Botswana Wildlife Safari

Leopard, Botswana
Okavango Delta houseboat
Lion, Botswana
Okavango view
Big yawn from hippo
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Visit Botswana's remote wilderness to track Africa's greatest animals, stay on a houseboat, sleep under canvas in the bush and visit Victoria Falls.

A trip through Botswana's remote wilderness to track Africa's greatest animals, stay on a houseboat on the delta, sleep under canvas in the bush and visit the Smoke that Thunders - Victoria Falls. Game Viewing - Explore Botswana's finest game reserves during seven days of safari Okavango Delta Panhandle - Search for water-dwelling wildlife and exotic birds in the remote area of the delta Chobe National Park - A remarkable wildlife sanctuary, world famous for its huge elephant population.

Highlights
Game Viewing - Explore Botswana's finest game reserves.
Okavango Delta Panhandle - Spend three nights on a houseboat in one of Africa's most renowned areas.
Victoria Falls - One of the natural wonders of the world.
Chobe National Park - A remarkable wildlife sanctuary, world famous for its huge elephant population.
Moremi Game Reserve - An unspoilt wilderness with excellent game viewing opportunities.
Why Book this Tour
This is a great tour for wildlife enthusiasts, as you will visit some of the best game viewing parks in all of Africa. You will stay in lodges, hotel, houseboat and campsites; this means you get a great diverse experience of Botswana. Our campsites enable us to explore Moremi and Savuti in depth, an opportunity that is normally restricted to luxury itineraries due to the demand for the Okavango Delta.
Destinations
  • Berlin
  • Zambezi River
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Zambia
  • Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park
  • Livingstone
  • Victoria
  • Africa
Tour Types
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Safaris
  • Scenic
  • Small Group
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Birdwatching
Day 1: Join trip in Maun
Our tour starts in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. After checking in to our hotel, your afternoon is free to relax. You may choose to take a stroll around the town, where modern buildings and native huts stand side-by-side. Originally a rural village, it has rapidly developed into Botswana's 'tourism capital'. However, the town has managed to retain much of its rural atmosphere and you may well see tribesmen bringing their cattle to sell at the market.

Day 2: Drive to Okavango PanHandle houseboat
An early start this morning for our drive to the west side of the Okavango Delta Panhandle, where we will meet the houseboat which will be our home for the next three nights. Our on board accommodation is very comfortable, with en suite facilities. Due to seasonal variations in the level and strength of the river, the houseboat itself remains securely moored for much of the year, whilst we explore the river on smaller launches. However, the amount of water that falls in the catchment area can be highly variable and occasionally, conditions may allow the houseboat itself to cruise in the Delta.
The next couple of days are spent enjoying this spectacular setting. During our time on the river, there is a good possibility of seeing a variety of game. On our launch, we may cruise past submerging pods of hippos, while crocodiles bask in the shallows and on the riverbanks.
Please note we unfortunately cannot provide single cabins on the houseboat due to the limited size of the accommodation. Customers who have booked a single room on this tour will share a twin cabin during these 3 nights.

Day 3: Optional boat trips to search for the plentiful wildlife; sundowners
During our second day aboard the houseboat, our itinerary is flexible. A typical day involves one or two trips out on the launch to take in the wildlife and visit the surrounding area. Back on board, there are plenty of opportunities for bird watching. Local fishermen are often seen aboard their traditional dugout canoes, known locally as Mokoros. The golden light of late afternoon can also be enjoyed with a traditional sundowner in the houseboat's bar. As a day at leisure you can choose how much or how little you do today.
Please note we unfortunately cannot provide single cabins on the houseboat due to the limited size of the accommodation. Customers who have booked a single room on this tour will share a twin cabin during these 3 nights.

Day 4: Visit to Tsodilo Hills; home to thousands of bushman rock paintings
Today, we plan to enjoy an excursion to the intriguing and sacred World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills. The San Bushmen believe that this was the site of the first creation and painted an astonishing 4000 rock paintings to celebrate this, across 350 sites. Here, four impressive rocks jut out of the expanse of the surrounding land. The San Bushmen believe that the largest of the rocks is the 'man', the second largest the 'woman', and the smallest the 'child'. The forth rock, which stands apart from the others, is said to be the male's first wife. After exploring this fascinating site, we will return to our houseboat for our second night on board.
Please note we unfortunately cannot provide single cabins on the houseboat due to the limited size of the accommodation. Customers who have booked a single room on this tour will share a twin cabin during these 3 nights.

Day 5: Drive through Namibia's Caprivi Strip to Livingstone
An early start this morning sees us heading north to Namibia's Caprivi Strip, before heading to Livingstone in Zambia. Today's drive by four-wheel drive vehicle will take most of the day, but is broken up with plenty of stops. The Caprivi Region has a colourful and interesting history, playing a central part in the Berlin Conference of 1890. Once administered by the British, it was swapped for Zanzibar with the Germans at a time of great European political manoeuvring. The strip of land was named after German Chancellor General Count Georg Leo von Caprivi di Caprara di Montecuccoli. Try saying that after a beer. In Livingstone, our lodge accommodation overlooks the Zambezi River and will be our base for the next two nights.

Day 6: Tour of Victoria Falls, free time in the afternoon
Often referred to as the adventure capital of Zambia, Livingstone is a pleasant town, offering a variety of land, air and water-based activities in the surrounding area.
A short drive will take us to one of the natural wonders of the world - Victoria Falls. We plan to view the falls from the Zambian side of the river. Here, the Zambezi River plummets over a sheer cliff wall spanning more than 1676 meters, dropping approximately 100 metres into the abyss below. Like David Livingstone before us, you are likely to become aware of the awesome cataract long before seeing it. Plumes of water vapour rise like smoke into the sky, accompanied by a deafening roar. It's no wonder that the natives named the waterfall, Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning 'the smoke that thunders'.
This afternoon, you may choose to take an optional half-day game drive in the Mosi-oa- Tunya National Park in search of white rhino. You may also like to take advantage of one of the other many optional activities on offer, such as a scenic flight over the falls or white water rafting.

Day 7: Game viewing in Chobe National Park
Today, we take a ferry over the Zambezi River back into Botswana, before heading into the Chobe National Park - famed for its beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and magnificent red and gold sunsets. We have the rest of the day to explore the northern Chobe area of Serondela, which sits along the banks of the Chobe River - one of the Zambezi's main tributaries. Here, we are in the heart of elephant country - up to 35,000 elephants live within the park, the largest number of any African park. This afternoon we will head out on our first game drive.
Our camping accommodation tonight allows us to fully appreciate our setting. Our campsites for the next seven nights are booked and paid for two years in advance to ensure that we get the best positions in some truly spectacular spots.

Day 8: Morning game and afternoon game drives in Chobe
This morning, we have the opportunity to spend more time watching huge trumpeting herds in and around the river. Other mammals to be seen are buffalo, kudu, eland, waterbuck, sable and roan antelope, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard, impala, reedbuck and the rare chobe bushbuck. In the river are hippo and crocodile and the waters teem with bream, barbel and tiger fish (freshwater barracuda).

Day 9: Game drives in Savuti
Today as we travel south, we spend the day exploring the interior area of Savuti with its sweeping plains, rolling grasslands and marshes with are fed by the erractic Savuti Channel . We have another opportunity to spend more time watching the animal herds that live in and around this area including lions, elephants and possibly the leopard. Along with the many land based mammals species,there is an abundance of bird species including the bee-eater and kori bustards

Day 10: Drive to Moremi Game Reserve
Leaving our Savuti camp, we continue over dirt roads into Moremi Game Reserve - one of Botswana's most diverse reserves in terms of scenery and wildlife. Tucked into the north-eastern section of the Okavango Delta, Moremi is thought to be the country's most beautiful gameland, and is rated as one of Africa's greatest wildlife sanctuaries. It covers an enormous wilderness area composed of permanent swamps, islands, forest and dry land - an ornithologist's paradise. More birdlife and larger mammals may be spotted on the flood plain, including elephant, giraffe, zebra and ostrich, as well as predators like lion, leopard and wild dog.
Over the next four days, we will immerse ourselves in this incredible setting in two different parts of the park. Our first two nights are spent in the northern Khwai River area.

Day 11: Wildlive viewing in Moremi Game Reserve
In Moremi, early mornings and late afternoons are devoted to game viewing. Here in the Okavango, silence reigns, broken only by the roar of a lion or the harsh cry of a fish eagle.

Day 12: Drive to Xakanaxa in the Okavango Delta
The mighty Okavango is the third largest river in southern Africa. Its delta area covers 16,000 square kilometres of crystal clear channels, a myriad of ephemeral lakes and ever changing islands, surviving atop the Kalahari Desert. The river flows south east from the Angolan highlands, over 1000 kilometres away, taking up to six months to reach the delta area which floods on a perennial annual cycle.
Remaining in the Moremi Game Reserve, today we drive into the Delta to our camp at Xakanaxa, where we will spend the next two nights. Exceptional though the geography of the Delta may be, it is the amazing wildlife of the waterways that draws us and we plan to set out game viewing on our arrival.

Day 13: In Xakanaxa area of Moremi Game Reserve
Today, we intend to spend the whole day in this unspoilt wonderland. Hippo, crocodile and red lechwe are easy to spot. Bird lovers can look out for fish eagle, jacana, kingfisher, heron, dtork, rgret, eeaver and bee-eater - just some of the magnificent species found here.

Day 14: Drive to Maun; take a scenic over the Okavango Delta
After an early morning game drive, we continue eastwards enjoying the emptiness, until we reach Maun at lunchtime. This afternoon, there may be the opportunity of an optional game flight over the Okavango Delta.

Day 15: Trip ends in Maun
Our tour ends in Maun after breakfast. Depending on the schedule of your departing flight, you may choose to spend a few hours exploring the town independently.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Meals:Breakfast: 14 Lunch: 11 Dinner: 10
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