On this authentic wildlife adventure, expert guides take you on game viewing drives in the most diverse and wildlife-rich regions of northern Botswana - Moremi Reserve and Chobe Park. We camp at private campsites in these top game reserves and the concession area, experiencing the untamed African bush up close. Start with the scenic Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Region of the Okavango Delta, before exploring the Savuti and Chobe River areas of Chobe National Park.
Our hands-on camping adventure ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, where we overnight at a comfortable lodge.
At the start of this Botswana & Vic Falls Camping Safari, you have two options - either spend the first night in Maun or transfer directly to the selected wildlife concession bordering on Moremi Game Reserve.
Your first option is to spend the night before your safari starts in Maun. Staying over in Maun on your first night gives you the chance to take a highly-recommended optional (extra cost) scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. We can help to arrange accommodation, transfers and scenic flight bookings in advance. The scenic flight needs to be arranged beforehand and a minimum of three clients is required in order to book the small plane flights.
Your second option is to arrive in Maun on the day that your safari starts and transfer straight to the community campsite in the concession area bordering on Moremi Game Reserve. This option takes you straight into the African bush, cutting out the time in Maun. A transfer can be arranged (at extra cost) if you choose to head directly to the campsite from Maun. You will arrive at the campsite in the late afternoon and meet the safari crew. Dinner is included on day one if you choose this option.
For those arriving in Maun early on day one, or making their own pre-safari arrangements, we meet up at 08h30 this morning. From the pre-arranged departure point in Maun, you are then transferred to the edge of the world-renowned Okavango Delta. The safari crew is there to meet you and take you into the bush where the real adventure begins!
We make our way to our first campsite in a concession area bordering on Moremi, stopping en route for lunch overlooking Santadibe floodplain. After lunch our journey continues, passing through rural villages where woven baskets are expertly crafted. This afternoon we embark on a game drive in the concession area just outside of Moremi Game Reserve enjoying our first encounters with the unique flora and fauna of the diverse delta ecosystem. After our game drive, we return to camp and settle down for dinner and a peaceful night of camping under the stars.
Please note: If you choose to transfer straight to the camp later on day one of the safari then you will miss out on the game drive and only dinner is included.
The first few days of this wildlife safari are spent exploring the prestigious Moremi Game Reserve. We embark on early morning game drives at sunrise and late afternoon drives at sunset. The early morning game viewing drives are followed by lunch and a siesta back at the camps. Our game drives take us in search of the incredible diversity of wild animals and birds found in the pristine Moremi wilderness area of Botswana.
Moremi is one of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa located the eastern part of the Okavango Delta. This is an area of rich terrestrial and aquatic habitats with mopane woodlands, acacia forests, watery floodplains and tranquil lagoons. Moremi is home to elephants, buffalos, giraffes and diverse antelope species, including the unusual red lechwe. Carnivores in Moremi Game Reserve include lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal as well as sizeable populations of endangered African wild dogs.
On days two and three we explore the 3rd Bridge and Xakanaxa areas of Moremi Reserve. On day four we move to a new campsite in the Khwai River area. We then explore the Khwai Concession, adjacent to Moremi in the north-eastern part of the Okavango Delta. We camp in private campsites with bush ablutions in designated wilderness areas of the scenic Moremi Reserve.
On day five travel northeast from Moremi Reserve to Chobe National Park, which also hosts one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Chobe Park covers a large area of about 11 700 km² incorporating diverse habitats. This large wilderness area is best known for its large herds of migratory elephants.
We journey across the drier region of the Savuti plains in southern Chobe. The Savuti Marsh hosts one of Southern Africa's highest concentrations of wildlife and is renowned for its predators, especially lion and hyena. Big old elephant bulls are regularly spotted in Savuti, along with migrating elephant herds, plains game and even leopards. We spend a night camping in the Savuti area, watching the array of animal and bird life found here.
Next, we proceed further north to the Chobe River region of lush floodplains, woodlands and riverine forests. The river attracts an abundance of wildlife, especially elephants, hippos and buffalos which we are likely to see on our game drives. The birding in this region is also exceptional with over 450 species recorded. Keep an eye out for Pel's fishing owls, African fish eagles and African skimmers amongst many more. We spend two nights camping in the northern section of Chobe near the Chobe River. In Chobe, we camp at remote and private campsites with bush ablutions throughout.
Today we embark on a morning game drive in the Chobe River region before exiting the national park and heading to the Botswana-Zimbabwe border and then we drive to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
In the afternoon you can visit the famous Victoria Falls, one of Africa's top natural highlights. Witnessing Vic Falls, the largest curtain of falling water in the world is an unforgettable experience. Marvelling at the waterfall you will see why the local Kololo people call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means "The Smoke that Thunders". You can also explore the town and do some curio shopping.
We spend our last night at a comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls, where dinner will be at your own expense.
Our wild and wonderful Botswana & Victoria Falls Safari officially ends after breakfast on day nine.
We recommend taking advantage of the amazing optional activities on offer at Vic Falls before you leave which include white water rafting and canoeing on the Zambezi River, bungee jumping and taking scenic microlight, small plane or helicopter flights over Victoria Falls.
This Moremi, Chobe & Victoria Falls Camping Safari starts at 08h30 on day one; therefore you will need to spend the night before the tour departs in Maun, and purchase drinks for your safari the day before the safari starts. We recommend spending an extra day or two after the safari at Victoria Falls in order to participate in some of the amazing adventure activities available. Post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges or Kasane in Botswana, can be arranged at an additional cost.
For assistance with pre-safari and post-safari accommodation and travel arrangements contact African Budget Safaris.
The vehicles used on this Botswana & Vic Falls Safari are custom-built game viewing vehicles, designed for safari trips in the African bush. Each vehicle carries up to 12 passengers, providing excellent visibility on game viewing drives, as well as great movability in the wilderness. Throughout the safari, we use a specially designed trailer unit containing a mobile kitchen and space for all of the camping equipment and luggage.
On this semi-participation safari, we will be camping at bush campsites in 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m bow tents that are easy to set up (clients help to erect the tents). All windows and doors of the tents are fitted with treated mosquito netting. Each person will get a 5cm high-density foam camping mattress to sleep on while camping.
The bush ablutions consist of high-slung bucket showers and bush toilets with canvas screens for privacy. Round (200V/2pin) power units are available in the vehicles to recharge cameras. In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe we stay in chalets at a comfortable lodge.
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