Set Departure Safari

Botswana Explorer – 8 Night Mobile Safari

“A small group safari showcasing Khwai, Savuti & Chobe Riverfront”

Price $3200 USD (See price tab)
Country
Botswana
Duration
8 Nights
Safari Type
Mobile Safari
Kids Min Age
5

An 8-night scheduled small-group mobile safari running in both directions between Maun and Kasane, Botswana. Take advantage of lower rates by joining other travellers on this incredible safari to THREE iconic regions!

Spending quality time where it counts, this is the perfect group tour for single travellers, couples or small groups wanting to experience an authentic luxury mobile safari visiting three iconic safari regions in Botswana – while sharing some of the logistical costs with other like-minded travellers.

If starting from Maun, once you land at the airport you will be met by staff who will help you connect onto a scenic flight over the Okavango, taking you directly to Khwai airstrip where you will be collected by your guide. Spend 3 nights in the Khwai Concession, an area that allows for off-road driving and night driving so your opportunity for wildlife viewing is enhanced greatly. The area is also home to a very high concentration of wildlife and a good population of predators including lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas.

After Khwai, you’ll head north to another area made famous for its predators, Savuti. Spend 3 nights in Savuti exploring the vast marsh, the rocky outcrops and the waterholes that are frequented by large congregations elephants. You can expect similar wildlife to Khwai but in a totally different setting.

After Savuti you will again head north to the Chobe river front. Spending 2 nights here you will be sure to get your elephant fix as thousands of elephants converge to the river during the dry season, along with plenty of other animal species. You’ll also have a 3 hour boat cruise on the river included as part of this safari.

On the final day of the safari, you’ll either be taken to Kasane Airport for onward connections, or for those extending to Victoria Falls an alternative transfer will be organized.

It’s important to note that this safari runs from Maun and Kasane, but also from Kasane to Maun – in which case the above itinerary will simply be reversed but remains exactly the same.

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map and overview

Departures from Maun:

  • 3 Nights Khwai Concession Area
  • 3 Nights Savuti, Chobe National Park
  • 2 Nights Serondela, Chobe National Park

Departures from Kasane:

  • 2 Nights Serondela, Chobe National Park
  • 3 Nights Savuti, Chobe National Park
  • 3 Nights Khwai Concession Area

start dates

Maun Departures:
27 February 2022 - 7 March 2022
21 March 2022 - 29 March 2022
12 April 2022 - 20 April 2022
26 May 2022 - 3 June 2022
18 June 2022 - 26 June 2022
10 July 2022 - 18 July 2022
1 August 2022 - 9 August 2022
23 August 2022 - 31 August 2022
14 September 2022 - 22 September 2022
6 October 2022 - 14 October 2022
28 October 2022 - 5 November 2022
19 November 2022 - 27 November 2022
Kasane Departures:
15 February 2022 - 23 February 2022
9 March 2022 - 17 March 2022
31 March 2022 - 8 April 2022
22 April 2022 - 30 April 2022
6 June 2022 - 14 June 2022
28 June 2022 - 6 July 2022
20 July 2022 - 28 July 2022
11 August 2022 - 19 August 2022
2 September 2022 - 10 September 2022
24 September 2022 - 2 October 2022
16 October 2022 - 24 October 2022
7 November 2022 - 15 November 2022
29 November 2022 - 6 December 2022

detailed itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Maun-Charter Flight to Khwai Game Reserve

Upon your arrival at Maun Airport with SA Link flight 8200 from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg OR SA Link Flight 8604 if you are coming from Cape Town, staff will help you connect you with the charter company that will fly you to Khwai.

Your Guide will be waiting to pick you up at the Khwai Airstrip upon your arrival there. You will do a leisurely drive along the Khwai River towards camp arriving late in the afternoon. After your arrival, and introduced to the crew in Camp, your guide will give a thorough briefing on safety. It is important that you pay attention to all of the safety briefing, and adhere to these safety precautions at all times while you are on safari. Afterwards, you will be showed the workings of your accommodations.

Activities: Game driving into camp.

Accommodations: Khwai Magotho Mobile Camp

Day 2 Khwai Game Reserve

After morning breakfast, you set off for a morning game drive, which takes you along the Khwai River and its floodplains looking for Lion, Leopard and hunting Wild dogs.

African rivers have resident species like Hippopotamus, Crocodiles and great birdlife. They are also a draw for thirsty wildlife, which in turn attracts predator life. The other species seen here are Red Lechwe, Common Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Impala, heads of Cape Buffalo, Elephants, Sable Antelope, Black Backed and Side Striped Jackal, Zebra and Wildebeest. There is a good chance of Lessor Jacana, the rare Pel’s fishing owl, and Saddle Billed Stork, Wattled Crane, Malachite Kingfisher, Rebilled and Hottentot Teal at Leopard Lagoon.

After the afternoon tea, you head off for the afternoon game drive, normally in a different direction to the morning activity. This activity can include a short hike/game walk before returning to the vehicle for a sundowner, which is usually by the river while watching wildlife drinking. You will arrive in camp for a hot bucket shower and a delicious three course dinner. A night game drive may follow before sleep time. But this is an optional activity for those that are interested.

Activities: Morning game drive, afternoon game drive, night drive.

Accommodations: Khwai Magotho Mobile Camp

Day 3 Khwai Game Reserve

The Khwai river front, Matswere area, Leopard Lagoon, Lechwe plains, Sable Alley and the Chobe boundary area offer a lot to be seen. Much of the Khwai wildlife roams between these habitats, and after the morning breakfast you will be heading into some of these areas to find good wildlife. You will head back to camp late morning to a delicious brunch before settling in camp for some downtime and a shower.

After afternoon tea, you are off for an afternoon game drive and a Sundowner by the river watching Hippopotami getting ready to head out for their nightly feed. You drive back to camp much later than normal, with a spotlight to catch some of the nightly wildlife coming out.

Activities: Morning and afternoon game drive, leading into an evening drive.

Accommodations: Khwai Magotho Mobile Camp

Day 4 Moving Day-Khwai to Savuti

After the early morning breakfast, we head out for game viewing along the Khwai River. We later leisurely head to Savuti, with a picnic lunch along the way. The transit to Savuti takes you through the Mababe Depression, once part of a gigantic lake that spread across northern Botswana. The sweet grasses of the depression are much sought after by grazing species like Buffalo, Zebra and Wildebeest. But they are many other types of wildlife encountered daily on this route.

After a picnic lunch, you arrive in the greater Savuti area early afternoon. You may just have enough time to drive past some of Savuti’s waterholes. Many Elephants, Roan Antelope, Zebra, Wildebeest Warthog, Giraffe, Tsessebe, Ostrich, Impala are seen at these waterholes daily. It is not a surprise that Lions, Hyenas and occasionally Leopard are seen here too. Hundreds of Burchel’s Sandgrouse arrive at these waterholes every afternoon to drink and collect water to carry to their chicks tens of kilometres away.

Your will arrive in camp late afternoon. A drink in camp and an early shower is followed by a delicious dinner cooked over open fire. A night cap is a norm by the fire while recapping the day’s sightings.

Activities: Game drive out of Khwai. Game drive into Savuti.

Accommodations: Savuti Mobile Camp

Day 5 Savuti, Chobe National Park

After the early morning breakfast, you set off into Savuti to catch up with the Savuti predator life.

The Savuti Lions have been a subject of many documentaries because of their unique skill of hunting Elephants. They are a regular sighting at Savuti waterholes. There are two prides in Savuti with the Northern Pride at Harvey’s Pan and Pump Pan area, and the bigger Marsh Pride at Marabou Pan, Rhino Vlei and Jackal Island. The other predators usually skirt around these two Lion prides, while Hyenas compete directly with them for food. You return to camp late morning to a hearty brunch, followed by some down time in camp.

The afternoon game drive starts after the afternoon tea. Most of the wildlife particularly Elephants visit the waterholes later in the day when it is hottest. The afternoon game drives will inevitably stop by one or two of the waterholes to enjoy the interactions of the different species including predators sometimes. You return to camp for a shower and dinner just after sunset.

Activities: Morning game drive, afternoon game drive.

Accommodations: Savuti Mobile Camp

Day 6 Savuti, Chobe National Park

After morning breakfast, you set off to get more into the Savuti wildlife.

The beauty of a 3-night stay in a place like Savuti, allows more time to follow up on some of the activity seen the day before. An early visit to Savuti waterholes is always rewarding particularly with the Savuti predators. You get back to camp late morning. After brunch you can read a book, shower or catch up with much needed sleep.

The afternoon drive starts after afternoon tea, and ends at sunset with a Gin & Tonic, while enjoying the rich colours of the African sun setting behind the Sand Ridge. You arrive back in camp for a hot bucket shower and an exquisite three course dinner.

Activities: Morning and afternoon game drives.

Accommodations: Savuti Mobile Camp

Day 7 Moving Day- Savuti to Serondela, Chobe River Front area

After morning breakfast you pack the Cruiser and head out for a short game drive in Savuti.

A North easterly direction takes you out of Savuti towards Ghoga hills gate, through Teak woodland, the Chobe Enclave area that has small villages of Kachikau, Kavimba and Mabele. Re-entry into the Chobe National Park is at Ngoma Gate. You will have a picnic lunch at Kachikau or nearby, and afterwards a visit to the Kachikau craft shop where you could get yourself a Botswana souvenir.

The approach into camp takes you along the Chobe River front, where depending on the season; thousands of Zebras, Buffalo and other wildlife can be seen grazing along the floodplains. There is good Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope and great birdlife along the river and the adjacent Teak woodland. There is a rare antelope here only seen in Chobe called Puku. You get into camp late afternoon to a chilled drink and a hot bucket shower followed by a delicious three course dinner, and a nightcap by the fire.

Activities: Game drive out of Savuti. Game drive into Chobe.

Accommodations: Chobe River Front Mobile Camp

Day 8 Serondela, Chobe River Front

After morning breakfast, you set off on an early morning drive along the Chobe River in north easterly direction towards Kasane town.

Chobe wildlife, including Cape buffalo is drawn to the river in the afternoons and stays on to graze on sweet grasses along the river at night, leaving the floodplains in the morning after sunrise. Chobe Lions are very often seen in tow behind the Buffalo, looking for an opportunity or weakness.

You will have brunch at the Oldhouse in the town of Kasane. At noon, a short walk to the Jetty to start a 3-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River, before returning to camp by road, arriving in Camp at Sunset. A sundowner is in camp, then a hot bucket shower before dinner.

Activities: Morning game drive. A 3-hour boat cruise. Afternoon game drive.

Accommodations: Chobe River Front Mobile Camp

Day 9 Transfer to Kasane Airport/Vic Falls

After morning breakfast, you leave camp for the last time, and drive leisurely towards Kasane town.

Guests extending to Victoria Falls will be switching transport in town that will be taking them to Victoria Falls. Guests flying from Kasane to Johannesburg, with SA LINK FLIGHT 8307 will have brunch at the Oldhouse before a short transfer to Kasane Airport for onward connections.

Activities: Morning game drive/transfer to Kasane Airport/Drop off in Kasane for a link to Vic Falls.

accommodation

  • This is not a lodge based safari. This is a Mobile Tented Safari, meaning the camp moves with you.
  • All safaris are accompanied by a full-on Crew made up of a Camp Manager, Bush Chef, Waiter, Tent Stewards and Safari Assistants.
  • The Crew is responsible for setting up your tents and all other camp chores.
  • All safaris are led by a Botswana licenced Professional Guide who stays with the group throughout the safari, with the exception of any extensions to Victoria Falls.

price

Green Season:

  • Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
  • USD$3200 per person sharing

Shoulder Season:

  • May, June, Oct
  • USD$3600 per person sharing

High Season:

  • July, August, September.
  • USD$4000 per person sharing.

Notes:

  • NOTE: THE AUD/EURO/GBP PRICE AS INDICATED IS JUST INDICATIVE AND IS BASED ON EXCHANGE RATES AT THE TIME OF PUBLISHING. THE USD PRICE IS FIXED AND WILL BE CONVERTED TO AUD/EURO/GBP AS AT THE DATE OF PAYMENT.
  • Children under the age of 14 years will pay half of the adult rate.
  • For none private safaris, minimum age will be 5 years old.
  • For private safaris guests can bring kids of any age.
  • Single supplement will be US$100.00 per person per night (BUT charged only if Guests insist on not Sharing).
  • We will not charge a single supplement if we cannot pair clients eg. None related Guests of different sex.

Included

  • Charter Flight from MAUN to Camp when starting in Maun.
  • Charter Flight to MAUN from Camp when ending in Maun.
  • Services of a Botswana licensed Professional Guide.
  • All meals and beverages, South African wines, beer and a selection of spirits.
  • Game viewing activities as mentioned.
  • Accommodations in spacious Sahara Deluxe tents with twin beds, private shower and toilet area.
  • Emergency evacuation to the nearest medical facility.
  • A 3-hour boat cruise in Chobe.
  • Laundry.

Excluded:

  • Travel Insurance.
  • International Flights, Visa and Airport Taxes.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • All items of personal nature.

additional information

Possible Wildlife:

Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, African Wild dog, Serval, Civet, Bat-eared Fox, Side Striped Jackal, Black Backed Jackal,  African Buffalo, African Savanna Elephant, Red Lechwe, Puku, Impala, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Tsessebe, Honey Badger, Plains Zebra, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Common Warthog, Steenbok, Common Duiker, Common Reedbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Bush Buck, Nile Crocodile, Leopard Tortoise, Flap-necked Chameleon, Water Monitor Lizard, Rock Monitor Lizard, Banded Mongoose, Yellow Mongoose, Dwarf Mongoose, Slender Mongoose, Tree Squirrel

There are over 475 species of Birds in Botswana. While there are enough colourful birds throughout the season to fulfil amateur birding interest, the best time for more serious birding is from November through to April. Special birding trips can be arranged for private groups with minimums of 4 people.

Recommended Flights:

  • Johannesburg to Maun: 1145HRS SA LINK FLIGHT SA8300
  • Cape Town to Maun: 1035HRS SA LINK FLIGHT SA8604
  • Kasane to Johannesburg: 1400HRS SA LINK FLIGHT SA8307

Important Notes:

  • The above itineraries are not private departures. Guests will be able to feed into the existing programs up to a maximum of 7.
  • Guests/Families of 4 and up can request dates not booked by others for their private group.
  • Requests for private safaris of less than 4 Guests must pay for 4.
  • Groups of more than 7 can book dates not booked by others, but must not add to more than 12.
  • A deposit of 20% will be required to confirm your safari.
  • The deposit is not refundable. Please ensure you have adequate insurance before committing to a safari.
  • All relevant booking conditions and/or any other booked services will apply to your travel arrangements.
  • You must please cover yourselves, prior to confirming the booking, with comprehensive travel, medical, cancellation, curtailment and default insurance for the duration of your trip. Due to the remote and wild areas that we operate in, it is vital that all guests are covered for emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances. We will not be held responsible for guests travelling without insurance.
  • The relevant cancellation policy applies should you fail to join or start your safari for any reason, including airline delays or missed connections. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance for this purpose. You become liable for cancellation penalties immediately on confirmation of your booking services.
  • The Price is subject to any VAT, levy, fuel or any other industry increases that are beyond our control.
  • Two daily activities are included in the Price; this is the morning and afternoon activity. They are carried out in customized 4×4 Toyota Land cruiser.
  • The above itinerary includes places that are situated in malaria areas. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist and establish what precautions will be required for this.
  • Passports must be valid (usually for at least 6 months after date of travel) and have at least 3 blank visa pages (not endorsement pages).
  • All visa requirements must be fulfilled and these are your responsibility. If you have any queries about obtaining visas please contact us.
  • Due to the logistics of travelling on a safari to remote areas, we strongly recommend that you read all the literature that will be forwarded to you and if you have any queries to please contact us directly.

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