Botswana is one of the most sought-after self-drive safari destination in Africa, and with the limited access and high expense the country is sure to maintain its position as a preferred self-drive safari destination. Botswana is rich in unique landscapes teeming with some of the best wildlife that Africa offers. This itinerary will take you to Kubu Island in the Makgadikgadi Pans, the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, and Savute in the Chobe National Park. The Savute area borders the Delta to the west and Chobe National Park to the east and is one of Africa’s best-known big game areas. Savuti is a place of enchantment, of beauty, and boasts one of the greatest concentrations of animals in Southern Africa. This is a camping safari although the group will spend the first night in the chalets at Sebe Sebe, a privately owned game reserve on the banks of the Limpopo river and close to the Stockpoort border post with Botswana. We will enter Botswana and drive via Lethlekane for Kubu Island in the Makgadikgadi Pans where we will spend the first night under Botswana stars………..“The real Botswana starts here”. We will enjoy the sunrise at this picturesque rocky outcrop covered with the most spectacular baobab trees. It is a nature photographer’s dream and we will spend ample time exploring the island before leaving via Planet Baobab, a few kilo’s west of Gweta, for Maun. (Planet Baobab is home to one the funkiest pubs in Botswana).
On arrival in Maun, we will pitch camp at Island Safari Lodge. There is a beautiful pool, pub and restaurant. If there is a demand, we can organize a 40-minute scenic game flight with a light fixed-wing aircraft over Chiefs Island and the Okavango swamps. Guests will have the opportunity to stock up with fuel, ice and some last-minute shopping before the depart via Shorobe and the Buffalo Fence for the Moremi Game Reserve – The Jewel of Africa – in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The Moremi forms an integral part of the Okavango Delta, comprising swamped areas and dry land. It is the prime tourist destination in Botswana. Moremi is a prime wildlife area where elephant, hippo, lion, buffalo, giraffe and most other game thrive. We will stay in campsites in the Moremi for four nights. Daily activities will include 4X4 game drives, a sunset boat cruise on the waterways of the Okavango Delta, bird watching, brunches in the bush, sundowners and unforgettable nights around the campfire.
From the Moremi Game Reserve, we will leave for Savuti in the Chobe National Park on our way to Kasane. I can not imagine that this desolate, harsh landscape was once submerged beneath an enormous inland sea. The Savuti channel also started to flow again after many years and it is a spectacular sighting to find Saddle Bill Storks on the Savuti Marsh and to hear the call of Fish Eagles in the Campsite. The Savuti area is one of the most photographed areas in the whole of Botswana and many of the Africa Wildlife Videos (Derek and Beverly Joubert’s “Eternal Enemies” and others) where filmed here. The area covers almost 5,000 sq.km northern Botswana and we will stay over in Savuti Camp for two nights.
The road to Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane will take us through the Magwikhwe Sand Ridge, the Mababe Depression and the most beautiful teak forests. We will camp in their lush green campsite on the bank of the Chobe River for the next three nights. From there the group will do a morning game drive in the Chobe National Park with their own vehicles and a three hour sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. The Chobe is proud and very famous for its abundance of elephants – the highest concentration to be found anywhere in Africa. Chobe is also famous for its huge herds of buffalo, for its rich bird life and, not least for its exquisite sunsets.
Andre van Vuuren Safaris plan to offer two safaris to Botswana and the Okavango Delta in 2020. Reservations in the Parks are complicated and because of the popularity of the campsites in the Moremi and Savuti, we need to make reservations way in advance. There will be one safari in April/May and a second one in September/October.
Please contact Andre van Vuuren on 082 935 7405 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to confirm your booking.
The cost will be R 10 350 per person sharing and covers all accommodation and park entry fees. This is based on 14 people and 7 vehicles and is subject to change.