Makgadikgadi, Okavango Delta & Chobe Explorer

Makgadikgadi, Okavango Delta & Chobe Explorer

12 Nights / 13 Days

$2,925 pp (USD)

2021 SAFARI DATES2022 SAFARI DATES
Apr 17 – 29 Apr
May 08 – 20 May
May 29 – 10 Jun
Jun 19 – 01 Jul
Jul 10 – 22 Jul
Jul 31 – 12 Aug
Aug 21 – 02 Sep
Sep 11 – 23 Sep
Oct 02 – 14 Oct
Oct 23 – 04 Nov
Nov 13
– 25 Nov
Apr 24 – May 06
May 15 – May 27
Jun 05 – Jun 17
Jun 26 – Jul 08
Jul 17 – Jul 29
Aug 07 – Aug 19
Aug 28 – Sep 09
Sep 18 – Sep 30
Oct 09 – Oct 21
Oct 30 – Nov 11
Nov
20 – Dec 02

OVERVIEW

Capture the wildness and beauty of a landscape that is unique and a rarity in our over–developed world. Diverse habitats, epic sunsets and vast expanses of undisturbed wilderness make Botswana the last true wilderness on earth. From the Makgadikgadi Pans-the largest network of salt pans in the world, the Okavango Delta–the realm of the lion, elephant, rare sitatunga and colourful birds–this safari takes you to the best safari destinations as you pass through Moremi, Savuti and finally move onto Chobe.

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

  • Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (Optional)
  • 1 night Makgadikgadi Pans, game drives
  • 1 night Maun (lodge/guesthouse)
  • 2 nights Okavango Delta
  • Safari walks & mokoro excursions
  • 1 night Private Concession (next to Moremi)
  • 2 nights Moremi, game drives
  • 1 night Khwai Concession
  • 2 nights Savuti, game drives
  • 2 nights Chobe, 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 Makgadikgadi Pans

You will be picked up in Maun, around 0730 hrs, at a pre-arranged meeting point. Starting from Maun your safari heads southwards to the Makgdikgadi 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.

In the afternoon you will leave for your first safari drive to soak up the sounds and beauty of nature.

Look out for the stars for, at night, they utterly dominate the land and their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

Day 2: Back to Maun

Wake up early morning for a light breakfast and thereafter, set off with your guide for a morning game drive. Return to camp around 0830hrs for a fully cooked brunch.

Shortly after brunch, take a slow game drive through the Makgadikgadi Pans and head towards Maun for a one (1) night stay at a comfortable lodge.

You will arrive around noon in Maun. The rest of the day is left for you to spend at leisure or do a bit of shopping in town if you wish. You can also 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 3: 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.

Boarding your mokoro around 0800 hrs, you will silently be poled along the quiet waterways to one of its many islands where you will set up camp for two (2) nights.

At this island you will set off on foot, 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.

Day 4: 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 5: To Moremi (Kaziikini Concession)

Wake up in the morning for breakfast and your last morning safari walk in the Delta.

Thereafter you will be poled back to the mokoro station for a pick up by your safari guide and you will head northwards to Kaziikini Concession for a one (1) night stay.

Located on the southern fringes of the Delta, just outside Moremi Game Reserve, this private concession is mostly covered with thick Mopane woodlands and old floodplains which contain open grasslands. However, on the western side towards the Gomoti River, there are thick patches of riparian woodland where you will see your typical Delta trees such as Sausage Trees, Marulas, African Mangosteens and Sycamore figs.

Regular sightings of Elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, lion and leopard are thus common in this area. The area is also home to a diverse number of bird species such as Long Tailed Glossy-Starlings, Cape Turtle, Mourning and Red-eyed Doves, Red Billed Quelias, Crimson breasted Shrikes, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, etc.

Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve

Early morning wake up and breakfast followed by a morning game drive to explore this concession further. You will finally make your way into Moremi Game Reserve for a two (2) night stay.

Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. It covers about a third of the total land area of the Okavango Delta. At about 3900–square kilometres, Moremi as a reserve is unfenced, allowing free movement of animals within the Delta according to their seasonal migrations.

Moremi boasts of diverse ecosystems ranging from floodplains, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian forests, riverine to mophane woodland. Thus, with such a wide variety of vegetation comes a diverse spectrum of wildlife.

Therefore, your days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is famous for. At the same time you will be absorbing the sounds and beauty of the African wilderness.

Day 7: Exploring Moremi Game Reserve

Wake up this morning to a very early breakfast before heading into Moremi for your morning game drive.

In the mophane scrub, look out for large herds of African elephants while in the waterways you should look out for pods of hippopotami. On the open plains you should keep an eye on for large herds of the Cape buffalo.

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

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 8: 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 9: 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 10: Exploring Savuti

A wake–up call early in the morning and you 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 will head into Savuti for your morning game drive. 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 will head out again for your afternoon game drive and return to camp just after 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 11:  To Chobe

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.

The Chobe National Park, covering approximately 11900 square kilometers encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland, supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Thus Chobe National Park is an essential wildlife destination while on a safari in Botswana.

Your journey to Chobe will take you through the mophane scrub of the Goha clay basin, across some sand ridge country and through the Zambezi teak woodlands of the Chobe Forest Reserve. You will arrive at your campsite in the early afternoon.

Throughout your 2 nights stay you will conduct morning game drives as the sun rises and late afternoon game drives as the sun sets.

Day 12: Exploring Chobe & Boating

This morning you wake up very early; enjoy a cooked breakfast prepared by your chef, before heading into Chobe National Park for your 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 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.

The boat cruise gives you the chance to experience the animals of Chobe National Park from another vantage point.

Therefore, with this boat cruise, you might get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles and a mind-boggling array of water birds.

Day 13: Departure

Today you wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast prepared by your chef, while the 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 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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