Botswana was the top country to visit in 2016 and it is easy to see why It offers beautiful and diverse landscapes, friendly locals and some of the top game viewing across the continent. 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.
Prices from £3995pp based on 2 sharing in high season (July-Oct)
Prices from £2995pp based on 2 sharing in low season (Apr-June / Nov-Dec)
15% discount for children 12-17 years inclusive when they travel with their parents
Dates 2017 for Northbound (Maun to Kasane)
Dates 2017 for Southbound (Kasane to Maun)
Your safari guide will be there to welcome you on arrival at Maun Airport. The exact departure time from Maun Airport will be advised closer to the time, as this depends on the commercial airlines flight schedules. You will then leave Maun and begin your journey around lunchtime where you will head to Moremi Game Reserve, stopping for a picnic lunch en-route, and arriving at your campsite in time for sundowners. Spending the first two nights camping in the Xakanaxa / 3rd Bridge region, you will explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day. The Moremi Game Reserve forms part of the unique ecosystem called the Okavango Delta and Moremi covers up to one third of the Okavango. The total area of the Okavango covers up to 18 000 square kilometres of which the Moremi Game Reserve is 5000 square kilometres.
Following an early breakfast you will pack camp and continue your journey to Khwai, stopping for a picnic lunch en-route. The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. You will spend the next three nights camping at a campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. Here, you will also experience a 2 ½ hour Makoro Trip exploring the water ways of Khwai which is the most eastern reach of the Okavango river system. Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you a unique opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day. It is important to note that night drives are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve 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 10 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 around 0900am.