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9 Night Classic Safari. July 13th to 22nd 2018

9 Night Classic Safari. July 13th to 22nd 2018, starts in Maun and ends in Kasane

Highlights: staying in pristine wilderness in the Okavango Delta- 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.

  • 3 nights Moremi Second Bridge
  • 3 nights Savuti
  • 3 nights Chobe River inc 3 hr boat cruise

COST PER PERSON: US$3240 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 9 nights. 8 spaces left!

3 nights Moremi Second Bridge

Male Lion and ReflectionWe suggest you overnight in Maun on the 12th July so we can meet you at 9am on the 13th July and drive 4 hrs into Moremi Game Reserve to 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.  We stay for 3 nights and will explore, depending on game movements and road conditions, the area from Xini Lagoon to 4th Bridge.

3 nights Savuti

2 Male Ostrich

Then on the 16th July after an early short game drive and breakfast we drive for 4 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 stay at an exclusive site next to the dry channel for 3 nights before moving to the Chobe River, on the 19th July.

3 nights Chobe River including a 3 hour boat cruise

Fighting elephants Chobe

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 have our last 3 nights here and will go into Kasane on the 26th June for a 3 hr boat cruise. The safari finishes on the 22nd July at 10am in Kasane or at a Kazungula Border

Departure Day

After a final game drive & breakfast we drop you at either Kasane Airport, Kasane Town or Kazangula border to Zimbabwe and Zambia for your onward travel.


COST PER PERSON: US$3240 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 9 nights. 8 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

Elephants Drinking in a Row