Day 1: Maun to Xakanaxa. Travel Day. 30minute charter flight. You will arrive from Johannesburg at approximately midday into Maun Airport where you will be met by Mack Air and be flown by charter plane into the Xakanaxa airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve where you will be met by your guide. Spending our first three nights camping in the Xakanaxa region, we explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day. Accommodation: Mobile Tented Camp. Activities: Game Drives.
Wildlife: From the air only the larger animals are seen easily. These include large breeding herds of African elephant that live in the mopane scrub. On the open plains large herds of buffalo and lechwe can be seen and in the waterways rafts of hippopotami are a common sight. Once you land in Xakanaxa the smaller game can be found.
Days 2 & 3: Xakanaxa Exploration Days Moremi Game Reserve
Habitat: Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast reed-beds of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. As a result of the extremely variable habitat the diversity of both wildlife and birdlife is excellent. Accommodation: Mobile Tented Camp. Activities: Game Drives and Boating.
Day 4: Xakanaxa to Khwai. Travel Day. 60km. 3-4 hours. Following and early morning breakfast you take a slow drive through Moremi Game Reserve North-East towards the Khwai Community Area. Accommodation: Mobile Tented Camp. Activities: Game Drive.
Habitat: The Manuchira Channel is known as the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity. The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. We pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo.
Days 5 & 6: Khwai Exploration Day
The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. We spend the following two nights camping at an exclusive campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day. We will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot and enjoy an up close and personal encounter with Botswana’s flora and fauna. It is important to note that night drives and guided walks 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.
Habitat: We spend our time between the dry-land habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannahs and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai. Time permitting we may visit the lagoons and waterways of Xakanaxa where the largest heronry in southern Africa exists. Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp. Activities: Game Drive, Walking Safaris and Night Drive.
Day 7: Khwai to Savuti. Travel Day. 100km. 4-5 hours. We head further north en-route to Chobe National Park, were we spend the following three nights camping in an exclusive wilderness campsite in the Savuti region, exploring the dessert-like landscape of game drives. Accommodation: Mobile Tented Camp. Activities: Game Drive.
Habitat: A fascinating days drive looking at some of the evidence of the Paleo-Lake Makgadikgadi that dried up some ten thousand years ago. The most challenging part of the trip is crossing the Magwikwe Sand-ridge that formed the shoreline for this massive inland sea. The winding track through this deep sand makes for interesting travel in the early summer! The old lake bed is now the Mababe Depression. The dense clay floor of the depression result in high protein feed for wildlife and the area teams with game after the rains. During the rain season the depression is impassable due to the “cotton soil” and alternative routes must be used.
Days 8 & 9: Savuti (Chobe National Park) Exploration Days
Habitat: Unlike the vast majority of the country, Savuti is not flat landscape. Large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands, towering over the endless savannah. These hills provide habitat for a completely different array of small wildlife, birds and plants. The Savuti Marsh has been the stage for many of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The wide open country, good ungulate populations and particularly strong prides of lion and hyaena clans make for dramatic wildlife interaction and excellent viewing opportunities. The now dry Savuti Channel runs through this landscape linking the dry sand-veld, the waterholes, the hills and the grassland that was the Savuti Marsh. Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp. Activities: Game Drive and Bushman Painting Walks.
Day 10: Savuti to Chobe River. Travel Day 170km (5 hours). On your final day on safari you will leave Savuti to travel along the Chobe River arriving at Chobe Safari Lodge where you will stop for lunch before taking a leisurely afternoon boat cruise to end your safari with us. We recommend either spending a night or two in Kasane at Chobe Safari Lodge or two nights in Livingstone at Taita Falcon Lodge. For those transferring across to Zambia it is recommended that your transfer be organized to meet you at Chobe Safari Lodge at 15h30.
Habitat: The habitat on today’s drive takes us through the stunted mopane scrub of the Goha clay basin, across the sand-ridge and through the wonderful Zambezi teak woodlands of the Chobe Forest Reserve and along the Chobe River itself. The Chobe floodplain is tens of kilometers wide and in years of exceptional rains the water stretches as far as the eye can see. Activities: Game Drive, Boat Trip.
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