Botswana is certainly one of the more ‘exclusive’ destinations to visit in Africa, and often prices do reflect this. However, this tour offers the opportunity to experience the best of Botswana, in reasonable comfort at a great price. The tour includes a number of game drives across different areas, an unforgettable makoro safari in the Okavango, and a famous boat cruise in Chobe. This tour can be done going northwards or southwards, and both itineraries are detalied. It is a serviced mobile-tented safari. Your accommodation on this tour is in a comfortable walk-in meru style tent with built in floors and mosquito gauze at windows and the entrance. Beds are comfortable and include all bed linen and a towel. Your tent also has an en-suite bathroom with a bucket shower and bush loo. The tents are erected and taken down for you in all locations, and all meals are cooked for you by your dedicated cook.
Southbound (Kasane to Maun)
Northbound (Maun to Kasane)
Dumela / Hello! Welcome to Botswana!” You will receive a warm Botswana welcome when you land at Maun Airport. You will be provided with a snack pack before your meet your pilot for your stunning light aircraft scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and Chief’s Island. This flight gives you a fish eagle’s eye view of this amazing ecosystem. When you land at your remote bush airstrip within the Moremi Game Reserve, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your mobile camp – with a game drive en route. The friendly, attentive staff will help you feel immediately at home and brief you on what to look forward to on your safari. The magic of a mobile camp becomes apparent as the sun sets and you enjoy drinks around the fire before a starlit dinner and a great night’s rest after falling asleep to the sounds of the African bush. Spending your first two nights camping in the Xakanaxa / Third Bridge area, explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day. The Moremi Game Reserve protects around a third of the entire Okavango Delta ecosystem – some 5 000km2 (1 930 square miles).
Following an early breakfast, pack up the camp and continue your journey to Khwai, stopping for a bush picnic lunch en route. The Khwai River forms the boundary between the reserve and the local Khwai Community Area. Spend the next three nights camping at a campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on day and night game drives. You will also experience a 2½-hour mokoro trip, discovering channels and lagoons at a relaxed pace in a traditional dug-out canoe. Night drives (using filtered spotlights to find game without affecting their night vision – or yours) offers a unique opportunity to encounter less well-known nocturnal species, as well as possibly witness hunting and other behaviour which more often takes place under the cloak of darkness. As night drives are not permitted within Botswana’s national parks and reserves, these nocturnal safaris are conducted in the Khwai Community Area.
Today you head further north en-route to Chobe National Park, were you spend the following three nights camping in a wilderness campsite in the Savute region, exploring the desert-like landscape on game drives. Never has there been a better time to visit Savute! The water from the Savute Channel reached the marsh for the first time in 30 years in 2010 winding its way from the North. Savute has for the last 30 years been an extremely dry area and lately its claim to fame has been the lion and elephant interaction as they come for the few drops of water that remain in the waterholes.
Leaving the parched landscape of Savute, you continue your journey north to the contrasting Chobe region of the park. You spend the last two nights camping in a wilderness campsite near the Chobe River, exploring the riverbanks and surrounding flood plains on game drives. On Day 9 you will also enjoy an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River which departs from Kasane.
Following breakfast and a short game drive your safari will end in Kasane.