Starts any day. January to December9 days from $6195.00
Arrive Maun, Botswana to Okavango Delta
Welcome to Maun and Botswana. You are met upon arrival at the Maun Airport, and then transferred to the airstrip for your flight to your safari camp in the Okavango Delta region. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the many activities – including game viewing by motor boat or mokoro (dugout canoe) where you can watch the elephants bathing and mammoth hippos emerging from the water. (L,D)
The Okavango Delta consists of a multitude of main channels, smaller tributaries and lagoons, as well as floodplains, islands and mainland areas. The permanent swamp includes groves of wild date palm, swathes of papyrus, islands fringed with forest, and lagoons covered with floating water lilies. The expert Eagle Island Camp guides help you explore the flower and fauna of the delta by foot along the walking trails, by boat on the canals, and by air safari. A spectacular and scenic game-viewing helicopter journey is included in your camp stay. (2B,2L,2D)
Okavango Delta to Moremi Wildlife Reserve
This morning board a shared light aircraft for a flight to the eastern region of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Wildlife Reserve – a designated 1160 sq. mile protected wildlife area. The reserve is a network of rich waterways that surround two large landmasses, containing a diverse ecosystem of woodlands, wetlands, floodplains, and dry savannah. Your lodge camp is adjacent to the reserve, the Khwai River, and nestled on the edge of a leadwood and fig tree forest. Known for its large concentration of mammals, your camp puts you in the perfect place to view elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Take an afternoon safari drive in an open-air Land Cruiser, and perhaps an after-dark spotlight game drive, to spot some of the nocturnal animals. (B,L,D)
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
The day is yours to relax and explore this wonderful region of Botswana. Game drives are available in the morning, afternoon and evening, and there are guided walking safaris that stroll along the Khwai River. You may also want to visit a local village to learn about the native culture and traditions. Tonight enjoy a stargazing presentation. (B,L,D)
Moremi Wildlife Reserve to Chobe National Park
This morning take a short flight north to Chobe National Park. Stay in the Savute Channel, in the heart of the park, and a diverse habitat and haven for wildlife. The highlight of this area is Chobe's animal migrations. Exhibiting the ancient patterns of time, the animals move following the available food and water in the district. During the rainy season (December-March), wildlife migrates to the open plains; then they return to the river areas during the dry season (April-November). At the Savute Elephant Camp’s watering hole, you can see massive herds of elephant and buffalo, and the prides of lion that hunt them, as well as many other predators such as the endangered wild dog, leopard, cheetah and hyena. Your luxurious tented accommodation is built on a raised teak deck - including an en-suite bathroom and a wonderful view of the water hole. (B,L,D)
Chobe National Park
Today enjoy another day to explore this amazing area full of animals and colorful birds. Often called the “elephant capital of the world,” Savute Elephant Camp offers excellent wildlife viewpoints. Stand along the dry Savute Channel to witness herds of elephants in their natural habitat. Game drives in open Land Rovers depart the lodge each morning and afternoon, giving you yet another way to explore this wildlife rich region. You can also take an excursion to view the historic San rock paintings hidden in the hills by early Bushmen. Tonight you may choose to dine in the open-air “boma” for an evening of traditional foods and spectacular vistas of the African night sky. (2B,2L,2D)
Depart Chobe National Park to Maun and Home
Enjoy your last hours in the Chobe, perhaps taking a final morning game drive, before boarding your small aircraft flight from Savute back to the Maun Airport. From there board your flight home or on to your next destination. (B)
Eagle Island Lodge, Okavango Delta
Hidden from the world, deep within Botswana's Okavango Delta, is Eagle Island Lodge. Situated on the island of Xaxaba and surrounded by Illala Palms, the lodge overlooks a surrounding lagoon fed by the tranquil waterways of the Delta. The area offers exceptionally high quality wildlife viewing with prolific birdlife and mammal sightings. Eagle Island Lodge offers open-air and covered dining, bar and lounge areas; viewing deck and the fully stocked Fish Eagle Bar; campfire and seating area; and an offsite bush dining venue. Facilities include large heated swimming pool next to the lagoon; curio shop; 24-hour emergency facilities; satellite phone on request; telescopes; laundry service; reference library of books and videos; and environmental flora and fauna checklists, talks and lectures. Built to blend into its environment, the camp enfolds you in a peaceful setting perfect for enjoying the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta. All luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom with his & hers vanity and hair dryer, fully stocked mini-bar, in-room safe, four-poster bed with mosquito netting and air-conditioning.
Khwai River Lodge, Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Khwai River Lodge is perfectly designed to blend into the surrounding environment. All luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as a discreet air conditioning. For your convenience, in-rooms safes are provided for the safekeeping of all cash, travel documents and other such articles.
Savute Elephant Camp, Chobe National Park
Situated on the Savute Channel, Savute Elephant Camp offers an oasis-type setting in complete luxury. The facilities include a heated swimming pool, built slightly into the riverbed; a boma or outdoor dining area; illuminated pathways; private outdoor leisure area; gift shop; library; environmental flora and fauna check lists; talks and lectures; and emergency medical evacuation service. Savute Elephant Camp offers a covered dining room and lounge area, fully stocked bar, campfire and seating area. Meals include early breakfast; brunch; light snacks, tea and coffee on morning activity; afternoon tea; drinks and snacks on afternoon activity; and dinner. The 12 twin-bedded luxury canvas tents, recently placed under thatch, are perfectly suited to the desert air and feature lavishly appointed en suite bathrooms and dressing areas. They also have private viewing decks and comfortable outdoor lounges overlooking the channel. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as a private fully stocked mini-bar, in-room safe, and four-poster bed with mosquito netting, as well as air-conditioning.