The amazing silence
Botswana has an outstanding bird life
Big tents with real beds
Mess tent for your meals
Your tents have a shower and toilet
Your chef prepares delicious food
This trip to Botswana is full of diversity. From the silence when you gently glide in a makoro in Okavango. The intense almost unreal feeling when an impressive elephant is right next to your boat on the Chobe River. To the sound of the hyenas singing at night and the roar of the Okavango lions. On this trip to Botswana, you will experience some of Africa's most unspoiled wilderness areas; Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Safari in open jeep, Makoro ( canoe made out of a dug-out tree trunk) in the Okavango and Chobe River boat on. You will travel in a small group (maximum seven people) and stay at private mobile tented camp. This is a trip for those looking for a longer safari to one of Africa's broadest and most beautiful natural areas. The trip includes
You will visit two areas in the Okavango; Moremi Game Reserve and the Kwai Community area and two areas in Chobe; Savute and Chobe Riverfront. In these amazing nature areas you will get the chance to see and experience the rich wildlife of northern Botswana with good chances of seeing lots of animals including lion, leopard, lechwe (antelope), elephant, buffalo, zebra, plenty of birds and much more.
Please note that departure from the UK is the day before arrival in Botswana
Day 1: Arrive in Botswana - Okavango
You will land in Botswana midday. Upon arrival at Maun Airport your safari guide will be waiting with the jeep. Once all travelers have gathered you will start the journey to Okavango and Moremi Game Reserve. After a short ride you will stop along the way for a picnic lunch. Afterwards your journey towards Moremi continues. If time allows it, you will do a shorter game drive through the reserve on the way to your campsite. Upon arrival at your private camp, staff have already set up your tens, made the beds and there is a hot shower waiting for you. After a shower and change of clothes, it's time to enjoy the dinner your chef has prepared. Caming in Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks.
Day 2: Moremi Game Reserve - Xakanaxa area
This day will have an early start and breakfast will be served around 6.am. As the sun slowly comes up over the Okavango you head out on an early morning safari. There are blankets in the jeep to keep you warm during the first chilly morning hours. After 3-4 hours of safari you will head back to your campsite for lunch and a few hours of rest. Do not be surprised if you see animals like monkeys and even elephants very close to the campsite. At 3 p.m. it's time for the second gamed rive of the day. During your safari tours in Xakanaxa you will be in the middle of the Okavango Delta, with rivers, lakes and wetlands around you. The Delta is home to huge numbers of animals including lion, leopard, hyena, buffalo, elephant, zebra, antelopes, birds, monkeys, crocodiles, etc. The reason for the early morning/later afternoon safari times is because those are the hours the animals are most active. You will stay in Xakanax another night. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks.
Day 3: Moremi Game Reserve -Kwai Community Area
You will wake up at 5:30 a.m. and start your safari at 7 .am. As you head out the remaining staff will take down your camp and transports it to the Kwai where you'll camp the following three nights. During the morning of this day, you will be in the Moremi Game Reserve for safari and stop for a picnic lunch in the park. At noon, you will leave the Moremi Game Reserve and enter the neighboring Kwai Community Area. Kwai is one of several Community Areas which lies between Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. These areas are controlled by the local population which insurance that the money generated by tourism contribute to local development. The areas are large and basically untouched, the only ones who live here are a few hundred people in a small village. You will pass the village Kwai during the day and even fit in a a short game drive before you get to your campsite at Third Bridge. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks.
Day 4 & 5: Kwai Communtiy Area
The days starts bright and early at 5:30 a.m. after breakfast you will be ready for your morning safari at 7 a.m. Lunch and siesta at your campsite before your afternoon game around 3 p.m. Kwai is an area of a bit more open ground than Xakanaxa and has an amazing wildlife. Here you can find many large predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and jackal and a variety of herbivores such as elephant, buffalo, impala and lechwe (antelope). One of the days in Kwai you will do a 2-2.5 hour tour in a Makoro (canoe made out of a dug-out tree trunk). You will cruise quietly down the river and with a little luck see animals coming down to the river to drink. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks.
Day 6: Kwai Community Area to Savute
You will start the day as usual with an early breakfast and departure at 7 a.m. Ones you have left the staff will pack down your camp and transport it to Savute. After a game drive in the Kwai and picnic lunch you will head north and enter Chobe National Park in the area called Savute. Here, nature is more open and drier and the animals gather in large numbers around the few water holes and rivers. In the evening you will reach your new campsite where you will spend the following three nights. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drink
Day 7 & 8: Chobe National Park, Savute area
The safari continues with a morning game drive after breakfast at 7.a.m. Lunch and siesta at your campsite before your afternoon game starting around 3 p.m. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks.
Day 9: Savute to Chobe Riverfront
You start the day as usual with early breakfast and departure at 7 a.m. When you have left the staff takes down your camp and transports it to the Chobe River front. Chobe River front is a different landscape than Savute. You will spend the majority of your time on the river and the surrounding plains formed by annual floods due to water from the rains in Angolas highlands. You will be camping at a private campground in the Chobe Riverfront. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks
Day 10: Chobe Riverfront
The whole day is spent with safari in Chobe Riverfront including a boat trip on the Chobe River. With a little luck you will get to see large animals such as elephants at close quarters. The day ends at your campsite where you will have one last dinner together. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks
Day 11: Return home
After breakfast at your campsite you will pack your bags in into the jeep and head towards Kasane. Your guide drops you at the airport where you fly home via Johannesburg or Windhoek.
Please note that every other of these safaris is done with a reversed itinerary, starting in Kasane and ending in Maun.
Your safari ends in Kasane which is only about 1.5 hours drive from Victoria Falls. If you want you can of course extend your trip with a visit to Victoria Falls. We can book you on the Chobe Safari Lodge for two nights and you can make a full day tour to Vic Falls, and we can also arrange a transfer to Victoria Falls and book you on a hotel in Victoria Falls for one or two nights. You can, for example, stay in the classical Victoria Falls Hotel.
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For this trip you fly to Maun, Botswana via Johannesburg and on you way home depart from Kasane Botswana via Johannesburg. Flights to Johannesburg are available with a number of airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Emirates and Air France. Flights between Johannesburg and Maun / Kasane are operated by Air Botswana.
Changes in the exchange rate GBP/USD, changes in taxes and and other external factors beyond our control, as eg. state park fees, could cause a higher price than those presented on this page.
Note: You do not need a visa for Botswana!
For travel insurance and cancellation insurance, we recommend
Private mobile camp
On our safaris in Botswana you will live in a private mobile tented camp. The standing room tents all come with camping beds with mattress and bedding, lamp and a private toilet and shower in connection with your tent. Read more about our mobile tented camp here.
Chobe Safari Lodge
A nice mid-range safari lodge with a fantastic location next to the border of the Chobe River, Chobe National Park. Read more about Chobe Safari Lodge
Before your departure you might want to go through our checklist below to make sure you have everything you need;
Visa to enter Botswana in not required from UK citizens. For a visa to Zimbabwe you can either purchased at the border for $30 or through the Zimbabwe Embassy.
Vaccinations, Visits you vaccination clinic well in advance to receive the vaccinations and any medications you might need. Bring your proof of vaccination to your destination.
Travel Currency, The currency of Botswana is Pula (BWP). It can be difficult to exchange to the currency in the UK, so we recommend brining USD in cash. VISA and MasterCard are accepted fairly often but Amex and Diners are rarely excepted. The currency in Zimbabwe is South African Rand. It's easy to exchange to Rand, before departure. The visa fee to Zimbabwe will be paid in USD.
Luggage: If your going on safari, please use soft sided luggage. Hard suitcases will be difficult to fit into your safari jeep.
Baggage Allowance, This varies between the different airline. Check with each airline website for their current conditions. Most domestic flights in Southern Africa only allow one bag with a limit of 20kg/person. Smaller safari planes often only allow 15kg/person including hand luggage. This only applies if your flying domestic flights in Botswana, the international flights usually allow 20/25 kg checked-in luggage plus carry-on bag,
Insurance; Before you travel make sure have an adequate travel insurance. Note that with several debit/ credit cards you travel insurance is included if you pay your trip with card. Check the conditions for your home insurance and card carefully before purchasing additional travel insurance. Africana Travel do not sell any travel insurance or cancelation insurance.
Terms of Purchasing; Trips booked with us are covered by general and special conditions. When purchasing a trip from Africana Travel your automatically accept these. Therefore, check our terms and conditions carefully.
To make your safari as pleasurable as possible we put together a checklist of things you should consider to include in your luggage.
Soft Luggage; Pack your belongings in soft bags so they easily fit into the limited space in the safari jeep. I
Binoculars; Many animals will be close to the car but it's good to bring a binocular if we happen to see a leopard or rhino in the distance.
Flashlight or headlamp; It gets very dark at night in the African wilderness, so bringing a flashlight or preferably a headlamp is recommended.
Wipes or/and Hand Sanitizer; Useful if you want to clean your hands before a meal. Can also be used to clean any grazes etc
Electrical adapter. In Botswana they use electrical outlets with three round sticks (Type D) but are also common that there are some English (Type G) outlets. It is still good to bring an adapter.
Hiking shoes (low): Hiking shoes are the absolute best to have on your feet whilst on safari, not only for your own comfort but also to protect your feet from any nasties on the ground such as scorpions, sharp rocks or acacia thorns. A lot of camping and hiking stores will recommend Gore-Tex shoes which are waterproof however you will want to make sure that whatever shoes you bring will be breathable as it can get quite hot. The absolute best is if you have comfortable walking shoes that are water resistant.
Sandals or Sneakers. It's nice to have a pair of comfortable well-worn shoes to wear at the lodge in the evening.
Hat or Cap; To protect you head from the sun
Sunglasses; The sun is extremely strong in East Africa so it's important to protect your eyes.
Sunscreen; Bring plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF. If your travelling during the European autumn/winter it's especially important to wear a sunscreen with high SPF in the beginning.
Light Clothes; Bring thin t-shirt and trousers/shorts. Functional materials are more comfortable than cotton. In some areas, such as the Ngorongoro crater you will experience chilly night (especially between May and September), so we recommend you to bring a light jacket or fleece.
Hooded Sweater and pants. It's pretty cold in the evenings, nights and mornings in Southern Africa, especially between May and September. Therefore it is good to bring a sweater, light jacket and long pants.
Small backpack or bag to carry camera and similar things during the day
IMPORTANT! Before your journey make sure to visit a vaccination clinic and get the vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis you need!
We have collected frequently asked questions here.
Botswana has a relatively dry climate with a marked dry respectively rain season. The dry season is from May to November, while the rainy season is from December to April. The whole country is relatively dry all year and it is fully possible to visit Botswana even during the rain season since the rain is rarely heavy or persistent for long periods. The accessibility to a safari in Botswana however is depended on season, specially during January-March since the area around Chobe Riber and the rivers of the Okowanve get flooded as a result of the heavy rains in central Angola. During the dry season it is usually sunny and completely cloudless with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees in the afternoons and cold clear nights with temperatures that can crawl under five degrees. Frost occurs a few nights each year. During the rainy season it is more clouds and some heavy rain which usually don't last long. The temperatures between November and February can reach around 40 degrees and because of the humidity the nights will be warm as well.
Botswana is a country in southern Africa that to the surface is about the same size as France but the population is only about two million. Botswana is a republic. It is bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is 360 feet high and 5600 feet wide and is considered to be the world's largest waterfall. The waterfalls creates a pillar of smoke, visible from miles away. During the rainy season and early dry season 3000 cubic meters of water per second rushes through the falls but at the end of the dry season it's only about 300 cubic meters per second.
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