13 Day Botswana Safari

Enjoy a classic and unforgettable safari to Nxai pan, Makgadikgadi,the Okavango Delta, Savuti, Chobe and
Victoria Falls.

This safari starts in Maun and ends in Victoria falls or Livingstone

Departure dates and pricing 2017

  • 10 – 22 Jan,
  • 12 – 24 Feb,
  • 16 – 28 March,
  • 9 – 21 April,
  • 13 – 25 May,
  • 2 – 14 June,
  • 4 – 16 July,
  • 18 – 30 July,
  • 16 – 28 Aug,
  • 29 Aug – 10 Sept,
  • 19 Sept – 1 Oct,
  • 1 – 13Oct,
  • 16 – 28 Oct,
  • 7 – 19 Nov,
  • 9 – 21 Dec

€ 4 045.00 pp sharing, Single supplement € 455.00

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Maun Airport and immediate departure for Nxai Pan National Park.    

We drive in a southeasterly direction to the Nxai Pan &Makgadigadi National Parks. Weather permitting we   visit Baines Baobabs on Kudiakam Pans (part of Makgadigadi Pans) and thereafter drive into Nxai Pan. If heavy rains occurred it may be impossible to reach Baines Baobabs, but Nxai Pan is reachable throughout the year. Large amount of game especially Zebras congregate here in the rainy season on their yearly migration. 

 

Overnight Nxai Pan in wild campsite

Day 2

An early morning game drive takes us along Nxai Pan in search of game. The area has a variety of game that change according to the grass and availability of water. Zebra, wildebeest, springbok, impala, giraffe and ostrich can easily be seen. All the predators occur here and also buffalo and elephant in the wet season. The area also has a good amount of birds of prey which can be seen hunting around the waterhole.  We have brunch around midmorning in camp. Late afternoon game drives to the waterhole and sundowners before returning to camp.

 

Overnight Nxai Pan.

Day 3

We depart after breakfast and our game-drive takes us onto the Kgamma-kgamma pan which serves as the northern boundary of Nxai Pan National Park. The area is host to large volumes of zebra and other plains game that migrate into the area. Bull elephants also favour the area and can be seen in small herds. The area adjacent to the saltpans may be undulated and not always reachable. In the afternoon we drive to Baines Baobabs some 35km away on Kudiakam Pan. On our return to Nxai pan we visit the waterhole in search of predators.  

 

Overnight Nxai Pan National Park.

Day 4

We depart Nxai Pan after breakfast and game drive en-route to the main road that leads us back to Maun.We arrive at Maun Lodge after lunch, time to unpack, shower and relax.  

In the afternoon a highly recommended optional game flight offers you an aerial view of the Okavango Delta. (about Euro 110/p)

 

Overnight Maun Lodge BB.

Day 5

We make an early start and drive through traditional villages before crossing the buffalo fence, announcing our arrival in game country. We drive through a wildlife concession where we will see our first animals, like impala and giraffe. We enter    Moremi Wildlife Reserve through Maquee gate. After a coffee and tea break our game drive takes us on a scenic route through ever changing landscape, Mopane forest, to open floodplains or lagoons.

A large variety of game can be found along the rivers and floodplains of the Okavango, herds of red lechwe, buffalo and hippo are commonly seen. During midday we may encounter some breeding herds of elephants coming to drink along the rivers.Moremi is well known for its wild dogpopulation; lions, leopard and cheetah are also frequently seen. We have picnic lunch under shadytrees along the way. We are in our camp in the late afternoon, in time to be shown to your tents and to settle in. Time to shower before dinner served in dining tent. 

 

Camp near Xakanaxa in an exclusive wilderness area.

Day 6

Early morning coffee or tea, and we set off on a full morning’s game drive to return to camp at about 11h00 for a delicious brunch. Time now to shower, rest and relax in camp.  After tea we set off on our afternoon game drive through Moremi with its wilderness of rivers and lagoons. We take a motorboat cruise on the Xaxanika lagoon or Mboma waterways to visit the famous heronries of the eastern Okavango. Return to camp and relax around the campfire.  Dinner served in dining tent.

 

Camp near Xakanaxa in an exclusive wilderness area.

Day 7

Having had breakfast we leave Xakanaxa and continue on its magnificent and interesting riverine route through Moremi to arrive and set up camp within sight of Khwai River at Moremi's North Gate.  

 

Camp near Khwai River in an exclusive wilderness area.

Day 8

Early morning and afternoon game drives exploring the Khwai River area should reveal a variety of game. Leisure time to relax in camp during the day.

 

Camp near Khwai River in an exclusive wilderness area.

Day 9

An early morning game drive to have one last look at the Khwai, before returning to our camp for breakfast.  We leave Moremi and our route takes us on an interesting day’s drive northwards to Savuti.  We stop en route for lunch.  On the way to Savuti we pass over the Mababe depression, once a vast lake. During the summer months the zebra migrate from the Northern Chobe via Savuti and Mababe to Makgadigadi Pans. Approximately 20 000 zebras make this annual migration.

 

The Savuti channel and marsh have been dry since 1980 and finally received water again in 2009. The marsh could be partially covered in water and attract large concentrations of game and birds. Time will now tell how the water will influence the famous Savuti bull elephant population which it is well know for. 

 

Overnight Savuti in an exclusive wilderness area.

Day 10

We depart on an early morning drive in search of the Savuti predators. Savuti has been host to most of the amazing wildlife documentaries filmed in the last 25 years. Many have been about the merciless competition between the different predators. Savuti also hasa few rocky outcrops enabling us to see the Klipspringer antelope. There is also a small collection of Bushmen rock art. Morning and afternoon game drives with leisure time to relax during the heat of the day.  

 

Overnight Savuti in an exclusive wilderness area.

Day 11 & 12

After breakfast we leave for the Chobe River and we should see the breeding herds of elephant and large herds of buffalo for which this park is famous. Chobe riverfront is without a doubt one of the best game viewing spots in Southern Africa. In an afternoon it is possible to see more than a thousand elephants and buffalo. Shy antelope species like the Chobe bushbuck, Roan and Sable antelope can also easily be seen. Along the Chobe floodplains is also a small population of Puku antelope common on the floodplains of Zambia. If you are a keen birdwatcher, huge amounts of water birds congregate here especially in the summer months. In the afternoon of the second day, a boating excursion on the Chobe River offers a new dimension to game viewing.  

 

 

Camp along Chobe floodplains in an exclusive wilderness area.

Day 13

After a leisurely breakfast, we pack up and slowly make our way out of Chobe National Park towards the town of Kasane, from here it is time to bid farewell and get transferred to Livingstone or Victoria Falls. A transfer company will drop you off at the Airport in time for your international flight or at a hotel of your choice.

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