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German Botswana Adventure Safari

“11-day privately guided German speaking departure with Yannick in Botswana”

Price $5600 USD
Country
Botswana
Duration
10 Nights
Dates
28 Aug 2020 — 7 Sep 2020
18 Sep 2020 — 28 Sep 2020
Safari Type
Mobile Safari
Kids Min Age
14

Join Yannick, a German & French speaking private guide and pro photographer, on an incredible 10-night adventure safari through some of the best wildlife hotspots in Northern Botswana!

Botswana is our favourite destination for safaris in Southern Africa as it has a low population of just over 2 million people in a country roughly the size of France, with about 39% of its land set aside as protected wildlife areas! A true nature conservation success story. Where the Okavango meets the desert sands of the Kalahari and fault lines in Northern Botswana it forms the Okavango Delta, which fans out and is teeming with wildlife in an almost untouched wilderness.

The climate varies seasonally but remains fairly predictable. Days are warm too hot and nights are generally cooler. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally without much rain. However, with the slow flow rate of the Okavango its waters are somewhat delayed as the floods arrive during the non-rain season attracting animals from the drier regions, as their own water resources dry up, to this natural oasis. This creates seasonal movements of animals in an almost predictable manner allowing for somewhat better game viewing in certain times of the year.

This Botswana Adventure Safari affords you the chance to spend time with German & French speaking private guide & photographer Yannick Bindert and expert local guides in wildlife heaven!  It covers some of the iconic and must-see locations in Botswana, many of which have featured in award winning wildlife documentaries and films. It also gives you the opportunity to walk, mokoro (traditional canoe) and explore the Okavango with one Botswana’s best walking safari guides and guide trainer – Okwa Sarefo.

Safari Rating

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wilderness
wildlife
comfort
photographic
guiding

highlights

  • Travel with German & French speaking private guide Yannick Bindert through Northern Botswana.
  • Armed Walking & Mokoro safaris with local guiding legend Okwa Sarefo in the Okavango Delta.
  • Afternoon Boat cruise along the wildlife filled Chobe river.
  • Track and approach members of the big 5 on foot in the Okavango Delta.
  • Game drives in Africa’s best game-viewer, the BEAST.
  • Explore the famous areas that are Savuti and Khwai.
  • All-inclusive 9 nights of mobile tented safari in northern Botswana’s wilderness.

map and overview

1 Night at The Old House

3 Nights at Savuti Mobile Camp

3 Nights at Khwai Magotho Mobile Camp

3 Nights at Wild Expedition Safaris

guides

Yannick Bindert

Originally born in the United States, Yannick grew up between Frankfurt, Germany and Bretagne in France where he now lives. He learned to embrace traveling to wild places and observing wildlife from an early age having grown up in a family with a taste for adventure. He eventually discovered photography, which quickly became his passion and passport to observing nature’s wonders and experiencing new cultures.

Since then, Yannick has developed a strong passion for conservation and chose to complete his safari guide training in South Africa in order to share his love of wilderness with others. He now uses his extensive travel experience and photography to inspire people to discover and protect the wild places of our planet.

start dates

28 August 2020 - 7 September 2020
18 September 2020 - 28 September 2020

detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kasane and the Chobe river

The trip starts with your arrival at the Old House in Kasane. There will be some time to relax in the lodge after the long travel and we will meet in the bar area to get to know one another. We will then be getting ready for a nice relaxing afternoon boat cruise along the famous Chobe river

This section of river is a must see when visiting Botswana! As we travel west along the river with Namibia to our North and Botswana’s Chobe National Park to the South, we should expect to see some beautiful views along with the masses of game that Chobe National Park is renowned for. Our main goal here is to start the trip off with a bang! As we expect to see large herds of wild animals coming down to the river in the afternoon too drink. It is also the perfect start to get to know everyone over a cold beverage as the sunsets over Africa.

Day 2 Kasane to Savuti / Chobe National Park

This morning is when the real safari begins as we are met by our local guide and driver. We set out shortly after breakfast heading in a South Westerly direction, firstly by tar road but soon getting onto some thick sand as the adventure gets underway. We will be driving through some interesting terrain and forests that holds the potential of elephant sightings and also some beautiful birds. All the while making our way to the famous Savuti area in the Chobe National Park.

Savuti: An area made famous from its high predator densities and interesting lion pride dynamics leading to the creation of many documentaries. The area is named after the Savuti channel that unpredictably flows from the Linyanti swamp area into the Savuti marsh resulting and an incredible abundance in animal life. However, the channel flowing is a rare sight as it has been known to dry up for more than 30 years! The channel flows into the Savuti Marsh where the waters disperse and eventually disappear as it reaches the Mababe depression. Our goal for the time in Savuti is to view predators. The rhyolite hills provide safe haven for the leopards which can be encountered early morning or evening when driving around the area. The main attraction however are the famous lions of Savuti.

We aim to reach the camp at around mid-day, at which point we will be shown around the camp, relax and have some lunch. We will then prepare for the first afternoon of game viewing which will be our first introduction to the Savuti area. It will be more of an introductory drive, talking about the history and target animal species for the area. We will be learning of the recent movements of animals from other guides so as to know where to focus our search for the elusive creatures. Seeing as Savuti is within the Chobe National park, there are set return times for when we must be back at camp so night viewing activities will not be possible in the area.

Day 3 & 4: Savuti

We have allowed for two full days of safari activities in Savuti in order to give us the best possible chance of finding and viewing our target species for the area. And also, to cover and explore the many roads and beautiful areas that Savuti has to offer.
The days consist of an early morning wakeup call before just the sun has risen at which point we will have half an hour to prepare our things and meet at the morning fireplace for a much-needed coffee and some food to keep us going throughout the game drive.

We will then aim to setoff for the morning drive as soon as we are allowed too, as per the regulations. We usually start by scanning the hills and surrounding areas for the chance of leopards before moving through the woodland areas and eventually into the open plains as the day heats up. A morning coffee break usually takes place in a beautiful spot about halfway through the roughly four-hour morning drive. By this point the temperature is starting to climb and the movements of animals (especially predators) comes to a halt. We would then return to our Camp with a nice brunch prepared on an open fire which will be much needed after the morning animal search.

This is typically the time for showers to take place and a bit of relaxing/catching up on sleep. We will discuss to you our afternoon activity plans which generally leave about 3 hours prior to the sun setting and instead of a coffee break, include a sundowner stop where we park the vehicle at a scenic spot where we hopefully can watch the sunset as the drinks flow. True safari tradition.

Day 5: From Savuti to Khwai Concession

After another early breakfast and coffee, we set out for one last drive in the Savuti region trying to find anything we have missed out on viewing, but after the normal morning coffee break, instead of heading back in the direction of our camp we will continue South along the Savuti marsh towards the Mobabe depression. We continue south along the seemingly endless grass plains and eventually exit the Chobe National park and soon to enter our new base for the next three nights. The Khwai Community Trust Concession.

Based right on the edge of the Okavango Delta Khwai attracts large concentrations of game from the drier regions of surrounding area to the permanently flowing Khwai river. And as a result, has high predator concentrations and will be the area we focus our attention on some of the more elusive of our target animals. The area has a real wild feeling.

We aim to arrive to our same familiar camp and crew but this time in a different location, in the late afternoon. We will aim to have a sundowner in a beautiful location and celebrate our new home for the next 3 nights. The drive will then most likely continue a little bit into the night as the use of spotlights is allowed in the area. However not continuing for too long as it has already been an exciting travel day.

We will then head back to our camp for a beautiful dinner under the stars and a long night of sounds and smells of this amazing location.

Day 6 & 7: Khwai Concession

We will stick to the usual morning routine in Khwai of early morning wakeup calls, coffee some food and then we hit the road. Covering many of the small roads in the huge road network that the area has to offer. We will be going through thick sand, deep water, offroad and through dense bush all in the search for predators and beautiful views. The usual morning coffee stop by a pod of hippos and water lilies is a must.

We will then make our way back to camp for the much-awaited brunch and shower prior to the relaxation during the hotter times of the day. All building up to the excitement of the afternoon activity which usually lasts a bit longer in Khwai because of the ability and freedom of night time viewing of animals with a spot light.

We also leave ourselves flexible at night having the freedom to follow up on the vocalization of lions, often leading into finding them and viewing their nocturnal activities! A real insight into the lives of these big cats should the opportunity present itself.

The magic of Khwai is the abundance of animals and the freedom that the concession allows for viewing them in their natural habitat. We aim to leave Khwai with most of our animals on our most wanted list ticked off and photographed, and a basic understanding of the beginnings of the Okavango Delta and its complexities.

Day 8: From Khwai concession to Wild Expedition Safaris

Today we are filled with mixed emotions as we say goodbye to our friendly staff, guide and amazing camp as the next step of our journey continues. It will be early morning coffee and food as per usual, but this time we will be heading south towards the village of Shorobe.

Apon arrival we will be met by Okwa Sarefo and transferred to a mokoro station, from where we will either walk or mokoro to our campsite for the next few nights where we will settle in and relax a bit. Depending on the arrival time there might be another short afternoon walk for those interested. It will most likely be a short walk around the immediate area to introduce us to some of the basics of walking and viewing the bush from a much more intimate level.

We would then return to our camp for some well-earned cold beverages around the campfire as the day turns to night. Another amazing meal cooked on the open fire will be enjoyed by us before getting a good night’s sleep preparing for tomorrows excitement.

Day 9 & 10: Wild Expedition Safaris

“When in a vehicle you are an OBSERVER, but when you are on foot you become a PARTICIPANT!” This will be our theme for the next 2 days as we walk this amazing land with Okwa who was born and raised in the Delta itself, living off the land and learning the ways of his tribe. He will tell us many stories of survival and how to do so while demonstrating a safe way in which to participate as equal beings in the ecosystem. We will take part in the daily workings of the area trying to leave only footprints as evidence of our stay.

Our days will consist of a morning walk or mokoro, as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. For a duration of about 3-4 hours depending on the temperature and route. We will be focusing on the smaller aspects of nature such as tracking, botany insects and whatever else we come across. This is the time where we will get a bit more indepth with the knowledge to enrich the experience even more as it is not everyday that one has the chance to be escorted by a guide of Okwa’s expertise!

We will head back to camp for the usual brunch and rest break in our stunning low footprint campsite, as we prepare for the afternoon walks which tent to be shorter and less strenuous. Most likely around 2-3 hours duration.

With the flexibility that the area offers us, we have the ability to change things up and perhaps include a day mokoro trip for an activity or as a means to get to a new location for a walk in that area. We also have the ability to follow up on any signs or sounds of lions in the area and attempt to find them on foot. This will be decided while we are there and depends on the movements of animals and what would be best at the time.

Day 11: Wild Expedition Safaris to Maun

Today is our final day on safari. A coffee and full breakfast will be served prior to our departure where we will likely set off on a walk from camp to the mokoro station where our luggage and a vehicle will await us. Then a short vehicle transfer to Maun.

We plan to arrive in Maun with plenty of time prior to the International flights which will send you on your way back home after an enriching wilderness experience.

accommodation

The accommodation for the entire trip will be in 3×3 dome tents with a shaded entrance, en-suite toilet and shower. These tents contain solid beds with a foam mattress, quality linen, warm duvet and towels. The toilet for these tents are pit-fall toilets, which are dug with a spade by the staff prior to your arrival. The showers are bucket showers which are filled with warm water by the camp staff upon request.

price

USD$5600 per person sharing

Minimum of 4 guests needed. Maximum of 8 guests.

Please enquire for single supplement

Included

  • Accommodation as stated above.
  • Transportation within the itinerary stated above.
  • Use of the BEAST as your game viewing vehicle for the Mobile Safari Section.
    All meals.
  • Services of Yannick Bindert as your German & French Speaking translator & Safari host.
  • Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
  • A daily allocation of a selection of local beverages including beer, wine, waters and cold drinks. (excluded at The Old House in Kasane)
  • Boat Cruise and mokoro trips.
  • Laundry for the Mobile Camping.

Excluded

  • International flights and airport taxes.
  • Pre and post safari accommodation in Maun/Kasane.
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
  • Laundry at The Old House.
  • Drinks at The Old House.
  • Gratuities.
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
    ENTRY VISA FEES.
  • BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).

additional information

Expectations:

  • Must be fit enough and willing to walk 10km per day in big 5 terrain.
  • Mokoros will likely be used on a daily basis whilst with Wild Expeditions as a means of transport, but could be restricted by water levels.
  • Walking safaris will be armed and safety is of utmost importance to Okwa.
  • Must be willing to sleep in comfortable yet basic tents.
  • Expect warm to hot temperatures with cold mornings.
  • Vegetation will be fairly green and beautiful for photographs.
  • Mobile camps have no permanent ablution facilities, however the camps are served by the luxury of short drop toilets.
  • Charging facilities not available for walking safari section with Wild Expedition Safaris.
  • It is a taste of the way safari used to be – a truly authentic, African bush experience.
  • Camps are eco-friendly, designed to be erected and dismantled within hours, leaving no trace on the environment

Additional Info:

  • Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Times of activities, meals, transfers is subject to change.
  • Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 14 years paying full fare.
  • Maximum age is 65. Anyone older than this is required to produce a medical certificate proving that they are physically able to participate in the activities and terrain in which the safari tour will be conducted in.
  • PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the above stipulated lodges/camps, safariFRANK reserves the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
  • As of paragraph 6 of our German T&C’s, safariFRANK has the right to cancel the trip latest 75 days before start of the trip. The trip cannot be cancelled by safariFRANK later than 75 days before tour start.
  • Terms and conditions apply.
  • Rates are quoted as per person sharing. Although we try to accommodate the same sex per room (unless travelling together) this is not always possible. If we cannot find a suitable partner to share the room with, single supplement will be charged.
  • You shall receive a 2,5% discount on the overall tour price, if paying in total upfront. In case of a non-favorable exchange rate, you will be charged the difference 60 days before departure in case of a favorable exchange rate, we will grant a credit of the same kind.

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