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Botswana Tented Mobile Safari

This tour is an indication of what is possible, however our travel experts will personally tailor your itinerary based on your preferences, travel dates and budget.

Moremi Game Reserve - Khwai Community Area/Okavango Delta – Chobe National Park

For the true adventurers, a genuine mobile safari experience in beautiful Botswana is a must that simply has to be ticked off that travel bucket list. Apart from it being a truly unique kind of getaway, it also gives you the opportunity to gain a different perspective of areas and wildlife not necessarily available on a typical fly-in safari. The standard of guiding is nothing short of exceptional, and some departures are operated as “photographic safaris” led by a specialist guide. With a maximum group size of seven, you’re guaranteed an intimate safari experience in accommodation that comprises comfortable, Sahara-style tents complete with a customised camp bed and bedding, as well as an en-suite “bush bathroom”. Being a full-service safari, you are not required to participate in any camp chores and each evening you will still sit down to a delicious meal with a glass of wine (or two!) This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will remember for a long time to come.

Highlights:
Remarkable game and bird viewing, including in the Okavango Delta
Rare opportunity to explore the wilderness on foot
A good old-fashioned, genuine tented mobile safari - some would say, “the way it should be”


Day 1

Fly to Maun via Johannesburg

Day 2-4: Your safari adventure begins – Maun to Moremi Game Reserve

You’ll fly into Maun and catch a 30 minute charter flight to the Moremi Game Reserve where you will be met by your guide. Spend three days exploring the wilderness by twice daily game drives – the most traditional way to safari. Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta, with a variety of habitats co-existing, including wide-open floodplains, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, marshes, vast stands of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. Such a varied environment gives rise to incredibly diverse wildlife, birdlife and vegetation.

Moremi is amongst the best game reserves in Africa for viewing the endangered African wild dog, while you’re also likely to spot large, breeding herds of elephant that move between their browsing areas in the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. The area is also home to the Red lechwe, one of the more unusual antelope species, as well as the rare sitatunga antelope, often seen along the water-ways while motor boating.

Day 5: Moremi to Khwai – travel day (60km or 3-4 hours)

Early morning breakfast is followed by a slow drive through the Moremi Game Reserve heading north east towards the Khwai Community Area. The Manuchira Channel is the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity and the day’s journey follows this water course. The track weaves from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango Delta. During the morning you will pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools, stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo. The western mopane veld is home to mostly breeding herds of elephant, whilst the eastern reaches of Khwai is where you’ll find some seriously impressive old bulls. The mature bulls revel in the cool waters of the Khwai and are far more approachable while drinking and bathing than the pachyderms. Leopard, cheetah, serval and lion are common predators along this route.

Day 6-7: Khwai exploration days

The next two nights will be spent camping at an exclusive campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains during both day and evening game drives. After dark, the spotlights offer you the chance to interact with some of the nocturnal animals rarely encountered in the daylight. A walking safari during which you’ll explore the surrounding wilderness on foot provides the ideal opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Botswana’s famous flora and fauna.

The Khwai region boasts impressive populations of both bull elephant as well as breeding herds. Lion, serval, leopard and African wildcat are common predators of the region, with wild dog and cheetah being less common. Ungulates (hoofed animals) include kudu, tsesebe, blue wildebeest, sable antelope, giraffe, roan antelope and impala. This area is also one of with a rich birdlife – a bird lover’s paradise.

Day 8: Khwai to Savuti – travel day (100km or 5-6 hours)

Today you’ll head further north en-route to Chobe National Park where you’ll spend the next three nights camping in an exclusive wilderness campsite in the wonderful Savuti region. Along the way you’ll get a look at some of the evidence of the Paleo-Lake Makgadikgadi that dried up some ten thousand years ago - a truly fascinating day’s drive. The most challenging part of the trip has to be when you cross the Magwikwe Sand-Ridge that formed the shoreline for this enormous inland sea - the snaking track through the deep sand certainly makes for interesting travel in the early summer! However, during the rainy season the depression is impassable due to the “cotton soil” and alternative routes are taken. The distance covered encompasses most of the diverse types of habitat found in northern Botswana. Pass through both excellent lion and cheetah country, with elephant also occurring regularly throughout the drive.

Day 9-10: Discover the Savuti

Unlike the vast majority of Botswana, Savuti is not a flat landscape. Large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands, soaring over the endless savannah. These hills provide a home for a completely different array of small wildlife, birds and plants, while the Savuti Marsh has been the stage for some of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The wide open spaces, extensive ungulate populations and particularly strong prides of lion and hyaena clans make for dramatic wildlife interactions, as well as superb game viewing opportunities. The now dry Savuti Channel runs through this landscape, linking the dry sand-veld, waterholes, hills and grassland that was once upon a time the Savuti Marsh. Undoubtedly, it’s the interaction between lion and elephant that has to be the most intriguing aspect of Savuti. The area is inhabited by a large pride of lions that have learned over the years how to hunt these massive creatures. Launching their attack under darkness and being powerful in number, they manage to kill adolescent and even young adult elephant – a massive feat since pachyderms are meant to be above predation.

Day 11: Safari ends and your return flight home

After leaving Savuti, you’ll travel along the Chobe River to arrive at Chobe Safari Lodge where you will stop for lunch before taking a leisurely afternoon boat cruise to round off your safari adventure.

Note: You can extend this trip to the Kasane/Caprivi area or Victoria Falls. If you don’t opt to extend your stay in Chobe or Victoria Falls, you will then transfer to the airport in time for your return flight home.

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