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The Fish Eagle Safari

11 days from £1300pp 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 be 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 conjour 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.
 
Safari vehicle 
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.
 
Sleeping arrangements
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!
Itinerary
Take a mokor ride in the Okavango Delta

DAY 1: MAUN TO OKAVANGO DELTA

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 need 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. Lunch, dinner 
As you start early you will need the night before in Maun. Tribes can easily arrange this accommodation for you.

Excellent birding in the Okavango Delta

DAY 2: OKAVANGO DELTA

​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

Mokoro rides in the Okavango Delta

DAY 3: OKAVANGO DELTA TO CAMP NEAR MOREMI

Today you leave the first camp, travelling towards the drier regions of the Okvavango Delta, to a campsite in a concession outside the Moremi Game Reserve. This is journey of about 50km and will take up to 2 hours. Full board 


Wild dog in Moremi Game Reserve

DAY 4: TO MOREMI

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. Full board 

Camping in Moremi

DAYS 5-6: MOREMI

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, and in between you have time to rest in camp. On day 6 you move to a camp in eastern Moremi, exploring a different area. Full board

Driving through Moremi to Savuti

DAY 7: TO SAVUTI

This morning you will travel north from Moremi to ​the drier Savuti region. 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.  Full board

A lioness watches her prey

DAY 8: TO CHOBE

Today you continue north towards the Chobe River, which should take about 5-6 hours, though the timing will vary depending on stops for game viewing on the way. Full board

Sunset over the flooded Chobe River

DAY 9: CHOBE

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. Full board  

Victoria Falls and rainbow

DAY 10: TO VICTORIA FALLS

​After a morning game drive you take a ferry across the Zambezi River into Zambia and then drive to Livingstone. The total journey time is between 2 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

A busy weaver bird

DAY 11: DEPART

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

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1300 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: Low season runs from January to 15 June, and November to the end of December. High season runs from late June to the end of October.

Includes: 

8 nights camping accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses) and 1 night at a lodge in Livingstone, 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 1 (lunch & dinner), day 10 (breakfast & lunch) and day 11 (breakfast); services of a professional guide and camp assistant; all Botswana park fees for activities included in the itinerary 

Excludes: 

Restaurant meals (Livingstone), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (activities in Livingstone/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

Getting there: ​International flights UK-Johannesburg-Maun and Livingstone-Johannesburg-UK will cost from £1000. We usually book these for you.

Depature dates: 

05 Oct 201619 Oct 201602 Nov 201614 Dec 2016

places you will see

places you will see

Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
The famous Okavango Delta with the Moremi Wildlife Reserve at its heart, is the jewel of Botswana, and one of the best wildlife reserves in Africa.
Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve
The Moremi Game Reserve is in the heart of the Okavango Delta and many visitors regard it as the most spectacular and beautiful game park in southern Africa.

Chobe National Park
Chobe & Savuti
Chobe, in northern Botswana, is known for its huge herds of elephants attracted by the river. Savuti’s arid landscape is quenched by the Savuti Channel, making it a highlight for big game.
Livingstone (Zambia side)
Victoria Falls
One of the most famous and awe-inspiring sights in Africa. A perfect start or end to a safari in Zambia or Botswana, or enjoy it in its own right.

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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.

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