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Quick Classic; 6 night Safari. 22 – 28 September 2018

OVERVIEW

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.

We suggest you spend some time in Victoria Falls – we recommend Batonka Guest Lodge prior to starting the itinerary with us in Kasane.

ITINERARY

  • 22/23 September: Chobe River Including 3 hour Boat Cruise
  • 24/25 September: Savuti
  • 25/26 September: Khwai
  • 27 Ends: Maun. Take an optional 45 minute scenic flight back- an additional $350 per person

COST PER PERSON: US$2160 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 6 nights. 4 spaces left!

22/23 SEPTEMBER: CHOBE RIVER

Starting in Kasane with a 3 hour mid morning Chobe boat cruise, before we enter the park and stay at an exclusive site deep in the park (a few km from Ihaha in the best area) and near the river and floodplain, great for sunsets and sunrises! We will have 2 nights here and be able to avoid the crowds, after our early morning river patrol, before other people get there we can then drive west and explore the Simwanza Dams and Valley area which is sometimes quite productive.

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. TheChobe 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 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) and numerous other animals you can view.

24/25 SEPTEMBER: SAVUTI

ulinda lion cub on a log

August we have a last early morning drive in Chobe before breakfast and driving 5 hrs to Savuti, stopping at Kachikau for ice and to deflate our tyres before the sandy road to Goha. We will top up our wood supply in the Chobe Forest area on our way through, and probably have lunch at Goha Gate. We will need to fill our water trailer at Savuti before proceeding to our camp next to the Channel.

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.

25/26 SEPTEMBER: KHWAI

Ulinda campsite with elephant and tent

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 Motswiri 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.

27 Ends: Maun

After a final game drive & breakfast we drop you at Maun Airport for your onward travel or take an optional 45 minute scenic flight back- an additional $350 per person.

COST PER PERSON: US$2160 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 6 nights. 4 spaces left!

Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals
  • Drinks excluding imported brand and premium beverages
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees