Experience the hugely varied habitats and incredible wildlife of northern Botswana on this exclusive 10-day camping safari. Flying from Maun to Xakanaxa, explore Moremi Game Reserve and then the Chobe National Park, before ending your adventure in Kasane. This includes an incredible variety of African habitats - from the wide open plains of the Khwai to the hilly outcrops of Savuti and the teak woodlands of Chobe, you'll be treated to some of the most beautiful - and unspoilt - scenery in Africa.
Add to that wildlife and birdlife that'll leave you open-mouthed in wonder and you've got the trip of a lifetime. This area is home to an enormous array of Africa's finest animals - leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and hippos to name a few.
This is a fully-serviced, mobile tented safari with beds and en-suite bathrooms (bucket showers). With no client participation required, all you have to do on this safari is sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery.
This Northern Botswana Safari begins at Maun International airport where you catch a charter flight with Mack Air at 14h00. The charter flight takes you from Maun to the Xakanaxa airstrip in the Moremi Game Reserve, where your guide meets you.
We arrive at our mobile tented camp in time to settle into our spacious tents (beds and linen included) with their private, en-suite bathrooms, before enjoying our first serene African sunset as dinner is prepared.
Situated on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi area is a wonderland of waterways, floodplains, lagoons, woodland and savannah. As such, it offers habitats to a wide range of wildlife and a beautiful array of birds.
We spend our days exploring the area on game drives and soaking up the African sun, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the bush.
Travelling along the Khwai River we follow the track which goes through mopane veld, woodlands and riverside habitats. We stop to check out the hippo at Dombo Hippo Pools, before continuing our trip to Khwai (about three to four hours travel time, depending on conditions.)
Some huge old elephant bulls reside in this area of the Khwai and look out for the enormous crocodiles in the river. There are two packs of the endangered wild dog in the area and its home to many of the big cats too!
If we arrive in time, we'll enjoy a night drive in the evening.
We spend two days exploring this area. The Khwai River marks the boundary between the Khwai Community area and the Moremi Game Reserve, and the area includes both dry savannah and marshy land, allowing for a diverse range of animals, birds and flora. If time allows, we will also visit the spectacular waterways of Xakanaxa, known for its wonderful herons.
One of the highlights here is a night drive, with spotlights (outside the boundaries of Moremi, as night drives are not permitted there), which allows us to see the wonderful world of the nocturnal African creatures. If conditions permit, we'll also enjoy a walking safari and mokoro excursion.
Please note: During the low season (December to March), conditions are sometimes not suitable for walking in Khwai.
Depending on whether it's the dry or wet season, our travel day today will take slightly different routes. We make our way through beautiful landscape across the challenging Magwikwe Sand ridge which was the shoreline of the ancient inland sea, the Makgadikgadi Lake. Its deep sand, so in the wet season, it becomes impassable.
The area teems with wildlife, especially after the rains, so keep your cameras and binoculars ready on this four to five hour trip. You're likely to spot elephant, lion and, hopefully, cheetah amongst the host of animals that call this area home.
Arriving at camp in Savuti, we settle in for the next two days.
Savuti is best known for its large lion and elephant populations. Unrestricted by fences, this area boasts an abundance of animals. We spend two days exploring the area on game drives and soaking up the sights and sounds of Africa. Our camp is exclusive and the area vast, allowing us to experience nature in all of its glory, uninterrupted by other humans. If we're lucky, we may even see cheetah and the endangered wild dog.
A walk to view the local Bushman paintings reminds us of the ancient civilisations that called this area home.
After an early rising, we travel along the Chobe River for the last stretch of our safari. We enjoy a picnic lunch in Kasane before embarking on a boat cruise along the Chobe River, a wonderful end to a fantastic wildlife safari.
Minimum age on scheduled departures is 12 years old.