Okavango Delta – Moremi, Savuti & Khwai

A true African Eden…..

Due to the fact that it is extremely difficult to secure bookings in this remote wilderness area and the isolated location, we offer guided self drive adventures to this wonderland -called the Delta. The Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. It’s known for its sprawling grassy plains, which flood seasonally, becoming a lush animal habitat. The Moremi Game Reserve occupies the east and central areas of the region. Here, dugout canoes are used to navigate past hippos, elephants and crocodiles. On dry land, wildlife includes lions, leopards, giraffes and rhinos.

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Savuti is a lot more dryer with rocky out crops and massive Baobab trees. There is however a huge floodplain, its size depending largely on the amount of water pushing through from the delta. Home to large number of elephants who frequently visit your campsite, as well as wild dog and leopard and huge numbers of plains game. Most game viewing here is done from 4×4 vehicles. This is the place where you are likely to see wild dogs in their natural environment untouched for millennia…


Places to visit will include the following –

  • Elephant Sands
  • Hunters Road
  • Kasane
  • Chobe
  • Vic Falls (Optional)
  • Sunset boat cruis (Optional)
  • Moremi
  • Savuti
  • Kwhai
  • Maun

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Adventure Itinerary

Day 1: Elephant Sands 550 km

Meet up at the Groblers brug border post. This will be the day with the most driving on the trip and one of the few days we need to get an early start to reach Elephant Sands. We will do a stop in Francistown to purchase meat and greens. The aim is to be at the  border post in the morning, between 7 and 8.

Enjoy viewing the elephants at a natural waterhole right in front of the lodge. Watch these impressive creatures whilst they drink only a couple of meters away from you, a unique experience! There’s plenty of other wildlife around on the un-fenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely.

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Day 2: Elephant Sands

We will spend the day exploring the park and taking pictures or just relax in the camp trying to take that million dollar elephant close up photo. They have a resident pack of 18 wild dogs and we might be lucky enough to spot.

Day 3: Hunters Road 140 km

The Hunters’ Road – a romantic name for what is still a romantic place. The country on either side of that track is still as wild as when Selous hunted here. Explorers, hunters and traders all made tracks towards the Falls and before long a wagon road ran from the south. The Old Hunters’ Road, as it became known, now forms the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe.
We will “Wild Camp” on this road like the explorers of old. There is some feelings of nostalgia when camping on this road like the old hunters and explorers of the previous century.
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Day 4: Kasane 100 km

We will arrive early in Kasane. This will give us the opportunity to do laundry, replenish supplies and some sight seeing of which this town has more than enough. Optional – Sunset boat cruise on the Chobe river.

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Day 5: Kasane

Vic Falls and Zambia for those who have not been there. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been described by CNN as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. We take a taxi to Vic Falls early the morning and back later the afternoon. The Zambian border is just a skip and a hop from the bridge and a day trip to Livingstone is possible.

For those not wanting to go to Vic Falls there is Tiger Fishing or self drive to Chobe.

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Day 6 & 7: Chobe – Mababe Dizhara camp

The forgotten river – the Savuti Channel – is flowing again for the first time in almost 30 years. Come and experience first-hand the transformation from parched, sun beaten soil, into luscious green wetlands, teaming with returning wildlife – from cats, to antelope and elephants!

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Day 8 & 9: Khwai – Mbudi Camp

Khwai is often hailed as the best game region in Botswana. The vast floodplains of the River Khwai are home to an extensive variety of animals, especially in the winter months when water is scarce. This is a photographers dream paradise.

This remote area is known for its predators – particularly lions, wild dogs and hyenas – and huge concentrations of migratory species such as zebra and elephants. While in the pools and lagoons created by the meandering Linyanti River you’ll find hippos and crocodiles gathering to wallow in the cool water.

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Day 10: Moremi – 3rd Bridge

Third Bridge area that borders on the delta and Mboma Island, enjoy heavy concentration of wildlife in the dry season. Third Bridge offers much more of the wilderness experience than most of Southern African camping grounds with unspoiled wilderness and top destinations.

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Day 11: Maun

The town of Maun is the third largest in Botswana. It is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts. Maun is the tourism capital of Botswana and the administrative centre of Ngamiland. It is also the headquarters of numerous air-charter operations and a flight over the Delta is highly recommended. Regular provision of almost anything can be bought in Maun.


What do you need:

  1. A good reliable, serviced 4-wheel drive vehicle or 4×2 with diff-lock if not towing,
  2. Fuel range of app. 500km’s including extra fuel containers like long range tanks and jerry cans.
  3. Vehicle registration papers or letter of consent from the financing institution.
  4. Children must have a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate and letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.
  5. Guests from non-SADC countries will need a Visa.
  6. A passport that is valid for 3 months after our return to SA, valid drivers license and ID.
  7. Camping equipment and cooking/braai accessories.
  8. A ground tent is fine but no open-air camping allowed due to the fact that we camp in predator territory.
  9. Fridge/Freezer or cooler boxes. Food needed for the first 3 days and stock-up on supplies in Kasane for the next 5 Days to the Delta.
  10.  Malaria Prophylaxis taken as prescribed by your GP.
  11. Last but not least – A good sense of humour and a positive outlook.

2 way radios will be supplied by ourselves.

Price – R8 700 p/p

Price includes:

  • All cross border fees, 3rd party insurance and taxes
  • Camping fees
  • Conservation fees
  • Park entry fees

Not included:

  • 4×4 vehicle hire
  • Fuel
  • Food
  • Daily activities like Vic Falls, boat cruises, fishing etc
  • Transfer fees
  • Game drives

 

 

Travel and tour company guiding self drive tours in Southern Africa

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