A fantastic wildlife getaway for travellers wishing to get into the bush, away from the stresses of modern day life!
This Botswana Camping Safari departs from Johannesburg in South Africa, crossing into Botswana where the game viewing adventures begin in Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Then we head into the pristine Okavango Delta to experience this wild habitat on game walks and mokoro trips. From the watery Delta it's off to the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti Marsh and Chobe National Park - three superb game viewing destinations.
Leaving Botswana we travel into Zambia where we visit the mighty Victoria Falls and partake in thrilling optional activities, such as white water rafting and scenic flights.
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
We depart from the city of Johannesburg on day one of the Botswana Wildlife & Vic Falls Safari at 06:30am and head north into Botswana.
We pass Serowe, birthplace of Botswana's first president, Sir Seretse Khama, on our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This 4300 hectare reserve situated on the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest.
We take our first game drive around the open grassland of Malema and Serwe Pans, hosting plenty of wildlife and birds.
We drive through the central Kalahari to Maun, gateway to the famous Okavango Delta of Botswana.
Situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River, Maun is a bustling frontier town where we prepare for the watery delta excursion. After setting up camp we have a relaxing afternoon at the swimming pool.
The shorter 13-day tour option starts in Maun today.
Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Makoro (dugout canoes).
We explore the winding, reed-lined channels, secluded estuaries and remote islands in search of the numerous wildlife species inhabiting the Okavango Delta. The delta forms as water flows from the Angolan highlands out over the Botswanan flat Kalahari Desert sands creating a delicate, green oasis for birds & wildlife.
We camp on remote islands in this wild environment, enjoying bush walks, bird watching and swimming in the clear waterways. Camping with our local guides provides the opportunity to learn more about their culture and way of life.
We return to Maun in the late afternoon on day five and have time for an optional (own expense) game flight over the Okavango, a scenic journey that reveals a new prespective of the massive delta.
We spend the next four nights in these top wildlife areas giving us ample time to explore the varied natural habitats and search for wildlife. Wildlife sightings on our 4x4 game drives include wild dog, elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion and plenty of other game.
First we take our open 4WD vehicle into Moremi Reserve for fantastic game viewing! Grasslands, floodplains, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a variety of rewarding game viewing habitats. Moremi Game Reserve rates as one of the leading wildlife areas of the world, known for superb leopard sightings.
Moving north over the sand ridge and into the Mababe depression we arrive at the Savuti Marsh. This open grassland area attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest, which in turn draw the large lion prides for which Savuti is famous.
In the Savuti area we camp at either the accessible Savuti campsites or Zwei-Zwei Pans. The private campsite at Zwei-Zwei Pans lies about 20km north east of Savuti and offers a more wild bush camping experience, than camping in the national park itself.
The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa.
Early on the morning of day 11, we set off on a 4x4 game drive in search of wildlife and birds on the floodplains of Chobe River. In the late afternoon we take a laid-back sunset boat cruise, enjoying sundowners and watching for wildlife and birds. We usually see elephants along the Chobe River, as well as antelopes, hippos and more animals, along with an abundance of birds. We camp at Kasane on the Chobe River for night 11 of the Botswana Wildlife & Vic Falls Safari.
Leaving Chobe and Botswana behind we cross into Zambia where we spend two nights in a lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, near Livingstone town.
Enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi oa Tunya ("the Smoke that Thunders").
Opportunities to participate in adventure activities include, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi River, Bungee Jumping, or taking the Fight of Angels over Vic Falls, amongst other options (at own expense).
The Botswana Wildlife & Vic Falls Safari ends at 08:00 after breakfast on day 14. Transfers to local airports are available.
If road conditions in the parks prevent us visiting Savuti, then an alternative route will be run via Nxai pan (it is possible that this may happen between January - April, but it is subject to rainfall).
It is possible to start the Botswana Wildlife & Vic Falls Safari in Maun on day 2, making it a 13 day Maun to Livingstone Safari. Alternatively, the Botswana Highlights & Vic Falls Safari version starts in Maun on day 5, making it a 10 day Maun to Livingstone Trip.
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