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Designed with romance in mind, this 7-day journey explores Botswana's best wildlife areas with a delightful combination of luxurious safari camps in exclusive settings.

Chobe Chilwero is located in Botswana’s beautiful north, overlooking the Chobe River floodplains. Game drives and boat cruises provide superb game viewing in the Chobe National Park - home to the highest concentration of elephants in Africa and boasting impressive sightings year-round. Balancing the Chobe’s riverine forest with pristine wetlands, Baines Camp is set in the heart of the Okavango Delta and offers a truly unique experience of nature walks with habituated elephants. After this fascinating insight into the lives of these gentle giants, Chief's Camp provides the ideal location for exploring the Moremi Game Reserve. This legendary reserve offers unparalleled big game viewing in what is known as the ‘predator capital of Africa’.  

This fly-in itinerary is ideal for seasoned travellers or first timers, and the Chobe’s proximity to the iconic Victoria Falls offers a perfect safari add-on. The romance of luxurious camps and superb settings makes this tour an unforgettable honeymoon. It is also a sublime partner to an Indian Ocean island getaway.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Luxurious & intimate lodges
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Walk with habituated elephants
  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • Day & night game drives
  • Guided safari walks

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Cruising on the Chobe River

On arrival at Kasane International Airport, meet your guide for the short drive to Chobe Chilwero. Recipient of many international travel awards, this beautiful and lavish lodge enjoys commanding views over the Chobe River floodplains. Settle into the comfort of your suite before returning to the main lodge to meet your guide over a sumptuous afternoon high tea.

One of the highlights is exploring the river from a customised game viewing boat, watching the multitudes of animals in the river and along its banks. During the dry season from May to October, Chobe is home to Africa’s largest population of elephants, and there is no better way to view their antics along the riverbank than from your unique vantage point in a safari boat.

In the golden light of late afternoon, the sight of these enormous creatures taking such evident pleasure in the cool water is an unforgettable experience. Old bulls stand meditatively at the water's edge slurping solemn trunkfuls while young calves wrestle and roll in the shallows watched over by their mothers. Sometimes a herd will cross the river, and in the deeper sections only their trunks remain above the surface. Still as stones scattered along the riverbank, crocodiles bask unblinking in the last warmth of day, while great pods of hippo snort and grumble in the water.

Days 3-4

Walking with Okavango elephants

A mid-morning flight whisks you south over the Chobe’s vast dry plains to the lush fingers of the Okavango Delta wetlands, a shimmering mosaic of forested islands, grassy floodplains, snaking channels and papyrus beds. Your home in the delta is the remarkable Baines Camp, nestled harmoniously in dense riverine woodland. With only five suites, this camp is exceptional and intimate with stunning features. Discover the star bath and sky bed set on your private veranda, sheltered by towering trees and offering breath-taking views of the delta by day and star-filled sky by night.

Explore the wilderness in a traditional canoe based on the mekoro used by local tribes. It is the ideal craft to navigate the narrow channels and offers a rare viewpoint for exploring this magical landscape. Glide gently through the waterways with the sound of birdsong in your ears as you encounter the myriad natural wonders around you: tiny, jewel-like frogs cling to lily stalks, kingfishers take to the air in a flash of colour, and herds of red lechwe antelope graze in shallow flooded plains.

For an entirely different experience, join the semi-habituated elephants Jabu, Thembi and Morula for a walk. Accompanied by your guides, stroll alongside these gentle giants as they forage and explore, giving you an unforgettable insight into their lives. Watch as they use their trunks to amazing effect: from snapping off thick branches to picking up berries and delicately popping them into their mouths. Feel, rather than hear, the deep rumble of their secret language, look into their eyes and see the thoughtful intelligence behind them. After this moving encounter, join them in the shade of an ebony tree for a picnic lunch like no other.  

Days 5-6

The magical Moremi

After a final morning activity at Baines, fly to Chief's Island in the Moremi Game Reserve. The largest island in the Okavango Delta, Chief's Island is famed for the density and diversity of its wildlife, something that becomes apparent the moment you land. Open grasslands teem with grazing antelope and herds of giraffe tower over acacia trees, peering curiously as you drive past. Resting in the woodlands, Cape buffalo stand out, black against green, and zebra fill the air with their whistling alarm call: with such an abundance of game, predators are never far away, and this is one of the best places to find them.

Arriving at Chief’s Camp, you feel a palpable sense of tranquillity. Set in a grove of towering trees and overlooking a huge floodplain, this intimate camp has a charming atmosphere. A stylish lounge, dining and bar area leads out to a secluded pool deck while the spa is tucked away down a quiet little pathway. Settle into your room and admire the view from your veranda before you prepare for the afternoon’s game drive with your guide.

The diversity of habitat here makes an immediate impression - every few minutes the scenery changes: forest, grassland, wetlands. Your guide keeps an eye out for lion tracks – there is a high density here with prides swelling to 20 or more individuals, making Chief’s Island a premier predator destination.

As the sun dips under the horizon, your guide selects a scenic spot for you to stretch your legs and enjoy an ice-cold gin and tonic before you return to camp with tales to share over dinner on the terrace while the lions roar regally in the distance.

Day 7

Farewell to Africa

After a morning drive and leisurely brunch, begin your homeward journey on a scenic flight to Maun. Soaring over the pristine wetlands of the Okavango Delta calls to mind the encounters you have had - sunset over the Chobe River with a hundred elephants at the water's edge, exploring the wilderness at Jabu’s side, and the pure adrenaline rush of watching a lion hunt. With memories like these, a part of your heart remains in the beautiful wild places of northern Botswana.

Inclusions

  • 2 nights at Baines' Camp on a fully inclusive basis
  • 2 nights at Chief's Camp on a fully inclusive basis
  • Inter-camp transfers
  • 2 nights at Chobe Chilwero on a fully inclusive basis
  • Elephant Experience at Baines' Camp

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 03 Sep 2014 - 03 Oct 2014 $8880
  • 04 Oct 2014 - 03 Nov 2014 $8880
  • 04 Nov 2014 - 04 Dec 2014 $5700
  • 05 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $5700

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"A variety of experiences and landscapes makes this a wonderful safari itinerary. End off on the iconic Chief's island in the Moremi reserve where you might be lucky & see a Rhino. One of the few places in Botswana where they roam."

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