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Tour: BOTSWANA: 7 Day Okavango Delta Fly-In Safari#29

LUXURY BOTSWANA SAFARI: : 7 Day Okavango Delta FLY-IN SAFARI

Safari Overview

Explore the best of  Botswana, over7 spectacular days packed with our handpicked selection of the best sights, experiences and accommodation in Botswana.

Explore the game-rich Chobe National park, experience world-renown Moremi Game Reserve and marvel at the natural wonders that make up the Okavango Delta, a unique terrain that is a mix of tantalizing lagoons and shallow channels interspersed with unspoilt islands and tranquil delta wildlife who call this magical space home.

A dazzling, breathtaking safari adventure across Botswana’s most exciting landscapes, full of sensational experiences that you will remember forever.

Itinerary Details
Click on the buttons/links below for LOCATION and ACCOMMODATION details and pictures
Price

2020 -2021 / Dec -Mar: $ 3,780 / per person sharing / 2 pax min

2020 / Apr-Jun: $ 4,380 / per person sharing /2 pax min.

2020 / Jul- Oct: $ 4,990 / per person sharing / 2 pax min

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Chobe National Park
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Okavango Delta
Departure & Return Location

Arrival: Kasane Airport (Google Map)

Departure:Maun Airport (Google Map)

Price Includes
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • Charter flights between camps as per itinerary
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • All transportation as specified on itinerary
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International airfare, incl. flight 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
Map


 VISA & Levy’s

  • Zimbabwe: Foreigners need to obtain a visa at the port of entry.Cost os US $ 50 per person and should be paid in cash.
  • No other visa’s are required for USA citizens entering into South Africa, Namibia or Botswana
  • Please refer to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for updated information on each country

VACCINATIONS

Please refer to your health care professional for advise , as well as the CDC for updated information, but typically only malaria prevention medication is advised. Usually, no  other shots are required

*NOTES

  1. Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations. Airline tickets have been estimated and can vary depending on booking dates, fares and available flights
  2. BOARDING: Full Boarding (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the specific location – please inquire if you need details
  3. Child policy may apply & single occupancy policy apply
  4. Park entry fees and cable car ride fees are not included
  5. Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client’s responsibility
  6. Checking and obtaining the necessary/applicable VISA’s for each country visited is the client’s responsibility

They say that all bugs in Africa bite…but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all!

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CHOBE NATIONAL PARK & CHOBE RIVER

Safari in spectacular Chobe!

The Chobe National Park established in 1968 covers 11,700 square kilometers 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.

Kasane Accommodation

Chobe Area Lodge

Situated in Kasane directly on the border of Chobe National Park and within 150m from Chobe River, right on our doorstep four African countries meet (Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia). This is an excellent gateway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls and Caprivi!

The accommodation consists of 38 spacious luxury en-suite rooms each one with open plan bathroom featuring both bath and a shower, air-conditioning, TV and safe. The rooms are completed in modern bush-style design. Bottom rooms have verandas while the top rooms have balconies with exquisite views over Chobe National Park. There are 4 large exclusive family rooms consisting of two separate bedrooms each with its own en-suite facilities. The rooms and facilities have mixed views over Chobe National Park and Chobe floodplains in the far distance.

An elegant, elevated thatch and timber structure serves as the main building comprising a main sitting area, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar inviting a true sense of the African wilderness. Other facilities include a secluded swimming pool with sundeck and thatched boma where brunch and high tea are served.

Along with many species of big game, Chobe National Park boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa! Game drives and boat cruises offered at the lodge provide visitors the opportunity to witness this amazing spectacle.
Dinner Cruises - Dine under the stars on board of our boats and turn your evening meal into an unforgettable occasion. Enjoy a succulent buffet dinner consisting of starters, main courses and deserts while the boat cruises on Chobe River between the shores of Botswana and Namibia. Sip wine while listening to hippos and other sounds of African nature. Indulge in the rich flavors of local and internationally influenced cuisine.

ACTIVITIES
Activities available on request: Sunset Boat Cruises, Private Boat Hire, Victoria Falls Day Trip, Fishing, Scenic Flights, Namibian Village Walk

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.

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 travelers. 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.

Okavango Delta Area Camp

Land and Water based safari

The camp is set in a private 272 km2 concession, adjacent to Moremi Game reserve on the south-eastern side of the Delta. It overlooks the Gomoti River and its flood plains .

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.

8 tented suites, including 1 family suite, which are expertly constructed on elevated wooden decking, and overlook the Gomoti River and its floodplains beyond. The canvas structures are stylish, yet casual, and offer the key elements of a comfortable and spacious safari tent. Each has an en suite bathroom with a modernized African outdoor shower, a toilet with a view, and a subdivided indoor vanity area, which leads into the bedroom. These tents have the luxurious addition of an extended lounge area, which then leads onto an outdoor viewing deck. And the view is something!
Along the raised wooden walkways, the tents lead to the central guest area, which once again makes the most of the Delta view. There is a wide, open viewing deck, which extends out from the main thatched lounge and offers a circular seating are around a dancing fire, and the floodplains sprawl out towards the horizon for all to see. A second deck stretches out from under that thatched area to reveal a nicely sized swimming pool – a true luxury in Botswana’s summer months! Wandering wildlife present around the camp can be clearly seen from both the pool deck and the boma-style deck, enhancing the element of nature from wherever one may be.

ACTIVITIES
Look forward to day and night game drives in the private concession, which always include refreshing coffee stops and sundowners. One can expect to see all of the Delta’s residents (if you’re lucky!), including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, roan, sable, eland, hyena, warthog, and plenty of wild birdlife. After all, the Delta is one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa! When the water levels are right, there are guided mokoro excursions on offer and walking safaris on the floodplains, which add some sublime dimensions to the safari experience.

THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Safari in the magnificent Okavango Delta!

Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta is where the wild things are: an immense, water logged oasis alive with elephants and birdlife, adrift in the middle of Kalahari sands. The real magic of the Delta lies in its water, trickling through from far away highlands, and spreading across the channels and floodplains.

A maze of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over16,000 square km in flood and shrinking to less than 9,000 square km in the dry season. It is a lush water-wilderness of papyrus swamps, shallow reed-beds and floodplains, dotted with islands and laced with a network of channels.

Trapped in the parched Kalahari sands the fresh water oasis attracts wildlife that depends on the permanent waters of this unique wilderness. The fragile ecosystem remain one of the world’s unspoilt and beautiful wildernesses where a vast diversity of animals and birds can be seen. p>

When the rains arrive, they transform the floodplains into a Noah’s Ark of African wildlife. As the water brings life to the delta, its local residents shape and recreate it. Termites slowly build mounds into islands, germinated with palm trees by passing elephants. Waterways open and close on the whim of wide-bottomed hippos, carving out channels where they crash through reeds, and leaving room behind them for exploration by mokoro.

Interesting fact: The Okavango Delta is relatively new in geological terms—only a meagre 60 000 years old. Before the formation of the delta, for some two million years, the Okavango River flowed right through Botswana and drained into a massive lake somewhere in the region of the Makgadikgadi pans in Botswana.Rivers are hard-coded to flow towards big bodies of water like lakes and seas. But then about 50 000 years ago, there was a massive earthquake in Southern Africa. The land near today’s border between Botswana and Namibia shifted, interrupting the Okavango’s usual, obedient flow.It was a shock to the river’s system. The water had no choice. 11 trillion liters spilled out into the desert like oil in a pan, flooding a vast area with a steady torrent of fresh H2O.One awkward geological twist of fate had created the greatest natural oasis on earth-home to thousands of different species of plants and animals. Here, you'll find over 400 species of birds, nearly 200 species of mammals, and over 150 species of reptiles!

The Okavango has many faces, which change throughout the year, prompted by that most unpredictable diva of all: the weather. Water levels rise and drop, expanding and shrinking islands, while animals move where the life is easiest and the grass greenest. In a few days, a sandy road driven by vehicle can become a waterway of unknowable depth, prompting a safari by boat instead. Where and when you stay in the Okavango Delta will hugely influence what you do in the bush each day, the animals you’re most likely to see and finally, the safari experience you’ll have. The delta’s watery heart is best discovered by mokoro through shallow channels and floodplains, as well as crossing the islands on foot.

The Delta area has been split up into private reserves where the game viewing is available only to resident guests. As a result, the Okavango offers some of the most exclusive game viewing area in Africa. The heart of the Okavango is the Moremi, a public park that is particularly busy in areas but is also home to the Mombo concession, a wildlife area regarded by many as the best in the world. Not only is the location one of the most beautiful, and the wildlife so rich, but it is also home to some of the most exclusive and sought-after safari lodges on the continent.

Okavango Delta Area Camp

Land and Water based safari

The camp is located on the edge of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta’s wilderness, overlooking floodplains brimming with wildlife. Leafy palms and ancient ebony trees merge to create an authentic African feel – with a touch of the tropics.

Six fully furnished, deluxe Kenyan-style Meru Tents with en-suite bathrooms (and outdoor showers) are set on raised platforms and overlook the Delta plains and waterways. Guests have access to the elevated top-deck bar, lounge, two-level dining area, boma and swimming pool.

ACTIVITIES
The camp offers mokoro excursions complete with delicious packed picnic lunches to enjoy on an island after you have engaged in an exhilarating bush walk. Sunset motorboat cruises allow you to soak up the colors of nature with a refreshing drink in hand.