Botswana classic: fully catered mobile safari

BOTSWANA

This mobile safari is an excellent way to explore northern Botswana's ecosystems - Moremi, Khwai, Savute and Chobe River waterfront. You will track the big cats and wild dogs across the dry savanna, glide silently down meandering waterways in search of glittering birds and drift along Chobe River seeking the large elephant herds.

You will be led by experienced guides eager to share their backyard with you and a seasoned support team to pamper you and move your mobile tented camp between destinations while you are out exploring.

Is this the most authentic safari experience in Botswana?

Explore all of northern Botswana on a fully-catered MOBILE safari

Overview

Length: 11 days / 10 nights
Group Size: Minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 7 guests. Minimum age is 12 years
Location: Botswana: Maun - Moremi - Okavango Delta - Khwai - Savute - Chobe - Kasane
Departure Dates: Set departures (see below)

from US$ 5,300 per person sharing

This Botswana mobile safari begins in Maun and ends in Kasane, with en-route explorations of

Moremi (Okavango Delta)

Khwai Community Concession

Savute and Chobe riverfront.

The mobile tented camp features an open kitchen, a covered mess/dining area, a campfire hearth and a set of comfortable walk-in Meru-style tents with canvas floors. All windows and entrances have mosquito gauze.

The cot beds are comfortable, with bed linen and fleece blankets. Each tent has amenities such as soap, shampoo, toilet paper, mosquito repellent, torch, outside paraffin lamp and a bassinet to wash your hands or splash your face.

Hot or cold water for your shower is provided on request to your en-suite shower, ready for you on your return from your safari. These are gravity showers with an easy-to-use showerhead. Towels are supplied. Your en-suite area includes a ‘bush toilet’ or ‘long drop’ with comfortable seated thrones.

All meals are cooked in camp by the resident chef. A cooler box with ice and an assortment of cool drinks, wines and beers is available. Comfortable camping chairs surrounding the campfire are an enticement to relax as you share bush stories.

Game drives and local transfers are carried in custom-made open game drive vehicles with a shade roof. Seating is provided in game viewing seats (not benches), and vehicles are equipped with long-range fuel tanks. Your game drive vehicle is always supplied with water, cool drinks, coffee, tea and biscuits, as well as blankets and ponchos.


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Prices and dates

2023 Rates

Low Season (Apr-Jun, Nov-Dec)

US$ 5,300 per person

High Season (Jul-Oct)

US$ 6,650 per person

2023 Departures

APRIL – LOW SEASON

Maun – Kasane

3 Apr – 13 Apr

7 spaces left

Kasane – Maun

14 Apr – 24 Apr

7 spaces left

MAY – LOW SEASON

Maun – Kasane

1 May – 11 May

1 space left

Kasane – Maun

12 May – 22 May

5 spaces left

Maun – Kasane

29 May – 8 Jun

1 spaces left

JUNE – LOW SEASON

Kasane – Maun

9 Jun – 19 Jun

FULL

Maun – Kasane

26 Jun – 6 Jul

3 spaces left

JULY – HIGH SEASON

Kasane – Maun

7 Jul – 17 Jul

FULL

Maun – Kasane

24 Jul – 3 Aug

1 space left

AUGUST – HIGH SEASON

Kasane – Maun

4 Aug – 14 Aug

7 spaces left

Maun – Kasane

21 Aug – 31 Aug

7 spaces left

SEPTEMBER – HIGH SEASON

Kasane – Maun

1 Sep – 11 Sep

FULL

Maun – Kasane

18 Sep – 28 Sep

4 spaces left

Kasane – Maun

29 Sep – 9 Oct

7 spaces left

OCTOBER – HIGH SEASON

Maun – Kasane

16 Oct – 26 Oct

7 spaces left

Kasane – Maun

27 Oct – 6 Nov

7 spaces left

NOVEMBER – LOW SEASON

Maun – Kasane

13 Nov – 23 Nov

5 spaces left

Kasane – Maun

24 Nov – 4 Dec

7 spaces left

DECEMBER – LOW SEASON

Maun – Kasane

5 Dec – 15 Dec

7 spaces left

Minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 7 guests. Minimum age is 12 years. 15% discount for children 12-17 years when they travel with their parents. Please enquire about our FAMILY-FRIENDLY AND GROUP SAFARIS

No single supplement; however, we reserve the right to limit the number of singles.

On all charter flights:

  1. There is a luggage limit of 20kg in soft bags including camera equipment/hand luggage.

  2. Passengers that weigh 100kgs or more and those with excess luggage may be required to purchase an additional seat on the charter flight – please advise our reservations at the time of booking.

Price Includes:
Comfortable walk-in tented accommodation in Meru-style tents with built-in floors and mosquito gauze at the windows and entrance. Comfortable beds that include all bed linen and towels. En-suite bathroom with a traditional hot water safari bucket shower and comfortable bush loo. All airport meet-and-greets, collections and transfers. All game drives in custom-made open game drive vehicles with shade roofs (that can be removed), individual seats and long-range fuel tanks.

A scenic flight charter from Maun to Moremi in a fixed-winged aircraft. All meals, starting with dinner on the day of arrival and ending with lunch on the day of departure. Selected drinks (local wine, local beer, gin & tonic, Coke, Coke Light, fruit juice, bottled water) are included, except spirits. All entrance and camping fees to national parks and game reserves, as well as private campsites used wherever possible and available.

A dedicated safari team including a driver/guide, cook, camp assistant and backup driver. All activities as specified in the itinerary. 24/7 office support.

Price Excludes:
International and domestic flights, airport departure taxes, visas or tourism levies to enter Botswana, excess weight charges, telephone calls, laundry, and spirits (other than gin). Travel and medical insurance (essential on all safaris). Optional safari extensions and any activities not specified in the itinerary. Items of a personal nature. Tips and gratuities.

Itinerary

“Dumela / Hello! And welcome to Botswana!”

Once you have landed in Maun, an Africa Geographic representative will meet you at the arrivals hall of Maun Airport – holding a name board with your names displayed. Arrivals from Johannesburg generally land in Maun at about midday. Other participants already in Botswana will need to gather at the airport in Maun, and once the entire group is present, the tour will commence. Departure time is usually at about 13h00. Everyone will be notified before the start of this tour where and when they are expected to meet with the rest of the group.

You will be provided with a snack pack before being handed over to our pilot, who will whisk you away in a light aircraft for a stunning scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and Chief’s Island. This flight promises to deliver an unforgettable eagle’s eye view of the Delta. Before you know it, you will descend and land in Moremi Game Reserve, having saved yourself a three to four-hour dusty road transfer. As soon as you emerge from your aircraft, our ground team will be there to collect you and take you to your mobile tented camp – enjoying game viewing en route to camp.

Arrival at your camp will likely be before sunset and in good time for a chilled sundowner while you put your feet up around the fire and begin the process of ridding your body of stress and soaking up the scents and sounds of Africa. Your bags will be taken to your tent while your delicious dinner is cooked over an open fire, and your guide delivers an essential camp safety briefing. Remember that your camp is not fenced, and dangerous wildlife may walk through the camp at any time of day or night.

Overnight at Moremi Mobile Tented Camp

Your day will be spent exploring the Xaxanaka/3rd Bridge areas of Moremi in your game drive vehicle, during the cool mornings and late afternoons.

While on game drives your guide will use his experience, keen eyesight and understanding of the area to show you as much as he can. He will especially be on the lookout for lions, leopards, elephants, wild dogs, cheetahs, hyenas and honey badgers. It is important to appreciate that sightings cannot be guaranteed, as wildlife movements are subject to many influences, and there is always a degree of luck in successful wildlife sightings.

During the heat of the day you will be back at camp to enjoy a light lunch, siesta, or downtime to download and edit your images, or read a book. As soon as the heat starts to die down you will head out for an afternoon game drive. Expect to be back in the early evening after your sundowner, and to a welcoming camp fire, delicious meal and a night sky packed with stars.

Overnight at Moremi Mobile Tented Camp

Shortly after breakfast you will head out for a full day in the bushveld while the team takes down and relocates your private camp from Moremi to the Khwai/east Moremi area of the Okavango Delta. Your transfer will be a slow and enjoyable game viewing drive with a stop en-route to enjoy a picnic lunch.

You will spend the next three nights at your campsite in Khwai, exploring the floodplains and riverine woodlands on game drives both during the day and at night. You will also experience a mokoro (traditional canoe) outing, exploring the Khwai River channels – the easternmost reach of the Okavango river system.

Game drives after dark are with the aid of a spotlight, allowing you to see some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day, such as aardvarks, genets, bushbabies and civets. Please note that night drives are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve, in the Khwai community area only.

Overnight at Khwai Mobile Tented Camp

These two days will be spent exploring the Khwai area on game drives during the cool mornings and afternoons, and on the mokoro outing which will be scheduled for one of these days. Again your guide will use all of his skills and experience to show you as much as he can of the local wildlife species, and what you see is subject to wildlife movements.

During the heat of the day you will again spend time in camp and your time after the afternoon and evening game drive is spent around the fire.

Overnight at Khwai Mobile Tented Camp

Today you head further north towards Chobe National Park, where you will spend three nights camping in a wilderness campsite in Savute. The Savute channel and marsh dried up for 30 years due to a shift in tectonic plates that prevented flood waters from reaching this far. But in 2010, everything changed when the floodwaters again found their way to this parched land, and since then, the annual floodwaters have reinvigorated this remote area.

Savute is a dynamic wilderness that offers a sweeping expanse of savannah dotted by several rocky outcrops, which guard a relic marsh and the mostly dry channel that was once its lifeline. The Savute goes through wet and dry cycles, with wild dogs hunting in the dry river channel where crocodiles once lurked. Visitors to this spectacular area can also enjoy great sightings of large herds of elephants and buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, various antelope species, as well as thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest.

Overnight at Savute Wilderness Campsite

Each day's programme will be discussed the previous night with your guides, who will again keep track of game movements and use their experience of Savute and knowledge of predators to create the best possible strategy for each game viewing outing.

Every morning you will be up early to maximise on those prime game-viewing early hours, before returning to camp for a hearty brunch. In the early afternoon, you will head back out to Savute marsh for some more game viewing.

In addition to its wealth of predators, Savute also offers a chance to enjoy the legacy of its previous human residents. Rising out of the Savute plains are a number of rocky outcrops, including the well-known "Bushman Hill" where you will be able to find unique San rock art. The paintings depict a number of species that shared the area with Botswana's original people, including eland, elephant, sable, giraffe, hippo and the infamous puff adder.

At the end of each day you will head back to camp for a well-deserved hot shower and a sumptuous three-course dinner under the stars, and to discuss the day as well as plan ahead for the next one.

Overnight at Savute Wilderness Campsite

Leaving Savute, you continue your journey north towards the Chobe region of the park, where you can expect stunning African teak broad-leaved woodlands that fringe on lush riverine vegetation. You will spend the last two nights camping in a wilderness campsite near the Chobe River, and exploring the busy Chobe riverbank and surrounding flood plains.

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. This section of the park is best known for its dense concentration of wildlife including large herds of elephants and pods of hippos – but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. Visitors can look forward to some exciting activities such as driving along the game-dotted river banks in a 4x4 vehicle and cruising along the river in a motorboat.

Overnight at Chobe River Wilderness Campsite

After breakfast, and a short morning game drive, your safari will come to an end and you will be transferred to Kasane. Here you will have the chance to bid your group and guide farewell and continue with your journey or catch your flight back home.

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