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    $1680 p/p in USD
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Moonstroll Vantage Expeditions

  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
Destinations

Destinations

Botswana,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

This 8-day safari is perfect for those who wish to explore Botswana’s very best wilderness areas in a limited time. Starting in Maun and ending in Kasane, it offers great value for money, and takes in the wilderness destinations of the Okavango Delta, Moremi/Khwai Concession Areas and Savuti as well as Chobe National Park. Explore on game drives searching for diverse animals and birds at the same time absorbing the sounds and beauty of the African wilderness. The safari adventure ends with a boat cruise on the stunning Chobe River to view Chobe’s flora and fauna from a different perspective.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Birding Safari, Camping Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Khwai Concession
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Big Five, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Red Lechwe, Puku, Tsessebe, Impala, Roan, Sable, Antelope
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Mokoro, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk, Birding
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle, Mokoro
  • Start/end:
    Start in Maun, end in Kasane
  • Minimum age:
    7

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,680 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation, meals & drinks
  • The services of a professional guide
  • Vehicles and fuel
  • Bush/game walks & mokoro excursions
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Camping and associated fees
  • Entrance fees
  • Poler fees
  • Tourism bed levy

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Activities not mentioned and included as part of the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature including, but not limited to, hotel extras, laundry, phone calls and meals not included
  • Staff gratuities
  • Travel & medical insurance

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Moonstroll Vantage Expeditions
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Moonstroll Vantage Expeditions‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

You will be collected in Maun and head to the Okavango Delta to meet with experienced mokoro polers. The Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s last great unspoiled wilderness, is situated in the northern reaches of Botswana. It is a vast ecosystem created as the Okavango River spills over onto the shifting sands of the parched Kalahari Desert when then fans out to form the Okavango Delta, a 16 000 square–kilometre wilderness of papyrus swamps, shallow reed beds and fertile floodplains, dotted with islands and laced with a network of channels and lagoons.

You board your mokoro around 0800 hrs and will silently be poled along the Okavango Delta’s quiet waterways to one of its many islands where you will set up camp for two nights. You will set off on foot at this island as soon as the heat of the day relents on your first safari walk within the Okavango Delta. Expect to encounter a fantastic variety of large game during these safari walks such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras and more.

Wake up early morning for a light breakfast and set off with your guide for your a safari walk in the Okavango Delta. Return to camp and wrap up your morning excursion having immersed yourself within the spirit of African adventure. You will then be silently poled along the quiet waterways of the Okavango Delta back to the mokoro station for pick up by your safari guide. Board your safari vehicle and make the journey northwards to Moremi Game Reserve for a two-night stay.

Contained within an area of approximately 3900 square kilometers, Moremi boasts diverse ecosystems including floodplains, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands, riparian forests, riverine and mopane woodland, thus making it one of the prime game viewing and bird watching areas of the world. You have two nights at a wilderness campsite to marvel at this exceedingly diverse reserve that offers an untouched wildlife experience. Your days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is famous for.

Wake up this morning to a very early breakfast before heading into Moremi for your morning game drive. In the mopane scrub, look out for large herds of African elephants while in the waterways keep an eye out for pods of hippo and on the open plains large herds of the Cape buffalo. You will also be looking out for the elusive African wild dogs, lions and leopard as well as raptors such as the mighty martial eagle, tawny eagle, majestic African fish eagle and the incredible aviator–the bateleur – and many others. In the afternoon you will set off once again in your safari vehicle for more birding and game viewing. Return to camp just before sunset to have a shower and thereafter enjoy a campfire cooked dinner.

You will wake early in the morning for some breakfast and thereafter take a slow game drive through Moremi as you head northeast towards the Khwai Concession for a one night stay. The Khwai Concession, which is about 1800 square kilometres large, is situated in the northeastern Okavango next to Moremi Game Reserve. Khwai is undoubtedly one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. It’s home to prolific wildlife, a varied ecosystem dominated by a patchwork of lagoons, grasslands, permanent flood plains and large areas of Mopane woodland forests, and is predator–rich with lion, leopard, serval and African wild cat. Other resident species include elephant, buffalo, zebra, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, hyena and various other nocturnal species. In the afternoon you will go for a game drive and watch the sunset unfold over the Khwai River.

Today, following an early breakfast, you will go for your morning game drive and follow the Khwai River’s watercourse weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. Later you leave the Khwai Concession and travel northeastwards to Savuti Game Reserve for a two night stay.

Savuti is known for its predators, both big cats (lion, leopard and cheetah) and birds of prey –raptors, vultures and all manner of birds of prey that soar over Savuti’s landscape in search of food. Perhaps the strangest phenomenon of all about Savuti is the 100 kilometre Savuti Channel, which at times will stop flowing and remain dry for years at a stretch. When the Savuti Channel recommences its flow, it changes the entire ecosystem, transforming the Savuti Marsh and Mababe Depression into wetlands and thus creating an oasis that provides water for thirsty wildlife herds and acts as a magnet for a profusion of water birds.

You wake up early in the morning to freshen up with some hot water in the face basin. This is followed by a light breakfast of some coffee, tea, rusks, cereals and bread. After breakfast you head out for your morning game drive to explore the Savuti and its marsh. The Savuti Marsh is a vast expanse of grasslands dotted with dead acacia trees, creating an intriguing, almost ghost–like landscape. You will return to camp around midday for lunch and some siesta time.

Another point of interest in Savuti is the Bushman rock paintings, thought to be well over a thousand years old. These are paintings of giraffe, elephant and eland. If time permits, we will pay these rock paintings a visit. In the afternoon you head out for your afternoon game drive and return to camp just before sunset. Dinner will follow before you turn in for the night to rest or discuss events of the day around the camp fire.

Wake up early morning for a light breakfast and shortly thereafter you leave on a slow game drive around Savuti and travel northeastwards to Chobe National Park for a one night stay. Your journey to Chobe will take you through the mopane scrub of the Goha clay basin, across some sand ridge country and through the Zambezi teak woodlands of the Chobe Forest Reserve. You will arrive at your campsite in the early afternoon.

The Chobe National Park covers approximately 11900 square kilometers and encompasses floodplains, swamps and woodland. It is one of the best places to see and photograph roan and sable antelope while puku antelope occurs nowhere else in southern Africa but on the Chobe floodplains. Meanwhile the massive herds of buffalo that inhabit Chobe are constantly flanked by the ever hungry lions of the Chobe.

Wake up early this morning and enjoy breakfast prepared by your chef before exploring Chobe National Park on a game drive as the sun rises. The highlight today will be a boat cruise on the Chobe River, the chance to experience the wildlife of Chobe from a different perspective – you might get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles and a mind-boggling array of water birds.

Our safari ends around mid-morning in Kasane where you will be dropped off at your hotel or Kasane Airport for your onward travel.

Note: Transfers to Victoria Falls can be arranged at an extra cost

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