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Our safari begins and ends in Maun. We fly into the idyllic Okavango Delta, a Garden of Eden teeming with wildlife, which we explore in our dugout mokoros or on foot with our professional guides. From there we fly on to the Chobe National Park and the Savuti Marsh, a fascinating area, rich in wildlife, that is a relic of an inland lake. The marsh was dry for almost 30 years, but in 2010 water flowed again from the erratic Savuti Channel.
In the Delta we stay at Oddballs’ Enclave, a peaceful haven, with every creature comfort, but without the intrusion of generators or motorized equipment. In Chobe we stay at the exclusive Camp Savuti, a small intimate camp, designed for privacy and comfort, overlooking the Savuti Channel.
Both the Delta and the Savuti Marsh are known for their prolific wildlife, which makes for exciting game viewing. This Budget Delta & Chobe Safari to northern Botswana’s wilderness area will not disappoint.
This Botswana Adventure kicks off in Maun, where you are collected by Delta Air for your scenic flight into the heart of the Okavango Delta. A private safari guide, who attends to two guests at most, meets you at the airstrip and stays with you for the duration of your stay at our first safari camp.
Oddballs' Enclave, an authentic safari camp, is your base for exploring the Okavanago Delta. The camp is set on a secluded island near Chief's Island. From this delightful bush retreat, deep in the Okavango, we explore the intricate network of channels, tranquil lagoons and reed fringed islands. The camp does not offer motorized activities, lowering the impact on the natural environment and keeping the noise pollution down.
Your guide, or African gondolier, will take you on early morning and late afternoon mokoro excursions, poling silently through the narrow maze of waterways and estuaries in the delta. Standing proudly, pole in hand, in the stern of his traditional canoe he takes you on an exploration of the delta in search of wildlife and bird encounters. There is no better way to experience the delta.
As you drift through this magical inland delta, your guide pauses at small islands where he takes you on nature walks to explore the wild bush on foot. This is an opportunity to get close to the wonders, big and small, of one of Africa's last truly wild places. Your experienced and knowledgable guide leads you through the bush, pointing out fascinating insects, plants, animal tracks and other signs of animal activity in the bush. Immerse yourself in the sounds and smells of the bush during this once in a lifetime adventure.
A picnic lunch is available on request if you would like to spend a full day in the bush on your second day of this safari.
At camp meals are served out on the spacious deck areas where you can keep an eye out for visiting wildlife and birds. This is a great spot to put your feet up at the end of the day and admire a beautiful sunset over the wilderness, listening to the sounds of nature as the stars come out.
Oddballs' Enclave is a classic and eco-friendly delta camp that accommodates at most ten guests and is only accessible by plane. Accommodation is in Meru-style tents set under canvas-roofs on raised wooden platforms. The tents are well equipped and fitted with either single twin or double beds and each tent features a semi-detached en-suite bathroom, with an open air and yet private bucket shower, with hot and cold running water.
You can relax on your private deck at your tent or on the elevated decks with lounge areas opening out onto the bush and campfire, designed for guests viewing comfort. Sitting on one of the decks of the Enclave you look out over the delta grasslands and untamed woodlands beyond, catching sight of birds and even wildlife nearby. The delta is home to diverse species, ranging from elephants and big cats to baboons, hippos and antelopes.
An outstanding feature of the camp is its beautiful location on a small island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The emphasis in this serene environment is on slowing down and relaxing, enjoying the magnificent wilderness and its wild inhabitants. The camp is run on solar power, rather than commonly used generators, reducing its environmental impact.
After breakfast we leave the peaceful Okavango Delta and fly out in a small plane to Camp Savuti in the Savuti region of the world famous Chobe National Park.
A 20 to 40 minute drive takes us through the bush to Camp Savuti, game viewing along the way.
Our time is spent on early morning and late afternoon thrilling game drives in the Savuti Marsh area. There is an abundance of wildlife found here which we search for in open sided safari vehicles driving along the edges of the once dry channel.
After standing dry for almost 3 decades, the Savuti Channel began to flow again in 2010 and today feeds the marsh which is now covered in sweet grasses, especially in the rainy season.
The grassy floodplains attract a wide range of grazers and other herbivores, luring predators to the area, making it a prime predator watching hotspot.
Your safari guide points out the small and large wild animals and birds that you come across in the African bush, stopping to let you observe them in their natural habitat. Driving through the beautiful landscapes of Savuti, the open savannah surrounds you in its untamed glory. With some luck you will encounter Africa's predators in action.
In between your 4x4 game drives you have time to chill-out at Camp Savuti, looking out over the Savuti Channel with its wealth of wildlife and birds.
Camp Savuti is a small safari camp consisting of only five comfortable Meru-style tents, which means that the camp accommodates 10 guests at most.
Thoughtfully set apart from each other ensuring maximum privacy, these spacious tents, set on raised platforms, feature en suite bathrooms and private viewing decks that overlook the scenic Savuti Channel. The main camp facilities include a lounge and dining area with a bar, all opening out onto the campfire area and the surrounding bush.
Camp Savuti lies in the western part of Chobe National Park, known as Savuti, hosting one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. This region of Botswana is famous for its predator sightings, including endangered wild dogs and plenty of lions. The highlight here is viewing free-roaming wildlife and birds from the camp itself and on open vehicle game drives that are ideal for game watching and photography.
On day five you have a chance to take one more early game drive into the wildlife-rich Savuti Marsh region of Chobe, before tucking into a delicious breakfast back at Savuti Camp.
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