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Extended Classic; 12 Night Safari. 14- 26 October 2017

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.

OVERVIEW

  • 14/15/16 October: Moremi Including 3 hour boat cruise
  • 17/18/19 October: Khwai Including mekoro (dugout canoe) excursion
  • 20/21/22 October: Savuti 
  • 23/24/25 October: Chobe River Including 3 hour boat cruise 
  • 26 October: Safari ends Kasane

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


14/15/16 OCTOBER: MOREMI 

Male Lion and Reflection

Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km squared, 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. It is the only Game Reserve inside the World Heritage listed Okavango Delta.

We have 3 nights here at an exclusive site near Xakanaxa and will explore the area extensively, depending on game movements. We will also undertake a 3 hour boat cruise.


17/18/19 OCTOBER: KHWAI 

Elephants Drinking in a Row

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 stay at Magotho in a site well spaced from others under the shade of immense Acacia Tree’s.

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) and to drive off road at your guides discretion, great at Leopard sightings. You will enjoy a tranquil 2 ½ hour mekoro (dugout canoe) trip whilst here, very relaxing.


20/21/22 2 OCTOBER: SAVUTI 

2 Male Ostrich

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.


23/24/25 OCTOBER: CHOBE RIVER 

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 site we stay in here is a completely undeveloped area in the bush. Everything must be taken in to this site; even water and nothing may be left behind, so it remains pristine. The site offers an untouched wilderness experience, within a few hundred metres from the Chobe River, you can watch stunning sunsets with a backdrop of elephants and buffalo a few minutes away from our tented camp.


26 OCTOBER: 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.


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

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