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Botswana's Highlights

Tour Code: BWA05

A 14-day wildlife safari to northern Botswana and the Victoria Falls, including a 9-night mobile camping safari from Chobe National Park through to the magnificent Okavango Delta.

14 days from £6995(inc flights) Land Only Price: £5995 SRS: £1195


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Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

Comfortable, fully serviced mobile camping in private camp sites in Chobe, Khwai and Moremi, and a comfortable small lodge in Livingstone. All rooms/tents have private facilities. Please refer to the detailed tour itinerary for additional information.

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Day 1 Depart London.

Day 2/3 Livingstone and Victoria Falls.

Day 4/6 Savuti, Chobe National Park.

Day 7/9 Khwai Concession.

Day 10/12 Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve.

Day 13 Depart Maun.

Day 14 Arrive London.

A land-locked country straddling the Tropic of Capricorn, Botswana offers one of the last unspoilt wildernesses left in Africa. Within its huge game reserves and national parks, the largest herds in southern Africa roam free and wild, together with some of the continent’s most spectacular and varied birdlife. Remarkably for an African country, Botswana has a tiny population: just over two million inhabitants occupy this nation that is the size of France and Germany combined! It is a dry land, the majority of the country comprising the waterless Kalahari, yet the world’s largest inland delta — the Okavango — transforms 15,000 square kilometres of this desert into a paradise of palms, papyrus and crystal clear waterways. The water that feeds the Delta is Botswana’s lifeblood. Falling as rain on the Angolan highlands a thousand kilometres away, it takes up to six months to reach the Delta: a pulse of flood water that brings life-generating moisture during Botswana’s long, dry winter season.

We begin our holiday by flying to Livingstone in Zambia. Two nights spent here will allow us to explore the lush forests around the Victoria Falls. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Falls are twice as high as Niagara, and one-and-a-half times as wide. In the gorges beneath live Red-winged Starlings and Rock Pratincoles, whilst in the gardens of our riverside lodge we will look for Trumpeter Hornbill, Black-collared Barbet and a variety of colourful sunbirds and weavers. Our stay in Zambia will also include a sunset cruise on the magnificent Zambezi River.

We enter Botswana via the small Zambian border town of Kazingula and transfer to Kasane on the edge of Chobe National Park. Before heading deep into the park for our first three nights under canvas, we will take a cruise on the Chobe River. This is Elephant country, and it is possible to see 100 or more of these giants in a single morning lined up along the river’s edge, the only permanent water source in northern Chobe and a magnet for the local wildlife during the dry season. Birds, too, are abundant and include Martial Eagle, African Skimmer and the beautiful Southern Carmine Bee-eater.

For our next three nights we will be based in a comfortable mobile tented camp set up along the edge of the Savuti Channel, deep within Chobe National Park. The dry Savuti Channel and the nearby Savuti Marsh offer some of the very best wildlifeviewing anywhere in Africa. Numerous Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, African Buffalo and other mammals dot the open savannah, falling prey on a daily basis to prides of Lions, clans of Spotted Hyenas and solitary Cheetahs. Savuti is also the stage for one of the most epic battles on the continent, for it is here that (under the cover of darkness) Lions have learnt to hunt, and bring down, Elephants!

Moving west, we reach the outer fringes of the magnificent Okavango Delta where we spend three nights under canvas in the private Khwai Concession close to the permanent waters of the Khwai River. Although the mammals, birds and other wildlife wander freely between here and the neighbouring Moremi Game Reserve, the advantage of spending a few nights in Khwai is that we can enjoy night-drives in search of Leopards, African Civets, bushbabies and genets and such birds as Giant Eagle Owl and Pennant-winged Nightjar.

We conclude our holiday with three nights in the Moremi Game Reserve. This is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled reserves in Africa, its western reaches consumed by the clear waters of the Okavango Delta, its eastern sector clothed in Mopane woodland and grassland. Our friendly local staff will move our camp to the Xakanaxa region of the park, while we watch for the herds of African Buffalo, stately parties of Southern Giraffe and huge bull Elephants that roam here, as well as such bird species as Black Coucal, Wattled Crane and Slaty Egret. With such a large variety of prey on the hoof, it is not surprising that Moremi offers some of the best predator-viewing on the continent and our best chance of finding a pack of African Wild Dogs!

Since our tour ends in the town of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, you might like to extend your holiday by flying into the very heart of this natural wonder. Here you can stay in one of the small and remote lodges surrounded by the permanent waters of the Delta and explore the maze of waterways and flooded plains in traditional ‘mokoro’ canoes in search of Sitatunga and the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl.

African BuffaloAfrican LionAfrican SkimmerAfrican Wild DogCheetahCheetahElephants at Chobe RiverGiant Eagle OwlImpala with Red-billed OxpeckersLeopardLionOkavango DeltaSecretarybirdsSpotted HyenaTrumpeter HornbillVictoria FallsBlack-collared Barbet
A.F.
North Yorkshire
The trip outline proved to be very accurate except that we saw Wild Dogs in Savuti as well as Xakanaxa! Great variety of wildlife and habitats which showed Botswana at its abundant best. The Okovango extension is a must. Shadrek had amazing knowledge and expertise, especially of birds, and we always felt safe with him. I appreciated his balance between getting close to animals but not being intrusive or disturbing them. It was a true safari experience made wonderful by our guide and fabulous camp support team who produced amazing food on an open fire and worked tirelessly to make our trip the best they could. Thank you Mosa, Mulla and KP. I enjoyed the amount of time we spent on game drives and even the journeys between camps were full of opportunities for game viewing. The Okovango extension stay at Jacana Camp was a lovely contrast of habitat and comfort to end the holiday. The light plane flight over the delta was stunning. The whole trip had many, many interesting things to do and see even for this relatively experienced 'Africa hand'. Botswana is the gem I'd been led to believe it was in terms of terrain, ecology, wildlife, culture and the organisation of tourism.
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The trip outline proved to be very accurate except that we saw Wild Dogs in Savuti as well as Xakanaxa! Great variety of wildlife and habitats which showed Botswana at its abundant best. The Okovango extension is a must. Shadrek had amazing knowledge and expertise, especially of birds, and we always felt safe with him. I appreciated his balance between getting close to animals but not being intrusive or disturbing them. It was a true safari experience made wonderful by our guide and fabulous camp support team who produced amazing food on an open fire and worked tirelessly to make our trip the best they could. Thank you Mosa, Mulla and KP. I enjoyed the amount of time we spent on game drives and even the journeys between camps were full of opportunities for game viewing. The Okovango extension stay at Jacana Camp was a lovely contrast of habitat and comfort to end the holiday. The light plane flight over the delta was stunning. The whole trip had many, many interesting things to do and see even for this relatively experienced 'Africa hand'. Botswana is the gem I'd been led to believe it was in terms of terrain, ecology, wildlife, culture and the organisation of tourism.
A.F., North Yorkshire