You start at Botswana’s oasis, the Okavango Delta, where seasonal floods are experienced and wildlife can be viewed on foot or on the low paddled mokoro dugout canoe. Enjoy the prolific bird life of the islands and surrounding delta. Fly to the rich Khwai area of Moremi Wildlife Reserve for more bird watching and game drives. The sight of an elephant or lion is a guaranteed memorable moment. Transfer to the Savute region of the Chobe National Park to catch more glimpses of these magnificent grey giants. While here, you enjoy several thrilling game drives and a spectacular river cruise.
Days 1 - 2: Okavango Delta. Depart Johannesburg on a scheduled flight to Maun in Botswana. Transfer by light aircraft to Eagle Island Camp. Enjoy two nights at the camp among the prolific birdlife of the island and surrounding Delta. Hear the swish of the paddle and the plop of the Fish Eagle as you take a tranquil mokoro trip through the Delta, water levels permitting. Described as “the jewel” of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world. It is an isolated oasis set in Botswana’s harsh and arid desert. It consists of a web of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over 17,000 square kilometers. Its waters are surprisingly clear and pure due to the fact that it passes through very sparsely populated areas.
Over 400 species of birds flourish here, especially the water-loving birds. Fishing can take place anywhere in the delta but the major fishing camps are in the north of the delta, in the Panhandle. On the mainland and among the various islands in the delta, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a large variety of antelope and other smaller animals. Its fertile shores draw these animals to it making the area one of the best big five African safari destinations.
Days 3 - 4: Moremi Wildlife Reserve. After early game viewing and brunch at Eagle Island, fly on to the game rich Khwai area of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve for two nights at Khwai River Lodge. Daily activities include excellent birdwatching and game drives in open-sided vehicles, where the incredible sight of elephant or lion will remain with you forever. Relax with a leisurely afternoon swim in the pool. Guided walks and night-time game drives are also offered. Khwai River Lodge also has its own “Naturally Wild” Spa treatment center where you can unwind further. The Moremi Wildlife Reserve is an impressive game reserve in the northeastern corner of the Okavango Delta.
It consists a network of waterways surrounding two large islands, Chiefs Island in the west and Mopane Tongue in the east. The diverse ecosystem of wetlands, riverine woodlands and flood plains supports a wide variety of wildlife. Large herds of antelope, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, impala, eland, kudu flock here during the cool dry winter months in search of water. Their predators, lions, cheetah and packs of wild dogs hunt in the open grassland. It is also home to an immense number of birds. It has been described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa and a great haven for Africa’s wildlife.
Days 5 - 6: Savute National Park. After a morning of activity, transfer by light aircraft to the Savute region of the Chobe National Park, an area renowned for its high concentration of elephant and for its dramatic ecosystem. During your two-night stay at the Savute Elephant Camp there are excellent opportunities to experience these grey giants and other large game at close quarters, under the skilled direction of an expert guide. Marvel at the fascinating contrasts in the landscape, which provides a natural habitat to innumerable animals and birdlife. Savute region is the prime viewing area in the southwest area of Chobe National Park.
Some parts are almost desert-like while at the other extreme are vast grass plains. One of the great attractions is the annual zebra migration. Large concentrations of lion, cheetah and leopard follow this migration and hyenas and the rare wild dog reside here. The area also boasts a large number of interesting species of birds. Other animals such as wildebeest, impala, giraffe, warthog, kudu, white roan and buffalo among others inhabit the wooded areas of Savute. The area is renowned for its large herds of elephant and is sometimes referred to as the elephant capital of the world.
Days 7 - 8: Chobe National Park. After a morning of game viewing and brunch, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kasane. Short transfer to the lodge, Chobe is known for its huge herds of elephants where your home for 2 nights in either Chobe Game Lodge situated inside the Chobe National Park or Chobe Marina Lodge just outside the Park. During your stay you will have an opportunity to go on an open 4 wheel drive safari vehicle or from the comfort of one of the spectacular river cruises. The lodges have swimming pools to cool off during the heat of the day, and in the evening delicious meals are served either under the African skies or in the restaurant. Both lodges have great views of the Chobe River.
Chobe National Park is named after the Chobe River. It is the second largest national park in Botswana and is home to a large animal population and over 450 bird species. It has four distinctly different eco-systems; Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the extreme North-East of Chobe River area, the Savuti Marsh area in the West, the Linyati Swamps in the North West and the hot dry hinterland in between the other three. One of its biggest attractions is the annual zebra migration. It also boasts one of the largest elephant populations in Africa.
The elephants are migratory and move from the Chobe and Linyati rivers where they concentrate during the dry seasons, to the pans in the southeast section of the park where they disperse during the rains. These elephants are said to have the distinction of being the largest in body size of all living elephants. Their ivory though is brittle and you won’t spot any large tusks on them. The most popular area is the stretch of the Chobe River from Kasane town to Serondela campsite. Hundreds of hippos and crocodiles gather here. The Savuti region is one of the best-known wildlife places especially for lion sightings. Other major animal species are giraffe, impala, hyenas, leopards, wildebeest, kudu, waterbuck, warthog, jackals and many more. Its rich bird life includes species such as eagles, kingfishers, marabou storks and bee-eaters. For fishing enthusiasts, Chobe River provides a large variety of edible fish. Game viewing is best during the dry season, April to October when the majority of natural pans have dried up. Animals however are present year round.
Day 9: Chobe National Park / Johannesburg. Short transfer to Kasane Airport or transfer to Victoria Falls for flight to Johannesburg.
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