We suggest you fly into Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on the 13th July and stay at 528 Victoria Falls for 3 nights prior to this safari, we will arrange everything for you there are many activities to choose from all worthwhile and good value for your money
We meet you at the Kazungula Border with Zimbabwe at 10am and take you on a 3 hour Chobe River Boat Cruise, before entering Chobe National Park – 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 on every safari 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 firewood and nothing may be left behind, so they remain pristine. They offer an untouched wilderness experience, and our site is within a few hundred metres of the Chobe River, we can watch stunning sunsets with a backdrop of elephants and buffalo a few minutes away from our tented camp.
We Have 3 nights here before driving over 6 hours to 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 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. No one knows when it will flow again, I hope it will be in my Safari lifetime!
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, all well spaced – Rhino Vlei, Marabou Pan and Pump Pan, there is a lot of activity around these from May until the rains should start mid November 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 necessitates a short excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph.
We have 3 nights at Savuti before we move 5 hours south to the Khwai Concession Next to Moremi Game Reserve separated from Moremi by the Khwai River
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 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, scholarships, water pumps and more. There are three exclusive operator sites, both beautifully situated under large Leadwood tree’s and a huge spread out Public site near the Khwai River. All are well spaced from each other and under the shade of immense Acacia Tree’s. To stay at Khwai you must have your booking in by the 1st October the year before.
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, we can also spotlight our way back to camp late one evening. You will enjoy a 2 1/2 hr mekoro trip whilst here
On the 25th July 2021, we have a last early game drive at Khwai and then enter Moremi Game Reserve where we drive for 3 hours to Xini Lagoon, where we have our last 2 nights on safari. Xini is a very rewarding game area and this is a good way to finish a great game filled adventure.
We drive 4 hours to Maun on the 27th July 2021 in time for your onward flight
8 places left cost pp sharing in Luxury Sahara Tent is US$5500 enquire if you want to use our smaller tents at a smaller price!!