We meet you at the Kazungula Border at 10am on the 29th May 2021, and take you for a 3 hour boat cruise on the Chobe River, taking a picnic lunch with us. 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. On the 1st June 2021 we have a last early morning game drive along the Chobe River, before meeting our back up team at Ngoma Gate we will then go in tandem through villages to Kachikau Village where we get ice. We then drive to Savuti enjoying a picnic lunch along the way and we will replenish our firewood.
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 Channel dried up in 2015 and things are again very dry there until the rains in November fill up the natural pans. There are 3 pumped boreholes in the Savuti area – Rhino Vlei , Marabou Pan and Pump Pan. These waterholes attract vast numbers of game when it is dry here, June to November. 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 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.
We have 3 nights here. On the 4th June we have a last early game drive at Savuti whilst our camp is packed before driving south 5 hours to the Khwai River where we camp at Magotho. 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 and can do limited walking. We will enjoy a 2 1/2 hour early morning Mekoro Excursion on day, great for Birding and small creatures live Reed Frogs.
On the 7th June 2021 we have a last early game drive at Khwai before we move into Moremi Game Reserve where our staff will set up camp a few km from Xakanaxa. Moremi Game Reserve 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. 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; There is the opportunity to take a boat to visit the incredible island heronry at Godikwe. It is full of breeding herons and storks from May through to October and is a very scenic excursion.
On the 10th June we have a last early morning game drive in the Xakanaxa area before a sumptuous Full English Breakkfast, and we drive about 5hours to Maun, we recommend you overnight at The Waterfront and you have the option of taking a 30 or 45 minute helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta.
Cost pp sharing in luxury walk in Sahara Tents US$6,000