12 Night Extended Classic Safari. July 5th to 17th 2019. Starts in Vic Falls/Kasane and ends in Maun.
This itinerary explores Botswana’s northern highlights of the Okavango (Khwai and Moremi) and Chobe National Park. You can visit Victoria Falls, a World Wonder, before the safari starts. You visit the Chobe Riverfront, Savuti, Khwai and Moremi before ending in Maun
- You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel) and transferred to the Kazungula Border
- Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost.
- 3 nights Chobe Riverfront , inc 3 hour boat cruise
- 3 nights Savuti
- 3 nights Khwai, Magotho including a 2 1/2 hour mekoro (dugout canoe) trip
- 3 nights Moremi 2nd Bridge
COST PER PERSON: US$4,800 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!
3 nights 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 (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, 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 start your safari with a 3 hour boat cruise on the Chobe River, before heading deep into the Park, we stay here for 3 nights, before moving about 6 hours to Savuti, on the 8th July 2019
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 channel for 3 nights before moving to the Khwai, on the 11th July 2019.
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. We stay at Magotho for 3 nights before moving to Moremi Game Reserve, to 2nd Bridge, on the 14th July 2019.
Moremi Game Reserve 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. Second Bridge is a great site far from other people at night in a great game area, we have our last 3 nights here.
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 should have you at the Airport in time for the 2pm flights to Johannesburg.
COST PER PERSON: US$4800 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!
- 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
- 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
- Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)