Botswana Safari

from Desert to Delta

9 Day / 8 Night Trip
Witness The Power of Nature
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Abundant wildlife congregate on the country’s vast salt pans of the Kalahari and rich floodplains of the Okavango Delta. This wetland within a desert, provides life-giving sustenance, generating an everlasting vision with large herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeest, and a host of other wildlife. The Okavango Delta is also home to some of the world’s most endangered species such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.

With a combination of natural riches, teeming wildlife, a low human population density and a forward thinking government, Botswana has become a premier destination for a most rewarding African safari and adventure tour.

Glide through the delta in a mokoro (traditional canoe) and take a guided bush walk on a nearby island.  Stay in luxury lodges, 

Herds of elephants coming to drink as the sun sets​ each with its unique micro environment, topography, vegetation and variation in nature.

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If you have been to Africa once, you will understand...Africa gets in your blood. You long to go back. Images of the tawny landscape stretching deep into the hazy distance draw you in.  You crave the anticipation of what gift from nature a new day will bring. Elephants wallowing in the mud around a reed-fringed waterhole as a warning cry echoes across the water. A herd of waterbuck crash through the shallows at the sight of a wandering lion. You have to go back...

 

One of Africa's success stories, Botswana is a stable country with a booming economy. After their independence in 1966, its visionary leaders secured Botswana's borders from poachers.  The game concentrations multiplied and flourished.  Since then the country abandoned mass tourism and focused on high quality / low volume as the best way to create a sustainable industry that would employ a large percentage of its people, while still preserving the environment.

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Itinerary

Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

Your Africa safari starts in Maun, Botswana where you will be met and assisted to your light aircraft flight to our first location in the Moremi Game Reserve. 

 

The Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, on the south-western border of the Chobe National Park. Covering almost one-third of the Delta it is considered one of the finest reserves in Africa.


The ancient riverine forests, open savannah, serpentine channels and seasonal floodplains that surround this area will make for a varied habitat of exceptional fauna and flora.  You will have the opportunity for both land and water game-viewing experiences, in open 4x4 safari vehicles or powerboats. The diverse habitat ensures prolific sightings of Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Kudu, Lechwe, Lion and Leopard, among many others.

Safari Lodging of Distinction: Camp Moremi -- has a well-deserved legacy in the Botswana tourism industry for being able to deliver the classic African safari experience. Recently completely rebuilt, Camp Moremi is located within Botswana’s world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, situated on the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoon in an area known for its spectacular game-viewing opportunities. With only 12 expansive, modern styled thatched safari tents with spacious bathrooms consisting of double vanities and showers, and private decks offering views over the Moremi Game Reserve. Subtle décor and lighting fixtures allow for a natural and warm atmosphere within each room to create a peaceful and harmonious blend with the surrounding environment.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp Moremi - 3 nights

Day 1, 2, & 3

Moremi Game Reserve

Stretching from the Linyanti River all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. However, this fickle and unpredictable channel, which has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up, independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere, has mystified local inhabitants, geologists and others for many years.

 

THE UNEXPLAINED
When David Livingstone, the first European to visit the area, saw the Savute Channel in 1851 it was flowing. Thirty years later it had disappeared and the Savute Marsh had dried out, remaining this way for almost 80 years. It flowed again from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, when it again receded, hence its reputation as ‘the river that flows in both directions’.

 

In 2009, after another extended hiatus, the channel began flowing again and by January 2010 had spilled into the Savute Marsh for the first time in three decades, but for how long – no one knows …

 

Safari Lodging of Distinction: Savute Safari Lodge includes only eleven private thatched chalets built of local timber. The chalets, which have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to blend with the natural environment, feature expansive private viewing decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area and en suite facilities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Savute Safari Lodge - 3 nights

Day 4, 5 & 6

Chobe National Park

An early morning game drive, return for breakfast transfer by light aircraft to Camp Okavango for two days of fully escorted game viewing by mokoro (traditional canoe), motor boat or tracking wildlife on foot on a nearby island. Fishing is also an available optional activity.

Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta situated within the heart of the newly declared World Heritage site, is the world’s largest inland delta, and is a maze of deep lagoons, large lakes and hidden, meandering channels.  During the annual flood season the Delta covers a vast area of over 16 000 km² before shrinking to less than 9 000 km² in the dry season. Trapped in a basin of parched Kalahari Desert sand, the fresh water oasis attracts wildlife that depends on the permanent waters of this unique environment.

Safari Lodging of Distinction: Camp Okavango, a unique and exclusive African safari camp is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island.  This hidden treasure, in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assures our guests of an unparalleled water wilderness experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camp Okavango - 2 nights

Day 7 & 8

Okavango Delta

A final early morning of game viewing activity. Breakfast and return flight to Maun or Kasane. (Kasane is preferred for those traveling on to Victoria Falls.)

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9

Departure

Optional Extension: Victoria Falls – please ask for details!

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