This Budget Lodge Safari is fully inclusive, which means that daily safari activities, meals, local drinks, park fees, community levies and road transfers are all included in the tour price, as well as the flight from Kasane to Khwai and your comfortable lodge accommodation!
Stay at the eco-friendly Chobe Elephant Camp where we embark on open game drives and boat cruises on Chobe River. We enjoy outstanding game viewing and bird watching during our stay at this farm-style camp, as well as interacting with the local Sibuya people.
From Kasane we take a scenic flight to the Khwai River Area to explore the pristine Moremi Game Reserve in the famous Okavango Delta and the wild Khwai Wildlife Concession. Immersed in unspoilt nature we venture out on mokoro rides, bush walks and open-vehicle game drives, looking out for wildlife and birds. We stay at the classical Sango Safari Camp offering traditional colonial-style tented accommodation along the Khwai River and meet the local people in Khwai village.
Our Budget Botswana Lodge Safari combines two of Southern Africa's most renowned and game-rich wilderness areas in one diverse adventure.
On the first day of this Chobe & Moremi Botswana Lodge Safari we collect you from the airport in Kasane, near Chobe National Park.
Making our way to our first safari camp, Chobe Elephant Camp, we travel along the edge of Chobe National Park en route. We spend our first few days exploring the Chobe National Park area, near the Botswana border with Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Our 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.
At Chobe Elephant Camp our days typically begin with breakfast at about 6h00 or 6h30, followed by a morning activity. Lunch is then served at midday (depending on the timing of activities and transfers) with free time at camp afterwards. Later we set off on the afternoon activity returning for dinner at about 19h30 or 20h00. Breakfast and dinner times vary slightly depending on the season.
The optional boat cruise activity follows a different program, entailing a full day trip that begins with game viewing in Chobe Park after breakfast. At about noon you head to Kasane and take the boat cruise along Chobe River, watching elephants and other animals along the way. A picnic lunch is enjoyed in Chobe Park or on the boat, depending on wildlife sightings on the game drive. After the relaxing cruise you can return to camp for sundowners or embark on a short sunset game drive in Chobe National Park.
On day four we take a scenic flight from Kasane to the Khwai River Area, on the fringes of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. We fly over the untamed bush and rural Botswana, landing at the Khwai airstrip in our small fixed-wing plane.
Our next lodge, the Sango Safari Camp, is located in the Khwai area, some 3½ hours from Maun. The tented camp offers a back-to-nature safari experience in understated luxury with a traditional bush-style ambiance reminiscent of colonial times - a classical African safari camp. The camp is built in a shaded spot along the Khwai River, bordering on the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve section of the Okavango Delta, one of the top wilderness destinations in Southern Africa. The Khwai River forms the unfenced border between Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai Concession, which places the lodge in an ideal spot for exploring both wildlife areas. We visit both Khwai and Moremi, between which the wildlife moves freely, embarking on guided game viewing activities.
Options include venturing into the bush on game drives in open safari vehicles, taking bush walks and exploring the waterways by mokoro (dug-out canoe). The camp also offers night-time game viewing drives - a thrilling way to encounter Africa's nocturnal wildlife. Exploring the pristine Moremi Reserve area of the famous Okavango Delta by mokoro is a must - gliding quietly along the channels as you look out for birds and animals! This intimate camp ensures that visitors enjoy an unforgettable wildlife adventure in the game-rich Moremi and Khwai regions of Botswana.
Our days at Sango usually begin at sunrise with breakfast at camp, before heading out on our morning activity. At about midday lunch is served and then there is free time to rest and unwind at camp, before high tea in the afternoon. After tea we set off on an afternoon activity, leaving at about 15:30 or 16:00 (depending on the season). Dinner is served at about 19:30 or 20:00, followed by an evening of relaxation or you can embark on an exhilarating night drive.
Waking up in the African wilderness on the last day of our Budget Botswana Safari we have breakfast together at Sango Safari Camp, before being transferred to the airport in Maun. The small town of Maun is the main safari travel hub for accessing the Okavango Delta, so it handles a good selection of regional flights to major cities in Africa.
The daily itineraries outlined above serve as a guideline only, with actual times and details changing according to a variety of factors. The activities and program will be discussed at the camps when you arrive and during the safari.
This young eco-camp is situated on a rocky hillside overlooking 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, generating 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 minimalistic 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.
This is a relatively small camp, accommodating only 12 guests at a time, which makes for an intimate and crowd-free stay in the Botswana bush.
The main camp areas and six walk-in canvas tents are set under trees to provide a cool retreat from the sunny African days. The camp is located on the fringes of Khwai village, which makes it easy to visit this rural settlement. Some old traditions can still be seen in Khwai, mostly inhabited by Babukakhwae (San) and Bayei people. We visit Khwai and see how the people live alongside wilderness areas inhabited by wildlife. The village outing is a personal way to gain some insights into the local culture. Sango Camp is actually named after a local family - one of the original families living in the Khwai Area. Descendants of the Sango family today partly own the safari camp.
The tented rooms at camp are spacious, well-appointed and comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms featuring al fresco bush showers. Each tent is set-up on a raised wooden deck with a small viewing deck where you can sit and survey nature. These Meru type tents have big windows with mosquito netting to let in the light and fresh air. The tents are decorated in refreshing, earthy tones with splashes of vibrant-coloured African fabrics, creating calm and cheerful interiors. The main tented areas, like the rooms, feature a combination of characterful wooden and canvas camping-style furniture with natural shades, handcrafted pieces and touches of bright African prints completing the decor. The overall effect - a nostalgic old-world safari blend of simplicity and luxury in the African wilderness. The camp has a small pool for cooling off on hot days and at night the camp fire and glowing lanterns create an intimate and warm atmosphere.
Sango Safari Camp's location on the banks of the Khwai River provides a peaceful setting with nice views over the river and Moremi Game Reserve on the other side. The camp's position between Khwai and Moremi opens up easy access to both wildlife areas, and it also places the camp within a diverse mix of habitats. Sango offers water-based and land-based game viewing across the wide range of open savannah, riverside forest, wooded zones, floodplains, and seasonal waterways. This varied environment supports an unusually rich assortment of numerous wild animals and birds, resulting in outstanding wildlife and bird watching opportunities! Activities at camp include open 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.
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