Botswana Wildlife Safari

DAYS
10
Style
Accommodated
EX
Maun – Kasane
From
USD $8,855.00

OVERVIEW

Next Tour: 22nd - 31st March 2025
Zebras of BOTSWANA-Coates Wildlife Eco Tours

Highlights

  • Enjoy twice daily game drives to observe the abundant wildlife.
  • Fly to the Okavango Delta for a three-night stay at Rra Dinare.
  • Explore the Delta on game drives and, depending on water levels, enjoy a mokoro excursion.
  • Spend three nights at Splash Camp in the Okavango Delta.
  • Experience three nights in Chobe National Park, renowned for its biological diversity.
  • Stay at Muchenje Safari Lodge, offering stunning views of the Chobe River, Caprivi Strip, andseasonal floodplains.
  • Enjoy a private cruise on the Chobe River, ideal for birding enthusiasts.

BOTSWANA’S LUSH GREEN SEASON IS ALL ABOUT THE PROLIFIC GAME & BIRD LIFE…

During the green season, Botswana transforms from a dry winter landscape to a vibrant, lush wonderland. The full canopies of acacia trees offer refreshing shade over rolling green expanses, and flowers burst from the sandy terrain. Salt pans, once dry and crusty, become shimmering wetlands teeming with waterbirds. The air, washed clean by rain, enriches colours and intensifies the dramatic sunsets adorned with towering clouds.

The wildlife thrives during this time, with young offspring born in November and December adding to the spectacle, especially in the Okavango and Chobe regions. It’s an ideal season for photography in Botswana, where dramatic skies and rainbows provide stunning backgrounds for capturing wildlife.

Birdwatching reaches its peak as migrant species from Europe, Asia, and other parts of Africa abound. The excitement of spotting these birds captivates even those not typically inclined towards birding.

To optimise your experience, we arrange charter flights between safari destinations, avoiding long drives on rough dirt roads and offering breathtaking aerial views of the landscape.

You’ll stay in traditional safari settings, with classic tented camps and lodges nestled in Botswana’s remote reserves, ensuring an authentic safari ambience.

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Extended Trip Details

Itinerary

Day 1 - 3

Maun - South Eastern Okavango Delta - Rra Dinare,

On Day 1, you will arrive at Maun airport and be met by your Coates Wildlife Tours escort, a rep from Moremi Air and Kwando. You will then board your light aircraft flights to Rra Dinare on the Southern
border of Moremi to begin your safari adventure. Set in a private 272 km2 concession adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve on the south-eastern side of the Delta, Rra Dinare overlooks the Gomoti River and its flood plains, which attract plentiful game and bird species. The flight takes about 30 minutes, depending on the planes used. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by your Rra Dinare guides and driven to the camp. After a cool drink and orientation, enjoy relaxing in camp, watching wildlife grazing on the floodplain or a short afternoon game drive and sundowner. In the evening, your Kwando guide will give a short welcome chat about the area before you sit down to your first dinner in the bush. On Days 2 and 3, you have 2 whole days to explore the southeastern Delta, including following the Gomoti River and looking for animals coming down to drink, as well as grassland and woodland areas. During the day's heat, you can enjoy lunch and a siesta in camp. If the flood waters have reached the Gomoti River by Feb/March time, which is primarily dependent on the rainfall and direction that the flood waters take, it may also be possible to enjoy a peaceful mokoro trip on the waterways of the Gomoti on one of your days here. Accommodation is in 9 ensuite tents on decks with beautiful views over the grassland in front of the camp. Southern Moremi offers a typical wetland system with grassy plains and pans surrounded by well-developed mopane forests and riverine woodland. Large breeding herds of elephants are common, as are lechwe, waterbuck, impala, and hippos. One can also hope to see buffalo, giraffe, bushbuck, lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, black-backed and side-striped jackal, zebra, wildebeest and tsessebe. The birdlife includes water birds as well as dry land birds. Accommodation: Rra Dinare Camp https://www.kwando.co.bw/rra-dinare Day 1 - D, Day 2 & 3 - BLD
Day 4 - 6

Splash Camp, Kwara Private Reserve, Okavango Delta Day

On Day 4, you will board your light aircraft flight from Rra Dinare to Splash Camp in the heart of the Delta. The Kwara Reserve sits to the North of the famous Moremi Game Reserve. Its unique location boasts permanent water, seasonal flood plains, and extensive dry bush wilderness. Favoured by labyrinths of permanent water channels and secret islands, this area offers the perfect delta experience. On arrival at the airstrip, your Splash guides will meet you and drive to the camp. After a cool drink and orientation, you can enjoy lunch and a siesta before heading out to explore the area on a game drive. Accommodation is in ensuite tented chalets on decks. On Days 5 and 6, you have two whole days to explore the area around Splash by morning and afternoon game drives or enjoy water-based activities to see your surroundings from a different perspective. Experience a peaceful mokoro trip, looking at birds and frogs and learning about the area from your mokoro poler or enjoy a boat cruise on the permanent channel where you might find the very elusive sitatunga. During the heat of the day, after a delicious brunch, you can relax in camp and see what comes to drink at the water hole or cool off in the swimming pool. Characterised by open grassland areas, woodland stretches and permanent water areas, the area is a haven for all sorts of wildlife. Large breeding herds of elephants, such as lechwe, waterbuck, impala, and hippos, are common. One can also hope to see buffalo, giraffe, bushbuck, lion, wild
dog, leopard, cheetah, black-backed and side-striped jackal, zebra, wildebeest and tsessebe. The birdlife includes water birds as well as dry land birds. Accommodation: Splash Camp https://www.kwando.co.bw/splash BLD
Day 7 - 9

Muchenje Lodge, Chobe National Park

On Day 7, you will say goodbye to the Splash team at the airstrip and fly to Kasane airport
(approx. 60 min flight). You will arrive in Kasane and be met by Muchenje Lodge, then
drive 1 hour on a tar road through the park to the Lodge, arriving at Muchenje Lodge in
time for lunch and an afternoon activity. Muchenje Safari Lodge provides some of Botswana's finest safari accommodation in Chobe. One of Africa's most beautiful rivers, Chobe, supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unmatched in Botswana. Chobe National Park covers approximately 11,700 sq km and encompasses floodplains, swamps, and woodland. On the western edge of Chobe National Park, Muchenje offers unique, prolific game experiences. Accommodation is in twin/double chalets overlooking the Chobe floodplain. Northern Chobe is famous for its vast elephant & buffalo herds, puku, kudu, Chobe bushbuck and hippo, and diverse bird life. One could also hope to see a lion, leopard, wild dog, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, and impala. On Day 8, enjoy a half-day boat cruise on the Chobe River, returning to camp after a packed lunch. In the afternoon, you can relax with an incredible view or have a short sundowner game drive. Timings and boat cruise departure location TBC depending on flood levels. On Day 9, a morning game drive will be followed by a conservation talk before lunch. In the afternoon, you can join a village tour and visit to learn more about the surrounding community area. Accommodation: Muchenje Safari Lodge http://www.muchenje.com BLD
Day 10

Kasane - Home

Today marks the end of your Botswana safari. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kasane International Airport for your flight home or onward travel. B

NOTE: the above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

availability

Places available on 22 March 2025 departure

Inclusions

  • Included
    • Fully escorted tour
    • Meals as per itinerary                                              (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
    • Twin-share accommodation in camp chalets, safari camp and lodge
    • Porterage on arrival
    • Meet and greet at Maun Airport
    • Nine days with a local naturalist guides
    • Game viewing & activities as per itinerary
    • Tipping on tour
    • National Park Fees                       
    • Internal flights and ground transport
    • Selected beverages-non premium brands where indicated in accommodation information
    • laundry service at all accommodation
    • Porterage on departure

Trip Reviews

Please click here to read ‘12 Days in Botswana‘, a short recap of Patrick Bates’  visit to Botswana and his experience on tour in 2020.

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