Set Departure Safari

Discover Botswana – 12 Night Mobile Safari

“An Epic Green Season set departure mobile safari in Botswana”

Price $4545 USD (See price tab)
Country
Botswana
Duration
12 Nights
Safari Type
Mobile Safari
Kids Min Age
5

Discover Botswana during the Green season on this incredible 12-night mobile safari showcasing Central Kalahari, Nxai Pan National Park and the Okavango Delta. Experience fantastic wildlife with a lush green backdrop – oh an don’t forget about the Zebra migration in Nxai Pan!

Botswana truly is a year-round destination and this safari is a testament to that. The annual rains transform the Kalahari Desert into a lush-green and vibrant ecosystem just begging to be explored and photographed.  It’s also the time of year when most mammals are having their calves, when the migratory birds return, the flowers bloom and the Zebras return to Nxai Pan! This safari will leave you wondering why this isn’t considered the ‘peak season’…

This safari starts with a leisurely first night spent in Maun where you can fight off the jetlag, before setting off the next morning to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Spend a full 3 nights in the famous Deception Valley of Central Kalahari exploring the vast pans. At this time of year most of the grazing animals congregate around the pans, attracted by the new grass after the rains. This in-turn attracts the predators to focus their efforts around the periphery of the pans, making this the choice season for optimal game viewing in the Kalahari – this will be your best chances of seeing Cheetahs! From Central Kalahari, you’ll make your way to Nxai Pan where you will spend 2 nights. Similarly, the animals are attracted to the pan itself but what really steals the show here is the annual Zebra migration that brings thousands of Zebras to the region. Combine this with the resident lion pride, stunning green season colours and fantastic birdlife; makes Nxai Pan an incredible destination. After Nxai Pan, it’s time to say goodbye to the Kalahari and hello to the Okavango Delta, as you head to the famous Khwai Concession. Khwai being a community concession 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, your final 3 nights will be spent deeper in the Okavango Delta, in the Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi is home to beautiful landscapes, outstanding birding, large concentrations of plains game and even a chance to see all members of the Big 5, although the rhinos are still very rare. At the end of the safari, a scenic charter flight takes you back to Maun for onward connections or an extended safari.

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map and overview

  • 1 Night Maun Lodge
  • 3 Nights Deception Valley, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • 2 Nights Nxai Pan
  • 3 nights Khwai Concession Area
  • 3 Nights Xini/Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve

start dates

12 February 2022 - 24 February 2022
27 February 2022 - 11 March 2022
15 March 2022 - 27 March 2022
1 April 2022 - 13 April 2022
16 April 2022 - 28 April 2022
2 May 2022 - 14 May 2022
17 May 2022 - 29 May 2022
1 December 2022 - 13 December 2022

detailed itinerary

Day 1 Maun Lodge

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, your guide will meet you and transfer you to Maun lodge, which is roughly 15 minutes from the Airport. You can rest here for the afternoon by the pool and fight off some jet leg. Your Guide will join you and go over the safari program over dinner.

Activities: There are no planned activities.

Accommodations: Maun Lodge

Day 2 Deception Valley, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

After breakfast and last-minute shopping in Maun, we begin our journey to Deception Valley in Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The journey goes southerly direction, past Makalamabedi village, to Phefodiahoka Gate before entering CKGR at Matswere Gate.  We will have a picnic lunch en-route as well as good game viewing as we arrive in camp later in the afternoon.

Your camp will already be set by your capable Crew who would have left Maun earlier than you. Your expected time of arrival at camp is around 1700hrs.

Activities: Afternoon Game Driving into camp.

Accommodations: Central Kalahari Mobile Camp

Day 3 Deception Valley, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

After morning tea and breakfast, you set off to explore this ancient river bed that once carried waters from great rivers in to north to sea. Fossilised and much drier today, it is habit to a great many species of the desert conditions. Species like Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebeest, Brown Hyena and Aardwolf that are not seen in the northern parks are found here. It goes without saying that it is great Habitat for Cheetah and other big predators like Lion and Leopard. We return to camp for Lunch and an early afternoon rest in camp.

We start the afternoon game drive after the afternoon tea. There are many places to explore in this region. The Waterhole at Sunday pan is always worth the visit whether it is in the morning or afternoon. It is always worth it to go via Leopard Pan on the way there or back. After a Sundowner in the VALLEY, you get back into camp early in the evening for dinner.

Activities: Morning Game Drive, Afternoon Game Drive

Accommodations: Central Kalahari Mobile Camp

Day 4 Deception Valley, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

We set off to a new area after breakfast. Letiahau is another water hole some distance south of Camp. The trip there takes you past Deception Valley pan. Because of the openness of the Kalahari, one finds a lot of Honey Badger activity, digging for grubs in valley floors. Very often they are followed by Pale Chanting Goshawks. Bat Eared Fox are also in abundance here. We return to camp for lunch and some rest, before setting off again in the afternoon for the afternoon game drive and a Sundowner in the valley.

There is a great book that captures the life of the Kalahari, written by Mark and Delia Owens called ‘The Cry of the Kalahari’. This young couple lived not very far from our camp, and we drive past where they used to live daily. The site will look familiar with some of the pictures in their book. We return for a delicious dinner in camp after sunset.

Activities: Morning Game Drive, Afternoon Game Drive

Accommodations: Central Kalahari Mobile Camp

Day 5 Moving day -Deception Valley to Nxai Pan

After morning breakfast we set off to Nxai pan. The heading is more north easterly direction, through Makgadikgadi game reserve, arriving in camp later in the afternoon. Nxai Pan is east of Maun, and not in the grander scales as Central Kalahari. Big heads of Zebras migrate to here in the rainy season. We will have a Sundowner in camp, an early shower, dinner and sleep.

Activities: Game driving out of CKGR. Afternoon Game Driving into Nxai Pan

Accommodations: Nxai Pan Mobile Camp

Day 6 Nxai Pan National Park

After morning tea and breakfast, we set of to explore Nxai Pan. The waterhole here is the main attraction, but more active in the afternoon when the resident wildlife comes to drink after a hot day in the sun. This is the only place in Botswana where one sees both Impala and Springbok in one habitat. It is not unusual to find Lions at the waterhole in the morning, but Cheetah, Bat Eared Foxes are quite common here too. You get back to camp late morning to a hearty brunch, a short nap, reading or a bucket shower.

Not far South of Nxai pan there is a cluster of Baobabs, on the edge of Kudiakam Pan, made famous by explorer and missionary by the name of Thomas Baines. He documented them in the 1870’s and they still stand today, quite like in the drawing. The afternoon game drive could be a visit to these Baobabs, returning to a Sundowner in camp before dinner.  

Activities: Morning Game Drive. Afternoon Game Drive

Accommodations: Nxai Pan Mobile Camp

Day 7 Moving day - Nxai Pan to Khwai Concession Area

After breakfast we begin our journey to the Khwai Concession area. We will refuel and have lunch at Hilary’s in Maun. With last minute shopping done, we head northerly direction past the Shorobe village to the Khwai Concession Area.

There are good sightings of Bull Elephants, Giraffe, Zebra and sometimes big heads of Buffalo encountered en-route. There is also lovely Impala, Greater Kudu and Steenbok just to mention a few. Look out for African Hawk Eagle, Tawny Eagle, and Arnot’s Chat in the Mopane woodland.

The arrival in Khwai is via the picturesque Khwai River, which is often teaming with wildlife drinking in the late afternoons, with arrival in camp expected at 1700hrs. You will have a Sundowner in camp, a hot bucket shower and early dinner.

Activities: Game driving into camp from Maun

Accommodations: Khwai Magotho Mobile Camp

Day 8 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. 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. You will arrive in camp for a hot bucket shower and a delicious 3 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 9 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 Hippopotamus get ready to head out for their nightly feed. You drive back to camp much later than normal, with a spotlighting 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 10 Moving day Khwai Game Reserve to Xakanaxa/Xini area

After breakfast, we begin our journey to the Xakanaxa or Xini areas of Moremi Game Reserve. We will have a picnic lunch en-route as well as good game viewing before your arrival in camp later in the afternoon. We journey through the Khwai floodplains often full of Lechwe, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippopotamus and occasionally predators like Lion and Wild Dogs. There is great birdlife in all the habitats that you will be journeying through. We arrive in Camp late afternoon to an early Sundowner, shower and a delicious dinner.

Activities: Morning Game driving out of Khwai. Afternoon Game Driving into camp.

Accommodations: Moremi Mobile Camp

Day 11 Xakanaxa/Xini, Moremi Game Reserve

After breakfast you set off on a morning game drive. Whether you are at Xini or Xakanaxa, you are in close proximity to very rich wildlife areas like Bodumatau, 2nd Bridge areas, Mboma Loop, Dead Tree Island and Paradise pools. Moremi is also world renowned for its Wild dog population, and any visit to any these places could be rewarding with good Wild Dog activity, Cheetah, Leopard and Lions. Heads of Buffalo, Elephants, Zebra, and Red Lechwe are very common in the floodplains of this part of the Okavango Delta. You get back to camp late morning to a hearty brunch, a short nap, reading or a bucket shower.

The Afternoon Game drive stars after the afternoon tea. Most animals visit the rivers in the afternoons to quench their thirst after a day of baking in the Kalahari heat. Heads of Elephants traversing from the woodlands, into the floodplains swim across these rivers daily after drinking. The day ends with a Sundowner, a Gin Tonic or a chilled white wine at sunset. You return to camp after sunset, to a hot bucket shower and a three Course dinner followed by a night cap by the fire.

Activities: Morning and Afternoon Game Drive

Accommodations: Moremi Mobile Camp

Day 12 Xakanaxa/Xini, Moremi Game Reserve

After breakfast you set off on a morning game drive. Whether you are at Xini or Xakanaxa, you are in close proximity to very rich wildlife areas like Bodumatau, 2nd Bridge areas, Mboma Loop, Dead Tree Island and Paradise pools. Moremi is also world renowned for its Wild dog population, and any visit to any these places could be rewarding with good Wild Dog activity, Cheetah, Leopard and Lions. Heads of Buffalo, Elephants, Zebra, and Red Lechwe are very common in the floodplains of this part of the Okavango Delta. You get back to camp late morning to a hearty brunch, a short nap, reading or a bucket shower.

The Afternoon Game drive stars after the afternoon tea. Most animals visit the rivers in the afternoons to quench their thirst after a day of baking in the Kalahari heat. Heads of Elephants traversing from the woodlands into the floodplains swim across these rivers daily after drinking. The day ends with a Sundowner, a Gin Tonic or a chilled white wine at sunset.  You return to camp after sunset, to a hot bucket shower and a three Course dinner followed by a night cap by the fire.

Activities: Morning and Afternoon Game Drive

Accommodations: Moremi Mobile Camp

Day 13 Scenic flight from Xakanaxa Airstrip to Maun

After morning breakfast, you leave camp for the last time and drive leisurely game viewing towards the Xakanaxa Airstrip. You will bid your Guide goodbye here followed by a 30-minute flight to Maun Airport for onward connections. Guests flying to Johannesburg will be on SA Link Flight SA 8301, while SA Link Flight SA 8605 will be for Guests going to Cape Town. The flights leave Maun at 14:00HRS and 13:35HRS respectively.

Activities: Morning Gamedrive out of camp/Charter flight to Maun Airport.

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 licenced Professional Guide who stays with the group throughout the safari.

price

Green Season:

  • Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
  • USD$4545 per person sharing

Shoulder Season:

  • May, June, Oct
  • USD$5095 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.

Includes:

  • All transfers by road from Maun to Camps and between Camps
  • Accommodation at Maun Lodge on Bed and Breakfast basis only
  • All Game viewing activities mentioned.
  • Scenic flight back from Xakanaxa to Maun Airport
  • All accommodations in twin bedded tents with private shower and toilet area
  • All meals
  • All drinks (South African Wines and a selection of Spirits)
  • Park entrance, Camping fees and VAT (Where applicable)
  • Emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital
  • Laundry Service (while camping only)

Excluding:

  • Travel insurance
  • International Flights and Visas
  • Airport Taxes
  • Tips and gratuities
  • All drinks at Hotels
  • All items of personal nature

additional information

Possible Wildlife:

Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, Brown Hyena, Aardwolf, African Wild dog, Side Striped Jackal, Black Backed Jackal, Serval, Caracal, Bat Eared Fox, African Buffalo, African Savannah Elephant, Red Lechwe, Impala, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Springbok, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Tsessebe, Steenbok, Ground Squirrel,  Roan Antelope, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Common Warthog, Steenbok, Blue Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Bush Buck, Nile Crocodile, Ground Squirrel, Tree Squirrel, Banded Mongoose, Yellow Mongoose, Dwarf Mongoose, Slender Mongoose, Leopard Tortoise, Flap-necked Chameleon, Rock Monitor Lizard, Water Monitor Lizard

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 March. Birding trips can be arranged.

Recommended Flights:

  • Johannesburg to Maun: 1145HRS SA LINK FLIGHT SA8300
  • Cape Town to Maun: 1035HRS SA LINK FLIGHT SA8604
  • Maun to Johannesburg: 1400HRS SA LINK FLIGHT SA8301
  • Maun to Cape Town: 1335HRS SA LINK FLIGHT SA8605

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.

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