Arrival Day 1 – Arrival at Maun Airport and transfer to Island Safari Lodge. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in ensuite Chalet accommodation. (Bed and Breakfast.)
Central Kalahari Game Reserve Day 2-4: On Day 2 you will be met by the SGS professional guide at Island Safari Lodge after breakfast and will drive to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve Deception Valley area. This drive will take approximately 6-7 hours. Once at your campsite you can enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with a break in camp during the middle of the day for lunch and siesta. Larger than Denmark or Switzerland, and bigger than Lesotho and Swaziland combined, the 52,800 square kilometre Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which was set up in 1961, is the second largest game reserve in the world. Situated right in the centre of Botswana, this reserve is characterized by vast open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds. Varying from sand dunes with many species of trees and shrubs in the north, to flat bushveld in the central area, the reserve is more heavily wooded in the south, with mopane forests to the south and east. Rainfall is sparse and sporadic and can vary from 170 to 700 millimetres per year. The CKGR is well known for wide open space and incredible scenery. Animals you may see include the famous black mained lion, kudu, red hartebeest, oryx and springbok.
Maun Day 5: You will be driven to Maun (approximately 6-7 hours with a packed lunch) where you will stay one night at Island Safari Lodge (Bed and Breakfast).
Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve Days 6-8: On Day 6 you will be met in Maun after breakfast and then driven into Moremi/Okavango Delta wetland region which is approx 4-5 hour drive. After settling into your private camping site in the Moremi you can explore the surrounding area in the game drive vehicle with your guide. Dinner is served under the stars and drinks enjoyed around a camp fire. On days 7 and 8 you will also be able to see the Delta waterways from a 3 hour private boat cruise as well as morning and afternoon game drives. Moremi is the protected extension of the Okavango Delta and offers a typical wetland system with grassy plains and pans surrounded by well-developed mopane forests and riverine woodland. Huge breeding herds of elephant are common as are lechwe, waterbuck, impala, hippos. One can also hope to see buffalo, giraffe, bushbuck, lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, black-backed and side-striped jackal, zebra, wildebeest, tsessebe, bush babies, fruit bats, sable, kudu, roan, steenbok, duiker, honey badger. The birdlife includes water birds as well as dry land birds.
Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve Days 9-10: An early start so the staff can break camp and then game drive to Moremi Game Reserve Khwai region with a pack lunch on the way. The drive is approximately 4 hours through the national park. After arriving and freshening up you can go on an afternoon game drive to explore your new surroundings. On Day 10 enjoy exploring Moremi Khwai region on morning and afternoon game drives as well as taking a 2.5 hour mokoro through the calm Okavango waters of Sable Alley.
Savute Day 11-12: An early start to break camp and drive to Savute in the south/west region of Chobe. As the back up team break camp for moving day you can enjoy a short game drive in Khwai before meeting up again and driving towards Savute. You stop for a pack lunch on the way and the back up team will then go ahead and set up your new camp. The drive is approximately 4-5 hours through community areas and then through the national park. After freshening up at your new camp you can go on a short game drive to explore your new surroundings. On Day 12 you have a whole day to explore Savute. An early start in the morning with a break in camp during the heat of the day for lunch and a rest, then back out in the afternoon ensures the best chances of seeing plentiful game. The Marsh in Savute is typical grassland surrounded by Acacia bush and stony outcrops. Savute is famous for its lone elephant bulls, its lions and hyaenas as well as the zebra and wildebeest migrations. Other game one can hope to see include: giraffe, tsessebe, warthog, black-backed jackal, leopard, cheetah, bat-eared fox, impala, wild dog, kudu.
Chobe Day 13-14: An early start to break camp and drive to Northern Chobe. As the back up team break camp for moving day you can enjoy a short game drive before meeting up again and driving towards Chobe North. You stop for a pack lunch on the way while the back up team go ahead and set up your new camp. The drive is approximately 4-5 hours through community areas and then through the national park. You will arrive in camp in the afternoon where you can either relax and enjoy your new surroundings or proceed on a short game drive and have a sundowner near the Chobe river. On Day 14 there will be an early wake up call followed by a light continental breakfast before you leave on a morning game drive to track animals large and small. You will return to camp at approximately 11am, depending on what you find, for a light lunch/brunch. After this you can relax in camp and enjoy a siesta before heading off again for an afternoon game drive. Along the Chobe riverfront the terrain is that of a typical riverine ecosystem. Away from the river we have mixed miombo and broadleaved woodland that harbours rich avifauna. Northern Chobe is famous for its huge elephant & buffalo herds, puku, kudu, Chobe bushbuck and hippo as well as diverse bird life. One could also hope to see: lion, leopard, wild dog, giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, impala
Day 15: Drive out to Kasane for a 3 hour boat cruise on the Chobe River between 8.00-11.00 before being dropped off for your onward travel arrangements
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