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August 6th to 21st 2019 In depth Moremi, Khwai, Savuti and Chobe

We meet you at Maun Airport around midday  on August 6th 2019, and drive to 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.  We are staying deep in the park to start with at Xini Lagoon for our first 3 nights. We may not have to move far for great game sightings but one day may go to the Black Pools area. On the 9th August we have an early morning game drive before moving to a beautiful exclusive site at Bodumatau (the place of the Lion), less than 2 hours away and far from other people. We only have 2 nights here in this prime area and will enjoy it fully.

Ulinda Safaris Classic Tent with Ensuite

On the 11th August after a last early morning drive, we move about 4 hours to Khwai Community Concession. Next to Moremi Game Reserve 
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.  Our site is at Magotho, not far from the Khwai River.  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 (Great at Leopard sightings this area is renowned for).

On the 12th August we will go for an early morning mekoro trip for 2 1/2 tranquil hours.  We spend 3 nights here. On the 14th August, we have a short early morning game drive before driving into Chobe National Park, to Savuti, a journey of around 5 hours driving time.

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 these 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 spend 4 nights at an exclusive operators site next to the Channel and will get to explore Savuti thoroughly from Harvey’s Pan to Jackal Island.

Giraffe at Sunset

Giraffe at Sunset

On the 18th August we have a short early morning game drive before driving north exiting the park at Goha, and heading through the forest area to Kachikau Village where we inflate our tyres and drive on a tarmac road to Ngoma Gate. We check in again and enter the park via Simwanza Dams where we game drive along the 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 exclusive 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 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 go into Kasane on the 19th August for a 3 hour Chobe River Boat Cruise, probably a highlight of your safari.

On the 21st August we have a last early morning drive before a big cooked breakfast. We then transfer you to the Border with either Zimbabwe or Zambia at around 10am, so you can visit Victoria Falls. We can arrange your transfer and accommodation there, just ask.

This group tour will be shared with other interested travelers.
There will be a max of 4 passengers per vehicle on this small group tour.

COST PER PERSON SHARING CLASSIC EN-SUITE: US$6,000

COST PER PERSON SHARING LUXURY EN-SUITE: US$7,500

Included
Park fees(For non-residents)
All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
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)
Excluded
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

Please note it is possible to shorten this safari, just ask us