Botswana Wildlife Safari
Maun – Victoria Falls
- Okavango Delta
- Victoria Falls
Botswana’s Green Season is all about the prolific game & birdlife…
We are very excited to have joined forces with our Botswana partners, Safari Guide Services (SGS) to bring this much awaited exclusive safari in search of some of the best wildlife in Africa if not the world.
We are going in the green season when the rains transform the brown winter landscape into a lush green wonderland. Full-leafed acacia trees cast deep, cool shade over rolling green lawns; flowers leap up out of the sand, and crusty salt pans turn into shimmering wetlands full of honking waterbirds. The clean-washed air makes colours richer and deeper and the cloud-stacked sunsets are more intense.
Wildlife is looking fit and healthy. Young offspring born in November and December are still small and it will be a treat to see this new life especially in Savute and Chobe areas.
Bird watching is at it’s best as migrant species from Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa are in abundance. Even non-birders will get caught up in the excitement.
You will enjoy traditional safari ambience in classic tented camps and lodges into some of Botswana’s remote private reserves. So join Tom and Sylvia Grove along with our expert wildlife local guide Alex Leatamo this March.
1 Arrive in Maun
You will arrive in Maun in the early afternoon. Tom and Sylvia, directors of Coates Wildlife Tours will meet you at the airport and you will be transferred to the Royal Tree lodge to relax and recover from your journey.
Accommodation: Royal Tree Lodge http://royaltreelodge.com DB
2-4 Maun – Moremi
After breakfast this morning we will lbe transferred back to Maun airport and meet Moremi Air who will fly us by light aircraft into the heart of the Okavango Delta.
Over the 3 days here we will go game viewing in traditional small boats called ‘mokoros and take guided walks on Chief’s Island. There are no game drives due to the deep Delta, Island location. This part of the Okavango is typical wetland and the scenery varies from grassy flood plains dotted with large termite mounds to well developed mopane forests and riverine woodland; from meandering streams to large open lagoons; from small islands fringed with palms to larger islands with forests of sausage and ebony trees.
Moremi Crossing, being a water based camp offers a wide variety of animal and bird species, walks on Chief’s Island give you the opportunity to get a better view of not just the big animals but the smaller insects and birds that contribute to the Okavango’s vast ecosystem. Game which has been spotted on walks has been Lion, Leopard, Wild dog, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Buffalo, Red Lechwe and many more. On the mokoro’s you get to see the water birds like African Jacana’s, African Fish eagles and if you look carefully you will see the Malakite Kingfishers darting between the reeds, there is also a chance that your guide will find the rare Pel’s Fishing owl.
Our luxury permanent camp commands one of the most stunning positions in the Okavango Delta and a great place to relax after your long journey from Australia.
Accommodation: Moremi Crossing Camp BLD
5 Moremi – Savute
Today we will be transferred by light aircraft from Moremi Crossing Camp to Savute airstrip where we will be met by our SGS Africa mobile guides who will drive us to our own private mobile bush campsite in the national park, which has already been set up for us. This is the authentic camping safari experience in large Tents allowing a comfortable yet rustic private safari. After lunch and freshening up we will go on an afternoon game drive to explore your new surroundings.
Our game drives here will be in open 4WD’s. The tents have full beds and thick camp mattresses for extra comfort with an adjoining ensuite bathroom with long drop toilet and bucket shower. This is fully serviced so no guest participation is required.
Savute is one of contrasts; from the open plains of the Savute marsh to the acacia and appleleaf woodlands. While it is famous for predators, it also plays host to a wide variety of antelope and birds species.
Accommodation: Our own private camp http://sgsafrica.com/mobile-safaris/ BLD
We have 2 days to explore Savute. An early start in the morning with a break in camp during the heat of the day for lunch and a rest, then back out in the afternoon ensures the best chances of seeing plentiful game. Savute is renowned for its wildlife viewing. The marsh in Savute is typical grassland surrounded by Acacia bush and stony outcrops. Savute is famous for its lone elephant bulls, lions and hyaenas as well as the zebra and wildebeest migrations. Other game one can hope to see include: giraffe, tsessebe, warthog, black-backed jackal, leopard, cheetah, bat-eared fox, impala, wild dog, kudu. The Savute Channel; which has been dry for over 30 years also began to flow in 2010 again and as such has transformed Savute Marsh into a wonderful destination for scenery, wildlife and birding. You can also visit bushmen’s hill where old rock paintings can be found.
Today we say good bye to the SGS team at Savute airstrip and fly from Savute to Kasane airport ( approx. 45 min flight). We will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Muchenje Lodge, 1 hour drive on a tar road through the park to the Lodge arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon you can go on a grame drive explore the lodge or sit back and enjoy the views overlooking the Chobe Floodplain.
It is one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the whole of Botswana, if not all of Africa! Northern Chobe is famous for its huge elephant & buffalo herds, puku, kudu, Chobe bushbuck and hippo as well as diverse bird life. One could also hope to see: lion, leopard, wild dog, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, impala.
On Days 9 and 10 enjoy a choice of game drive and relaxing at the lodge or full day out with boat cruise and game drive. Accommodation:
Muchenje Safari Lodge http://new.muchenje.com BLD
11-12 Victoria Falls
We will be driven from Chobe to the Botswana/Zimbabwe border (approx 1 hour drive). You will then be transferred onto Victoria Falls Ilala Lodge in the heart of Victoria Falls town within easy walking distance of the Falls. (drive about 1 hour from border).
On Day 12 you can visit one of the largest waterfalls in the world at your leisure. Victoria Falls is also home to a myriad of activities including boat cruises and African market shopping. (All activities at additional cost and can be organised at the Victoria Falls activities desk).
On Day 12 there will be a special afternoon sunset cruise and farewell dinner by the river.
Accommodation: Ilala Lodge http://www.ilalalodge.com B + D Day12
13 Depart Victoria Falls
Transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your onward travel arrangements. B
NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.
6th – 18th March 2017 – Date Fully booked, please enquire for upcoming dates
- Meal as per itinerary
- Fully escorted tour
- 13 days of naturalist guide
- Meet and greet at Maun Airport
- Twin share accommodation in tented camps, mobile safari camp, lodge and hotel
- Porterage on arrival
- Game viewing & activities as per itinerary
- Tipping on tour
- National Park Fees
- Internal flights and ground transport
- Complimentary laundry service at Moremi Crossing camp & Muchenji Safari Lodge
- Porterage on departure
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