Set off to discover many of the major highlights of an epic wildlife holiday to Northern Botswana, one of Africa's greatest safari destinations, joined by like-minded people on this exclusive Rainbow Tours Botswana Group Tour.
Accompanied by your professional guide, wade through the immense Okavango Delta ecosystem, situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world, where animals gather in vast herds seeking water in the dry season. Scour the Moremi Game Reserve, one of the most beautiful and varied reserves found on the African continent, boasting huge concentrations of wildlife, truly spectacular game viewing opportunities and incredible scenery.
The tour continues through Chobe National Park, renowned as is one of Africa's finest game sanctuaries. The park itself encompasses a wide variety of diverse habitats offering extreme contrasts and is home to a breath-taking variety of animals and birds. Some of the largest herds of wild African elephant and buffalo are found here.
This group tour stays in custom built Meru Styled tented accommodation, with proper linen bedding and all meals included.
Day 1 Today you will take your overnight flight to Maun via Johannesburg.
Day 2 Today you will be met on arrival at Maun Airport. Once you've met the rest of your group and you guide, the adventure begins as you set off for the Moremi Game Reserve, travelling through pretty scenery and stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch en route. Your arrival at camp will be arranged to include plenty of time to sip sundowners in the deep orange glow of your first Botswana sunset. Spend the first 2 nights camping here in the Xakanaxa region, on the banks of the Khwai river deep in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Day 3 Today your search for the big game properly begins: both morning and afternoon game drives will introduce you to this unique delta ecosystem and get you up close to whichever animals are in the area at the time. Bush guides put their refined tracking skills to good use and ensure all trips are filled with amazing encounters with animals, big or small. The morning starts early (at about 5 am) to meet around the campfire for coffee, tea, and a light breakfast so that you can catch the landscapes and wildlife hunting or moving at first light: during the midday heat the animals are less active, often relaxing in the shade. Your second game drive takes place in the late afternoon as the temperatures begin to drop and activities in the game reserve resume.
Day 4 After an early breakfast today, you and your tented camp (neatly packed away by the camp guides and porters) head for Khwai, stopping en route for lunch. Once you arrive, your camp is set up on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve, where the Khwai River meets the Community area. This afternoon take to the waters that define the region and enjoy a two-and-a-half hour mokoro journey (traditional wooden canoe) to explore the winding riverways and drift leisurely between the reeds. Khwai is the most eastern reach of the vast and impressive Okavango River system. This tour spends three nights camping in this region.
Day 5 As you are just outside the Moremi Game Reserve, your safari drives are not restricted by national park rules. This means you're able to enjoy both day and night drives here. As night falls, head out to explore the landscape by torchlight and by the light of your vehicles. You are offered the unique opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that you would not normally see during the day, like porcupines, bats and nocturnal birds.
Day 6 Continue your adventure here and explore by 4x4 vehicle, mokoro canoe and on foot with experienced walking safari guides. The birdlife and wildlife here are known across the world for its phenomenal abundance. If you're interested in wildlife photography, the best time of the day to set out with your camera is in the early morning: catch the wildlife in the 'golden hours' of natural light while they're active, as most animals retreat to the shade during the heat of the day.
Day 7 Today you'll head further north to Chobe National Park, where you will spend the next 3 nights camping in the Savute region. Chobe is one of Botswana's most game-rich parks and, in a country with immense wildlife populations, this is no mean feat. From April to November, game migrates to the Chobe river in search of a water source, followed of course, by large prides of lion. The Savute region is a remote corner of the Chobe area, dominated and regenerated by the increased water flow of the Savute Channel and drawing large numbers of wildlife.
Day 8 Explore the desert-like landscapes of Savute and search for big game with a 4x4 game drive. For the last 30 years, Savute has been an extremely dry area until recently when the Savute Channel began to flood the Savute Marshes once again. The region has been known for wonderful elephant and lion interaction as they always return in the the few drops of water that remain in the waterholes.
Day 9 Continue your search for herds of elephant and prides of lion today as you traverse some of the varied landscapes that Botswana has to offer, from the waterways of the river to the dry sections of marshland. Later in the afternoon, head out in search of the animals that awake from their day's slumber and gather at watering holes to quench their thirst.
Day 10 Today your journey continues further north, deeper into Chobe National Park, where you will spend 2 nights camping in a wilderness camp near the Chobe River. As one of the best places in Botswana (and actually, all of Africa) to spot massive herds of elephant, travelling in large groups, these families make up a total population of around 50,000 elephants. Explore the Riverbank and floodplains with a series of game drives.
Day 11 Today you will embark on an afternoon boat cruise, gently slipping through the winding waterways and moving along the Chobe River. This gives you the amazing opportunity to see wildlife from another angle and get up close to thirsty buffalo. Keep your eyes open for crocodile and hippo that inhabit the water.
Day 12 Today you will be transferred back to Kasane Airport where you will fly back to Johannesburg for your flight to Heathrow. (or speak to one of our specialists to book an extension to the Victoria Falls.)
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