Chobe National Park - Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve
If it’s the classic Botswana safari you seek, then this is the itinerary for you. Botswana is one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa with 35% of the country being dedicated to conservation. In fact it has the second largest area (in percentage terms) of any country in the world that is allocated to nature, so the commitment to conserving its abundant wildlife is clear. Botswana is also home to one of Africa’s great natural attractions – the Okavango Delta, essentially a vast wetland within a desert, as well as the varied Chobe National Park with its estimated 70,000 elephants. This itinerary can start or finish in Maun or Kasane, can operate in either direction and can always be extended or shortened depending on your needs.
This is the classic Botswana fly-in safari that combines all of the best elements of a safari in Botswana.
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 in amazing Botswana
Fly between lodges in classic Out of Africa style
Set off from Kasane (or Maun), easily accessible by road from Victoria Falls in roughly 1½-2 hours. A light aircraft transfer (approximately 40 minutes) will take you to the Savute region of the Chobe National Park where you will stay for two nights at your elegant safari lodge. This is said to be the “posh” end of Chobe National Park with some of the best safari action in Africa.
Covering almost 12,000km², Chobe National Park in Botswana’s north was established in 1968 and is the third largest national park in the country. It boasts one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa and is known for its impressive elephant population (estimated at 70,000), possibly the largest elephant concentration on the continent. The Savuti Marsh region, which constitutes the western stretch of the park, 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 range of different animals, from lion to elephant, hippo, crocodile, various species of bird and more. Rich grasslands, savannah woodland and a large variety of trees and other vegetation dominate, creating an area with a number of thriving ecosystems.
Another light aircraft transfer today, with spectacular views of the landscape en route, will take you into the heart of the Okavango Delta, the only inland delta in the world, for a two night stay. The Delta is a unique system of inland waterways – a must-experience during any visit to Botswana. The mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe, is the ideal mode of transport for navigating through the Delta as it moves quietly through shallow water, giving you the perfect opportunity to spot the animals of the area from a unique perspective. A skilled boatman uses a long pole to propel the boat, moving it along the narrow channels or cutting through the long grasses or papyrus. Guided activities from this permanent water site are by canoe, river boat or on foot. Fishing is also available in season.
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.
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.