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Affordable Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta Safari

Game viewing by land and water come together at Makgadikgadi, Moremi and the Okavango Delta, treating you to a varied Botswana safari.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3780 - $5990
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 7 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Botswana Botswana
Parks visited: Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta, Moremi
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Birding
  • Boating
This safari is all about big game, good birds and lots of water. Your first stop is Leroo la Tau at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, where thousands of zebra, wildebeest and other plains game congregate along the Boteti River, especially between November and May. Relax in the plunge pool, watch wildlife from the deck or go on a game drive to explore the park. You’ll then fly to Xakanaxa camp on the banks of the Khwai River to spend time in Moremi Game Reserve, where land and delta meet in a series of grassland floodplains, waterways and pans. You’ll be able to look for the Big Five and a huge diversity of other species. Your final stop is deeper in the Okavango Delta, where you can explore on foot or by traditional mokoro to see the delta from a different point of view.

day 1

Welcome to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

When you arrive at Botswana's Kasane airport you'll be met and assisted with check-in for your flight to Maun. From Maun you'll be transferred by road to your lodge about 140 kilometres to the south-east. From the hide at the lodge you can enjoy the view over the Boteti River, where animals come to drink. Overnight at Leroo La Tau (which means 'lion's paw'), with meals, drinks and game activities included.

Leroo La Tau (Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana)

Meals: Lunch, dinner and drinks
Transport: Flight from Kasane to Maun included but price subject to change at time of booking

day 2

Zebra everywhere

Take an early morning game drive to make the most of your position here on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which has thousands of zebra and wildebeest – and, as a result, predators like lions cheetah, leopard and hyena too. You might even see a white rhinoceros. Take a siesta in the heat of the day and go out on another game drive late in the afternoon. Overnight at Leroo La Tau, with meals, drinks and game activities included.

Leroo La Tau (Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks
Transport: Included

day 3

Moremi introduction in a mokoro

From the Makgadikgadi you'll fly to the Moremi Game Reserve to spend two nights at Xakanaxa Camp on the banks of the Khwai River in the heart of the reserve. You should arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Overnight at Xakanaxa, with your meals, drinks and game activities included.

Xakanaxa Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks
Transport: Included

day 4

Extraordinary game viewing

Relax at the lodge or join the morning and afternoon drives to explore the area. Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta has one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in Africa, so it's no surprise that game viewing is excellent. Black and white rhino have been reintroduced so this is one of few places in Botswana where you can now see the Big Five, as well as cheetah, hyenas and the endangered wild dog. There are more than 400 species of birds. Overnight at Xakanaxa, with your meals, drinks and game activities included.

Xakanaxa Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks
Transport: Included

day 5

Island living

Today you'll fly deeper into the Okavango Delta to stay on an island in part of the permanent delta, arriving in time for lunch and a bit of relaxation before joining the late afternoon game activities.Overnight at Xugana Island Lodge, with meals, drinks and game activities included.

Xugana Island Lodge (Okavango Delta, Botswana)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks
Transport: Included

day 6

Power boat through the Okavango

Relax under the ebony and African mangosteen tree canopy at the lodge or join the morning and afternoon game activities. Explore the Delta by motorboat or traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) in this area where there is permanent water, or take a leisurely nature walk on the surrounding islands in the concession. Birdwatching in the area is outstanding. Overnight at Xugana Island Lodge, with meal, drinks and game activities included.

Xugana Island Lodge (Okavango Delta, Botswana)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks
Transport: Included

day 7

Fly Home

After breakfast you'll be taken to Xugana airstrip for your flight to Maun and your connection back to Kasane airport. Flights to Maun and from Maun to Kasane are included, but the price of the latter is subject to change at the time of booking.

Note: Flight prices are based on estimates and won't be accurate. Your flights from Kasane to Maun and back again will be included but will have an impact on the published price for this journey.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Leroo La Tau (Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana)
  • Xakanaxa Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana)
  • Xugana Island Lodge (Okavango Delta, Botswana)

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