The Great North Road – Maun to Kasane

The dream itinerary with a perfect mix of wildlife safari, amazing landscapes and authentic cultural experiences, yet it is safe and full of historic elements at the same time.

Description

Tour Highlights:

Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve
The Okavango is a unique ecosystem, a river delta located in the middle of the world’s largest stretch of continuous sand – the Kalahari basin. An oasis in an otherwise arid and inhospitable landscape, the Okavango Delta supports an incredible diversity of animal and birdlife. Where land and water meet, a mosaic of pans, grasslands, forests and lagoons provides an extremely varied range of habitats which is home to one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. The Okavango is one of the natural wonders of the world, a still- pristine yet fragile ecosystem that richly rewards exploration.

The Moremi Game Reserve lies in the eastern corner of the Okavango Delta. One of the most beautiful and
diverse of all the great game reserves of Africa, it protects both huge concentrations of wildlife and incredible scenery. The reserve consists of both seasonally-inundated areas such as Xakanaxa and drier areas such as Khwai. On this safari, we will set out to reveal some of the secrets of this dynamic ecosystem.

Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s finest game sanctuaries. Situated in the far north of Botswana, Chobe encompasses a wide variety of habitats that are home to a breath-taking variety of animals and birds.

Savute
The Savute is noted for the shifting shapes and transience of its most important landmarks: the Savute Marsh and the Savute Channel which supplies it. The Marsh itself is one of the most exciting wildlife destinations in Africa – anything can, and often does, happen there. Rising above the otherwise level landscape of Savute are the Ghoha and Gubatsa Hills which hide perfectly preserved San Bushmen paintings. The Savute hills have a very healthy population of leopard and the best time to see them is either at first or last light as they leave their stony refuges to hunt in the surrounding bush.

The Savute Channel is known as the ‘stolen river’ and its recent history includes several episodes where it has dried up for several years, only to flow again – seemingly at random, but in fact due to tectonic movements. This means that you could encounter either a river or a ribbon of dry savannah grassland. The skeletons of numerous dead trees stand as mute witnesses to the erratic ebb and flow of this most unpredictable of rivers. Beyond the channel, this area consists of large open game-filled plains and is home to a variety of dry-land animals, including zebra, wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, wild dog, cheetah and lion.

The Chobe River Front
The lush Chobe River Front is renowned for its abundance of elephant – almost certainly the highest concentration of these magnificent creatures to be found anywhere in the world. Chobe is also noted for its huge herds of buffalo, its rich birdlife and exquisite sunsets reflected in the ripples of the river. It all adds up to an unmissable wildlife experience.

Itinerary

DETAILED ITINERARY (Maun – Kasane).  This tour is also available in reverse.

Day 1 & 2: Camping in the Xakanaxa / 3rd Bridge Area of the Moremi Game Reserve & Okavango Delta. 

“Dumela / Hello! Welcome to Botswana!” We will be there to give you a warm Botswana welcome when you land at Maun
Airport. We will provide you with a snack pack before your meet your pilot for your stunning light aircraft scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and Chief’s Island. This flight gives you a fish eagle’s eye view of this amazing ecosystem. When you land at your remote bush airstrip within the Moremi Game Reserve, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your mobile camp – with a game drive en route. The friendly, attentive staff will help you feel immediately at home and brief you on what to look forward to on your safari. The magic of a mobile camp becomes apparent as the sun sets and you enjoy drinks around the fire before a starlit dinner and a great night’s rest after falling asleep to the sounds of the African bush. Spending our first two nights camping in the Xakanaxa / Third Bridge area, we explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day. The Moremi Game Reserve protects around a third of the entire Okavango Delta ecosystem – some 5 000km2 (1 930 square miles).

Day 3 & 4 & 5: Camping in the Khwai Community Area Bordering the Moremi Game Reserve

Following an early breakfast, we pack up the camp and continue our journey to Khwai, stopping for a bush picnic lunch en route. The Khwai River forms the boundary between the reserve and the local Khwai Community Area. We spend the next three nights camping at a campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on day and night game drives. You will also experience a 2½-hour mokoro trip, discovering channels and lagoons at a relaxed pace in a traditional dug-out canoe. Night drives (using filtered spotlights to find game without affecting their night vision – or yours) offers a unique opportunity to encounter less well-known nocturnal species, as well as possibly witness hunting and another behaviour which more often takes place under the cloak of darkness. As night drives are not permitted within Botswana’s national parks and reserves, we conduct these nocturnal safaris in the Khwai Community Area.

Day 6 & 7 & 8: Camping at Savute within the Chobe National Park

We head further north en route to Chobe National Park, where we spend the following three nights camping at a pristine bush campsite in the Savute region and exploring the dry landscape on game drives. Savute is an area that can change dramatically, with the character of the place changing completely depending on the flowing or drying up of the Savute Channel. In 2010, water from the Savute Channel reached the Marsh for the first time in three decades (after a long dry period during which resident lions learned to prey on elephants coming to drink at isolated waterholes). The presence of water can transform these dynamics and the only way to find out what will happen next is to visit Savute with us and see for yourself!

Day 9 & 10: Camping at Chobe Riverfront within the Chobe National Park

Leaving this parched landscape, we continue our journey north to the contrasting Chobe region of the park. We spend the last two nights camping in a wilderness campsite near the Chobe River, exploring the riverbanks and surrounding floodplains on game drives. On Day 9 you will enjoy an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River which departs from Kasane.

Day 11: Safari ends in Kasane

Following breakfast and a short game drive your safari will end in Kasane at around 09h00.

DISCLAIMER: Although we make every effort to adhere to the details of this itinerary and the listed activities, these are subject to change due to changing local conditions and factors outside of our control such as the weather and the condition of the roads, as well as availability. We reserve the right to substitute a motorboat cruise for the mokoro excursion where necessary. In the event of any necessary changes, we will always keep you informed.

Safari rates are subject to National Park fees increases imposed by the Botswana Government without prior notice.

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Included

  • Comfortable walk-in tented accommodation in Meru-style tents with built-in floors and mosquito gauze at the windows and entrance. Comfortable beds include all bed linen and a towel
  • En-suite bathrooms with a traditional hot water safari bucket shower and bush loo
  • Experienced, licensed professional guide for the duration of your safari
  • Game drives and local transfers in custom-made open game drive vehicles with shade roof, game viewing seats and long-range fuel tanks
  • A scenic flight charter Maun to Moremi in a fixed-wing aircraft over Chiefs Island
  • All entrance and camping fees for National Parks and Game Reserves. Exclusive private campsites are used wherever possible.
  • All meals and selected drinks (wine, beer, G&T, selected soft drinks, fruit juice, bottled water, Amarula)
  • Dedicated safari team including cook, camp assistant and back-up driver
  • Bathroom amenities (soap, shampoo and insect repellent)
  • Medical evacuation insurance
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary

Excluded

  • International and domestic or charter flights and airport departure taxes
  • Visas (these are your own responsibility to organise)
  • Laundry service
  • Travel, cancellation and medical insurance (essential on all safaris)
  • Optional safari extensions
  • Spirits (other than gin)
  • Items of a personal nature

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