Botswana Safari Holidays
“One of the true, remaining wilderness areas in Africa”
The classic Botswana safari. Botswana is one of the true remaining wilderness areas in Africa. 35% of the country is dedicated to conservation and Botswana has the 2nd largest area (in percentage terms) allocated to nature, of any country in the world. This is a country committed to conserving its abundant wildlife. Botswana is also home to one of Africa’s great natural attractions – the Okavango Delta, a wetland within a desert. See the elephants in the huge and varied Chobe National Park, and watch them migrate up to 200kms. This itinerary can start or finish in Maun or Kasane and can operate in either direction. It is also just a suggestion and can be extended, or if you are tighter on time you could combine just two camps and areas.
If you like getting up close and personal with nature, this guided safari tour of Botswana is the perfect way to explore. This guided tour includes all transportation, light aircraft flights, and accommodation throughout the duration of the trip. All of the camps and lodges used are small independent properties to further enhance this authentic experience.
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Botswana Safari Holiday Itinerary
Days 1-2: London to Chobe National Park
Your adventure will start in Kasane (or Maun), easily accessible by road from Victoria Falls in 1½-2 hours. A light aircraft transfer (approx. 40 minutes) will take you to the Savute area of Chobe National Park.
Your home for the first two nights will be Savute Safari Lodge which is known for its excellent predator viewing and large herds of elephants. Savute Safari Lodge is situated in the southwestern part of the Chobe National Park, on the banks of the fascinating Savute channel, in the western region of the Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. The two-storey main thatch and timber building houses the stylish bar and the friendly lounge has plenty of leather, wood or wicker armchairs and sofa’s, and an extensive viewing deck. After exciting game drives through world-renowned Chobe, settle around the fire pit and listen to the sounds of the nocturnal animals. Savute lays claim to the second biggest summer zebra migration in Africa, which is determined by the rains but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the southeast of the park.
Established in 1968 and covering almost 12,000 square kilometres Chobe National Park is located in Botswana’s north and is the third largest national park in Botswana. It boasts one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa and is world renowned for its elephant population – estimated at 70,000, possibly the largest elephant concentration in Africa. The Savuti Marsh region, which constitutes the western stretch of the park, covers 10,800 km². A relic of a large inland lake, the marsh is now fed by the erratic Savuti channel. Savuti has rich grasslands, savannah woodland and a large variety of trees and other vegetation, and is home to large concentrations of lions and elephants. Hippos wallow in the waters, crocodile laze in the sun and rich birdlife surround the area.
Days 3-4: Chobe National Park to Okavango Delta
Another light aircraft transfer today, with amazing views of the landscape en route, will take you into the heart of the Okavango Delta for a 2-night stay. The Okavango Delta is a unique system of inland waterways and a highlight of any visit to Botswana. In the Okavango Delta the mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe, is ideal as it can move quietly through shallow water, being pushed by the boatman using a long pole, moving along the narrow channels or cutting through the long grasses or papyrus. Guided activities from this permanent water site are by canoe, riverboat or on foot. Fishing is also available in season.
You will spend two nights at the 4* Camp Okavango or the 4* Xugana Island Lodge. Camp Okavango is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, just outside the Moremi Game Reserve. This camp is the ideal base from which to discover the secrets of this wetland ecosystem. Camp Okavango is a contemporary, eco-sensitive lodge and is fully solar powered. Guests can enjoy views of the Delta from the swimming pool, the relaxing lounge and bar area, or the dining decks. Guests are accommodated in twelve large luxury Safari Suites. Whilst Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession within Botswana’s pristine Okavango Delta. The lodge is set on the fringes of an island, shaded by Ebony and African Mangosteen trees, overlooking the permanent water of the Xugana Lagoon. The Xugana Lagoon is one of the most spectacular permanent water sites in the Okavango and you will be privileged to explore it on motorboats or mokoro’s (traditional canoes). You can also do guided walks on the surrounding islands in the concession, giving you a classic Delta safari experience. Birding in this area is outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish are also popular activities.
Days 5-6: Okavango Delta to Moremi Game Reserve
After another light aircraft transfer, you will be at Camp Moremi on the Xakanaxa Lagoon for a further 2-night stay. A camp with a history dating back to the early 1980’s – Camp Moremi was completely rebuilt and launched again in May 2018. Camp Moremi is situated on the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the Moremi Game Reserve, the heart of the Okavango Delta. The main thatch and timber structure with open sides and wide shady eves is tucked away under giant Ebony trees and houses the friendly and stylish sitting area, the wildlife reference library, the dining room and the impressive sunken cocktail bar. Camp Moremi boasts 12 thatch tented suites, which combine genuine safari tradition with chic touches and modern design and comforts. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, explore the lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat, or relax at the secluded swimming pool and view passing game from the deck in your suite or at the lodge.
The Moremi Game Reserve has one of the most diverse habitats and animal populations in Botswana, so your game viewing activities by river powerboat and in open 4×4 vehicles should be both varied and exciting. Moremi Game Reserve was the first African reserve that was established by the local people. Concerned by the fast depletion of wildlife, the Batawana people of Ngamiland proclaimed Moremi a game reserve in 1963, and today it remains of great conservation, environmental and scientific importance.
Day 7: Moremi Game Reserve to Kasane or Maun
After a final day on safari, it is time to bid farewell to this special country and one final light aircraft transfer will take you to Kasane or Maun, for your onward journey.
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