Visiting three of northern Botswana’s prime wildlife areas, this small group mobile camping safari offers the chance to see a fabulous variety of wildlife, including lion, leopard, wild dog and elephant.
Accompanied by a fabulous team who do all the hard work for you, this budget-friendly safari stays in comfortable walk-in tents with a double bed and private bathroom facilities. Such a set up - along with a small group size and a maximum of six people per vehicle - allows a flexible approach to wildlife viewing, thus enjoying longer in the field and increasing your chances of experiencing that once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sighting.
The itinerary starts on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta at Moremi Game Reserve, a stunningly beautiful area of floodplains and mopane woodland, attracting a wealth of wildlife. Following the luxuriant Khwai River, the Khwai Concession offers a mosaic of habitats, from seasonal lagoons and acacia studded plains to fabulous leadwood forests. Your final stop are the vast grasslands and rocky outcrops of Chobe National Park, the epitome of African wilderness and widely regarded as one of Africa’s premier destinations for watching predators.
This tour will be led by Motswana guide Disho, with expert leader Nick Acheson joining our August 2019 departure.
Day1: Depart UK
Day2: Arrive Maun & transfer to Moremi Game Reserve
On arrival at Maun, you will be met by your guide and transferred by vehicle to Moremi Game Reserve. The first three nights of the trip are spent in the Xakanaxa region, exploring the surounding wilderness on morning and afternoon safaris.
Accommodation: Mobile tented camp, 9-nights
Tents are ‘Sahara’ style, with a high roof and equipped with comfortable camp beds, bucket shower and long-drop bush toilet. The camping is 'fully-serviced' and you will not be expected to help with camp chores such as setting up tents, cooking and washing-up.
Days3-4: Vehicle safaris in Moremi Game Reserve
You have two days to explore Moremi Game Reserve, located on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta and one of the most beautiful and unspoiled reserves in Africa. The reserve is home to a huge variety of wildlife and birdlife, and is one of the best places on the continent to see the endangered African wild dog. Xakanaxa is home to a resident herd of buffalo, which in turn attract prides of lion.
Days5-7: Vehicle safaris in Khwai Concession
After an early morning breakfast, you leave Moremi Game Reserve and transfer by road to the Khwai Community Area, one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango.
Fed by the waters of the Khwai River, the area attracts a high concentration of game including Burchell’s zebra, giraffe, impala and red lechwe. The river is particularly productive for large bull elephants and elsewhere, predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are all encountered regularly.
You will spend three nights at an exclusive campsite in the community area, which allows plenty of time to enjoy wildlife sightings. As this is a private concession managed by the local community, there is also the option to undertake night drives in search of African civet, common genet, lesser bush baby, African porcupine and serval.
Day8: Drive to Savuti
Today is a travel day, as you head further north, driving through a wide range of habitats including the enormous Madabe Depression. The route passes through excellent lion and cheetah country, with the chance of elephant sightings throughout the journey, as well as some of the more elusive antelope species such as roan.
Days9-10: Vehicle safaris in Chobe National Park
One of Africa’s best wildlife-viewing areas, Chobe National Park boasts one of the continent’s highest remaining concentrations of wildlife. The location for many wildlife documentaries, the Savuti Marsh is home to particularly strong prides of lion (20-30 members) and hyena clans offer some fabulous wildlife viewing opportunities. It is also home to cheetah and occasionally wild dog.
Day11: Drive through Chobe National Park to Kasane; afternoon boat trip on Chobe River
Today, you travel north through Chobe National Park, driving through the stunted mopane scrub of the Goha clay basin, before entering the wonderful Zambezi teak woodlands of the Chobe Forest Reserve. Arriving in Kasane, enjoy a picnic lunch before taking to the water on an afternoon boat trip on the Chobe River. You overnight in a comfortable safari lodge beside the Chobe River, enjoying a delicious buffet meal on your final evening in Botswana.
Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge, 1-night
Day12: Morning at leisure; afternoon depart Kasane
After a leisurely breakfast and a few hours to relax around the lodge, transfer to Kasane Airport for an afternoon flight back to the UK via Johannesburg.
Day13: Arrive UK
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 daysfrom £4,195 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 daysfrom £3,695 pp
Born in a village in a remote wilderness area of Botswana's Okavango Pan Handle, Disho spent a lot of his childhood hunting and trapping with his uncles, as is the tradition for young boys in the Hambukushu tribe, skills which helped shape him into the incredible guide that he is today, with a seemingly sixth sense for finding wildlife.
After obtaining a diploma in Travel and Tourism at college, Disho became involved in the tourism industry as a guide, and has followed his passion for wildlife, conservation and photography ever since. He has undergone extensive training as a specialist walking and birding guide, and is the first and only Motswana guide to become a full specialist birding guide by the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA).
Nick Acheson lives where he grew up, in North Norfolk. He spent ten years in South America, travelled for three years in Asia and has worked with wildlife on every continent.
A conservationist by passion and commitment, since his return to the UK he has worked for Norfolk Wildlife Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and the Hawk and Owl Trust, and now lectures in ecology and conservation at Easton College. Having crossed the globe in search of wildlife, he is equally at home spotlighting in a Bornean rainforest, watching cheetahs in sub-Saharan Africa and snug in the Norfolk cottage he shares with his rescued bantam Beulah.
Moremi is an unspoilt and stunningly beautiful reserve, considered to be one of Africa’s finest sanctuaries. Its 3,000 sqkm of woodland, floodplain and reedbed includes the waters of the Okavango Delta, attracting high concentrations of plains game and predators which can be viewed by river or on land.
Where: Northern Botswana
Ideal for viewing: Pel’s fishing owl, red lechwe, sitatunga, fire-crowned bishop, scops owl
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris
Chobe sits on the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. The mosaic of bush, waterway, floodplain and woodland is home to a vast array of wildlife, most notably Africa’s largest concentration of elephant, but also huge herds of buffalo that congregate along its fertile floodplain during the dry season.
Where: Northern Botswana
Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, lion, puku, wild dog
Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris
This 1.6 million hectare wildlife paradise is a vast tapestry of crystal clear water channels, lagoons and small islands, and is known for its concentrations of large wildlife and birds. Outings by boat or on land, at day or night, yields fantastic sightings within the private concessions of exclusive accommodation.
Where: Northern Botswana
Ideal for viewing: hippo, Nile crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, tsessebe
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching