This is probably the most exciting way to do a safari in Africa, and perhaps the only truly authentic safari style.
Khwai - Okavango - Moremi – Savute - Chobe
Days 1 - 3: Camping in Xakanaxa within the Moremi Game Reserve
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 Air Botswana’s flight schedule. We expect to leave Maun and begin our journey mid-day to early afternoon. For those guests who plan on spending a pre-safari night in Maun (highly recommended after a long-haul flight), please arrange a hotel transfer to the airport to meet your guide at the specified time, or make an arrangement for your guide to meet you at the hotel before going to the airport. We begin our journey to Moremi Game Reserve, stopping for a picnic lunch en-route, and arriving at our pre-erected camp in the Xakanaxa region of the reserve in time for sundowners. Spending our first three nights camping in the Xakanaxa region, we explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day. Full board included.
Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve: The Okavango is a unique ecosystem, an inland delta situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world – the Kalahari basin. This wetland lies like an oasis in an otherwise inhospitable landscape. Where land and delta meet, a mosaic of pans, grasslands, forests and lagoons provide an extremely rich and diverse habitat where a multitude of animals and birds flourish. This wetland is one of the natural wonders of the world, and is a fragile ecosystem that remains one of the world’s least spoilt and most beautiful wildernesses, and is home to various unique species e.g. sitatunga antelope and red lechwe. Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the eastern corner of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is one of the most beautiful and varied reserves found on the African continent with huge concentrations of wildlife and incredible scenery. The reserve consists of both swamped areas e.g. Xakanaxa, and dry-land areas e.g. Khwai.
Days 4 - 5: Camping in the Khwai Community Area Bordering the Moremi Game Reserve
Following an early morning game drive en-route to the Xakanaxa boat station, you will embark on a water world adventure, exploring the endless network of crystal clear waterways and secret lagoons by motor boat, and the surrounding palm fringed islands on foot. After a full day on the water, we return to dry land and head north-east, en route to the Khwai community area. 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. Full board included.
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.
Days 6 - 8: Camping at Savuti within the Chobe National Park
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 desert-like landscape of game drives. Full board included.
Days 9 - 10: Camping along the Chobe river front within the Chobe National Park
Leaving this parched landscape, we continue our journey north to the contrasting Chobe region of the park. We spend the last two nights camping in an exclusive wilderness campsite along the Chobe River, exploring the river banks and surrounding flood plains on game drives. The grand finale being a leisurely afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River against the backdrop of a magnificent African sunset.
Chobe National Park: The Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s finest game sanctuaries. Situated in the far north of Botswana, Chobe encompasses a wide variety of diverse habitats offering extreme contrasts, and is home to a breathtaking variety of animals and birds.
Chobe River Front: The Chobe is famous for its abundance of elephants – the highest concentration of elephants to be found anywhere in the world. Chobe is also famous for its huge herds of Buffalo, for its rich birdlife, and for its exquisite sunsets – a wildlife experience not to be missed.
Savuti: In sharp contrast to the lush Chobe river front is the seemingly endless desolate landscape of the Savuti, famous for the dry marsh, sand ridge and volcanic hills which are unique to this area. The marsh once contained the waters of the Makgadikgadi superlake, and the most typical feature of the landscape are the dead trees – evidence of the erratic flow of the Savuti channel over the years. The area consists of large open game-filled plains, and is home to a variety of dry-land animals, including zebra, wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, wild dog, leopard, cheetah and lion.
Day 11: Safari ends in Kasane
Following breakfast and an early morning game drive, our safari ends in Kasane mid morning, around 10:00am. Your guide will drop you off either at Kasane Airport for onward flights or road transfers to Victoria Falls or Livingstone, or at your hotel, should you be spending a night in Kasane. Included: (B)
Please Note: This tour also runs in the reverse direction as per the scheduled dates listed below (a reverse itinerary, Kasane to Maun is available on request). Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules and itineraries, these are subject to change in light of changing local conditions (weather, roads, animal movements) and availability. You will be notified accordingly.
Victoria Falls: Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800's as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders', the Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as 546 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge (at the height of the flood season) over a width of nearly two kilometers into a gorge over 100 meters deep. The wide basalt cliff, over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Staying 2 nights at the Zambezi Sun.
Price: Apr - Sep: USD415 per person sharing (single supplement USD195).
The Zambezi Sun Hotel reflects the richness and diversity of the land. Built to resemble an ancient walled city, the buildings are open and painted in earthy colours with rambling clusters of rooms around an enormous swimming pool. It is a place where friends and family can relax and enjoy good company, weather and excellent food. The grounds have been left untouched from the original wild mopane woodlands and ‘bushveld’ that has always been there and it is only a very short walk from the hotel to The Victoria Falls.
Makgadikgadi Pans: The Makgadikgadi Pans are at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley that runs the length of Africa. Ntwetwe Pan and Sowa Pan, together with numerous smaller pans, form the Makgadikgadi Pans system. The pans are remnants of the once great super-lake - Lake Makgadikgadi: 80,000 square kilometres in extent, and up to 30 metres deep, this was the largest inland sea in Africa. Today, this vast area of salt pans are predominately dry, being interspersed with low-lying grass islands and in the wet season, becomes the destination of herds of migrating zebra. It is a land of unspoilt beauty and hidden fascinations that holds unforgettable experiences for the visitor. Staying 2 nights at Meno- A-Kwena Camp.
Prices: USD595 to USD765 per person sharing (single supplement USD230 to USD485).
Meno A Kwena is the name given to a deep stretch of the Boteti River once inhabited by hippos and crocodiles in a garden of water lillies. Translated from Setswana, Meno A Kwena means ‘Tooth of the Crocodile’. The view from the entire camp high up on white calcrete and silcrete cliffs forms the centre piece of the Meno A Kwena experience. Overlooking the dry riverbed of the Boteti, which stopped flowing over a decade ago, a waterhole has been maintained by the camp to sustain the myriad of animals and birds that come to drink there. Opposite camp on the other side of the dry Boteti River bed is the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
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