This Moremi & Chobe Safari is fully inclusive, which means that daily safari activities, meals, park fees, community levies and road transfers are all included in the tour price, as well as the flight from Khwai to Kasane and your comfortable lodge accommodation!
Explore the pristine Moremi Game Reserve of the famous Okavango Delta and the wild Khwai concession area on mokoro rides, bush walks and open-vehicle game drives. Stay at the laid-back Khwai Guest House in Khwai village, visiting the rural community to experience local culture.
Fly from Khwai to Kasane to stay at Chobe Elephant Camp where we embark on open game drives and a Chobe River boat cruise. We enjoy outstanding game viewing and bird watching during our stay at this farm-style, eco-camp, as well as interacting with the local Sibuya people.
This Budget Botswana Lodge Safari explores two of Southern Africa's finest game parks on one diverse and affordable wildlife adventure.
At the start of the Moremi & Chobe Lodge Safari you will be collected from the Maun airport. The bustling town of Maun is the closest base for exploring the beautiful Okavango Delta, one of the wildest areas in Africa.
We travel to the Khwai Guest House, which lies in the remote Khwai village, some three and a half hours from Maun. Our first three nights are spent at the guest house in this traditional village on the fringes of the famous Moremi Game Reserve.
On a typical day at Khwai Guest House we get up at sunrise and have breakfast, before setting off on our morning activity. At about midday we return to the guest house for lunch followed by leisure time. In the afternoon we set off on our next activity, leaving at about 15h30 (depending on the season). We return from the afternoon activity in time for a tasty dinner back at the guest house.
We explore both Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai Concession Area with experienced guides. Embark on game drives in open safari vehicles, including thrilling night drives. Set off on bush walks (seasonal) and glide along the waterways by mokoro (dug-out canoe). Exploring the game-rich Moremi Reserve of the Okavango Delta by mokoro is an unforgettable wilderness experience.
On day four we take off on our scenic flight over the untamed bush and rural Botswana, flying to Kasane. The exhilarating flight takes us from the Khwai River region to the Chobe National Park area, near the border with Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Touching down at the Kasane airport in our small fixed-wing plane we drive to Chobe Elephant Camp, travelling along the edge of Chobe National Park en route.
Our next safari camp is an eco-friendly haven, based on the design of traditional homesteads in rural Africa. The eco-camp is located on a stony ridge rising above the floodplains of the Chobe River, so it has great views over the open bush!
We spend our days at Chobe Elephant Camp enjoying a variety of exciting activities, conducted by expert guides from the local area. Wildlife highlights include boat-based game viewing on the Chobe River and open vehicle game drives in Chobe National Park. You also have the opportunity to experience the local culture and see how people live in the rural villages close to the safari camp. In between cultural and game viewing activities there is time to relax at the lodge, swim in the pool and watch animals and birds from the viewing deck at the watering hole.
Days generally start with an early breakfast at the camp, around 6h00 or 6h30. After breakfast and in the late afternoons we embark on activities, with lunch in between (at about midday). Dinner is served at about 19h30 or 20h00, followed by free time to relax at the camp. The timing of meals varies according to the seasons, transfers and activities.
The camp offers a full day activity which includes an afternoon boat cruise on Chobe River. We set off on a morning game drive in Chobe National Park after breakfast at Chobe Elephant Camp. At about midday or in the early afternoon we leave the game park, enjoying a picnic lunch in the national park before we leave for Kasane, or on the boat (depending on wildlife sightings). Arriving in Kasane we set off on the Chobe River cruise, usually spotting elephants, other animals and birds from the boat. After the boat cruise we return to camp for sundowners or take a short sunset game drive in Chobe National Park.
Waking up in the African wilderness on the last day of our safari we have breakfast together at the camp, before being transferred to the airport in nearby Kasane. As one of the main travel hubs in northern Botswana, the Kasane airport operates international flights to major cities in the region.
The itineraries outlined above are merely guidelines. The daily schedules and activities vary depending on a number of factors and will be discussed at the camps when you arrive and during the course of the safari.
The Khwai Guest House is located on a spacious property in the rural hamlet of Khwai, offering easy access to the traditional village where you can meet local community members.
The guest house combines traditional African elements and modern design touches to create calm, earthy and open spaces. The fresh blues and neutral tones used in the decor add to the relaxing and uncluttered feel of the charming camp. Accommodation is in six neat and newly refurbished chalets with en-suite bathrooms featuring open-air showers. These thatched chalets are built in the same style as traditional rural homes in Botswana offering a cozy and comfortable retreat in the bush. The guest house has an open-sided lounge and dining lapa under canvas and an open-air campfire.
Khwai Guest House is ideally situated for exploring both Khwai Concession and Moremi Game Reserve, as well as the traditional village. The Khwai village is inhabited mostly by Babukakhwae (San) and Bayei people who still adhere to some old traditions. We spend time exploring Khwai to get a glimpse into the local culture and rural life in the middle of the untamed wilderness.
The guest house offers both water-based and land-based game viewing activities in the wide range of surrounding habitats - open savannah, riverside forest, wooded zones, floodplains, and seasonal waterways. This varied environment supports an unusually rich array and abundance of wild animals and birds, resulting in outstanding wildlife and bird watching! Activities at camp include seasonal game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve, one of Botswana's finest wildlife areas, and in the neighbouring Khwai wildlife concession, as well as nature walks and exciting night-time game drives.
Please note: Activities are run according to seasonal variations, so mokoro trips and bush walks will depend on water levels, weather conditions and visibility, especially in the rainy season.
This young eco-camp is situated on a rocky ridge rising out of the floodplains of the Chobe River, so it has great views over the open wilderness and the river. The safari camp's location is ideal for watching game along the Chobe River, which attracts an abundance of birds and wildlife. Open vehicle safari drives and Chobe River boat cruises take guests into the African bush to discover the rich animal and bird life of Chobe.
It is an eco-friendly camp, designed to have a low impact on the natural environment, whilst maximizing the open views that the location offers. The lodge is constructed out of sand bags filled with local sand, creating thick walls that keep the heat and cold at bay. The structure is based on the layout of a typical rural homestead in Botswana, producing a new interpretation of traditional farm living. Cool interiors are furnished and decorated in old-fashioned farmhouse style making it a welcoming and charming space. High ceilings with rustic wooden-beams and the deep verandah that opens out onto the bush, give the spacious communal area an airy and light feel. The lounge, dining and bar areas flow into one another featuring comfy couches, a reading alcove, splashes of vibrant colour and African ornamentation.
As many as 24 people can stay at Chobe Elephant Camp, so you get the chance to meet more fellow safari-goers than at the first lodge. The camp itself serves as an oasis of comfort and shelter from the intense natural elements at play in the African bush. The safari camp has an inviting pool with a wooden deck for enjoying the lovely views over the watering hole and river.
Accommodation is in en-suite twin or double chalets, as well as a larger, inter-connected family unit. Each chalet has a shady porch where you can sit and relax in the quiet riverine bush. These free-standing chalets are tastefully furnished and fitted with classical wooden finishes, offering simplistic and calm abodes. Touches of animal print add personality to the decor, which is natural and minimalist in style. The comfortable, private chalets feature indoor and outdoor showers for freshening up in the semi-arid Kalahari environment.
Located on the communal lands of the Sibuya people, one of the highlights of staying at Chobe Elephant Camp is visiting the local village. The Sibuya live in the lowlands of Botswana, practicing subsistence farming and fishing in mokoro vessels. Walking in the village is a close-up cultural experience giving you a chance to see the real lives of the people who stay in this wilderness region.
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