10-day Botswana Northern Highlights

This all-encompassing ten day safari takes in three of northern Botswana’s prime wildlife areas: the Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession Area of the fertile Okavango Delta, and the varied habitats of Savuti and the lush, reed lined, riverfront within the Chobe National Park. Discover the diverse beauty of this northern region of Botswana, which is home to a wealth of bird and wildlife, on a mix of day and night game drives, walking safaris, boat trips and a scenic flight over the delta. It’s a superb way to really get an in-depth feel of Botswana’s northern highlights.

Highlights

  • Khwai Community Area
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Nxai Pan National Park
  • Savuti – Chobe National Park
  • Botswana

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Moremi Game Reserve

After your arrival at Maun International Airport, you will board a charter flight to the Xakanaxa airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve where you will be met by your guide. Your first three nights are spent in the Xakanaxa region where you will explore the surrounding wilderness on morning and afternoon game drive excursions.  Accommodation during your tour is in spacious en suite wilderness tents, fitted with camp beds. Bucket showers (hot or cold) are available, subject to availability of water.

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Day 2 – 3 : Moremi Game Reserve

You have 2 full days exploring Moremi Game Reserve.  In the heart of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled reserves in Africa, and the huge variety of wildlife here will not disappoint. Moremi is one of the best places in Africa to see the endangered African wild dog, and Xakanaxa is home to a resident herd of buffalo, which in turn attract prides of lion. The birdlife is also exceptional, with swamps and open waters attracting a variety of species.

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Day 4 : Khwai Community Area

Today you have an early breakfast followed by a game drive heading northeast to the Khwai Community Area (about 3-4 hours depending on sightings). The area is well known for hippos and some impressive old bull elephants, and you can also hope to spot giraffe, zebra and antelope plus lion, cheetah and leopard. Later, having reached your new camp, you’ll have the chance to go for a night drive, seeking out shy, nocturnal creatures.

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Day 5 – 6 : Khwai Community Area

You have 2 full days exploring the Khwai floodplains. The Khwai concession is separated from Moremi Game Reserve by the Khwai River and there are large herds of elephants, lion, leopard and wild cat here, as well as many other species. We will explore by 4x4 vehicle and you can also go for a guided walks, an activity not permitted inside the national parks and reserves. These allow you closer encounters with nature and compliment the game drive experience well.

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Day 7 : Savuti – Chobe National Park

Today you travel north to Chobe National Park. This drive should take about 4-5 hours. You will pass through land that was covered in water some 10,000 years ago before the ancient inland lake evaporated. You will need to cross the Mbabe sand ridge that once marked the shoreline and the Mababe Depression, the old lake bed. This is a fascinating area and is a mecca for birds who feed on the grasses here. Finally you reach your third tented camp of the safari and have time to relax.

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Day 8 – 9 : Savuti – Chobe National Park

Two full days of game-viewing in the Savute area which is well-known for being a magnet for cheetah, leopard, lion and wild dog with the long grasses proving perfect hunting territory. This area is also known for large populations of bull elephants who depend on three waterholes, so spending time here can make for some wonderful sightings.

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Day 10 : Departure

Leaving camp after breakfast, you travel along the Chobe River arriving in Kasane in time for a picnic lunch, before taking a boat cruise on the river to end your safari.   Your safari ends in Kasane on the completion of the cruise.   We recommend that you either stay in Kasane for the night, or perhaps travel across the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We can help plan extra nights to suit you.

Included

Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds and bed linen, with a private bathroom en-suite
Services of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle
Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles plus activities as stated in the itinerary **
Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves
All meals and drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) whilst in camps
Okavango Air Rescue medical evacuation insurance (guests must still have comprehensive personal medical insurance)

Excluded

Travel/medical Insurance
All flights unless otherwise indicated
Items of personal nature
Staff gratuities
Optional safari extensions
Any drinks at lodges or accommodation other than mobile tenting.