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Delta & Chobe Explorer; 10 Night Safari. 1 – 11 August 2017

This itinerary explores some lesser known gems of Chobe National Park allowing you to experience the Mababe depression, Zwei Zwei and Nogatsaa areas- real off the beaten track stuff that will give you a great overview and the chance to see animals such as roan and sable (hopefully). We suggest you overnight in Maun the night of the 31st July so we can get an early start to go to Khwai on the 1st August.

  • 1st, 2nd August: Khwai
  • 3 August: Mababe
  • 4/5 August: Savuti
  • 6 August: Zwei Zwei
  • 7/8/9 August: Nogatsaa Area Chobe National Park
  • 10 August Chobe Riverfront

COST PER PERSON: US$3699 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 10 nights. 7 spaces left!


Leopard in a tree, Botswana1/2 AUGUST: KHWAI COMMUNITY CONCESSION

Here we can walk (with walking guide Nico Monomana), drive off road (great at leopard sightings) and spotlight at night, at your guides discretion. You will enjoy a tranquil 2  ½  hour mekoro (dugout canoe) trip whilst here probably early morning. Here we will get as much firewood as possible and load up our water and wood trailer. We have 8 nights before we will be able to purchase firewood again. Small bush TV’s.

The Khwai area of the Okavango lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives.


3 AUGUST: MABABE

We move only about an hour, to the Mababe Depression, just inside Chobe National Park and stay a night in a wilderness site far from other people. I have never stayed in this area before but have seen Wild Dogs, Leopard and Lion here whilst driving through.


Giraffe4/5 AUGUST: SAVUTI

We travel another 3 or so hours North to Savuti, and stay at an exclusive operators site at the other end of the Marsh (which is dry) from everyone else, for 2 nights. This site is about an hours drive North of the office. We can be the first ones in the morning to access Maribou Pan (the only pumped waterhole for miles around) and the marsh.

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 Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it brought with it.

Then in 2015 the Channel dried up again and it became a harsh place to visit in the dry season –there are only 2 pumped waterholes in a vast 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.


Another Savuti Sunset Harveys Pans
6 AUGUST: ZWEI ZWEI 

We have to traverse a very Sandy section of road, which will be a challenge near Quarry Hill at Savuti before travelling another hour to Zwei Zwei. They are at the moment in the process of drilling a borehole at Zwei Zwei, and the game viewing should be good. We only have one night here (August  6th) before we proceed another 4 or so hours to the Nogatsaa area.

We will probably do some quality game viewing at one of the hides overlooking the waterholes along the way., and have our lunch before arriving at Nogatsaa. Here we will spend 3 nights.


7/8/9 AUGUST: NOGATSAA, CHOBE NATIONAL PARK 

The Nogatsaa-Tchinga area supports herds of buffaloes and elephants as well as reedbucks, gemsboks, roans and the rare oribi antelope. Located east of Linyanti and south of Chobe Riverfront, it sees far fewer tourists than the latter (and Savuti).

The hides over the pumped waterholes make for great photography if you have a tripod, a bean bag also works well from the hides bench sides. We stay here the nights of  7th, 8th and 9th August, Full Moon is the 7th a special night to be in Chobe we’ll try get some great moonrise shots!


Lioness gazes at prey10 AUGUST: CHOBE RIVERFRONT

We drive only about 2 hours to the Chobe River. You will enjoy a 3 hour boat cruise on the Chobe over lunch before we head to our  camp 15 minutes from the river and floodplain. We will settle in to our new camp, before heading out for a late afternoon game drive and sundowners of your choice (G & T;s Beer or wine). Getting back to our camp in time for showers before dinner, snacks and drinks around the fire, our last evening together, on this safari at least.

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 others), 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, Puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), Sable, Roan, Waterbuck and numerous other animals you can view.


11 AUGUST: DEPARTURE DAY


Waterbuck RamIncluded

  • 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

COST PER PERSON: US$3699 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 10 nights. 7 spaces left!