Okavango Delta, Chobe & Victoria Falls Explorer

Okavango Delta, Chobe & Victoria Falls Explorer

9-Nights / 10-Days

$2,500 pp (USD)

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

OVERVIEW

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.

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
  • 2 nights Chobe National Park, game drives
  • Chobe River boat cruise
  • Transfer to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • 1 night Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Zambezi River cruise
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls

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: 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.

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.

Day 9: Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.

Day 10: Departure

Today you start off early as your adventure takes you to the mighty Victoria Falls.

Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls is known as the largest sheet of falling water in the world. You will enter the Victoria Falls rain forest to explore the magnificent plant and bird life of this unique rain forest-created by the constant spray of the thundering Falls falling on the surrounding area. On reaching the edge of the Victoria Falls, you will continue to explore the gorge through various view/vantage points as you are drenched by the Falls’ never ending spray.

The safari officially ends at the lodge today, after a visit to the Victoria Falls.

Note: Moonstroll Vantage Expeditions is happy to arrange transfers to Victoria Falls Airport at an additional 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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