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12 Night Extended Classic Botswana Safari. 25 July- 6 August 2018

12 Night Extended Classic Botswana Safari. 25 July- 6 August 2018. Starts Maun and Ends in Kasane

Our classic Itinerary offers 3 nights in each of Botswana’s premier wilderness destinations- the perfect amount of time to explore in depth and rest between travel days. It also offers 2 different areas of the magnificent Okavango Delta- this is the quintessential Botswana experience and the tour we recommend to most visitors as it works so well.

Highlights: staying in pristine wilderness in the Okavango Delta- Night game drives give the chance to see elusive nocturnal animals in Khwai – 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. Fully inclusive of transfers, meals, drinks and professional guiding.

  • 25/26/27 Moremi- Xakanaxa
  • 28/29/30 Khwai
  • 31/1/2 August Savuti
  • 3/4/5 August Chobe Riverfront
  • 6 August: Departure Day

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!

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25/26/27 Moremi- Xakanaxa 

Moremi Game Reserve is the only Reserve inside the Okavango Delta. 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.

Some of the exclusive campsites we use could be the in the Garden of Eden the scenery is so lovely! There are several different habitats in Moremi, 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.

We have a 3 hour boat cruise here. Full moon is on the 27th, a special time to be in the bush.

28/29/30 Khwai

Khwai concession is a community-run 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 & papyrus covered floodplains around the Khwai River. A myriad of colourful birdlife is found in this watery habitat. Away from the river and plains is thick mopane 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 and more. All are well spaced from each other and under the shade of immense Acacia Trees. The game viewing is superb and in addition to the normal game drives we are allowed out of the vehicle and can drive off road at the Guides discretion and can do limited walking. Take a Mokoro (dugout canoe) trip on the 30 May in the early morning.


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31/1/2 August 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 large quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and the abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. It is now in flux, and stopped flowing again in May 2015 – we are waiting to see if it will again flow and fill up the marsh. Regardless, Savuti is always a worthwhile wild life destination. We will also visit a small panel of Bushmen paintings and a little visited group of 14 Baobabs well worth photographing.

3/4/5 August 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 River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season. 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. The river is the focus of our time here and we will enjoy a 3 hour boat cruise on the Chobe River from Kasane on our 2nd day here, a highlight of the safari.

Cheetah mother and teenage son Khai July 12

6 August: Departure Day

We will have a last early morning game drive before returning to camp for a cooked breakfast. Then we will be driving through the park and on gravel and tar roads to Kasane where we will transfer you to your accommodation or onward flights. We can also drop you at the border and arrange for your transfer and accommodation in Victoria Falls if desired.

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 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