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9 Nights Self-Drive Botswana Adventure Camping

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Tour Details

Spectacular landscape, beautiful scenery, abundance and variety of wildlife as well as community interactions are what to expect on the 9-day self-drive camping adventure to Botswana considered one of the world’s greatest safari destinations. This epic journey will take you through the country’s most spectacular wildlife areas. Moremi, Khwai and Savute provide the perfect combination of wilderness destinations for a truly memorable Botswana safari. Explore the Moremi Game Reserve home to a magical mix of waterways winding between secluded islands, woodlands and lily-covered lagoons. Then head north 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. The next stop on this self-drive camping adventure is Savute Game Reserve where you will first explore the marshes of the famed Savuti Channel to witness lions and hyenas battle for supremacy, then, continue to Chobe National Park considered the best rendez-vous location for the world’s largest population of elephants. There is no better way to end this adventure than on a relaxing sunset cruise on the Chobe River as you sip on your favourite drink – surrendered by the many animals which make their way down to drink from the river: Hippos, herds of elephants, buffaloes … as well as a plethora of birds.

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
  • 4x4 Hire – 4x4 cab with 1 rooftop tent includes camping equipment (Toyota Hilux or similar)
  • 4x4 hire vehicle cover - unlimited kilometres, taxes and tourism levies, introduction to vehicle, travel pack and GPS unit.
  • Pick up Maun Airport and drop off Kasane Airport
  • One way drop off fee (Maun - Kasane)
  • Accommodation as specified: 1 Night x Tented, 6 Nights campsite, 2 Nights lodge on Full Board + 2 games activities per day
Price Excludes
  • International and Regional Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Activities not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
Itinerary

Day 1Maun - Duncun’s camp

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 camping adventure answered, you will be assisted in collecting your 4 x 4 rental vehicle. From there, you will stop in town to stock up on all the necessities (food, water, drinks, fuel …) needed for the duration of this Self-drive camping adventure. Then you will depart from town and Drive to Duncun’s camp, your first overnight accommodation.

Located about one hour 30 minutes, drive from Maun towards Moremi Game Reserve, they offer tented camps and a wilderness campsite. The camp offers eight dome tents on wooden decks and can accommodate 16 people in total. Guests can stay on a self-catering basis or a fully-catered stay. The tents are equipped with comfortable mattresses, full linen, pillows and towels. There is an en suite bathroom with a shower, hand basin and chemical toilet. All tents are fitted with solar lights. Duncan’s Camp is on private property and walking is permitted, however, due to the presence of elephants, hippos, and lions in the area we recommend that walks be done with an armed guide.

Overnight: Tent
Meal basis: at leisure (own account)

Day 2 - 3Moremi Game Reserve

After a good night’s sleep, it is time to step into Moremi Game Reserve, a pristine safari paradise. The reserve offers what is arguably some of the finest game viewings in southern Africa, in one of the continent’s richest and most diverse ecosystems.
Covering around 40 percent of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve is one of the great safari destinations in Botswana. Voted the best game reserve in Africa in the past, Moremi was the first wildlife sanctuary to be created by an African tribe on their own lands. The BaTawana people are concerned about wildlife depletion.

What makes Moremi Game Reserve so special is the terrain – a mix of forests, floodplains, lagoons and waterways dotted with lilies. Dry wetlands allow for stunning contrasts and support an excellent density and diversity of both predator and prey species with leopard sightings consistently good. There are also notably large lion pride, herds of Elephants, Cape wild dogs and buffalos, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, zebras, impalas and antelopes. From an ornithological perspective, an estimated 500 bird species call the Moremi Game Reserve home – among them saddle-billed storks, wattled cranes, kingfishers, bee-eaters and more.
Best of all, game viewing can be done by 4×4, by traditional mokoro canoe, and even on foot, all of them allowing for completely different safari experiences.

Overnight: Xakanaka campsite or similar
Meal basis: at leisure (own account)

Day 4 - 5Khwai Concession

Khwai is a community-run concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve. This concession links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and has a focus on land activities. 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 area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve but the added advantage of being a private concession means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives. It is home to some of Botswana’s most beautiful landscapes which feature vast grass plains, a patchwork of lagoons, shallow pans and lush woodland forests.

Species in the conservancy include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, zebra, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, hyena and an array of nocturnal species. The area is also home to the relatively rare Roan and Sable Antelope. In fact, the Khwai River is a hub for excellent wildlife viewing and this area of the Okavango Delta is a go-to location for all your favourite predators, particularly wild dogs and leopards
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.
In addition to spectacular wildlife and an amazing ecosystem, visit the Khwai village where you can enjoy authentic cultural experiences. Explore the small, remote village and meet the locals to gain insight into traditional African culture and also to ask how tourism is benefitting them.

Overnight: Mbudi Community Campsite or similar
Meal Basis: at leisure (own account)

Day 6 - 7Savute Game Reserve

This morning, you will drive to Savute, a remote and wild corner of Chobe National Park. It 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. Dry and arid for almost 30 years, animals in the area were sustained by artificial waterholes.
Savuti has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent, with year-round opportunities to view all kinds of game – from giraffes, elephants, zebra, and buffalo, to big cat predators like lion, cheetah, and hyena.

The Savute Channel is an unpredictable water source that flows from Linyati to the heart of Chobe National Park and Savuti Marsh. The water has appeared and dried up again many times over the centuries, leading to a diverse landscape. 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, and the Gubatsa Hills, an outcrop of dolomite rocks rising an astonishing 90 meters out of the ground.
The Savute Channel is the famous stage whereby mega-prides of lions compete with large clans of hyenas for food and territory. The Savuti Channel which was dry for decades now flows again with crystal clear waters and the open woodlands where large herds of antelope and buffalo are hunted by big cats and wild dogs. Savuti is a long-favoured destination choice for safari aficionados.

November-March is the best time to visit, but whenever you go you are guaranteed to spot some wildlife. In the dry season, elephants, impala, and kudu congregate at the water holes to quench their thirst. In the wet season, the Savuti Marsh is almost covered in rare types of birds, who flock to the area to raise their young and join the 300 different species already living there. Zebras also migrate during this period, meaning predators come out to hunt the beasts grazing on the marsh, and the game viewing is excellent.

Overnight: Savuti Campsite or similar
Meal Basis: at leisure (own account)

Day 8 - 9Kasane Chobe National Park

Today, you will exchange your camping site for a lodge accommodation as you will be spending the last 2 nights of this Botswana Self-Drive Adventure Camping at Chobe Bush lodge or Safari Lodge (with an Optional 2 or 3-day Extension to Victoria Falls).
With its intimate, modern and contemporary design, Chobe Bush Lodge is found in Kasane along the Chobe River, within eye distance of Chobe Safari Lodge. Chobe Bush Lodge offers modern, spacious rooms in a tranquil setting. The entrance gate to Chobe National Park is a short 5-minute drive away, and the boat cruises enter the park directly from the lodge.

“We are close to three international airports – Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Kasane – and daily road transfers or charter flights connecting all these airports with Chobe Bush Lodge make us easily accessible”.
On arrival at the lodge, enjoy welcome drinks while completing the check-in procedure and then settle in your luxury room. Around midday, enjoy a delicious lunch at the lodge after which it is a relaxing time.
Later gather for tea/coffee before departing for your afternoon 4 x 4 game drive or a sunset boat cruise (it will depend on what the lodge has scheduled for you) in the Chobe National Park.

Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on the ‘Fish Eagle’ or ‘Kingfisher’ – a double-decker boat with bar facilities. The trip offers a unique and exciting African game-viewing experience. A wildlife paradise, Chobe National Park is famous for its huge herds of elephants, but also for its large lion population and herds of buffalo. The highlight is the combination of diverse and abundant wildlife, birds and reptiles along the banks of the Chobe River and the ease with which guests can get close to them is perfect for photography and game viewing. The banks of the Chobe River are home to some of the densest wildlife populations in Africa, abounding with rich colourful birdlife and the likes of not only elephants but also lions, leopards, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, banded mongoose, hippos, waterbucks, puku, roans, elands, warthogs and crocodiles which can be uniquely viewed during the Chobe River cruises as these provide exceptional close-up vantage points for photography.
Your stay includes all meals, and two game activities per day, one in the morning and another one in the afternoon.
Dinner at the lodge.

Room Type: Luxury room
Meal Basis: Full Board, 2 games activities per day

Day 10Going home

This morning, your Self-Drive Botswana Adventure Camping come to an end. After a last morning safari activity in the Chobe National Park followed by leisurely breakfast, and later check-out procedures, a complementary road transfer will deliver you to Kasane Airport to connect with your onward flight to private arrangements.

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