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Botswana Wildlife Safari

Botswana, Africa

from $7,495* per person 13 Days May-September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Wilderness Travel 10 people max
  • Maun, botswana
  • Active & Adventure trips
Botswana’s diverse ecosystems are astounding, from the savannas and woodlands of magnificent Chobe National Park, sheltering the world’s largest herds of elephants, to the wildlife paradise of the Okavango Delta, an exquisite wetland surrounded by the Kalahari thirstlands. We track game by 4WD vehicle, by riverboat, and—a Botswana specialty—by mokoro (canoe), all in a breathtaking mix of Botswana’s most beautiful habitats. Our safaris offer a unique combination of exquisite lodges and mobile tented camps—this is the way to experience Botswana’s wonders! No one else gets you this close to the action—and in such comfort! Experience Botswana on this Classic Safari or on one of our special seasonal expeditions that bring us deep into the hidden worlds of the Okavango Delta and the remote Kalahari Desert.

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Botswana, Africa

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  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

Days 1-3
Moremi Game Reserve / Private Camp

The 800-mile-long Okavango is “the river that never finds the sea,” disappearing into a remarkable maze of lagoons, channels, and islands to create the Okavango Delta. In Moremi, in the northeastern portion of the Delta, we explore by open vehicle and by boat, looking for tsessebe, Burchell’s zebra, ostrich, and predators including lion, wild dog, and spotted hyena. Moremi is also an ornithologist’s paradise, with almost every species of central-southern African bird represented, including bee-eaters, darters, kingfishers, and a variety of waterfowl. Our mobile camp, which provides a true experience of the land without sacrificing comfort, is at Xakanaxa, set on the edge of mopane forests in a lovely setting of secret pools and open grasslands. At night we gather around the campfire under a luminous canopy of stars, share stories, and enjoy the camaraderie of the safari experience. Our campsite is ours alone—though we are sometimes joined by hippos that come out at night to feedon the grass near our tents—and the enchanting sound of bell frogs serenades us to sleep.

Days 4-5
Okavango Delta / Xugana Lodge

We boat through gentle waterways to Xugana Lodge, overlooking a tranquil lagoon in a remote western corner of the Okavango Delta. This is a quintessential Delta setting and an ideal base for exploring the Okavango on foot, by motorboat, and aboard a mokoro. Our explorations take us in search of amazing birdlife and animals such as lechwe, bushbuck, and perhaps even the shy sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope. Xugana Lodge accommodates us comfortably in its large reed-and-thatch chalets—and the sunsets here are out of this world!

Days 6-7
Moremi / Khwai River / Private Camp

A charter flight returns us to intriguing Moremi for wildlife exploration by 4WD vehicle along the Khwai River floodplain, home to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, and the rare wild dog, along with exceptional populations of wildfowl and raptors. Our exclusive mobile camp is set along the Khwai River where the northern tributary of the Okavango disappears into the sand. By June, when all the rain-filled pans dry up, wildlife is attracted to this area in ever-greater numbers.

Days 8-11
Chobe National Park / Private Camps

Wildlife experiences at Chobe include golden-red sunsets along the Chobe River, masses of elephants browsing in thick acacia woodlands, the sight of buffalo herds on open green plains, and the cry of the majestic African fish eagle piercing the air. Chobe is a legendary elephant refuge, with by far the largest single concentration of elephants in Africa. We explore the Serondella area, home to the Chobe bushbuck and puku, two of the more rare species of antelope in Botswana, and Savuti, one of the best places to see lion, leopard, and other predators and their prey.

Days 12-13
Victoria Falls

Our safari concludes at Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders. The huge Zambezi River is more than a mile wide when it drops 300 feet into a sheer chasm to create its thundering cascade. We explore this world-famous cataract while based on the Zambian side of the falls. Optional excursions include a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi or the sightseeing “flight of the Angels” over the falls. Depart on Day 13, or join our Cape Town Extension.

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