10-day Highlights of Botswana

Our Highlights of Botswana safari is a fully serviced camping safari that takes in all that the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park offers, from the outset-with a magical flight into Moremi Game Reserve- to the remarkable Game viewing around the enigmatic Savuti Channel, with the last few days spent alongside two of Africa’s most beautiful rivers and onwards to the Safari’s end at the magnificent Victoria Falls. The eight nights spent out this unique wilderness that is Botswana’s showcases will leave indelible memories of spectacular Wildlife and evenings spent around a campfire under billions of stars.

Highlights

  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Livingstone, Zambia
  • Khwai Community Area
  • Savuti – Chobe National Park
  • Chobe River Front
  • Botswana
  • Zambia

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Moremi Game Reserve

Upon arrival in Maun, you will be met by a representative, who will assist in the transfer to a shared light aircraft for an exciting flight to Xakanaxa (pronounced ka-ka-ni-ka), a thirty-minute flight. Your Safari Guide will meet you on the end of the airstrip and drive to our private campsite. Xakanaxa is an integral part of the eastern waters of the Okavango Delta. The area is encompassed by Moremi Game Reserve and boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa. The Game-Reserve has areas of dry lands rising between vast wetlands, crystal clear water channels on the edges of Mopane and Apple-Leaf woodlands. Game viewing takes place alongside waterways and floodplains. Species such as Giraffe, Zebra and Wildebeest are but a few that occur here, along with an astonishing variety of birds

Distance: 130km, 3 hours, Game-viewing activities
Departure:  13h30
Accommodation: (L, D) Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

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Day 2 : Moremi Game Reserve

We make our way to the banks of the Okavango River along game-drive routes in the early morning. Today we explore the clear channels, lagoons and rivers of the Okavango Delta by motor boat, going upstream through a myriad of crystal clear waterways lined with African Mangosteen and Water Berry Trees, as well as swaying seas of papyrus. We follow the Okavango River through the Lagoons of Xaxanaxa and Gadikwe, deep into the permanent waters of this unique inland delta. Birdlife is prolific-Kingfishers, Fish Eagles, Ducks and beautiful Pygmy Geese being regularly seen. After a picnic lunch, we make our way back downstream to the mainland for the short evening drive and dinner.

Distance: Game-viewing and River activities
Departure:  06h00
Accommodation: (B, L, D) Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

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Day 3 : Khwai Community Area

The team breaks camp and we take a leisurely drive to our private campsite in the Khwai River area of Moremi Game Reserve. This region’s diversity of animals is truly astounding. Moremi was procaliamed a conservation area in 1964-the result of this foresight is that Moremi is quite rightly been rated as one of the best game-viewing areas in the world.

Distance: 130km, 3 hours, Game-viewing activities
Departure:  06h00

Accommodation: (B, L, D) Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

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Day 4 : Khwai Community Area

Today is spent on early morning and afternoon game drives. Your guide will generally spend maximum time on game-drives, depending on what is seen, trying to cover as much area as possible. The result of this is guests are given the best chances of seeing a variety of wildlife-although there is of course, that obligatory siesta during the hottest part of the day!

Distance: Game-viewing activities
Departure:  06h00
Accommodation: (B, L, D) Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

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Day 5 : Savuti – Chobe National Park

We leave Moremi, crossing the Khwai Bridge to the northern bank of Khwai River. There is a quick opportunity to buy more drinks in the small village, before making our way to Chobe National Park. Due to the fact that none of Botswana’s wildlife areas are fenced, game can move freely between these two wilderness areas. Hippo, Elephant and sometimes Lion are often found on this route. Moving through the Mababe depression, we relocate to Savuti where we camp in the region of the flowing Savuti Channel. Game viewing this afternoon takes place along the fringes of the marsh and surrounding water holes. The area is best known for large populations of Bull Elephants-and Prides of Lion that patrol the banks of this enigmatic channel.

Distance: 160km,4.5 Hours Game-viewing activities
Departure:  07h00
Accommodation: (B, L, D) Savuti, Chobe National Park. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

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Day 6 : Savuti – Chobe National Park

We again we have the opportunity to spend many hours on morning and afternoon game drives, and time dependent, an opportunity to climb one of the hills to see San Bushman paintings, an indication that this area has always drawn those who have an affinity to the wilderness. Savuti is unique and the special opportunity of exploring this area always remains with our guests for a long time afterward

Distance: Game-viewing activities
Departure:  06h00
Accommodation: (B, L, D) Savuti, Chobe National Park. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

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Day 7 : Chobe River Front

We journey north toward the Chobe River, the second biggest river in Southern Africa (Zambezi in the largest). Chobe River is home the world’s largest Elephant herds; large numbers of big game such as Buffalo, Hippo and Lion can be seen here. Our private campsite is on a Teak forested dune that overlooks this beautiful river. Gamedrives are taken in the afternoons and mornings to find the remarkable variety of species that are drawn to this permanent water source.

Distance: 160km,4.5 Hours Game-viewing activities
Departure:  07h00
Accommodation: (B, L, D) Serondella Area, Chobe National Park. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

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Day 8 : Chobe River Front

After an early start, we take a slow drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, where we can find Chobe Bushbuck and Puku Antelope. The sheer variety of animals, in abundance, make this region a must-see for any wildlife enthusiast. In the afternoon, guests might choose to go on an optional afternoon boat cruise along the Chobe River-perhaps the last river where one has a fair chance to see Lion and Elephant, Leopard or Wild Dog from the unique viewpoint of a boat.

Distance: 160km,4.5 Hours Game-viewing activities
Departure:  06h00
Accommodation: (B, L, D) Serondella Area, Chobe National Park. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

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Day 9 : Livingstone, Zambia

We have a leisurely start this last camping morning and say fond farewells to our efficient back-up and camp crew after breakfast. We head eastwards on a last gamedrive to exit-gate at Sedudu Valley. From there it is a short drive to Kazungula Border Post, where your Safari Guide will ensure that your transfer back to Livingstone is seamless, before leaving to lead another safari. This afternoon can be spent exploring one of the truly magnificent sights on earth-the wonderfully beautiful Victoria Falls-300 feet high and over a mile wide! Witness the power of nature as an average of 550000 tons of Water thunders into the Zambezi Gorge every minute. Optional activities and Victoria Falls Entrance at guests own expense. Overnight is usually at the Zambezi Waterfront. Please note that the entrance fee to Victoria Falls is not included within this safari.

Distance: 120km,4.5 Hours Game-viewing activity
Departure:  08h00
Accommodation: (B) Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone

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Day 10 : Departure

After breakfast, safari arrangements end. Before proceeding with onward arrangements, guests might want to partake in the numerous optional activities that are available in this adventure capital!

Should guests wish to start or end their Safari in a Lodge or Hotel other than The Zambezi Waterfront (the last night which is included within the cost of the safari), this can be arranged. Alternative accommodation and transfers can be to any of the establishments in the towns of Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). An extra cost applies.

Included

Use of specially modified 4×4 vehicles.
Professional Guide and Back-Up Crew.
All camping on a serviced basis in private campsites.
Camping equipment. En Suite when in Private Campsites
Meals as specified (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner).
Local Beers, Wines & Softdrinks while camping
Accommodation on a shared basis.
Botswana National Parks and Game Reserves entrance fees.
Open Vehicle Gamedrives in all National Parks and Reserves.
Lodge accommodation Maun (Day 4) and Livingstone (Day 9).
Scheduled flight Maun-Xakanaxa (Seat Rate)

Excluded

All airfares. (Flight into the Okavango Delta on Day 1 is included)
Optional activities in Maun and Livingstone
Any gratuities, any personal expenses, visa fees, departure taxes.
Entrance fees Victoria Falls.
Travel Insurance (compulsory).
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers.