Chobe National Park - Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve - Seychelles
Our Botswana and Seychelles itinerary is a winning combination, the perfect mix of an exciting safari adventure and a relaxing beach escape. Botswana is one of the true remaining wilderness areas on the African continent with a strong commitment to conserving its abundant wildlife. Some of its highlights include the Okavango Delta, a wetland within the desert that sustains a huge diversity of wildlife and is the only inland delta in the world, Chobe National Park that is renowned for its predator and elephant population, and Moremi Game Reserve brimming with an amazing variety of animals. After exploring these wonders of the wild, the Seychelles rounds out a fantastic trip with its powdery white beaches, warm azure waters and island hopping opportunities.
Spot the huge herds of elephants in Chobe National Park
Experience an exclusive big game safari in incredible Botswana
Fly between lodges in classic Out of Africa style
The alluring beaches and warm turquoise waters of the Seychelles
Following your international flight, your adventure will start in Kasane (or Maun), easily reached by road from Victoria Falls in approximately 1½-2 hours. A light aircraft transfer (lasting about 40 minutes) will take you to the Savute area of Chobe National Park for a two night stay.
Chobe National Park is located in Botswana's north and is the third largest national park in Botswana covering almost 12,000km². The park not only lays claim to one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa, but it’s also world renowned for its elephant population with an estimated at 70,000 greys - possibly the largest elephant concentration in Africa. The Savuti Marsh region, constituting the western stretch of Chobe, covers 10,800km² and is best described as the relic of a large inland lake. Fed by the erratic Savuti channel, it gives rise to rich grasslands, savannah woodland, as well as a large variety of trees and other vegetation, forming the perfect habitat for large concentrations of both lion and elephant. Here, you will also see hippo wallowing in the waters, crocodile soaking up the African sun and a range of birds that call the area home.
Take in the breath-taking views of the landscape below as another light aircraft journey transfers you into the heart of the Okavango Delta for a two night stay. Undoubtedly one of the main highlights of any trip to Botswana, the Okavanago Delta is a unique system of inland waterways best explored by mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe. An experienced boatman uses a long pole to steer you quietly through the shallow water, moving the canoe along the narrow channels or cutting through the long grasses or papyrus. Guided activities from this permanent water site are usually by river boat, canoe or on foot. Fishing is also possible in season.
After another light aircraft transfer you will arrive at your next destination: the Moremi Game Reserve boasts one of the most diverse habitat and animal populations in Botswana, making your game viewing encounters by either river powerboat or open 4x4 vehicle not only varied, but a definite thrill. Moremi was the first African reserve to be established by the local people, spurred on by their concern for the growing decline of wildlife. This led to the Batawana people of Ngamiland proclaiming Moremi a game reserve in 1963, and today it remains of great conservation, environmental and scientific importance.
After a final day out in the wild, it is time to say goodbye to magical Botswana. Your last light aircraft transfer returns you to Kasane or Maun for your onward journey to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. From here, you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.
With the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping at it shores and blessed with an amazing climate, the 115 islands of the Seychelles (of which only 16 are inhabited) are truly remarkable. Here, it’s all about island life, with unspoiled beaches, turquoise waters and endless island-hopping opportunities. Spread over 1,400,000 km² and with six island groups lying 500-1,600km from the African Coast, it really is the idyllic place for a holiday surrounded by pristine natural beauty. There are 43 mainly granite “inner” islands and 72 coralline “outer” islands, making the Seychelles the ultimate playground for island-loving travellers.
After spending a few days soaking up the sun, cooling off in crystal clear waters and relaxing “island style”, you’ll return home feeling refreshed and satisfied after a very special trip.