Nine Night Delta Miracle Mobile Safari

This mobile safari focuses on the unique Okavango Delta and explores three distinct areas of the delta

Exploring both the Moremi Game Reserve, both on the Boro River and in Xakanaxa, and Khwai Concession, this mobile safari provides a comprehensive delta experience and combines exploring the delta by mokoro with the big game experience of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve.

Operated by the leaders in scheduled departure mobile safaris, Letaka Safaris, this safari combines comfortable accommodation with the company’s experienced and highly regarded guides and can be combined with the company’s Delta Explorer series.

With three nights spent in the Xakanaxa region of the Moremi Game Reserve, guests can expect to see herds of elephant, buffalo and lechwe along with the accompanying predators.

The Khwai Community Concession allows for more flexible activities including night drives, game walks and mokoro excursions. The concession is home to good populations of lion and leopard as well as cheetah and African wild dog.

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Duration

This is a nine night safari


Starts

Maun, Botswana


Ends

Maun, Botswana

Destinations

Moremi Game Reserve
Khwai Concession


Accommodation

Fully serviced en-suite mobile camping

Day by Day Itinerary
On arrival at Maun International Airport you will be met by a representative from Helicopter Horizons and assisted onto your chartered helicopter flight into the Okavango Delta. You will fly to the Xaxaba Airstrip where you will be met by your Letaka Safaris guide and transferred to camp by boat. From the helicopter you could see large mammals including African elephant, buffalo and lechwe as well as hippopotami in the water ways.

The Letaka Tented Camp is situated on the banks of the Boro River in the Moremi Game Reserve and during your safari you will explore this incredible environment both by boat and by foot. Today you will explore the area by boat and might see smaller game as well as expecting to see a variety of birdlife including raptors in the riparian fringe (African fish eagle, Gabar goshawk, Shikra, Little sparrowhawk and Tawny eagle), other birds common along this route include most of Botswana’s hornbills including Red-billed, Southern Yellow-billed, African Grey, Bradfield’s and the Southern ground hornbills. A large number of other species are also present including water birds such as the African jacana, Lesser jacana, Pygmy goose, Little Bittern And a variety of Lapwing species.

During the exploration days you will explore the area both on foot and by boats as well as conducting night sky exploration with your specialist guides. This safari explores the south-western portion of the Moremi Game Reserve along the Boro River which is one of the delta’s most important waterways flowing into the Thamalakane River and onto the Boteti. The area contains a variety of habitat including open floodplains, marshes, papyrus fringed channels as well as woodland and savanna.

You can expect to see Red lechwe and impala alongside the river with large herds of buffalo moving through the area. These herds are often accompanied by prides of lion. Elephant and hippopotamus are often seen next to or in the waterways. The area is rich in birdlife with African Rail, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Black Coucal*, Red-chested Flufftail, African Crake, Black Crake, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule to name but a few. The open waters attract African Skimmer, Saddle-billed Stork, Yellow-billed Stork, Intermediate Egret, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle as well as the globally threatened Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane seen.

Following an early morning breakfast you will be transported back to Maun. This journey will take e three to five hours along the winding waterways of the Okavango with a stop on an island for tea and coffee. You may also opt to take a helicopter flight back to Maun (minimum 2 pax).
During the exploration days you will explore the area both on foot and by boats as well as conducting night sky exploration with your specialist guides. This safari explores the south-western portion of the Moremi Game Reserve along the Boro River which is one of the delta’s most important waterways flowing into the Thamalakane River and onto the Boteti. The area contains a variety of habitat including open floodplains, marshes, papyrus fringed channels as well as woodland and savanna.

You can expect to see Red lechwe and impala alongside the river with large herds of buffalo moving through the area. These herds are often accompanied by prides of lion. Elephant and hippopotamus are often seen next to or in the waterways. The area is rich in birdlife with African Rail, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Black Coucal*, Red-chested Flufftail, African Crake, Black Crake, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule to name but a few. The open waters attract African Skimmer, Saddle-billed Stork, Yellow-billed Stork, Intermediate Egret, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle as well as the globally threatened Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane seen.

Following and early morning breakfast you take a slow drive through Moremi Game Reserve north-east towards the Khwai Community Area.
Habitat: The Manuchira Channel is known as the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity. The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. We pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo.

The western mopane veld is home to mostly breeding herds of elephant whilst the eastern reaches of Khwai is home to some impressive old bulls. The mature bulls revel in the cool waters of the Khwai and are far more approachable while drinking and bathing than the breeding herds. The river has an unusually high density of hippo as well as some huge crocodile. Leopard, cheetah, serval and lion are common predators along this route and both Xakanaxa as well as Khwai are included in the home ranges of 2 different packs of wild dog. General game includes southern giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, tessebe and red lechwe with roan and sable antelope being less common residents.

In the mopane woodlands African Hawk-Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Little Sparrowhawk, African Harrier Hawk and Shikra are common raptors. Mixed bird parties move through the canopy and include Red-headed Weaver, Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Neddicky, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Chin-spot Batis, Diederik Cuckoo* to name but a few. The verges of the swamp form breeding grounds for the Rosy-Longclaw, Black Coucal*, Long-legged Bustard and the African Crake*.

During the exploration days you will spend your time between the dry-land habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannas and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai. Time permiting you may visit the lagoons and waterways of Xakanaxa where the largest heronry in southern Africa exists. The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. The safari spends the following two nights camping at an exclusive campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot as well as by mokoro and enjoy an up close and personal encounter with Botswana’s flora and fauna. It is important to note that night drives and guided walks are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area.

The Khwai region boasts excellent populations of both bull elephant as well as breeding herds. Lion, leopard, serval and African wildcat are common predators of the region with wild dog and cheetah being less common. Buffalo use this area seasonally with large herds moving in during the summer rains. The swampy areas in the west are home to red lechwe. Other ungulates include tsesebe, blue wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, sable antelope, roan antelope and impala.

Truly one of Botswana birding Mecca’s. The western reaches are prime habitat for the uncommon Rosy-throated Longclaw. The entire length of the river is hunting domain for the Bat-Hawk. Other interesting raptors here are Cuckoo Hawk (rare), Long-crested Eagle and Black Sparrowhawk. More commonly Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Lesser-spotted Eagle*, Martial Eagle, Bateleur and African Hawk-Eagle. The waterways host Africa Rail, African Crake, Greater Painted Snipe, Allen’s Gallinule*, Lesser Jacana and Lesser Moorhen.

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip on a game-drive for your charter flight back to Maun.

RATES FOR NINE NIGHT DELTA MIRACLE MOBILE SAFARI

Date
Rate
Remarks
19 to 28 June 2017
USD 4540
Maun – Maun
6 to 15 July 2017
USD 5830
Maun – Maun
11 to 20 July 2017
USD 5830
Maun – Maun
24 July to 2 August 2017
USD 5830
Maun – Maun
3 to 12 August 2017
USD 5830
Maun – Maun
17 to 26 August 2017
USD 5830
Maun – Maun
11 to 20 September 2017
USD 5830
Maun – Maun
LETAKA SAFARIS SERVICE LEVELS
Morula Service Level
Fully Serviced Tented Safari

Letaka Safaris use tried and tested walk-in wilderness tents (3 x 4m). These tents have a separate en-suite bathroom with long drop facilities and bucket showers, with water heated to order. Each tent has a veranda to the front.

Tents are lit with oil or paraffin lamps on the veranda and bathroom, but for safety an LED rechargeable light is provided in the tent.

Visit the Okavango Delta

At Okavango Delta Explorations we specialise in crafting safaris to this unique ecosystem.

Call John Gibson today on +44 1264 73 60 80
or email us at info@okavangodelta.com

Enquire Now