|Safari Name||10-Days Botswana Great Walking Safari|
Day 1 In Maun, Transfer to Lodge
On arrival at Maun airport, you will be met and transferred to the group hotel. The name Maun is derived from the San word ‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’. Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River. After a tour briefing we prepare for the delta excursion then have the rest of the afternoon free to relax by the pool. Overnight: Crocodile Camp, Maun
Day 2 Explore Okavango Delta, Mokoro Canoes and Day Walks
We drive into the Okavango Delta to a village . At the village we meet the local mokoro polers, and pack our equipment into the dugouts. Drive to our remote campsite in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. This amazing environment has large numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly kingfishers! One of the best experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along reed lined channels in a mokoro (dug out canoe). Sit back and relax as the water gurgles gently under the mokoro while your skilled poker points out the fauna and flora. Overnight tonight is wild participation camping transfer into the Delta)
Day 3 to 4 Okavango Delta
This morning, after a safety briefing, we will undertake a 3-4 hour walk in the Okavango Delta led by our local head poler, with assistance from a second poler and the Sunway safari leader. The area in which we will walk has elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard and as such our walks will be slow, stopping to look at the finer details of the bush. Our local poler guides live in the delta and as such we will rely on their intimate knowledge of this area, and it’s wildlife to determine our route for the morning. We expect to see some general game such as giraffe, zebra and warthog on these walks and elephant on occasion. Finding a cat is a distinct possibility, but by no measure certain. After the walk we return to our campsite for a brunch, and some free time in camp to relax in the hot of the midday. Our poler guides will also show us where it would be safe to swim. In the late afternoon we again head out on a shorter walk, perhaps with a mokoro ride to start. The following day is similar, as we explore the delta on foot. Overnights are wild participation camping .
Day 5 Savuti Region of Chobe National Park, Game Drives
We pack up camp early on the morning of day 5, and pole back to the poling station with our equipment. Here we meet the waiting 4WD and transfer everything across to the vehicle. Thereafter follows a fairly long 4WD drive out of the Okavango Delta and north into the dry regions of northern Botswana. 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. We camp wild in the central Chobe National Park at either Savuti or Zwei-Zwei (north east of Savuti). Overnight is wild participation camping
Day 6 Zwei Zwei / Savuti
Today we have a full day to explore the areas of Zwei Zwei and Savuti on open 4WD game drives. Game drives will, of course, be determined by game sightings. Overnight is wild participation camping – basic ablutions with bucket shower.
Day 7 Moremi Game Reserve, Game Drives
Chief’s Island is the largest landmass within Moremi and was the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting ground, before being declared a game reserve by the tribe. We spend 4 days on game drives watching the abundant wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion and other game, both in Moremi Game Reserve and in private concession reserves surrounding the park. This morning, after packing up camp, we game drive towards Moremi. We should arrive at the lodge in time for a late lunch followed by an afternoon game drive on the private concession bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Overnight is a tented bushlodge – twin permanent tents with en-suite facilities
Day 8 to 9 Moremi Private Concession, Day Walks and Game Drives
Up at first light for a cup of coffee and light breakfast before we head out on a morning bush walk with our guide for 3-4 hours. The area around the lodge is largely mopane veld (Colophospermum mopane) interspersed with natural waterholes. We’ll follow elephant paths as we walk from pan to pan. The area is frequented by lion, leopard, buffalo and large numbers of elephants. Game viewing from foot will be limited but we hope to encounter kudu, roan, sable, warthog and elephants. The guides will point out the fascinating details only possible on a walk in big game area along the ancient migration routes of thousands of elephants. We return to the lodge for lunch and some free time, before undertaking an afternoon game drive on the concession. The following day is much the same, exploring the area on foot and game drive. Overnights are spend in tented bush lodge; tents with en-suite facilities.
Day 10 To Maun, for Departure
This morning we game drive back towards Maun for your departure
Activities/services included in the cost:
• Arrival and departure airport transfer. • Accommodation as per the itinerary.
• Accommodation in the National Parks is based on Full Board
• Road transportation in custom made safari vehicles.
• Exclusive private vehicle and driver-guide throughout the safari
• Game dives as per the itinerary
• Park and game reserve entrance fees
• English Driver guides available for the safari
• Our 24hours support throughout the safari
Activities/services excluded in the cost:
• All International Flights/local Flights + Taxes
• Visa fees, Travel & Personal accident insurance
• Excursions, services and activities not mentioned in this program
• Flying option available for certain safaris at an extra cost
• Personal expenses e.g. laundry, telephone calls, Drinks, Tips etc
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A land-locked country situated in southern Africa Botswana was the casting home numerous films such as The Cry of the Kalahari, the hilarious feature film, The Gods Must Be Crazy, feature stories in National Geographic and numerous documentaries all of which have given Botswana international recognition as a top safari destination. The combination of good wildlife, uncrowded reserves, small camps (chalets or tented, most 8-20 beds), with great food and the use of open vehicles for game viewing make this a destination well worth considering. You can view game by open vehicle (during the day and at night), by boat, canoe, mokoro (dug-out canoe) or elephant-back. Some walking safaris are offered outside the reserves. Flying safaris and mobile tented camp safaris (from participatory to luxury) are also available.
There are more elephants in Botswana than any other country, the big cats roam free and there’s everything from endangered African wild dogs to aquatic antelopes, from rhinos making a comeback to abundant birdlife at every turn. This is also the land of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert, at once iconic African landscapes and vast stretches of wilderness. 38 percent of its total land area are devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas. Put these landscapes together with the wildlife that inhabits them, and it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that this is wild Africa at its best.
Botswana may rank among Africa’s most exclusive destinations – accommodation prices at most lodges are once-in-a-lifetime propositions – but self-drive expeditions are also possible. And whichever way you visit, Botswana is a truly extraordinary place. For the first time traveler, great value will be found traveling in the “green season” of November to March” when the rains have come and the animals begin their migration movements, especially to the Kalahari. April and May are also fairly good months for game viewing when choosing your camps carefully. For an all around wildlife experience in Botswana, we generally recommend that you visit 3 camp destinations staying seven nights.
Botswana’s Tourist Attractions
Botswana may rank among Africa’s most exclusive destinations. There are more elephants in Botswana than any other country, the big cats roam free and there’s everything from endangered African wild dogs to aquatic antelopes, from rhinos making a comeback to abundant birdlife at every turn. This is also the land of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert, at once iconic African landscapes and vast stretches of wilderness. This land-locked country was the casting home numerous films such as The Cry of the Kalahari, the hilarious feature film, The Gods Must Be Crazy, feature stories in National Geographic and numerous documentaries all of which have given Botswana international recognition as a top safari destination.