9 Days Exceptional Botswana with 1 FREE night from US$4,290.-

Exceptional Wildlife sightings abounds on this safari in Botswana’s most unique wildlife areas. Start out with boating safaris in the Okavango Delta, followed by vehicle and walking safaris in the famous Chobe National Park and Selinda Reserve.  Bush planes take you from camp to camp to make the best of your time and give you incredible birds eye views of Botswanas different eco systems.

Highlights:

  • Okavango Delta, Chobe and Selinda Reserve
  • Small camps with traditional safari feel
  • Vehicle, boating, walking, night time and canoe safaris
  • Fl-in to all your camps with incredible views
  • Easy extension possibility to Victoria Falls
Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
City Lodge OR Tambo Airport Johannesburg 1 B&B 1x Double Room
Xobega Island Camp Moremi Game Reserve 2 FB+ 1x Meru-style fly tent
Camp Savuti Linyanti Concessions 2 FB+/Drinks 1x Safari Tent
RAW Botswana Selinda Reserve 3 FB+/Drinks 1x Safari Tent

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily

FB+Drinks: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch, house wine, local beer,  and activities daily

Price

US$5,372.- July through October 2019

US$4,942.- April though June,  2019

US$4,290.- December 2018 through March 2019

Price per person, double occupancy

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, all intra Africa flights and transfers, 2 daily safari activities, drink package at Camp Savuti and RAW Botswana Camp (soft drinks, local beer and house wines); National Park fees,

Excluded

International flight to Johannesburg, optional tours;

Day 1:           City Lodge O.R Tambo Airport, Johannesburg

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Johannesburg and walk to your hotel adjacent to the terminal.

 

Overnight: City Lodge OR Tambo Airport

Based at Africas busiest airport, City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travellers with home away from home accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport.

OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether its a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airports facilities have everything you need. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop.

 

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2:           Xobega Island Camp, Moremi Game Reserve

Botswana

Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With almost 40% of its land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas you can travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland. The first – and most lasting impressions – will be of vast expanses of uninhabited wilderness stretching from horizon to horizon, the sensation of limitless space, astoundingly rich wildlife and bird viewing, night skies littered with stars and heavenly bodies of an unimaginable brilliance, and stunning sunsets of unearthly beauty. Experience here the stunning beauty of the world’s largest intact inland Delta – the Okavango; the unimaginable vastness of the world’s second largest game reserve – the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; the isolation and other-worldliness of the Makgadikgadi – uninhabited pans the size of Portugal; and the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park. Botswana is the last stronghold for a number of endangered bird and mammal species, making your safari experience even more memorable, and at times you will feel simply surrounded by wild animals.

Moremi Game Reserve

The amazing foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world’s most famous reserves, conserving part of the Okavango Delta and the plains to its east. The reserve covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest. This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, and lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list.

Day Itinerary

Walk to the check in area and take a flight to Botswana and on into the African bush by small bush plane followed by scenic boat ride in the Okavango Delta.

Arrive to welcome drinks and receive a briefing by the camp host before being shown to your classic canvas safari tent under the trees.

After some refreshments it’s time for a sunset boat cruise. Your guide will pack a cooler box with your choice of drinks and you will depart the island and cruise into the sunset. Enjoy the Delta’s beauty and bird life for a couple of hours before returning to camp for dinner and your first night on Xobega Island.

Activities

Mokoro Safaris

Mokoro excursions are offered at Mboma boat station, which is on Moremi mainland where your Xobega Island guide will meet you and take you on a 45-minute boat cruise through the Delta to the island itself. If guests would like to enjoy a mokoro safari before departing the boat station, that is entirely possible as there are pollers available to conduct a mokoro safari. This is one of the classic Okavango Delta experience, and one certainly not to miss.

Boat Cruises

Daily boat cruises take place in the morning and afternoon around sunset. Xobega Island is surrounded by Delta channels and lagoons where hippo, elephant, crocodile, and a host of bird and wildlife species can be found. Morning cruises depart after breakfast and return in time for lunch, and sunset boat cruises depart just in time to enjoy the last colourful light of the day and toast the sunset with a refreshment served on the water.

Game Drives

Take a vehicle game drive  prior heading heading for your island destination.

Overnight: Xobega Island Camp   View iBrochure

Xobega Island Camp is a piece of paradise in the great water wonderland that is the Okavango Delta. Just off the mainland of Moremi Game Reserve, Xobega (or Gcobega) Island is ideally located and easily accessible for self-drivers coming from Mankwe Bush Lodge, and what it offers can’t be beaten.

A bird-lover’s paradise, and an adventurer’s dream, Xobega has 10 light Mery-style canvas tents equipped with twin stretcher beds and en suite, open-air bathrooms. Everything about this camp is eco-friendly, from the solar-power, to bucket showers, and chemical toilets.

Guests arrive at the tree-filled island via boat and are welcomed to this simple safari. Hippos rule the waters around the island, lions are heard across the water, and a Pel’s fishing owl takes up residence in the trees.

It is important to note that Xobega Island is only accessible in a 4×4 vehicle and the driver should have some 4×4 experience. The Moremi Game Reserve roads can be challenging with varying amounts of thick sand, as well as deep pools of water during the rainy season.

Meru-style fly tent

Each tent has a spacious interior, fly screen and canvas sides, and a zip-doorway leading to the outdoor en suite bathroom. Canvas overhangs extend outward at the front entrance of each tent creating a shaded ‘verandah’ and place to sit and bird-watch.

Inside each tent are twin beds, complete with bedding and linen. Floor rugs and scatter cushions add some vibrant colour and sense of luxury to these authentic safari tents. There is sufficient space in a tent for a third stretcher, however no children under 12 can be accommodated on the island.

A single solar-powered light can be switched on and off at the wall, while lanterns can be used as bedside lights. Bucket showers are filled with hot water, daily, as are the standing washbasins. Chemical toilets are placed in each bathroom, in keeping with the eco-friendly operation of the camp.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 3:           Xobega Island Camp, Moremi Game Reserve

Day Itinerary

Early wake up call followed by coffee and breakfast in the dining tent. After breakfast you will depart for a long boat cruise through the Okavango Delta, gliding through the channels in between a myriad of islands. Remember your camera and sun block, as you will be out on the water until late morning. Upon returning to camp, you are welcome to have a warm bucket shower and refresh before lunch is served in the dining tent. Sit down and enjoy a good meal, followed by an afternoon siesta, or a spot of birdwatching on the island. High tea is served later in the afternoon and a sunset cruise complete with sundowners awaits to end the day.

After your sunset cruise, return to camp to enjoy the campfire and a 3-course dinner before tuning in for your last night on Xobega Island.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 4:       Camp Savuti Chobe National Park

Savuti – Chobe National Park

In the heart of Botswana’s Chobe National Park lies a dynamic wilderness, a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the Savuti channel. It has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere. In 2008, the Savuti Channel, having been dry for many years, once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring Hippo and other aquatic life with a large variety of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it. How long will it be before the water dries up again? Judging from historical records it could be more than a hundred years or less than ten. Nature has the final say in such matters.

The dead Camelthorn trees on the Savuti Marsh have become one of the most prominent features of the landscape – skeletons of trees drowned in the flood-waters at least 40 years ago. Another part of the Savuti is characterised by the Gubatsa Hills, which were formed millions of years ago during volcanic movement. These hills rise to a height of about 90 meters out of an otherwise completely flat landscape.

The Savuti area offers great game viewing  with resident game consisiting on large prides of lion and the annual Zebra migration. Good sightings of Cheetah and Leopard are possible and the endangered Wild Dog also occurs here. Savuti is famous for its large concentrations of Elephants that congregate around the waterholes, making game-viewing exceptional.

Birdlife is also amazing, with Secretary Birds and Kori Bustards often seen around the Savuti Marsh. Summer migrants and water birds include Abdim’s Storks, Carmine Bee-eaters, Fish Eagles. Red-billed Queleas, which gather in their thousands, are a spectacular sight as they wheel and turn in unison.

Day Itinerary

Wake up early to coffee and breakfast in the dining tent on Xobega Island before departing the Delta and heading for the Savuti. After breakfast, you’re back out on the water to search for elephants drinking or taking baths, birds along the shore and various wildlife along the waterways.  Board a bush plane for Chobe National Park where your Camp Savuti guide will be waiting to meet you. You will then enjoy a 30-minute safari through the park to Camp Savuti, located on the banks of the Savuti Channel. Receive a warm welcome and a briefing from your host before having lunch and settling in to your tented room.

Later on in the afternoon you can enjoy a sunset game drive including a sundowner stop at a designated stretch point in the park and enjoy being surrounded by the famous Savuti!

Activities

Camp – Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives reveal the rich wildlife of the area where predators and elephant are often the highlight. Plains game and the diverse birdlife also offer fantastic sightings. The open 4×4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven people, allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat.

 

Overnight: Camp Savuti      View iBrochure

Camp Savuti has become famous for its exceptional game viewing opportunities. In particular, it is famed for lions that hunt and prey on elephants, which are found in abundance in the area. Award-winning documentaries have been shot in the Savuti area, cementing its reputation as a prime wildlife destination.

Camp Savuti overlooks the dense Savuti marsh area and all 5 of the Meru-style tented rooms have elevated balconies taking advantage of these views. The large, spacious tents are located in such a way that they enjoy privacy and exclusivity. For the adventurous, there are outdoor showers where you can cleanse while enjoy the tranquillity of the African bush.

Guests can enjoy a range of activities from game drives through the Chobe National Park and exploring the fringes of the channel and the marsh. The area is diverse and guests will delight in the superb game viewing on offer. From photography to bird watching and predator sightings, Camp Savuti is the authentic safari gem of the Chobe region.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 5:           Savuti Camp, Savuti Area

Day Itinerary

Enjoy a lengthy drive around the Savuti Marsh and time to stop for coffee and rusks at a designated point in the park. Return to camp and enjoy a sumptious lunch before relaxing at the lodge or enjoying the view from your private deck.

High tea is served at the lodge later in the afternoon and is followed by an afternoon game drive complete with sundowners in the bush. As the sun sets, return to camp and enjoy the open-air campfire and a special dinner out on the deck under the stars.

Activities

Game Drives and afteroon game drive with sundowners.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 6:           RAW Botswana, Selinda Reserve

Selinda Reserve

Situated in northern Botswana, the Selinda Reserve is a 120 000 hectare private wildlife reserve. Sandwiched between the Savute Channel, Chobe National Park and the sensational Okavango Delta, this sanctuary is well off the beaten track and offers visitors an exclusive wildlife viewing experience. This varied landscape hosts a wide selection of species in diverse habitats. Visitors can enjoy eco-friendly safaris including guided bush walks, 4X4 game drives, and boat safaris. Spot an array of magnificent of wildlife such as the rare roan and sable antelopes, lion, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, African wild dog, and large elephant herds.

Day Itinerary

This morning take a game drive to the airstrip for your flight into the Selinda Reserve. Search for wildlife during your drive to the camp. This afternoons game drive explores the Selinda Reserve prior dinner and a night around the African sky punctuated with sparks from the campfire.

Overnight: RAW Botswana Motswiri Camp            View iBrochure

Motswiri Camp, enviably located on the banks of the Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana, offers horseback safaris, walking trails, boating, mekoro, canoeing, fishing and game drive experiences in one of the country’s most exquisite wildlife areas. It is a small, environmentally sustainable camp with five tented suites overlooking the spillway.

The camp is largely solar-powered, and promotes low impact living in this unique and fragile ecosystem supporting an untamed extravagance of animal and birdlife. Each of the timber and canvas tents has en suite bathrooms, comfortable bedrooms, and individual decks with a view.

The team at Motswiri shares many decades of experience running adventurous and eco-friendly safaris with superior attention to detail, friendly service, wholesome and delicious cooking, and expert guiding and wildlife knowledge. Embrace the phenomenal surroundings as you indulge in unforgettable experiences.

The camp operates exclusively on 120 000 acres of this magnificent and world-renowned tract of land. Guests can fly in to Motswiri’s adjacent airstrip from Maun and Kasane, which of course, is an experience in itself. The view from the air during the 40-minute light air transfer is of the scenic jewel-toned Delta waterways.

Double

Five tents are airy, spaced well apart and each has its own self-contained shower, loo and large decked veranda, and can be configured for double bed or twin accommodation.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 7and 8:           RAW Botswana, Selinda Reserve

Day Itinerary

Today head out into the Selinda Reserve on foot for an awe-inspiring walking safari led by an experienced and passionate trails guide. After a few hours out in the bush, examining animal tracks and signs, encountering wildlife, and enjoying photographic opportunities, or perhaps a swim in the fresh water of the Spillway, guests return to camp for lunch. A relaxed afternoon at camp is a whiled away before embarking on an afternoon game drive with sundowners in the bush.

Activities

Walking Safari
Mekoro Safaris
Game Drives
Boating Safaris

Walking Safari

Walking trails are for groups no bigger than 6 guests, led by an armed guide. This is about tracking, searching for specific game, bird watching, detailed study of flora and fauna, or can be interspersed with fishing and swimming. Guides will tailor the walking trails to suit guests’ interest.

Mekoro Safaris

A mekoro is a traditional dug-out canoe, steered by a practiced poller. This is one of the most famous Okavango Delta activities, and truly an experience close to nature. Cruises take place in the lagoons and waterways in the Selinda Reserve and offer an opportunity to unwind, bird watch, and watch elephants and other game on the banks.

Game Drives

Motswiri operates on 120 000 acres of pristine Selinda Reserve. Game drives offer the opportunity to encounter big game and explore this unique and diverse area, but during the wet season the area available to drive is limited.

Boating Safaris

The waterways and lagoons of Selinda are ruled by hippos, while elephant, buffalo, lechwe, and many more herbivorous species flock to the banks to drink and feed on the lush vegetation. Boating safaris make for incredible sunset cruises and offer views from the water, unique to this area.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 9:           Departure

Day Itinerary

Enjoy your last game drive this morning. It will end at the airstrip for your bush flight over the Delta and on to Johannesburg.

Note: Since you are already in Northern Botswana you might choose to continue to Victoria Falls as an alternative.

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
Scheduled  OR Tambo Airport Xobega Island Camp via Maun
Bush Flight Xobega Island Camp Camp Savuti
Bush Flight Camp Savuti RAW Botswana Motswiri Camp
Bush Flight RAW Botswana Motswiri Camp Maun Airport [MUB]
Scheduled Maun Airport [MUB] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

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