This Botswana Wilderness Camping Safari explores the best wildlife parks in Botswana, from the game-rich Chobe Park and magical Nxai Pan to the unique and watery Okavango Delta.
On this truly wild African safari experience you enjoy a sunset boat cruise on Chobe River and explore the Okavango Delta on bush walks and mokoro rides, camping in the wild. Highlights include embarking on exhilarating game viewing drives in both the diverse Chobe Park and beautiful Moremi Game Reserve.
Starting in Kasane and ending on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls in Livingstone, this genuine Botswana bush adventure offers unbeatable value for money!
This Wild Botswana Camping Safari starts in the town of Kasane near Chobe in northern Botswana at 13h00 on the first day.
Our African adventure begins with a full tour briefing from your guide followed by some shopping in Kasane for last minute supplies and drinks. In the late afternoon we embark on a relaxing sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River - your first chance to sight some of Africa's wildlife and birds. Wild animals found along the Chobe River include hippo, elephant, buffalo and various antelope species.
We camp overnight at a Kasane campsite with permanent ablutions.
On day two we get up as the sun rises and leave the Chobe area driving 500 kilometres south to Nxai Pan National Park, on the northern edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The Nxai Pan largely consists of the remnants of an ancient lakebed now mainly covered by grassy plains dotted with a few clumps of umbrella thorn trees, mopane woodlands and large baobabs. The focal watering hole and sweet grasses attract a variety of wild animals.
En route to the Nxai Pan National Park we pause for a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park on our way to our overnight campsite. The next day we explore the Nxai Pan on a morning game drive looking out for grazing herds of impala and springbok. In the afternoon we visit the dramatic Baines Baobabs on the edge of a vast saltpan to get a closer look at these impressive ancient trees, depicted in the paintings of British explorer Thomas Baines. Camping will be at a private designated campsite with bush ablutions.
After enjoying a morning game drive in Nxai Pan we continue to our next stop on this Botswana Wilderness Camping Safari - Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The afternoon is free for you to explore Maun, browse the shops and simply relax at camp.
Alternatively, you can take an optional 45-minute scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Flying over this massive network of waterways gives you a better idea of the sheer size and beauty of this wild place. You can often see wildlife, such as elephants, hippos and giraffes, roaming across the open plains and waterways below as you fly over the magnificent delta.
Our next overnight camp is at a designated bush site with permanent ablution facilities.
Next our Botswana Wilderness Camping Safari takes us into the Okavango Delta, Botswana's most prized wilderness gem.
Reaching the southern edge of the delta we meet up with local polers who will take us deeper into this pristine watery haven. Our local guides pole us along the winding papyrus-lined channels in their traditional mekoros (dugout canoes), so sit back and take in the spectacular bush scenery. Keep an eye out for animals and birds as we glide peacefully to our secluded bush camp on a small island in the wild delta.
The next two days are filled with mokoro adventures and guided bush walks exploring the reeded islands and floodplains of the remote Okavango Delta. Spending time close to nature in this unique part of Botswana is a memorable and rare experience, far from the trappings and bustle of modern living. During our delta trip we camp in the wild with bush ablutions. The camping areas selected on this Botswana Wildlife Safari are remote and rugged offering a genuine African bush experience.
On day seven we journey to a concession area near the diverse and game-rich Moremi Game Reserve.
You will only be able to take overnight bags (hand luggage or small backpacks) into the delta, as we travel by mokoro canoes which limits the amount of luggage that can be carried with us. The rest of your luggage remains in the trailer of our safari vehicle, which is parked in a secure area for the duration of our two-day delta island excursion.
Early on the morning of day eight we make our way into the western part of Moremi Game Reserve. One of the best wildlife parks in Botswana, if not Africa, Moremi Reserve covers diverse habitats ranging from swamp and woodlands to drier areas.
We spend the next three days of this Botswana Camping Adventure exploring Moremi Reserve on game drives in search of the impressive array of wild animals and prolific birdlife found in this beautiful wilderness area. Moremi is considered one of the most scenic game reserves in Africa covering the eastern part of the Okavango Delta where mopane woodland and acacia forests contrast with watery floodplains and lagoons. Moremi is home to elephants, especially numerous during the dry season, as well as buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal. A wide variety of antelope species, including the rare red lechwe, are also found in Moremi, along with healthy populations of endangered African Wild Dog.
During our stay in Moremi Reserve we embark on game drives in the early mornings at sunrise and again in the late afternoons at sunset. Our early morning game drives are followed by lunch and a rest back at the safari camp. We camp in private campsites with bush ablutions in designated wilderness areas of this top reserve.
On day 10 we transfer to a campsite in eastern Moremi, exploring a new area of this African wildlife haven.
Our next premier safari destination is Botswana's Chobe National Park, hosting one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa.
Botswana's most diverse game park, Chobe Park is best known for its large herds of migratory elephants. Our journey in search of wildlife takes us across the drier Savuti plains of the vast Chobe. Savuti is a striking wilderness area that hosts one of Africa's highest concentrations of wildlife and is renowned for its predators, especially lion and hyena. We continue north to the Chobe River meandering along the banks of the river on our game drives as we look out for elephants, hippos and buffalos, as well as rich birdlife including the African Fish Eagle.
In Chobe Park we will be camping at private designated sites with bush ablutions. We spend one night in the Savuti area and the following two near Chobe River in the northern part of the park. The camping areas selected are remote and wild providing a real African bush experience.
We enjoy one last morning game drive in Chobe Park, before taking a ferry across the Zambezi River into Zambia. Then we drive to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the famous Victoria Falls (visa required). In Livingstone we overnight in chalets at a comfortable lodge.
You have free time in the afternoon to visit the impressive Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world and an unmissable highlight of Southern Africa! You can also go curio shopping and explore Livingstone, as well as participating in optional activities. Optional Activities in Livingstone include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi, Tram Rides and Helicopter Flights over Victoria Falls. On the last night of this Botswana Camping Safari dinner will be at your own expense at the Livingstone lodge.
The truly wild African bush adventure of this Botswana Wilderness Camping Safari ends after breakfast at around 10h00 on day fifteen.
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