Big Five in Savuti

Budget Botswana Bush Camps Safari

Tour Length7 days
Priced from pps $2795 R36501 £2178 2558 A$3710 C$3794 NZ$4023 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 10 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Maun, Botswana
  • Accommodation Fully Serviced Camping / Luxury Camping
  • Transport Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Elephant, Exceptional Birding, Leopards, Lions & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Explore the beautiful and diverse wild places of Botswana on this six night safari, staying at three tented bush camps in remote and scenic wilderness areas.

Begin with game drives and guided walks in an exclusive wildlife concession, hosting lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard, amongst other wildlife. Then travel through Moremi Game Reserve, game viewing en route to Xobega Island Camp, located on a small, private island in the world-famous Okavango Delta. Explore the delta on boat cruises, enjoy superb bird watching and immerse yourself in unspoilt nature.

Then we fly to the renowned Savuti Marsh region of Chobe National Park, one of Africa's top safari destinations. Embark on early morning and sunset game drives, going in search of the predators and abundance of other animals Savuti is famous for hosting.

This is an entry level lodge safari, staying at basic tented camps that offer more comfortable accommodation than regular camping safaris.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Maun to Tuskers Bush Camp - Private Wildlife Concession

This Botswana wildlife adventure begins with collection from the airport in Maun, the closest town to the world-famous Okavango Delta. From Maun you are transferred to Tuskers Bush Camp, which is set inside a private wildlife concession covering 365 000 hectares of wilderness in northern Botswana.

After about one and a half hours of driving we arrive at the bush lodge where you can freshen up and have light snacks and drinks while taking in the bush setting.

Then we head off on our first game drive - venturing into the exclusive concession area on private roads as the day fades into night. We stop for sundowners on our late afternoon to evening game drive, soaking up the wild scenery and looking out for wildlife and birds as the sun sets. After sunset we return to the camp, getting a taste of nighttime game viewing en route.

Back at camp it is time to relax around the campfire and enjoy a hearty dinner in the dining tent. Sit back under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of nature after our first exciting day in the African bush.

  • Road transfer to Tuskers Bush Camp
  • Sunset game drive

Day 2: Tuskers Bush Camp - Private Wildlife Concession Area

Day two begins with an early morning wake up call for coffee and rusks before we set off into the private wildlife conservancy. This morning you have a choice between taking a game drive or a bush walk with the guides.

The game walk is ideal for getting a closer look at the flora and fauna of the wilderness area, immersing yourself in nature. Exploring the exclusive concession area on foot is also a thrilling experience as we may come across big animals at any moment. The game drive offers a broader view of the local ecosystem, with more chances of sighting a variety of wildlife and birds over a greater area.

Breakfast is served back at the bush camp, followed by leisure time. Take a nap, relax in the natural setting at camp and watch for birds and wildlife at the camp's watering hole. After lunch we head out on an afternoon game drive in the private concession area. We pause our game drive for a sundowner stop in the bush, admiring sunset over the African bush as we watch for wildlife. Then we return to the lodge, enjoying a night game drive en route. Tonight we gather around the flickering campfire and enjoy our final dinner at Tuskers Bush Camp.

  • Morning game drive/bush walk
  • Sunset game drive

Day 3: Tuskers Camp to Xobega Island Camp - Okavango Delta

On day three you are awoken early in the morning for coffee and breakfast at the bush camp. Then we set off for our next bush camp, Xobega Island Camp in the Okavango Delta.

Making our way into Moremi Game Reserve via Khwai Gate we travel along the Khwai River, game viewing as we drive. This approximately 3½ to 4½ hour transfer provides plenty of opportunities for spotting wildlife and birds in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. We stop for a picnic lunch and coffee breaks on our game drive to the Xakanaxa Boat Station, where we switch from safari vehicle to motorboat. From here we cruise along reed-lined channels into the untamed Okavango Delta, enjoying the unspoilt environment and looking out for wildlife and birds.

About one and a half hours later we arrive at our camp, nestled in the trees on Xobega Island. Back on dry land we enjoy drinks and the host tells us a bit more about the bush camp and the wild Okavango Delta of Botswana. Then your hosts show you to your safari tents where you can freshen up and settle in, before topping up on some refreshments.

Next, we embark on a sunset boat trip in the delta, cruising into the labyrinth of waterways that wind between the uninhabited islands of this unique ecosystem. Take in the unspoilt scenery of the Okavango Delta, sipping on cool sundowners and watching for birds as we cruise along. Returning to Xobega Island we have dinner and spend the evening relaxing in the remote bush.

  • Transfer through Moremi Game Reserve to Xobega Island
  • Sunset boat cruise in the Delta

Day 4: Xobega Island Camp - Okavango Delta

Waking up early on day four, we have coffee and breakfast before setting off on an extended boat cruise in the world's largest inland delta. Our morning cruise takes us deeper into the maze of secluded islands interlaced with watery channels and still lagoons. Moving through this beautiful wetland area, we watch for the diversity of wildlife and birds found here, cameras ready.

After the morning cruise you can freshen up and take a warm bucket shower back at the bush camp. Then we tuck into a hearty lunch in the canvas dining tent and spend some time resting on the island. Refreshed after our break, we have high tea and embark on a sunset boat cruise with sundowners.

Back at the bush camp we enjoy a three-course meal and spend our last evening in the Okavango Delta relaxing around the cosy campfire.

  • Morning boat cruise
  • Sunset boat cruise

Day 5: Xobega Island Camp to Camp Savuti - Chobe National Park

Today we are off to the Savuti Marsh area of Chobe National Park, located in northeastern Botswana. The day starts with an early morning coffee and breakfast at Xobega Island Camp, before packing up and leaving the magical delta behind. A one and a half hour boat ride takes us back to the Xakanaxa Boat Station, where we change to a safari vehicle and drive to Xakanaxa Airstrip.

We then fly from Xakanaxa Airstrip to the Savuti Airstrip in a small, fixed-wing plane. Touching down in Chobe National Park the guide from Camp Savuti is there to meet you. A 30-minute drive brings us to Camp Savuti, overlooking the Savuti Channel. Here your host welcomes you and provides a briefing, before lunch and some free time to settle into your spacious safari tent.

After freshening up we set off on a late afternoon game drive in Savuti - famous for its world-class predator viewing and high concentrations of game. Out in the wildlife-rich bush we stop for sundowners, admiring another beautiful African sunset in nature. After sunset we continue our search for wildlife and birds as we return to camp for dinner and a laid-back evening around the campfire in the open-air boma.

  • Flight from Xobega Island to Camp Savuti
  • Sunset game drive in Savuti

Day 6: Camp Savuti - Chobe National Park

Our last day of game viewing, get ready to explore one of the finest wildlife havens in Southern Africa. Up early this morning again, we have a quick coffee and continental breakfast before venturing into Savuti.

Exploring Savuti Marsh we enjoy superb game viewing, sighting a variety of large mammals. Savuti is known for its numerous lions, African wild dogs and hyenas, as well as hosting cheetahs, leopards, zebras and various kinds of antelopes. While out on our game drive we stop for coffee and rusks at a designated rest spot in the bush.

Our game drive ends back at the bush camp where a tasty lunch is served. Lunch is followed by leisure time to soak up the natural setting of the camp and enjoy the views from your own small deck.

Later in the afternoon we have high tea at camp and embark on an afternoon game drive. Back out in Chobe National Park we pause for our last scenic African sunset, sundowners in hand. Then we return to the camp, game viewing en route. Tonight we have a celebratory dinner on the deck and unwind around the campfire under starry skies.

  • Morning game drive
  • Afternoon game drive with sundowners

Day 7: Camp Savuti to Maun or Kasane

This morning starts with breakfast and coffee at Camp Savuti, our final meal together. After breakfast we leave for the airstrip in Savuti, looking out for any last minute wildlife sightings during the 30-minute drive.

Then it is time to board the small, fixed-wing plane for your flight to either Maun or Kasane, bringing our tented lodge safari in Botswana to a close.

  • Transfer to Savuti Airstrip
  • Flight to Maun or Kasane

About Tuskers Bush Camp

This unfenced bush camp is located in Kwatale Conservancy, covering 365 000 hectares of wilderness between Nxai Pan National Park and Moremi Game Reserve on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. Tuskers Bush Camp is eco-friendly and intimate, accommodating eight guests at most. This bush camp offers a simple yet comfortable tented experience in classical safari style.

Accommodation is in six permanent safari tents with en suite bathrooms with bucket showers, flush toilets and wash basins. These spacious canvas tents are tucked away in the indigenous trees offering privacy and more comfort than standard camping tents. The main camp areas include a canvas dining tent, an open-air boma around the campfire and a thatched lounge-bar area looking out over a pan visited by wildlife and birds. Open-sided lounge areas under thatch, also provide shady spots for relaxing in this exclusive wilderness location.

Activities include game drives (morning, afternoon and night), bird watching at camp, sundowners in scenic bush locations and game walks. The private concession area shares unfenced borders with Moremi Game Reserve offering superb game viewing. An abundance of birds and free-roaming animals are sighted here, including four of the Big Five - lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Regular wildlife sightings include hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs and various antelope species, including lechwe, kudu, tsessebe, sable and blue wildebeest.

About Xobega Island Camp

Nestled in the lush vegetation and shady trees on Xobega Island this rustic camp lies deep in the Okavango Delta, just off the mainland of Moremi Game Reserve. The tented camp is basic, but provides more comfort than standard camping, offering an affordable and appealing alternative. Guests sleep on stretcher beds in permanent twin-share tents with en suite, open-air bathrooms featuring bucket showers and eco-friendly toilets.

The tented rooms are set in the dense bush surrounding the main camp area, which consists of a dining tent and two open-sided lounge areas under canvas. The bush camp is well equipped and simply furnished, with its spaces featuring calming neutral tones and tasteful decor elements. Xobega Island Camp also has an intimate boma area for sitting around the fire pit at night, and a tea and coffee station in the dining tent.

Set on a small, private island only accessibly by boat from Moremi Game Reserve, this unfenced bush camp is ideal for getting close to unspoilt nature. Days are spent exploring the Okavango Delta on boat cruises (morning, afternoon and sunset), looking out for wildlife and birds in this birding paradise. Common wildlife sightings on the boat cruises include elephants, antelopes, hippos and crocodiles, along with a plethora of birds.

About Camp Savuti

Overlooking the famous Savuti Marsh of Chobe National Park, this eco-friendly bush camp is located in a prime game viewing area, where lions are known to hunt elephants. In addition to its large lion prides, the Savuti Channel hosts numerous African wild dogs, buffalos, other wildlife and abundant birdlife. The main activities at the authentic camp are early morning and late afternoon game drives in the diverse and wildlife-rich Chobe Park, as well as bird watching and star gazing.

Accommodation is in spacious canvas tents with en suite bathrooms fitted with flush toilets and bush showers. These five tented rooms are positioned to provide privacy and feature raised decks looking out over the dense bush. The main lounge, bar and dining areas of the camp also overlook the Savuti Channel. Facilities at Camp Savuti include a plunge pool and outdoor boma with a fire pit.

Please Note:

This safari can be extended by adding extra days at any of the camps visited and Chobe Elephant Camp can also be added to the itinerary. The Botswana Bush Camps Safari can also be combined with a Victoria Falls Safari package that can be added as an extension. Contact us for more details about the extended safari options.

This safari can finish in either Maun or Kasane. Please see the Full Pricing details above for costs.

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  • All road transfers
  • Flight from Xobega Island Camp to Camp Savuti
  • Flight from Camp Savuti to Maun or Kasane
  • Meals, tea & coffee
  • Game viewing activities
  • Local drinks (soft drinks, local beer & house wines) at Camp Savuti
  • Bottled water at Tuskers & Xobega camps
  • Park fees & taxes 
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  • Imported alcoholic drinks at Camp Savuti
  • All soft & alcoholic drinks at Tuskers & Xobega
  • Personal items 
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