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Botswana Highlights

This tour shows you what is possible in Botswana, however our travel experts will personally tailor your itinerary based on your preferences, travel dates and budget.

Chobe National Park - Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve

If it’s the classic Botswana safari you seek, this is the itinerary for you. Botswana is one of the last remaining true wilderness areas in Africa with 35% of the country being dedicated to conservation. It's home to one of Africa’s great natural attractions, the Okavango Delta, a vast wetland comprised of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands. Another standout stop is Chobe National Park with its estimated 70,000 elephants. Your Botswana Highlights itinerary can start or finish in Maun or Kasane, can operate in either direction and can be extended or shortened depending on your preferences.

This classic Botswana fly-in safari combines all of the best elements of a safari in Botswana.

Highlights:
Navigate through the channels of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro
Marvel at the huge herds of elephants in Chobe National Park
Experience an exclusive big game safari
Fly between lodges in classic Out of Africa style

Day 1-2: Begin your adventure in Chobe

You'll depart from Kasane by light aircraft transfer which will take you to the Savute region of the Chobe National Park. Here you'll stay at the elegant Savute Safari Lodge, comprised of eleven thatched chalets clustered around a shaded viewing deck. The deck and al fresco dining area overlook the Savute channel, which is jam-packed with wildlife and notable for its resident bull elephants.

Covering almost 12 000km² Chobe National Park in the north of Botswana is the third largest national park in the country. It has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa and is especially well known for its impressive elephant population; possibly the largest concentration on the continent with an estimated 70 000 animals. The Savute Marsh region in the west of Chobe covers 10 800km². A relic of a large inland lake, the marsh is now fed by the erratic Savuti channel and is home to a wide range of game including lion, hippo, crocodile, elephant and many bird species.

Recommended Accommodation

Savute Safari Lodge

Eleven thatched chalets surround a shaded viewing deck and al fresco dining area that overlook the Savuti channel, which is jam-packed with wildlife and notable for its resident bull elephants.

Day 3-4: Discover the unique Okavango Delta

Another light aircraft transfer will take you into the heart of the Okavango Delta, soaking up spectacular views of the landscape en route. The Okavango is the only inland delta in the world, a unique system of waterways comprised of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands, all in the centre of a desert bowl known as the Kalahari Basin.

A traditional dug-out canoe called the mokoro is the best way to navigate the twisting channels of the Delta. A skilled boatman uses a long pole to propel the boat quietly through shallow water, allowing you to pass close by the animals with minimal disturbance. Your guide will point out wildlife that is unique to this region as you explore by canoe, river boat or on foot. The Delta is affected by flood waters which begin in January and peak in May, bringing the water levels to their maximum by June or July. The dry season (May to October) is the best time to visit for wildlife encounters.

Recommended Accommodation

Camp Okavango

Situated at the heart of the Delta on Nxaragha Island, "Camp O" is one of the best water camps, offering boat, canoe & walking safaris in the lush surrounds of the year-round water wilderness.

Xugana Island Lodge

Situated on the edge of Xugana Lagoon - widely recognised as the most spectacular permanent water site in the Delta - the lodge accommodates just 16 guests in 8 elevated, lagoon-facing chalets.

Day 5-6: Further classic safari and game viewing

Your next destination will be the Moremi Game Reserve for two nights, which you will also reach via another light aircraft transfer. The Moremi Game Reserve has one of the most diverse habitat and animal populations in Botswana, so your game viewing activities by either river powerboat or in open 4x4 vehicles (sometimes both), are guaranteed to be thrilling and varied. Moremi was the first African reserve established by the local people in 1963. The catalyst was the fast depletion of wildlife, prompting the Batawana people of Ngamiland to act in an attempt to protect the remaining animals. Today the reserve remains of great environmental, conservation and scientific importance.

Recommended Accommodation

Camp Moremi

Camp Moremi overlooks the Xakanaxa Lagoon and has a well-deserved reputation for offering a classic African safari experience. Go back to basics with incredible game viewing and a warm African welcome.

Camp Xakanaxa

One of Botswana's very first safari camps, Xakanaxa (pronounced Ka-ka-na-ka) lies on banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon and is a favourite with families & first-time safari-goers.

Day 7: Homeward bound

After a final day on safari it is time to bid farewell to special Botswana. One final light aircraft transfer will take you to Kasane or Maun, for your onward journey home.

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