Okavango Delta & Chobe Explorer

Okavango Delta & Chobe Explorer

6-Nights / 7-Days

$1,645 pp (USD)

2021 SAFARI DATES2022 SAFARI DATES
Apr 23 – Apr 29
May 14 – May 20
Jun 04 – Jun 10
Jun 25 – Jul 01
Jul 16 – Jul 22
Aug 06 – Aug 12
Aug 27 – Sep 02
Sep 17 – Sep 23
Oct 8 – Oct 14
Oct 29 – Nov 04
Nov 19
– Nov 25
Apr 26 – May 02
May 17 – May 23
Jun 07 – Jun 13
Jun 28 – Jul 04
Jul 19 – Jul 25
Aug 09 – Aug 15
Aug 30 – Sep 05
Sep 20 – Sep 26
Oct 11 – Oct 17
Nov 01 – Nov 07
Nov 22 – Nov 28

OVERVIEW

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.

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)
  • 2 nights Okavango Delta
  • Safari walks & mokoro excursions
  • 1 night Maun (lodge/guesthouse)
  • 1 night Makgadikgadi, 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 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.

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 for showers, a change of clothes and a fully cooked brunch.

Having immersed yourself within the spirit of African adventure, your mokoro excursion wraps up.

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.

Boarding your safari vehicle at the mokoro station, you will 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 Chobe

This morning we pick you up, and take the A3 road leading to the village of Nata, as we 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) nights 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 11 700 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 5: 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 such 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 6: To 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 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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