You arrive in Maun and we meet you on the 1st August 2021. We transfer you to The Waterfront where you can settle in and relax after your flight, there is Internet and a swimming pool. We dine with you this evening at The Waterfront and you can have an early night if desired and jet lag allows.
2nd August – we meet you at 9am and drive 3 hours to the Gate to Moremi Game Reserve, Maqwee (Southgate) where we check into the Reserve – you need your passport number for this. We then drive another 2 hours or so to our exclusive Operators site, away from other people, where our back up team has been erecting our camp. You settle into your luxurious 4m x 5m Sahara Tent with toilet and shower en suite. We will then have tea and coffee and fruit before heading out on our first game drive probably venturing onto Dead Tree Island depending on water levels and animal movements. We return to our camp after a sunset to remember where you can shower before joining us around the campfire for snacks and drinks. We will enjoy a delicious freshly cooked meal and will probably retire to our tents by 9.30pm so as to be fresh for the adventurous day ahead tomorrow.
3rd August 2021 – we wake you early in the pre dawn darkness with hot water in your basin, and you join us around the campfire for fresh tea in a pot and percolated coffee and a light but hearty breakfast. We will then drive, with a picnic Lunch, to the Boat Station at Xakanaxa where we will head out on a 12 seater boat with a platform upstairs through the winding channels and Lagoons of the Okavango Delta eventually ending up at the Heronry Island at Godikwe. Many types of waterbirds nest here to breed at this time of the year and we will spend time trying to find many or them. We will relax and have our hearty tasty picnic lunch on a nearby Island, and relax for a while before visiting the Heronry again and then making our way slowly back to Xakanaxa, a truly wonderful day. We have a good chance of glimpsing the rare elusive Sitatunga Antelope on this day. We drive back to our camp in time for drinks and snacks around the fire and a tasty nutritious dinner.
4th August 2021 – We will wake you early again but this time we will head our on an extensive game drive and may venture as far as Third Bridge or Dead Tree Island or Paradise Pools or even all three, We will stop somewhere scenic for morning tea and coffee and yummy biscuits, and make our way back to camp usually arriving around midday for our homecooked lunch. Then a relaxing siesta period where you may read, sleep, download your photo’s the time is your’s you may even wish to shower now, it is up to you!! then we gather together again at our dining room tent for afternoon tea and coffee and a fresh fruit salad made with seasonal fruit, and biscuits. We normally leave at around 4 pm for our evening game drive and where we go depends on what we saw where that morning. Once again we return to our camp after sunset and sundowners. Routine the same as yesterday evening.
5th August 2021 – we wake you early again but today you need to have packed your bags before we leave camp as we are moving today. Our game viewing adventure starts locally, and we spend a couple of hours within radio rannge of our camp. Once we receive the message from our back up team that all is packed and they are mobile we make our way through Moremi, probably having our lunch and a rest period at Hippo Pools before continuing along the Khwai Floodplain and river and eventually ending up at Khwai (Northgate) where we check out of Moremi Game Reserve and enter the Khwai Concession area.
This 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 Mopane 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. The campsites at Magotho 18km from the village 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, we can also spotlight our way back to camp late evening.
6th and 7th August 2021 We will explore this beautiful area extensively and on the 6th August will sleep in slightly before breakfast and then drive first thing to the mekoro Station where you will go for a tranquil 2 1/2hr mekoro excursion in an eco friendly long lasting firbreglass mekoro, poled by someone who really knows the area and the flora and fauna encountered.
On the 8th August we have a short early morning game drive before a hearty cooked English Breakfast and drive back to Maun in time for onward flights early afternoon, please note we will not be in time for the Capetown flight should that be your next destination you should stay the night at The Waterfront and we recommend as an Optional Extra a 30 or 45 minute Helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta, a fantastic end to this short safari.