Botswana Wildlife Safari
Maun – Victoria Falls
- Central Kalahari
- Okavango Delta
- Chobe Game Reserve
- Victoria Falls
Botswana’s Lush Green Season is all about the prolific game & bird life…
The green season is Botswana’s most productive and colourful time offering natural experiences travellers would miss during the dry busy tourist season.
Alex Leatamo, our Botswana wildlife expert will lead us into some of Botswana’s remote private reserves when the wildlife is looking fit and healthy. There’s an explosion of new life as the young offspring are still small and it will be a treat to watch their comical and endearing antics as they learn to face life.
Botswana is committed to small-scale eco conscious travel and in keeping with that ethos we will stay in small traditional safari classic mobile camps and lodges with a minimal footprint on the land and wildlife.
We charter flights between safari locations to maximise your time and comfort by avoiding the long drives over rough dirt roads. The views from the air are also pretty amazing.
Intermittent showers in the Kalahari mark a time of dramatic change with arrival of migrating wildlife. High concentrations of game and expansive open vistas allow some of the best cheetah viewing in southern Africa. This is also the best time for photography in the Kalahari, where clouds and rainbows provide dramatic backdrops to your wildlife images.
The wetland system with grassy plains and pans of the Okavango Delta is also superb for wildlife viewing. Huge herds of elephant are common as are zebra, girrafe, leche, waterbuck, impala and hippos just to name a few.
Chobe National Park is one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the whole of Botswana, if not all of southern Africa. Our lodge overlooks the Chobe flood plain within the Chobe Forest Reserve with wonderful views of the Chobe River, Caprivi Strip and the seasonal flood plains.
Bird watching is also 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.
Our adventure ends with the last 2 nights at the majestic Victoria Falls.
We will only be taking up to 12 travellers so you will enjoy unimpeded views and intimate wildlife encounters not to mention the personalised service from our Botswana naturalist leaders.
Days 1 – 3 Maun – Central Kalhari Desert
You will arrive at Maun Airport. Tom Grove, managing director of Coates Wildlife Tours along with representatives from SGS and Moremi Air will meet you at the airport. You will then board your light aircraft flights to Tau Pan in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The flight is about 60 mins depending on which planes will be used. On arrival at the desert airstrip you will be met by Alex Leatamo and your SGS guides and drive to the desert lodge. After a cool drink and orientation enjoy relaxing in camp or a short afternoon game drive and sundowner near Tau Pan. In the evening Alex will give a short welcome chat about the itinerary ahead before you sit down to the first nights dinner in the bush.
Tau Pan sits on top of an ancient sand dune ridge and commands amazing views over the Kalahari. The peace and quiet is astounding. From the camp you can enjoy game drives morning and afternoon and also a walk with your bushman tracker who will teach you how the San live of the land and survive in such harsh conditions. Desert species found in the Central Kalahari include oryx, springbok, the elusive brown hyena, bat eared fox and the black maned Kalahari lions.
Accommodation: Tau Pan Camp – http://www.kwando.co.bw/tau-pan – Day 1 – D Days 2 & 3 – BLD
Days 4 – 6 Central Kalhari Desert – Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta
On Day 4 you will fly from the Kalhari to Xakanaxa airstrip in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. Here you will driven to your private bush camp. After freshening up at your new camp and enjoying lunch and an orientation chat you can go on a short game drive to explore your new surroundings.
On Day 5 you have the whole day to explore Moremi Game Reserve on a morning game drive and an afternoon boat cruise through the channels of the delta. During the heat of the day you can enjoy lunch and a siesta in camp.
On Day 6 there will be a full day trip to the Eastern side of the Moremi Game Reserve with a game drive to the mokoro area and then 2 hours game viewing in traditional small boats called “mokoros” before a packed lunch in the bush and game drive back to camp.
Moremi is the protected extension of the Okavango Delta and offers a typical wetland system with grassy plains and pans surrounded by well-developed mopane forests and riverine woodland. Huge breeding herds of elephant are common as are lechwe, waterbuck, impala, hippos. One can also hope to see buffalo, giraffe, bushbuck, lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, black-backed and side-striped jackal, zebra, wildebeest, tsessebe, bush babies, fruit bats, sable, kudu, roan, steenbok, duiker, honey badger.
The birdlife includes water birds as well as dry land birds.
Accommodation: SGS private mobile camp – http://sgsafrica.com/mobile-safaris/ – BLD
Days 7 – 9 Okavanga Delta – Chobe
On Day 7 you will say good bye to the SGS mobile camp team at Xakanaxa airstrip and fly to Kasane airport (approx. 60-90 min flight). Upon arrival in Kasane you will be met by representatives from Muchenje Lodge and drive 1 hour on a tar road through the park to the Lodge arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon activity.Muchenje Safari Lodge provides some of Botswana’s finest safari accommodation, in Chobe.
Situated on the western edge of the Chobe National park, Muchenje offers unique, prolific game experiences. This is one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the whole of Botswana, if not all of Africa!
Accommodation is in twin/double chalets overlooking the Chobe floodplain and activities include game drives into Chobe National park, a boat cruise on the Chobe River and nature walks.
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 Day 8 enjoy a choice of game drive and relaxing at the lodge or full day out with boat cruise and game drive.
On Day 9 there will be a private tour of the biodiversity centre in Kasane followed by a lecture on current conservation and environmental issues in the Chobe area. After lunch back at Muchenje you can enjoy an afternoon game drive or village tour.
Accommodation: Muchenje Safari Lodge http://www.muchenje.com – BLD
Days 10 -11 Chobe – Victoria Falls , Zimbabwe
On Day 10 you will say goodbye to Alex and will be driven from Chobe to the Botswana/Zimbabwe border by the Muchenje Lodge crew departing at about 10.00am for about an hours drive.
Upon arrival at the border about midday you will be transferred by Wilderness Safaris Ilala Lodge in the heart of Victoria Falls town within easy walking distance of the Falls. (the drive is about 1 hour from the border). Accommodation is in deluxe twin ensuite rooms.
On Day 11 you can visit one of the largest waterfalls in the world at your leisure. Victoria Falls is also home to a myriad of activities for the energetic traveler or for those who just want to relax, including bungee jumping, white water rafting, boat cruises and African market shopping. (All activities at additional cost and can be organised at the Victoria Falls activities desk). There will be afternoon sunset cruise and dinner by the river as a fare well. Drinks is a cash bar for dinner.
Accommodation: Ilala Lodge – http://www.ilalalodge.com – Day 10 – B Day 11 – BD
Day 12 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.
28th February – 11th March 2018
- Meals as per itinerary
- Fully escorted tour
- 10 days of naturalist guide
- Meet and greet at Maun Airport and airport transfer to Victoria Falls Airport
- Twin share accommodation in mobile safari camp, lodges 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 Tau Pan & Muchenji Safari Lodges
- Porterage on departure
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“Alex was exceptional in every way and went well beyond the call of duty in every respect. His good humour, energy and interpersonal skills made for an exceptional experience” – J Verrier
“The Botswana tour was magnificent – all that I could have hoped. I really enjoyed the structure of the tour with the variety of accommodation types, and although not a camper, I found that experience quite good – despite the rain. I thought the boys did an amazing job with the food at the mobile camp. It was good to meet Tom, and our guide Alex was superb. Thank you for stitching together such a fantastic trip.” – M Anderson
“The more often I talk about the trip with you the more I realise how very much I enjoyed it and how much I absorbed. You gave me much happiness and that is the greatest gift of all so thank you.” – E Letts