Northern Botswana Highlights Safari

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Run by: Rainbow Tours

Reference number: ITN-BWA012

From: £3825.00

Highlights of Botswana in a full serviced mobile safari with en-suite tents, exploring the game rich Moremi Game Reserve, fringes of the Okavango Delta and the famous Chobe River front.

This small group trip, usually run with maximum of 9 participants runs Maun to Kasane and v.v. with regular departure dates staying in private camp sites.

Highlights include mokoro boat trip and light aircraft flight in the Okavango Delta and boat cruise of the Chobe River.

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart from London Heathrow on overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 2 On arrival early morning, connect onto onward flight to Maun in Botswana. Light aircraft flight into the Okavango Delta where your guide awaits, for your 3 nights camping in the Xakanaxa region. Days are filled with morning and afternoon game drives, this area is very well known for its predator sightings and excellent birding.

Day 3 Explore the Moremi, through the vast open flood plains to the papyrus fringed channels, with the variety of habitat comes diverse and varying wildlife. Moremi is one of the best wildlife reserves in Africa for seeing wild dog in particular. Lion are often seen as are huge heard of buffalo. Look out for the Red Lechwe, a very unusual antelope that is found here.

Day 4 Not only is the wildlilfe amazing but so is the birdlife, the waterways are lined with Yellow- Billed Stork, African Fish Eagle and Goliath Herron you may be lucky enough to see the threatened Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane.

Day 5 Depart in a north easterly directly for the Khwai Community Area, journey will take about 3-4 hours, depending on what is seen en-route, for a 3 night stay with AM & PM game drives stretching into the evening where the spotlight offers the opportunity to see some nocturnal animals and Hippo's.

Day 6 Here you will have the opportunity to do walks as well as activities by Mokoro, the traditional dug out canoe's used to explore the winding waterways. This area is well known for Elephants, Lion, Leopard, African Wild Cat and Seval. Look out for the less seen Tsesebe, Sable and Roan antelope.

Day 7 You will move between land and water activities. Being outside of the Moremi Game Reserve itself means that walking and night drives are possibility. There are also many big birds to look out for including the Bateleur, Martial Eagle and the African Hawk Eagle.

Day 8 Continue north to the Savuti Marsh, which takes about 4-5 hours, for a 3 night stay to explore the area by game drives and the chance to see some of the many bushman paintings in the area.

Day 9 This area is well known for its Lion and Elephant interactions. The Savuti is not totally flat, it has large outcrops of Volcanic rock that reach up out of the Kalahari Sands. The Savuti Marsh has always been a great attraction as the channel links up with waterholes making a great meeting point for wildlife when in need of water.

Day 10 The Savuti Marsh is a birders paradise. Look out for the Steppe Buzzard, Tawny Eagle and Black -cheeked Waxbill, to name a few!

Day 11 Early departure for the Chobe River with picnic lunch en-route, journey taking about 5 hours in time for your onward return overnight flight to London Heathrow via Johannesburg Would suggest you continue to the Victoria Falls or an extra few night in the Chobe or perhaps start with a desert experience in the Kalahari / Makgadikgadi.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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