12 days from £1715pp plus international flights.
This semi-participation camping safari takes you to many of Botswana's famous wilderness highlights and ends at the incredible Victoria Falls.
You will spend time exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) and on foot with a local guide. Later you visit Moremi Game Reserve and spend 3 days in this wildlife paradise. On to Chobe National Park with its varied landscapes and wildlife. Finally, you arrive at one of the iconic sights of Africa, Victoria Falls.
This is not run solely for Tribes' clients, but you will be joining people from other companies and of other nationalities. You don't have to cook as there will a cook travelling with you (and he WILL impress you with what he can conjuer up on the fire!), but you will be asked to help put tents up and down (it's not hard!).
Importantly, the professional guide on this safari will have excellent knowledge of the wildlife, and the benefit of staying with the same guide throughout a safari is that he gets to know what you want so can try to tailor experiences to the wishes of the group.
Tribes MD, Amanda Marks, has travelled with this safari company so knows first-hand about their services and rates them highly in their sphere.
This takes a maximum of 12 people and has a trailer for mobile kitchen and luggage. If the weather is good the vehicle will be kept open, though hard Perspex sides can be put up if it's rainy, and there is a canvas roll top. There is a fridge so cold drinks are on hand, and there is even a charger so that you always have charging facilities at your disposal - night and day.
The two-man bow tents are roughly 2.5m square. You will be given a decent mattress, but either need to bring your own sleeping bag or rent one locally which we can help you with. You may also want to bring a small pillow.
If you are a single person and willing to share a tent with someone of the same sex, then even if you end up with your own tent, you will not be charged a single supplement. You can however guarantee your own tent if you pay a single supplement.
A few other details
The minimum age for this trip is about 12 years. The average age tends to be around 40 years.
There is a first aid box on board, and there is communication via radio.
Oh, and did we mention ... these trips are great fun!
When your plane touches down in Maun, the gateway to the beautiful Okavango Delta, you will be met by one of our friendly representatives, and transported the short distance to your hotel in Maun. Take today to recover from your longhaul flight and enjoy the hotel's facilities, take a dip in the pool and enjoy a cold drink at the bar.
Leaving Maun in the early morning (07:30hrs) you travel with the guide and rest of the group to the southern part of the Okavango Delta. The first part of the journey is by road but on arrival at the delta you meet up with the polers and their mokoros (dugout canoes) who take your along the water channels to your camp. This gives you the chance to sit back and watch the scenery and wildlife around you. You will leave your main luggage in the trailer and take just a small backpack (to fit into the mokoro) with all you need for the 2 days on the island. Your main bag will remain the vehicle which is parked in a secure area while you are on the island. Full board
Spend a full day enjoying the exquisite wildlife and scenery of the region. You will explore this beautiful area on mokoro excursions and taking guided walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango. You will camp wild with bush ablutions. Full board
Today you leave the first camp, travelling towards the drier regions of the Okvavango Delta in the custom made safari vehicle, to a campsite in a concession outside the Moremi Game Reserve. This is journey of about 50km and will take up to 2 hours. Enjoy the wilderness as you travel, keeping your camera at the ready at all times. Full board
Early this morning you enter Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta, widely considered one of the most beautiful game parks in Botswana, with both dry and swamp areas. Your camp is in western Moremi, where you spend the next 2 nights. Days will be spent exploring the area on game drives with your guide. Full board
Two full days in Moremi. Your time will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds for which this area is renowned. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm as this is when the animals are most active. In between you have time to rest in camp and catch up on sleep after the early starts. On day 7 you move to a camp in eastern Moremi/Khwai, exploring a different area. Full board
This morning you will travel north from Moremi to the drier Savute region of Chobe National Park. The drive takes about 7-8 hours and for much of the time it takes the form a game drive with plenty of wildlife to be seen. Savute is known for its striking landscapes where elephants dot the plains. You'll spend one night in the Zwei Zwei area of the park. Full board
Today you continue north towards the Chobe River which is a contrast to the drier Savute region. This should should take about 5-6 hours, though the timing will vary depending on stops for game viewing on the way. As you get closer to the Chobe River, you'll hear the distinct haunting call of the African fish eagle, then listen to the reply from its mate. End the day with a hearty meal by the crackling fire. Full board
Today you enjoy some exciting wildlife viewing in and around Chobe National Park which is home to an incredible array of varied wildlife. Elephants are often seen in great numbers, but many other mammal and bird species are also found here. Game drives meander along the floodplains of the river which is home to crocodiles, hippos and a myriad of birds. Full board
After a final morning game drive in Chobe you'll be driven to the border with Zimbabwe. After completing border formalities you'll drive on for another 45 minutes or so to the buzzing town of Victoria Falls. The total journey time is between 1.5 and 3 hours including the border crossing. Having checked in to your comfortable lodge in town, there's time this afternoon to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls (not included, about US$20, subject to change)) and shop for curios. Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge. Breakfast, lunch
The safari officially ends at 10:00hrs this morning, but can be extended to allow you to take full advantage of the range of activities on offer here. Please check with us for prices. We can also arrange airport transfers, if you prefer to book these in advance. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1715 (ex. international flights)
2020 price from (pp sharing, exc international flights):
01 Jan - 30 Jun & 01 Nov - 31 Dec 2020 from £1715
1 night BB in Maun hotel, 8 nights camping accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses) and 1 night at a lodge in Victoria Falls, all based on twin share; all transfers and activities as per the itinerary; transport in specialised safari vehicles; breakfast, lunch and dinner & tea/coffee throughout apart from day 11 (breakfast & lunch) and day 12 (breakfast); services of a professional guide and camp assistant; all Botswana park fees for activities included in the itinerary. Filtered drinking water, tea and coffee are provided on safari.
Restaurant meals (Maun and Victoria Falls), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (activities in Victoria Falls), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water); travel insurance; sleeping bag (and small pillow) when camping; any increase in national park fees
This trip starts in Maun and ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. International flights UK-Johannesburg-Maun and Victoria Falls-Johannesburg-UK will cost from £1200. We usually book these for you.
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Time: GMT +2hrs
Flight time: Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.
Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.
Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.