- Tour Itinerary -
Arrive at Maun International Airport where you will meet your Penduka guide. We depart towards the Central Kalahari Game Reserve where we set up our first night's camp close to the banks of the dry Boteti River. Enjoy the first evening under the African sky and around the campfire.
After breakfast we leave the Botetiand soon arrive at Matswere Gate, where we enter the Central Kalahari GameReserve. We make our way to the Passarge Valley (all these valleys are oldfossil river beds now, with clusters of trees and grass). Passarge Valley isset in the north west of CKGR and was closed until 10yrs ago to the public, thevalley smaller than Deception Valley gets it name from a Swedish Botanistcalled Passarge. The area is remote and not visited frequently but has goodgame concentrations if rains fell. In this area Surricate or Meerkat can befound over and above the other Kalahari game species. Chances of seeing giraffeand cheetah are also very good. Overnight Passarge Valley
Early morning and afternoon game drives in the valley in search of game. The area is also host to numerous bird species, and small raptors can often be seen in pursuit of their prey.
Today we travel south via a couple of vegetated pans to reach the remote Piper Pan in the early afternoon. Lunch served en route. We enjoy the peace and tranquillity around the campfire.
Morning and afternoon game drives. Time to relax during the heat of the day.
After breakfast we make our way due northeast via Lethiau Valley to reach Deception Valley in the afternoon. We spend these two days exploring Deception Pan, and the adjoining pans. This area is home to a number of Kalahari animals such as springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest, brown hyena and lion, which we should see on our morning and afternoon game drives.
A leisurely breakfast early morning, break down camp and then we drive north along the cut line to Kuke corner bidding the Central Kalahari Game Reserve good bye.
Upon arrival in Maun meat your pilot at the Maun Airport and commence on your light aircraft flight to the Moremi Game Reserve.
Upon arrival at the Xakanaxa airstrip you will be met by your guide.
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. In the afternoon we may encounter some breeding herds of elephants coming to drink along the rivers. Moremi is well known for its wild dog population; lions, leopard and cheetah are also frequently seen. We are in our camp in the late afternoon, in time to be shown to tents. Time to shower before dinner served in dining tent. Camp near Xakanaxa in exclusive wilderness area.
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 Xaxanaka 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 exclusive wilderness area.
Having had breakfast we leave Xakanaxa and continue on an 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 exclusive wilderness area.
Early morning and afternoon game drives exploring the Khwai River area should reveal a variety of game. Dombo Hippo Pools offer beautiful sunsets and plenty of Hippo. During the heat of the day you will have a chance to read, relax and enjoy the sounds of the wild, followed by afternoon tea and a sunset game drive. Camp near Khwai River in exclusive wilderness area.
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, here in 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 is now 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 known for. Overnight Savuti in exclusive wilderness area.
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 about the merciless competition between the different predators. Savuti also have a 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 exclusive wilderness area.
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, Chobe will not disappoint, huge amounts of water birds congregate here especially in the summer months. In the afternoon on the second day, a boating excursion on the Chobe River offers a new dimension to game viewing. Camp along Chobe floodplains in exclusive wilderness area.
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. Your transfer company will drop you off at the Airport in time for your international flight.
(Visa and departure taxes are for own account)
End of the safari
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- Testimonials -
We have just returned from an amazing safari with Willem.
We saw nature and scenery at its supreme best and it has left a significant mark on all of us.
South Africa 12.07.2017
Let me start by saying a huge thank you to you, Sally and Ann-Mari for the superb experience last week. The conference was one we will not forget in a hurry. Everything ran smoothly, the food was excellent and your staff are a pleasure to be with.
I was so happy to meet you Willem, because I knew that you had the best knowledge of the Delta and Botswana and would be able to share such amazing insights and stories with us.
I only hope that I get the opportunity to get a group together and travel somewhere else in the Delta or in Namibia with you again.
South Africa 24.03.2017
Once again we were able to travel through this part of Africa in the old fashion style: by mobile safari. Even after more than 40 years of travelling, I am still fascinated. But who else than Penduka Safaris are able to take us to places where you can experience it. You are far away from any civilization. This year we travelled first through the Central Kalahari, my favorite.
I would like to thank you for organizing a great safari.
It started with a flight over the Okavango which was one of the best for me so far.
The car was very comfortable. Enough space for everything, comfortable seats and a good view.
The crew was excellent, the food delicious and rich in variety and last but not least Mike did a great job.
What's your idea of holidays? To sleep in a luxurious bed with crisp bed linen, take a bath in a designer bath, go to a concert or enjoy the latest movie with George, or Angelina ?
Well - forget about it when you go on a Penduka Safari!
Instead experience nature at its best with people at their best!! Chris and his team made those holidays the best ever. We came back home as different people and with the longing to return to the special places Penduka offers.