Best of Botswana Safari – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Nata Sanctuary
Depart Livingstone by road transfer (07h00) and cross the Zambezi into Botswana at Kazungula crossing where Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana meet. After customs you will meet your guide, after a quick stop at the local store in Kasane, drive south to Nata Sanctuary, which is situated on the edge of  the Madgadigadi Salt Pans. TheSalt Pans, the world’s largest, are the remnants of a once massive inland lake. Madgadigadi offers spectacular scenery and endless horizons. The pans offer a unique camping experience as well as an opportunity to witness an unforgettable sunset. Overnight non-participation camping with lunch and dinner included.

Day 2 – Nxai Pan National Park
Leaving Makgadigadi Salt Pans after breakfast. Your journey takes you west to Nxai Pan National Park. An area known for large herds of Springbok and Gemsbok, species that are not water dependent.  The Pans have changed little in thousands of years  with the exception of an artificial water-hole at the heart of the pan which allows for some remarkable wildlife sightings. Camping for the next two nights in the park. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3 – Nxai Pan National Park
Start your day early with a light breakfast to head out at first light for the best game viewing. The drive typically lasts until about 10:30 am, with a coffee break mid-way. On return to camp brunch is served, after which there is an opportunity to have a siesta throughout the heat of the day. As the air starts to cool towards late afternoon, you will embark on a secondgame drive. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4 – Maun, Sedia Riverside Hotel
After an early game drive head out of the park and drive further west into the frontier town of Maun, the Sedia Riverside hotel os situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River, and has a pleasant eating area and welcoming swimming pool. Your afternoon is free to relax. Lunch and dinner at your own expense.  Overnight hotel with breakfast.

Day 5 – Xaxanaka, Moremi Game Reserve
This morning continue your journey to Xakanaxa which is an integral part of the eastern waters of the Okavango Delta. Part of the Moremi Game Reserve, it boasts some of the best game viewing in Botswana. With areas of dry land rising between vast wetlands, crystal clear water channels on the edges of Mopane and Apple-Leaf woodlands. Game viewing takes place by the waterways and floodplains. Giraffe, Zebra and Wildebeest can be found here, along with  an astonishing variety of birds. Overnight camping in Xakanaxa with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6 – Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve

This mornings game drive takes you to the banks of the Okavango River, explore the clear channels, lagoons and rivers of the Okavango Delta by motor boat, going upstream through a myriad of waterways lined with African Mangosteen and Water Berry Trees, as well as swaying seas of papyrus. Following the river through the Lagoons of Xaxanaxa and Gadikwe, deep into the permanent waters of  this unique inland delta. After a picnic lunch, make your way back downstream to the mainland for a short evening drive back to camp. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7 – Khwai River, Moremi Game Reserve
This morning take a leisurely drive to a private campsite in the Khwai River area of Moremi Game Reserve. This region’s diversity of game is astounding and Moremi has quite rightly been rated as one of the best game viewing areas in the world. Afternoon game drive and overnight camping in Moremi Game Reserve. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8 – North Gate, Moremi Game Reserve
Today you will take an early morning and afternoon game drives. Your guide will generally spend maximum time on game-drives, depending on what is seen, trying to cover as much area as possible. The result of this is guests are given the best chances of seeing a variety of wildlife – although there is of course, that obligatory siesta during the hottest part of the day. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9 – Savuti, Chobe National Park
Leaving Moremi, cross the Khwai Bridge to the northern bank of Khwai River, stopping for supplies in the small village before making your way to Chobe National Park. As none of Botswana’s wildlife areas are fenced, game can move freely between these two wilderness areas. Hippo, Elephant and sometimes Lion are often found on this route. Moving through the Mababe depression to the Savuti Channel area. Game viewing takes place along the fringes of the marsh and surrounding water holes. The area is best known for large populations of Bull Elephants and Prides of Lion that patrol the banks of this enigmatic channel. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 – Savuti, Chobe National Park
Again we have the opportunity to spend many hours on morning and afternoon game drives, as well as an opportunity to climb one of the five hills to see San Bushman paintings, an indication that this area has always drawn those who have an affinity to the wilderness. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 – Serondella area, Chobe National Park
Your drive taks you north toward the Chobe River, the second biggest river in Southern Africa. Chobe River is home to the world’s largest Elephant herds; large numbers of big game such as Buffalo, Hippo and Lion can be seen here.  You will be staying in a private campsite on a Teak forested dune that overlooks this beautiful river.  Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 – Serondella area, Chobe National Park
After an early start, take a slow drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, to find Chobe Bushbuck and Puku Antelope. In the afternoon there is a chance to go an optional afternoon boat cruise along the Chobe River, perhaps the last river where one has a fair chance to see Lion and Elephant, Leopard or Wild Dog from the unique viewpoint of a boat. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 – Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
After a leisurely start say fond farewells to your efficient back-up and camp crew before heading eastwards for the short drive to Kazungula Border Post, where your guide will oversea your transfer back to Zambia. This afternoon you have the opportunity to explore one or the truly magnificent sights on earth – the wonderfully beautiful Victoria Falls – 300 feet high and over a mile wide! Witness the power of nature as an average of 550,000 tons of water thunders into the Zambezi Gorge every minute (entrance at own expense). Overnight is usually at the Zambezi Waterfront with breakfast.

Day 14 – Safari ends at Livingstone, Zambia
After breakfast your tour ends. There are numerous optional activities that are available in this adventure capital, you may want to extend your stay for additional night (details on request).

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