Okavango Wildlife Safari

“OKAVANGO WILDLIFE SAFARI” is an Eleven-day non-participation & fully serviced  safari that takes in all that the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park offers. From the start of the safari on the banks of the Zambezi and crossing the Caprivi Strip, to the first days spent on the enigmatic Okavango River on a Houseboat and a day where guests can experience the resonant atmosphere of spirituality that inhabits Tsodilo Hills. A fantastic flight into our remote camp in Moremi, to the remarkable Game-viewing that the inscrutable Savuti Channel offers, with the last few days spent alongside Chobe River watching Elephants, to the Safari’s end at the splendid Victoria Falls. From recollections of first few nights spent out in the unique water wilderness of the Okavango Delta, to the moonlit sands of Savuti… these images all combine to leave indelible memories of spectacular wildlife, of nights passed on //Kabbo Houseboat listening to the flow of the Okavango and the tinkling of Bell Frogs… and of evenings spent around a campfire under the constellation of the Southern Cross.

Tour costs start from US$2900-00 pp.
Tour code: WO

BRIEF ITINERARY

Days 1 & 2: Depart Livingstone and drive to Okavango Delta (B, L, D)

Days 3: Depart Houseboat, drive to Maun (B, L)

Days 4 & 5: Fly to the Moremi region, Moremi Game Reserve (B. L, D).

Days 6 & 7: Nature drive/ transfer to the Savuti region, Chobe National Park (B, L, D).

Days 8 & 9: Nature drive/ transfer to the Chobe River region, Chobe National Park (B, L, D).

Day 10: Nature drive and then transfer to Zambezi Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone (B).

Day 11: Arrangements end after Breakfast

DETAILED ITINERARY

Starting point of safari is Waterfront Lodge in Livingstone at 07h00 Day 1

Day 2: //Kabbo Houseboat, Okavango Delta

Tonight we board //Kabbo Houseboat, based on the serene waters of the Okavango River. Guests depart Livingstone by road transfer (07h00) and we cross into Namibia over the Zambezi River at Sesheke Bridge or Kazungula.After customs and immigration formalities, we make our way westwards, before driving into Botswana and the town of Shakawe, which is situated on the banks of the Okavango River. //Kabbo is a San Bushman word which is a loose translation meaning “To dream”. The Houseboat operates in the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta, Northern Botswana. This area is recognized as being amongst the quietest and most peaceful in the Delta, due to its remoteness. Indeed, there are only a handful of permanent camps and boats operating in this wilderness area – which makes it ideal for our discerning guests.

(L,D) En-Suite Houseboat Cabin,//Kabbo Houseboat, Okavango Delta

Day 2: //Kabbo Houseboat, Okavango Delta

//Kabbo (the // denotes a specific click ), has tender boats which assist in the activities offered. The activities available include bird-watching, boat safaris and an optional visit to Tsodilo Hills. Tsodilo Hills is a World Heritage Site and are about 50km southwest of Shakawe ,in dry, bush-covered and softly undulating landscape. The site consists of four hills that rise abruptly, to about 400m, from the dry expanse of Bushveld. Having been inhabited for about 30,000 years, they’re one of the world’s oldest historical sites. The Hills are home to more than 4,000 San Bushman paintings – probably the world’s most important collection of rock art – perhaps even more remarkable is the resonant atmosphere of spirituality that inhabits Tsodilo Hills. Several walking trails provide helpful routes around the painting sites. Among the interesting paintings are paintings of whales and penguins that suggest contact between the San and other peoples.

(B,L,D) En-Suite Houseboat Cabin,//Kabbo Houseboat,Okavango Delta

Day 3: Maun, Sedia Riverside Hotel

Today we take quick and early drive out of the Okavango Panhandle and journey and journey south-east into the frontier town of Maun, to our hotel which has a pleasant eating area with a welcome swimming pool. The afternoon is at leisure at the Hotel, which is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Lunch and Dinner are at guests own expense.

(B,L) Sedia Riverside Hotel, Maun

Day 4:Khwai River North-Gate, Moremi Game Reserve

A Wilderness Dawning representative will assist with your transfer from Sedia Riverside Hotel to Maun Airport and onto a shared light aircraft, for an exciting flight to Moremi. Your guide will meet you at the airstrip we take a leisurely drive to our private Campsite in the Khwai River area of Moremi Game Reserve. This region’s diversity of animals is truly astounding. Moremi was proclaimed a conservation area in 1964-the result of this foresight is that Moremi is quite rightly been rated as one of the best game-viewing areas in the world.

(B,L,D) Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve. Fully-Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

Day 5: Khwai River North-Gate, Moremi Game Reserve

Today is spent on early morning and afternoon game drives. Your guide will generally spend maximum time on game-drives, depending on what is seen, trying to cover as much area as possible. The result of this is guests are given the best chances of seeing a variety of wildlife-although there is of course, that obligatory siesta during the hottest part of the day !

(B,L,D) Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve.Fully-Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

Day 6: Savuti, Chobe National Park

We leave Moremi & the Khwai Bridge to the northern bank of Khwai River before making our way to Chobe National Park. Due to the fact that none of Botswana’s wildlife areas are fenced, game can move freely between these two wilderness areas. Hippo, Elephant and sometimes Lion are often found on this route. Moving through the Mababe depression, we relocate to Savuti where we camp in the region of the flowing Savuti Channel. Game viewing this afternoon takes place along the fringes of the marsh and surrounding water holes. The area is best known for large populations of Bull Elephants-and Prides of Lion that patrol the banks of this enigmatic channel.

(B,L,D) Savuti, Chobe National Park.Fully-Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

Day 7: Savuti, Chobe National Park

We again we have the opportunity to spend many hours on morning and afternoon game drives, and time dependent, an opportunity to climb one of the hills to see San Bushman paintings, an indication that this area has always drawn those who have an affinity to the wilderness. Savuti is unique and the special opportunity of exploring this area always remains with our guests for a long time afterward

(B,L,D) Savuti, Chobe National Park.Fully-Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

Day 8: Serondella area, Chobe National Park

We journey north toward the Chobe River ,the second biggest river in Southern Africa (Zambezi in the largest).Chobe River is home the world’s largest Elephant herds; large numbers of big game such as Buffalo, Hippo and Lion can be seen here. Our private campsite is on a Teak forested dune that overlooks this beautiful river. Gamedrives are taken in the afternoons and mornings to find the remarkable variety of species that are drawn to this permanent water source.

(B,L,D) Serondella Area, Chobe National Park.Fully-Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

Day 9: Serondella area, Chobe National Park

After an early start, we take a slow drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, where we can find Chobe Bushbuck and Puku Antelope. The sheer variety of animals, in abundance, make this region a must-see for any wildlife enthusiast.In the afternoon, guests might choose to go on an optional afternoon boat cruise along the Chobe River-perhaps the last river where one has a fair chance to see Lion and Elephant, Leopard or Wild Dog from the unique viewpoint of a boat.

(B,L,D) Serondella Area, Chobe National Park.Fully-Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

Day 10:Victoria Falls, Livingstone-Zambia

We have a leisurely start this last camping morning and say fond farewells to our efficient back-up and camp crew after breakfast.We head eastwards on a last gamedrive to the exit-gate at Sedudu Valley. From there it is a short drive to Kazungula Border Post, where your Safari Guide will ensure that your transfer back to Livingstone is seamless, before leaving to lead another safari.This afternoon can be spent exploring one of the truly magnificent sights on earth-the wonderfully beautiful Victoria Falls-300 feet high and over a mile wide! Witness the power of nature as an average of 550000 tons of Water thunders into the Zambezi Gorge every minute. Optional activities and Victoria Falls Entrance at guests own expense. Overnight is usually at the Zambezi Waterfront. Please note that the entrance fee to Victoria Falls is not included within this safari.

(B) Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone-Should guests wish to start or end their Safari in a Lodge or Hotel other than The Zambezi Waterfront (the last night which is included within the cost of the safari), this can be arranged. Alternative accommodation and transfers can be to any of the establishments in the towns of Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). An extra cost applies

Day 11: Victoria Falls, Livingstone – Zambia

After breakfast the safari arrangements end. Before proceeding with onward arrangements, guests might want to partake in the numerous optional activities that are available in this adventure capital!

(B)

While we endeavour to ensure the itinerary runs as advertised, Wilderness Dawning reserves the right to change this due to unforeseen circumstances or external influences beyond our control. E&OE

Included:

  • Use of specially modified 4×4 vehicles.
  • Professional Guide and Back-Up Crew.
  • All camping on a serviced basis in private campsites.Tents with En-Suite Facilities
  • Camping equipment.
  • Meals as specified (B-Breakfast,L-Lunch,D-Dinner).
  • Local Mineral Water,Soft-Drinks, Wine & Beers while camping
  • Accommodation on a shared basis.
  • Botswana National Parks and Game Reserves entrance fees.
  • Open Vehicle Gamedrives in all National Parks and Reserves.
  • Lodge accommodation Maun(Day 3) and Livingstone (Day 10).
  • Scheduled flight Maun-Moremi (Seat Rate)

Excluded:

  • All airfares.(Flight from Maun to Moremi Day 4 is included)
  • Optional activities in Maun and Livingstone
  • Any gratuities, any personal expenses, visa fees, departure taxes.
  • Entrance fees Victoria Falls.
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory).
  • Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers.