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Botswana

Mobile Safari: Visit Highlights Botswana on a budget

Botswana Highlights on a budget

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Mobile Safari
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On your safari you will get very close to the animals and there will be many opportunities for great photos.
The landscape in the Okavango-Delta is uniquely beautiful.
On the longer journeys a picnic in the middle of nature awaits you.
With the typical Mekoros you go on safari into the Delta.
The practical safari tents are set up and dismantled by yourself in the wilderness. The rangers will be happy to help you.

Tour Details

Overview

Discover the highlights of Botswana on this journey with a relatively small budget. Look forward to a unique safari experience and travel with your mobile camp to the country's most beautiful national parks and game reserves.

Chobe National Park is one of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa. Located in the far north of Botswana, Chobe National Park encompasses a variety of habitats with extreme contrasts and is home to a breathtaking variety of animals and birds.

Another highlight of your trip is the Savute region, which is known for its numerous lion prides. Many of Botswana's famous wildlife documentaries have been filmed here. The Savute Channel is a vivid contrast between water and dry ecosystems.

In the north of Botswana you will finally visit the largest inland delta in the world. The unique ecosystem lies like an oasis in an otherwise inhospitable landscape and forms a mosaic of pans, grassland, forests and lagoons. The Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve have a high concentration of wildlife and are just waiting to be discovered by you.

A night under the stars and a cosy dinner at the campfire will make your trip an unforgettable experience in the middle of untouched nature in Botswana.

Start location

Kasane

End location

Kasane

Map

Botswana Highlights on a budget

Tour itinerary

Day 1:

Kasane – Chobe National Park

The safari vehicle will collect you from the Zimbabwean border at 11am and will then proceed to Kasane to meet any other guests at Kalahari Tours and Coffee Buzz at 12.30pm. Spend the afternoon on a game drive in Chobe National Park which is world renowned for large herds of elephant. The Chobe River Front boasts an impressive bio-diversity of species including Lion, Hippo, Buffalo and Puku, Wild Dog and Sable Antelope

Arrive early for a Chobe Boat Cruise from Kalahari Tours (additional cost) and meet the rest of the group at 12.30pm.

Day 2:

Chobe National Park - Savute

Chobe to Savute is approximately a 4-6 hour drive via the village of Kachikau. From here we drive on 4×4 tracks through the Chobe Forest Reserve via Gcoha Gate. We arrive in Savute around midday for lunch. A dominant feature of Savute is the Hills, one of which has a few preserved San Bushmen paintings which are easily accessible on your afternoon game drive. Savute has a healthy population of leopard who live on the hills & the best time to see them is either first or last light. The Savute Channel now flows into the marsh for the first time in over 30 years turning the Savute Marsh into a veritable paradise for birds and animals.

Day 3:

Savute – Moremi Game Reserve

Departing Savute early morning, the drive takes 4-5 hours but is hugely dependent on local conditions and arrive in Moremi around midday for lunch. You will spend the afternoon on Game Drive. Moremi area is one of the most beautiful and varied reserves found on the African continent with huge diversity of wildlife and incredibly beautiful scenery. We camp for the night in either the Khwai, Xakanaxa, 3rd Bridge or South Gate area. The campsite for the night will be in the Moremi Game Reserve or the surrounding community managed wildlife management area.

Day 4:

Moremi Game Reserve - Maun

Moremi Game Reserve to Maun is approximately a 4-5 hour drive. The safari packs up & leaves camp following an early morning game drive and will enjoy a picnic lunch en-route to Maun arriving mid to late afternoon.

Day 5:

Maun – Okavango Delta

Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Today we venture out into the ‘Delta’ in mekoros (dug-out canoes) experiencing the myriads of waterways and secret lagoons. The mekoros are poled by polers from the local villages. The Delta is a huge inland water system dotted with thousands of islands that are a haven for a diverse array of wildlife. This is a unique environment where dry land and water collides. The group will leave Maun early morning and spend 3-4 hrs. In the delta and return to Maun between 2-3pm.

Optional activities include a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta in a fixed wing aeroplane or helicopter. Alternatively a horse ride can be arranged. A scenic flight is highly recommended as it gives you a bird’s eye view of the Okavango Delta.

Day 6:

Maun - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

From Maun we travel to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans approximately a 4-6 hour drive – vast shimmering salt flats on the edge of the Kalahari basin. The highlights of the Makgadikgadi vary dependent on the season and local conditions.  The safari goes in search of the zebra migration along the Boteti River or will explore Nxai Pan famous for the movie “Roar Lions of the Kalahari“. The last night is spent sleeping out under a blanket of stars.

Day 7:

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – Kasane

The drive from the pans to Kasane is approx 350km which takes roughly 4-6 hrs. This is a transfer to reach the Zimbabwe border at approximately 1 pm and back in Kasane Kalahari Tours Office at 2 pm. The safari will pack in the morning and head for Kasane via Nata. We pass through an agricultural area known as Pandamatenga, which is the only crop producing area in Botswana. Look out for elephant and sable antelope between Pandamatenga and Kasane.

Typical day on safari

In the early morning you pack your tent independently and bring it with your luggage to the vehicle. In the meantime, your guide and cook will prepare breakfast and it will slowly light up. After the dishes have been washed and all things are stowed in the vehicle, you can either go on a game drive or drive to your next destination. If you are moving to another camp, you should be able to do so around noon. Upon arrival, lunch will be served and you will set up your own tents, bush toilet and shower. After the camp is set up and you are strengthened, you will go on safari in the afternoon. Shortly after sunset you will return to the camp and relax by the campfire until dinner is served under a starry sky at around 8pm.

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Accommodation

River Front - Chobe National Park - 1 Night

Savute - Chobe National Park - 1 Night

Moremi Game Reserve - 1 Night

Maun - 2 Nights

Makgadigadi Salt Pans - 1 Night

Price

Price per person: € 1.285,00

Price per youth (10-17 years): € 1.085,00

Single tent without surcharge, on request.

Included

Comfortable 2.5 m high tent with floors and mosquito nets

About 40-50 mm thick sleeping mattresses

Pillow, towel and sleeping bag

Common sanitary facilities consisting of bucket shower and bush toilet

Licensed and experienced professional guide for the duration of your safari

Game drives and mokoro trips in the Okavango Delta

Transport in safari vehicle

All entrance and camping fees within National Parks & Game Reserves

Own safari team with cook and local Mekoro drivers in the Okavango Delta

All the activities indicated in the itinerary

All meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the seventh day.

Special insurance for medical evacuation

Complete compensation of your CO2 footprint generated on this journey

Excluded

Not mentioned international/national flights or charter flights

Airport departure taxes and visa fees

Laundry service

Travel insurances

Optional activities (Chobe boat trip on the day of departure, Okavango sightseeing flight)

Water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

Expenditure of a personal nature

Tips

Minimum number of participants

The trip will take place from two to a maximum of 9 participants.

Schedules

Arrival is always possible on Thursday from the end of February to mid-December.

Extras

Itinerary Details

All information including the exact route, accommodation and highlights can be found here:
Detailed Itinerary

The Botswana trip described here is a fixed mobile safari. However, if you would like to extend your trip individually before and after the trip, please contact us. You can find more information under 'Book Ajimba'.

This offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. But also here applies: Please contact us. We can also adapt your trip to suit your individual needs, taking any mobility restrictions into account.

We strongly advise you to complete a foreign health insurance, which also covers repatriation to your home country. We offer appropriate insurance through our partner TravelSecure.de.

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