Classic Northern Botswana mobile safari – Northbound

A great value classic mobile safari through the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Explore the ecologically diverse Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai, rich in wildlife and big game, continuing on to the ferocious lands of Savute and ending on the majestic Chobe floodplains - home of the largest population of African Elephant in Africa, the Chobe National Park. This is a fully serviced camping adventure, with no guest participation, ensuring all time is spent enjoying your safari. This itinerary starts in Maun and ends in Kasane, making a post-safari extension to Victoria Falls an optional add-on.

This northbound itinerary begins with a night in Maun, ready an early start the following day, the start of your 6 night mobile safari through Northern Botswana.

The safari begins with 2 nights in the game rich Khwai area of the Okavango, in the eastern Moremi, famed as one of the best wilderness areas in in the Okavango Delta and often a highlight on this short but intensive trip. Predators roaming this area include lion, leopard, wild dog and hyena. Buffalo are often seen and the plans game are varied including sebra, kudu, impala, giraffe and much more. The woodlands, plains and wetlands that mark Khwai are beautiful and rich in life.

From Khwai you move to the southern reaches of Chobe, to Savute. An area known for the ferocious predators, the lions of the marsh pride have learnt to hunt elephants and hippo in the dry season, and the leopards fish in the muddy waterholes. Wild dog are also seen here, as well as huge herds of elephants in the dry season. This is a largely dry and flat area, interspersed with little rocky outcrops featuring ancient rock paintings.

Finally your last 2 nights are spent on the Chobe floodplains, rich in wildlife attracted by the life giving waters of the Chobe river, home to the largest population of elephant in Africa. A superb end to your safari with a river cruise on the Chobe River.

Delicious breakfasts, lunches and wholesome delicious dinners are all freshly prepared over the campfire by the chef with the aid of his camp assistant throughout the course of your trip.

Action- packed days end in evening around the campfire where the camp staff will have set up your spacious bow tents with camp bed and full bedding with en - suite bush ablutions.

This safari takes a maximum of 9 people, and game vehicles have been designed especially to ensure everyone enjoys a window seat.

This is a fully serviced camping Safari, your time on this 6 night Safar is spent comfortably as the Bushways team service and maintain the mobile camp while allowing you the time and freedom to focus on your safari. Tents are spacious dome tents (3m x 3m x 1.95m) with bedrolls and bedding included and ensuite private bush ablutions (shower, toilet, toiletry stand) with direct access from the tent. All meals and drinks are included (soft, local alcoholic drinks, still water).

Day 1 - Maun

On arrival in Maun Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel, a comfortable and convenient hotel, suitable for your 7.30am pick up the next day.

Day 2 and 3 - East Moremi- Khwai

This morning you will be met at your hotel by your guide and the rest of the group and set off on your safari. Driving east, alongside the Moremi to the Khwai community concession, one of the best wilderness regions of Botswana separated from the Moremi Game Reserve by the Khwai River. The distance covered by road from Maun to Moremi / Khwai is approximately 150kmin length, 6hours in driving time (including game drive along the way).
Arriving at camp you will settle into your private tent, with en-suite open air bathroom.
The first two days of your safari encompasses both game drives and mokoro excursions along the Khwai River which, flowing straight through the concession, is a prime water source for animals such as Kudu, Tsessebe and Wildebeest as well as the more rarely seen Roan and Sable antelope which favour this type of riparian forest and floodplain habitat. Regularly seen predators include the likes of lions, Spotted Hyena and African Wild Dogs

An early dawn wake -up call on the second day is followed by freshly brewed tea or coffee and a game drive into the surrounding areas in search of wildlife. Birders will be enthralled by the more than 400 species of bird occurring within the Moremi Game Reserve inclusive of several sought- after raptors.

Later that afternoon a tranquil mokoro excursion in a traditional Mokoro (dugout canoe) will take you along a tributary of the Khwai River to view game from another perspective where one can get up close and personal to smaller animals such as the Painted Reed Frog and hovering Kingfishers.
A final evening on the Khwai Concession is spent under the stars enjoying a hearty meal and sharing memorable experiences of the past two days before a sound nights’ sleep in your cosy tent.

Day 4 and 5 - Savute, Chobe

Today you continue your safari in a North Easterly direction for approximately 6 hours towards the Chobe National Park, enjoying the changing topography as you travel through the dry Savuti Plains. Recognised for its healthy populations of Lions, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Leopard, the Savuti and its channel are an interesting feat of nature. Having dried up for the best part of 30 years, the now running Savuti Channel is attracting species such as elephant and large herds of buffalo as well as an astounding variety of birds of prey.

Settle into your new home, your private camp site set up by the team earlier in the day. As evening draws in you become attuned to the whooping cry of the Spotted Hyena as it scavenges the surrounding area for its next meal.
The next morning is another early start with a game drive, and your senses come alive with the fresh, natural scent of grass and dust as the African sun rises once again on this remote corner of Botswana. Game drives traverse over the area once famed for lions that adapted to the harsh conditions by hunting on elephant due to the lack of water and scarcity of prey species.

Spend a second evening in this truly fascinating area.

Day 6 and 7 - Chobe Floodplains

Today you depart the Savute area and head towards the Chobe Riverbank and adjacent floodplains which display a completely different ecosystem, home to large herds of grazing zebra, elephant, buffalo and the unmistakable call of the African Fish Eagle. Look forward to glimpses of species such as the rare puku and Chobe bushbuck.

Settle into your final camp later that afternoon. The distance you will travel from Savuti to Chobe River is about 170km – a drive of approximately 5 hours in length.

Day 6 dawns as you prepare to further explore the Northern Chobe and its floodplain. For keen photographers, a sunset on the Chobe river is the perfect opportunity to capture that iconic Botswana sunset just as the silhouettes of the surrounding bush begin to darken.
A fine ending to your safari.

Day 8 - End of Safari

Your last day of your Botswana Safari begins with a scenic cruise on the Chobe River. This is your final opportunity to spot smaller animals and aquatic species that are not normally seen from a safari vehicle.

Finally, you depart for Kasane Airport, the end of your safari. The transfer from Chobe to Kasane is approximately 1.5 hours by road.

For those interested, extensions to Victoria Falls can be arranged.

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