12 Night Botswana Extended Classic Safari. 14th to 26th May 2019
An in depth exploration of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park including Moremi and Khwai in the Okavango Delta. Savuti and Chobe Riverfront.
- You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
- Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost.
- 14/15/16 May Moremi Bodumatau
- 17/18/19 May: Khwai Magotho Mokoro on 18th May- early morning
- 20/21/22 May: Savuti
- 23/24/25 Chobe Riverfront
- 26 May: Safari ends Kasane transfer to Victoria Falls
COST PER PERSON: US$4,800 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 6 spaces left!
14/15/16 May 2019 Moremi: Bodumatau
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 mopane 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. Some of the exclusive campsites we use could be the in the Garden of Eden the scenery is so lovely!Bodumata is one of these the site is next to a Hippo filled lagoon
17/18/19 May: Khwai Magotho
Mokoro on 18 May- early morning
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. We are staying at Magotho under immense Acacia Trees, in a great game area close to 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 and can do limited walking.
20/21/22 May: Savuti
Savuti- SV1- next to channel
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 has congregated and adapted in its wake. The Channel and Marsh dried up in 2015 and is dry again, no one knows when it will start flowing once again.
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. With the water flowing in the Channel, the whole outlook of Savuti has already changed drastically and vast herds of Buffalo have returned to the area.
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 3 nights here and will explore the area from Harveys Pans to Jackal Island well.
23/24/25 May: Chobe Riverfront
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
26th May 2019 : Safari ends
Transfer to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe for a few nights at your discretion. We take you to the Kazungula Border Post for your transfer at 10am. Fly out of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Livingstone, Zambia.
COST PER PERSON: US$4800 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 6 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$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees