Botswana Highlights: Okavango Delta & Chobe

Botswana Highlights: Okavango Delta to Chobe

7 Nights / 8 Days

$1,800 pp (USD)

2021 SAFARI DATES2022 SAFARI DATES
Apr 21 – Apr 28
May 12 – May 19
Jun 02 – Jun 09
Jun 23 – Jun 30
Jul 14 – Jul 21
Aug 04 – Aug 11
Aug 25 – Sep 01
Sep 15 – Sep 22
Oct 06 – Oct 13
Oct 27 – Nov 03
Nov 17 – Nov 24
Apr 28 – May 05
May 19 – May 26
Jun 09 – Jun 16
Jun 30 – Jul 07
Jul 21 – Jul 28
Aug 11 – Aug 18
Sep 01 – Sep 08
Sep 22 – Oct 29
Oct 13 – Oct 20
Nov 03 – Nov 10
Nov 
24 – Dec 01

OVERVIEW

This safari is perfect for those with limited time but still wish to explore the best wilderness areas in Botswana. Starting in Maun and ending in Kasane, it offers great value for money. You will explore the wilderness destinations of the Okavango Delta, Moremi/Khwai concession area and Savuti as well as Chobe. You will complete your Botswana adventure by taking a boat cruise on the stunning Chobe River to view Chobe’s flora and fauna from a different perspective.

PROPOSED ITINERARY

Every effort is made to adhere to the routes described herein. However, a certain amount of flexibility is built into our safaris/tours, and as such, on occasion it may be necessary to make changes (subject to roads and weather conditions as well as camp availability) to the itinerary that has been proposed for you. This proposed itinerary should therefore be treated as a guide only.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

This safari officially starts in Maun and is intended to start early in the morning on the day of departure. It is therefore important that you plan to arrive in Maun the day before the safari starts.

Highlights

  • Optional scenic flight over the Delta.
  • 1 night Okavango Delta
  • safari walks & mokoro excursions
  • 2 nights Moremi Game Reserve, game drives
  • 1 night Khwai Concession, game drives
  • 2 nights Savuti (Chobe), game drives
  • 1 night Chobe National Park, game drives
  • Chobe River boat cruise

Please note:

  • Rates are per person sharing
  • Rates exclude flights (both international, inter-Africa and local flights)

Guests are provided with:

  • A 2 m X 2 m dome tent on a sharing basis (i.e. 2 persons per tent). Note: A single person per tent on request attracts an additional cost.
  • A bedroll consisting of a mattress and bedding per guest.
  • A shared restroom area which includes a bucket shower and bush toilet.
  • Meals include breakfast, lunch & dinner every day during the safari.
  • Drinks include bottled water, soft drinks, tea and coffee every day during the safari.
  • Transfers between camps and game drives are done in open–sided 4 X 4 safari vehicles.
  • There is a charging system in each safari vehicle to enable guests to easily recharge camera batteries and phones during the safari.

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 miraculous 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) nights 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

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 it 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: Savuti – 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 one (1) 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..

Throughout your stay morning game drives as the sun rises and afternoon game drives will be the order of the day.

Day 8: Departure

Wake up early this morning and enjoy breakfast prepared by your chef before heading out of Chobe National Park in the form of a game drive.

Chobe River boat cruise

The highlight today will be a boat cruise on the Chobe River. In this way we are giving ourselves a very different angle and aspect for seeing and photographing Chobe’s wildlife.

This boat cruise gives you the chance to experience the animals of Chobe from a different perspective. Therefore you might get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles and a mind-boggling array of water birds.

Our 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 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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