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11 Days Botswana

Maun - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans - Moremi Game Reserve - Khwai Community Area - Savute - Chobe National Park - Chobe River Front - Chobe River Front

11 Days / 10 Nights

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Key

RO: Room only
SC: Self Catering
HB: Half Board
B&B: Bed and breakfast
B, B&L: Bed, breakfast and lunch
D, B&B: Dinner, bed and breakfast
FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily
FI: Fully inclusive

Day 1: Royal Tree Lodge, Maun (Mon, 1 May)

Botswana

Despite recent and surprisingly rapid modernization, Botswana’s cities provide little in the way of tourist attractions. However, what the cities lack in excitement, the surrounding wilderness areas more than make up for in outstanding natural beauty. The country’s primary tourist draw card is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta - the largest inland delta in the world provide a haven for an abundance of African wildlife. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi salt pans where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti plains which host large prides of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills where 4500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.

Maun

Maun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. Area attractions include a renowned river boat that offers ‘booze cruises’ up and down the Thamalakane River, and the forest groves of the Maun Game Reserve.

Overnight: Royal Tree Lodge

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Royal Tree Lodge is a private game reserve located twenty minutes from the iconic safari town of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
The lodge is situated on a private reserve on the banks of the Thamalakane River with an abundance of wildlife including giraffe, zebra, springbok, ostrich, eland, gemsbok and kudu as well as an extensive variety of bird life.
Guests will indulge in comfort and relaxation in one of Royal Tree Lodge’s well appointed, private tented chalets or romantic thatched honeymoon suites. World class cuisine served by candlelight on the lodge’s expansive teak deck, is the perfect way to conclude a day’s safari.
At Royal Tree Lodge, it's not just about luxurious accommodation and old world hospitality. Marked walking trails invite guests to create their own adventure allowing safe, intimate interaction with wildlife. For the more adventurous, set off on a horse back safari, scenic flight over the delta, or mokoro canoe trip down the river.
Finish off the day with a warm drink around the communal fire as personal safari hosts and Royal Tree Lodge managers share life stories from over 80 years of combined safari experience.

Transfers

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 2: Camp Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Tue, 2 May)

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pan is the world’s largest salt pan, formed on the bed of an ancient lake that began evaporating aeons ago. Visiting Makgadikgadi is a unique desert experience: in the dry season, this vast expanse of sun-baked salt glistens in the light and when the rains come, the pan is home to a cornucopia of flamingos and other waterbirds, as well as one of Africa's biggest zebra populations, whose annual migration is a wonder to behold.

Overnight: Camp Kalahari

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Camp Kalahari is nestled among the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyaena Island, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana. A relaxed, family-friendly traditional safari camp, ideal for those seeking fun and adventure, without sacrificing comfort or style.
The camp is an eclectic mix of original African furniture and textiles paired with traditional campaign style furniture and colonial antiques. Guests can relax in a traditionally built thatch library, living and dining area, and when it heats up, cool off in the plunge pool.
Camp Kalahari has 10 spacious Meru tents - 6 twin tents, 3 double tents and 1 family tent. All 10 traditional safari tents are en-suite and outfitted with rich textiles, Moroccan kilims, and four poster beds.
Visitors at Camp Kalahari can enjoy a range of year round activities during their stay. Get unbelievably up close and personal with a gang of incredibly friendly habituated meerkats. Spend time walking with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen for a glimpse into their ancient culture. Go on game drives to experience unique desert wildlife. Visit to Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of Livingstone & Selous: one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa.
During the dry season only: go quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans; lie out on the pans as the sun sets, and watch the planetarium show unfold with horizon-to-horizon stars.
During the wet season only: experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.

Activities

Game Drives at Camp Kalahari
Walking with Meerkats at Camp Kalahari
Camp Kalahari Bushmen Walk

Game Drives at Camp Kalahari

Game drives to experience unique desert wildlife.

Walking with Meerkats at Camp Kalahari

Get unbelievably up close and personal with a group of habituated meerkats.

Camp Kalahari Bushmen Walk

Spend time walking with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen for a glimpse into their ancient culture.

Directions - Royal Tree Lodge to Camp Kalahari

⦁ Head southeast (1.8 km)
⦁ Turn left (4.6 km)
⦁ Keep right (1.3 km)
⦁ Turn right (0.2 km)
⦁ Turn right (0.2 km)
⦁ Slight right (0.2 km)
⦁ Turn left (0.7 km)
⦁ Slight right (89 m)
⦁ Slight left (1.3 km)
⦁ Continue straight (0.2 km)
⦁ Turn left toward A3 (0.1 km)
⦁ Turn right at the 1st cross street onto A3 (185 km)
⦁ Sharp right (0.1 km)
⦁ Continue straight (3.9 km)
⦁ Turn left (0.4 km)
⦁ Keep left (25.9 km)
⦁ Turn left (1.8 km)

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 3: Camp Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Wed, 3 May)

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 4: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Moremi Game Reserve (Thu, 4 May)

Moremi Game Reserve

The amazing foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world's most famous reserves, conserving part of the Okavango Delta and the plains to its east. The reserve covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest.
This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, and lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offer visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chief's Camp

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Recently re-opened after an extensive rebuild, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp has ten luxury pavilions, and two interconnecting suites offering a new Mini Suite and Luxury Suite. When visiting Sanctuary Chief’s Camp you’ll see why Condé Nast Traveler consistently rates it as one of the top safari destinations in Botswana. The camp is part of the magazine’s exclusive “Platinum Circle” in recognition of its inclusion in the prestigious Gold List for the last five consecutive years.

The split-level main deck offers expansive views over the floodplain while the lower level of the deck houses an exquisite swimming pool to cool off after a day of exciting game viewing. The main area houses a bar area, orientation room, fitness centre, children's retreat, sitting room, curio shop, library, reception and both indoor and outdoor dining areas. For a rejuvenating pampering session, choose from a range of treatments at the camp’s spa.

The ten luxury pavilions are nestled in a jackalberry and sausage tree woodland that is characteristic of the area. Each luxury pavilion boasts their own private dining area, outside seating area, plunge pool, air-conditioning and fan, as well as beautiful bathrooms which offer a spacious outdoor shower, a large bath tub, beautiful floor to ceiling windows and folding glass doors with a stunning outlook over the surrounding waters of the Okavango Delta. Sumptuous four poster beds with generously draped mosquito nets and espresso machine also feature and for your convenience, the rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, Wi-Fi, room safe, emergency intercom and minibar.

For the epitome of luxury, two interconnecting suites can combine to create the Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite which can accommodate two to six guests. Ideal for those looking for the utmost privacy and comfort, the suite offers a private kitchen, indoor lounge, private boma with fire pit, secluded deck areas, plunge pool, a private chef, private vehicle with its own guide, a personal waiter and a private housekeeper

Flight Information

Included

Prices include all meals, all game viewing ac vi es (with the excep on of Walking with Elephants ac vity at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp & Sanctuary Baines’ Camp), park fees, laundry services, emergency medical evacua on, all beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic with the excep on of champagne and premium brands), airstrip transfers and return airport transfers (Kasane Airport to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero).

Day 5: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Moremi Game Reserve (Fri, 5 May)

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 6: Khwai Campsite, Khwai Community Area (Sat, 6 May)

Khwai Community Area

The Khwai area of the Okavango lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives.

Overnight: Khwai Campsite

Khwai (formerly known as North Gate) is a group of sites in the Moremi Game reserve. The area is well known for it's extensive variety of animals and the San Bushmen, who have a growing community nearby. Campsites are grouped together with their own fireplaces but sharing two ablution blocks with solar lights and ensuite showers and toilets. The campsites are not fenced, be alert.

Activities

game drives

Flight Information

Directions - Maun Airport [MUB] to Khwai Campsite

⦁ Head northeast on Mathiba I St toward Sir Seretse Khama Rd (1.1 km)
⦁ Turn left onto Sir Seretse Khama Rd (8.1 km)
⦁ At the roundabout, take the 1st exit (49.2 km)
⦁ Slight left (31.2 km)
⦁ Slight right. Destination will be on the right (30.6 km)

Included

Full Board and Activities

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 7: Khwai Campsite, Khwai Community Area (Sun, 7 May)

Included

Included
Full Board and Activities

Day 8: Savuti Campsite, Savute – Chobe National Park (Mon, 8 May)

Savute - Chobe National Park

In the heart of Botswana’s Chobe National Park lies a dynamic wilderness, a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the dry channel that was once its lifeline. This is Savute, where mysterious wet and dry cycles mould the landscape and dictate the nature of its wild inhabitants. Currently it is dry, and wild dogs hunt in the channel where crocodiles swam only twenty years ago.
The Gubatsa Hills shelter leopard and klipspringer and rock paintings of early man’s wildlife sightings. During the arid winter months game viewing concentrates on Savute’s resident bull elephants, antelope and lion prides, and black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, and kudu, abound.
The summer rains bring a feast for lion, hyena and cheetah as thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest assemble in a chaotic pattern on the marsh. Cape buffalo herds arrive and migrant birds swell Savute’s 300 resident species, thrilling bird-watchers with their spectacular antics.

Overnight: Savuti Campsite

Recognised as a prime game viewing area, the Savuti covers almost 1,930 sq. miles (5,000 square km) in the south west of Chobe National Park. Parts of Savuti are almost desert-like with a scorching sun and hot sand, while at the other extreme are vast grassy plains.

Savuti is well known for its elephants, lions and hyenas, all of which visit the lodge area, making for an experience not to be forgotten! Listening to the night sounds of Savuti is an unforgettable experience. Apart from being one of Africa’s prime game viewing areas, Savuti is also stunningly beautiful, with rocky outcrops, and rolling grassland interspersed with dead trees. In 2009 the Savuti channel began flowing again – the first time in 30 years. In February 2010 the channel had reached the marsh, transforming the area and bringing new life. The Savuti area is now returning to its former glory – when it was known as one of the key wildlife areas in Botswana.

This campsite offers large camping sites with running water (not drinking water) on every campsite. In the centre of the campsite is an elephant proof complex which houses the ablutions, showers and washing basins.

Activities

game drives

Directions - Khwai Campsite to Savuti Campsite

⦁ Head north (10.4 km)
⦁ Continue onto Transit Rd (6.2 km)
⦁ Turn right to stay on Transit Rd (6.1 km)
⦁ Turn left (40.9 km)
⦁ Turn right (15.8 km)
⦁ Merge onto Sandridge Rd (23.5 km)

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 9: Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe River Front (Tue, 9 May)

Chobe River Front

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Counter-balancing the wilderness are restful, air conditioned, en-suite lodgings. Graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of cool tranquillity.

Other facilities include a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area, a stylish bar with an outside terrace, an expansive deck offering magnificent views over the Chobe River as well as conference facilities for business travellers. All meals are catered for in various locations throughout the lodge including the terrace, boma and riverfront deck.

Each of Chobe Game Lodge's 4 luxury suites has an individual plunge pool set on a private terrace with breathtaking panoramic views of the endless landscape and open plains. Graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of cool tranquillity. All 46 rooms are tastefully furnished, each room with hand crafted Rhodesian teak furniture and walls decorated with original African carvings and paintings.

Directions - Savuti Campsite to Chobe Game Lodge

⦁ Head northeast (0.2 km)
⦁ Slight left (41.6 km)
⦁ Continue onto Transit Rd (3.7 km)
⦁ Turn right (19.9 km)
⦁ Slight left onto Transit Rd (34.7 km)
⦁ Continue onto Transit Rd (5.7 km)
⦁ Turn right onto A33 (49.2 km)
⦁ Sharp left (3.8 km)
⦁ Turn left (4.1 km)
⦁ Continue straight (0.6 km)
⦁ Turn right (35 m)

Included

Accommodation, scheduled activities and laundry service

All meals, refreshments, local spirits and wines

Complimentary mini bar at Chobe Game Lodge and Chobe Savanna Lodge

Emergency medical evacuation cover

National park fees and all government levies and taxes

Day 10: Chobe Princesses, Chobe River Front (Wed, 10 May)

Chobe River Front

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Overnight: Chobe Princesses

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A RELAXED, INTIMATE RIVER SAFARI EXPERIENCE

With only a small number of guests per boat and no set itinerary or departure dates, staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own luxury houseboat. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water. As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you'll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience.

Each houseboat has a minimum of three smaller "tender" boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy: mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa's unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests. Alternatively, simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand as you soak up the tranquility that surrounds you.

Each cabin on board the Chobe Princesses is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond. As you lie on your king-sized bed, spot an elephant grazing on the riverbank nearby, or see a fish eagle diving for its prey. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that's perfect for a refreshing dip. After a day spent doing as you please, fall asleep with the calls of hyena or even a lion drifting through the open doors of your cabin.

Activities

Fishing
Birding
Photo safaris
Water-based game viewing

Fishing

No trip to the Chobe is complete without trying your hand at a fishing safari where if you’re lucky, you may even catch a tiger fish. One of the greatest fighting fish in the world, the tiger fish is the most sought after prize of these waters and is known for its ferocious spirit. It's not all about tiger fish though. You may also hook one of the many bream species, African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellowfish as you explore over 100 kms of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, as well as the winding Kasai Channel and thrilling Chobe and Mambova rapids.

We offer both conventional equipment as well as flyfishing equipment for our fishing safaris, because we know that the area is renowned worldwide for its flyfishing. We supply rods, flies, lures, lines, leaders and reels and all equipment is included in our rate.

Because of our unique location, we offer excellent fishing safaris all year round – from the annual floods starting in March to the feeding frenzies in the winter months. Our highly knowledgeable guides, the tackle and bait we supply as well as well stocked cooler boxes make fishing in Africa an experience to remember. Land an eight pounder or more and earn bragging rights for years to come, as you enjoy a fishing trip that's second to none.

Birding

With over 450 species, a mix of terrains and a dramatic African backdrop, the Chobe River is the perfect setting for a highly rewarding birdwatching safari. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population sometimes by 20% compared to the winter months. From December through to March birdlife on the Chobe is extremely busy and the colourful breeding plumage on display is an extraordinary sight.

Experienced birders and even eager amateurs will delight in spotting distinct birds such as African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African finfoot, either through their binoculars or with the naked eye. Having access to your own knowledgeable guide and tender boat lets you spend many hours on your birding safari also viewing cattle egrets, fish eagles, open-billed storks, lesser-striped swallows, pied kingfishers and the striking carmine bee-eater. The slow drift of the tender boat means that you won’t disturb the peaceful silence and can also get up close to the birds and observe their fascinating behaviour.

Sit patiently and absorb the beauty around you and soon you’ll be rewarded with a unique sighting that you’ll want to photograph. Because you’ll have access to the Chobe National Park and the Caprivi wetlands, you’ll get exposure to a wide variety of species you may have never seen before. The distinct sounds of the call of an African fish eagle mingling with the grunt of hippos will stay with you long after your Chobe River birdwatching safari is over.

Photo safaris

Uninterrupted access to wild animals. Absolute silence. Golden light. The Chobe River is an unforgettable photographic safari destination, and one of the wildlife photographers’ hotspots in Africa. To help you capture that perfect moment, our custom-designed photographic safari boats are available on request and cater for 6 clients in individual photographic seats. The boat contains custom-designed swivel chairs that give you greater stability and 360-degree views for a wider range of subject matter. Every seat is equipped with a mounting for resting SLR cameras of all types and you’ll get your own experienced safari guide who’ll help you find that perfect shot.

Bring your own photographic equipment as we don’t supply this - the optimal lens to bring is an 80 - 400mm zoom. Because this is a water-based safari, you'll be able to take unique shots in a safe environment, being able to view the animals in the Chobe National Park surrounded by that magical golden light Africa is renowned for. Tea and coffee will be offered in the morning during the winter months and soft drinks, local beers and wines will be served in the afternoon. Light snacks are also served during your excursion, providing you with a photographic experience that's also about pure comfort.

Departure times are early morning and late afternoon and the safari takes three hours. Please let us know at the time of booking your holiday if you’d like to use our customised photographic safari boat. Capture your stay with breathtaking photos of the unique African landscape and the wild animals that surround you.

Water-based game viewing

Staying on board one of the Chobe Princesses is like being on a permanent game viewing vehicle, but with a much higher comfort factor. Situated in the heart of the Chobe region with access to river frontage of the Chobe National Park, we also offer water-based game drives by tender boat, allowing you to experience the enormous diversity and concentration of wildlife up even closer.

Game viewing on the Chobe River is at its most exceptional from March to November when the weather is drier and the animals are more mobile as they search for food and water. Summer and spring also offer unique opportunities though, as you watch the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season. Catch sight of huge herds of elephant as they swim across the water, as well as buffalo, lion, crocodile, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu and the occasional leopard as they gather to quench their thirst at watering holes. Besides animal life, you’ll also see a huge variety of birdlife and plant life as you listen to the sounds of a hippo grunting and breathe in the sweet smell of African grass.

The Chobe is known as a photographer's paradise and for good reason. The soft early morning light and the sunsets at dusk, combined with striking animal behaviour, make for dramatic and unusual photo opportunities. Before your game viewing excursion, remember to apply sunscreen and wear a hat, as temperatures can reach over 40 degrees centigrade. You should also bring along a jacket for the chillier temperatures in the early mornings and evenings.

Enjoy the ultimate in game viewing safari decadence as you sip on a drink and cruise along the river in one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Directions - Chobe Game Lodge to Chobe Princesses

Directions - Chobe Game Lodge to Chobe Princesses
⦁ Head south (35 m)
⦁ Turn left (4.7 km)
⦁ Continue straight (0.8 km)

Included

Accommodation on board the Chobe Princesses.

• Full Board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) *see note*

• All house wine, local beers, ciders, soft-drinks, mineral water, tea & coffee on board the Chobe Princesses.

• Activities and excursions including guided game viewing by tender boat, guided fishing from a well-
equipped fishing boat, guided birding, a guided walk on Impalila Island to see the ancient Baobab tree
or a visit to a local village on the Namibian side of the Chobe River (when available).

• All fuel.

• All equipment hire (eg. fishing rods, lures etc) – Please note that we reserve the right to charge for lost or damaged equipment.

• All fishing licenses (if required).

Day 11: Departure (Thu, 11 May)

Transfers

Urgent Contact Numbers

- Company Name: Namvic Tours and Safaris
- Telephone: 00264 81 3324524
- Email: info@namvicsafaris.com
- Contact Person: Chris sandmann

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