Set Departure Safari

Botswana Pioneer – 6 Night Mobile Safari

“A short and sweet mobile safari travelling between Maun & Kasane”

Price $2460 USD (See price tab)
Country
Botswana
When to Go
All Year
Duration
6 Nights
Safari Type
Mobile Safari
Kids Min Age
5

A 6-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 3 iconic regions!

As shorter 6-night safari, this is the perfect group tour for single travellers, couples or small groups wanting to experience an authentic luxury mobile safari visiting 3 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 2 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 2 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 between 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:

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

Departures from Kasane:

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

start dates

Maun Departures:
10 February 2022 - 16 February 2022
3 March 2022 - 9 March 2022
21 March 2022 - 27 March 2021
8 April 2022 - 14 April 2022
27 April 2022 - 3 May 2022
15 May 2022 - 21 May 2022
2 June 2022 - 8 June 2022
20 June 2022 - 26 June 2022
8 July 2022 - 14 July 2022
26 July 2022 - 1 August 2022
12 August 2022 - 18 August 2022
30 August 2022 - 5 September 2022
18 September 2022 - 24 September 2022
5 October 2022 - 11 October 2022
23 October 2022 - 29 October 2022
10 November 2022 - 16 November 2022
28 November 2022 - 5 December 2022
Kasane Departures:
19 February 2022 - 25 February 2022
12 March 2022 - 18 March 2022
29 March 2022 - 4 April 2022
16 April 2022 - 24 April 2022
10 June 2022 - 16 June 2022
28 June 2022 - 4 July 2022
16 July 2022 - 22 July 2022
2 August 2022 - 8 August 2022
20 August 2022 - 26 August 2022
7 September 2022 - 13 September 2022
26 September 2022 - 2 October 2022
13 October 2022 - 19 October 2022
31 October 2022 - 6 November 2022
18 November 2022 - 24 November 2022
7 December 2022 - 13 December 2022

detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Maun-Charter Flight to Khwai Concession Area

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 from 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. There is always a Coffee break on a morning game drive, arriving in camp late morning to a hearty brunch, some time to relax in camp, read a book, a little nap or a shower.

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. 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: Moving Day-Khwai Game Reserve to Savuti

After 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 sort 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, Tshessebe, Ostrich, Impala are seen at these waterholes daily. It is not a surprise that Lions, Hyenas and occasionally Leopard are seen here too.

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 re-capping the day’s sightings.

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

Accommodations: Savuti Mobile Camp

Day 4: Savuti, Chobe National Park

After early morning breakfast, you set off into Savuti to catch up with the Savuti predator life. The Savuti Lions have been a subject many documentaries because of their unique skill of hunting Elephants. They are a regular sighting at Savuti waterholes: being Pump Pan, Rhino Vlei, Marabou Pan or Harvey’s Pan. Of late two prides dominate two areas of Savuti. 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 this 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. There is plenty of time to shower, read a book or even catch some nap before the afternoon tea.

Following after the afternoon tea is the afternoon game drive, to follow up on some of the morning sightings. A drive around some of the Savuti’s Kopjes is usually rewarding with Leopard or even the unique Klipspringer. Black Bellied Bustard, Kori Bustard, Denham’s Bustard, Amur Falcon, Rock Kestrels, Black Shouldered Kite are seen in the Savuti March area. A Sundowner at some picturesque area, before you return to camp early evening is in order. Dinner follows after a hot bucket shower. There is always an after dinner drink, Amarula, by the fire before going to bed.

Activities: Morning Game Drive, Afternoon Game Drive.

Accommodations: Savuti Mobile Camp

Day 5: 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 often at Kachikau or near, and after, 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 time of season, thousands of Zebras, Buffalo and other wildlife is seen grazing along the floodplains. There is good Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope and great birdlife along the river 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 6: 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 stay 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 for weakness.

You will have brunch at the Old house in the town of Kasane.  At noon, a short walk to the Jetty to start a three 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 of shower before dinner.

Activities: Morning Game Drive. A Three-hour boat Cruise. Afternoon Game Drive

Accommodations: Chobe River Front Mobile Camp

Day 7: 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 Old house 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 Safaris, 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 licensed 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$2460 per person sharing

Shoulder Season:

  • May, June, Oct
  • USD$2760 per person sharing

High Season:

  • July, August, September
  • USD$3060 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 offered 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:

  • 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 fever.
  • 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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