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14 Days Extraordinary Wildlife Safari in Botswana

Gaborone, Gaborone District, Botswana

Authentic Botswana Safari

Enjoy this spectacular safari organized by Marvelous Mobile Safari in the most popular destinations in Botswana: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, and Moremi. Guided by the experienced safari guide, you will enjoy amazing game viewing as well as the vegetation throughout the trip. This safari gives you the authentic African experience and takes you closer to the wilderness where you can detach yourself from the city life.

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Highlights

  • Mokoro safari in Okavango Delta
  • Game drives in Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park
  • Game viewing in Khama Rhino Sanctuary and Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Airport transfer from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE)
  • Services of a professional safari guide
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 13 nights' accommodation

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13 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Kasane Airport
Airport transfer included: Sir Seretse Khama International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will be camping mostly, but will stay in a hotel or lodge on some days during the safari.

Program

Day 1: Gaborone

Arrive at Gaborone Sir Seretse Khama International Airport from Johannesburg. You will be met at the Airport by a Marvelous Mobile Safari guide who will take you to your hotel. Look out for a sign board that reads; “MARVELOUS MOBILE SAFARI”. You will stay for a night on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch and dinner will be served at your own expense.

Freshen up in your rooms by reading magazines, books or take walk in the unique hotel surroundings and catch beautiful bird life and enjoy the ambience of the hotel. Client has the opportunity to a set of activities within the hotel. You can choose any of the activities provided but please don't tire yourself up for the next day trip. Dinner is served at 7:30pm.

Day 2: Gaborone - Khama Rhino Sanctuary

After breakfast, check out at the hotel then and proceeds with the tour from Gaborone to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. On the way to Khama Rhino, stopover at Palapye village where you will stretch your legs and have drinks. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community based wildlife project in Botswana, next to Serowe village where the first president of Botswana the late Sir Seretse Khama was born. The Sanctuary assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros.

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by a well-trained and very knowledgeable ranger, who will guide you around the sanctuary in 4*4 safari game viewer vehicle (with picnic lunch). The activity lasts for only 2 hours. The Sanctuary is home to other wildlife such as: zebra, blue wildebeest, giraffe, eland, springbok, impala, gemsbok, kudu, steenbok, duiker, red hartebeest, leopard, ostrich, African wild cat, caracal, small spotted genet, and black-backed jackal, bat eared fox, brown hyena.

Overnight; Community Camp Site Khama Rhino.

Day 3: Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Central Kalahari Game Reserve

After breakfast we depart to Central Kalahari Game Reserveone of the largest game reserve in the country which covers an area of 52 000 square kilometers, our stopover will be at Letlhakane village where we will have our refreshments and relaxation. Letlhakane is a small village surrounded by 5 diamonds mines and among those 5 mines there is a mine named Karowe Mine which has produced the biggest diamond around the world by the name Sedilame, as Botswana is one of the countries exporting minerals around the world and depending much more on mines, agriculture and tourism and our next stopover is Rakops village, the smallest village in Botswana consisting of the Boteti River in the Central part of Botswana before we proceed with our journey to the game reserve.

The Central Kalahari game reserve is a home to large herds of Gemsbok, springbok, blue-wildebeest and other predators like wild dogs, cheetahs and other bird’s species.

Overnight: Central Kalahari Game Reserve Camping grounds.

Day 4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve

After a light breakfast in the morning, we go for a morning game drives in search for honey badgers, and jackals whilst keeping a look out for lion, cheetahs and wild dogs. Lunch served at the camp then siesta. In the late afternoon a trip to the unique Deception Valley within the Kalahari and you will be able to see; springboks, gemsboks, meerkat, and chances of seeing a brown hyena are high and some good bird watching while in the desert.

Overnight: Central Kalahari Game Reserve Camping grounds.

Day 5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve - Maun

After breakfast, depart in the morning to Maun approximately 5 hours 200 km on a tarred road, stopover at Khumaga Village the gateway to Makgadikgadi pans, for relaxation and refreshments.

Maun is a safari capital the gateway to the Okavango delta in the North-West District of Botswana with curio shops, gifts shops, airport, hotels, lodges and Thamalakane River, where you will be transferred to the hotel or lodge on a bed and breakfast basis, dinner and lunch will be served at your own expenses.

Overnight: Maun

Day 6: Okavango Delta

Early in the morning after breakfast, we head to the mighty Okavango Delta a UNESCO Heritage Site. In the delta, you will meet the local mokoro (dug-out canoe) pooler who will serve as your guide. The activity will be conducted by the community guide and our Chef and camp assistants will be there with you.

Upon arrival in the delta you will get in a canoe/mokoro on your way to the camping grounds in the island of the delta where you will have lunch and siesta. In the late afternoon go for a walking safari experiencing the art of safari whilst walking in the same ground with animals like zebras, elephants, red lechwe, blue-wildebeest and other different bird species like pied kingfisher, cormorant and the African data.

Overnight: Okavango Delta Camping Grounds

Day 7: Okavango Delta

After breakfast, go for an early morning walk for 2 hours, on foot you are able to have a much more intense experience of the bush experiencing the Okavango delta islands and animals found in the delta. Lunch will be served at the camp and siesta, relaxation. After siesta jump into the canoe now experiencing the Okavango Delta channels, birds, and trees and experiencing the mokoro dugout while in the delta.

On return relaxation, dinner is served, after dinner just relax under the milky starlit and learn more about astronomy and even do storytelling.

Overnight: Okavango Delta Camping Grounds

Day 8: Okavango Delta-Moremi Game Reserve

After breakfast we return to Mokoro station where we will find our vehicle waiting for you, you can do shopping for your necessities in the village while we pack the luggage before heading to Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi Game Reserve is widely considered as one of the finest wildlife reserves in Africa with a diversity of habitats combining acacia forest and mophane woodlands with floodplains and lagoons, here you will be camping at an exclusive campsite, our guides will take you to the park’s most beautiful areas such as third bridge, bodumatau and dead tree island game is plentiful, sightings include elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lions, hyena, jackal and many different antelopes including red lechwe and the shy sitatunga, a web-footed antelope perfectly adapted to life in the swamps. Wild dog, whose numbers are so rapidly dwindling elsewhere, and bird species are regularly sighted in the Moremi Game Reserve.

Overnight at the campgrounds Moremi

Day 9: Moremi Game Reserve

Morning and afternoon game drives around Moremi Game reserve. There is a rich variety bird species as well as large numbers of giraffes, buffaloes and elephants and close to the waterholes also lions, leopards, and hippos. Furthermore, you can see zebras, lions, wild dogs, pythons, hartebeest, wildebeest, elephants, impala, warthog, Sable antelope and other antelopes.

Several observation towers enable you to overview the park in its entirety. Moremi Game Reserve is mostly mophane woodland with gently rolling ant hills.

Overnight at the campgrounds Moremi

Day 10: Moremi Game Reserve - Savuti

After breakfast, depart in the morning from Moremi Game Reserve to Savuti which is part of Chobe National Park. It is called Savuti because a certain chief called Sauté used to live there with his tribe. The drive is a bit longer from Moremi to Savuti, however, the drive is much more enjoyable as you will see lots of birds and animals on the way. The scenery is amazing and very African looking, with lots of umbrella thorn, acacia tortilis with giraffe feeding and many more including the most photographed bird, lilac breasted roller, a national bird of Botswana.

Upon arrival, after relaxation go for late afternoon game drive, where you will be able to see different animals like lions, zebras, herds of elephants and different bird’s species. Later on the evening, storytelling around the campfire after dinner.

Overnight: Savuti Campgrounds

Day11: Savuti

After breakfast, enjoy morning game drives in the endless plains of Savuti Sand ridge for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and other wild animals. Meals served at the camp. After meals/lunch drive to the bushman painting hill at Savuti to see the paintings which were painted by the san people many years ago then back to the camp. Dinner is served.

Overnight: Savuti campgrounds

Day 12: Savuti - Chobe National Park

Wake up early to take a beautiful trip to the famous Chobe National Park. You will notice when we drive the vegetation changes from time to time. Along the way you get mophane woodland and acacia tortilis. Chobe National Park is mostly dominated by the Zimbabwe teak, which is very good for making furniture. On the way, we will see lots of animals until we get to Chobe enclave which incorporates five villages. We arrive at Chobe National Park around lunch. You will be camping for two nights.

After a siesta you will go for an afternoon game drive along the Chobe River where we will see big herds of buffalos, elephants, pods of hippos, and prides of lions. Chobe is a unique park because during dry season big herds of animals congregate along the river. You will see elephants swimming from one bank to the other, buffalos crossing to Sedudu Island. Get back from a beautiful game drive, freshen up and have dinner.

Wake up the next day, have a quick breakfast before departing for a morning game drive which is longer. You will also have an opportunity to observe the animals from close up. Chobe also boasts two antelopes rarely encountered elsewhere in Botswana - the puku and the Chobe bushbuck. The puku, with their shaggy orange-brown coats and V-shaped horns, can be spotted grazing the floodplains. Always be on the lookout for predators, a repetitive whistle is used to warn fellow herd members. In contrast, the Chobe bushbuck is nocturnal and rarely forms groups of more than one pair. Rarely seen, this shy antelope, with its short, spiral horns relies on a sharp bark as an alarm call when threatened. Both the puku and the bushbuck have a number of predators to contend with; from lion, hyena, and leopard, to African wild dog.

Go back to the camping site after a beautiful drive, have lunch and then go for the siesta. 03.00pm you depart for a beautiful sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River at your own expense. You will come very close to crocodiles and pods of hippos from the boat. We may see lions from the boat, and big herds of buffalos and elephants. We get back to the camping area after sunset and dinner will be served at 08.00pm. Time for bed will be determined by the last guest.

Day 13: Chobe National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the endless plains of the Chobe National Park for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras, and giraffes or a pride of lions lounging in the shade. Meals served at the camp.

Overnight: Chobe National Park Campgrounds

Day 14: Chobe National Park-Kasane International Airport

  • You will be transferred to Kasane International airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
  • TOUR ENDS

Location

This safari will take place in Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti, and Chobe National Park.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world, encompassing 52,800 square kilometers. It is covered with wide, pancake, flat areas of white salt pan that seem to merge into the soft blue sky and shallow valleys of four fossilized river meander through the reserve.

Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night, the stars utterly dominate the land. Their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

Nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space and having the entire reserve to yourself. During and shortly after good summer rains, the flat grasslands of the reserve’s northern reaches teem with wildlife, which gathers at the best grazing areas. These include large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest, eland, and giraffe.

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s greatest mysteries water in a desert. Okavango Delta, the recently inscribed UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, is an important wildlife area protected by Moremi Game Reserve on its eastern edge. It is the center of Botswana safari industry.

One of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world, the Okavango Delta gives entrance to the spectacle of wild Africa such as dreams are made of, the heart-stopping excitement of big game viewing, the supreme tranquility and serenity of an untouched delta, and evocative scenes of extraordinary natural beauty.

A journey to the Okavango Delta, deep into Africa’s untouched interior, is like no other. Moving from wetland to dry land, traversing the meandering palm and papyrus-fringed waterways, passing palm-fringed islands, and thick woodland, resplendent with lush vegetation, and rich in wildlife reveals the many facets of this unique ecosystem, the largest intact inland delta in the world.

The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin and is often referred to as the ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari that the Okavango exists at all deep within this thirst land seems remarkable. Shaped like a fan, the delta is fed by the Okavango River, the third largest in southern Africa. It has been steadily developed over the millennia by millions of tonnes of sand carried down the river from Angola.

Swollen with floodwaters from the summer rains, the Okavango River stretches from the Angolan highlands, crosses into Botswana at Mohembo in the Caprivi, then later spills over the vast, fan-shaped delta. The timing of the floods is uncanny. Just as the waters from Botswana’s summer rains disappear (April and May), so the floodwaters begin their journey, 1300 kilometers of which is through Kalahari sands, revitalizing a vast and remarkably diverse ecosystem of plant and animal life.

The Okavango is a proposed World Heritage Site. Its long-term conservation is ensured through government policy and regulations (though only Moremi Game Reserve has an official protected status), the efforts and initiatives of camps and lodges in its concessions, the recently launched Okavango Development Management Plan (ODMP) and its status as a Ramsar site, under IUCN, an agreement that limits its utilisation and development.

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent. This gem of a national park has garnered / obtain 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. Concerning the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral lands, 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. This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching

Game viewing and bird watching are quite spectacular, 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.

Savuti

Savuti is famous for its mysterious and fascinating channel. It runs a distance of 100 kilometers from the Chobe River, through a gap in the sand ridge, to the Mababe Depression. The predators such as resident pride lions which reside in the marsh give an exceptional safari experience to visitors. It is also a good area for birding, amongst such are hornbills, bee-eaters, secretary bird, francolins, and kori bustard amongst many.

The area is mainly characterized by sandveld, camelthorn, silver Terminalia, scrub savanna, and mopane vegetation creating a spectacular landscape ever. Savuti is a prime photographic and game spotting destination and is often quoted as the best wildlife photographic and game viewing destination in Africa.

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. 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, Savuté, 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 this 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.

Food

Marvelous Mobile Safari provides morning light breakfast which consists of tea, coffee, milk, 100 percent juice, yogurt, rusks, cereal, toast, butter, jam, honey, and marmite. For lunch, they serve warm dishes of pasta, cold meat, eggs, sausage, bacon, homemade bread, bobotie, a variety of cheeses, assortment of salads, assorted fresh fruits, and cold beverages.

High tea includes tea / coffee and homemade biscuits. The first dinner menu is the soup of the day, grilled or stewed beef, grilled or stewed chicken, vegetable bobotie, lasagna or ratatouille, cooked veggies, and green salad. Dinner and lunch menus are changed daily. Marvelous Mobile Safari also caters for specific dietaries such as vegetarian, vegan, kosher, gluten-free, etc.

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat cruises
  • Cultural tours
  • Scenic flights

What's included

  • Mokoro safari in Okavango Delta
  • Game drives in Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti, and Chobe National Park
  • Game drives in Khama Rhino Sanctuary and Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Airport transfer from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE)
  • Transfer to Kasane Airport (BBK) on your departure
  • Transportation in an open roof safari vehicle
  • Park fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Professional safari guide
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 13 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Accommodation before and after the trip
  • All items of personal nature
  • Airfare for international flights
  • Alcohol, personal expenses, visas, tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport transfer from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE)

Transfer to Kasane Airport (BBK) on your departure

Airport: Kasane Airport Airport transfer included: Kasane Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Sir Seretse Khama International Airport Airport transfer included: Sir Seretse Khama International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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