A 10-day walking, driving and canoe safari in Botswana’s premier northern reserves is sure to leave you with lasting memories The adventure begins in Maun. View the patchwork of islands, grasslands and waterways from above on a short safari flight.
Traverse the quintessential wildlife reserves of Moremi, Khwai, Savuti and Chobe. Witness the splendorous, thundering Victoria Falls. Each day brings a new pursuit of wildlife on a series of game drives, mokoro trips and bushwalks. Safaris are led by highly-skilled native guides, each with an incredible passion for the people and animals who call this area home. Wake each morning to the excitement of adventure, and slumber each night to the soundtrack of the surrounding paradise—a sound that will live on in our memories of wild Botswana.
The table below indicates the vaccinations suggested for travel on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. You should seek professional medical advice from your GP or clinic at least six weeks prior to departure. Please note some areas visited are malarial. We recommend you speak to your doctor or travel clinic about appropriate anti-malarial tablets.
Your trip begins today in Maun, Botswana. An afternoon light aircraft flight takes us soaring above the Okavango Delta, a patchwork of grass islands and palm trees, enveloped by stretching fingers of water. Landing in the famous game haunt of the Moremi Game Reserve, we head out on safari. As the sun begins to set we’ll enjoy our first sun downer around the campfire at our private camp. Our tented camp is light on impact, high in comfort and transported with us to the next two safari locations on our journey. Individual canvas tents have two twin beds, comfortable mattresses, a connected private open air bathroom and covered veranda. Overnight at our private campsite in the Moremi Game Reserve. Dinner Included.
Flying: 30 minutes
*Recommended: Join our Cape Town Extension before this trip begins to enjoy the heritage of this fascinating South African City while catching your breath after long international flights.
We enjoy our first full day on safari in the vast Moremi Game reserve. Set aside for protection in 1962 by the BaTawana people, the Moremi encompasses one third of the entire Okavango Delta at 1,900 square miles. Filled with papyrus-lined lagoons, golden grasslands and mopane forests teaming with wildlife, it’s one of the world’s best safari reserves. We head out early in the morning to spot wildlife when they are most active. Our custom-built Land Cruisers are specially outfitted for safaris in Botswana. With stadium seating and arm rests for six, everyone has a comfy open-air perch to view the action. We return to camp for lunch and an afternoon siesta before going back out in the soft afternoon light for another wildlife encounter. We follow this comfortable rhythm throughout the duration of our safari, interjecting additional safari activities like mokoro canoeing and a walking safari. All meals included.
Our next wildlife-rich area of exploration is in the Khwai concession. Along the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta, the land opens up and mopane forests thin into grasslands riverine acacia forests. The snaking Khwai River becomes a wildlife magnet in the dry season, drawing massive herds of elephants. Over the next two days we explore the area by mokoro canoe and on foot, learning about wildlife tracking and the finer ecological processes at play from our masterful guides. Here it's possible to see rarer species like roan and sable antelope, as well as more common ungulates such as kudu, tsessebe, wildebeest and zebra. And where there’s herbivories, the carnivores are usually close at hand. We keep our eyes out for lion, spotted hyena, cheetah and prowling leopard. All meals included.
Driving: 5 hours; Walking: 2-3 hours; Canoeing: 2-3 hours.
Heading north, we game drive into the Savuti area of Chobe National Park. A particularly dynamic wildlife area, we may spot rhinoceros, kudu, impala, zebra, and wildebeest. If we’re lucky, we will encounter a pack of African wild dog working the area, an absolute thrill to behold on any wildlife safari. Moving between the Chobe riverfront and forest is one of the largest concentrations of elephant in all of Africa, estimated at close to 50,000. Lion, leopard, roan and sable also roam this forest filled with acacia, leadwood, baobab, euphorbia, palm trees and fragrant mangosteen. We enjoy our final nights’ tent camping in the pristine wilds of Botswana, appreciating the crackling fire and brilliant night sky. All meals included.
Driving: 5 hours
In the morning we pack up and head further east, to the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park. Here the final segment of the Chobe River, waters which have slowly crept from the Angolan Highlands, join with the mighty Zambezi River. Not only is this confluence epic from a geographical standpoint, it’s also where the boarders of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia converge. Reaching our comfortable lodge by lunchtime, we enjoy the view perched overlooking Namibia and the Zambezi River below. After a mid-day break and an optional dip in the pool, we drive into the Chobe National Park and leave our Land Cruiser for the gentle glide of a safari boat. On the Chobe River, we get to see wildlife from another vantage point. Watch for wading elephant or bobbing hippos resting as the warm glow of sunset dips below the horizon. All meals included.
Driving: 5 hours; Boating; 3 hours.
This morning we depart early to cross the border into Zimbabwe. Upon arrival, we lace up our shoes, grab our cameras, and set off to see the famous Victoria Falls. From the Zimbabwe side, the main channel of the great Zambezi River cascades 300 feet down in thundering chorus. A gentle walk along the edge of this impressive natural wonder is an incredible experience. After lunch at an overlook, we’ll check into our comfortable hotel to relax. This evening we enjoy a final farewell dinner. All meals included.
Driving: 2 hours; Hiking: 3.3 miles, 3 hours; elevation gain/loss: 220’/95’.
This morning we have some leisure time before departing for the airport. Walk back to the falls for a morning view or schedule a short activity with the lodge. We check out by 11am and transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for our departing international flights.
Please try to keep your luggage to a minimum. Don’t forget most airlines impose a 20kg luggage limit. A large soft holdall or backpack and a smaller daypack is ideal. On tour you will need a mixture of lightweight clothing for the day and warm wear (eg fleece, long trousers, hat) for early mornings and evenings or on game drives when it can be cool (especially in southern hemisphere winter months Jun-Aug). We highly suggest that women bring a sports bra for this tour as we travel off road on 4 x 4 tracks. Pack a light rain jacket, mosquito spray, sleeping bag, towel and a pillow (if you want one). A money belt/pouch that can be worn comfortably beneath your clothing is recommended for the tour. Please avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your pre/post tour hotel safe to store your cash, passport and air tickets.
Consider adding extra nights to your stay in Victoria Falls to participate in the myriad of adventurous activities on offer and easily arranged a la carte through the lodge.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
All accommodations as specified on the itinerary; all meals beginning with dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 10; professional guide accompaniment throughout; all daily activities (game drives, mokoro/boat excursions, bush walks); internal flight from Maun to Xakanaxa (44 pound soft-sided checked baggage restriction applies); guided tour of Victoria Falls; Chobe River boat cruise; airport transfers; on Days 1-8: all soft drinks, beer, fruit juice, mineral water, house wine, tonic and gin.
Round-trip international airfare to Maun and from Victoria Falls; international entry/departure taxes; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages other than those specified under "Price Includes"; pre- and post-trip tours; items of a personal nature; gratuities.
Airline tickets - Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.
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