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June 9-22 2019 | 13 Night Delta Dabble Safari followed by Savuti and Chobe

June 9th to 22nd 2019 13 Night Delta Dabble Safari followed by Savuti and Chobe

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 7  adventure filled nights in the Okavango Delta before exploring Chobe at Savuti and the River itself. You can just do the first 6 nights and fly back to Maun from Khwai or fly into Khwai ob the 15th and just do the last 7 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 for some guests, other’s can start here.
  • June 16th one last night Moremi Khwai
  • June 17th, 18th and 19th Chobe National Park Savuti
  • June 20th, 21st and 22nd Chobe River
  • June 23rd Transfer to Victoria Falls

COST PER PERSON: US$2400 per person sharing fully inclusive for the first 6 nights. 6 spaces left! US$5,200 per person sharing for 13 nights

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 2019 Departure Day for some people Arrival day for others

We will have a last early morning game drive before returning to camp for a cooked breakfast. Then we will be going to Khwai Airstrip for 2 people to fly out mid morning other people can start this safari today.

15th June 2019 Moremi Game Reserve Khwai, overnight.

16th June we have a last early morning game drive before driving 6 hours into Chobe National Park, 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 water dried up again and the channel stopped flowing in 2015.
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 are 3 solar pumped waterholes at Savuti, well spaced – Rhino Vlei, Marabou Pan and Pump Pan, there should be a lot of activity around thse and we will visit them daily.
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 a good site here and have 3 nights to explore the area well.

Elephants in Chobe sunset

Elephants Chobe

On the 19th June 2019 we have a last short early morning game drive at Savuti before heading North to the 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 will drive to Kasane on the 20th June 2019 and enjoy a 3 hour boat cruise on the Chobe River, a highlight of your safari.

On the 22nd June after a last early morning drive and a big cooked breakfast, we take you to the Zimbabwe Border at Kazungula ta 10am for your transfer to Victoria Falls.

 

COST PER PERSON: US$2,400 per person sharing fully inclusive for the first 6 nights plus flight Khwai to Maun. 6 spaces left! US$5,200 per person sharing for all 13 nights, fully inclusive. US$2,800 for last 7 nights plus flight Khwai to 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)
  • 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