An all-encompassing ten day safari taking in three of northern Botswana’s key wildlife areas: the Moremi Game Reserve, 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.
Your safari will start in Kasane at 09h00, should you be spending pre-nights in Kasane, and your guide will collect you directly from your lodge before 09h 00.
For guests who are transferring across from either Livingstone or Victoria Falls Town, your transfer should be organized to arrive at Chobe Safari Lodge by 09h00 in time for the boat cruise.
Enjoy a morning boat cruise along the Chobe River before your guide drives you through Chobe National Park to your camp site in Savuti.
Unlike the vast majority of the country, Savuti is not flat landscape. Large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands, towering over the endless savannah. These hills provide habitat for a completely different array of small wildlife, birds and plants. The Savuti Marsh has been the stage for many of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The wide open country, good ungulate populations and particularly strong prides of lion and hyaena clans make for dramatic wildlife interaction and excellent viewing opportunities. The now dry Savuti Channel runs through this landscape linking the drysand-veld, the waterholes, the hills and the grassland that was the Savuti Marsh.
Leaving the parched landscape, we continue our journey south to the Khwai Community Area.
A fascinating days drive looking at some of the evidence of the Paleo-Lake Makgadikgadi that dried up some ten thousand years ago. The most challenging part of the trip is crossing the Magwikwe Sand-ridge that formed the shoreline for this massive inland sea. The winding track through this deep sand makes for interesting travel in the early summer! The old lake bed is now the Mababe Depression. The dense clay floor of the depression result in high protein feed for wildlife and the area teams with game after the rains. During the rainy season the depression is impassable due to the “cotton soil” and alternative routes must be used.
The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. We spend the following two nights camping at an exclusive campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day.
We will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness by mokoro and enjoy an up close and personal encounter with Botswana’s flora and fauna. It is important to note that night drives are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area.
The Manuchira Channel is known as the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity. The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. We pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo.
Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast reed-beds of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. As a result of the extremely variable habitat the diversity of both wildlife and birdlife is excellent.
Following an early breakfast you will start the drive out from Moremi Game Reserve back to Maun where you will arrive at approximately 12h00.