For the next two days you will cruise along the Chobe River on the houseboat and enjoy boating safaris from the smaller specially designed motor boat in the morning and afternoon- the most productive time for game viewing.
The game viewing along the Chobe River varied greatly with the seasons. In the (African) Summer months between November and April you will have amazing birdlife everywhere as the “migrants” take up their annual residency. There will still be large mammals around such as elephant, buffalo and hippo as well as resident crocs and antelope, so all in all an excellent time to photograph, with lots of bright green backgrounds and baby animals everywhere. The (African) winter months, between May and October, will see larger numbers of elephants as the water becomes more scarce inland and the river becomes more popular with all animals.
This morning you bid farewell to the Pangolin Voyager and the Chobe as you return to Kasane for your flight to the Okavango. The exact time will be schedule the day before, this is usually around 11am and takes about 60 minutes.
This is a fascinating flight. Starting with the Chobe River, your home for the last three days, finally seen from above. You will follow the river for a while before turning south west over the southern reaches of Chobe, to Savute and eventually to the Okavango. The landscapes will dry out from Chobe and then begin to turn green again as you near the oasis of the Delta. On arrival your guide will be waiting to meet you. You Okavango safari begins on landing – so keep your eyes out! A 2 hour game drive takes you to camp.
Bushman Plains is charming traditional bush camp – simple, authentic and full of character. This is rustic but very comfortable. There are four spacious tents each with an en-suite bathroom and veranda and sitting area.
This is a community-owned camp set in a prime game viewing area. Being an owner run camp adds that extra special atmosphere, the camp belongs to the people who call this area home and as such this is one of the most authentic experiences in the Okavango. The guiding is excellent. And this is a stand out feature of the camp, Bushman Plains has trackers and guides- doubling the expert eyes to find those incredible sightings. And the guides are local, people who have lived here for generations and know the area and animals movements well.
Having met the team and settled into your rooms you will enjoy some light refreshments as you discuss the area and wildlife movements with your guide. You will then set out on your first afternoon game drive, stopping as the sun begins to set to soak up the stunning skies and enjoy the traditional sundowner drink.
Returning to camp a roaring fire awaits, followed by dinner and your first night in the Okavango.
The guides AND trackers on each vehicle have called this area home for generations and are some of the most enthusiastic and passionate safari guides we have encountered. They love nothing more than finding great subjects such as lions, leopard, cheetah and especially wild dogs and also encourage our guests to get out of the vehicle (when appropriate) to look at the tracks and signs to fully understand the tracking process. It’s safari as it should be without the unnecessary frivolity that misses the point on so many cookie cutter safaris these days. It’s all about the wildlife here!