provide another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s unique water system.
Day 4: To Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
We will pick you up from your lodge this morning. Starting from Maun your safari heads southwards to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans for a one (1) night stay.
The Makgadikgadi Pans, spanning over 16 000 square–kilometers in the Kalahari Basin, are the largest network of salt pans in the world. These vast, flat, dusty, endless, salt–encrusted pans are the remains of an ancient lake: Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up tens of thousands of years ago.
A combination of soaring temperatures and the extremely arid climate make this captivating wilderness quite inhospitable for most of the year. Surprisingly, however, you’ll spot flora and fauna here that has adapted to life in a desert.
Therefore you will conduct safari drives to explore the majestic landscapes of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
Look out for the stars for, at night, they utterly dominate the land and their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.
Day 5: To Chobe National Park
After an early breakfast we leave the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and head for Chobe. We expect to reach Kasane in the early afternoon.
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.
After the Chobe River boat cruise, you will head into Chobe National Park for a two (2) night stay.
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.
Throughout your 2 nights stay morning game drives as the sun rises and late afternoon game drives as the sun sets will be the order of the day.
Day 6: Exploring Chobe National Park
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.
With varied environments and habitats, Chobe is wildly diverse and 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.
In the afternoon you will head out again for your afternoon game drive and return to camp just before sunset. Dinner will follow before you turn in for the night to rest or as you hold some discussions about events of the day around the camp fire.
Day 7: Departure
Today you wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast prepared by your chef, while camp is being packed up as we ready ourselves to leave Chobe National Park. After breakfast you will head out of Chobe National Park in the form of a game drive.
Your safari ends around mid–morning in Kasane where you will be dropped off at your hotel or to Kasane Airport for your onward travel.
Note: Transfers to Victoria Falls can be arranged at an extra 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.”
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