Project Description

GENUINE BOTSWANA

8 Days & 7 Nights | Botswana

Chobe River, Khwai Community Area & Okavango Delta

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HIGHLIGHTS

GREAT FOR

Families – Down-to-earth, no-fuss camps

Honeymooners – Great value for money option

Photographers – Excellent option for first-time wildlife photographers

AVAILABLE ACTIVITIES

Game drives

Night drives

Mokoro rides

Nature walks

Birding

Canoeing

Boating

Cultural tours

BEST TIME TO GO

High Season:  July to October

Green Season:  November to June

OVERVIEW

Down-to-earth camps, no-fuss destinations and three big-hitting safari destinations: this itinerary has a lot to offer without a similarly big price tag. In addition to the wildlife and game drives, it also has more of a cultural aspect as two of the camps are near villages, giving you a taste of everyday life in Botswana.

At the start you’ll be boating on the wide Chobe River, midway you’ll be exploring Khwai and end off in the great wilderness of the Okavango Delta.

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THIS ITINERARY WAS DESIGNED BY JOANNE

I lived in Botswana’s safari capital – Maun – for seven years where I worked as everything from a camp manager to a travel agent. Being in the epicentre allowed me experience innumerable lodges first-hand and understand how the Okavango’s fluctuating levels affect your safari.

TRIP SUMMARY

DURATION

7 Nights / 8 Days

DESTINATIONS VISITED

Chobe River, Kasane

Khwai Community Area

Okavango Delta

ACCOMMODATIONS VISITED

DAILY ITINERARY

The drive from Kasane Airport to Chobe Elephant Camp will give you a taste of what’s to come as you pass road signs alerting motorists of elephant crossings and see villages like Kachikau and Ngoma.

The view from CEC, as it’s known, is over the Chobe River to neighbouring Namibia. Each day, your guide will take you to explore Chobe National Park. A stand-out experience is sundowners on the water watching a panoply of wildlife like buffalo, ellies, hippos, crocodiles and aquatic birds.

Why we love Chobe Elephant Camp Camp:

  • Afternoons at the sun-drenched swimming pool
  • Being among the first through the Ngoma Gate of Chobe National Park
  • Cultural exchange with villagers of the Sibuya tribe
  • Unique sandbag construction is cosy in high season and cool in green season
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It’s back to Kasane for the flight to Khwai Airstrip before you settle into Sango Safari Camp in the Khwai Community Area. This is a unique region where community members own and build lodges to be part of the safari world: Sango is named after a local family.

Sango’s position allows you to explore Khwai and Moremi Game Reserve, which is known for strong predator sightings. Today may be the day you see a postprandial leopard snoozing in the bough of a leadwood tree…

Why we love Sango Safari Camp:

  • A small camp that is perfect for groups to take over
  • Cool down in the elevated pool, overlooking the floodplain
  • Night drives in the Khwai Concession to find nocturnal animals
  • High-season mokoro trips to appreciate the uniqueness of the Delta
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Goodbye Khwai and hello Okavango! You touch down at Santawani and drive through the Delta to the awesomely named Rra Dinare or ‘Father Buffalo’. Buffalo are solid, stable and calm – much like their namesake camp, which comprises comfortable tents.

This is one of the very few areas in Botswana with a slim chance of seeing rhino so keep your eyes peeled. Even if you don’t spot the rarest member of the Big 5, the prolific other game more than makes up for it.

Why we love Rra Dinare:

  • Seasonal mokoro rides across the Gomoti floodplains
  • A welcome digital detox away from email and the Internet
  • Watching elephants munch mopane trees – their favourite snack
  • Private vehicle to explore the Santawani Concession with a tracker team
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If there is time, you might be up early for a last morning game drive at Rra Dinare, perhaps looking for unusual antelope like roan, sable or eland. If not, you can savour breakfast overlooking the Gomoti River before heading back to the Santawani Airstrip for your flight to Maun.

From Maun, you can connect to flights taking you south where the desert of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers the amazing experience of seeing extraordinary animals specially adapted for the arid conditions.

INCLUDED

  • All activities specified
  • All transfers specified
  • Private vehicle if booked (extra cost)
  • All meals, drinks and sundowners
  • Laundry

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Items from the safari shop
  • Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance, tests and vaccinations where stipulated
  • Tips / gratuities

PRICE IS IMPORTANT

This itinerary is here to inspire you and prices may change due to availability, season and the year that you plan to travel.
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