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11 Days Delta Savannah Safari in Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Amazing Botswana Safari

Outdoor African Tour Safari invites you to join this delta savannah safari in Botswana! This journey will take you through the best wilderness island delta from none other than the Okavango Delta with its vegetation and will pass through Maun, the safari capital of Botswana, heading to Moremi Game Reserve for its predators. Okavango Delta which will be experienced by mokoro (dugout canoe) will be your magic of safari experience. Chobe National Park with its largest concentration of elephants in the world will be felt. The magnificent Victoria Falls will follow in the Zimbabwean side.

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting and ending point: Maun
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: prides of lion, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, kudu, impala, giraffe, ostriches, birds, roan and sable antelope, buffalo, zebra, elephant herds, leopard, spotted hyena, the endangered African wild dogs, and cheetah
  • Children policy: children of at least five years old are allowed to join this safari
  • Vaccines needed: yes

Highlights

  • 1-day mokoro trip on Okavango Delta
  • Guided walks and 16 exciting game drives
  • 1 sunset boat cruise on the mighty Chobe River
  • Includes Botswana park fees for activities included in the itinerary
  • Chances to see lion, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, and tsessebe
  • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners, and tea or coffee
  • Transport in a 4x4 open sided game viewing vehicle
  • 10 nights' accommodation

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11 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Maun Airport
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Accommodation

During the safari, you will camp wild and be equipped with en-suite bush ablutions on every tent. Your camp will come complete with spacious bow tents, camp bed, and full bedding. On the last day, you will stay in a lodge. For more details, you will be staying for one night in Okavango Delta (camping), one night in Maun, two nights in Moremi Game Reserve, one night in Khwai Concession, three nights in Savuti, and two nights in Chobe National Park.

Program

Day 1: Okavango Delta (camping)

The tour heads out in a northwesterly direction from Maun, making its way to the western side of the Okavango Delta, a veritable piece of heaven. You will meet the local polers with their mokoro (traditional dugout canoes) and cruise along the narrow, twisting, papyrus-lined channels, home to much glorious birdlife. The polers will transfer you to an island. You will spend one day exploring this beautiful area on mokoro excursion and by taking guided walks on the island and beautiful floodplains of Okavango. You will camp wild (with bush ablutions).

  • Included meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Maun (camping)

After inspired by the enormous beauty of Okavango Delta, you will head back to Maun. Here, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the delta (45 minutes scenic flight is 200 EUR per person, with a minimum of three guests to guarantee the flight). This amazing experience allows you to appreciate the delta’s unique water system from the air. You will spend the night at a campsite just outside Maun with permanent ablution facilities.

Day 3 - 4: Moremi Game Reserve (camping)

From Maun, you will drive to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the most game-rich wilderness areas of Botswana. The two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area has to offer while taking in the sounds and extraordinary beauty of this region, sunrise and sunset game drives will be a norm, as well as obligatory siestas on your return to camp. Camping will be in private designated campsite with bush ablutions.

  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Khwai Concession

Khwai Concession is considered one of the prime safari destinations on the fertile north-eastern fringes of the Okavango Delta. A community-run eco-tourism initiative, Khwai is a superb example of conservation tourism at its best, with all proceeds going back into the Khwai Village for community upliftment and community projects. The Khwai River that flows through the concession mirrors the surrounding marshlands. As the first port of call for animals migrating from the Linyanti Reserve, the riverbanks and dry savannahs are abundantly populated with roan and sable antelope, buffalo, zebra, and giraffe among others. The concession’s elephant herds are widespread, as are the different predator groups such as lion, leopard, spotted hyena, the endangered African wild dogs, and cheetah.

Day 6 - 8: Savuti

Experience the contrasts of Botswana's wilderness on this fascinating safari into the famous Savuti region of the Chobe National Park. The Savuti is famous for its river that suddenly stopped flowing due to shifts in the earth's crust. The river has flowed and has made the desert landscape lush once more. You should see several prides of lion, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, kudu, impala, giraffe, and ostriches on your game drives. During the summer months, thousands of zebra and other antelope species migrate to the area offering a feast for the local predators.

Day 9 - 10: Chobe National Park (camping)

Chobe National Park, with its striking and magnificent landscape, will be your next destination. As you continue your search for wildlife, you will cover the drier region of Savuti, where bull elephants dotted the plains. You will then head north to the Chobe River, where game drives will take you along the banks of the river and further into the park. Camping will be in private designated area with bush ablutions. On day 10, you will enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Mighty Chobe River and head back to the park.

  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11: Victoria Falls

After a morning game drive, you will cross the border to Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwean side (visa required). You will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. In the afternoon, there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios. Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge. The safari officially ends at 10:00 on day 11.

Note: As the safari starts at 07:30 on day 1, it is a requirement that you overnight in Maun the day prior to departure and purchase drinks for your safari. Outdoor African Tour Safari can assist with the pre-safari arrangement.

Location

Okavango Delta

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 thirstland - 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 Ango.

There are three main geographical areas:

  • the panhandle
  • the delta
  • dryland

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and game-rich 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 3900 square kilometers, here 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 mophane forests. This terrain makes driving Moremi’s many loops and trails both delightful and, at times, totally inspiring.

Khwai Concession

The Okavango Delta has many unique ecosystems but none is more dramatic than the Khwai River, the northern-most overflow, with the dry season providing some of Africa's most spectacular wildlife viewing as the animals concentrate on the river's edge. In October, the water from the delta has pushed as far up the Khwai channel as it will go for the season, the temperatures soar during the day, what little vegetation left is lifeless - but the waters of the Khwai are a lifeline for wildlife. Elephant herds, lions, and massive flocks of quelea gather for the encore. It is a time of great dramas where the fight for survival is at its extreme.

Savuti

Savuti was dry and waterless for almost three decades and artificial waterholes nourished the wildlife. Now up and running again, it offers an excellent base for Botswana safari tours. Savuti’s spectacular landscapes are covered with lush vegetation and marshlands, where an abundance of wildlife freely roam. The highlights of Savuti includes the majestic zebra migration from the northern sections of Botswana, the rocky outcrops of the Gubatsa Hills, a myriad of birds and incredible wildlife. Among the species of wildlife that can be spotted throughout Savuti includes lion, hyena, buffalo, elephant, and zebra.

Chobe National Park

The game drive into the Chobe National Park gives visitors the most rewarding experience with nature. During your game drive, you can encounter enormous herds of elephant and buffalo with various predators. Plains game and bird species on offer is astonishing. You will have a chance to view the fascinating biodiversity and dense population of its wild residents. Game drives are done in 4x4 vehicles making it accessible to reach further grounds while your guide shares his knowledge and enlightens you with wildlife behaviors and its symbiotic relationship with its habitat.

A boating safari on the Chobe riverfront provides another fantastic way to see wildlife up close and personal either when bathing or drinking from the river or hanging around the river bank. Herds of trumpeting elephants can generally be seen while grunting hippo pods, water birds, and prehistoric crocodile can be best viewed in their natural wet habitat. The boating safari offers a perfect way to end your day watching the African sunset closing down on the Chobe River while sipping your cocktail.

Victoria Falls

One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than a hundred meters. The noise of the Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers while the spray and mist from the falling water are rising to a height of over 400 meters and can from a distance of 50 kilometers. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Thunya, “The smoke that thunders’’.

Food

Ten breakfasts, ten lunches, and ten dinners will be served for you during the safari.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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)

  • A visit to Victoria Falls
  • Scenic flight over Okavango Delta (45-minute scenic flight is 200 EUR per person, with a minimum of three guests to guarantee the flight)

What's included

  • 16 game drives in Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Concession, and Chobe National Park
  • A sunset boat cruise on Chobe river
  • 1-day mokoro excursion on Okavango Delta
  • Services of professional guide and camp assistants
  • All transfers as per the itinerary
  • Transport in specialized safari vehicles
  • All Botswana park fees for activities included on the itinerary
  • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 10 dinners
  • Tea / coffee
  • 10 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Any increase in national park fees
  • Curios
  • Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment
  • Medical, baggage, and emergency evacuation
  • Optional excursions (scenic flights over the delta)
  • Sleeping bags and small pillow at all camping sectors
  • Tips
  • Visa

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to Maun Airport (MUB).

Botswana's national and only airline provides international flights to Johannesburg and Harare. It provides domestic flights to Francistown, Maun, and Kasane. Air Namibia flies to Maun every day of the week except Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most major international airlines from Asia, the USA, and Europe fly into Johannesburg, South Africa.

Please note that Outdoor African Tour Safari shall not pay for any air transportation to reach Botswana and to the destination point. They are happy to make the flight arrangement for the client. Outdoor African Tour Safari shall not be held responsible for changes at the airlines so any additional cost incurred due to the change in flights or days, the client shall pay. Throughout the entire booking process, it is the responsibility of the client to ensure that enough time has been calculated in order not to miss connecting flights and transfers.

Arrival by bus

There are schedule buses services across borders between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia.

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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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