13 Day Best of Botswana Safari
An amazing 13-day long tour through Botswana that gives you the time to enjoy the amazing wild life on a slow pace.
Your tour will start in Maun, from where you will travel to Xakanaxa. This place lays in the Moremi Game Reserve, a beautiful area which covers much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. You will stay in the Moremi Game Reserve for 6 days, 3 days in Xakanaxa and 3 days in Khwai for the best game drive experiences. On day 7 your journey continuous to Savute in Chobe National Park. Savute is an astonishing place where buffalo, antelope and elephants are common residents. After two days, you will travel further to the Chobe River, the best place to end your safari. Chobe River is paradise with its big concentrations of animals. You will make some game drives and rives cruises before leaving for the Victoria Falls where your trip will come to an end.
Day 1, 2, and 3: Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve (Tented Camp)
You meet your Guide upon your arrival in Maun, usually around middle of the day. After a short introduction, and a possible stop for last minute shopping for small items, you head out by road to Xakanaxa. Approximately 5 hours later, with the last hour being game viewing along the Xakanaxa floodplains, you will arrive to find your camp already set up by our Crew. Your expected time of arrival in Xakanaxa is around 1730hrs.
The landscape of Moremi is friendly, consisting mainly of Mopane Trees and grey white tracks that wind their way through the landscape. In parts the Mopane trees attain gigantic proportions, forming a magnificent cathedral forest that dwarfs everything in its wake. There are seasonal pans, salt pans and rivers that attract a multitude of wildlife and birds. The river cruise on the Muanchira River completes the whole experience as one gets to taste a tinge of the Okavango Delta.
Activities: Morning Game drives, Afternoon Game drives, a boat cruise.
Day 4, 5, and 6: Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve (Tented Camp)
You are woken up early in the morning on day 4. After breakfast, we head out to do more game viewing in the Xakanaxa and Third Bridge area. Later, we leisurely head towards Khwai, with a picnic stop along the way. Arrival in Khwai is in the middle of the afternoon, allowing us time for a short game viewing drive along the Khwai river before we arrive in camp around 1700 hrs.
Covering one third of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is undoubtedly one of the top wildlife destinations in the world. It is set within wildlife management areas, allowing free movement of wildlife across its borders. The Khwai floodplains, contrast beautifully with the lush island vegetation of the Xakanaxa area. Head upon head of animals come down to drink from the Khwai river, drawing along predators from the woods. The bird life is exquisite.
Activities: Morning Game drives, Afternoon Game drives, Night Drives (Optional), Bush Hiking (Optional)
Day 7, 8, and 9: Savute, Chobe National Park (Tented Camp)
You are woken up early in the morning on day 7. After breakfast, we head out for game viewing along the Khwai River. We later leisurely head to Savute, with a picnic lunch along the way. Time allowing we may do another introductory game viewing in and around the Savute Marsh before we get into camp. This day is long, with the expected time of arrival at our camp in Savute around 1700hrs.
Savute is a small channel of water that breaks out of the northern water system called Linyanti that itself divides Botswana from Namibia (Caprivi). The channel flows almost due east and then cuts through the dunes or sand ridge that once marked the edge of a gigantic lake that linked the Okavango and the Makgadikgadi pan complex. The Savute Marsh has been fed erratically over the past 100 years, without any pattern in time, but obviously in response to floods and dry seasons, from different sources. When the channel flows, Savute is paradise in itself. Giant heads of Elephants, Buffalo and Antelope are common residents. It is perhaps when the river Stops or suddenly starts flowing after many years of absence that Savute is most dramatic.
Activities: Morning Game drives, Afternoon Game drives (all activities are in open safari land cruisers only)
Day 10 and 11: River Front, Chobe National Park (Lodge)
You are woken up early in the morning, day 10. After breakfast we head out for Game viewing in the Savute area. A little later in the morning, we leisurely head out towards the Chobe River front area, with a picnic stop along along the way. With time allowing, we will do an introductory game viewing along the Chobe River. This day is long, with the expected time of arrival in camp around 1700hrs.
The Chobe River essentially, is the soul of all of the life found in this northern end of Botswana. In the dry season, there is not another lace on earth that has better concentrations of Elephants, Buffalo, Sable, Hippopotamus and many more in one small area. It is truly a world wonder. It is then fitting to finish one’s safari here. The predator life is equally drawn to the river front as it follows the prey species to the water side. Both Lion and Leopard are frequently seen here.
Activities: Morning Game drives, Boat Cruise, Afternoon Game drives
Day 12: Victoria Falls (Lodge)
You are woken up early in the morning on day 12, after breakfast, we leisurely head to the Kazungula Border. Your Botswana Guide will hand you over to Your Zimbabwe Guide who will take you to your hotel in Victoria Falls. From the Border, your journey to Vic Falls is only 1 hour.
When Dr David Livingstone first set his eyes upon the falls, he penned down in his diary “Scenes so beautiful they must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”, this was in 1851. To this day Victoria Falls, as he called them, are world renowned. There is all manner of activities one can do in Victoria Falls: White Water rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying over the falls, Vic Falls Tour on Foot, Elephant back riding, Lion walking, Gorge Swinging. One should not miss the African entertainment at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, over dinner comprising of many traditional cuisines.
Day 13: Transfer to Airport
Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for onward Connections.