Botswana Desert & Delta

Highlights of this Safari

  • Diverse Wildlife Destinations & Victoria Falls
  • Game Drives, Boat Safaris & Bird Watching
  • Mobile, Serviced Camps in Private Settings
  • Small Group Size & Expert Guiding

FROM USD 3230 pps

Comfort Level: V Value Packages
Start/End: Start at Livingstone & End at Livingstone
Countries: Botswana, Zambia
Destinations: , , Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti Safari, Chobe National Park

Itinerary

Day 1: Explore the Pans

Early morning transfer from Livingstone’s Waterfront Hotel to Botswana border to meet your guide. Drive to Nata & the Makgadikgadi Pans for 1 night camping on full board basis.

It is an early start this morning but the reward is sitting back on a safari vehicle as it makes its way south to the Nata Sanctuary, set on the very edge of the world’s biggest salt pans. Your serviced tented camp is ready and waiting for your arrival and although it has been a long journey, there is time for an afternoon game drive and sunset over the pans. Nata Sanctuary is home to classic Kalahari wildlife such as springbok, black-baked jackal and the rapier-horned gemsbok antelope. In summer, the pans fill with water and become a birding paradise with the arrival of flamingos, wildfowl and wading birds.

Days 2 – 3: A Kalahari Masterpiece

Drive to Nxai Pan National Park where you spend 2 nights at a private campsite on a full board basis. Morning & afternoon game drives.

Spanning both Botswana’s Kalahari and savannah habitats, Nxai Pan is a fascinating natural gem. Home to unusual desert wildlife such as brown hyena and springhare as well as more familiar animals such as impala, wildebeest and giraffe, the park has a reputation for predators – especially lion and cheetah. You have a full day to explore this compact and rewarding destination on a morning and afternoon drive; the dry season has excellent waterhole-based viewing while the wetter summer months are a time of green grasslands and much animal activity: many antelope give birth (attracting predators) while large numbers of elephant, buffalo and zebra move into the park.

Day 4: Delta Gateway

Drive to the town of Maun on the edge of the Okavango Delta. Check in at Sedia Riverside Hotel for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis only.

It is a game drive out of Nxai Pan before rejoining the tar road to Maun where you check in at a lodge on the Thamalakane River, your first sight of Okavango Delta water. You enjoy the use of a pool at the lodge and have the afternoon at leisure, perhaps to catch up on emails or do a bit of souvenir shopping. Sedia Hotel is a short drive into the town of Maun where you will find many shops and markets. Lunch and dinner are for your own account today.

Days 5 – 6: Into the Okavango

Leave Maun Airport & drive to the Xakanaxa region of the Moremi Game Reserve. Enjoy 2 nights at a private campsite on a full board basis.

Protecting much of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve is a rich natural environment that blends beautiful scenery with extravagant wildlife. Xakanaxa – your destination – is a mouthful to pronounce (Ka Ka Ni Ka) but is one of the best game viewing regions in Moremi. Elephants and buffalo move through Moremi’s woodlands and onto floodplains covered in antelope and birdlife; it’s a good area to look for lion, leopard and wild dog too. You enjoy game drives as well as a day spent exploring the Okavango’s waterways by motor boat, complete with picnic lunch on a delta island.

Days 7 – 8: To the Khwai River

Drive through the Moremi Reserve to the Khwai River region & your private campsite. Enjoy two days in this wildlife hotspot on a full board basis.

From one wildlife hotspot to another: the endearingly named Khwai River is one of the last stretches of Okavango water and has long been a rewarding area for game viewing. As with all your Botswana safari accommodation, your tents are set up in an exclusive-use campsite, giving you peace and quiet during your afternoon siesta as well as intimate nights around the campfire. Khwai is a great place to tick off classic animals like giraffe and zebra as well as more unusual animals like sable antelope; Xakanaxa is also notorious for its predators – big cats and wild dogs plus many smaller ones like jackal, honey badger and wild cat.

Days 9 – 10: The Savuti Experience

Drive into the Chobe National Park & its central Savuti region where your private campsite sits near the flowing Savuti Channel. Enjoy 2 nights on a full board basis.

It’s a game drive all the way from Khwai to Savuti, the epicentre of the Chobe National Park and a strong contender for the best destination for predators in Botswana. Watered by the now-flowing Savuti Channel, the area attracts animals all year round and is famous not just for its enormous – and often placid – bull elephants but for the struggle on the savannah between lions and spotted hyenas. Your campsite lies near the channel and you’ll enjoy morning and afternoon game drives as well as a visit to a San Bushman rock art site.

Days 11 – 12: The Chobe River

Travel north through the Chobe National Park to the Chobe River where you enjoy 2 nights on a full board basis at a private campsite.

It is a landscape largely of woodland and the occasional village before you catch sight of the Chobe River, the second largest in southern Africa and vital water source for Africa’s biggest elephant population. It is an area of abundant wildlife – there are large numbers of buffalo, giraffe and many antelope species – and it is one of the best bird watching destinations in Africa. Your campsite lies under teak trees close to the river and you have morning and afternoon game drives to look forward to as well as an optional boat safari, something recommended in the late dry season when wildlife concentrations along the river are very high.

Day 13: The Smoke that Thunders

Travel across the border into Zambia & the town of Livingstone; check in at Zambezi Waterfront, your en-suite lodge accommodation, for 1 night on a breakfast only basis.

You say farewell to the camp and its crew after a leisurely breakfast, driving the short distance to the border with Zambia. Before saying goodbye, your guide will assist you with border formalities and onto your road transfer to Zambia and your lodge in Livingstone. Rooms are simple but comfortable and have their own bathroom; most are set close to the Zambezi River. You have the afternoon to do as you like – a visit to Victoria Falls perhaps, and some souvenir shopping. Note that lunch and dinner plus all activities in Victoria Falls are for your own account.

Day 14: The Journey Ends

The safari ends after breakfast at Zambezi Waterfront

You will need to make your own arrangements today; the services of our operator end after breakfast. We can arrange a transfer to Livingstone International Airport for an onward flight but if you’d like to see more of Victoria Falls and book an activity or two, simply let us know and we’ll add on the extra accommodation. Victoria Falls is Africa’s adventure capital and activities range from scenic flights, river cruises and elephant-back safaris to white-water rafting and bungee jumping.

Rates

These rates are purely for informational purposes and do not reflect the actual cost in those currencies.

2018

Season
Timing
Price
High Season
01.07.18 - 31.10.18
USD 3630
Low Season
01.11.18 - 31.12.18
USD 3230

2019

Season
Timing
Price
Shoulder Season
01.04.19 - 30.06.19
USD 3310
High Season
01.07.19 - 31.10.19
USD 3721
Shoulder Season
01.11.19 - 31.12.19
USD 3310

These rates are per person sharing & single supplements may apply. Please treat all pricing as a guide only & the rates are subject to availability & may change slightly without notice. Request a quote from us.

Includes:
  • 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Professional guide and camp staff
  • Camping equipment
  • Full board
  • Park entry fees and camping fees Botswana
  • Drinks (local brands) while camping
  • One night accommodation in Livingstone B&B
  • One night acommodation in Maun B&B
Excludes:
  • Airfares
  • Activities in Lingstone
  • Chobe boat cruise
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Victoria Falls entry fee
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  • We regularly do site inspections
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  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
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