The Kalahari To Chobe Expedition

The Kalahari To Chobe Expedition

14-Nights / 15-Days

$3,375 pp (USD)

2021 SAFARI DATES2022 SAFARI DATES
Apr 15 – Apr 29
May 06 – May 20
May 27 – Jun 10
Jun 17 – Jul 01
Jul 08 – Jul 22
Jul 29 – Aug 12
Aug 19 – Sep 02
Sep 09 – Sep 23
Sep 30 – Oct 14
Oct 21 – Nov 04
Nov 11
– Nov 25
Apr 22 – May 06
May 13 – May 27
Jun 03 – Jun 17
Jun 24 – Jul 08
Jul 15 – Jul 29
Aug 05 – Aug 19
Aug 26 – Sep 09
Sep 16 – Sep 30
Oct 07 – Oct 21
Oct 28 – Nov 11
Nov 1
8 – Dec 02

OVERVIEW

This safari introduces you to the contrasting and beautiful landscapes of Botswana. You will experience very unique and diverse habitats; first as you travel through the arid and truly untouched wilderness of seemingly unending dimensions in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, then as you venture into the Okavango Delta and finally as you travel through the game-rich Khwai, Savuti and Chobe. With this safari you will experience the full glory of Botswana’s pristine wildlife areas.

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)
  • 3 nights Central Kalahari Game Reserve, 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 Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR)

You will be picked up, in the morning, at a pre-arranged meeting point in Maun. Starting from Maun your safari begins around 0730 hrs as you head southwards to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve for a three (3) night stay.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve with its wild, mysterious beauty is an immense and most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa. With a land area of 52 800 square kilometers, it is bigger than Switzerland or Denmark. It holds vast open plains, scrub bush, salt pans, ancient riverbeds, and sand dunes.

Arriving at your campsite in the afternoon, there should be just enough time to take a siesta. As soon as the heat of the day relents you leave for your first safari drive in the CKGR to soak up the sounds and beauty of nature. Return to camp just after sunset to have a shower and thereafter enjoy a campfire cooked dinner. Look out for the stars for, at night, they utterly dominate the land and their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

Days 2–3: Exploring the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Throughout your stay each day will follow a similar pattern. You rise just before daybreak for a light breakfast and set off at dawn to discover what promise the Kalahari holds for the new day. Meerkats, ground squirrels, goshawks, Black backed jackals, herds of springbok and the magical Gemsbok will greet you on your way.

Also the plains and pans of the CKGR completely transform and fill with succulent grasses immediately after the summer rains. These plains and pans therefore teem with wildlife. These include large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest, eland and giraffe. Hence, predators such as the famous Kalahari black-mane lion, cheetah, leopard and jackals are normally around.

As the air cools down you leave again on another safari drive. Come back to a campfire under the river of stars and a delicious campfire cooked dinner. Go to bed listening to the song of barking geckos and, in the distance, the roar of the lion reverberating across the night.

Day 4: Back to Maun

Wake up early morning for a light breakfast and thereafter, set off with your guide for a 2 hours morning game drive. Return to camp around 0800hrs for a fully cooked brunch.

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

The afternoon is left for you to spend at leisure, to go shopping for curios and also to have the option of taking an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (at an extra cost). This activity offers an aerial view of the Okavango Delta, giving you the opportunity to see the Delta’s unique water system from a different perspective. It is even possible to spot large game animals such as elephants, hippos, etc from high above during the scenic flight.

Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13:  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) nights 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 14: Exploring Chobe National Park & 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 15: 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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