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9 Days Maun To Kasane Safari

9 Days Maun To Kasane Safari

BOTSWANA

Duration

9 days

Max People

50

Min Age

12+

Destinations

Overview

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s finest game sanctuaries. Situated in the far north of Botswana, Chobe encompasses a wide variety of habitats that are home to a breath-taking variety of animals and birds.

 

Chobe National Park Riverfront

The lush Chobe River Front is renowned for its abundance of elephant – almost certainly the highest of these magnificent creatures to be found anywhere in the world. Chobe is also noted for its huge herds of buffalo, its rich birdlife and exquisite sunsets reflected in the ripples of the river. It all adds up to an unmissable wildlife experience.

 

Savute Chobe National Park

The Savute is noted for the shifting shapes and transience of its most important landmarks: the Savute Marsh and the Savute Channel which supplies it. The Marsh itself is one of the most exciting wildlife destinations in Africa – anything can, and often does, happen there. Rising above the otherwise level landscape of Savute are the Ghoha and Gubatsa Hills which hide perfectly preserved San Bushmen paintings. The Savute hills have a very healthy population of leopard and the best time to see them is either at first or last light as they leave their stony refuges to hunt in the surrounding bush.

 

The Savute Channel is known as the ‘stolen river’ and its recent history includes several episodes where it has dried up for several years, only to flow again - seemingly at random, but in fact due to tectonic movements. This means that you could encounter either a river, or a ribbon of dry savannah grassland. The skeletons of numerous dead trees stand as mute witnesses to the erratic ebb and flow of this most unpredictable of rivers. Beyond the channel, this area consists of large open game-filled plains and is home to a variety of dry-land animals, including zebra, wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, wild dog, cheetah and lion.

 

Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve

The Okavango is a unique ecosystem, a river delta located in the middle of the world’s largest stretch of continuous sand – the Kalahari basin. An oasis in an otherwise arid and inhospitable landscape, the Okavango Delta supports an incredible diversity of animal and birdlife. Where land and water meet, a mosaic of pans, grasslands, forests and lagoons provides an extremely varied range of habitats which is home to one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. The Okavango is one of the natural wonders of the world, a still-pristine yet fragile ecosystem that richly rewards exploration.

 

The Moremi Game Reserve lies in the eastern corner of the Okavango Delta. One of the most beautiful and diverse of all the great game reserves of Africa, it protects both huge concentrations of wildlife and incredible scenery. The reserve consists of both seasonally-inundated areas such as Xakanaxa, and drier areas such as Khwai. On this safari, we will set out to reveal some of the secrets of this dynamic ecosystem.

Tour Highlights

  • 2 Nights camping in the Xakanaxa / 3rd bridge area of Moremi Game Reserve
  • 2 Nights camping in the Khwai Area of Moremi Game Reserve
  • 2 nights camping in Savute, Chobe National Park
  • 2 Nights camping in Chobe, Chobe National Park

Tour Prices

Rack US$ 4485 per person sharing (July – Oct / High season)

Rack US$ 3570 per person sharing (Apr – Jun & Nov / Low season)

Private Vehicle and Guide additional Nett US$ 600 per day (Specialist Guide Nett US$700 per day) subject to availability

 

Included/Excluded

  • Comfortable walk-in tented accommodation in Meru-style tents with built-in floors and mosquito gauze at the windows and entrance. Comfortable beds include all bed linen and a towel
  • En-suite bathrooms with a traditional hot water safari bucket shower and bush loo
  • Experienced, licensed professional guide for the duration of your safari
  • A flight Maun to Moremi in a fixed wing aircraft on final day
  • Game drives and local transfers in custom-made open game drive vehicles with shade roof, game viewing seats and long-range fuel tanks
  • All entrance and camping fees for National Parks and Game Reserves. Exclusive private campsites are used wherever possible
  • All meals and selected drinks (wine, beer, G&T, selected soft drinks, fruit juice, bottled water, Amarula)
  • Dedicated safari team including cook, camp assistant and back-up driver
  • Bathroom amenities (soap, shampoo and insect repellent)
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance with Okavango Air Rescue to Maun
  • International & domestic or charter flights and airport departure taxes
  • Visas (these are guests own responsibility to check and organise)
  • Laundry Service
  • Travel, cancellation and medical insurance (compulsory on all safaris)
  • Optional safari excursions
  • Spirits other than gin
  • Items of a personal nature
  • PCR tests or costs related to PCR testing e.g overnights in Maun to wait for results
  • Tips and gratuities – see our suggested guidelines on the “Useful Information” page on our website

Tour Plan

Day 1 & 2: Xakanaxa - Moremi Game Reserve / Okavango Delta

Dumela / Hello! Welcome to Botswana!” We will be there to give you a warm Botswana welcome when you land at Maun Airport around 1pm. You will meet your pilot for your stunning light aircraft scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and Chief’s Island. This flight gives you a fish eagle’s eye view of this amazing ecosystem. When you land at your remote bush airstrip within the Moremi Game Reserve, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your mobile camp with a game drive en route. The friendly, attentive staff will help you feel immediately at home and brief you on what to look forward to on your safari. The magic of a mobile camp becomes apparent as the sun sets and you enjoy drinks around the fire before a starlit dinner and a great night’s rest after falling asleep to the sounds of the African bush.

Spending our first two nights camping in the Xakanaxa / Third Bridge area, we explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day. The Moremi Game Reserve protects around a third of the entire Okavango Delta ecosystem – some 5 000km2 (1 930 square miles)

Day 3 & 4: Khwai area of Moremi Game Reserve

Following an early breakfast, we pack up the camp and continue our journey to Khwai, stopping for a bush picnic lunch en-route. The Khwai River forms the boundary between the reserve and the local Khwai Community Area. We spend the next two nights camping at a campsite in the Khwai area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives. You will also experience a 2½-hour mokoro trip, discovering channels and lagoons at a relaxed pace in a traditional dug-out canoe.

Day 5 & 6: Chobe National Park

We head further north en-route to Chobe National Park, were we spend the following two nights camping at a pristine bush campsite in the Savute region and exploring the dry landscape on game drives. Savute is an area that can change dramatically, with the character of the place changing completely depending on the flowing or drying up of the Savute Channel. In 2010, water from the Savute Channel reached the Marsh for the first time in three decades (after a long dry period during which resident lions learned to prey on elephants coming to drink at isolated waterholes). The presence of water can transform these dynamics and the only way to find out what will happen next, is to visit Savute with us and see for yourself!

Day 7 & 8: Chobe River Front within the Chobe National Park

Leaving this parched landscape, we continue our journey north to the contrasting Chobe region of the park. We spend the last two nights camping in a wilderness campsite near the Chobe River, exploring the riverbanks and surrounding flood plains on game drives. On Day 8 you will enjoy an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River which departs from Kasane.

Day 9: Safari Ends in Kasane

Following breakfast and a short game drive your safari will end in Kasane at around 09h00.

DISCLAIMER: Although we make every effort to adhere to the details of this itinerary and the listed activities, these are subject to change due to changing local conditions and factors outside of our control such as the weather and the condition of the roads, as well as availability. We reserve the right to substitute a motor boat cruise for the mokoro excursion where necessary. In the event of any necessary changes, we will always keep you informed.

 Safari rates are subject to National Park fees increases imposed by the Botswana Government without prior notice.

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