Dry season itinerary: April to November.
Pick up Maun, drop off Kasane, Livingstone or Victoria Falls, or visa versa.
What to bring: Lots of digital memory! Charger for camera, torch or headlamp, closed shoes for around fire at night, imported spirits, if desired, binoculars, hat and sunscreen.
Day 1: Start in Maun, collecting you from the Johannesburg flight at 11.40, and driving to Nxai Pan / Baines Baobabs.
The turn off to these worthwhile sites is 138km from Maun on the Nata Rd. Baines Baobabs were painted by Thomas Baines in 1862 and have changed little since then. This area attracts large numbers of Springbok and Gemsbok drawn to the short sweet grasses that grow on the pan. Nxai Pan has recently become famous due to the award winning IMAX film by Tim Liversedge, called Roar, mostly filmed at the pumped waterhole during the dry season, where the resident lions set up to kill the Springbok and other animals drawn to the only source of water for miles around. Brown Hyena and Cheetah are sometimes seen here.
We stay at Nxai for 2 nights.
Day 3: We leave Nxai Pan early, in time to have lunch and a resupply in Maun before proceeding to the Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi seems like a paradise after the dry encountered in the Pans, and is the only Game Reserve that occurs inside the Okavango Delta. Using HATAB or BOGA sites in Moremi is our first choice, some of these sites could be the Garden of Eden the scenery is so lovely! There are several different habitat types in Moremi, ideally you would stay for at least 4 or 6 nights to experience them all, especially the Khwai River area and the lagoons near Xakanaxa, 4th Bridge, Bodumatau and Xini.
Day 10: We leave Moremi and head to Savuti, a drive of around 5 to 7 hours depending on where we are staying and how much game we see on the way.
The Savuti Channel started flowing again after 28 yrs, and the marsh is rapidly becoming a wetland paradise! In 2011 Savuti became our most successful area for spotting Leopard. The scenery and wide open spaces at Savuti are truly inspiring and filled with wildlife and birds.
There is also a site where a few bushman paintings can be seen after a small but steep climb.
After spending 2 nights at Savuti we drive around 170km to the Chobe River. The HATAB and BOGA sites are mostly within a few hundred meters from the Chobe River, in the dry season you can often watch the most stunning sunsets with a backdrop of elephants and buffalo a few minutes away from our tented camp. The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry seasons. The river itself is host to a stunning array of birdlife (Yellow Billed Storks, African Spoonbills, White Faced Whistling Ducks, Egyptian Geese, Vultures, Owls and Kingfishers of various types, Secretary Birds, Dikkops, Herons, Eagles - especially Fish Eagles, in addition to many other birds), and a 3 hour boat cruise is taken to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see elephants swimming in close proximity to you, in addition to the normal pods of slumbering hippo's, lechwe, puku and numerous other animals.
Day 13: You will be transferred to have the final 2 nights in Victoria Falls, either in Zimbabwe or Zambia, where you will be able to see this amazing waterfall, and do some extra activities if desired, such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, or a flight over the falls in either fixed wing or Helicopter, this is extra!
*Cost per person for 13 nights is US $4,800 but if 4 people book together the price drops to only $3840pp.
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