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Delta & Chobe Explorer; 10 Night Safari. 1 - 11 August 2017

This itinerary explores some lesser known gems of Chobe National Park allowing you to experience the Mababe depression, Zwei Zwei and Nogatsaa areas- real off the beaten track stuff that will give you a great overview and the chance to see animals such as roan and sable (hopefully). We suggest you overnight in Maun the night of the 31st July so we can get an early start to go to Khwai on the 1st August.

  • 1st, 2nd August: Khwai
  • 3 August: Mababe
  • 4/5 August: Savuti
  • 6 August: Zwei Zwei
  • 7/8/9 August: Nogatsaa Area Chobe National Park
  • 10 August Chobe Riverfront

COST PER PERSON: US$3699 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 10 nights. 7 spaces left!


Leopard in a tree, Botswana1/2 AUGUST: KHWAI COMMUNITY CONCESSION

Here we can walk (with walking guide Nico Monomana), drive off road (great at leopard sightings) and spotlight at night, at your guides discretion. You will enjoy a tranquil 2  ½  hour mekoro (dugout canoe) trip whilst here probably early morning. Here we will get as much firewood as possible and load up our water and wood trailer. We have 8 nights before we will be able to purchase firewood again. Small bush TV’s.

The Khwai area of the Okavango lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives.


3 AUGUST: MABABE

We move only about an hour, to the Mababe Depression, just inside Chobe National Park and stay a night in a wilderness site far from other people. I have never stayed in this area before but have seen Wild Dogs, Leopard and Lion here whilst driving through.


Giraffe4/5 AUGUST: SAVUTI

We travel another 3 or so hours North to Savuti, and stay at an exclusive operators site at the other end of the Marsh (which is dry) from everyone else, for 2 nights. This site is about an hours drive North of the office. We can be the first ones in the morning to access Maribou Pan (the only pumped waterhole for miles around) and the marsh.

The Savuti Channel in northern Botswana is a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savuti Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. The Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it brought with it.

Then in 2015 the Channel dried up again and it became a harsh place to visit in the dry season –there are only 2 pumped waterholes in a vast area. There is a site where ancient San rock art can be seen after a small but steep climb. It is humbling to see and puzzle over and causes one to marvel at the people who previously inhabited the area. A beautiful island of 13 Baobab trees is not so well known but makes a wonderful excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph.


Another Savuti Sunset Harveys Pans
6 AUGUST: ZWEI ZWEI 

We have to traverse a very Sandy section of road, which will be a challenge near Quarry Hill at Savuti before travelling another hour to Zwei Zwei. They are at the moment in the process of drilling a borehole at Zwei Zwei, and the game viewing should be good. We only have one night here (August  6th) before we proceed another 4 or so hours to the Nogatsaa area.

We will probably do some quality game viewing at one of the hides overlooking the waterholes along the way., and have our lunch before arriving at Nogatsaa. Here we will spend 3 nights.


7/8/9 AUGUST: NOGATSAA, CHOBE NATIONAL PARK 

The Nogatsaa-Tchinga area supports herds of buffaloes and elephants as well as reedbucks, gemsboks, roans and the rare oribi antelope. Located east of Linyanti and south of Chobe Riverfront, it sees far fewer tourists than the latter (and Savuti).

The hides over the pumped waterholes make for great photography if you have a tripod, a bean bag also works well from the hides bench sides. We stay here the nights of  7th, 8th and 9th August, Full Moon is the 7th a special night to be in Chobe we’ll try get some great moonrise shots!


Lioness gazes at prey10 AUGUST: CHOBE RIVERFRONT

We drive only about 2 hours to the Chobe River. You will enjoy a 3 hour boat cruise on the Chobe over lunch before we head to our  camp 15 minutes from the river and floodplain. We will settle in to our new camp, before heading out for a late afternoon game drive and sundowners of your choice (G & T;s Beer or wine). Getting back to our camp in time for showers before dinner, snacks and drinks around the fire, our last evening together, on this safari at least.

The first glimpse of the Chobe River – deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain – is always breathtaking. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 km2, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season.

The river is host to a stunning array of birdlife (Yellow Billed Storks, African Spoonbills, White Faced Whistling Ducks, Egyptian Geese, Vultures, Owls and Kingfishers, Secretary Birds, Dikkops, Herons, Eagles – especially Fish Eagles, in addition to many others), and a 3-hour boat cruise is taken to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see Elephants swimming in close proximity to you, in addition to the normal pods of slumbering Hippo’s, Red Lechwe, Crocodile, Impala, Kudu, Puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), Sable, Roan, Waterbuck and numerous other animals you can view.


11 AUGUST: DEPARTURE DAY


Waterbuck RamIncluded

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$3699 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 10 nights. 7 spaces left!


 

Delta & Chobe in Depth; 12 Night. 19 - 31 August 2017

This exceptional itinerary is bookended with genuine icons of world travel. It begins with a lengthy stay in the heart of the Okavango Delta, a pristine wetland paradise vibrant with exotic wildlife, including all of the ‘big five’ and ends with an appreciation of the thunderous Victoria Falls. Linking these attractions is the scarcely less impressive Chobe river region of Botswana, itself famed for a dense concentration of game and safari adventures.


COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!


 

  • 19, 20, 21 August: Moremi  (Khwai area) Game Reserve; Including a 2  ½ hr mekoro (dugout canoe) trip
  • 22, 23, 24 August: Khwai
  • 25, 26, 27 August: Savuti
  • 28, 29, 30 August: Chobe River: with a 3 hr Chobe Boat
  • 31 August: Final Day

2 Leopards Botswana19, 20, 21 August: Moremi Game Reserve 

Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km 2 , here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains – either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mophane forests.

This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. It is the only Game Reserve inside the World Heritage listed Okavango Delta.


Zebra Running22, 23, 24 August: Khwai

Khwai concession is a community-run private reserve adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, divided from it by the Khwai River. The river attracts high concentrations of thirsty wildlife. Riverine forest lines the wide water lily and papyrus covered floodplains around the Khwai River. A myriad of colourful birdlife is found in this watery habitat that is a breeding area for many species. Away from the river and plains is thick mophane woodland dotted with pans that attract many animal species and where we often spot wild dog.

The Khwai Community is running this area and all fees paid here go into the local Community providing schools, scholarships, water pumps and more. We stay at Magotho in a site well spaced from others under the shade of immense Acacia Tree’s.

The game viewing is superb, as good as in Moremi, and in addition to the normal game drives we are allowed out of the vehicle (responsibly of course) and to drive off road at your guides discretion, great at Leopard sightings. You will enjoy a tranquil 2 ½ hour mekoro (dugout canoe) trip whilst here, very relaxing.


Baby Elephant Jumping25, 26, 27 August: Savuti

The Savuti Channel in northern Botswana is a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savuti Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. The Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it brought with it.

Then in 2015 the Channel dried up again and it became a harsh place to visit in the dry season –there are only 2 pumped waterholes in a vast area. There is a site where ancient San rock art can be seen after a small but steep climb. It is humbling to see and puzzle over and causes one to marvel at the people who previously inhabited the area. A beautiful island of 13 Baobab trees is not so well known but makes a wonderful excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph.


Cape Buffalo28, 29, 30 August: Chobe River

The first glimpse of the Chobe River – deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain – is always breathtaking. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 km2, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season.

The river is host to a stunning array of birdlife, and a 3-hour boat cruise is taken to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see Elephants swimming in close proximity to you, in addition to the normal pods of slumbering Hippo’s, Red Lechwe, Crocodile, Impala, Kudu, Puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), Sable, Roan, Waterbuck and numerous other animals you can view.

The site we stay in here is a completely undeveloped area in the bush. Everything must be taken in to this site – even water and nothing may be left behind, so it remains pristine. The site offers an untouched wilderness experience, within a few hundred metres from the Chobe River, you can watch stunning sunsets with a backdrop of elephants and buffalo a few minutes away from our tented camp.


31 August: Kasane

After a final game drive & breakfast we drop you at either Kasane Airport, Kasane Town or Kazangula border to Zimbabwe and Zambia for your onward travel.


Lioness and CubIncluded

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!

Botswana Classic; 9 Night Safari. 2-11 October 2017

This great safari starts in Kasane on the 2nd October 2017, mid morning. Your guide will collect you and drive into Chobe National Park at Sedudu Gate, where you begin by staying in an exclusive site a few km from the Chobe river. 2/3/4 October: Chobe River including 3 hour boat cruise | 5/6/7 October: Savuti Full moon on the 5th |8/9/10 October: Khwai Magotho. On the 11 October enjoy a final game drive before departing for Maun.

  • 2/3/4 October: Chobe River; including 3 hour boat cruise
  • 5/6/7 October: Savuti; Full moon on the 5th
  • 8/9/10 October: Khwai
  • 11 October: Departure Day

COST PER PERSON: US$3240 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 9 nights. 8 spaces left!


2/3/4 OCTOBER: CHOBE RIVER

Lioness with Cubs, Chobe

The first glimpse of the Chobe River; deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain; is always breathtaking. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 km2, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season.

The river is host to a stunning array of birdlife, and a 3-hour boat cruise is taken to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see Elephants swimming in close proximity to you in addition to numerous other animals you can view.

The site we stay in here is a completely undeveloped area in the bush. Everything must be taken in to this site; even water and nothing may be left behind, so it remains pristine. The site offers an untouched wilderness experience, within a few hundred metres from the Chobe River, you can watch stunning sunsets with a backdrop of elephants and buffalo a few minutes away from our tented camp.

We will have a 3 hour boat cruise on the Chobe River on the 2nd day here. After 3 nights here, on the 5’th October, after an early morning game drive and a light breakfast, we travel 6 hours to Savuti.


5/6/7 OCTOBER: SAVUTI

Leopard in Savuti

The Savuti Channel in northern Botswana is a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savuti Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator's enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. Now the Marsh is once again turning into a wetland paradise. The Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it brought with it.

Then in 2015 the Channel dried up again and it became a harsh place to visit in the dry season –there are only 2 pumped waterholes in a vast area. There is a site where ancient San rock art can be seen after a small but steep climb. It is humbling to see and puzzle over and causes one to marvel at the people who previously inhabited the area. A beautiful island of 13 Baobab trees is not so well known but makes a wonderful excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph. After 3 nights in this area, on the 8th October we again pack up and move 5 hours to the Khwai Concession.


8/9/10 OCTOBER: KHWAI

Leguaan on the Riverside

Khwai concession is a community-run private reserve adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, divided from it by the Khwai River. The river attracts high concentrations of thirsty wildlife. Riverine forest lines the wide water lily and papyrus covered floodplains around the Khwai River. A myriad of colourful birdlife is found in this watery habitat that is a breeding area for many species. Away from the river and plains is thick mophane woodland dotted with pans that attract many animal species and where we often spot wild dog.

The Khwai Community is running this area and all fees paid here go into the local Community providing schools, scholarships, water pumps and more. We stay at Magotho in a site well spaced from others under the shade of immense Acacia Tree’s.

The game viewing is superb, as good as in Moremi, and in addition to the normal game drives we are allowed out of the vehicle (responsibly of course) and to drive off road at your guides discretion, great at Leopard sightings. You will enjoy a tranquil 2 ½ hour mekoro (dugout canoe) trip whilst here, very relaxing. After 3 nights here, on the 11th October, we drive through Khwai Village and into Moremi Game Reserve, for about 4 hours, to an exclusive site called Xini Lagoon.


11 OCTOBER: DEPARTURE DAY

On the 11th October we drive 4 hours to Maun, in time for flights to Johannesburg.


 

Elephant in River

Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$3240 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 9 nights. 8 spaces left!

Extended Classic; 12 Night Safari. 14- 26 October 2017

Highlights: staying in pristine wilderness in the Okavango Delta- Night game drives give the chance to see elusive nocturnal animals in Khwai – Visiting a beautiful island of 13 Baobabs at Savute – Viewing ancient San (Bushman) Rock Art in Savute – A 3 hour boat cruise on the magnificent Chobe River – Unparalleled wildlife viewing throughout as you stay in exclusive sites of undeveloped wilderness areas.

OVERVIEW

  • 14/15/16 October: Moremi Including 3 hour boat cruise
  • 17/18/19 October: Khwai Including mekoro (dugout canoe) excursion
  • 20/21/22 October: Savuti 
  • 23/24/25 October: Chobe River Including 3 hour boat cruise 
  • 26 October: Safari ends Kasane

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!


14/15/16 OCTOBER: MOREMI 

Male Lion and Reflection

Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km squared, here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains, either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mophane forests.

This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. It is the only Game Reserve inside the World Heritage listed Okavango Delta.

We have 3 nights here at an exclusive site near Xakanaxa and will explore the area extensively, depending on game movements. We will also undertake a 3 hour boat cruise.


17/18/19 OCTOBER: KHWAI 

Elephants Drinking in a Row

Khwai concession is a community-run private reserve adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, divided from it by the Khwai River. The river attracts high concentrations of thirsty wildlife. Riverine forest lines the wide water lily and papyrus covered floodplains around the Khwai River. A myriad of colourful birdlife is found in this watery habitat that is a breeding area for many species. Away from the river and plains is thick mophane woodland dotted with pans that attract many animal species and where we often spot wild dog.

The Khwai Community is running this area and all fees paid here go into the local Community providing schools, scholarships, water pumps and more. We stay at Magotho in a site well spaced from others under the shade of immense Acacia Tree’s.

The game viewing is superb, as good as in Moremi, and in addition to the normal game drives we are allowed out of the vehicle (responsibly of course) and to drive off road at your guides discretion, great at Leopard sightings. You will enjoy a tranquil 2 ½ hour mekoro (dugout canoe) trip whilst here, very relaxing.


20/21/22 2 OCTOBER: SAVUTI 

2 Male Ostrich

We travel another 3 or so hours North to Savuti, and stay at an exclusive operators site at the other end of the Marsh (which is dry) from everyone else, for 2 nights. This site is about an hours drive North of the office. We can be the first ones in the morning to access Maribou Pan (the only pumped waterhole for miles around) and the marsh.

The Savuti Channel in northern Botswana is a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savuti Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. The Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it brought with it.

Then in 2015 the Channel dried up again and it became a harsh place to visit in the dry season –there are only 2 pumped waterholes in a vast area. There is a site where ancient San rock art can be seen after a small but steep climb. It is humbling to see and puzzle over and causes one to marvel at the people who previously inhabited the area. A beautiful island of 13 Baobab trees is not so well known but makes a wonderful excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph.


23/24/25 OCTOBER: CHOBE RIVER 

Fighting elephants Chobe

The first glimpse of the Chobe River; deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain; is always breathtaking. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 km2, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season.

The river is host to a stunning array of birdlife (Yellow Billed Storks, African Spoonbills, White Faced Whistling Ducks, Egyptian Geese, Vultures, Owls and Kingfishers, Secretary Birds, Dikkops, Herons, Eagles – especially Fish Eagles, in addition to many other birds), and a 3-hour boat cruise is taken to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see Elephants swimming in close proximity to you, in addition to the normal pods of slumbering Hippo’s, Red Lechwe, Crocodile, Impala, Kudu, Leguaans, Puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), Sable, Roan, Waterbuck and numerous other animals you can view.

The site we stay in here is a completely undeveloped area in the bush. Everything must be taken in to this site; even water and nothing may be left behind, so it remains pristine. The site offers an untouched wilderness experience, within a few hundred metres from the Chobe River, you can watch stunning sunsets with a backdrop of elephants and buffalo a few minutes away from our tented camp.


26 OCTOBER: DEPARTURE DAY

After a final game drive & breakfast we drop you at either Kasane Airport, Kasane Town or Kazangula border to Zimbabwe and Zambia for your onward travel.


Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!

Botswana Highlights. 8 Night Safari. 27 April to 5 May 2018

This is the ultimate Botswana mobile camping journey. Over 8 adventure-filled nights you will have the opportunity to experience 3 of Botswana’s most prized regions, from the renowned Chobe and Savuti to the Okavango Delta. This itinerary has a quicker pace than most of our safaris with only 2 nights in each location. This allows you to see more areas in less time. The safari begins in Kasane, Botswana.

OVERVIEW

  • 27/28 May: Chobe River  Including 3 hour boat cruise
  • 29/30 May: Savuti 30 May Full moon
  • 1/2 May: Khwai. Including mekoro (dugout canoe) excursion
  • 3/4 May: Moremi. Xakanaxa including 3 hour boat cruise
  • 5 May: Safari ends Maun

COST PER PERSON: US$2880 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 8 nights. 7 spaces left!


Lioness27/28 May: Chobe River 

The first glimpse of the Chobe River; deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain; is always breathtaking. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 km2, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season. The river is host to a stunning array of birdlife, and a 3-hour boat cruise is taken to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see Elephants swimming in close proximity to you, in addition to the numerous other animals you can view.

The site we stay in here is a completely undeveloped area in the bush. Everything must be taken in to this site; even water and nothing may be left behind, so it remains pristine. The site offers an untouched wilderness experience, within a few hundred metres from the Chobe River, you can watch stunning sunsets with a backdrop of elephants and buffalo a few minutes away from our tented camp.


Klipspringer Ram Savuti29/30 May: Savuti

30 May Full moon

We travel another 3 or so hours South to Savuti. The Savuti Channel in northern Botswana is a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savuti Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. The Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it brought with it.

Then in 2015 the Channel dried up again and it became a harsh place to visit in the dry season –there are only 2 pumped waterholes in a vast area. There is a site where ancient San rock art can be seen after a small but steep climb. It is humbling to see and puzzle over and causes one to marvel at the people who previously inhabited the area. A beautiful island of 13 Baobab trees is not so well known but makes a wonderful excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph.


1/2 May: Khwai 

Including mekoro (dugout canoe) excursion. Khwai concession is a community-run private reserve adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, divided from it by the Khwai River. The river attracts high concentrations of thirsty wildlife. Riverine forest lines the wide water lily and papyrus covered floodplains around the Khwai River. A myriad of colourful birdlife is found in this watery habitat that is a breeding area for many species. Away from the river and plains is thick mophane woodland dotted with pans that attract many animal species and where we often spot wild dog.

The Khwai Community is running this area and all fees paid here go into the local Community providing schools, scholarships, water pumps and more. We stay at Magotho in a site well spaced from others under the shade of immense Acacia Tree’s.

The game viewing is superb, as good as in Moremi, and in addition to the normal game drives we are allowed out of the vehicle (responsibly of course) and to drive off road at your guides discretion, great at Leopard sightings. You will enjoy a tranquil 2 ½ hour mekoro (dugout canoe) trip whilst here, very relaxing.


Impala Sunset Savuti3/4 May: Moremi

Xakanaxa including 3 hour boat cruise

Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km squared, here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains, either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mopane forests.

This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major, naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. It is the only Game Reserve inside the World Heritage listed Okavango Delta. We have 2 nights here at an exclusive site near Xakanaxa and will explore the area extensively, depending on game movements. We will also undertake a 3-hour boat cruise.


5 May: Safari ends Maun


Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$2880 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 8 nights. 7 spaces left!

Desert, Delta & Salt Pan. 12 Night Safari. 9-21 April 2018

This tour begins in Central Kalahari Game Reserve, meanders to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and makes its way through the Okavango Delta before returning to Maun. This safari is fully inclusive and non-participation. All of our camp staff is ready to assist guests with all their needs. Meals will be prepared by a professional chef and all your tours will be conducted by a professional guide.

  • 9, 10, 11, 12 April Deception Valley, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • 13, 14 April: Khumaga, Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve
  • 15, 16, 17 April: Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve
  • 18, 19, 20 April, Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve
  • 21 April: Departure

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 4 spaces left!


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9, 10, 11, 12 April Deception Valley, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

We collect you at 9am and we drive 4 hours to Matswere Gate where we have a simple lunch. We then drive another 1 1/2hrs to Deception Valley and set up camp there for 4 nights.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the remotest and most unspoiled parts of Africa, the Northern part of this park is one of the prime game viewing areas in Botswana. This is the largest Game Reserve in Botswana covering 52,800 km2. Nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space, and having the entire reserve to yourself. Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.The best time to visit is during or soon after the rains when large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest and eland gather for good grazing. The dry season amazes with seeing what these desert adapted animals  can endure- most survive for months with no surface water to drink, getting moisture from vegetation.

During the dry season water is non-existent in the park, all water used by us must be bought in by us, as the only water is available is in Maun!! After 4 days exploring the area from Letiahau to Sunday Pan, we pack up and drive via Rakops for fuel and ice, to Makgadikgadi Pans.


13, 14 April: Khumaga, Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve

The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve incorporates the western end of Ntwetwe Pan, extensive grasslands and acacia woodland. At its northern boundary, it meets the Nxai Pan National Park.

The Boteti River last flowed in 1992 and started flowing again past Khumaga in early 2009. During the dry season, the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park thrives with activity as literally thousands of Zebra and Wildebeest vie for water.There is a small public Campsite at Khumaga, and from here we can witness the huge herds and often hear their predators (mainly lions, but occasionally Cheetah, Wild Dogs and Leopard). There is also a small group of Hippopotamus that live in the river and some crocodiles that had dug caves into the banks of the dry riverbed and are now very relieved that the river is flowing again.

I do not know if the river will be flowing in April 2018 but it is pumping now. Always a great area for Raptors, Owls and Vultures.


Leopard15, 16, 17 April: Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve

On the 15th April we have a long days drive to the Moremi Game Reserve, stopping in Maun for lunch, ice, fuel and a small resupply.

Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km squared, here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains, either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mophane forests.

This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. It is the only Game Reserve inside the World Heritage listed Okavango Delta.

We have 3 nights here at an exclusive site near the Khwai River and will explore the area from Hippo Pools along the floodplain to Khwai and beyond extensively, depending on game movements.


cruiser and photographer

18, 19, 20 April, Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve

We then drive another 3 hours to an exclusive site near Xakanaxa in Moremi. We will have a full days boat cruise from Xakanaxa on the 19th April, a rare chance to visit the heronry at Godikwe for lunch. Depending on game movements and water levels we can drive to 3rd and 2nd Bridge on our game drive on the 20th April.


21 April: Departure

On the 21st April we will have a last game drive before breakfast. We can then drive back to Maun or you could take a 45 minute game flight back to Maun (flight an additional cost)


Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 4 spaces left!

From Zambezi to Kalahari; 12 Night Safari. 23 May- 4 June 2018

This exciting safari starts with a bang in the world wonder of Victoria Falls. Spend a few nights in your beautiful and relaxing bed and breakfast lodge- partaking in as many of the town’s varied activities as you like (activities in Victoria Falls at own expense). You then travel to Kasane, Botswana where you are met by your guide and your wildlife safari begins. We head straight to Planet Baobab and get to spend time with habituated meerkats the following morning- an experience of a lifetime. We then continue for 3 nights at Nxai Pan where we hope to see good predators, continue to the edge of the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and then finally end with time in the Kalahari- at the iconic ‘Deception Valley’. The feeling of wide open spaces, stillness and peace will stay with you long after the sight of oryx crossing the grass plains, or the sound of lions roaring at night.

  • 23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls
  • 26 May- Planet Baobab
  • 27/28/29 Nxai Pan: Full Moon 29
  • 30/31 Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 1/2/3 June CKGR
  • 4 June Ends Maun

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 4 spaces left!

 


Batonka Guest lodge23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls Batonka Guest Lodge B & B only

The upmarket Boutique Guest Lodge within easy walking distance of town is modern and tastefully decorated. It’s small and personal and by far the best choice in its price range. This eco friendly lodge is just 2.5 kilometres from the Victoria Falls entrance.

Batonka offers 22 tastefully designed and decorated, spacious rooms each with its own small balcony. TV, wifi, air-conditioning, universal chargers, mosquito nets and a tea and coffee station are standard in every room. The large modern en-suite bathrooms are really stunning. Inter-leading family rooms are available.

The large central area encompasses the reception, curio shop, lounge and indoor dining room as well as a very large outside terrace which overlooks the gardens and swimming pool. This terrace, with a nice coffee bar is an ideal place to relax and chat to fellow travellers take in a coffee or opt to eat your meals here.


Meerkat Experience Botswana26 May- Planet Baobab

We will overnight here in Bakalanga Huts and enjoy dinner in their restaurant.

27 May you will have an early morning start to drive 45 minutes to the Meerkats hopefully in time to see them sunning themselves before heading off to forage. A visit to Ntwetwe Pan follows with the chance to quadbike, an exhiliarating experience. You retyrn to Planet Baobab in time for a shower and lunch before we had to Nxai Pan for 3 nights


Hot Leopard Savuti27/28/29 Nxai Pan

Full Moon 29th May

Part of the great Makgadikgadi complex, Nxai Pan National Park covers an area of 2,100 km2, and comprises several larger pans which were once ancient salt lakes. These larger pans are now grassed, and are scattered with islands of acacia trees, and smaller pans that fill with water during the rainy season – thus providing rich resources for wildlife.

Seven huge, gnarled baobab trees, named after the 19th century explorer Thomas Baines, are situated on an island overlooking and surrounded by the white, crusty Kudiakam Pan. Baines stood here over a hundred years ago and painted this otherworldly scene. It has essentially remained unchanged.

Nxai Pan is at its best for game viewing between December and April when many antelope have their young. The area attracts large numbers of Springbok and Gemsbok drawn to the short sweet grasses that grow on the pan. During the dry season there is often the opportunity to witness a kill as the lions often set up at the  only pumped waterhole in this small National Park.

Nxai Pan has become famous due to the award winning IMAX film by Tim Liversedge, called Roar, mostly filmed at the pumped waterhole during the dry season, where the resident lions set up to kill the Springbok and other animals drawn to the only source of water for miles around. The extremely rare Brown Hyaena and Cheetah are frequently spotted here.

It is Full Moon the 29th May a special place to be!


Giraffe Botswana Safari30/31 Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve – with an area of 3 900 km2 – incorporates the western end of Ntwetwe Pan, extensive grasslands and acacia woodland. At its northern boundary, it meets the Nxai Pan National Park, separated only by the Nata-Maun Road. The Boteti River last flowed in 1992 and started flowing again past Khumaga in early 2009. During the dry season, the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park thrives with activity as literally thousands of Zebra and Wildebeest vie for water.

There is a small public Campsite at Khumaga, and from here we can witness the huge herds and often hear their predators (mainly lions, but occasionally Cheetah, Wild Dogs and Leopard). There is also a small group of Hippopotamus that live in the river and some crocodiles that had dug caves into the banks of the dry riverbed and are now very relieved that the river is flowing again.


Deception Valley Kalahari1/2/3 June CKGR

Deception Valley #1

One of the remotest and most unspoiled parts of Africa, the Northern part of this park is one of the prime game viewing areas in Botswana. This is the largest Game Reserve in Botswana covering 52,800 km2. Nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space, and having the entire reserve to yourself. Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

The best time to visit is during or soon after the rains when large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest and eland gather for good grazing. The dry season amazes with seeing what these desert adapted animals can endure, most survive for months with no surface water to drink, getting moisture from vegetation such as tsamma melons, tubers that are dug up and dew.

We have the last 3 nights of this epic safari at Deception Valley

4 June 

Ends Maun


Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 4 spaces left!

Waterfall, Salt Pan and Desert! 12 Night Safari. 23 May- 4 June 2018

Begin with 3 nights in Victoria Falls before transferring to Kasane border where you will be met by your guide. We proceed to Planet Baobab where you enjoy a meerkat experience. After one night there we go to Nxai Pan for 3 nights including Full Moon. We hope to see good predator sightings at the waterhole. We then have 2 nights in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, another special area and finally we go to the very special Kalahari  and spend at the famed Deception Valley experiencing the desert and desert adapted species. Finally proceed to Maun on 4 June where we say a fond farewell.

OVERVIEW

  • 23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls
  • 26 May- Planet Baobab
  • 27/28/29 Nxai Pan: Full Moon 29
  • 30/31 Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 1/2/3 June CKGR
  • 4 June Ends Maun

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!


Gardens-Pool-Area
23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls Batonka Guest Lodge B & B only

The upmarket Boutique Guest Lodge within easy walking distance of town is modern and tastefully decorated. It’s small and personal and by far the best choice in its price range. This eco friendly lodge is just 2.5 kilometres from the Victoria Falls entrance.

Batonka offers 22 tastefully designed and decorated, spacious rooms each with its own small balcony. TV, wifi, air-conditioning, universal chargers, mosquito nets and a tea and coffee station are standard in every room. The large modern en-suite bathrooms are really stunning. Inter-leading family rooms are available.

The large central area encompasses the reception, curio shop, lounge and indoor dining room as well as a very large outside terrace which overlooks the gardens and swimming pool. This terrace, with a nice coffee bar is an ideal place to relax and chat to fellow travellers take in a coffee or opt to eat your meals here.


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26 May- Planet Baobab

We will overnight here in Bakalanga Huts and enjoy dinner in their restaurant.

27 May you will have an early morning start to drive 45 minutes to the Meerkats hopefully in time to see them sunning themselves before heading off to forage. A visit to Ntwetwe Pan follows with the chance to quadbike, an exhiliarating experience. You retyrn to Planet Baobab in time for a shower and lunch before we had to Nxai Pan for 3 nights


Cheetah
27/28/29 Nxai Pan

Full Moon 29th May

Part of the great Makgadikgadi complex, Nxai Pan National Park covers an area of 2,100 km2, and comprises several larger pans which were once ancient salt lakes. These larger pans are now grassed, and are scattered with islands of acacia trees, and smaller pans that fill with water during the rainy season – thus providing rich resources for wildlife.

Seven huge, gnarled baobab trees, named after the 19th century explorer Thomas Baines, are situated on an island overlooking and surrounded by the white, crusty Kudiakam Pan. Baines stood here over a hundred years ago and painted this otherworldly scene. It has essentially remained unchanged.

Nxai Pan is at its best for game viewing between December and April when many antelope have their young. The area attracts large numbers of Springbok and Gemsbok drawn to the short sweet grasses that grow on the pan. During the dry season there is often the opportunity to witness a kill as the lions often set up at the  only pumped waterhole in this small National Park.

Nxai Pan has become famous due to the award winning IMAX film by Tim Liversedge, called Roar, mostly filmed at the pumped waterhole during the dry season, where the resident lions set up to kill the Springbok and other animals drawn to the only source of water for miles around. The extremely rare Brown Hyaena and Cheetah are frequently spotted here.

It is Full Moon the 29th May a special place to be!


Black Backed Jackals- Jane Bettenay
30/31 Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve – with an area of 3 900 km2 – incorporates the western end of Ntwetwe Pan, extensive grasslands and acacia woodland. At its northern boundary, it meets the Nxai Pan National Park, separated only by the Nata-Maun Road. The Boteti River last flowed in 1992 and started flowing again past Khumaga in early 2009. During the dry season, the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park thrives with activity as literally thousands of Zebra and Wildebeest vie for water.

There is a small public Campsite at Khumaga, and from here we can witness the huge herds and often hear their predators (mainly lions, but occasionally Cheetah, Wild Dogs and Leopard). There is also a small group of Hippopotamus that live in the river and some crocodiles that had dug caves into the banks of the dry riverbed and are now very relieved that the river is flowing again.


Lion Roaring
1/2/3 June CKGR

Deception Valley #1

One of the remotest and most unspoiled parts of Africa, the Northern part of this park is one of the prime game viewing areas in Botswana. This is the largest Game Reserve in Botswana covering 52,800 km2. Nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space, and having the entire reserve to yourself. Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

The best time to visit is during or soon after the rains when large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest and eland gather for good grazing. The dry season amazes with seeing what these desert adapted animals can endure, most survive for months with no surface water to drink, getting moisture from vegetation such as tsamma melons, tubers that are dug up and dew.

We have the last 3 nights of this epic safari at Deception Valley

4 June 

Ends Maun


Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!

Botswana Extravaganza; 24 Night Safari. 11 May - 4 June 2018

Botswana Extravaganza- an in depth exploration of Botswana’s delta, salt pan and desert, including Moremi and Khwai in the Okavango Delta. Savuti and Chobe Riverfront, 3 nights in Victoria Falls, Planet Baobab with meerkat experience, Nxai Pan for Full Moon, Makgadikgadi Pans Khumaga and the Kalahari at the famed Deception Valley before ending in Maun.

OVERVIEW

  • 11/12/13 May Moremi Including 3 hour boat cruise
  • 14/15/16 May: Khwai Matswere. Mokoro on 16 May- early morning
  • 17/18/19 May: Savuti
  • 20/21/22 Chobe Riverfront
  • 23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls
  • 26 May- Planet Baobab
  • 27/28/29 Nxai Pan: Full Moon 29
  • 30/31 Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 1/2/3 June CKGR
  • 4 June Ends Maun

COST PER PERSON: US$8640 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 24 nights. 8 spaces left!


Ulinda Safari Trails Buffalo
11/12/13 May Moremi:  Xakanaxa

Including 3 hour boat cruise

Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km2, here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains – either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mopane forests.

This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Both Black and White Rhino have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination.

It is the only Game Reserve inside the RAMSA listed Okavango Delta. Some of the exclusive campsites we use could be the in the Garden of Eden the scenery is so lovely! There are several different habitats in Moremi; ideally we would stay for at least 3 nights to experience them all, especially the Khwai River area and the scenic lagoons that are found deeper within the park.


14/15/16 May: Khwai Matswere

Mokoro on 16 May- early morning

Khwai concession is a community-run private reserve adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, divided from it by the Khwai River. The river attracts high concentrations of thirsty wildlife. Riverine forest lines the wide water lily and papyrus covered floodplains around the Khwai River. A myriad of colourful birdlife is found in this watery habitat that is a breeding area for many species. Away from the river and plains is thick mophane woodland dotted with pans that attract many animal species and where we often spot wild dog.

The Khwai Community is running this area and all fees paid here go into the local Community providing schools, scholarships, water pumps and more. There are two exclusive operator sites, both beautifully situated under large Leadwood tree’s and a third site near the Khwai River. All are well spaced from each other and under the shade of immense Acacia Tree’s.

The game viewing is superb, as good as in Moremi, and in addition to the normal game drives we are allowed out of the vehicle (responsibly of course)  can drive off road at the Guides discretion and can do limited walking.


Cheetah17/18/19 May: Savuti

Savuti- SV1- next to channel 

The Savuti Channel in northern Botswana is a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savuti Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. Now the Marsh is once again turning into a wetland paradise. The Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it.

In the rainy season (normally November through to April) Savuti attracts many grazers to its short sweet grasses, and a large number of Zebra and Wildebeest congregate on the Marsh. With the water flowing in the Channel, the whole outlook of Savuti has already changed drastically and vast herds of Buffalo have returned to the area.

There is a site where ancient San rock art can be seen after a small but steep climb. It is humbling to see and puzzle over and causes one to marvel at the people who previously inhabited the area. A beautiful island of 13 Baobab trees is not so well known but makes a wonderful excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph.


Wild dog Moremi Botswana
20/21/22 Chobe Riverfront

CNP 6

The first glimpse of the Chobe River – deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain – is always breathtaking. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 km2, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink.

The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season. The river is host to a stunning array of birdlife (Yellow Billed Storks, African Spoonbills, White Faced Whistling Ducks, Egyptian Geese, Vultures, Owls and Kingfishers, Secretary Birds, Dikkops, Herons, Eagles – especially Fish Eagles, in addition to many other birds), and a 3-hour boat cruise is taken to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see Elephants swimming in close proximity to you, in addition to the normal pods of slumbering Hippo’s, Red Lechwe, Crocodile, Impala, Kudu, Leguaans, Puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), Sable, Roan, Waterbuck and numerous other animals you can view.

The sites we stay in here are completely undeveloped areas in the ‘bush’. Everything must be taken in to these sites – even water and nothing may be left behind, so they remain pristine. They offer an untouched wilderness experience, all sites are within a few hundred metres from the Chobe River


Batonka Guest lodge23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls Batonka Guest Lodge B & B only

The upmarket Boutique Guest Lodge within easy walking distance of town is modern and tastefully decorated. It’s small and personal and by far the best choice in its price range. This eco friendly lodge is just 2.5 kilometres from the Victoria Falls entrance.

Batonka offers 22 tastefully designed and decorated, spacious rooms each with its own small balcony. TV, wifi, air-conditioning, universal chargers, mosquito nets and a tea and coffee station are standard in every room. The large modern en-suite bathrooms are really stunning. Inter-leading family rooms are available.

The large central area encompasses the reception, curio shop, lounge and indoor dining room as well as a very large outside terrace which overlooks the gardens and swimming pool. This terrace, with a nice coffee bar is an ideal place to relax and chat to fellow travellers take in a coffee or opt to eat your meals here.


Meerkat Experience Botswana26 May- Planet Baobab

We will overnight here in Bakalanga Huts and enjoy dinner in their restaurant.

27 May you will have an early morning start to drive 45 minutes to the Meerkats hopefully in time to see them sunning themselves before heading off to forage. A visit to Ntwetwe Pan follows with the chance to quadbike, an exhiliarating experience. You retyrn to Planet Baobab in time for a shower and lunch before we had to Nxai Pan for 3 nights


Hot Leopard Savuti27/28/29 Nxai Pan

Full Moon 29th May

Part of the great Makgadikgadi complex, Nxai Pan National Park covers an area of 2,100 km2, and comprises several larger pans which were once ancient salt lakes. These larger pans are now grassed, and are scattered with islands of acacia trees, and smaller pans that fill with water during the rainy season – thus providing rich resources for wildlife.

Seven huge, gnarled baobab trees, named after the 19th century explorer Thomas Baines, are situated on an island overlooking and surrounded by the white, crusty Kudiakam Pan. Baines stood here over a hundred years ago and painted this otherworldly scene. It has essentially remained unchanged.

Nxai Pan is at its best for game viewing between December and April when many antelope have their young. The area attracts large numbers of Springbok and Gemsbok drawn to the short sweet grasses that grow on the pan. During the dry season there is often the opportunity to witness a kill as the lions often set up at the  only pumped waterhole in this small National Park.

Nxai Pan has become famous due to the award winning IMAX film by Tim Liversedge, called Roar, mostly filmed at the pumped waterhole during the dry season, where the resident lions set up to kill the Springbok and other animals drawn to the only source of water for miles around. The extremely rare Brown Hyaena and Cheetah are frequently spotted here.

It is Full Moon the 29th May a special place to be!


Giraffe Botswana Safari30/31 Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve – with an area of 3 900 km2 – incorporates the western end of Ntwetwe Pan, extensive grasslands and acacia woodland. At its northern boundary, it meets the Nxai Pan National Park, separated only by the Nata-Maun Road. The Boteti River last flowed in 1992 and started flowing again past Khumaga in early 2009. During the dry season, the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park thrives with activity as literally thousands of Zebra and Wildebeest vie for water.

There is a small public Campsite at Khumaga, and from here we can witness the huge herds and often hear their predators (mainly lions, but occasionally Cheetah, Wild Dogs and Leopard). There is also a small group of Hippopotamus that live in the river and some crocodiles that had dug caves into the banks of the dry riverbed and are now very relieved that the river is flowing again.


Deception Valley Kalahari1/2/3 June CKGR

Deception Valley #1

One of the remotest and most unspoiled parts of Africa, the Northern part of this park is one of the prime game viewing areas in Botswana. This is the largest Game Reserve in Botswana covering 52,800 km2. Nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space, and having the entire reserve to yourself. Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

The best time to visit is during or soon after the rains when large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest and eland gather for good grazing. The dry season amazes with seeing what these desert adapted animals can endure, most survive for months with no surface water to drink, getting moisture from vegetation such as tsamma melons, tubers that are dug up and dew.

We have the last 3 nights of this epic safari at Deception Valley

4 June 

Ends Maun


Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$8640 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 24 nights. 8 spaces left!

The Wild North; 15 Night Safari. 11-26 May 2018

Enjoy 15 nights exploring Botswana’s Wild northern regions including Moremi, Khwai in the Okavango Delta, Savuti and Chobe Riverfront, before a final  3 nights in Victoria Falls. This is the classic Botswana itinerary for good reason!

OVERVIEW

  • 11/12/13 May Moremi Including 3 hour boat cruise
  • 14/15/16 May: Khwai Matswere. Mokoro on 16 May- early morning
  • 17/18/19 May: Savuti
  • 20/21/22 Chobe Riverfront
  • 23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls
  • 26 May- Safari ends Victoria Falls

COST PER PERSON: US$8640 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 24 nights. 8 spaces left!


hippo at sunset11/12/13 May Moremi:  Xakanaxa

Including 3 hour boat cruise

Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km2, here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains – either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mopane forests.

This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Both Black and White Rhino have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination.

It is the only Game Reserve inside the RAMSA listed Okavango Delta. Some of the exclusive campsites we use could be the in the Garden of Eden the scenery is so lovely! There are several different habitats in Moremi; ideally we would stay for at least 3 nights to experience them all, especially the Khwai River area and the scenic lagoons that are found deeper within the park.



camp winter morning14/15/16 May: Khwai Matswere

Mokoro on 16 May- early morning

Khwai concession is a community-run private reserve adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, divided from it by the Khwai River. The river attracts high concentrations of thirsty wildlife. Riverine forest lines the wide water lily and papyrus covered floodplains around the Khwai River. A myriad of colourful birdlife is found in this watery habitat that is a breeding area for many species. Away from the river and plains is thick mophane woodland dotted with pans that attract many animal species and where we often spot wild dog.

The Khwai Community is running this area and all fees paid here go into the local Community providing schools, scholarships, water pumps and more. There are two exclusive operator sites, both beautifully situated under large Leadwood tree’s and a third site near the Khwai River. All are well spaced from each other and under the shade of immense Acacia Tree’s.

The game viewing is superb, as good as in Moremi, and in addition to the normal game drives we are allowed out of the vehicle (responsibly of course)  can drive off road at the Guides discretion and can do limited walking.


17/18/19 May: Savuti

Savuti- SV1- next to channel 

The Savuti Channel in northern Botswana is a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savuti Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. Now the Marsh is once again turning into a wetland paradise. The Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it.

In the rainy season (normally November through to April) Savuti attracts many grazers to its short sweet grasses, and a large number of Zebra and Wildebeest congregate on the Marsh. With the water flowing in the Channel, the whole outlook of Savuti has already changed drastically and vast herds of Buffalo have returned to the area.

There is a site where ancient San rock art can be seen after a small but steep climb. It is humbling to see and puzzle over and causes one to marvel at the people who previously inhabited the area. A beautiful island of 13 Baobab trees is not so well known but makes a wonderful excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph.


Buffalo Reflection in Chobe20/21/22 Chobe Riverfront

CNP 6

The first glimpse of the Chobe River – deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain – is always breathtaking. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 km2, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink.

The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season. The river is host to a stunning array of birdlife (Yellow Billed Storks, African Spoonbills, White Faced Whistling Ducks, Egyptian Geese, Vultures, Owls and Kingfishers, Secretary Birds, Dikkops, Herons, Eagles – especially Fish Eagles, in addition to many other birds), and a 3-hour boat cruise is taken to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see Elephants swimming in close proximity to you, in addition to the normal pods of slumbering Hippo’s, Red Lechwe, Crocodile, Impala, Kudu, Leguaans, Puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), Sable, Roan, Waterbuck and numerous other animals you can view.

The sites we stay in here are completely undeveloped areas in the ‘bush’. Everything must be taken in to these sites – even water and nothing may be left behind, so they remain pristine. They offer an untouched wilderness experience, all sites are within a few hundred metres from the Chobe River


Batonka Guest lodge23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls Batonka Guest Lodge B & B only

The upmarket Boutique Guest Lodge within easy walking distance of town is modern and tastefully decorated. It’s small and personal and by far the best choice in its price range. This eco friendly lodge is just 2.5 kilometres from the Victoria Falls entrance.

Batonka offers 22 tastefully designed and decorated, spacious rooms each with its own small balcony. TV, wifi, air-conditioning, universal chargers, mosquito nets and a tea and coffee station are standard in every room. The large modern en-suite bathrooms are really stunning. Inter-leading family rooms are available.

The large central area encompasses the reception, curio shop, lounge and indoor dining room as well as a very large outside terrace which overlooks the gardens and swimming pool. This terrace, with a nice coffee bar is an ideal place to relax and chat to fellow travellers take in a coffee or opt to eat your meals here.


26 May

This is your final day. Enjoy a last breakfast at your lodge before making your  way to the Victoria Falls Airport or Livingstone Airport for your onward travel.


Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$8640 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 24 nights. 8 spaces left!