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Classic Botswana – A Mobile Tented Safari


Botswana: Maun - Moremi - Okavango Delta - Khwai - Savute - Chobe - Kasane

$3,990 per person sharing

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Classic Botswana – A Mobile Tented Safari

Indication Price (from): $3,990 per person sharing * View all prices.
Length: 11 days
Group Size: 7
Location: Botswana: Maun - Moremi - Okavango Delta - Khwai - Savute - Chobe - Kasane
Departure Dates: See 'Prices & Dates' for more information
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INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Join us as we explore Botswana’s best game-viewing protected areas. You will track lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs and wild dogs across dry savanna, glide silently down meandering waterways in search of glittering birds and spend time with large herds of elephants cavorting in the wide Chobe River.

You will be led by experienced guides eager to share their backyard with you, and a seasoned back-up team that will pamper you and move your mobile tented camp between destinations while you get the most out of your safari. You will get to understand the variety of ecosystems that Botswana offers, and why this great country is known as the most authentic safari experience in Africa. This is classic Botswana.

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Detailed Itinerary

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“Dumela / Hello! And welcome to Botswana!”

Once you have landed in Maun, an Africa Geographic representative will meet you at the arrivals hall of Maun Airport – he will be holding a name board with your names displayed. Arrivals from Johannesburg generally land in Maun at about midday. Other participants already in Botswana will need to gather at the airport in Maun, and once the entire group is present the tour will commence. Departure time is usually at about 13h00. Everyone will be notified prior to the start of this tour, where and when they are expected to meet with the rest of the group.

You will be provided with a snack pack before you are handed over to our pilot, who will whisk you away on a light aircraft for a stunning scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and Chief’s Island. This flight promises to deliver an unforgettable eagle’s eye view of the Delta. Before you know it you will be descending and landing in Moremi Game Reserve, having saved yourself three to four hours of dirt and dust, and earned a bank full of aerial memories you will never forget. As soon as you emerge from your aircraft, our ground team will be there to collect you and take you to your mobile tented camp – enjoying game viewing en-route to camp.

Arrival at your camp will likely be before sunset and in good time for a chilled sundowner while you put your feet up around the fire and begin the process of ridding your body of stress and soaking up the scents and sounds of Africa. Your bags will be offloaded and taken to your tent while your delicious dinner is cooked over an open fire and your guide delivers an essential camp safety briefing and explains your safari program. Remember that your camp is not fenced, and dangerous wildlife may walk through camp at any time of day or night.

Overnight at Moremi Mobile Tented Camp
Your day will be spent exploring the Xaxanaka/3rd Bridge areas of Moremi in your game drive vehicle, during the cool mornings and late afternoons.

Whilst on game drives your guide will use his experience, keen eyesight and understanding of the area to target and show you as much as he can. He will especially be on the lookout for lions, leopards, elephants, wild dogs, cheetahs, hyenas and honey badgers. It is important to appreciate that sightings cannot be guaranteed, as wildlife movements are subject to many influences, and there is always a degree of luck in successful wildlife sightings.

During the heat of the day you will be back at camp to enjoy a light lunch, a siesta, or downtime to download and edit your images, or read a book. As soon as the heat starts to die down you will head out for an afternoon game drive. Expect to be back in the early evening after your sundowner, and to a welcoming camp fire, delicious meal and a night sky packed with stars.

Overnight at Moremi Mobile Tented Camp
Shortly after breakfast you will head out for a full day in the bush while the team takes down and relocates your private camp from Moremi to the Khwai/east Moremi area of the Okavango Delta. Your transfer will be a slow and enjoyable game viewing drive with a stop en-route to enjoy a picnic lunch.

You will spend the next three nights at your campsite in Khwai, exploring the floodplains and riverine woodlands on game drives both during the day and at night. You will also experience a mokoro (traditional canoe) outing, exploring the Khwai River channels – the easternmost reach of the Okavango river system.

Game drives after dark are with the aid of a spotlight, allowing you to see some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day, such as aardvarks, genets, bushbabies and civets. Please note that night drives are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve, in the Khwai community area only.

Overnight at Khwai Mobile Tented Camp
These two days will be spent exploring the Khwai area on game drives during the cool mornings and afternoons, and on the mokoro outing which will be scheduled for one of these days. Again your guide will use all of his skills and experience to show you as much as he can of the local wildlife species, and what you see is subject to wildlife movements.

During the heat of the day you will again spend time in camp and your time after the afternoon and evening game drive is spent around the fire.

Overnight at Khwai Mobile Tented Camp
Today you head further north towards Chobe National Park, where you will spend three nights camping in a wilderness campsite in Savute. Never has there ever been a better time to visit the famous Savute! The Savute channel and marsh had been dry for 30 years due to a shift in tectonic plates preventing flood waters from reaching this far. But in 2010, everything changed when the floodwaters again found their way to this parched land, and since then the annual floodwaters have brought relief to varying degrees. And the wildlife has followed.

Savute is a dynamic wilderness that offers a sweeping expanse of savannah dotted by several rocky outcrops, which guard a relic marsh and the mostly dry channel that was once its lifeline. The Savute goes through wet and dry cycles, with wild dogs hunting in the dry river channel where crocodiles once lurked. Visitors to this spectacular area can also enjoy great sightings of large herds of elephants, buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, various antelope species as well as thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest.

Overnight at Savute Wilderness Campsite
Each day's programme will be discussed the previous night with your guides, who will again keep track of game movements and use their experience of Savute and knowledge of predators to create the best possible strategy for each game viewing outing.

Every morning you will be up early to maximise on those prime game-viewing early hours, before returning to camp for a hearty brunch. In the early afternoon, you will head back out to Savute marsh for some more game viewing.

In addition to its wealth of predators, Savute also offers a chance to enjoy the legacy of its previous human residents. Rising out of the Savute plains are a number of rocky outcrops, including the well-known "Bushman Hill" where you will be able to find unique San rock art. The paintings depict a number of species that shared the area with Botswana's original people, including eland, elephant, sable, giraffe, hippo, and the infamous puff adder.

At the end of each day you will head back to camp for a well-deserved hot shower and a sumptuous three course dinner under the stars, and to discuss the day as well as plan ahead for the next one.

Overnight at Savute Wilderness Campsite
Leaving Savute, you continue your journey north towards the Chobe region of the park, where you can expect stunning African teak broad-leaved woodlands that fringe on lush riverine vegetation. You will spend the last two nights camping in a wilderness campsite near the Chobe River, and exploring the busy Chobe riverbank and surrounding flood plains.

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including large herds of elephants and pods of hippos – but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. A visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of African wildlife. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities such as driving along the game-dotted river banks in a 4WD and cruising along the river in a motorboat.

Overnight at Chobe River Wilderness Campsite
After breakfast, and a short morning game drive, your safari will come to an end and you will be transferred back to Kasane or Kasane Airport. Here you will get a chance to bid your group and guide farewell and continue with your journey, or catch your flight back home.

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Indication Price (from):

$3,990

  per person sharing

Departure Dates: See 'Prices & Dates' for more information

2018 Departures
APRIL – LOW SEASON
Maun – Kasane4 Apr – 14 Apr
Kasane – Maun15 Apr – 25 Apr
MAY – LOW
Maun – Kasane2 May – 12 May
Kasane – Maun13 May – 23 May
Maun – Kasane30 May – 9 Jun
JUNE – LOW
Kasane – Maun 10 Jun – 20 Jun
Maun – Kasane 27 Jun – 7 Jul
JULY – HIGH SEASON
 Kasane – Maun 8 Jul – 18 Jul
Maun – Kasane 25 Jul – 4 Aug
AUGUST – HIGH
 Kasane – Maun 5 Aug – 15 Aug
Maun – Kasane 22 Aug – 1 Sep
SEPTEMBER – HIGH
 Kasane – Maun 2 Sep – 12 Sep
Maun – Kasane 19 Sep – 29 Sep
 Kasane – Maun 30 Sep – 10 Oct
OCTOBER – HIGH
Maun – Kasane17 Oct – 27 Oct
Kasane – Maun28 Oct –  7 Nov
NOVEMBER – LOW
Maun – Kasane14 Nov – 24 Nov
Kasane – Maun25 Nov – 5 Dec
DECEMBER – LOW
Maun – Kasane6 Dec – 16 Dec

 

2019 Departures
APRIL – LOW SEASON
Maun – Kasane3 Apr – 13 Apr
Kasane – Maun14 Apr – 24 Apr
MAY – LOW
Maun – Kasane1 May – 11 May
Kasane – Maun12 May – 22 May
Maun – Kasane29 May – 8 Jun
JUNE – LOW
Kasane – Maun 9 Jun – 19 Jun
Maun – Kasane 26 Jun – 6 Jul
JULY – HIGH SEASON
 Kasane – Maun 7 Jul – 17 Jul
Maun – Kasane 24 Jul – 3 Aug
AUGUST – HIGH
 Kasane – Maun 4 Aug – 14 Aug
Maun – Kasane 21 Aug – 31 Aug
SEPTEMBER – HIGH
 Kasane – Maun 1 Sep – 11 Sep
Maun – Kasane 18 Sep – 28 Sep
 Kasane – Maun 29 Sep – 9 Oct
OCTOBER – HIGH
Maun – Kasane16 Oct – 26 Oct
Kasane – Maun27 Oct –  6 Nov
NOVEMBER – LOW
Maun – Kasane13 Nov – 23 Nov
Kasane – Maun24 Nov – 4 Dec

 

International clients
High Season (Jul-Oct)$5,350 per person
Low Season (Apr-Jun/Nov-Dec)$4,099 per person
SADC Residents
High Season (Jul-Oct)$5,210 per person
Low Season (Apr-Jun/Nov-Dec)$3,990 per person

 

• The minimum number of participants is 1 pax for the trip to depart (maximum 7 pax).
• Minimum age 12 yrs old. 15% discount for children 12-17 years inclusive when they travel with their parents.
• No single supplement, however Africa Geographic Travel reserves the right to limit the number of singles.

 

Price Includes:
Comfortable walk-in tented accommodation in Peru-style tents with built-in floors and mosquito gauze at the windows and entrance. Comfortable beds that include all bed linen and towels. En-suite bathroom with a traditional hot water safari bucket shower and comfortable bush loo. All airport meet-and-greets, collections and transfers. All game drives in custom-made open game drive vehicles with shade roof (that can be removed), individual seats and long-range fuel tanks.

A scenic flight charter from Maun to Moremi in a fixed winged aircraft. All meals starting with dinner on day of arrival and ending with lunch on day of departure. Selected drinks (local wine, local beer, gin & tonic, Coke, Coke Light, fruit juice, bottled water) are included, except spirits. All entrance and camping fees to national parks and game reserves as well as private campsites used wherever possible and available.

A dedicated safari team including a driver/guide, cook, camp assistant and back-up driver. Medical evacuation insurance. All activities as specified in the itinerary. 24/7 office support.

Price Excludes:
International and domestic flights, airport departure taxes, visas or tourism levies to enter Botswana, excess weight charges, telephone calls, laundry, spirits (other than gin). Travel and medical insurance (essential on all safaris). Optional safari extensions and any activities not specified in the itinerary. Items of a personal nature. Tips and gratuities.

Suggested itineraries: We offer safaris to most accredited lodges in sub-Saharan Africa. Those appearing below are some of those on offer. Contact us to adapt these itineraries to your needs.
INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Climate: June is the start of Botswana’s dry season – an excellent time to visit. Nights can be cold, but the day temperatures rise up to a very comfortable 25°C – ideal for safaris in the Moremi and Khwai areas. By mid-July the bush is dry and dusty, and yet the waterways of the Okavango Delta area remain full with flood water. Visibility for game viewing is EXCELLENT as game is concentrated and so are predators, allowing for great sightings. By August temperatures remain warm and the bulk of flood water has filtered through the system, and floodplain water levels are dropping. September sees winter coming to an end as night time temperatures rise, and day temperatures reach the mid-30’s.

Difficulty: This is a mobile and motorised game viewing safari. There is no walking, but depending on how fit and healthy you are, the early wake up calls and late game viewing evening may take a slight toll on your energy levels and stamina by the end of the trip. It is advised that you make use of down times wisely and recoup some rest and sleep when you can.

Accommodation: The mobile tented camp features an open kitchen, a mess area, a campfire hearth and a set of comfortable walk-in Meru-style tents with canvas floors. All windows and entrances have mosquito gauze.
Beds are comfortable, with bed linen and fleece blankets. Each tent has amenities such as soap, shampoo, toilet paper, mosquito repellent, torch, outside paraffin lamp and a bassinet to wash your hands or splash your face.

Hot or cold water for your shower is provided on request to your en-suite shower, ready for you on your return from a safari walk. These are gravity showers with an easy to use showerhead. Towels are supplied. Your en-suite area also includes a ‘bush toilet’ or ‘long drop’, with comfortable seated thrones.

All the mobile tented camp meals are cooked in camp by the resident chef. A cooler box with ice and an assortment of cool drinks, wines and beers is available. Comfortable camping chairs surrounding the campfire are an enticement to sit and relax, share, ponder and recount the daily experiences.

Game viewing vehicle: Game drives and local transfers are carried in custom made open game drive vehicles with a shade roof. Seating is provided in game viewing seats (not benches), and vehicles are equipped with long-range fuel tanks. Your game drive vehicle is always supplied with water, cool drinks, coffee, tea and biscuits, as well as blankets and ponchos.

Booking and payment details: Once you have decided to join one of our safaris, you will need to contact us for a booking formwhich will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc. As our groups are small they fill up quickly.

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