- 7 Days from$2375 p/p in USD
- DeparturesYear Round
Guided, Small Group
Camping, Mid Range
This 7-day tour is an ideal option for those who want to combine a mobile safari with a stay at one of Botswana’s luxury lodges. During the mobile safari enjoy memorable bush experiences; a flight over the Okavango Delta, exploring by mokoro, night drives and walking trails. A charter flight from Maun takes you over the sparkling blue channels of the Okavango Delta to the Xakanaxa area of Moremi Game Reserve. The first three nights are spent exploring the Moremi Game Reserve before moving on to Khwai. Your safari ends with another scenic flight over the Okavango back to Maun or on to your lodge destination.
- Safari types:Camping Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
- You will visit:Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Concession
- Wildlife:Birds, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Wild Dog, Red Lechwe, Puku, Tsessebe, Impala, Roan, Sable, Serval, African Wildcat
- Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Mokoro, Boat Cruise, Light Aircraft
- Getting around:Transfer Vehicle, Light Aircraft
- Start/end:Start in Maun, end in Maun
- 3 nights Letaka Tented Camp, Moremi Game Reserve
Activity guide: Game drives, charter flight
- 3 nights Letaka Tented Camp, Khwai Community Area
Activity guide: Game drives, night drives, guided walks (seasonal), mokoro excursion
Optional Safari Extensions
Popular requests include the Makgadikgadi Pans, Kasane and Livingstone.
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,375 – Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec departures
From USD 3,360 – Apr, May, Jun, Nov departures
From USD 3,950 – Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct departures
- Luggage – there is a limit of 20kg in soft bags including hand luggage on all charter flights included in safaris. Passengers over 100kg or with excess luggage may have to purchase an extra seat on the charter plane – please inform us when booking if this is applicable
- Minimum age – on scheduled departures it is 12 years old (any age can travel on private departures)
- Minimum/maximum group size – all safaris are guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 7 guests
- Single supplement – please check with Letaka Reservations as this varies depending on the season and availability
- Surchages – rates will be subject to surcharges if fuel prices increase and/or park fees increase
- Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds and bed linen, with a private bathroom en-suite
- Services of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle
- Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles plus activities; game drives, night drives (Khwai only), guided walk (seasonal – Khwai only), mokoro (dug out canoe), Maun-Moremi & Khwai-Maun seat rate on fixed wing**
- Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves
- All meals and drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) whilst in Letaka Tented Camps
- All park/concession fees
- 12% VAT
- All flights unless otherwise indicated
- Items of personal nature
- Staff gratuities
- Optional safari extensions
- Any drinks at lodges or accommodation other than Letaka Tented Camps
- Travel Insurance
Day by Day Overview
After your arrival at Maun International Airport you will be met by Mack Air for your charter flight at approximately 14h00. Fly to Xakanaxa airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve where you will be met by your guide.
If you are staying in Maun prior to the safari, please request an airport transfer, Mack Air will liaise with your accommodation the day before to confirm the flight departure time. Alternatively, if you are coming from one of the many safari lodges, you can organize to fly directly into Xakanaxa Airstrip with the lodges preferred charter company although we do request that these flights land only after 12h00 in order for our guide to be there to meet you.
Spending our first three nights camping in the Xakanaxa region, we explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day.
Wildlife: From the air only the larger animals are seen easily. These include large breeding herds of African elephant that live in the mopane scrub. On the open plains large herds of buffalo and lechwe can be seen and in the waterways rafts of hippopotami are a common sight. Once you land in Xakanaxa the smaller game can be found.
Birding: A good day for raptors with African Hawk-Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, Little Sparrowhawk, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Tawny Eagle, Lesser Eagle* and Steppe Eagle* all inhabiting the mopane and adjacent woodlands. Other birds common along this route includes most of Botswana’s hornbills including Red-billed, Southern Yellow-billed, African Grey, Bradfield’s and the Southern Ground Hornbills. A large number of brood-parasites may also be seen. Diederick Cuckoo*, Levaillant’s Cuckoo*, Jacobin Cuckoo*, Great-spotted Cuckoo*, African Cuckoo*, Common Cuckoo*, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Pin-tailed Whydah, Eastern Paradise Whydah, Greater Honeyguide, and Lesser Honeyguide.
Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp
Activities: Game drives, scenic flight
Habitat: Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast stands of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. As a result of the extremely variable habitat the diversity of both wildlife and birdlife is excellent.
Wildlife: Moremi is amongst the best game reserves in Africa for viewing the endangered African wild dog. Xakanaxa is home to a resident herd of several hundred buffalo whose range covers the territories of at least four prides of lion which may often be seen flanking the ever moving herd. Breeding herds of elephant move between their browsing areas in the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. Red lechwe are one of the more unusual antelope species and commonly found here.
Birding: The swampy areas of Xakanaxa are home to 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.
Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp
Activities: Game drives
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.
Wildlife: 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 two 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.
Birding: 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*
Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp
Activities: Game drive and night drive
Habitat: We spend our time between the dry-land habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannahs and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai.
Wildlife: 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.
Birding: 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), Longcrested 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*.
Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp
Activities: Game drive, walking safaris (conditions permitting) and night drives and mokoro excursion
After breakfast we take a game-drive to the airstrip where you will be met by your charter flight back to Maun. Should you be flying on to a safari lodge, you can fly directly out from Khwai Airstrip to avoid returning to Maun. Please request that the lodge’s preferred air charter company collects from Khwai Airstrip prior to 14h00. This marks the end of your safari.
*Denotes migratory species
NOTE: Although we make every effort to adhere to schedules and itineraries, these are subject to change subject to weather, roads, and animal movements and availability. You will be notified of any changes.</em