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Quick Classic; 6 night Safari. 22 - 28 September 2018

OVERVIEW

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.

We suggest you spend some time in Victoria Falls – we recommend Batonka Guest Lodge prior to starting the itinerary with us in Kasane.

ITINERARY

  • 22/23 September: Chobe River Including 3 hour Boat Cruise
  • 24/25 September: Savuti
  • 25/26 September: Khwai
  • 27 Ends: Maun. Take an optional 45 minute scenic flight back- an additional $350 per person

COST PER PERSON: US$2160 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 6 nights. 4 spaces left!

22/23 SEPTEMBER: CHOBE RIVER

Starting in Kasane with a 3 hour mid morning Chobe boat cruise, before we enter the park and stay at an exclusive site deep in the park (a few km from Ihaha in the best area) and near the river and floodplain, great for sunsets and sunrises! We will have 2 nights here and be able to avoid the crowds, after our early morning river patrol, before other people get there we can then drive west and explore the Simwanza Dams and Valley area which is sometimes quite productive.

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. TheChobe 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, Leguaans, Puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen) and numerous other animals you can view.

24/25 SEPTEMBER: SAVUTI

ulinda lion cub on a log

August we have a last early morning drive in Chobe before breakfast and driving 5 hrs to Savuti, stopping at Kachikau for ice and to deflate our tyres before the sandy road to Goha. We will top up our wood supply in the Chobe Forest area on our way through, and probably have lunch at Goha Gate. We will need to fill our water trailer at Savuti before proceeding to our camp next to the 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. 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.

25/26 SEPTEMBER: KHWAI

Ulinda campsite with elephant and tent

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 Motswiri 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.

27 Ends: Maun

After a final game drive & breakfast we drop you at Maun Airport for your onward travel or take an optional 45 minute scenic flight back- an additional $350 per person.

COST PER PERSON: US$2160 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 6 nights. 4 spaces left!

Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals
  • Drinks excluding imported brand and premium beverages
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

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

6 Night Delta Dabble Safari. June 9th to 15th 2019

6 Night Delta Dabble Safari. June 9th to 15th 2019

The Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This reserve may be small by Botswana standards, but it has a diverse array of habitats and is home to a vast profusion of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five, making it an ideal destination for a safari. Enjoy exploring the varied regions over 6 adventure filled nights.

  • June 9th and 10th Moremi, Second Bridge
  • June 11th and 12th Xanaxaka;  including 3 hour boat cruise
  • June 13th and 14th Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve; including mokoro (dugout canoe trip)
  • June 15th Departure Day 

COST PER PERSON: US$2280 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 6 nights. 6 spaces left!

June 9th and 10th Moremi, Second Bridge

Lioness with Cubs, Chobe

This safari starts at Maun, mid morning to afternoon dependant on guest arrival times. We meet you and drive over 4 hours into Moremi Game Reserve to our exclusive site at Second Bridge.

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 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. 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 World Heritage listed Okavango Delta.

June 11th and 12th Xanaxaka;  including 3 hour boat cruise

Leguaan on the Riverside

The ancient riverine forests, open savannah, serpentine channels and seasonal floodplains that surround our campsite make for a varied habitat of exceptional fauna and flora. Situated right on the tip of what is referred to as the Mopane tongue is Xakanaxa Lodge, this is a very beautiful area of Moremi. Here the butterfly leafed Mopane Trees give way to deep waterways and picturesque floodplains. It is also one of the best game viewing areas in the Okavango. There are many animals such as Lechwe, Impala, Buffalo, and Elephant and Leopard and Cheetah are often seen near camp. The area also has varied birdlife with Storks, Buzzards, Herons and Egrets, including the rare Slaty’s Egret. We enjoy a boat trip to see the spectacular Delta from another viewpoint.

June 13th and 14th Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve; including mokoro (dugout canoe trip)

Elephant in River

This is the region of Moremi that is most accessible. There is a grassy, wide open floodplain that is fringed by pretty woodlands. The game viewing in this region is generally good. You’ll see quite a bit of plains game such as Zebra and Impala. Large herds of Buffalo and Impala move though the Mopane forests in the dry winter months.

June 15th Departure Day 

We will have a last early morning game drive before returning to camp for a cooked breakfast. Then we will be driving through the park and on gravel and tar roads to Maun where we will transfer you to your accommodation or onward flights.

COST PER PERSON: US$2280 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 6 nights. 6 spaces left!

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

9 Night Botswana Classic, 12th to 21st October 2018.

9 Night Botswana Classic, 12th to 21st October 2018. Begins Maun, ends Kasane/Victoria Falls.

This is the ultimate Botswana mobile camping journey. Over 9 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 as well as ending with a bang in the famed Victoria Falls.

OVERVIEW

  • 3 nights Khwai Magotho including a 2 1/2hr mekoro (dugout canoe) trip
  • 3 nights Savuti
  • 3 nights Chobe River including a  3 hr boat cruise

COST PER PERSON:  US$3,240 per person sharing, Fully Inclusive! 5 places left.

3 nights Khwai Magotho including a 2 1/2 hour mekoro (dugout canoe) trip

Hippo Yawning Okavango

We meet you at 1pm on the 12th October at Maun Airport and we drive for 4 hours to 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. 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. You will enjoy a tranquil 2 1/2hr mekoro trip whilst here.

We stay at Magotho for 3 nights before moving to Chobe National Park and Savuti on the 15th October.

3 nights Savuti

Ulinda Tent Chobe

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 congregated and adapted in its wake. The Channel dried up in 2015 and things are again very dry there until the rains in November fill up the natural pans. There are 3 pumped boreholes in the Savuti area – Rhino Vlei (should be operational again in 2018) Marabou Pan and Pump Pan. These waterholes attract vast numbers of game when it is dry here,  June to November.
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. 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.

We stay at an exclusive site next to the dry marsh for 3 nights before moving to the Chobe River, on the 18th October.

3 nights Chobe River including a 3 hour boat cruise

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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, 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, and in the dry season you can watch stunning sunsets with a backdrop of elephants and buffalo a few minutes away from our tented camp.

We have our last 3 nights here and will go into Kasane on the 19th October for a 3 hr boat cruise.

 

Final Day

The safari finishes on the 21st October at 10am in Kasane or at a Kazungula Border

US$3,240 per person sharing, Fully Inclusive! 5 spaces left!

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

9 Night Okavango Delta Special | October 23 to November 1

Okavango Delta Special 9 Night October 23 to November 1 starts in Kasane

  • 3 nights Chobe Nantanga including a 3 hr boat cruise
  • 3 nights Savuti
  • 3 nights Moremi Khwai inc 2 1/2hr mekoro
  • You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.

COST PER PERSON: US$3240 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 9 nights. 6 spaces left!

3 nights Chobe Nantanga including a 3 hr boat cruise

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

We meet you at 10am at the Kazungula Border, on the 23rd October and have a 3 hour lunch boat cruise on the Chobe River before venturing deep into the park to our site. 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, 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, the site we are staying at is Nantanga, far from other tourists and about 1/2 an hour from the river.

3 nights Savuti

Upside down leopard Magotho area Khwai

On the 26th October, after a short early morning game drive and breakfast, we drive 6 hours 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 congregated and adapted in its wake. The Channel dried up in 2015 and things are again very dry there until the rains in November fill up the natural pans. There are 3 pumped boreholes in the Savuti area – Rhino Vlei (should be operational again in 2018) Marabou Pan and Pump Pan. These waterholes attract vast numbers of game when it is dry here,  June to November.
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. 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.

We have 3 nights here before, on the 29th October moving to Moremi Game Reserve, a drive of about 6 hrs.

3 nights Moremi Khwai including a  2  and a half hour mekoro trip

Wild dog Moremi Botswana

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 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. 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 World Heritage listed Okavango Delta. Some of the exclusive campsites we use could be the in the Garden of Eden the scenery is so lovely! We stay for 3 nights in a site next to the Khwai River and will explore the Khwai area extensively from Hippo Pools. We will leave the park one morning for a tranquil 2 1/2 hour mekoro trip.

Final Day

On the 1st November we have an early start and breakfast before driving to Maun arriving 9am in time for an Air Botswana flight to Kasane.

COST PER PERSON: US$3240 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 9 nights. 6 spaces left!

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