This Budget Lodge 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 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 Khwai Guest House, a lovely safari camp in the traditional village of Khwai.
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. The eco-friendly camp is set on a rocky ridge, overlooking the Chobe floodplains and bushveld. It is designed to resemble a traditional African homestead and features a swimming pool and viewing deck beside a waterhole. We spend our first few days exploring the Chobe National Park area, near the Botswana border with Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Our stay at Chobe Elephant Camp is centered around game viewing, with down-time to chill at the lodge between activities. Expert local guides take you on game drives, sharing their knowledge of the region and its wildlife with you. We also enjoy game viewing boat cruises on the Chobe River - an outstanding way to get up close to birds and animals along the river course. Chobe National Park is famous for its huge elephant herds, and also hosts an abundance of other mammals, such as buffalos, antelopes, lions, giraffes, zebras and hippos. We also spend time in a rural village getting a glimpse into the lives and culture of local Botswana people.
Days begin with an early breakfast, served at about 6h00 or 6h30 (depending on the season). Safari activities take place in the early mornings and late afternoons, with lunch at about midday (depending on transfers and activities). Dinner is served back at the camp at about 19h30 or 20h00, followed by free time to relax.
You have the option of embarking on a boat cruise as part of a full day adventure arranged by Chobe Elephant Camp. The day begins with a morning game drive in Chobe National Park, after an early breakfast at camp. We exit Chobe at around midday or in the early afternoon, depending on wildlife sightings, enjoying a picnic lunch in the national park or on the boat. From Chobe National Park we head to Kasane where we board the boat for our relaxing Chobe River cruise. Cruising along the river at this time of day, we are sure to spot elephants drinking and bathing, along with a number of other animals and birds. After the boat cruise you can return to camp for sundowners or head off on a short sunset game drive in Chobe 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 stay is at the Khwai Guest House, located in the rural Khwai village, some three and a half hours from Maun. The guest house is set on spacious grounds in this remote traditional village near Moremi Game Reserve. This location is ideal for exploring the village and experiencing the local culture, as well as visiting the Moremi area of the Okavango Delta, one of the finest wilderness destinations in Southern Africa.
We explore Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai Concession Area, between which wildlife moves freely. Game viewing activities include venturing into the bush on game drives in open safari vehicles, as well as embarking on night drives, taking bush walks in season and exploring the waterways by mokoro (dug-out canoe). 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!
On a typical day at Khwai we rise at sunrise and have breakfast, before setting off on our morning activity. Then we return to the guesthouse for lunch at noon and a rest, before the afternoon adventure departing at about 15h30 (depending on the season). The afternoon activity finishes in time for dinner back at the guest house.
Waking up in the African wilderness on the last day of our Budget Botswana Lodge Safari we have breakfast in the open-sided lapa at Khwai Guest House, 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 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.
This eco-friendly camp is located on a rocky hillside overlooking the bush and floodplains of the Chobe River. The safari camp is ideally situated for watching wildlife and birds along the Chobe River. Explore Chobe National Park on open vehicle game drives and boat cruises on Chobe River.
The camp is designed to have minimal impact on the natural environment and optimise views over the bush. The lodge is built of sand bags, forming thick walls that help maintain optimal temperatures. The structure is based on the design of a traditional homestead in Botswana, creating a new take on rural 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, practising 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.
The Khwai Guest House is located on a spacious property in the rural village of Khwai, where you can see local culture and the daily life of the community.
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 cosy 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.
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