Four Night Classic Wilderness Safari

This four night itinerary is perfect for those looking for a shorter safari with all the classic elements of an Okavango safari. Excellent game viewing, diverse activities, stunning landscapes and beautiful accommodation. Excellent guiding tops this off to ensure one of the best four night experiences in the Okavango. Little Vumbura Camp and Chitabe complement each other perfectly, offering a diverse range of habitats and wildlife encounters.

Little Vumbura is one of the most charming camps in the Okavango, set on a delightful little island in the east of the Okavango on the private Vumbura concession, this lovely little camp is one of the most popular in the Okavango- with good reason. Year round water guarantees a classic Okavango water safari while access to the vast plains of the Vumbura concession which boast some of the best game viewing in the region means that the land safari experience is top notch here too.

Chitabe Camp lies in the south east of the Okavango on a private concessions which is home to impressive resident predator numbers. The game viewing here is explosive, lion, cheetah and wild dog are regularly seen here, Even rhino. The focus here is on 4x4 game drives and explosive game viewing. Chitabe is a smart but friendly camp with a superb team of guides from the local area who deliver exciting game viewing experiences.

Both camps are operated by Wilderness Safaris, widely acclaimed as the continent’s foremost ecotourism operator. Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris has grown to be the largest ecotourism operator in Africa.

Day 1 & 2

On arrival into Maun Airport you will be met by a representative and assisted onto your flight to Little Vumbura Camp, a flight of about 25 minutes. On arrival you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to camp, a short drive from the airstrip to the boat jetty, where you will take a stunning 20 minute boat ride to camp, your Okavango home for the next 2 nights.

Little Vumbura is situated on a wooded island in the same region as its sister camp, Vumbura Plains. Designed to blend in with its surroundings, the camp is a beautiful six bedroomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient Okavango forest. Each tent is ensuite, large and roomy with an open-air shower and views of the surroundings. A plunge pool and reading area overlooks the floodplains and a star deck leads off the dining area.

Surrounded as it is by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are a highlight here, Mokoro rides see you gliding through the floodplains under the guidance of experienced polers and motor boats explore the deeper permanent channels. Game drives in open Land Rovers explore the savannah areas on the concession which is noted for its diversity and concentrations of plains game. Leopard stalk the woodland areas while cheetah are often spotted peering across the open plains. Lion and buffalo interactions are also a highlight. Walks (on request) around the island are an opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective. Wildlife viewing and birding is consistently good all year round in this area.

You guide will discuss your particular interests and activity preferences and work these into your schedule across the next two days.

Days on safari begin with an early wake up call with your choice of hot drink, followed by a light breakfast before setting off on your morning activity, as planned with your guide. Perhaps an early morning game drive to track the movements of the predators the night before, a peaceful mokoro ride or boat ride along the waterways. Returning to camp for brunch and a siesta and perhaps a swim in the pool. Later that afternoon after high tea you will set off again for your afternoon activity, toasting the sun set and returning for dinner.

Day 3 & 4

After your early morning activity and breakfast, time permitting, you will connect on to a light aircraft for your flight to Chitabe Camp, where you will stay for 2 nights. This is a short flight of about 20 minutes, with a game drive transfer to camp of about 30 minutes, depending on sightings along the way.

Chitabe Camp is built on one of the most beautiful islands in the Okavango Delta, in a private concession bordered on three sides by the Moremi Game Reserve. The animals roam freely between the reserve and concession, ensuring superb game viewing. This area receives flood waters later in the season and is markedly drier than the area around Little Vumbura, offering an interesting contrast.

Days at Chitabe follow the same routine as Little Vumbura with morning and afternoon activities with a siesta hour in between. Activities on offer at Chitabe Camp are game drives in open 4×4 vehicles during the day and at night accompanied by an experienced guide, as well as nature walks. Chitabe is strictly a game viewing area – so no water activities are offered here. Wild dogs are among the major attractions of this area and a long-standing program to study the Wild Dogs is based nearby Chitabe Camp. Game viewing is excellent, look out for regulars like Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Reedbuck, Lechwe, Impala, Zebra and Hippo. And more.

Eight spacious East African style tents are built on elevated wooden decks, beneath a lush tree canopy while the central area is made up of a thatched dining area and lounge leading on to open decking, all built on raised decks to provide superb views across a floodplain. There is a pool that provides cool sanctuary in the heat of the day, a great spot to relax between activities.

Day 5

The time for your flight to Maun will be finalised the day before and your guide will advise you what time you will be leaving camp. The flight will always be schedule to connect with any onward travel arrangements. Depending on the time of departure, as discussed with your guide, you will enjoy on final morning activity and brunch before bidding farewell to the Okavango. The flight to Maun will take approximately 20 minutes, depending on stops along the way. On arrival a representative will meet you to ensure you connect to your onward travel arrangements.

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Little Vumbura

Chitabe Camp

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