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6 Day Fully Catered Mobile Safari in Botswana

Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Northern Botswana, Botswana

Wonderful Safari Botswana

Venture through the famous Moremi Game Reserve and onto Chobe National Park with Shipungo Safari & Tours! In this camping safari, you will depart from Maun on day one and spend two nights exploring Moremi. On the third day, you will move into Chobe National Park, spending two nights in the desert-like landscape of Savuti and onto the lush Chobe floodplains. Chobe is famous for its abundance of elephants, one of the highest concentrations in Africa. You will have a morning game drive on day six along the Chobe waterfront, finishing off with a three-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River. The safari ends after the boat cruise.

Overview

  • Maximum group size: 10 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: from Maun to Chobe
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: elephants
  • Children policy: children aged 8 and above are welcome; discount for children under 12 is available
  • Vaccines needed: no (typhoid, polio, and tetanus vaccines are sensible but not required; anti-malarial tablets are recommended)

Meet the guides

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Highlights

  • 6 guided game drives
  • Government, park, and camping fees included
  • Witnessing an abundance of elephants in Chobe
  • Exploring Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bottled water
  • Transfer from and to Maun Airport
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Maun Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Outdoor shower

You will stay in a mobile tented accommodation on this safari. You will be facilitated with bedrolls, external toilet, and an external shower.

Program

Day 1: Maun - Moremi Game Reserve

You will depart from Maun to Moremi Game Reserve to spend two nights exploring the game reserve. A local guide will show you all the wild animals in the local environment and, at the same time, tell you all about the land, the people, and other things that make Botswana special. Upon arrival, you will set up the camp. After a quick lunch, a professional guide will lead you for afternoon game drive to explore the famous Moremi Game Reserve. You will return to the camp where dinner is served.

Day 2: Moremi Game Reserve

In the morning after breakfast, you will leave the camp for a morning game drive to experience more about Moremi Game Reserve. You will return to the camp where lunch is served. Immediately after lunch, you will board on a game viewer vehicle to explore the other part of Moremi Game Reserve. You will later return to the camp where dinner is served.

Day 3: Moremi Game Reserve - Chobe National Park

In the morning after breakfast, you will venture through the famous Moremi Game Reserve and onto Chobe National Park to spend two nights there. Upon arrival, you will set up the tent. You will have your lunch then rest for about two hours before afternoon game drive in Savuti. You will return to the camp for dinner.

Day 4: Savuti

After breakfast, you will take down your camp and leave the camp into the desert-like landscape of Savuti and onto the lush Chobe floodplains. You will explore Chobe, which is famous for its abundance of elephants, one of the highest concentrations in Africa. You will return to the camp where lunch is served and immediately after lunch, you will venture through Savuti to explore more about wildlife experience in Botswana. After the game drive, you will go back to the camp where dinner is served.

Day 5: Savuti

After breakfast, you will take down your camp and leave the camp into the desert-like landscape of Savuti to explore other parts of Chobe. You will return to the camp for lunch and rest for about two hours before the afternoon game drive. After that, you will return to the camp where dinner is served.

Day 6: Chobe

In the morning after breakfast, you will go on a game drive along Chobe waterfront, finishing with a three-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River.

Included excursions

You will have a boat cruise along the Chobe River on your last day as part of the safari.

Guides

Slan Bafana

Location

This safari will take you to explore several locations in Botswana, including Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.

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 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. 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 rhinos have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a ‘big five’ destination.

Contained within an area of approximately 3,900 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 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 Sekiri River, flanked with thick stands of papyrus, is a favorite, creating lasting memories of resplendent Okavango sunsets.

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, 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.

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. Here, 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.

Ngwenzumba Pans

The Ngwezumba Pans lie approximately 70 kilometers south of the Chobe River and comprise a large complex of clay pans, surrounded by mopane woodlands and grassland plains. During the rainy season, the pans are filled with water, then attracting wildlife that moves away from the permanent water sources of the Linyanti and Chobe Rivers.

Linyanti

During the dry winter months, game viewing at the permanent waters of the Linyanti can be excellent. The area that falls within the Chobe National Park, which has a public campsite, is sandwiched between photographic concessions to the west and hunting concessions to the east.

Savuti

Truly at the interior of the 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, 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.

Food

During this safari, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Shipungo Safari & Tours will also provide you with bottled water. Soft and alcoholic drinks are not included. These can be purchased in town a day before departure.

Botswana's safari camps provide very high-quality food and drinks. Most serve international-style cuisine, alongside the local lager Saint Louis, imported beers (Amstel or Windhoek), wines, and spirits.

In Botswana's villages and towns, meats, particularly beef and goat, are very popular; millet and sorghum porridge are staples. National specialties include Morama (an underground tuber), Morogo (wild spinach), Kalahari truffle, all sorts of beans, and Mopane worms - grubs, which are served boiled, deep-fried, or cooked. Drinks include the cider-like 'bojalwa' or homemade ginger beer.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Fruitarian
  • 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

What's included

  • Game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Chobe boat cruise
  • Services of a professional guide and camp assistant
  • Safari vehicle and camping equipment
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Transfer from and to Maun Airport (MUB)
  • Bottled water
  • Daily meals
  • Government park and camping fees

What's not included

  • Any increase in national park fees
  • Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment
  • Medical, baggage, and emergency evacuation
  • Optional excursions
  • Restaurant meals in Maun
  • Visa
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks

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 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Children under 12 years old are charged half price.

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