The wonders of the Okavango Delta by boat, helicopter and vehicle

Take a helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta before spending 10 days exploring the 1000th World Heritage site by boat, foot and vehicle searching for lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and much, much more.

Safari tour package:
A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Price per person*:
$4965 - $5424
Includes internal flights:
Yes
Length of safari:
10 days
Best months:
June - October
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Night drive safaris Night drive Camping safaris Camping Boating safaris Boating
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Departing from Maun via helicopter you will fly along the Boro River before setting down in the Okavango Delta for 3 nights on an island where you can explore the surrounding area by boat and on foot before heading back to Maun and on to Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession for a further 3 nights in each location looking for lions, leopards, buffalo, elephant and a myriad of wildlife that Botswana is renowned for.

Day 1: Maun to Xaxaba. Travel Day. 15 minute helicopter charter flight

After your arrival at Maun International Airport you will be met by Helicopter Horizons for your charter flight to Xaxaba Airstrip where you will be met by your guide for a boat transfer to our camp on the river.

If you are staying in Maun prior to the safari, please request an airport transfer, Helicopter Horizons will liaise with your accommodation the day before to confirm the flight departure time.

Spending our first three nights camping along the banks of the Boro river in Moremi Game Reserve, we explore the surrounding wilderness and waterways by boat and by foot.

Wildlife: From the air only the larger animals are seen easily. These include large breeding herds of African elephant that spend the majority of their time in the mopane scrub with a daily commute to drink along the myriad channels and lagoons. On the open plains large herds of buffalo and lechwe can be seen and in the waterways rafts of hippopotami are a common sight. Once you land and transfer to your boat a variety of the smaller game can be found alongside the river. Your guide will spend time unlocking nature's many secrets in looking at the smaller aspects of our wonderful natural habitat. Nature walks are a great opportunity to get down to ground level and explore the delta up close and personal.

Birding: A good day for raptors with African Fish Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, Little Sparrowhawk and Tawny Eagle all inhabiting the riparian woodlands and adjacent floodplains. Other birds common along this route include most of Botswana’s hornbills including Red-billed, Southern Yellow-billed, African Grey, Bradfield’s and the Southern Ground Hornbills. A large number of other species are also present including water birds such as the African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Pygmy Goose, Little Bittern And a variety of Lapwing species.

Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp

Activities: Boat cruise, scenic flight

Days 2 & 3: Exploration Days - Moremi Game Reserve

Habitat: Moremi Game Reserve encompasses much of the central and eastern portions of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast stands of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. We   will be exploring the south-western portion of this region along one of the Okavango's main waterways which runs all the way south to the Thamalakane River in Maun which goes on to become the Boteti River which runs down into Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Wildlife: Red Lechwe and impala are commonly seen alongside the river and in the floodplains adjacent to the river. Large herds of buffalo move through the area and are often shadowed by lion. Elephant are often encountered either in or next to the river as are the ubiquitous hippopotamus. All of the large predators occur in this area although they are mostly found a little distance away from the river.

Birding: The swampy areas of Xakanaxa are home to African Rail, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Black Coucal*, Red-chested Flufftail, African Crake*, Black Crake, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule to name but a few. The open waters attract African Skimmer, Saddle-billed Stork, Yellow-billed Stork, Intermediate Egret, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle  as well as the globally threatened Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane.

Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp

Activities:  Boat cruises and nature walks, night sky exploration

Day 4: Letaka Tented Camp to Maun. Travel Day. 60-90km. 3-5 hours 

Following and early morning breakfast we pack our bags in the boat and bid farewell to our camp crew as we begin our journey back to Maun. Depending on the location of our camp, this journey will take between three to five hours along the winding waterways of the Okavango with a stop on an island for tea and coffee. You may also opt to take a helicopter flight back to Maun (minimum 2 pax).

Day 4: Maun to Xakanaxa. Travel Day. 30 minute charter flight

 

After your arrival at Maun International Airport you will be met by Mack Air for your charter flight at approximately 14h00 to the Xakanaxa airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve where you will be met by your guide.

 

If you are staying in Maun prior to the safari, please request an airport transfer, Mack Air will liaise with your accommodation the day before to confirm the flight departure time.

Alternatively, if you are coming from one of the many safari lodges, you can organize to fly directly into Xakanaxa Airstrip with the lodges preferred charter company although we do request that these flights land only after 12h00 in order for our guide to be there to meet you.

Spending our first three nights camping in the Xakanaxa region, we explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day.

Wildlife: From the air only the larger animals are seen easily. These include large breeding herds of African elephant that live in the mopane scrub. On the open plains large herds of buffalo and lechwe can be seen and in the waterways rafts of hippopotami are a common sight. Once you land in Xakanaxa the smaller game can be found.

Birding: A good day for raptors with African Hawk-Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, Little Sparrowhawk, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Tawny Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle* and Steppe Eagle* all inhabiting the mopane and adjacent woodlands. Other birds common along this route includes most of Botswana’s hornbills including Red-billed, Southern Yellow-billed, African Grey, Bradfield’s and the Southern Ground Hornbills. A large number of brood-parasites may also be seen. Diederick Cuckoo*, Levaillant’s Cuckoo*, Jacobin Cuckoo*, Great-spotted Cuckoo*, African Cuckoo*, Common Cuckoo*, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Pin-tailed Whydah, Eastern Paradise Whydah, Greater Honeyguide, and Lesser Honeyguide.

Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp

Activities: Game Drives, scenic flight

Days 5 & 6: Xakanaxa Exploration Days - Moremi Game Reserve

Habitat: Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast stands of Miscanthus and Phragmites as well as woodland and savannah. As a result of the extremely variable habitat the diversity of both wildlife and birdlife is excellent.

Wildlife: Moremi is amongst the best game reserves in Africa for viewing the endangered African wild dog. Xakanaxa is home to a resident herd of several hundred buffalo whose range covers the territories of at least 4 prides of lion which may often be seen flanking the ever moving herd. Breeding herds of elephant move between their browsing areas in the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. Red lechwe are one of the more unusual antelope species and commonly found here.

Birding: The swampy areas of Xakanaxa are home to African Rail, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Black Coucal*, Red-chested Flufftail, African Crake*, Black Crake, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule to name but a few. The open waters attract African Skimmer, Saddle-billed Stork, Yellow-billed Stork, Intermediate Egret, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle  as well as the globally threatened Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane.

Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp

Activities:  Game Drives

Day 7: Xakanaxa to Khwai. Travel Day. 60km. 3-4 hours

Following and early morning breakfast you take a slow drive through Moremi Game Reserve north-east towards the Khwai Community Area.

Habitat: The Manuchira Channel is known as the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity. The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. We pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo.

Wildlife: The western mopane veld is home to mostly breeding herds of elephant whilst the eastern reaches of Khwai is home to some impressive old bulls. The mature bulls revel in the cool waters of the Khwai and are far more approachable while drinking and bathing than the breeding herds. The river has an unusually high density of hippo as well as some huge crocodile. Leopard, cheetah, serval and lion are common predators along this route and both Xakanaxa as well as Khwai are included in the home ranges of 2 different packs of wild dog. General game includes southern giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, tessebe and red lechwe with roan and sable antelope being less common residents.

Birding: In the mopane woodlands African Hawk-Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Little Sparrowhawk, African Harrier Hawk and Shikra are common raptors. Mixed bird parties move through the canopy and include Red-headed Weaver, Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Neddicky, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Chin-spot Batis, Diederik Cuckoo* to name but a few. The verges of the swamp form breeding grounds for the Rosy-Longclaw, Black Coucal*, Long-legged Bustard and the African Crake*

Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp

Activities: Game drive and night drive

Days 8 & 9: Khwai Exploration Days

The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. We spend the following two nights camping at an exclusive campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day. 

We will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot as well as by mokoro and enjoy an up close and personal encounter with Botswana’s flora and fauna. It is important to note that night drives and guided walks are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area.

Habitat: We spend our time between the dry-land habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannahs and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai. Time permiting we may visit the lagoons and waterways of Xakanaxa where the largest heronry in southern Africa exists.

Wildlife: The Khwai region boasts excellent populations of both bull elephant as well as breeding herds. Lion, leopard, serval and African wildcat are common predators of the region with wild dog and cheetah being less common. Buffalo use this area seasonally with large herds moving in during the summer rains. The swampy areas in the west are home to red lechwe. Other ungulates include tsesebe, blue wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, sable antelope, roan antelope and impala.

Birding: Truly one of Botswana birding Mecca’s. The western reaches are prime habitat for the uncommon Rosy-throated Longclaw. The entire length of the river is hunting domain for the Bat-Hawk. Other interesting raptors here are Cuckoo Hawk (rare), Long-crested Eagle and Black Sparrowhawk. More commonly Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle*, Lesser-spotted Eagle*, Martial Eagle, Bateleur and African Hawk-Eagle. The waterways host Africa Rail, African Crake*, Greater Painted Snipe, Allen’s Gallinule*, Lesser Jacana and Lesser Moorhen*.

Accommodation: Letaka Tented Camp

Activities: Game Drive, Walking Safaris (conditions permitting) and Night Drives and mokoro excursion

Day 10: Khwai to Maun. Travel Day. 30 minute Charter Flight.

After breakfast we take a game-drive to the airstrip where you will be met by your charter flight back to Maun.

Should you be flying on to a safari lodge, you can fly directly out from Khwai Airstrip to avoid returning to Maun.  Please request that the lodge’s preferred air charter company collects from Khwai Airstrip prior to 14h00.

This marks the end of your Safari.

*Denotes migratory species

NOTE: Although we make every effort to adhere to schedules and itineraries, these are subject to change subject to weather, roads, and animal movements and availability. You will be notified of any changes.

 

 

Letaka Safaris

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Since: Jan 2002

Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
African caracal
African caracal
Baboon
Baboon
Bat-eared fox
Bat-eared fox
Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros
Bushbaby
Bushbaby
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Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Cultural / Tribal visits
Cultural / Tribal visits
Game drives
Game drives
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Photography
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