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10 Day Northbound Adventure Safari Botswana

Maun, North-West District, Botswana

Unforgettable Safari Botswana

Come to Africa and go on a safari trip with Moonstroll Vantage Expeditions! This safari takes you on a journey through some of the most pristine and extraordinary wilderness areas of northern Botswana. The wilderness destinations of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Concession Area (one of the most diverse and game-rich sections of the delta), Savuti, and Chobe are explored by mokoro and boat excursions, as well as game drives. This is a great trip for those of you wanting to create lasting memories!

Highlights

  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • Mokoro safari in Okavango Delta
  • Game viewing in Chobe National Park and Savuti
  • Game drives in Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession
  • Transfers from Maun Airport (MUB) and to Kasane Airport (BBK)
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Snacks and drinks

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9 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Maun Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will be accommodated at various accommodations across Botswana. Accommodation upon arrival will be at a comfortable lodge / guesthouse in Maun and dinner is included.

Your second and third nights will be spent in a wilderness campsite in Moremi Game Reserve. Spend your fourth and fifth nights in the Khwai Concession. Camp in Savuti on the next two nights. You will be accommodated at a campsite in Chobe National Park on your final nights.

The accommodation will be camping in en-suite safari tents on a shared basis i.e. two people per tent. Therefore bedding (i.e. bedrolls-mattresses, pillows, sheets, duvet, blankets, etc.) and all the necessary camping equipment (i.e. shower buckets, bush toilets, etc.) will be provided.

Program

This safari officially starts in Maun and is intended to depart early in the morning on the day of departure. It is therefore important that you plan to arrive in Maun the day before the safari starts. A professional guide and / or a representative of Moonstroll Vantage Expeditions will meet you upon your arrival at Maun Airport (MUB).

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Maun and transfer to your lodge / guesthouse

  • Arrival and pick up at Maun Airport
  • This is followed by a road transfer to a lodge / guesthouse where you will spend the night before the start of your safari.
  • Freshen up and settle in
  • The afternoon is left for you to spend at leisure, to go shopping and if you wish to take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (at an extra cost).
  • Accommodation : lodge / guesthouse
  • Meals and drinks: dinner

Day 2: Leaving Maun for the Okavango Delta (Mokoro)

  • You will be met by your professional guide early in the morning at your lodge.
  • A short pre-safari briefing follows before you depart Maun for the southern tip of the Okavango Delta.
  • Enjoy an early morning breakfast of coffee/tea, juice, cereals, rusks, fruits, etc. by the riverside upon arrival at the mokoro station
  • After breakfast, you will meet up with experienced mokoro polers to board the mekoros.
  • Spend the next few hours watching a variety of aquatic bird life as you are silently poled along the waterways of the Okavango Delta to one of the islands selected by your poler.
  • From this island, you will set off on foot and go for a one to a one and a half hour guided safari walk.
  • It is possible to spot game such as elephants, hippos, zebras, and others, during these safari walks.
  • Having immersed yourself in the spirit of African adventure, your mokoro safari wraps up.
  • You will silently be poled along this watery wonderland back to the mokoro station for a pick up by your safari guide.
  • Thereafter, you head to Moremi for a two-night stay at a wilderness campsite.
  • Accommodation: camping
  • Campsite: wilderness campsite
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Exploring Moremi Game Reserve

  • Throughout your two-night stay, each day will follow a similar routine; rise just before daybreak for a light breakfast and set off at dawn to discover what promise Moremi holds for the new day.
  • Moremi boasts of diverse ecosystems ranging from floodplains, waterways, lagoons, grasslands, and mopane woodland.
  • In the mopane scrub, look out for large herds of African elephants and in the waterways for pods of hippopotamus while on the open plains you should keep an eye for large herds of the Cape buffalo.
  • You should also look out for predators like lions as well as the raptors such as the mighty martial eagle, the majestic African fish eagle and the incredible aviator, the Bateleur, and many others.
  • Set off once again in the afternoon for more birding and game viewing. Return to camp just after sunset to have a shower and thereafter enjoy a campfire cooked dinner.
  • Accommodation: camping
  • Campsite: wilderness campsite
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Leaving for Khwai Concession

  • Wake up early this morning for a light breakfast. Thereafter, set off with your guide for a two-hour morning game drive inside Moremi Game Reserve. Return to camp at around 08:30 for a fully cooked brunch.
  • After brunch, take a slow game drive through Moremi and head northeast towards the Khwai Concession Area for a two-night stay. You will pass through areas such as “Dead Tree Island” and the magnificent “Dombo Hippo Pools” and stop to enjoy the scenery and antics of the resident hippopotamuses.
  • Khwai is one of the best wilderness destinations of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. It is actually a superb location for seeing the otherwise elusive leopard.
  • In the afternoon, you will go for your game drive and possibly watch the sunset unfold over the Khwai River.

Day 5: Exploring the Khwai Concession

  • Today, following an early breakfast, you leave for your morning game drive.
  • Your journey follows the Khwai River watercourse weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango.
  • The Khwai area boasts an excellent population of the African elephant, both solitary bulls, and breeding herds. The swampy areas are home to red lechwe. Other resident species include the southern giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, tsessebe, the greater kudu, impalas, etc.
  • Khwai also has a marvelous selection of predators such as lion, leopard, serval, and African wild cat.
  • Furthermore, the whole Khwai is also one of Botswana’s birding Meccas. As such, the raptors and waterbirds are particularly abundant and make for some great photography.

Day 6: Leaving for Savuti (Chobe)

  • Wake up early morning for a light breakfast and set off with your guide for a final two-hour morning game drive inside within the Khwai Concession. Return to camp at around 09:00 for a fully cooked brunch.
  • Shortly after brunch, you will take a slow game drive and head further northeast to make your way to the Savuti region for a two-night stay.
  • Savuti is best known for its predators especially lion, cheetah, and hyena.
  • You will search for Savuti’s resident wildlife by undertaking early morning and late afternoon game drives to survey the wide-open grasslands and captivating scenery of the Savuti region.
  • Accommodation: camping
  • Campsite: wilderness campsite
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Exploring Savuti (Chobe)

  • A wake-up call early in the morning and then freshen up with some hot water followed by a light breakfast
  • Thereafter, you head into Savuti for your usual morning game drive to survey the various watering holes dotted around Savuti. Return to camp around midday for lunch and some siesta time.
  • Another point of interest in Savuti is the Bushman rock paintings, thought to be well over a thousand years old. These are paintings of giraffe, elephant, and eland. If time permits, you will pay these rock paintings a visit.
  • In the afternoon, you head out again for your afternoon game drive and return to camp just after sunset. Dinner will follow before you turn for the night to rest or as you hold some discussions about events of the day around the campfire.
  • Accommodation: camping
  • Campsite: wilderness campsite
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Leaving for Chobe National Park

  • Wake up early morning for a light breakfast
  • Shortly thereafter, you leave in a slow game drive around Savuti and travel north-eastwards to Chobe National Park for a two-night stay.
  • The Chobe National Park encompasses floodplains, swamps, woodlands, and thus supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country.
  • Each day in Chobe will follow a similar pattern; rise just before daybreak for a light breakfast and set off at dawn to discover what promise Chobe National Park holds for the new day.
  • In the afternoon, you head out for your afternoon game drive and return to camp just after sunset. Dinner follows before you turn for the night to rest or as you hold some discussions about events of the day around the campfire.
  • Accommodation: camping
  • Campsite: wilderness campsite
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Exploring Chobe National Park and boating

  • A wake-up call early in the morning and then freshen up with some hot water in the face basin
  • This is followed by a light breakfast of some coffee, tea, rusks, cereals, bread, etc. Thereafter, head into Chobe National Park for your morning game drive. In addition to the riverfront, you will also explore different sections of this wildlife reserve.
  • Chobe is one of the best places to see and photograph roan and sable antelopes. In the dry season, breeding herds of African elephant seem to be around every corner. On the other hand, the massive herds of African buffalo that inhabit Chobe are constantly flanked by the ever-hungry lions of the Chobe.
  • Puku antelope occurs nowhere else in southern Africa, but only on the Chobe floodplains.
  • The highlight today is a boat cruise on the Chobe River. This boat cruise gives you the chance to experience the animals of Chobe National Park from another vantage point. Therefore, you might get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles, and a mind boggling array of water birds.
  • Accommodation: camping
  • Campsite: wilderness campsite
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Departure

  • Wake up very early today and enjoy a cooked breakfast prepared by your chef
  • Shortly thereafter, head out into Chobe National Park for your final game drive
  • Your safari ends around mid-morning in Kasane where you will be dropped off at your hotel or to Kasane Airport (BBK) for your onward travel.
  • Transfers to Victoria Falls can be arranged at an extra cost.
  • Accommodation: none
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

Location

The safari is Botswana based and will take you to Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Khwai, Savuti, and finally Chobe National Park. This safari starts in Maun and ends in Chobe.

Maun

Maun, Botswana’s tourism capital, lies on the southern fringes of the Okavango Delta. Snaking its way through Maun, the Thamalakane River welcomes you as it sets the scene and creates the mood of what lies ahead of your safari trip into Botswana’s pristine wildlife destinations.

Moremi Game Reserve

Contained within an area of approximately 3900 square kilometers, Moremi boasts of diverse ecosystems ranging from floodplains, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands, and riparian forests, riverine to mopane woodland. This diversity makes Moremi one of the prime game viewing and bird watching areas of the world.

Khwai

Khwai, as well as being a predator-rich area, is one of the best wilderness destinations of Botswana with very high concentrations of game. The Khwai River forms a natural border on the northeastern side of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve and is actually a superb location for seeing the otherwise elusive leopard and a huge variety of birdlife.

Savuti

Savuti is best known for its predators, especially lion, cheetah, and hyena. One of its greatest mysteries is the Savuti channel which has over the past hundred years inexplicably dried up and recommenced its flow several times.

When the Savuti Channel is flowing, it will carry water away from the Linyanti River and then release it into a vast swampland called the Savuti Marsh, made up of the rolling savannah. This will attract many different species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, et cetera which will, in turn, attract many predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dogs.

Chobe National Park

The Chobe National Park, covering approximately 11,900 square kilometers encompassing floodplains, swamps, and woodland, supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Thus, Chobe National Park is an essential wildlife destination while on a safari in Botswana.

Food

During this safari, you will be provided with breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Snacks and drinks (bottled water and soft drinks) will also be provided. It is very important to note that there are no shopping facilities in the wilderness areas where you will be camping most of the times. Therefore if you require extra necessities, please inform Moonstroll Vantage Expeditions so that shopping can be done before your safari starts. If you have any special meal requirements, please let them know in advance so that provisions can be sourced well in time and provided accordingly.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Scenic flight

Offering an aerial view of the Okavango Delta, this activity gives you the opportunity to see the Okavango Delta’s unique water system from a different perspective. This activity can be arranged for you at an extra cost and can be undertaken on the day of your arrival.

Victoria Falls

You can take a trip to Victoria Falls for an extra cost.

Bushman rock paintings

Another point of interest in Savuti is the Bushman rock paintings, thought to be well over a thousand years old. These are paintings of giraffe, elephant, and eland. If time permits, you will pay these rock paintings a visit.

What's included

  • Game drives in Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession
  • Game viewing in Chobe National Park and Savuti
  • Mokoro safari in Okavango Delta
  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • Chef
  • Services of a professional guide
  • Game drive vehicle and fuel
  • Camping equipment and associated fees
  • Park entrance fees
  • Vehicle park entrance fees
  • VAT (12%) and tourism levy
  • Transfers from Maun Airport (MUB) and to Kasane Airport (BBK)
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Snacks and drinks

What's not included

  • Visas
  • Passport and visa fees where relevant
  • Activities not mentioned and included as part of the itinerary
  • Flights (both international, inter-Africa, and local flights)
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional activities in Botswana and Victoria Falls
  • Items of personal nature including, but not limited to, hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Staff gratuities
  • Medical insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Maun Airport Airport transfer included: Maun Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% 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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