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Tour BOTSWANA: 8 Day Botswana on a Budget # 26

8 DAY BOTSWANA ON A BUDGET SAFARI

Safari Overview

See the best of what Southern Africa has to offer- all on one seamless itinerary! A Southern Africa safari is all about diversity. Some of Africa’s most iconic and wildly different travel destinations such as Big 5 Game viewing, the breath-taking Victoria Falls, the Southern tip of the African Continent and Wildlife rich Chobe.

Using  Cape Town  or Johannesburg as entry points, the top destinations in Southern Africa are easy to reach, easy to combine, and thanks to modern logistics and infrastructure, easy to enjoy. Destinations included in this itinerary are suitable for families with children, couples and honeymooners.

This is a 4 star safari accommodation safari – enjoy!

Itinerary Details
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DAY 1-3: BOTSWANA / Moremi

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Arrive in Maun. Airport pick up with quick road transfer to camp. The camp has quick access to the prime wildlife area of Moremi Game Reserve is lush and varied – a patchwork of lagoons & shallow pans.

DAY 4-5: BOTSWANA / Mobile Safari

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Private specialist guide assistance

The Khwai Concession is a private reserve adjacent to the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, separated from this reserve by the Khwai River.

As there is no fence between Moremi, in the South, and the Khwai River, animals move freely between the two areas.

DAY 6-7: BOTSWANA/ Chobe Game Reserve

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Morning road transfer heading north towards the Chobe National Park. The density of game in Chobe makes it one of the most popular and best-loved safari destinations in the whole of Africa, as does the unique prospect of viewing the park’s wildlife and birdlife by boat.

Over the years, the stunning Chobe has become an increasingly popular destination for photographic safaris, attracting anything from budding amateurs to National Geographic’s absolute finest.

Spend even just a few hours in this magical place and the chances are you’ll get some of the best nature images you’ll ever take. !

DAY 8: RETURN BACK HOME

UNTILL NEXT TIME!

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end…! Goodbye to the safari life, feeling relaxed, mesmerizing scenery, great food, family time and romantic memories.

Morning road transfer back to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg airport…dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!

Price

2022 / Jan-Jun: $3,840 / per person sharing /2 pax min.*

2022 / Jul-Oct: $4,140 / per person sharing /2 pax min.*

*Prices my vary slightly

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Okavango Delta
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Chobe National Park
Price Includes
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • Charter flight as per itinerary
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • All transportation as specified on itinerary
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International airfare, incl. return flights to and from Johannesburg
  • Tips & Private Expenses
  • Visa's (When applicable)
  • Additional accommodation before or after the safari
  • Park and enhance fees as indicated
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Departure & Return Location

Arrival: Maun Airport (Google Map)

Departure: Kasane Airport (Google Map)

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MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Safari in stunning Moremi!

At the place where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of Mopane forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa! Encompassing the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi game reserve includes permanent water as well as drier areas, creating beautiful and unexpected contrasts. Prominent geographical features in the Moremi are Chiefs Island and the Moremi Tongue. Moremi Game Reserve is a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary, situated in the Okavango Delta. The reserve is unfenced, and its boundaries are defined by natural water systems. The vegetation is varied, with dry land complemented by permanent and seasonal swamplands, resulting in an excellent diversity of both wildlife and birdlife.

The idea to create a game reserve first originated in 1961 and was approved by the Batawana at a kgotla in 1963. The area was then officially designated as a game reserve in April 1965 and was initially run by the Fauna Conservation Society of Ngamiland. Moremi was then extended to include Chiefs Island in 1976. In August 1979 the reserve was taken over by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. A further extension was added as recently as 1992 and now the reserve contains within its boundaries approximately twenty percent of the Okavango Delta.

The Moremi Game Reserve, although not one of the largest Parks, presents insights and views even for the most experienced of travellers. Home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. African Wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is resident and has been the subject of a project run in the area since 1989; thus this species is often seen wearing collars emplaced by researchers. The sitatunga and lechwe live in the papyrus banks of the waterways with lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs hunting in the open grassland. The Moremi Game Reserve is home to over 400 of the Okavango’s species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle, Crested Crane and Sacred Ibis. This vast array of mammal, bird, insect, plant, fish and reptile species have adapted to the Okavango Delta’s swamp conditions.

The northeast tip of Moremi, Khwai is an area where evergreen trees line wide floodplains. It boasts excellent density and diversity of both predator and prey species with leopard sightings consistently good. From an ontological perspective, Saddle-billed storks, wattled cranes and many species of kingfishers and bee-eaters are common. In the heart of Moremi, at the tip of the Mopane Tongue, lies the renowned Xakanaxa Lagoon comprising mopane forests and a patchwork of deep waterways and shallow flooded areas, creating a beautiful area packed with game. Leopard and cheetah are regularly seen and the density of antelope is notable. The area’s birdlife is exceptional.

Moremi, hunted by the Bushman as long as 10,000 years ago, was initiated by the Batawana tribe and covers some 4,871 sq. km, as the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. It combines Mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi so well known. Only about 30% of the Reserve is mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.

Khwai Concession

Safari days!

The Camp is situated in the game rich Khwai area, a 180,000 ha concession of the Okavango Delta adjacent the Moremi Game. Located at the north eastern edge of the Delta on the banks of the Khwai River, next to the famed Moremi Game Reserve.

The camp is built in the classic 1950’s safari style camp, with a traditional atmosphere and feel within the Okavango Delta.

With 10 luxury safari tents included 2 Family tents, en-suite bathrooms and living areas, not forgetting the romantic outdoor showers. All the tents are situated on ground level and the pathways to the tents meander between the large riverine trees.

The main ares comprises of dining area, plunge pool & loungers and curio chop.

ACTIVITIES
In addition to day and night 4WD game drives, the camp offers water based activities such as mokoro excursions and motor boat trips. Enjoy a a village walk to give one an appreciation of the culture of the people living in the area.

Khwai Concession

Private Game Reserve

The Khwai Concession is a region in the north-eastern Okavango Delta boasting an impressive fauna. It is a superb alternative to the Moremi Game Reserve, which can be visited all year around.
Lying on the east and fringes of the Okavango Delta with the rich wildlife population and no border stone around on the map, quite often overlooked in favor of its more famous neighbors, though in the winter months he can hold his own for the quality of big game viewing.

As the Khwai concession lies outside the parks, it offers the freedom and flexibility normally only possible with the heavier price tag of a private concession. Go off road for a closer look at sightings, night drives in search of nocturnal species, and with a little advanced planning, head out on game walks to check wildlife on foot!

The landscape is dominated by grasslands, permanent flood plains, and extensive Mopane forest. Large herds of elephants bathe alongside hippos, while lechwe antelopes keep watch. Leopards, spotted hyenas, and large packs of wild dogs will make any wildlife enthusiast’s heart race. Lion prides can be seen from time to time. During the dry season, many animals migrate down from the Linyanti area because the Khwai River provides a reliable source of water, attracting many antelopes, giraffes, buffalos, and zebras. There are also numerous bird species, particularly egrets, cranes, vultures, and various eagle species that specialize in catching catfish.

ACTIVITIES
During your time here, you’ll spend most days exploring the narrow Khwai river, which forms the natural boundary to the Moremi Game Reserve the south. The Khwai river is a beacon for wildlife and plays host to leopards talking Letswe in the long grass, lions swimming from the banks to save their cups during territorial disputes and crocodiles competing with while dogs for a meal of Impala.

BOTSWANA MOBILE SAFARI

Experience the sights, sounds and smell of the bush!

A mobile safari is exactly what it sounds like – a journey through a variety of different wildlife habitats, staying for a few nights in each area. When you move location, the camp moves with you. Each campsite is simply a designated, secluded area of bush with neither facilities nor fences. Before your arrival and after your departure, there is no trace that anyone has stayed there, and the wildlife is free to wander through camp at any time!

Mobile and Walking  safaris in Botswana are, without a doubt, the best way to experience one of Africa’s last un-spoilt wilderness areas!

Safaris are an active and far more intense style of safari, and at the same time, it offers a feeling of freedom that you may never experience again, freedom in one of the wildest places in the world. It is considered the purest form of safari you can experience in today’s world and allows you to relive some of the first explorers of Africa’s day to day experiences!

Not only does walking in the bush force you to tune out the clutter in your head to be able to focus on the world and movements around you, but the requirement of silence between fellow walkers is essential for the safety and success of the walk itself. Not many places or activities today require you to be silent!

The focus is on the quality of the guiding, their motto being, ‘a good guide = a good safari’. Every safari is tailor-made to suit personal interests and requirements and while walking is the focus other activities are offered too.

All Botswana Mobile & Walking safaris are led by an armed guide and accompanied by a backup guide, when there are more than two walking guests. Depending on the location of the walk, it may also involve a tracker to accompany the group.

Experiencing everything up close and personal give a whole new feeling to African and what it beauty has to offer. From walking in wild concession in luxury lodges or walking from comfortable mobile safari. On a “Walking Safari” you will return to the stationary camp each night.

It is amazing to watch the camp disintegrate during breakfast, only for it to re-appear in time for sun downers in a completely different location.’ In the evening, watch amber flames lick hungrily at the charred logs of the campfire as the lilting chimes of minuscule reed-frogs and vociferous crickets float through the cool night air. If you listen closely, you might hear a zebra braying in the distance, an elephant’s trumpet of displeasure or even a rasping, saw-like cough resonating from the inky darkness – the unforgettable call of a leopard patrolling its territory.

Tailor-made, custom, exclusive & private…all combined world-class game viewing with the benefit of the same guide throughout.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & CHOBE RIVER

Safari in spectacular Chobe!

The Chobe National Park established in 1968 covers 11,700 square kilometres and is situated in the northern most part of Botswana. Park stretches from the tip of northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. It has a wide range of distinctive landscapes, from the emerald floodplains of the Chobe River to the sweeping grasslands of the Savuti Marsh and skeletal leadwood trees in the Savuti Channel.

Encompassing swamps, floodplains and woodlands it is the third largest Park or Reserve in the country after Kgalagadi Transfontier Park and the largest of them all the Central Kalahari Game reserve.

With such varied environments and habitats there’s a magnificent array of wildlife. A profusion of palatable grass species attracts a variety of herbivores, including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, and tsessebe. The puku is found, as is the endemic Chobe bushbuck. Predator sightings are good, with leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and large prides of lion that hunt elephant. From servals to side-striped jackals, the list is endless.

All that said, Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants, these gentle giants constantly surround you. In the dry season the Chobe River sees thousands lining the banks and crossing the water. Boat trips at this time provide excellent photograph opportunities.

The Chobe River forms its northern boundary and in the extreme south-west it borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The riverfront is a markable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. Most wildlife activity occurs along the banks of the river – especially during the drier winter months (May – October) when animals congregate at the river to quench their thirst. The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water’s edge is a sight t behold! Birding enthusiasts will find the riverfront a fantastic destination at this time with more than 400 species of birds, including migratory species and numerous birds of prey.

Chobe Area Camp

Land and Water based safari

Located on a rocky hilltop with the Chobe River below, the endless plains of the Kalahari Basin disappear into the horizon: the sense of timeless space is worth a pocketful of gold any day.

Opting for a more stately imprint, perhaps complimenting its commanding view, the camp eschews the standard timber and thatch tented camp style so popular in Botswana and East Africa. Instead you can expect rough-finished sandstone walls, corrugated tin roofs, timber beams, polished floors and a quirky old-world farmstead feel that is right at home in the African bush.

Large well-spaced chalets, along the ridge and each one taking in that magnificent view. Rustic-looking they may be but inside they are anything but. Luxurious beds, en-suite bathrooms – complete with indoor and outdoor showers – and a private deck turn your room into a palace. The screed floors, sand-filled walls and deep shade provide natural cool in the Kalahari.

ACTIVITIES
And then the wildlife! This where you come to see elephants. And lions, leopards, wild dogs, buffalos, hyenas, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, vultures, roan and sable antelope, birds by the bucket load and much, much more. Guided game drives and river safaris happen twice a day and you can also visit the local village and take a guided walk through the bush.
Game drives in open safari vehicles into Chobe National Park; river safaris in delta boats; birding; village visits and bush walks!