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Showcasing Botswana's legendary wildlife reserves, this 10-day guided camping safari explores some of the best game viewing destinations Africa has to offer. After eight adventure-filled days, the tour wraps up with two days in Zimbabwe’s iconic Victoria Falls.

Your safari begins in the jewel of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta, where you explore the papyrus-lined waterways and floodplains of the Moremi Game Reserve. Next, you head into the Chobe National Park’s wild and remote Savute, where savannah grasslands provide a backdrop for some of Africa’s largest lion prides. From there, your road turns upcountry to the Chobe River and encounters with the densest population of elephants in Africa. Your safari concludes in Africa's 'adventure capital' and a world wonder, the Victoria Falls.

This safari offers an authentic under canvas experience without sacrificing creature comforts. The emphasis is very much on big game viewing and up-close wilderness encounters - theblend of water and land-based excursions ensures you see a wide diversity of wildlife. This is an ideal tour for photography enthusiasts.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Classic mobile camping safari
  • Professional guide throughout
  • Exclusive & fully serviced camps
  • Sensational, year-round game viewing
  • Small groups - ideal for couples & singles
  • Ideal conclusion at Victoria Falls

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

A warm Botswana welcome

Having met your guide on arrival at Maun International Airport, a light aircraft whisks you into the Okavango Delta and your first camp: Nxabega Safari Lodge.

Shortly after takeoff, the small town of Maun disappears and is replaced by a wetland wilderness, where waterways, islands and channels form an abstract pattern of singular beauty below you. Keep an eye out for animals: elephants and hippos along the water’s edge, giraffe, zebra and antelope on the drier islands. Nxabega's campsite is set in a grove of shady trees and was designed sensitively with an explorer theme. Your comfortably appointed walk-in dome tent is complete with an en suite bathroom and embodies the spirit of pioneering adventure.

Settle in and take stock of your new surroundings: birdsong rings out, hippos huff in nearby waterways and monkeys scatter through the trees. You have a full day to explore tomorrow, but there may be time for an afternoon game viewing activity after you settle in. Nxabega is set in a private, game-rich concession and offers day and night game drives as well as water-based excursions and guided nature walks. Be prepared - the game viewing begins the moment you leave camp.

As the sky turns into a palette of fiery hues and your first day in Africa draws to a close, you sip a sundowner as the scent of a delicious, fire-cooked meal drifts in from the kitchen. Dinner is served under a star-filled sky to the soundtrack of the Okavango Delta’s nightlife.

Day 2

Okavango Delta waterways

Wake with the sunrise and freshly brewed tea or coffee as the Delta comes to life around you. After a light breakfast, you head out with your guide to take full advantage of the morning’s golden light.

Mekoro – canoes – are the traditional mode of transport in the Okavango’s papyrus-lined waterways. Steered by a local guide, its flat bottom makes it ideal for navigating the shallow, lily-strewn waters. Glide silently through this wonderland, observing it up close without creating any disturbance. Bejewelled kingfishers ogle you as you pass by; baby crocodiles bob in the backwaters and water birds patrol the reed beds. Your guide finds an island to stretch your legs with a short walk before skimming back to camp and a delicious brunch in the shade of ebony trees.

A post-brunch siesta or restful bird watching in camp carries you through to the afternoon activity: a guided nature walk.This is your opportunity to learn some of the secrets of the wilderness - medicinal plants, signs and scats, birdcalls and insect life - and a chance to track animals, enjoying the thrill of being on foot in big game country.

Days 3-4

Moremi game adventures

After the morning activity at Nxabega, a light aircraft carries you across the Okavango Delta to the Khwai River region, taking in a spectacular panorama of the eastern edge of the Moremi Game Reserve en route.

Famed for its diversity of habitats and density of game, the Moremi is home to the full cast of big predators - cats, wild dogs, crocodiles and spotted hyenas - as well as buffalo, giraffe, elephant, zebra and many antelope species. Led by your guide, morning and afternoon game drives unlock the secrets of the bush around you. Sit back and let your eyes rove over the tangled waterside vegetation and shimmering floodplains. The birdlife is sensational; the rich wildlife on display includes rare and unusual creatures such as honey badgers and serval cats.

Expect the unexpected in Moremi: a leopard's tree-wedged kill, or a phalanx of buffalo, gleaming horns lowered to warn off lions as they probe the herd, seeking a gap to divide the weak from the strong. Your guide is alert for barked alarm calls or antelope on the run –the signs of cheetah or wild dog hoping make a quick kill.

As darkness falls, your guide brings you back to the comforts of camp wielding a spotlight expertly to seek out rare nocturnal species as they emerge for the night. On your return, relive the afternoon’s excitement with a chilled drink at the fireside before your meal is served beneath the stars.

Day 5-6

Sensational Savute

The reward is worth today's long drive. Travelling north, the Okavango Delta floodplains fall away, replaced by the open woodlands and grasslands of the Chobe National Park. Keep your eyes open: this drive doubles as a game drive and as you near today's destination - the legendary Savute Channel - the wildlife becomes even more prolific.

Dry for almost 30 years, the channel has been flowing since 2009 and is a lifeline for the region's animals once more. Percolating out of Botswana's northern wetlands, this miraculous waterway travels south until it reaches the open plains of the Savuti Marsh, where it finally disappears into shifting sands and reed beds. This area is home to a great variety and density of animals with lion prides up to two dozen strong and hyena packs even larger.

You may choose to rest at camp this afternoon after your drive from Moremi. With two nights next to the Savute Channel ahead of you, there is plenty of time to search for the predators that have made the area so popular among wildlife filmmakers.

In addition to the timeless battle between lions and hyenas, your guide is on the lookout for leopard, cheetah and wild dog. You may be lucky and encounter the area's famously placid elephants, whose tranquil attitudes to vehicles allowfor unrivaled photographic opportunities. In summer, a dazzling zebra migration moves through the region filling the air with strange whistling alarm calls as wide-eyed mothers defend their newborn foals from Savuti's hunters.

Day 7-8

The mighty Chobe River

A game drive through the heart of the Chobe National Park leads to the banks of the Chobe River. Chobe is elephant country and it is here, next to the river in dry season, that you experience the breathtaking sight of huge herds of these animals coming down to the river to drink, bathe and socialise.

From your comfortable base camp, explore the area on game drives and boat cruises, enjoying diverse wildlife viewing and peerless bird watching. Home to the densest concentrations of animals in Botswana, the Chobe River entrances you with its languid swirl and fiery sunsets. Troops of baboons bark out to each other as they clamber into trees for the night, safely out the reach of leopards, while enormous herds of buffalo funnel down to the water's edge at dusk for a last drink,and the lions settle into their ambush positions. If Africa is a theatre of spectacles, the Chobe River stages some of the greatest dramas.

Day 9

The Smoke that Thunders

 

After breakfast,a short drive whisks you tothe Zambezi Riverand the border with Zimbabwe, beyond which waits the Victoria Falls and your base, Elephant Camp. At a distance of nearly 10km, the spray rising above the churning waters of Africa’s mightiest waterfall is clearly visible from the camp.

Settle into your comfortable suite and take a break from camping – Elephant Camp offers all the facilities of a safari lodge, such as private plunge pools and armchair game viewing at thecamp waterhole. Later in the day, view the Smoke that Thunders up-closeand take in the markets and attractions of the Falls before returning to the comfort of yourcampto sip chilled cocktails as elephants wander past.

 

Day 10

Farewell to Africa

After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport for your onward journey, taking with you memories of an unforgettable safari, close encounters with wildlife and moments that will remain with you forever.

To discover why Victoria Falls is known as 'Africa's Adventure Capital', we recommend adding an extra day or two to your safari. Full-day whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, elephant-back safaris and canoe adventures are just some of the activities on offer. Speak to us about extending your safari.

Inclusions

  • Mobile camping accommodation on a fully inclusive basis
  • Road Transfers as specified
  • Charter flights as specified
  • Game viewing activities
  • National Park entrance fees
  • 1 night at The Elephant Camp on a fully inclusive basis

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $5385
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015 $5215
  • 01 Apr 2015 - 31 May 2015 $5915
  • 01 Jun 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $6715
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $5915

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.

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Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

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"Experience Botswana in the most authentic way possible - camp deep in prime wilderness spots. This is unbelievable adventure!"

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