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Trip Length 7 days

From $5,695

  • Take game drives, bush walks and boat rides in the Okavango Delta, called “Africa’s last Eden” for its abundant fauna
  • Enjoy phenomenal wildlife viewing at Moremi Game Reserve, one of Africa’s richest ecosystems, while staying in a luxury tented camp
  • Check out the world’s largest elephant population at Chobe National Park, from an iconic game lodge with panoramic views of the Namibian floodplains

Explore the rich diversity of Botswana's Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most pristine wilderness areas on the continent. At Moremi Game Reserve, which covers nearly a third of the Okavango and provides sanctuary for over 450 species of bird, discover verdant floodplains, perennially wet lagoons, mopane forests, and game-rich open plains. Take in the world’s largest elephant population at Chobe National Park, a spectacular area that ranks among Africa's premier safari destinations. After days spotting Africa’s famed fauna and its more reclusive species—on game drives, bush walks, sunset sails, mokoro (dugout canoe) and powerboat cruises—you’ll bask in the comforts of luxury tented camps and game lodges.

Day 1: Fly from Maun to Camp Okavango

Welcome to Botswana! This trip begins with a rendezvous at Maun International Airport in Botswana. Upon arrival, you will clear immigration before collecting your luggage and proceeding through customs. On entering the Arrivals Terminal, you will be met by a Mountain Travel Sobek representative who will hand over your travel documentation and assist you to your ongoing flight to the Camp Okavango airstrip. Upon arrival at the Camp Okavango, you will be met by the camp staff and transferred to camp, spotting game on the drive. Check in and have some leisure time before your first afternoon game drive.

As old as time, the seasonal flood from the Angola Highlands is the heartbeat of Botswana. Seeping along the panhandle and into the largest inland delta system in the world, the water creates a uniquely beautiful National Heritage Site, the incoming tide of life bringing with it birth, transformation and replenishment. These ancient cyclical changes provide an exceptional safari experience, as the area supports vast herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as numerous antelope, giraffe, zebra, and the ever-present predators.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp Okavango

Day 2: Discover the Okavango Delta

Today we will enjoy game drives and safari activities at Camp Okavango in the Delta, home to a large number of species, including semi-aquatic ones such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons, while the unique Delta environment supports many tiny but beautiful species, including multicolored frogs and incandescent dragonflies. The area also features the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope roam the open woodlands. We’ll spend the day discovering these remarkable marshlands and plains on day and night safaris, bush walks, mokoro, and powerboat cruises.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp Okavango

Day 3: Moremi Game Reserve and Camp Moremi

After a final morning safari activity and breakfast, you will be transferred to the Camp Okavango airstrip for your charter flight to the Xaranna Airstrip. Upon arrival, you will be met by the staff of Camp Moremi. Situated in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, Camp Moremi enjoys breathtaking vistas over the Xakanaxa Lagoon.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp Moremi

Day 4: Explore Moremi Game Reserve

Today we will enjoy game drives and safari activities at Moremi Game Reserve. Situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta, the reserve boasts one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the African continent. Moremi covers nearly a third of the Okavango, the largest inland delta in the world. Its scenic landscapes are filled with abundant life. Verdant floodplains, seasonal or perennially wet waterways, and lagoons cut through lush vegetation. Palm trees reach up from islands, parting early morning mists. Open plains team with game and riverine and mopane forests cast cool shade over the heated earth.

These gloriously varied habitats provide sanctuary to the prolific year-round wildlife population and over 450 species of birds.  Rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope thrive in the papyrus banks of the ancient waterways whilst large herds of impala and tsessebe graze on dry land. As summer comes to an end and the dry winter months take over, the scenery changes. Now the constantly moving herds of buffalo dominate the land, and as they migrate along primordial paths, the hypnotic sway of large elephants brings the reserve into its own, renewing it with a sense of purpose. Kudu, zebra and giraffe lead the ever-attendant predators into the fray, and life bursts forth, abundant and complete.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp Moremi

Day 5: Fly to Chobe National Park

After a final morning safari activity and breakfast, you will be transferred to the Xakanaxa airstrip for your charter flight to the Kasane Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met by the staff of Chobe Game Lodge and transferred to the lodge.

Synonymous with elephants, Chobe promises unforgettable sightings of these gentle giants frolicking in the water, or moving slowly through desert-like stretches of sand, ears flapping to the slow rhythm of nature. We’ll appreciate the splendor of these majestic creatures in their natural environment. Chobe National Park boasts four distinctly different ecosystems: the spectacular Chobe floodplain and river to the northeast, the Savuti marsh in the west, the Linyanti swamps in the northwest and, in between, the hot dry hinterland of Nogatsaa and Tchinga. With an elephant population that is well in excess of 40,000 (reputedly the largest in the world), Chobe’s river and floodplain area ranks among Africa's premier safari destinations.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Chobe Game Lodge

Day 6: Safari Thrills in Chobe National Park

Today we will enjoy game drives and boat safaris at Chobe National Park, while staying at the iconic Chobe Game Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. Between exciting activities and our sunset cruise, perhaps cool off in the pool or keep an eye out for elephants, hippos and crocs, regularly seen from the lodge. As it’s the only lodge in the reserve, we’ll have the benefit of exclusivity before the park gates open to the public.

In addition to the massive herds of elephant, Chobe National Park is home to the more unusual shy antelope species such as roan, sable, tsessebe, eland, and red lechwe. Rare Chobe bushbuck and puku make an appearance, and high densities of lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah complete the safari experience. During the dry season months (May to October), the floodplains of the river support large herds of Cape buffalo. Woven into a melodious tapestry, the sounds of over 450 bird species merge with the harsher call of the big game, and the chatter and alarm calls of the inhabitants. Between September and March, the migrant breeding season, Chobe becomes a bird-lovers’ heaven, under a blanket of color and harmony.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Chobe Game Lodge

Day 7: Bid Farewell to Botswana

After a final morning safari activity and breakfast, you will board your charter flight to Maun, where you will connect with your departing flight home.

  • Breakfast

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2018 Prices, per person
From $5,695 (2 members)
From $800 internal air
 

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Camp Moremi

Nestled beneath giant ebony trees, Camp Moremi is a spectacular hideaway in the Xakanaxa area of the Moremi Game Reserve. The luxurious safari tents raised on teak platforms come with private decks and en-suite bathrooms. The elevated public area houses a lounge, library, bar, and dining room. Breakfast and tea are served at the garden boma. There's a lookout deck and plunge pool.

Camp Okavango

On a remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Camp Okavango is an enchanting retreat connected by elevated walkways with 12 luxury suites and one family suite featuring two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Gaze at the stars from the open-air deck with fireplaces, cool down in the infinity plunge pool, and unwind at the bar, library, or dining room.

Chobe Game Lodge

The only lodge in Chobe National Park situated on the magnificent Chobe River, Chobe Game Lodge offers a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. Accommodation options include rooms, private suites, and a family unit; all face the river and have spacious decks, A/C, and complimentary mini-bars. The main lodge has several dining options, two bars, many lounges, a curio shop, and swimming pool. Meals are served in the dining area, alongside the river or in private nooks on the expansive boardwalk.

  • Take game drives, bush walks and boat rides in the Okavango Delta, called “Africa’s last Eden” for its abundant fauna
  • Enjoy phenomenal wildlife viewing at Moremi Game Reserve, one of Africa’s richest ecosystems, while staying in a luxury tented camp
  • Check out the world’s largest elephant population at Chobe National Park, from an iconic game lodge with panoramic views of the Namibian floodplains

Explore the rich diversity of Botswana's Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most pristine wilderness areas on the continent. At Moremi Game Reserve, which covers nearly a third of the Okavango and provides sanctuary for over 450 species of bird, discover verdant floodplains, perennially wet lagoons, mopane forests, and game-rich open plains. Take in the world’s largest elephant population at Chobe National Park, a spectacular area that ranks among Africa's premier safari destinations. After days spotting Africa’s famed fauna and its more reclusive species—on game drives, bush walks, sunset sails, mokoro (dugout canoe) and powerboat cruises—you’ll bask in the comforts of luxury tented camps and game lodges.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Maun to Camp Okavango

Welcome to Botswana! This trip begins with a rendezvous at Maun International Airport in Botswana. Upon arrival, you will clear immigration before collecting your luggage and proceeding through customs. On entering the Arrivals Terminal, you will be met by a Mountain Travel Sobek representative who will hand over your travel documentation and assist you to your ongoing flight to the Camp Okavango airstrip. Upon arrival at the Camp Okavango, you will be met by the camp staff and transferred to camp, spotting game on the drive. Check in and have some leisure time before your first afternoon game drive.

As old as time, the seasonal flood from the Angola Highlands is the heartbeat of Botswana. Seeping along the panhandle and into the largest inland delta system in the world, the water creates a uniquely beautiful National Heritage Site, the incoming tide of life bringing with it birth, transformation and replenishment. These ancient cyclical changes provide an exceptional safari experience, as the area supports vast herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as numerous antelope, giraffe, zebra, and the ever-present predators.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp Okavango

Day 2: Discover the Okavango Delta

Today we will enjoy game drives and safari activities at Camp Okavango in the Delta, home to a large number of species, including semi-aquatic ones such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons, while the unique Delta environment supports many tiny but beautiful species, including multicolored frogs and incandescent dragonflies. The area also features the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope roam the open woodlands. We’ll spend the day discovering these remarkable marshlands and plains on day and night safaris, bush walks, mokoro, and powerboat cruises.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp Okavango

Day 3: Moremi Game Reserve and Camp Moremi

After a final morning safari activity and breakfast, you will be transferred to the Camp Okavango airstrip for your charter flight to the Xaranna Airstrip. Upon arrival, you will be met by the staff of Camp Moremi. Situated in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, Camp Moremi enjoys breathtaking vistas over the Xakanaxa Lagoon.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp Moremi

Day 4: Explore Moremi Game Reserve

Today we will enjoy game drives and safari activities at Moremi Game Reserve. Situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta, the reserve boasts one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the African continent. Moremi covers nearly a third of the Okavango, the largest inland delta in the world. Its scenic landscapes are filled with abundant life. Verdant floodplains, seasonal or perennially wet waterways, and lagoons cut through lush vegetation. Palm trees reach up from islands, parting early morning mists. Open plains team with game and riverine and mopane forests cast cool shade over the heated earth.

These gloriously varied habitats provide sanctuary to the prolific year-round wildlife population and over 450 species of birds.  Rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope thrive in the papyrus banks of the ancient waterways whilst large herds of impala and tsessebe graze on dry land. As summer comes to an end and the dry winter months take over, the scenery changes. Now the constantly moving herds of buffalo dominate the land, and as they migrate along primordial paths, the hypnotic sway of large elephants brings the reserve into its own, renewing it with a sense of purpose. Kudu, zebra and giraffe lead the ever-attendant predators into the fray, and life bursts forth, abundant and complete.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camp Moremi

Day 5: Fly to Chobe National Park

After a final morning safari activity and breakfast, you will be transferred to the Xakanaxa airstrip for your charter flight to the Kasane Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met by the staff of Chobe Game Lodge and transferred to the lodge.

Synonymous with elephants, Chobe promises unforgettable sightings of these gentle giants frolicking in the water, or moving slowly through desert-like stretches of sand, ears flapping to the slow rhythm of nature. We’ll appreciate the splendor of these majestic creatures in their natural environment. Chobe National Park boasts four distinctly different ecosystems: the spectacular Chobe floodplain and river to the northeast, the Savuti marsh in the west, the Linyanti swamps in the northwest and, in between, the hot dry hinterland of Nogatsaa and Tchinga. With an elephant population that is well in excess of 40,000 (reputedly the largest in the world), Chobe’s river and floodplain area ranks among Africa's premier safari destinations.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Chobe Game Lodge

Day 6: Safari Thrills in Chobe National Park

Today we will enjoy game drives and boat safaris at Chobe National Park, while staying at the iconic Chobe Game Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. Between exciting activities and our sunset cruise, perhaps cool off in the pool or keep an eye out for elephants, hippos and crocs, regularly seen from the lodge. As it’s the only lodge in the reserve, we’ll have the benefit of exclusivity before the park gates open to the public.

In addition to the massive herds of elephant, Chobe National Park is home to the more unusual shy antelope species such as roan, sable, tsessebe, eland, and red lechwe. Rare Chobe bushbuck and puku make an appearance, and high densities of lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah complete the safari experience. During the dry season months (May to October), the floodplains of the river support large herds of Cape buffalo. Woven into a melodious tapestry, the sounds of over 450 bird species merge with the harsher call of the big game, and the chatter and alarm calls of the inhabitants. Between September and March, the migrant breeding season, Chobe becomes a bird-lovers’ heaven, under a blanket of color and harmony.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Chobe Game Lodge

Day 7: Bid Farewell to Botswana

After a final morning safari activity and breakfast, you will board your charter flight to Maun, where you will connect with your departing flight home.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Camp Moremi

Nestled beneath giant ebony trees, Camp Moremi is a spectacular hideaway in the Xakanaxa area of the Moremi Game Reserve. The luxurious safari tents raised on teak platforms come with private decks and en-suite bathrooms. The elevated public area houses a lounge, library, bar, and dining room. Breakfast and tea are served at the garden boma. There's a lookout deck and plunge pool.

Camp Okavango

On a remote island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Camp Okavango is an enchanting retreat connected by elevated walkways with 12 luxury suites and one family suite featuring two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Gaze at the stars from the open-air deck with fireplaces, cool down in the infinity plunge pool, and unwind at the bar, library, or dining room.

Chobe Game Lodge

The only lodge in Chobe National Park situated on the magnificent Chobe River, Chobe Game Lodge offers a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. Accommodation options include rooms, private suites, and a family unit; all face the river and have spacious decks, A/C, and complimentary mini-bars. The main lodge has several dining options, two bars, many lounges, a curio shop, and swimming pool. Meals are served in the dining area, alongside the river or in private nooks on the expansive boardwalk.

Dates and Pricing

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2018 Prices, per person
From $5,695 (2 members)
From $800 internal air
 

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 7 days

From $5,695

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