The classic Botswana safari. Botswana is one of the true, remaining wilderness areas in Africa. 35% of the country is dedicated to conservation and Botswana has the 2nd largest area (in percentage terms) allocated to nature, of any country in the world. This is a country committed to conserving its abundant wildlife. Botswana is also home to one of Africa’s great natural attractions – the Okavango Delta, a wetland within a desert. See the estimated 70,000 Elephants in the huge and varied Chobe National Park (well, not all of them), especially as they migrate up to 200kms. This itinerary can start or finish in Maun or Kasane and can operate in either direction. It is also just a suggestion and can be extended, or if you are tighter on time you could combine just two camps and areas.
Your adventure will start in Kasane (or Maun), easily accessible by road from Victoria Falls in 1½-2 hours. A light aircraft transfer (approx. 40 minutes) will take you to the Savute area of Chobe National Park. Savute Safari Lodge is known for its excellent predator viewing and large herds of elephant, and your stay here is 2 nights.
Established in 1968 and covering almost 12,000 square kilometres Chobe National Park is located in Botswana's north and is the third largest national park in Botswana. It boasts one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa and is world renowned for its elephant population - estimated at 70,000, possibly the largest elephant concentration in Africa. The Savuti Marsh region, which constitutes the western stretch of the park, covers 10,800 km². A relic of a large inland lake, the marsh is now fed by the erratic Savuti channel. Savuti has rich grasslands, savannah woodland and a large variety of trees and other vegetation, and is home to large concentrations of lions and elephants. Hippos wallow in the waters, crocodile laze in the sun and rich birdlife surround the area.
SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE
Savute Safari Lodge is situated in the south western part of the Chobe National Park, on the banks of the fascinating Savute channel.
Another light aircraft transfer today, with amazing views of the landscape en route, will take you into the heart of the Okavango Delta for a 2-night stay.
The Okavanago Delta is a unique system of inland waterways and a highlight of any visit to Botswana. In the Okavango Delta the mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe, is ideal as it can move quietly through shallow water, being pushed by the boatman using a long pole, moving along the narrow channels or cutting through the long grasses or papyrus. Guided activities from this permanent water site are by canoe, river boat or on foot. Fishing is also available in season.
Camp Okavango is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, just outside the Moremi Game Reserve.
XUGANA ISLAND LODGE
Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession within Botswana’s pristine Okavango Delta. The lodge is set on the fringe of an island.
After another light aircraft transfer you will be at Camp Moremi on the Xakanaxa Lagoon for a further 2-night stay.
The Moremi Game Reserve has one of the most diverse habitat and animal populations in Botswana, so your game viewing activities by river powerboat and in open 4x4 vehicles, should be both varied and exciting. Moremi Game Reserve was the first African reserve that was established by the local people. Concerned by the fast depletion of wildlife, the Batawana people of Ngamiland proclaimed Moremi a game reserve in 1963, and today it remains of great conservation, environmental and scientific importance.
Camp Moremi is situated on the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the Moremi Game Reserve, the heart of the Okavango Delta.
Located in the heart of Moremi Game Reserve which lies within the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, is one of the original authentic bush camps, Camp Xakanaxa.
After a final day on safari it is time to bid farewell to this special country and one final light aircraft transfer will take you to Kasane or Maun, for your onward journey.
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|Kasane > Savute Safari Lodge||± 1hr|
|Savute Safari Lodge > Okavango Delta||± 45mins|
|Okavango Delta > Moremi Game Reserve||± 45mins|
|Moremi Game Reserve > Maun||± 45mins|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
This is the classic Botswana fly-in Safari, combining all of the best elements of a safari in Botswana. The Savute region is (for want of a better phrase) the 'posh' end of Chobe National Park and the scene of some of the best safari action in Africa. This is the home of the lions that have learned to hunt Elephants, as seen on David Attenborough's Planet Earth!
And then the Okavango Delta, unique as the only inland delta in the world. Explore the waterways & channels in a traditional mokoro (canoe) or powerboat, and look for the animals from a unique perspective.
This itinerary is priced on using the camps of Desert & Delta Safaris, surely one of the friendliest companies in Africa, but there are alternatives too. Botswana is a very special destination.
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