14th June 2020 We meet you at Maun Lodge or your hotel of choice at 9am, and drive 3 hours to Moremi Game Reserve, South Gate, where we check in. We then drive another 2 hours to our exclusive site near Xakanaxa, Moremi is 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 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. 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. We have 3 nights here and will explore from Paradise Pools to the East, through Dead Tree Island and 4th and 3rd Bridges.
On the 17th June 2020 we have a last early game drive at Xakanaxa before moving 3 hours to Khwai North Gate where we fill our water and then go to Matswere a beautiful exclusive Operator’s site set under old Lead wood (Matswiri) Trees, next to the water. 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. There are two exclusive operator sites, both beautifully situated under large Leadwood tree’s and a third site near the Khwai River. All are well spaced from each other and 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) can drive off road at the Guides discretion.
We have 3 nights at Khwai and you will enjoy a tranquil early morning mekoro excursion for 2 1/2 hours.
On the 20th June we have a last early morning game drive at Khwai before a hearty English breakfast, and we return to Maun in time for flight to Johannesburg.
6 places left cost pp sharing US$2,400