Nights of the 28’th , 29’th & 30’th Aug: Kasane - Chobe Waterfront
Starting in Kasane, we pick you up from the airport or at the border with Zimbabwe or Zambia. If you would like to see Victoria Falls before hand we can arrange your transfers and accommodation in Victoria Falls or Livingstone. We head to the Chobe River, camping in an exclusive site near the river. The first glimpse of the Chobe River – deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain – is always breathtaking. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled in the country.
The Chobe Riverfront is famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season. The river is host to a stunning array of bird life and a 3-hour boat cruise is taken to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see Elephants swimming in close proximity to you, in addition to the normal pods of slumbering Hippo’s, Red Lechwe, Crocodile, Impala, Kudu, Leguaans, Puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen) and numerous other animals you can view.
After arriving at our campsite, we will leave the Ulinda staff to erect our camp go for a game drive, and enjoy sun downers. When we return to our camp we will enjoy snacks and drinks around the campfire. Then a tasty freshly cooked meal. Wine and beer is included (throughout). The next days we arise early and go for game drives, we especially try and find lions and leopard first thing in the morning and try leave camp before sunrise.
Nights of the 31st Aug, 1’st Sept, 2’nd Sept: Chobe, Savute
Drive a few hours south through Chobe National Park, and stay at an exclusive site. Savuti is Botswana’s premium wild life destination and we will do extensive game drives and explore this amazing area. For a quarter of a century, the Savuti Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave.
In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game has congregated and adapted in its wake. Now the Marsh is once again turning into a wetland paradise. The Savute Channel is a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it. Vast herds of Buffalo have returned to the area.
In the rainy season (normally November through to April) Savuti attracts many grazers to its short sweet grasses, and a large number of Zebra and Wildebeest congregate on the Marsh. There is a site where ancient San rock art can be seen after a small but steep climb. It is humbling to see and puzzle over and causes one to marvel at the people who previously inhabited the area. A beautiful island of 13 Baobab trees is not so well known but makes a wonderful excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph.
Nights of the 3’rd Sept, 4’th Sept & 5’th Sept: Khwai
On the 3rd September we will drive 4 hours south to an exclusive operator’s site called Sable Alley in the Khwai Concession area. Khwai concession is a community-run private reserve adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, divided from it by the Khwai River. Riverine forest lines the wide water lily and papyrus covered floodplains around the Khwai River. A myriad of colourful bird life is found in this watery habitat that is a breeding area for many species. Away from the river is woodland dotted with pans where we often spot wild dog.
All fees paid here go into the local community providing schools, scholarships, water pumps and more. In addition to our normal game drives we can do some spotlighting at night, fish in the Khwai River, drive off road and get out of the vehicle at the guide’s discretion. We will have a 2 1/2 hr mekoro trip (wooden canoe) trip on the 4th September 2014.
Our daily routine remains the same- early starts with tea, coffee and a light breakfast before a Game drive to allow the best chance of seeing predators. We return to camp for a leisurely lunch and spent the afternoon relaxing- have a siesta, read, bird watch. We go out for an evening game drive and return to camp for canapes, dinner and some fireside storytelling.
Nights of the 6’th Sept, 7’th Sept & 8’th Sept: Moremi Game Reserve
Drive to Moremi Game Reserve to an exclusive site. We will have a cold lunch along the way. Here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and forests.
This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Both Black and White Rhino have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination.
Night of the 9’th Sept: Moremi to Maun
We will have one last Game drive before returning to Maun Airport for your departure- or if you like we can arrange your accommodation in Maun or a nearby camp. We can also book scenic flights over the Okavango Delta- a wonderful way to get an overview of this magnificent area and end your trip.