9 Night Classic Safari. September 5th to 14th 2019, starts in Kasane and ends in Maun
Highlights: A 3 hour boat cruise on the magnificent Chobe River — Visiting a beautiful island of 13 Baobabs at Savute – Viewing ancient San (Bushman) Rock Art in Savute – Unparalleled wildlife viewing throughout as you stay in exclusive sites of undeveloped wilderness areas, a 2 1/2 hour mekoro trip at Khwai
- 3 nights Chobe River inc a 3 hour boat cruise
- 3 nights Savuti
- 3 nights Khwai inc 2 1/2 hour mekoro trip
COST PER PERSON: US$3600 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 9 nights. 7 spaces left!
3 nights Khwai
Khwai concession is a community-run private reserve adjacent to the Chobe National Park andMoremi 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 a site at Magotho near the Khwai River. The game viewing is superb, as good as in Moremi,Here we are allowed to drive off road, at your guides discretion (great at Leopard sightings, this area is renowned for) and we can do some night driving with a spotlight.
We will go early in the morning for a 2 1/2 hour mekoro trip, on the 7th September a very tranquil experience.
We have 3 nights here.
3 nights 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, 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 Chobe on the 11th September 2019.
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 these sites – even water and nothing may be left behind, so it remains pristine. It offers an untouched wilderness experience, and is within a few kilometres of 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 12th September for a 3 hour boat cruise on the Chobe River.
Departure Day 14th September 2019
After a final game drive & breakfast we drive to Kazungula Border Post where you transfer to Victoria Falls – Full Moon is the 14th a special time to see this amazing wonder of the world.
COST PER PERSON: US$3600 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 9 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$20.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees