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8 Days Participation Wildlife Safari Trip in Botswana

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Thrilling Botswana Safaris

This the perfect moment now for you to experience the most thrilling and exciting safari adventure ever. Enjanga Tours and Safaris offers you this wonderful opportunity to discover the wildlife beauty that Botswana has. You will be awe to witness the wonders of this country. So pack your bags now and join this amazing wildlife safari experience.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum group size: 2
  • Starting point: Kasane
  • Ending point: Maun
  • Language of guide: English
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Exciting game drives
  • Explore Chobe National Park
  • Witness different kinds of wild animals
  • Enjoy a boat ride in Chobe River
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • breakfast lunch and dinner are included
  • This organizer is certified by their national tourism board

Styles


7 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: Kasane Airport
Airport transfer included: Maun Airport
Airport transfer included: Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport
Airport transfer included: Victoria Falls Airport
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Accommodation

For this wildlife safari tour, you will be provided with seven nights accommodation. On the first night, you will camp out in Chobe National Park. For the second and third night, you will camp out in Savuti, an area in Chobe National Park. For the fourth and fifth night, you will have your camping accommodation near Khwai River. And for the sixth and seventh night, you will camp out in Moremi Game Reserve.

Tents, mattress, stretches, pillows, and sleeping bags will be provided but you can bring your own sleeping bag if you want to. Towels and lotions will not be provided to you.

The round tents are for participation trips only, and the big tents are for full service only 10 days tour.

  • Type of accommodation: Budget tented camp

Program

Day 1: Arrival

You will arrive from Victoria Falls or Livingstone, the guide will pick you from the border and drive to Kasane where you will buy yourself water and drinks for the trip before taking a boat cruise in the Chobe River for three hours. After the boat ride, you will then drive into the Chobe National Park, to your camping site and later dinner will follow.

Day 2: Savuti, Chobe National Park

In the morning after breakfast, you will depart to Savuti, but a short drive in the area will be conducted before heading off there. Tea, coffee, and lunch are served on the way. You will arrive in the afternoon, then pitch the tents before you head off for the afternoon game drive. After sunset, you will drive back to camp for dinner.

Day 3: Chobe National Park

After breakfast, you will go on a morning game drive. You will return to the camp for lunch. Siesta will follow and later you will have an afternoon game drive. You will return to the camp later after sunset for dinner.

Day 4: Khwai River

In the morning after breakfast, you will load the vehicle then go on a drive in the area before you head off to the next destination of Khwai River. Tea, coffee, and lunch will be served on the way. You will arrive in Khwai on the afternoon, then you will pitch your tents before you head off for the afternoon drive along the Khwai River.

After sunset, you will drive back to camp using a spotlight, there you will stand a chance to see the nocturnal animals like the hyena. After that, dinner will follow.

Day 5: Game drive

In the morning after breakfast, you will go for a morning drive. Later in the day, you will go back to camp for lunch followed by a siesta. Later it will be an afternoon game drive. After sunset, you will drive back to camp for an early dinner. After that, you will go out for the night game drive. Using a spotlight, there is a chance to see the nocturnal animals.

Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve

In the morning after breakfast, you will pack everything and load in the vehicle and then go out for the game drive in the area before heading off to Moremi Game Reserve. Tea, coffee, and lunch are served on the way. Once you arrive in Moremi, you will pitch your tents before you go for an afternoon game drive. After sunset, you will drive back to camp for dinner.

Day 7: Game drive in Moremi

You wake up in the morning, have breakfast, and later go for a morning game drive. After the drive, you will go back to camp for lunch, followed by a siesta. Later, you will go for an afternoon game drive. You will then drive back to the camp after sunset and dinner will be followed.

Day 8: Departure

In the morning after breakfast, you will pack everything and load in the vehicle. Then you will drive off to Maun to connect your flight.

Included excursions

On your way to Chobe National Park on the first day of this trip, you will be able to experience a boat cruise on Chobe River.

Location

This safari will take place at the following national parks and reserves in Botswana.

Chobe National Park

Whether arriving by air or road, the first glimpse of the river, deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain, is always breathtaking. It appears as a swathe of brilliant, peacock blue ribbon, winding its way through the tiny town of Kasane, and ensuing wilderness, the Chobe National Park.

Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe, supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country.

Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11,700 square kilometers, encompassing floodplains, swamps, and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. There are four distinct geographical areas in the park: the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savute, and Linyanti.

The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink.

During the season, on an afternoon game drive, you may see hundreds of elephants at one time. You may be surrounded by elephants, as the main Serondella road becomes impassable and scores of family herds cross the main road to make their way to the river to drink, bathe, and play.

Driving the loops that hug the river’s edge, you may see up to 15 different species of animals on any one game drive, including waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal.

Take a river cruise and you will experience the park, and the animals, from another vantage point. From there, you will get up close and personal with hippo, crocodile, and a mind-boggling array of water birds.

Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird safaris. Common species to be seen include the sacred ibis, Egyptian geese, the ubiquitous cormorants and darters, spur-winged geese, Pel’s fishing owl, carmine bee-eaters, most members of the kingfisher family, all the rollers, the unmistakable fish eagle, the martial eagle, and many members of the stork family.

The Chobe River rises in the northern Angolan highlands, travels enormous distances before it reaches Botswana at Ngoma. Like the Okavango and Zambezi rivers, the Chobe’s course is affected by fault lines that are extensions of the Great Rift Valley. These three mighty rivers carry more water than all other rivers in Southern Africa.

Savuti

Truly at the interior of Chobe National Park, Savuti boasts most of the Chobe species, except for water-loving antelope. It is best known for its predators, particularly lion, cheetah and hyena, of which there are large resident populations.

The Savuti channel flows from the Linyanti River for about 100 kilometers, carrying water away from the river and releasing it into a vast swampland called the Savuté Marsh, and further south onto the Mababe Depression, which is also fed by the Ngwezumba River from the northeast.

The Mababe, immense and flat and fringed by thickets of trees, was once part of the Makgadikgadi super-lake. When filled with water, it becomes the venue for thousands of migratory birds and animals, particularly large herds of zebra.

Geographically, Savuti is an area of many curiosities. One of its greatest mysteries is the Savuti channel itself, which has over the past 100 years inexplicably dried up and recommenced its flow several times. This irregular water flow explains the numerous dead trees that line the channel, for they have germinated and grown when the channel was dry and drowned when the channel flowed again.

Khwai

The Khwai community concession deserves special mention due to its proximity to the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta, and the fact that it operates under different beneficial rules to most other regions. That’s the right place to do bush walks and have a chance to see the local. “Cultural tour”.

This area is deemed to be a private concession and is of outstanding beauty, delivering the same reputation as the above two mentioned, in that the diversity of game and vegetation is shared. Much smaller in size, its real benefit is accessibility.

The main border is along the Khwai River, the others being Moremi Game Reserve to the west, the entrance to the Savuti area to the north and a little-used area of the Chobe National Park. The concession is run by the members of the Khwai Village community and extends from their village to Mababe village to the east.

As ever, there are no fences around the neighboring national parks and the game is free to roam in and out as it wishes. Khwai is an area of outstanding beauty and due to the arid conditions to the north towards Savuti, the game will flock to the Khwai River, especially in the drier winter months.

Moremi Game Reserve

This gem of a national park has garnered a number of important distinctions. In 2008, it was voted the ‘best game reserve in Africa’ by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association at South Africa’s premier tourism fair, Indaba.

It is the first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents. Concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral land, due to uncontrolled hunting and cattle encroachment, the Batawana people of Ngamiland, under the leadership of the deceased Chief Moremi III’s wife, Mrs. Moremi, took the bold initiative to proclaim Moremi a game reserve in 1963.

It is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta, and as such holds tremendous scientific, environmental and conservation importance. And, undoubtedly, Moremi ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa, possibly in the world.

Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent.

This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory, and some endangered. Both black and white rhino have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination.

Contained within an area of approximately 3,900 square kilometers, land and delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains, either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands, and riparian, riverine, and mopane forests. This terrain makes driving Moremi’s many loops and trails both delightful and, at times, totally inspiring.

Moremi is a very popular destination for the self-drive camper and is often combined with the Chobe National Park to the northeast. The rustic Third Bridge campsite, situated near the pretty Sekire River, flanked with thick stands of papyrus, is a favorite, creating lasting memories of resplendent Okavango sunsets.

Food

For this wildlife safari, you will be provided with daily meals, snacks, teas or coffees.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily meals
  • Park fees and camping fees
  • Vehicles and fuels
  • 1 boat activity and multiple game drives
  • Bottled water and soft drinks
  • Guides and staff salary
  • 12% VAT

What's not included

  • Mokoro boat ride
  • Drinking water and drinks
  • Towels and lotions
  • Guides and staff tips
  • Visa
  • International flight

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) or Livingstone Airport (LVI). The guide will pick you from the border and drive you to Kasane.

Airport: Kasane Airport Airport transfer included: Kasane Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Maun Airport Airport transfer included: Maun Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport Airport transfer included: Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Victoria Falls Airport Airport transfer included: Victoria Falls Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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