10 days from £2295pp plus international flights.
Can you experience a high quality safari in Botswana on a limited budget? It's a tall order, but with this 10 day Northern Highlights holiday the answer is definitely YES!
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 travelling 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 is just outside the park/reserve, 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.
You will arrive at Maun early this morning to connect with the lunchtime 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. 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 guide. 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 exploring by 4x4 vehicle 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
You have a choice of activities today. If you've not yet had a mokoro ride, you may want to do so today. 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 will 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 Savuti 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 Savuti. Full board
Leaving camp after breakfast, you travel along the Chobe River arriving at Chobe Safari Lodge in time for lunch. Afterwards you can take a boat cruise on the river. The holiday ends in Kasane on the completion of the cruise. You'll say goodbye to your guide, camp staff and fellow travellers and continue onto the last part of your journey. Breakfast, lunch
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2295 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide prices pp sharing: Jan-March and December £2295, April-June and November £3585, July-October £4095.
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.
Getting there: 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 9 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.