This comprehensive Botswana Camping Safari takes you on an unforgettable scenic, cultural and wildlife experience through untamed wilderness areas in Africa! Explore the vast Kalahari Game Reserve, the watery Okavango Delta, game-rich Chobe Park and beautiful Moremi Reserve.
Starting in Maun and ending in Livingstone, on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, this affordable Botswana Safari visits some of Southern Africa's top game parks. Highlights include a nature walk and cultural experience with Kalahari Bushmen; mokoro trips and bush walks in the pristine Okavango Delta and game viewing in the diverse Chobe and Moremi game parks.
On this Kalahari, Delta, Chobe & Moremi Safari we camp in remote and wild places, experiencing a real African bush adventure!
This Botswana Camping Safari starts at 07h30 when you join your safari guide at a pre-arranged meeting place in the town of Maun.
From Maun we drive south to Hainaveld Game Farm on the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. Arriving at the game farm we set up our overnight camp in the bush, followed by a safari briefing.
We set off on a nature walk guided by local Bushmen trackers in the afternoon. On the nature walk you will get a closer look at the African bush and gain some insight into the San's detailed knowledge of this arid natural habitat. You will also experience the intriguing culture of these traditional semi-nomadic people on this unique cultural encounter.
Please note: This Botswana Safari starts at 07h30 on day one; therefore you will need to spend the night before the safari departs in Maun and purchase drinks for your safari the day before the camping safari starts.
On day two we get up at sunrise and venture into the pristine wilderness of the Central Kalahari Reserve, Botswana's biggest game reserve.
We spend the next four days exploring the vast unspoiled wilderness of the northern Kalahari, moving from one wild bush camp to another as we go. As part of our Kalahari adventure we visit the long and attractive Passarge Valley and remote Deception Valley.
In the Central Kalahari Reserve you will feel the vast tranquility of Africa's open spaces, driving through uninterrupted semi-desert landscapes and camping under wide star-studded night skies at bush camps. Our visit to the Kalahari reveals truly wild Africa as we experience pure adventure camping with limited water and communication with the outside world. We travel from isolated camp to camp as a self-sufficient group staying in designated campsites with fixed/bush ablutions.
After one last morning game drive in the Central Kalahari we break camp and head back to Maun.
This afternoon 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.
Tonight we enjoy dinner (own account) and overnight at a comfortable lodge in Maun.
Next this Botswana Camping Safari takes you into the Okavango Delta, Botswana's crowning natural 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 nine 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 10 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 12 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 home to one of Chobe'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 where the cries of African Fish Eagles can be heard and also exploring the wildlife park on our game drives. We look out for the abundance of wildlife found in Chobe, including elephants, hippos and buffalos; as well as the rich birdlife.
At Chobe Park we will be camping in 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 game park.
We enjoy a final morning game drive in the 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), where we stay in a comfortable lodge for the night.
This afternoon you are free to visit the world-famous Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The local Kololo call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means 'The Smoke That Thunders' - an apt name for this awe-inspiring natural wonder.
You can also explore the town of Livingstone and go curio shopping, as well as doing optional activities. Optional adventure activities in Livingstone include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over Victoria Falls. On the last night of this affordable Botswana Camping Safari dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge in Livingstone.
Our remarkable Kalahari, Delta, Chobe & Moremi Botswana Safari ends after breakfast on day 17 at around 10h00, bringing this authentic African bush adventure to a close.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve protects a vast portion of the semi-arid to arid Kalahari Desert that forms the world's largest sand basin.
This remote game park covers 52 800 km² area of central Botswana, making it the second largest game reserve in the world. The Kalahari Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife including giraffe, ostrich hyena, warthog, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, lion and jackal, as well as various antelope species such as wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu and red hartebeest.
The endless plains, dry riverbeds, flat saltpans and gentle hills of this harsh terrain support a wide variety of habitats ranging from acacia trees and woodlands to seemingly endless grasslands.
We recommend an extra day or two after the safari in Livingstone at Victoria Falls to participate in some of the amazing adventure activities available. Post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Livingstone airport or lodges, 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 budget Botswana Safari are custom-built game viewing vehicles, designed for safari trips in the bush. Each vehicle carries up to 12 passengers, ensuring 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 camp 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 and in Maun there are Internet cafes and photoshops that will download digital photos. One of the overnight stays in Maun is spent at a comfortable lodge. In Livingstone we stay in rooms at a comfortable Zambian lodge.
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