Botswana Wildlife Safari – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Xaxanaka, Moremi Game Reserve

You should arrival at Maun airport by 1230 in time to meet our local representative who will assist in your transfer to a shared light aircraft for an exciting flight to Xakanaxa (pronounced ka-ka-ni-ka) which is an integral part of the eastern waters of the Okavango Delta. The Xakanaxa area is situated within the Moremi Game Reserve and boasts some of the best game viewing in Botswana. The Game Reserve has areas of dry lands rising between vast wetlands, crystal clear water channels on the edges of Mopane and Apple-Leaf woodlands. Game viewing takes place alongside waterways and floodplains. Species such as Giraffe, Zebra and Wildebeest are but a few that occur here, along with  an astonishing variety of birds. Overnight camping in the Xakanaxa area of Moremi Game Reserve with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 2 – Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve

Todays game viewing will take you along the banks of the Okavango River, exploring 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. You will follow the Okavango River through the Lagoons of Xaxanaxa and Gadikwe, deep into the permanent waters of  this unique inland delta. After a picnic lunch, head back downstream to the mainland for a short evening drive. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3 – North Gate, Moremi Game Reserve
As the team breaks camp you will 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. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4 – North Gate, Moremi Game Reserve
Today is spent on 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 5 – Savuti, Chobe National Park
We leave Moremi, crossing the Khwai Bridge to the northern bank of Khwai River. There is a quick opportunity to buy more drinks in the small village before making our way to Chobe National Park. Due to the fact that 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 we relocate to Savuti where we camp in the Savuti Channel area. Game viewing this afternoon 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 6 – 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 7 – Serondella area, Chobe National Park
We journey north toward the Chobe River, the second biggest river in Southern Africa (Zambezi in the largest). 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. Our private campsite is on a Teak forested dune that overlooks this beautiful river. Game drives are taken in the afternoons and mornings to find the remarkable variety of species that are drawn to this permanent water source. Overnight non-participation camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8 – Serondella area, Chobe National Park
After an early start, we take a slow drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, where we can find Chobe Bushbuck and Puku Antelope. In the afternoon guests might choose to go on 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 9 – Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
We have a leisurely start this last camping morning and say fond farewells to our efficient back-up and camp crew. We head eastwards for the short drive to Kazungula Border Post, where your guide will ensure that your transfer back to Livingstone is seamless. This afternoon is spent exploring 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. Afternoon at leisure for optional activities (guests own expense). Overnight is usually at the Zambezi Waterfront with breakfast.

Note: The entrance fee to Victoria Falls is not included in the safari price.

Day 10 – Safari ends at Livingstone, Zambia
After breakfast your safari ends. Before proceeding with onward arrangements you might want to partake in the numerous optional activities that are available in this adventure capital.  If you would like to book additional night in Victoria Falls please ask for details.

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