For the true adventurers, a genuine mobile safari experience in beautiful Botswana is a must that has to be ticked off your travel bucket list.
The standard of guiding is nothing short of exceptional and safari activities range from game drives to walking safaris to aquatic activities. If you’re a keen photographer, we can arrange this tour with a specialist guide to create an unrivalled photographic safari. With a maximum group size of seven, this mobile safari guarantees you an intimate experience in comfortable, Sahara-style tents complete with a customised camp bed and bedding, as well as an en-suite “bush bathroom”. Being a full-service safari, you are not required to participate in any camp chores and each evening you will still sit down to a delicious meal with a glass of wine (or two!). After six nights living as one with the bush, you’ll pack up and head for safari lodge luxury in the Eastern Caprevi strip in Namibia. You’ll spend two nights here enjoying the wealth of wildlife that congregates on the banks of the Chobe River before heading to Victoria Falls for a further two nights spent enjoying one of the original seven wonders of the world.
From Johannesburg International Airport you'll catch a flight into Maun, where you'll hop on a 30 minute charter flight to Moremi Game Reserve, your home for the next three nights. You'll check into your spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds with plush bed linen and a private en-suite bathroom. Your days will be spent exploring the wilderness on twice daily game drives with your dedicated guide and relaxing at camp during the high heat of midday.
Moremi lies on the eastern border of the Okavango Delta and boasts a variety of habitats including wide-open floodplains, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, marshes, vast stands of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. Such a varied environment gives rise to incredibly diverse wildlife, birdlife and vegetation. Moremi is on of the best game reserves in Africa for viewing the endangered African wild dog. You’re also likely to spot large, breeding herds of elephant that wander between their grazing areas in the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. The region is also home to the water-loving Red Lechwe antelope as well as the rare swamp-dwelling Sitatunga antelope, who can often be seen along the waterways from your boat.
After an early morning breakfast, you'll depart on slow drive through Moremi as you head north east towards the Khwai Community Area. This is a full day of extended game drive with a stop for a picnic lunch as you journey from one camp to the next. The Manuchira Channel is the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity and your day’s journey follows this water course. The track weaves from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango Delta. During the course of the morning you will pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools, stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the feisty resident hippo. The western mopane veld is home to mostly breeding herds of elephant, whilst the eastern reaches of Khwai is where you’ll find some seriously impressive old bulls. The mature bulls revel in the cool waters of the Khwai and are far more approachable while drinking and bathing than the breeding herds. Leopard, cheetah, serval and lion are common predators along this route. On arrival at your tented camp, you'll have a chance to freshen up before a well-earned dinner.
You'll be based at an exclusive campsite in the community area and head out each day to explore the Khwai floodplains on both morning and evening game drives. After dark, the spotlights offer you the chance to interact with some of the nocturnal animals rarely encountered in the daylight. You'll also enjoy walking safari during which you’ll get up close and personal with Botswana’s unique flora and fauna.
The Khwai region boasts impressive populations of bull elephant and breeding herds. Lion, serval, leopard and African wildcat are common predators of the region, with wild dog and cheetah being less common. Ungulates (hoofed animals) include kudu, tsesebe, blue wildebeest, sable antelope, giraffe, roan antelope and impala. This area is also extremely rich in birdlife.
After a hearty early breakfast, you'll depart the lush landscapes of the Khwai and head for the Eastern Caprivi region in the Zambezi Province of Namibia. This narrow strip of country along the border of Botswana overlooks the vast floodplains of the Puku Flats in Chobe National Park. The Chobe River is home to dense concentrations for wildlife including large herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as unusual creatures like the rare Puku antelope. The animals commune down at the river’s edge to drink and graze, making game viewing as easy as relaxing on the deck of your riverside lodge.
Your accommodation for the next two nights is Chobe Savanna Lodge, a classic African Savanna style lodge featuring a 270 degree view over the Chobe River and a sparkling secluded swimming pool. As this is a water-based lodge, you're able to choose from a range of aquatic activities including river excursions in small boats and catch-and-release fishing trips You'll also have the chance to experience local Namibian traditions with a visit to a cultural village in one of the surrounding communities.
After 2 days of thrilling wildlife encounters in Chobe, you'll cross the border into the third country of your trip, Zimbabwe, where you'll visit the iconic Victoria Falls. You'll stay at Old Drift Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River a mere 7km from the Falls, with rooms overlooking the pristine Zambezi National Park. The lodge is set in a wild paradise that is frequented by elephant, buffalo, sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala. The views are panoramic, with North facing onto the Zambezi & South facing onto a water hole. During your stay you will tour the might 'smoke that thunders' and have options to go on game drives or adventure activities related to the Falls.
It's time to say farewell to your extensive tour of Africa and enjoy the memories and photos as you're transferred back to Johannesburg Intnerantional Airport for your return flight home.