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Desert and Delta Safari

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Desert and Delta Safari

Wing your way over the wide open wilderness of Botswana, exploring three unique areas – the stunning pans of the Northern Kalahari, the water filled Okavango Delta, and the predator rich Savute Reserve. Wildlife viewing is done in open 4×4’s, by boat and mokoro canoes. Travel is by light aircraft between small luxury camps, set in remote area in the national parks.

Highlights:

Savute-Chobe, Moremi Game ReserveMakgadikgadi N.P.

Camps and Lodges Gallery

Detailed Itinerary:

Elephant-in-Maun

Day 1 – Maun / Savute Channel

Arrive into Maun early this afternoon. After clearing customs you will be met and assisted onto your light aircraft and flown Savute channel in Chobe National Park. Your stay here will be at the secluded Savute Safari Lodge. Savute Safari Lodge peers out from ancient camelthorn trees on the banks of the Botswana’s fabled Stolen River in the now dry Savute channel. This remote part of Chobe National Park is renowned for its large concentration of elephant and large lion prides. Savute Safari Lodge accommodates only 24 guests 12 private chalets made of local timber and glass with cool thatching, Each has a private viewing deck and a combined bedroom / lounge area and full en-suite facilities. There is also a lounge, library and cocktail bar in the main building. Along with an outdoor dining area and swimming pool. Out front is a fire pit and water hole. Savute offers game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles and you can also see the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills. You will most likely see nearly all the major species in the area, such as giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, tsessebe, roan, sable, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, eland, as well as predators including lion, hyena, jackal, cheetah and possibly wild dog. The lions here have also learned to hunt elephant, thus you are likely to find unusually large prides as many lions are needed to take down their prey. After lunch you will set out on an afternoon game drive, returning to the lodge for drinks around the fire and dinner.
Overnight – Savute Safari Lodge (L, D and activities)

Days 2/3 – Savute Channel – Chobe National Park

You have two full days for wildlife viewing and exploring.
Overnight – Savute Safari Lodge (all meals and activities)

Okavango-delta-giraffe

Day 4 – Savute / Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve

This morning arise early with tea and coffee then depart on a sunrise game drive, returning to the lodge for brunch. Afterwards you will be driven to the airstrip where you will board your light aircraft flight westwards towards the vast Okavango Delta. Your stay here will be in the Xaxanaka Region of Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which covers an area of about 1,900 sq. miles (4,900 sq. km.) in the eastern segment of the Okavango Delta. Moremi combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons and has a vast variety of plant, bird and animal life, creating one of the most magnificent and welcoming wildlife sanctuaries in all of Africa. Camp Moremi is set beneath giant ebony trees with the magnificent Moremi tree lodge as it’s centerpiece, consisting of a main lounge, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar. The 19 guest tents are the Hemingway style and are set on raised teak platforms with thatched roofs and private viewing decks. There is also a swimming pool with a sun deck and a thatched boma, where brunch & high tea is served. You can also sit in the elevated viewing “hide” above the Xakanaxa Lagoon. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open 4×4 vehicles where your likely to sight lion, leopard & cheetah, and wild dogs if your lucky. Plus hyena, hippo and the full range of antelope, large and small, including the red lechwe. You can also explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat for great bird-watching opportunities, crocs and elephant. Today after lunch set out on by water or land to for an afternoon of wildlife viewing. Return to the camp before dark for sundowners before dinner.
Overnight – Camp Moremi (all meals and activities)

Days 5/6 – Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve

You have two more full days to explore the delta.
Overnight – Camp Moremi (all meals and activities)

Makgadikgai-National-Park

Day 7 – Okavango Delta / Makgadikgadi National Park

After an early morning game drive and brunch, you will be driven to the airstrip for the scheduled charter flight southwards towards the northern edge of the fabled Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi National Park. A large part of the park is made up pans. In pre-historic times, this was the largest inland sea in Africa. Now they only hold water in the wet season (Dec – Apr) attracting millions of Flamingo and migrating Zebra. Your stay will be at Leroo La Tau, built on 50 foot cliffs above the Boteti River bed. The has flowed in 2010, refilling the river for the first time in 20 years, attacting a variety of wildlife into the area. In the dry season wildlife concentrates around the water hole in front of the lodge. The main reception and lounge area of Leroo La Tau is located on the top of these cliffs, so the raised vantage point ensures unsurpassed views of these desert inhabitants as they congregate below to quench their thirst. Activities include day and night game drives where you can find lion, zebra and wildebeest. leopard, brown and spotted hyena, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupine, genet and caracal, to name but a few. In addition, there is also the possibility of seeing the rare white rhinoceros. Most unique however, are the crocodiles and an amazing pod of hippo which have survived in extremely adverse conditions in small watering holes. Leroo La Tau accommodates 24 guests in 12 luxurious en-suite chalets, on individual raised wooden platforms. The main lounge and dining room area offers guests the opportunity to sit back and relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively you can lounge around the pool while appreciating the herds of zebra and wildebeest which are often seen around the lodge grounds and the waterhole. Evenings can be spent alongside the fireplace which also overlooks the dry riverbed and the waterhole in front of the lodge. After lunch relax or set out on a late afternoon game drive, returning before dinner under spotlight.
Overnight – Leroo La Tau (all meals & activities)

Days 8/9 – Makgadikgadi National Park

You have two full days to explore the pans, desert and grassy plains in search of wildlife.
Overnight – Leroo La Tau (all meals & activities)

Day 10 – Makgadikgadi National Park / Maun

Depart After a morning game drive and brunch, you will be driven to the airstrip for the scheduled light aircraft flight to Maun, arriving in the early afternoon.

Note: This safari can also run in reverse starting in the Kalahari and ending in Savute. It can be customized for you.

Desert and Delta Safari Rates

Cost:

  • $4,890 per person (Jan – Mar, and Dec)
  • $5,570 per person (Apr – Jun, Nov)
  • $8,150 per person (Jul – Oct)
  • Single supplement charge of $1,900 during July – October only.

Departures:

  • This is a flying safari and can start any day, based on the availability of accommodations. It can also be customized for you.
Our fully inclusive rates include:

  • Scheduled light aircraft flights: Maun – Savute, Savute – Moremi, Moremi – Makgadikgadi, Makgadikgadi – Maun
  • All accommodations on safari as per itinerary
  • All meals and drinks while on safari including alcoholic beverages, excluding premium wines, champagnes and premium spirits
  • Twice daily wildlife viewing activities with professional resident guides
  • All National Park and wildlife reserve entry fees
  • Laundry Services
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance

Does not include:

  • International airfare & flights
  • Flights into or out of Maun or Kasane
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is included)
  • Gratuities to guides and camp/lodge staff
  • Airport Departure Taxes

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