Ancient Wilderness: Camping Safari to Okavango Chobe & Victoria Falls
This 10 day Ancient Wilderness Safari Package is a non-participation mobile camping safari in the best wilderness areas of Botswana, catering for the adventurous African safari connoisseur. Includes flights ex/to Johannesburg.
Accommodation: Comfortable camping
Activities: Game drives, boat cruises and nature walks
Destinations: Maun, Moremi, Okavango, Khwai, Savute, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls
Seasonal: All year round but peaking in the dry season from June to October
Guided Mobile Safari from Okavango to Chobe
There are many ways of experiencing the legendary wilderness of Botswana but actually living and feeling the wilderness every day is surely the ultimate way of doing it. This African safari tour explores different aspects of a truly unique destination.
Dedicated staff will ensure a high level of comfort on this Ancient Wilderness Safari Package, enabling you to feel the dust in your soul without the discomfort. Meals cooked under the stars on an open fire taste extra special when eaten around the burning logs.
Game drives and boat cruises offer the best opportunities for you to discover the diverse landscapes and see wildlife. These activities ensure you experience the many highlights of this adventure. Your guides are all from Botswana, adding to the authenticity of this Botswana safari holiday.
Day 1: Johannesburg – Maun – Moremi Game Reserve
Upon arrival in Maun from Johannesburg you will be transferred by light aircraft to a pre-erected camp in the Xakanaxa area. Here you meet the staff who will be with you throughout your Botswana trip. There will be time for an afternoon drive to acclimatise yourself to your safari and to this spectacular area. You will return to the bush camp and relax while dinner is cooked on the fire.
Day 2: Moremi Game Reserve
Today is spent on a boat exploring the channels, lagoons and waterways of the Okavango Delta, spending time learning about the habits of the animals seen en-route. The area is rich in bird and plant life and your guide takes great pleasure in explaining all this to you.
There is a stop on an island for a picnic lunch, so you can relish this pristine wilderness, before continued exploration on the way back to camp. There will be time for an afternoon game drive looking for wildlife and predators that make this area so special.
Day 3: Moremi – Khwai North Gate
This morning you head east along the Khwai River. Enjoy one of the most scenic routes in Africa on a road that takes you through floodplains, past lagoons and under the canopy of riverine woodland to your next camp set up in the Khwai area.
The afternoon game drive allows you to see the beauty of the northernmost overflow of the Okavango, a place that is a lifeline for wildlife in the dry season. Dinner will again be enjoyed under the stars.
Day 4: Khwai North Gate
Today you head out early on a game drive to enjoy the wonders of this area, where wildlife is plentiful and predators abound. During the dry season this area is a haven for wildlife attracted to the life-giving waters of this spill-over of the Okavango. Forests and floodplains provide the ideal habitat for a great variety of species. You return to camp for brunch before time to relax in the heat of the day. The afternoon game drive will allow more time to explore the area before dinner.
Day 5: Khwai – Savuti
This morning you head north across the Mababe Depression before reaching the Savute area. As none of the wildlife parks in Botswana are fenced game moves around freely and there is the opportunity of game sightings all along the route. Your bush camp for the next 2 nights is set up in the Savute area which is renowned for its predators. The Savute channel has an interesting history and today wildlife gathers on the life-giving waters of what is often a dry sandy river.
Day 6: Savuti
Today you spend exploring the Savute area along the banks of the channel and on the fringes of the Marsh where wildlife moves in to drink and to graze on the green grass. This area has undergone tremendous changes in the past 2 years with the channel beginning to flow and flooding the once dry Marsh. It is a time of interesting behaviour as animals adapt to this new situation. Morning and afternoon game drives will ensure the area comes alive for you. Dinner again is cooked on an open fire and served under the stars.
Day 7: Savuti - Chobe River
After breakfast you head further north to the banks of the legendary Chobe River where Africa's greatest Elephant herds can be found during the dry season. Your private bush camp site is set up in selected areas to enhance the experience. The afternoon game drive along the floodplains of the Chobe River will awe you with the great numbers of game that concentrate along the water's edge.
Day 8: Chobe River
After an early morning wake- up call you head out on a game drive in search of the wildlife that makes this area famous. The morning is also a good time to view predators going about their business. Although the Chobe is known as a high density tourist area your guide will ensure that you stay as much as possible off the beaten path.
After the morning game drive you will have brunch at camp before relaxing in the heat of the day. You may choose an optional boat cruise on the river for your afternoon activity. This will allow you to get a unique perspective of the wildlife which come down to drink at the river.
Day 9: Victoria Falls, Livingstone
After a leisurely morning you say your goodbyes to the camp staff and cross the border into Zambia for your stay at Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is known as the adventure capital of Africa and there are a number of activities to choose from, but for those less adventurous a tour of this magnificent waterfall is a highlight.
Day 10: Livingstone – Johannesburg
Today you may have time for a last activity before you transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
Price list for Ancient Wilderness: Camping Safari to Okavango Chobe & Victoria Falls
Ancient Wilderness – Mobile Camping Safari
This mobile camping safari tour has scheduled departures during the year. Flights ex/to Johannesburg are included. The package is calculated for 2 people sharing a tent on tour.
The Mobile Safari tour starts in Maun and ends at Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. Your stay at Livingstone can be extended at the end of the tour. Please ask our consultants about the scheduled dates before you book your international flight to Johannesburg.
Rates are valid for 2012 / 2013 but may vary depending on the season and daily currency exchange rate.
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