Days 1-3: Victoria Falls. We start this tour with a highlight, we stay for 2 nights at the Victoria Falls. The Zambezi river plummets 110 meters (360 feet) over the Victoria Falls and it is a breathtaking sight. The following day is at leisure to enjoy (on own expenses) some of the wonderful activities available in the adventure capital of Southern Africa. The Flight of Angels over the falls in a micro light is highly recommended, as is a day of rafting on the white waters of the mighty Zambezi River. More local activities you can do are bush walks, bungee jumping, helicopter flights. Alternatively an elephant back safari is an experience never to be forgotten!
Day 4: Chobe National Park (afternoon game drive). We drive to Botswana via Kazungula boarder (70 km). Chobe National Park offers an exceptional wildlife experience. The meandering river feeds the flood plains, which provides essential grazing to the herbivores throughout the year. One night is spent camping in the Chobe National Park along the riverside.
Day 5: Savuti Marshes. On the morning of day 5 we break camp and depart to Savuti. The dry Savuti channel runs from the west into the sandy Mababe depression, but it seldom flows, so the seasonal rains and waterholes in the park ensure a perennial source of life for the game in the area. Wildlife gathers on the open plains of the Savuti marsh and the surrounding dry camel thorn trees make this place a wildlife photographer's dream. Famous for its big game and particularly its predators.
The lions of Savuti fight a constant battle for survival and over the years have master the skill to hunt and kill elephants. This remarkable evolution has been documented by scientists and was subject to a BBC documentary. We explore the reserve on morning and afternoon game drive, relax during the heat of the day and spend one night in the reserve.
Days 6-7: Moremi Game Reserve. Early in the morning we pack to depart south towards the Okavango Delta. Along the way we do some game driving in the outskirts of the Savuti and eventually we enter the Moremi Game Reserve at its North Gate. This unique area is named after the Chief of the Batswana tribe, who founded the reserve in 1963, making it one of the first reserves in Africa proclaimed by the local community. The reserve protects a large part of the greater Okavango Delta.
There are grasslands, floodplains, forests and winding water channels that combine to form a variety of game viewing habitats. This attracts a wide variety of animals amongst others: buffalo, elephant, lion, hippo, lechwes, water bucks, leopard and wild dog. The Okavango Delta is also known to be a birdwatchers paradise. From predator to bee-eater species can be seen. We explore the reserve on morning and afternoon game drives, relax during the heat of the day and spend two nights camping in the reserve. Optional is a boat cruise in the afternoon over the Delta on own expenses.
Day 8: Into the Delta on mokoro. On day 7 we leave the Moremi and head south in the Delta. The Okavango Delta is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Experience this unique system of African waterways. The gentle moderate nature of the delta's currents creates lazy lagoons, inhabited by hippopotamus and trimmed with water lilies. Exploring the waterways in a traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) is highly recommended and a truly unique experience, gliding silently through clear waters, gives guests have an unparalleled perspective of the abundant wonders.
On arrival at the mokoro station you will be met by the polar guides from where you will set off by mokoro to your campsite in the Okavango Delta. When camping in the wilderness, there are no ablution facilities. Activities comprise game walks and mokoro excursions. To experience the Okavango delta is not only to see game but to appreciate the area and the bird life.
Day 9: Rest in Maun. Early in the morning we pack to travel back to the mainland and drive on to Maun, a lively town located on the South Eastern edge of the Okavango Delta. This day will be spent resting in camp and preparing for the rest of the trip. For the more adventurous of heart there is a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, which is a great opportunity for game spotting (own expense).
Days 10-11: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. After our stay in Maun, we continue south east on to Khumaga, on the edge of the great Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert. The salt pans are among the largest in the world, part of a fossilized super-lake that existed a eons ago. The adventurer campsite is well positioned under shady trees on the banks of the Boteti River. With the coming of rain, life abounds, and brown hyena, gemsbok and springbok are just a few of the desert-adapted species that can be seen. Activities include game drives, concentrating on the opportunistic birthing time of desert animals, as a result of the erratic rains, and the diverse array of birds, possibly including rarities like the Pallid and Montague's Harriers.
In addition, the seasonal wildebeest and zebra movements, if present in the area, provide amazing sightings at this time. Experience the phenomenal geology and simply enjoy the wide-open spaces of this ancient lake bed and surrounding grassy plains. It is usually not possible to see the actual salt pans at this time of year and our time is thus spent experiencing the surrounding habitats of the grasslands, river channels and the palm tree islands. We camp for 2 nights in the park.
Day 12: Nxai Pan National Park. Today we depart to our campsite in the Nxai Pan National Park. The Kalahari Desert pans around Nxai Pan are fossilized and covered with short nutritious grasses and stunted acacia trees, creating wildlife-rich areas surrounded by vegetated dune savannahs. We will undertake extensive game drives to explore the surrounding pans, with an excellent chance of seeing spectacular dry-season predator-and-prey interaction at the waterholes. Possible game sightings include gemsbok (Oryx), springbok, even the elusive black-manned lion and a range of other different uniquely adapted wildlife not often seen in the savannah regions in northern Botswana.
Day 13: Khubu Island. After a morning game drive we leave our Nxai Pan camp and travel to Khubu Island. We camp near Khubu island a breath-taking place which leaves us wondering about the ancient civilizations which once inhabited this mysterious place. Khubu is sacred to many of Botswana's people and is still a place of worship. Enjoy an afternoon walk around the island and see the most spectacular sunsets over this sacred place.
Day 14: Return to Maun, drop off at airport. This is the end of the safari, we return at our own pace to Maun, enjoying the park as we go. If you like we can drop you off at the airport or any other location in Maun.
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