Experience the best kept secret that Botswana has hidden through a visit to Tsodilo hills.This hills are of great cultural and spiritual significance to the Basarwa (San) people of the Kalahari. This safari starts in Maun and ends in Kasane which makes it perfect for those wishing to visit the best wilderness areas in Botswana.
Your accommodations will be mostly camping. However, you'll be staying at a lodge in Maun on a twin sharing basis.
You will arrive in Maun, the “tourist capital” of Botswana and also the headquarters of numerous safari and air-charter operations who run trips into the Okavango Delta. Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana. It had a population of 55,784 people in 2011.
On arrival at the Maun Airport (Botswana), you will be met and transferred to a lodge. Meals will be at your own expense. Overnight will be in a lodge in Maun on twin sharing basis. Your guide will meet you at 07:00 at the lodge / hotel for the start of your safari.
This morning, you will head to a heritage site, Tsodilo Hills. After enjoying Tsodilo Hills, you will be camping with bush ablutions. Meals served on this day are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
On this day, you’ll break your camp and prepare for your next stage of your safari which will be at Aha Hills - 150 kilometers southeast away of Tsodilo Hills.
Today, you will break your camp for long trip back to Maun to resupply for another stage of your safari.
From Maun, you will go to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. This next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that are renowned for, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region.
A mokoro excursion will take you along a channel of Kwai River to view game for another perspective and to experience this tranquil mode of transport. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will complete your safari experience.
Chobe National Park with its diverse and striking landscapes will be your next destination. As you continue your search for wildlife, you will be transferred to the drier region of Savuti where the bull elephants dot the plains.
You will then head northwards to Chobe River where your game drives meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish eagle. The Chobe River floodplain is an amazing game viewing area where water attracts large herds of buffalo, elephants, zebra, and other herbivores.
Due to the proliferation of prey, predators are likely to be close at hand. Sun sets in this region as spectacular and allowing amazing photographic opportunities. While in the Chobe, you will participate in a cruise on the Chobe River. This experience allows you to get a closer look at the aquatic animals and birds not easily approached on safari.
The safari officially ends today at 09:00 in Kasane.
Each vehicle is for 2 - 9 persons.
The Tsodilo Hills is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) consisting of rock art, rock shelters, depressions and caves. It gained its WHS listing in 2001 because of its unique religious and spiritual significance to local people as well as its unique record of human settlement over the many millennia.
UNESCO estimates that there are over 4500 rock paintings at the sites. The site consists of a few main hills known as the child hill, the female hill and the male hill. These hills are of great cultural and spiritual significance of the San of Kalahari.
Aha Hills is an isolated untouched wilderness area that straddles the western boarder of Namibia. They form a 24.500-hectare dolomite, limestone, and marble plateau that are 700 million years old.
Savuti is much known for its predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, and even African wild dogs. The Savuti channel started flowing again after being dry for the last 30 years. The emergence of water charged the landscape as well as accommodating different species which historically have not been able to survive in the rather arid plains of Savuti. This exciting event has allowed large breeding herds of elephants as well as buffalo to visit the area.
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 everyday of the week except Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most major international airlines from Asia, USA and Europe fly into Johannesburg, South Africa.
There are scheduled buses services across borders between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zambia.