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Botswana Explorer - 18 Days

This safari will take you into seven different areas: Nxai Pan, Magkaidgkadi Pan, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Savute, Chobe River and Victoria Falls.

This safari starts in Maun (Botswana) and ends in Victoria Falls/Livingstone (Zimbabwe)

This is a Mobile Camping Safari with 13 nights in dome tents and 4 nights in fixed accommodation.

Enjoy this rewarding adventure as a participation style safari, where you will erect your own simple camp and cook your pre-prepared meals over an open fire. On this semi-participation safari you will have an English speaking safari guide and a cook.

Day 01: (1 Night) MAUN

Overnight in fixed tents – Bed and Breakfast

Africa is like no other travel destination, and if approached with a spirit of reverence and spirituality, can change you and your perceptions of life. The Kalahari Desert is one of these destinations offering an amazing spirituality and/ or the humbling experience of the peoples of the San - The Kalahari Bushmen

Air Botswana will carry you safely from Johannesburg International Airport, which departs around 10:10 am every day, and arrives at Maun Airport, on the fringe of the Okavango Delta, at 11:50am. Upon arrival you will be met by your safari guide and welcomed into Botswana.

Maun is a small town on the southern side of the Okavango Delta, utilised by many Tour Companies and Safari Operators as the starting point for various kinds of adventures. This afternoon you have the option of taking a game-flight in a light aircraft over the Okavango delta (duration of the flight is approx. 1 hour) in order to understand the geological aspect of the Delta as well as to see various species of game, this optional activity is highly recommended.

Day 02 & 03: (2 Nights) NXAI PAN – KALAHARI DESERT

Overnight in dome tents – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (drinks excluded)

Today we drive East direction towards Nata, stopping for 2 nights to visit Nxai Pan National Park.

The Nxai Pan area is a series of small fossil pans, which are covered in short, nutritious grasses, interspersed with ‘islands’ of mainly umbrella thorn trees. Nxai Pan lies to the north of the Makgadikgadi Pans, and in the dry season the wildlife concentrates on one artificial water hole, just north of the Game Scout Camp. In the February to April wet season, the concentrations of wildebeest, zebra and oryx are spectacular. In addition there bat-eared foxes emerge in good numbers, while lion, hyena and wild dog have followed the antelope to the area.

Nxai Pan and Kudiakam Pan are both a part of the ancient lake bed that formed Sua and Ntwetwe Pans. Kudiakam comprises mini salt pans, but thanks to its higher elevation, Nxai Pan escaped encrustation by leached salts.

The Nxai/ Makgadikgadi area has also been made famous by its magnificent baobab trees. There are Baines’ Baobabs, south of Nxai Pan, which form an impressive group. They are named for the painter, who immortalised them in 1862. Baines was travelling with John Chapman at the time, but has also travelled with Livingstone.

The Magkadigkadi Pan, sorrounded by the Kalahari Desert, is a large salt pan in the middle of the dry savanna of north- eastern Botswana; it is one of the largest salt flats in the world.

Day 04: (1 night) MAGKADIGKADI PAN – LEKUBU (KUBU ISLAND)

Overnight in dome tents – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (drinks excluded)

After an early breakfast we will drive deeper into the Magkadigkadi Pans all the way to the eastern border to a magic area called Lekubu or Kubu Island.

Lekhubu is a rock out crop which, in the past, was submerged in the water of the lake. Kubu is the Setswana name for a hippopotamus, while Lekhubu means a rock outcrop. This rock outcrop is engulfed by the white sea of salt, so that it remains as an island jutting out the middle of the flats.

Day 05, 06 & 07: (3 Nights) CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE – DECEPTION VALLEY

Overnight in dome tents – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (drinks excluded)

After breakfast, we will depart the Magkadigkadi Pan and this unique ‘island’ heading west to enter the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The following three nights’ stay in the park will solve some of the mysteries surrounding life in this arid region. The Kalahari and its adapted game and vegetation have succeeded in surviving the elements and their story is plain for those who wish to understand. Predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena occur here as well as water independent antelope, such as Oryx and Springbok. The combination of Kalahari and Okavango on one safari will clearly illustrate the importance of water to an area. The Kalahari is one of the remotest and most unspoilt areas of Africa, with a size of 52 800 square kilometres.

Day 05 – Transferring day

Day 06 and 07 - Exploring Day in the Kalahari Desert

Day 08: (1 Night) MAUN

Overnight in fixed tents – Bed and Breakfast

Today we return to Maun for one night after a long journey out of the Kalahari. Afternoon at leisure around the swimming pool.

The Okavango Delta is the world's largest in-land delta, formed where the Okavango River flows out of Angola into the Kalahari desert.

Day 09 & 10: (2 Nights) OKAVANGO DELTA – MOKORO EXCURSION

Overnight in dome tents – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (drinks excluded)

After a re-stock on supplies, we cross the Thamalakane Fault and continue onto the watery channels that make the Delta famous. We will spend 2 nights camping in the Okavango, travelling on mokoros to get to our camp. There will be opportunity for walks too.

At the River we meet the Mokoro polers who will be your hosts and guides for the next 2 coming days. After introductions you will continue on by traditional style dug-out canoe (Mokoro). Gliding along the pristine channels, there are excellent photographic opportunities to capture the beauty of the Okavango.

Day 11: (2 Nights) OKAVANGO DELTA - MOREMI AREA

Overnight in dome tents – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (drinks excluded)

We return to land and head out for the Moremi Area - situated in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta.

This game reserve is ideally situated for a wildlife sanctuary. It has no fences, hence allowing unobstructed seasonal movement of game which makes this a largely natural area. This is a paradise for birds, game and predators alike.

Completely varied vegetation makes this area very special.

Within an hours’ travelling it is possible to view the first of the wildlife inhabiting this area. We will stop en-route for a simple lunch of sandwiches and fruit, before continuing towards our camp.

Late afternoon arrival at our camp, with enough time to settle in before having our evening meal. Afterwards we will relax around the campfire where your guide will explain the safety precautions and will answer your various questions in order to calm your understandable apprehension for the coming days.

Day 12: OKAVANGO DELTA - MOREMI AREA

Overnight in dome tents – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (drinks excluded)

Day 12 - Exploring Day in the Okavango Delta

We will enjoy the next full day exploring the Moremi Area with our days consisting of early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of various predators (such as lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena), antelope (such as impala, lechwe, reedbuck, tsessebe), and other game such as giraffe, zebra, etc., and of course also the birds that inhabit this area. Hippopotamus are abundant in the streams and lagoons that make up vast areas of the Delta.

Upon return to our campsite around late morning, a delicious brunch will be served. Thereafter you have time to relax in/around camp. Once it becomes cooler towards the late afternoon we once again depart on a game-drive, returning to camp after sunset for our night in the wilderness. Thereafter you have time to relax in/around camp. We will explore the Moremi Game Reserve in great detail, which is sure to provide many unforgettable game-viewing experiences.

.Day 13 & 14: (2 Nights) SOUTHERN CHOBE NATIONAL PARK – SAVUTI OR MABABE AREA

Overnight in dome tents – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast  (drinks excluded)

Day 13 - Moving Day:

After an early breakfast, we will pack our vehicle with our hand bags, camera and the necessary things for the day and start our journey to our next destination. We will game drive towards our next camp.

Picnic lunch will be served en-route in the shadow of a great tree.

To reach our next camp can take the entire day or half day; it depends on which animals and interesting things we find during our journey.

Departing Moremi, we will drive to our next destination – Savute in Southern Chobe National Park, one of Africa’s most densely populated predator areas and is also well known for its sightings of elephants. The Savute marsh offers an ever-changing spectacle of birds and wildlife. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with leisure time to relax during the heat of the day.

Day 14 - Exploring Day in the Savute Area

Day 15: (1 Night) NORTHERN CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Overnight in dome tents – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (drinks excluded)

Day 15 - Moving Day and afternoon sunset cruise

Departing Savute, we make our way towards Northern Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square kilometres. This park has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. Upon arrival at your third camp, enjoy some time to relax before setting out on your afternoon game drive activity. We will enjoy an afternoon sunset boat cruise, observing the game coming to quench their thirst in the cool waters of the Chobe River. This river is the life-blood for thousands of elephants in the dry season as well as many other species. Return to our camp for dinner.

Day 16 and 17: (2 Nights) VICTORIA FALLS – ZIMBABWE / LIVINGSTONE

Overnight at Local Hotel – B&B

This morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kazangula border post, where you will clear customs and cross over the Zambezi River, by ferry, into Zambia or by road into Zimbabwe (depending on availability at the time of the booking).

Included: accommodation in chalets or standard rooms on a bed and breakfast basis, border and airport transfers.

Day 18:

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to connect your flight to Johannesburg.

This price includes

-17 nights camping in semi participation camps

-2 nights in fixed tents in Maun (BB)

-13 nights in dome tents in semi participation mobile camps (LDBB)

-2 nights in standard rooms or chalets in Victoria falls or Livingstone (BB)

- Meals when camping and as specified when in fixed accommodation

- Game drives and sunset cruise in the Parks

- Airport and border Transfers

- All park entrance fees

- Vehicles (Toyota Land Cruiser 4 x 4) open or closed

- Services of a qualified English-speaking safari guide and bush chef

Not include

- International and local flights (Johannesburg – Maun; Livingstone / Vic Falls– Johannesburg)

- Transfers not specified in the itinerary

- Single supplement charges

- Drinks

- Meals when you stay in fixed accommodation

- Comprehensive insurance (luggage, personal liability abroad etc)

- Optional activities

- Laundry

- Gratuities & items of a personal nature

- Tipping and gratuities to Chauffeur & Local guides

- Passport & Visa fees (Zambian Visa)

- Airport TAXs.

 

 

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