8 days from £2175pp plus international flights.
On this short safari you'll be seeing three of the very best game regions in Botswana and possibly in the whole of Africa. You'll be in a small group (maximum 9) and will have the same driver-guide throughout the holiday, so this promises to be a sociable and enjoyable safari experience.
After you're first night at Maun Lodge, you'll be staying in mobile camps in private camp sites. All camp chores and duties are performed by the crew, so you won't need to do a thing, just let them look after you, leaving you free to concentrate on the animals, landscapes and having a good time. You'll have a roomy canvas dome tent with camp beds and bedding provided. Your tent will have an ensuite bush toilet and shower.
This is a three centre holiday, so you aren't constantly on the move and in each destination you have a full day devoted to wildlife viewing activities. Drives between camps are fairy long, but they take the form of game drives, so the journeys are all part of your safari. The vehicle is an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle and is large enough for everyone to have excellent views. Your guide is at the heart of the holiday. His experience and expertise is key to the success of the trip and you can be assured that these will be 8 of the best days of your life.
NOTE: Here we have described the northbound itinerary, but it is also done in the opposite direction too. Please check with us which date is in which direction if this matters to you.
You'll land at Maun Airport and once you've cleared customs and collected your baggage, you'll be met and transferred to Maun Lodge. You'll have the afternoon to do as you please, relax by the hotel pool, go into town do a little last minute safari shopping perhaps. This evening you can enjoy dinner served by the fire in the outdoor boma, or opt for one of the restaurants in town. Your holiday has begun!
After breakfast at the hotel, you meet your guide and the other group members at a pre-arranged location in Maun at 07:30. You'll set off on the drive to Moremi Game Reserve. This will take 6 hours with time for comfort stops and game viewing en-route. It's a good time to get to know everyone and the time will fly by. When you arrive at the private campsite everything will be ready for you. You'll have time for a shower before enjoying a tasty dinner cooked over the camp fire. As the holiday starts so early we recommend you book the previous night's accommodation in Maun. We can do this for you. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You have a full day to enjoy looking for game in Moremi. It is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. Situated in the central and eastern parts of the Okavango Delta, the reserve has over 400 species of birds, while black and white rhino have been reintroduced making this a Big 5 destination. You'll be exploring on land by 4x4 vehicle and on water by mokoro. The latter lasts about 2.5 hours and lets you get closer to birds and animals, guided by your expert poler. You'll return to the camp for meals and to rest between activities. Full board
It's an early start as you depart camp after breakfast for the journey to Savuti in Chobe National Park. This is 120km and will take between 5 and 6 hours and will be filled with game viewing. Savuti is a drier region with broad plains. In recent years the dry Savuti Channel has begun to flow once more, which is changing the landscape and attracting animals which could not exist in the drier conditions. It's common to see large breeding herds of elephant here, as well as buffalo, and predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. On arrival at camp you can freshen up and have a scrumptious dinner. Full board
You have a full day to enjoy game drives in Savuti. This area has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa including all the major species such as giraffe, elephant, zebra, sable, kudu and buffalo. Bird life is abundant, too. Your guide, who by know will know the favourite animals and birds of each member of the group, will help you make the most of your time here and is on hand to give information about the flora and fauna and answer any questions you may have. Full board
Today you continue your northward journey to the Chobe River. The drive will take about 5 hours as you follow the winding river, all the while keeping your eyes open for wildlife. It's a lengthy journey of some 5 hours, but you'll arrive at your new private campsite in time to rest and enjoy a drink before dinner. Full board
Another magnificent day of game viewing dawns. The waters of the chobe River floodplain attract wildlife in large numbers and you can expect to see herds of buffalo, zebra and elephant. Not surprisingly the presence of such an abundance of animals attracts the attention of predators and you may observe some exciting action! Return to camp for your final dinner with the group. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This is the last day of your wonderful safari. A final highlight awaits as, after breakfast, you board a boat for a 2.5 hour cruise on the Chobe River. This will give you a different view of the scenery and wildlife and you may spot aquatic animals and marine birds you've not yet seen on your safari. The holiday ends in Kasane at 12:00. We can arrange accommodation for you tonight if you want, in Kasane or in nearby Livingstone, as you wish. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2175 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 guide prices per person sharing: Jan - Jun and Nov - Dec from £2175. Jul - October from £2330.
1 night lodge accommodation at either the Maun Lodge or the Old House depending on direction of sarai, 6 nights accommodation in spacious dome tents with camp beds and full bedding and ensuite bush ablutions; all transfers and activities as per the itinerary; transport in specialised safari vehicles; services of a driver guide and camp chef and assistant; current park fees; 5 days full board, 1 day lunch and dinner, 2 day breakfast; tea and coffee, soft drinks, local alcohol, mineral water.
International flights; airport transfers; visas; vaccinations; tips; optional excursions and activities in Livingstone and Victoria Falls; travel insurance; any increase in park fees
This holiday starts in Maun and ends in Kasane (or vv on certain dates). The nearest international airport to Kasane is Livingstone or Victoria Falls. Return international flights from the UK via Johannesburg will cost from around £1200, depending on season and availability.
Departure dates: This trip also operates in the reverse direction. Please check with us for details and departure dates.
Sit back and enjoy the views as efficient, experienced staff take care of the chores in your fully serviced camp.
A riverside lodge close to the airport, with a good choice of accommodation, outdoor pool, gym and restaurants, ideal as an overnight stopover en route to or from the Okavango Delta.
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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.