Botswana | Chobe, Savuti, Moremi & Vic Falls

Experience the Crown Jewels of Botswana in the ultimate guided self-drive safari experience.  Our route starts in the town of Kasane (Gateway to Chobe National Park) and takes us through Chobe, the mysterious Savuti and iconic Moremi before travelling onto Maun and the Okavango Panhandle. From the panhandle we head across the border into Namibia and the Zambezi region, the Linyanti swamps and finally Victoria Falls on a 16 Day / 15 night guided self-drive adventure.

tour duration 16 Days
from €5,250
next trip 15 Aug 2022
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During the course of our travels we will visit no less than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Chobe National Park, Tsodilo Hills & Victoria Falls), enjoy the oldest protected section of the Delta its diverse habitats and the wildlife that lives in them. We will experience the Okavango from the comfort of our vehicles and the hard seats of a Mokorro, from above the clouds and from very, very close to the water.  The game viewing be exceptional, the food delicous, the roads a bit bumpy - but after you leave, your bond will be deep and your memories exquisite.

Included

All camp fees
All meals, cutlery and crockery
All park entrance fees
Camping Days, 3 meals a day
Camping sites with toilets and showers
Coffee & Tea – all day every day whilst in camp
Guide and Bush Chef
Rental vehicle with tent, bedding, fridge & chairs
Transfers to and from Airport

Excluded

International flights
Optional activities on route
Own Drinks
Your own border visas
Your own drinks and in-between snacks (we will stop and shop in town)
Your own medical emergency and evacuation insurance cover
Your own medicine and items of a personal nature

Tour Dates

15 Aug 2022 - 30 Aug 2022 - €5,250.00

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival at Kasane International Airport, your Adventure begins.

With the Bhejane Team on hand to facilitate smooth entry into this friendly country, we proceed to Vehicle pick-up where your fully equipped 4x4's are waiting.  Together in convoy we head to our Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River - and as you drive through the town you quickly realize that this is very much “Wild Africa”, a feeling which is reinforced by the signs on the main road past town that declare it a wildlife corridor and therefore not unusual to encounter Elephant, Wild Dogs, Hyena and Buffalo making their way down to the river in early evening

Following check in, we embark on the first of many wonderful sunset boat cruises - this time, on the Chobe River, into Chobe National Park.  Sundowners have never tasted better and the opportunities for our first wildlife experience are many so bring your photographic equipment!

Back at the lodge before dinner, your Tour Leader takes you through the Adventure program for the next few days, provides a safety briefing when travelling in convoy and a welcome opportunity to ask questions and get to know the crew!

Day 2: Camping Wild

After a hearty breakfast and radio check, we make an early start heading into Chobe National Park - arguably one of the best wildlife destinations in the world.

From the large herds of breeding Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, migrating Zebras, Puku Antelope and the predators that hunt them to the Nile crocodiles, hippo's and rich birdlife (total bird list now exceeds 450 species), the Chobe River itself inclusive of its banks rank the area as one of the top birding spots in southern Africa.

Our 4x4's will be tested as we negotiate the sandy roads of the Park and by evening, our guide will have introduced us to a host of bird calls and night sounds from hundreds of different species.  Expect to add to your list: Snake-Eagles, Pennant-winged Nightjars, Racket-tailed Rollers, Collared Palm-Thrushs, Swamp Boubous, Copper Sunbirds, Brown Firefinch, Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah, Orange-winged Pytilia, Slaty Egret, Rufous-bellied Heron, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Greater Swamp-Warbler, White-crowned Lapwing, African Skimmer.... the list is endless and quite easily done from the comfort of your vehicle. And if you're not a keen birder - these magnificent beauties are likely to steal your heart from they moment they appear in front of your binoculars!

This is the first night we sleep under a star studded African sky with wildlife roaming around us!

Day 3 & 4: Savuti

Today we continue up to the western corner of Chobe and the soul nourishing Savuti National Park where we will spend the next two nights.

The plains are renowned for particularly strong populations of predators and lion and hyena and zebra migrations are synonymous with the area, but the Savute also hosts an excellent diversity of other predators and plains game species. The scorching heat of the sand forms a sharp contrast to the Chobe river-front giving a wild life experience in sharp contrast to our first few days.

It's hard to imagine this area was once at the bottom of an inland sea but the Savute Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of rainy seasons and floods elsewhere and with the two-way radios, your guide is able to take you through the possible explanations of tectonic movement and Rift Valley theories adding a new level of understanding and respect.

There is much to see in Savuti and the principal attraction is the mysterious Savuti channel. It is mostly dry but started flowing in recent years and now opens into the Savuti marsh. This mini-delta or swampland within the arid Savuti region is home to resident and migrating elephants and the wooded area is known for mopane trees and camel thorn trees (amongst others).  There are three remaining water holes and the channel still receives water from the Linyanti Swamps.

Savuti forms the border between Chobe, Linyanti, and Moremi all of which lead to the Okavango Delta. Over the year Savuti has become known for the tremendous lion pride hunting elephants at the watering holes and it is not uncommon to have wild dogs, lions, leopard, Hyena and elephant roaming through the Savuti campsites!

Day 5 & 6: Moremi

Leaving the dry grasslands of Savuti behind we head to the eastern parts of the Delta and what is sidely considered as also the most beautiful part - the Moremi Game Reserve and its spectacular Khwai area.

A designated game reserve (as opposed to national park), the Moremi covers much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and combines permanent water and drier areas - creating startling and unexpected contrasts and surprisingly diverse habitats that combine mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other wildlife.  Expect to see an abundance of wildlife - lion, leopard, African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, black rhino, hippo, giraffe, blue wildebeest, cheetah, spotted hyaena, black backed jackal, common warthog, impala, lechwe and now also wild dog! And we haven't mentioned the birdlife...

Roads in Moremi change dramatically depending upon the season and the water level of the Delta and when the flood waters are high some of the roads are waterlogged while the sandy areas are much harder to navigate during the hot summer months. Moremi Game Reserve is a low impact park, which means that there are few vehicles and people around which is great for game viewing as you are often alone at a sighting. Of course if you come unstuck in the sandy or water - our team has the necessary recovery kit and knows how to use it!

For the next two nights we immerse ourselves in an enchanting blend of grassland, open woodland, near hidden lakes, incredible wetlands and the odd lagoon. Moremi is an African legacy and our stay here is life changing.

Day 7: Xakanaxa Camp

After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast we make our way to Camp Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve.

The Camp provides a perfect setting for a Delta land and water experience and today we are introduced to the traditional ways of the Delta - exploring the waterways by Mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe.  The gives us a unique perspective and unconventional view of this untamed wilderness.

Tonight is spent under the stars in our elevated canvas homes situated around the fringe of the lagoon at Xakanaxa Camp

Day 8: Sitatunga Camp

Today we say goodbye to Moremi and head towards the dusty town of Maun (approx 140kms) where we are able to replenish our stocks and supplies. 

Today we take to the skies for an aerial view of the Okavango Delta and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The bird's eve view allows us to take in the geology of the area and its extensive waterways, swamps, flooded grasslands and floodplains giving an added dimension and altogether increased appreciation of our Okavango experience.

We overnight just north of Maun on the quiet side of town and anticipate the next few days on the Panhandle.

Day 9 &10: Drotsky's

Heading north along the Okavango flood plain through rural Botswana we arrive at our camp for the next two nights situated on the western Panhandle of the Okavango Delta near the town of Shakawe. 

The papyrus channels and lush vegetation of the river make our camp a perfect venue for fishing (Fishing tackle is available for tiger fishing and bream!) and birdwatching. You are guaranteed to see hippos, crocs and you might be lucky enough to sight a sitatunga on one of our cruises. The area is home to the Pel’s Fishing Owl, breeding carmine bee-eaters, fish eagles and many, many more.  There are many opportunities to view birds and some wildlife of the Shakawe area over the next two days and our camps also offers plenty of time for rest and relaxation.

On our second day we visit Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of unique religious and spiritual significance and where the Koi San people of Botswana will guide us back in time through their rock art and culture. The area boasts massive quartzite rock formations that rise from ancient sand dunes and a dry fossil lake bed and are home to one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world. This remarkable archaeological record gives a chronological account of human activities and environmental changes over at least 100,000 years.

After returning to camp the pool offers respite from the heat and later we cruise the Okavango channels in an aluminum boat before dinner around the campfire and under a star studded night sky.

Day 11 & 12: Ngepi Camp

Leaving the Panhandle we make our way to the Namibian border to a camp situated in the unspoiled upper reaches of the Okavango Panhandle in the western Caprivi.

Crossing into Namibia from Botswana, one immediately enters Mahango National Park (part of the greater Bwabwata National Park) and possibly the best place to see Wild roan and sable antelope in Africa. In spite of being off the beaten track, Mahango is an attractive blend of river courses and broad flood plains as well as forest and wooden areas - but king of the heap has to be the Baobab!

There are over 400 bird species (birding is best November to February) but even if birding isn't at its peak, the dry season offers game spotting at its best - anything and everything from hippo, croc, buffalo, bushbuck, reedbuck, waterbuck, red lechwe, tsessebe, sitatunga and endangered roan and sable antelope.

Our days in Caprivi are spent boating and fishing on the Kovango River or at leisure either cooling off in the Croc Pool, perhaps even a Spa Treatment (available at the camp) or a Mokorro ride. 

This is a special place and our meals are shared around the campfire overlooking the Bwabwata National Park on the opposite side of the river.

Day 13: Linyanti Swamps

Our drive today (230kms) takes us through the Zambezi region of Namibia as we head to Linyanti Swamps and Camp Livingstone.

The camp sites have incredible views of the Linyanti wetland and its abundant birdlife and wildlife and offer a range of activities that include Mokoro safaris through the pristine waterways as well as guided walking and game drives.

The area beautifully mirrors Botswana's Okavango style wetland wilderness with an edge that is uniquely Namibian and in this vast arid country, Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park holds the distinction of being the largest wetland with conservation status in Namibia.

 

Day 14: Kasane

Today we leave Namibia and cross back into Botswana over the Chobe River heading back to Kasane, where we leave our 4x4's.

From here, the Bactrac crew takes over the driving  as we head to our Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River where we dust off the sand and anticipate the next day's adventure that takes us up to historic Victoria Falls and over the border into Zimbabwe for the day.

Day 15: Victoria Falls

An early start on the road, our bus takes us through the Zimbabwe border and onto the little town of Victoria Falls.

We have the day to explore one of the largest waterfalls in the world and one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  Vic Falls is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and whether you experience this natural phenomenon via helicopter or bungee or on foot - the Falls will quite literally take your breath away!

The bus trip back to Kasane in the late afternoon signals our last evening together and our last night under an African sky.

Day 16: Departure

After breakfast, an early morning game drive in open safari vehicles takes us one last time, into the Chobe we have grown to love and appreciate. Our guides prepare an early brunch for us before heading back to the Lodge for check out and transfer to Kasane International Airport.

You have seen spectacular sights and created unforgettable memories – simply close your eyes to catch the dust on the cool evening breeze and hear the grunting of hippo's and birdsong around you. Your adventure is over, but the warmth of the African sun stays in your heart forever.