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8 Nights Northern Botswana Mobile Camping Expedition

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Tour Details

This is s guided Mobile Camping Expedition safari specifically designed for those who want a break from the traditional lodge safari. For those who are looking for something different, authentic, real, an experience where they can see, smell, taste and feel Africa. This safari is for those who seek to feel Africa and not simply see it …
On arrival in Maun, kick off this epic journey by exploring the Moremi Game Reserve home to a magical mix of waterways winding between secluded islands, woodlands and lily-covered lagoons. Then proceed to the spectacular floodplains of the Khwai River which becomes a lifeline for wildlife as the African heat rises. Both areas are superb wildlife destinations attracting large concentrations of wildlife including the big cats. If you are still hungry for more wildlife spectacle, then visit the Savuti Game Reserve renowned for its big game and particularly its predators and witness lions and the hyenas battle for survival.

This is a serviced camping mobile safari which moves from location to location and where you have your own purpose-built safari vehicle and professional guide with accommodation in a walk-in ensuite meru-style tent complete with your own bucket shower and bush loo. There is the camp staff who attend to your comfort and is in charge of all camp’s duties such as erecting and dismantling the camp and a dedicated chef who prepares delicious meals cooked on an open fire.
This safari is perfect for couples, families or small groups looking for a privately guided Botswana authentic experience.

Summary of your Trip
  • Explore the wonderful mix of pans, floodplains, lagoons, grasslands, forests of acacia trees, savannahs and dense mopane woodlands.
  • Areas visited are the major highlights of the northern parts of Botswana and offer the ultimate wildlife safari experiences.
  • Witness wildlife actions as they happen - watch as leopard and cheetah sprint across the Savute Channel to settle supremacy issues
  • Spot all kinds of predators as well as other wildlife during on daily game drives in an open safari vehicle
  • Get close to wildlife for that perfect picture of a lifetime during boat cruises and scenic mokoro trips
  • Cultural Interaction when visiting the Khwai to learn about their daily life and customs
Price Includes
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Airport meet and greet on arrival
  • Your private safari guide and all game drives on a purpose-built game viewing vehicle
  • Your private chef, all meals, coffee, teas, fruit juices and water on safari
  • 8 nights camping in comfortable walk in Meru-style tents with twin beds. En-suite bathrooms with a traditional hot water safari bucket shower and bush loo
  • Experienced, licensed professional guide for the duration of your safari
  • Boat rides in the Delta
  • Applicable Park and camping fee
  • Bathroom amenities (soap, shampoo and insect repellent)
  • Okavango Air Rescue patronage/emergency satellite phone in camp
Price Excludes
  • International and Regional Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks (except fruit juice and bottled water during safari)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • All extra activities and excursions
  • Post safari Accommodation in Maun
Itinerary

Day 1Maun – Moremi Game Reserve

Welcome to Botswana! You will be met on arrival at the Maun international airport by our representative. After a briefing session and all questions related to your mobile camping adventure answered, you will be introduced to our Vehicle, from there depending on
your arrival time, your driver-guide will head towards Moremi Game Reserve (There is an Option of an Air transfer to the Okavango Delta – at an extra cost).
You will reach the Buffalo fence and enter through the South Gate of the Moremi Game Reserve and will drive up to Moremi campsite. By the time you arrive at the camp in Moremi, the crew has already set up the tents, so everything is ready and waiting. All that’s left for you to do is admire the wild surroundings and settle in.
This region of Botswana has no fences therefore, the wildlife roams freely around the vast wetlands of the Okavango Delta. As the camp is unfenced you will receive a briefing on the do’s and don’ts in the bush. Sit around the open fire and absorb the magnificence around you while enjoying a delicious Dinner and glass of wine under the stars while listening to the calls of the night. Then retire to your Semi-Luxury Tent and fall asleep in your comfortable camping bed.

Overnight: Moremi campsite
Meal basis: Dinner, fruit juice

Day 2 - 3Moremi Game Reserve

Rising at the crisp and crack of dawn you will wake up to the sounds of birdcalls, as you step out of your tent you will be greeted by friendly faces and a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee, you will have some time to refresh while your hearty breakfast is made. An essential part of your long day ahead before embarking on a game drive to capture the beauty of the morning light and the start of a new day in this untouched wilderness.
Moremi is the first game reserve in Africa that was established by local residents. Concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral lands due to uncontrolled hunting and cattle encroachment. This game Reserve covers much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and combines permanent water with drier areas, which creates some startling and unexpected contrasts. Some prominent geographical features of the Reserve are Chiefs Island and the Moremi Tongue.
After a few hours, you will stop at one of the boat stations and meet your river guide who will take you on a 2-hour Mokoro safari in the northeastern part of the Okavango Delta. Mokoros are the traditional style canoes used to navigate the watery Okavango Delta of Botswana. Glide on the tranquil waterways and lagoons in the untamed African bush, seat back and take in the wild environment, looking out for wildlife and birds as your guide stands in the back of your mokoro poling the vessel along.
After your mokoro excursion, you will continue your safari and make your way to several places of interest within the reserve such as major floodplains, waterholes, breeding areas for large animal herds etc.
Moremi is the home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, hyaena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe and African Wild dog.
For the following 3 days, you will experience this iconic game reserve in an open-sided safari vehicle, allowing you to absorb and experience sightings with all of your senses when up and close to wildlife. Your experienced game ranger will teach you about many aspects of nature and interpret wildlife behaviour for you in a unique way. He will also be receiving updates from other rangers in the area regarding animal movements.
In addition to 4 x 4 game drives, you will experience wildlife on foot during guided bush walks.
After a long and usually tiring but always exciting day, you will make your way late in the afternoon to your beautiful lantern-lit campsite where you will meet the rest of the camping team, often getting the smell of your freshly being prepared traditional dinner as you approach. At the end of your eventful day on safari, retire to your spacious semi-luxury tent with an en-suite bathroom and fall asleep to a call of a lonely male lion.

Overnight: Moremi campsite
Meal basis: All meals are Dinner, teas, coffee, fruit juice and water on safari

Day 4 Moremi Game Reserve - Khwai Conservancy

This morning, after a delicious breakfast, we will start the drive towards the beautiful Khwai. But on our way, we will stop at the Mboma Boat station for a few hours gently gliding through the channels of the Okavango Delta. The views into the crystal-clear waters will leave you mesmerized. Once we leave the boat station, we will embark on an extended game drive towards the Khwai area. When we arrive at camp in the late afternoon, your team will have already set up and you will be able to enjoy a relaxing evening on the banks of the Khwai river.
Walk around the camp under the watchful eyes of your camp staff.
Take your time to settle in your Semi Luxury Tent and relax – enjoy a sundowner in the wilderness with a drink around the campfire and see which animal noises you recognize as darkness falls. Dinner is served under the stars next to the fire, after which everyone tucks in for the night.

Overnight: Khwai River campsite
Meal basis: All meals are Dinner, teas, coffee, fruit juice and water on safari

Day 5 - 6Khwai Concession

Khwai is a community-run concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game reserve.
This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely therefore the game is free to roam in and out as it wishes. Khwai is an area of outstanding beauty and due to the arid conditions to the north towards Savuti, the game will flock to the Khwai River, especially in the drier winter months.
The Khwai River is an extension of the Okavango Delta, maintaining its wild essence and biodiversity. Situated on the northern border of Moremi National Park, the area is abundant in abundance. Amongst the myriad of ecosystems within the delta, the Khwai River is one of the most dramatic. As the season changes and the African heat rises, depleting water and food sources, the Khwai becomes a lifeline for wildlife. The water from the delta has pushed as far up the Khwai channel as it will go for the season, with animals congregating along the riverbanks to quench their thirst.
In fact, the Khwai River is a hub for excellent wildlife viewing and is home to healthy populations of elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, and more. This area of the Okavango Delta is a go-to location for all your favourite predators, particularly wild dogs.
We will spend the following 3 days exploring the wilderness, especially the areas along the Khwai River and beyond, characteristic of the Okavango with its teems of wildlife.
With our Game viewer vehicle, we will meander through the Khwai River region during morning and afternoon game drives to spot Africa’s big game, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and black rhino. Early morning game viewings are usually very rewarding as we get a chance to see the big Cats in action as they hunt in the morning taking advantage of the cool temperatures. With such bountiful numbers of prey, the predator population thrives, following in the footsteps of their next meal.
Birdlife is also strong and concentrates on the main river area where lovely flocks of pygmy geese and white-faced ducks mingle with spur-winged geese, comb ducks and African Jacanas.
Regarding plant life, Khwai Community Concession has a range of flora from mopane forest to acacia, especially rather fine camel thorn and bands of riverine forest in the vicinity of the Khwai River which includes sausage tree, leadwood, sycamore fig, fever-berry and jackalberry. The waterways sport beautiful lilies on the slower-flowing lagoons.

Overnight: Khwai River campsite
Meal basis: All meals are Dinner, teas, coffee, fruit juice and water on safari

Day 7 - 8Savute Game Reserve

This morning we will continue north to Savute, a remote and wild corner of Chobe National Park which stretches from the park’s northern boundaries to the Linyanti River. The area’s main feature is the mysterious Savute Channel, which flows and dries up seemingly unrelated to the rainfall.
The game viewing in Savute is an experience not to be missed, especially if you are visiting in the summer months, after November’s first rains when thousands of animals are drawn to the area. The highlights are its concentrations of herds of Lion and packs of Hyena, as well as its Leopard, Cheetah, Black-Backed Jackal and the many lone Elephant bulls, usually seen frequenting their favourite watering holes. During your 4 x 4 game drives and guided bush walks, you will most likely see nearly all the major species in the area, such as giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, tsessebe, roan, sable, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, eland, as well as predators including lion, hyena, jackal, cheetah and possibly wild dog. Depending on your travel date, you may witness the second biggest summer zebra migration in Africa in Savute. This starts around November / December when the rains fall through to March / April when they end – this is a sight not to be missed, as predators come out in number to hunt the beasts grazing on the marsh, and the game viewing is spectacular.
Another activity not to be missed is a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills, an outcrop of dolomite rocks rising an astonishing 90 meters out of the ground.
The scenery is certainly striking, from the desert-like patches covered in sand to the verdant grassy plains, pans holding water for animals long into the dry season.

Overnight: Savute Campsite or similar
Meal Basis: All meals Dinner, teas, coffee, fruit Juice and water on safari

Day 9Savute Game Reserve – Maun - Departure

This morning, your Mobile Camping Expedition comes to an end. After a slow start to the day and an excellent breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to the camp crew and the wilderness, as the guide will be driving you back to Maun, a journey of about 4-5 hours. Lunch will be provided along the way.
On arrival in Maun, you will be dropped at the airport or at a hotel or lodge in the city (we can offer 1 night post safari accommodation at an extra cost).

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