BEST OF BOTSWANA FAMILY SAFARI
This twelve day mobile Botswana family lodge safari begins with two nights in the Delta, exploring this region by boat. From there you will visit some of the best wildlife areas of northern Botswana.
You’ll explore the world famous Moremi Game Reserve, as well as the Savute area of the Chobe National Park, ending with one night in the wildlife-dense Chobe Riverfront area, before moving on to the magnificent Victoria Falls.
You’ll experience the luxury of being in Botswana’s best wildlife havens, while having the flexibility and excitement that comes with a fully serviced, comfortable mobile safari. Self-sufficient and self-contained, mobile camping is the ultimate safari experience.
Day 1 – 3 OKAVANGO DELTA (fully serviced mobile camp)
Upon your arrival at Maun Airport you will be met by your private English speaking professional guide who will accompany you for the first 8 days of your tour. After a brief introduction, you will be escorted to your private open game drive vehicle and transferred together with your luggage by boat(s) to begin a Delta waterway adventure. Light snacks and tea/ coffee will be provided along the way into the Okavango Delta.
Described as “the jewel of the Kalahari”, the Okavango Delta is a tranquil and isolated oasis set in Botswana’s harsh, arid desert, and is widely considered to be one of Africa’s best safari destinations with its special diversity of fauna and flora.
Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth, the Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive, and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique, as it is one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests of the Delta offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species. The elusive sitatunga antelope has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and many others call this Eden home. The Okavango Delta is an unforgettable experience, with many small water channels, islands and floodplains. Elephants, buffalo, lechwe, giraffe, hippo and crocodiles are common visitors to the interior of the Delta and make for exciting viewing from the boats.
You will spend two nights in a mobile camp, and explore the landscape and waterways by boat. Our mobile boating safari gives you full access to the Okavango Delta, exploring the famous Moremi Game Reserve, while staying on uninhabited islands along the way. We offer comfortable en-suite tented accommodation at private campsites which are located on just a few of the estimated 50,000 islands dotted all over the Okavango Delta. We navigate the channels on aluminium t-craft boats that have been constructed to the highest standards and powered by environmentally friendly 4 stroke outboard motors.
While doing a boating safari with us you will get to experience the Okavango Delta in all its glory. Opportunities abound for amazing bird sightings as well as sightings of hippos, elephants and some of the larger mammals that call this area home. For you and the kids, this opportunity will give you a uniquely unforgettable experience in a pristine and remote wilderness. Seasonally safe swimming areas make the warm afternoons fun for the whole family.
Day 3 – 6 KHWAI PRIVATE CONCESSION (fully serviced mobile camp)
Today after breakfast we will board our boat(s) and head south via the Delta’s channels to Maun, lunch en-route before departing Maun for our private mobile camp set up in a private area along the Khwai River, which is the Okavango Delta’s eastern outflow.
We will enjoy the next couple of days exploring the Khwai Concession with our days consisting of early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of various predators (such as lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyaena) antelope (such as impala, lechwe, reedbuck, tsessebe) and other game such as giraffe, zebra, etc and of course also the birds that inhabit this area. Hippopotamus are abundant in the streams and lagoons that make up vast areas of the Delta.
Upon return to our campsite around late morning, a delicious brunch will be served. Thereafter you have time to relax in/around camp. We will explore this area in great detail, which is sure to provide many unforgettable game-viewing experiences.
Your accommodation is a fully serviced mobile camp – tents with en-suite bathrooms, hot showers, chemical toilets, and high density matresses. These safaris have been designed in such a way as to ensure maximum comfort and respond to demands for freedom and security for any adventurous travellers.
The camp is set up with a mess tent, which includes a dining table and buffet table, and a coffee station which is available all day. The table for lunch and dinner is prepared by our camp staff with porcelain plates, glasses for water and wine, and metal cutlery.
The meals are prepared by our brilliant bush chefs on the fire and our menus include a variety of foods, including chicken, beef, pork and lamb, pasta, rice, potatoes, cooked and raw vegetables and fruits in season. Daily, our chefs prepare fresh bread and cakes for dessert and surprise birthday celebrations.
These safaris are organised with a minimum of two vehicles: one vehicle for passengers and the local professional guide, and a back-up vehicle for equipment, supplies and camp staff. The back-up vehicle departs before our clients, providing them with the required time to prepare the camp and meals before the clients arrive, where possible. Our staff efficiently ensure the cleanliness and order of the camp and the tents at all times, and they take down and reset the camp when you move from one place to another. In this way, our clients can relax when in camp and spend more time in search of animals and observing the flora and wild places of Botswana.
Day 6 – 8 SAVUTE & CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (fully serviced mobile camp)
On day six we have an early breakfast, before commencing a full day game-drive through the Mababe Area and the Southern Part of Chobe National Park to your second destination Savute, which is in southern Chobe National Park. This drive through the wild, can take between four and six hours depending on the animal sightings and photographic opportunities on the way. Picnic lunch will be served en route.
Day seven and eight will be spent exploring Chobe National Park, a dynamic wilderness, brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the dry channel that was once its lifeline. This is Savute, where mysterious wet and dry cycles mould the landscape and dictate the nature of its wild inhabitants. Currently it is dry, and wild dogs hunt in the channel where crocodiles swam only twenty years ago.
The Gubatsa Hills shelter leopard and klipspringer and rock paintings of early man’s wildlife sightings. During the arid winter months game viewing includes Savute’s resident bull elephants, antelope and lion prides, and black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, and kudu, abound.
The summer rains bring a feast for lion, hyena and cheetah as thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest assemble in a chaotic pattern on the marsh. Cape buffalo herds arrive and migrant birds swell Savute’s 300 resident species, thrilling bird-watchers with their spectacular antics.
Day 9 CHOBE RIVERFRONT (Bakwena Lodge)
Departing Savute, we make our way towards Northern Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square kilometres. This park has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its abundance of wildlife offers a safari experience of a lifetime.
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations, but the water attracts all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.
Bakwena Lodge is an eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River and comprises 10 chalets, one of which is a family unit and one a honeymoon suite with its own private pool. The rest are all either double or twin rooms, all situated under the shady canopy of Acacia trees, and each with a river view and surrounded by indigenous riverine bush. Built around both ecological and traditional African principles, each chalet offers laid-back luxury with its own raised deck overlooking the river. Built-in daybeds offer ample opportunity to absorb the changing moods of the Chobe.
Each chalet has an interior bathroom opening onto an outside garden with an outside shower – to shower under an African night sky surrounded by the sounds of the bush is a must-do experience that cleanses and energizes both body and soul.
Bakwena offers its own game drives and boat cruises, but also offers a host of other activities from daytrips to Victoria Falls or mokoro (dugout canoe) rides in Namibia, to sedate bicycle tours around the friendly village.
Day 10 VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE (Batonka Guest Lodge)
After your morning activity on day 10 you will be transferred through the Botswana and Zimbabwe border to Victoria Falls and to your lodge.
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the famous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the Falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
Just 2.2 kilometers from the Victoria Falls Rainforest entrance and 1km from the town centre, Batonka Guest Lodge is situated in the quiet residential suburb of Victoria Falls.
There are 22 rooms, each with bathroom en suite and a balcony, all on ground level and overlooking a beautiful garden. Communal facilities include indoor and outdoor dining, a bar, a comfortable lounge, and swimming pool.
Day 11 SAFARI ENDS
On day 11 you will be transferred to the airport after breakfast.
This safari is suitable for children from the age of 3 years and up.
Price on request – based on family size.
Price on request – based on size of family
8 nights camping on full board basis in en-suite tents
1 night at Bakwena Lodge on a fully inclusive base
1 night at Batonka Lodge on a B&B base
All meals, all soft drinks, mineral water, local beer & wine in Botswana
Game drives and sunset cruise In Botswana
Airport and border transfers (Maun and Kasane)
All park entrance fees in Botswana
Vehicles (Toyota Land Cruiser 4 x 4)
Services of a qualified English-speaking safari guide
Back-up team (3/4 staff members: chef, driver, camp manager + back-up vehicle)
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