10 days from £2395pp plus international flights.
Superb guiding, a comfortable vehicle with no more than 7 passengers, excellent cuisine ... all of this on top of some of the best sights and wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. This small group, high quality mobile safari is hard to beat.
This holiday gives you two full days in each of three of Botswana's top wildlife destinations, which combine to make this a top quality safari. Even on the day's you transfer to the next destination you'll be game viewing, so not a moment of your valuable time is wasted. In Moremi you will have wonderful game drives in search of the Big 5. The Khwai Community Area in the Okavango Delta is just outside of Moremi, so here you can also enjoy guided walks and night drives each offering a different wildlife experience, plus mokoro trips on the waterways. Finally, in Chobe National Park you have a boat cruise on the river.
NOTE: April to October departures are guaranteed to run with 2 guests. November to March departures require 4 guests to run. Please also bear in mind that local conditions (weather and roads) can affect timings, so please accept that exact timings and exact descriptions of each day are not really possible.
You will arrive at Maun today to connect with 2pm flight to the Xakanaxa airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve. Your guide will be waiting for you and will drive you to the tented camp, where you can unwind and enjoy a drink by the fire before dinner. (If you prefer to have a night in Maun before setting off on safri, just let us know as we can easily arrange this for you). Dinner
You have morning and afternoon game drives in the reserve. This part of the Okavango Delta is an area of diverse habitats including water channels, woodland, open floodplains and marshes. Not surprisingly this diversity attracts a wide range of wildlife, so your game drives should be action packed. There are large herds of buffalo, red lechwe and pods of hippo. Keep an eye out for birds, too, as there are over 400 species here. Between drives you can spend downtime in camp, enjoying tasty food and admiring the views. Full board.
A second day of game drives with your guid in Moremi. Both black and white rhino have recently been reintroduced, so Moremi is now a Big 5 destination. Will you spot all 5 today? Xakanaxa is one of the best places to see wild dog, too, and maybe you'll spot some today. Other sightings may include leopard and cheetah. Full board.
After breakfast you depart camp for a game drive heading to the Khwai Community Area. This is 60kms and will take about 3-4 hours. You follow the Khwai River, passing the Dombo Hippo Pools where you'll stop to admire the scenery and watch the hippos at play. You'll reach the new camp in time for lunch. This afternoon you can take a game drive in your new location and may also have an exciting night drive with spotlights in search of elusive nocturnal animals. Full board
Today you will explore the Khwai floodplains. The Khwai concession is separated from Moremi Game Reserve by the Khwai River and there are large herds of elephants, lion, leopard and wild cat here, as well as many other species. We will explore by 4x4 vehicle and you can also go for a guided walks, an activity not permitted inside the national parks and reserves. These allow you closer encounters with nature and compliment the game drive experience well. Full board
We will enjoy yet more game drives, walks and night drives today, and perhaps a mokoro trip too - this is a leisurely way to look for wildlife and birds in and by the water as your poler-guide manoeuvres you through the shallow water channels. Approaching wildlife quietly allows you to get closer and offers excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. Back at the camp enjoy lunch and a siesta before heading off for your late afternoon activity. Full board.
Today you travel north to Chobe National Park. This drive should take about 4-5 hours. You will pass through land that was covered in water some 10,000 years ago before the ancient inland lake evaporated. You will need to cross the 20 metre high Magwikwe Sand ridge that once marked the shoreline and the Mababe Depression, the old lake bed. This is a fascinating area and is a mecca for birds who feed on the grasses here. Finally you reach your third tented camp of the holiday and have time to relax. Full board.
The vegetation of the Savute marshlands attracts a huge range of wildlife and today you can hope to see zebra, giraffe, elephant, antelope and wildebeest and predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. There are rocky hills which provide attractive habitats for small wildlife, birds and plants. Full board.
Another day to explore this interesting area, with its open plains and water pans. As well as wildlife viewing you can go on a walk to explore ancient San Bushman paintings. In the afternoon you can take a game drive and have a final search for wildlife in Savute. Full board.
Leaving camp after breakfast, you travel along the Chobe River arriving in Kasane in time for a picnic lunch, before taking a boat cruise on the river to end your safari. The holiday ends in Kasane on the completion of the cruise. You'll say goodbye to your guide, camp staff and fellow travellers. We recommend that you either stay in Kasane for the night, or perhaps travel across the border to Livingstone in Zambia or Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We can help plan extra nights to suit you. Breakfast, lunch.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2395 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 guide prices pp sharing: Jan-March and December £2,395. April-June and November £3,415. July-October £3,905.
Comfortable tented accommodation inc beds and linen, with private bathroom en-suite; private campsites within national parks and reserves; professional guide, safari chef and camp staff; game drives in safari vehicle; all meals and drinks (water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&Ts) whilst in the tented camps.
International flights and taxes (can be arranged); any increases in park entrance fees and camping fees; personal expenses; tips; insurance; visas; drinks at accommodation other than the tented camps.
This trip is run in two directions - Maun to Kasane or vice versa. Please ask us about which date is which direction. You will obviously need to fly into or out of Maun, and Kasane is closest to Livingstone airport in Zambia. We are happy to help you book your international flights which will start from roughly £1100 pp from the UK.
Departure dates: Set departures are shown below. This trip also runs in the reverse direction. Please contact us for departure dates.
Please note that whilst most departures take a max of 7 guests, a few special departures are PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIPS and taken only 6 people.
The rates are different for different dates, so please ask for specific prices.
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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.