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

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

Why you'd love it!

Explore the best of  Botswana, over 7 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, breath-taking safari adventure across Botswana’s most exciting landscapes, full of sensational experiences that you will remember forever.

Itinerary Details
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DAY 1-2: BOTSWANA / Chobe National Park

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Kasane airport (BBK) meet and greet, followed by quick road transfer to the lodge.
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. Check-in, enjoy lunch and off you go on your land and/or water-based safari!

DAY 3-4: BOTSWANA / Okavango Delta / Moremi

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Depart on a light aircraft charter to you next camp – right next to the Moremi Game Reserve. 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 5-6: BOTSWANA / Chobe National Park

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This is the Okavango Delta – a maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands, and wildlife galore!
You will be notified of the departure time at your lodge the night before. Travellers will enjoy mokoro trips and wilderness walks that will give you the chance to see the Delta animals such as Sitatunga and Lechwe antelope, crocodile, hippo, birds, and fishing.

The Okavango is the world’s largest inland delta – a unique ecosystem of labyrinthine waterways that create thousands of verdant, palm-studded islands teeming with wildlife. Often referred to as the “Earth’s Last Eden”, the Okavango’s savannahs, floodplains and woodlands are home to virtually all of the great animals of Africa and it is especially famous for its magnificent lions.

The Okavango is a pristine, pure wetland which is the result of rivers from Angola and Namibia spreading over the Kalahari sands of northern Botswana. The papyrus lined channels and lagoons offer shelter to crocodile and hippo, and the “islands” formed by those channels are home to thousands of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and over 450 species of bird

DAY 7: 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 charter flight to Maun airport for flight back to Johannesburg and connecting international flight back home – dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!

Cost

2022 / Dec -Mar: $ 3,980 / per person sharing / 2 pax min.*

2022 / Apr-Jun: $ 4,650 / per person sharing /2 pax min.*

2022 / Jul- Oct: $ 5,240 / per person sharing / 2 pax min*

*Prices may vary slightly

Dates

👉🏼Best time: MARCH – OCTOBER

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Chobe National Park
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Okavango Delta
Price Includes
Price Excludes
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • "Inter-Africa" flight as per itinerary
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • All transportation as specified on itinerary
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
  • International airfare
  • Tips & Private Expenses
  • Visa's (When applicable)
  • Additional accommodation before or after the safari
  • Park and enhance fees as indicated
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Arrival Location

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Departure Location

Maun Airport (Google Map)


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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.

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 flavours 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. 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.

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 over 16,000 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.

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 litters 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 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.