9-day Botswana Baobabs and Okavango Delta

Our 9-day Botswana Baobabs and Okavango Delta provides a unique wildlife experience in the Botswana wilderness. This classic itinerary offers a lodge and luxury non-participation camping combination safari. The lodges are beautiful, comfortable and make for a great adventure safari through the world-famous wildlife areas.

DEPARTS: MAUN on Sunday at 14:00pm
ENDS: VICTORIA FALLS on Monday @ ±08:00am

Highlights
* Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
* Savuti – game drives
* Chobe National Park – game drive and river cruisetented

There are few wildlife experiences in the world like a week spent in the Botswanan wilderness.  This classic itinerary offers a lodge and luxury camping combination safari.  The lodges are beautiful, comfortable & make for a great adventure safari through the world famous parks.

Overnight The accommodation throughout this classic journey is of 3 to 4-star style and are chosen not only for their service and comfort level but also for their wonderful locations and local wildlife viewing opportunities.  All rooms have private en-suite facilities.  For the 2 nights in central Chobe NP we stay in mini meru tents.  Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en-suite chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water off the fire.

Meals 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners are included.  All of which are provided by the lodges, or mobile camp at which we are staying.  Due to travel arrangements or game viewing activities, the included lunches will be picnic lunches.  Where meals are not included there will be an opportunity to buy a meal en route or at the restaurant in the evening.

Transport for the entire safari you travel in a purpose built 4WD Land Cruiser with 12 forward facing seats and trailer for luggage.  It has a solid roof and back which provides protection from the sun, and dust.  The Land Cruiser has 12 individual seats in 4 rows of 3 seats but this tour is limited to a maximum of 8 clients so that everyone has a “window” seat.  The light aircraft flight from Maun airport to Khwai airstrip is usually 4-12 seater Cessna or Caravan.  Due to bush landing the luggage limits are strictly adhered to.

Non-participation This is an adventure tour, and as such please expect to get involved.  Where there are porters, they’ll help you, otherwise, you’ll need to carry your own bag.  Included meals are all lodge or camp provided.  If you have a particular interest, please let your safari leader know, and he/she will endeavor to make your journey more rewarding.

Highlights

  • Chobe River Front
  • Savuti, Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 – 3 :

This safari starts at Maun airport where you will be met and after a short briefing, you will board a light aircraft flight to Khwai. You will then be met by your safari guide and enjoy your first game drive to the lodge.  Moremi Game Reserve is the jewel of Botswana and arguably one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in Africa. To the north of Moremi is a vast wilderness consisting of open grasslands and forest and abundant wildlife.  Our lodge is situated on a large concession in this wilderness, overlooking a waterhole, the thatched deck allows us to watch the animals in the afternoon as they come down to quench their thirst. Moremi’s wide variety of habitats makes it a birdwatcher’s paradise.  Our days are spent on open 4WD game drives in Moremi GR and on the wildlife concession along the Khwai River.

Day 1: N/A
Day 1: N/A
Day 1: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge

Day 2-3: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 2-3: Lunch provided by the lodge
Day 2-3: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge

Includes:         Light aircraft flight, game drives & National Park Entry Fees
Overnight:    Elephant Pools Lodge- exclusive private tented bush lodge, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en-suite facilities.      WiFi not available
Distance/time:    Short 20minute flight in small aircraft, morning & afternoon game drives +/-4hrs each
Optional Activities:    Helicopter flight over the Delta (own expense)

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Day 4 – 5 : Savuti, Chobe National Park

We head north from Moremi to the renowned Savuti section of the Chobe National Park.  This is an excellent area for big predators with frequent sightings of lion and leopard, elephant and plains game.  We spend our time on game drives through the dramatic open plains dotted with Acacia, and along the Savuti channel where we hope to see the lions and hyenas that make Savuti an outstanding wildlife destination.  We overnight in our serviced tented camp.  After dinner in our dining tent, fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush.

Day 4: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 4: Lunch provided by the mobile camp
Day 4: Dinner provided by tour mobile camp

Day 5: Breakfast provided by the mobile camp
Day 5: Lunch provided by the mobile camp
Day 5: Dinner provided by tour mobile camp

Includes:                    Entrance fees, morning and afternoon game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicle
Overnight:                  Mini Meru Serviced Camping – twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water off the fire. Towel will be provided. WiFi not available
Distance/time:           150kms, ± 4½ hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing

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Day 6 – 7 : Chobe River Front

Our next destination is Chobe National Park.  We depart Savuti and head north through the remote wilderness of Botswana to the small town of Kasane and our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River.  The following day we head back into Chobe NP on a game drive in the early morning before heading back to the comfort of the lodge during the heat of the day.  In the afternoon we take a boat cruise on the Chobe River.  This is possibly the most satisfying and relaxing game viewing activity in Southern Africa.  We head into the park on a small game viewing boat and spend the next few hours till sunset floating slowly downstream while watching the wildlife come down to drink.  We get close to the herds of elephants and have amazing sightings of crocodile, hippo, fish eagle and many more.  As the sunsets, we head out of the park with some amazing wildlife and sunset photographs.

Day 6: Breakfast provided by mobile camp
Day 6: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 6: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Day 7: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 7: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:                    Entrance Fees, game drive & Chobe River Boat Cruise
Overnight:                 Chobe Safari Lodge – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available
Distance/time:         220kms ± 4½ hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Savuti – Chobe)

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Day 8 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We leave Botswana behind and cross into Zimbabwe and make our way to Victoria Falls.  The mighty Zambezi River thunders 100m over the gorge creating a magnificent spectacle.  The spray from the waterfall sustains a rainforest surrounding the falls which is abundant with birdlife and protected in a National Park.  We explore the Victoria Falls on foot with a local guide bringing the Falls to life with tales of the explorers of these ancient lands.

Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 8: Lunch is an own expense meal
Day 8: Dinner is an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:                   Entrance fees to Victoria Falls
Overnight:                  Bayete Guest Lodge, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. Free WiFi available
Distance/time:           100kms – 1.5 hours, excluding border formalities
Optional Activities      Sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more

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Day 9 : Departure

There is time for one of the varieties of optional adventure activities (own expense) before the tour ends.

Day 9: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 9: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 9: Dinner own expense

Included

Accommodation as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excluded

International flights
Pre / Post tour accommodation
Airport transfers
Travel insurance
Visas
Vaccinations
Gratuities
Optional activities