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The Land of Many Rivers - with Frank & Okwa

“8 nights exploring the best of the Okavango Delta, alongside Frank & Okwa in Sep 2019”

Price $4250 USD
Country
Botswana
Duration
8 Nights
Dates
15 Sep 2019 — 23 Sep 2019
Safari Type
Mobile Safari
Kids Min Age
16

Join Frank and his friend, mentor and local guiding legend Okwa Sarefo – for this special safari focussing exclusively on the Okavango Delta and its biodiversity. It’s short, but powerful – covering many different habitats in a vast range of activities, this safari is sure to give you a deep appreciation and insight into this wetland paradise. The REAL Okavango experience is guaranteed.

A unique safari created by Frank to showcase the biodiversity of the Okavango Delta in the most authentic and adventurous means possible. The emphasis of this tour is based on the experience of being fully immersed in this wilderness while appreciating all creatures big and small. All the focus is placed on providing the best activities along with high level informative nature guiding.

The experience starts with four nights of dome tented mobile safari in Moremi Game Reserve between two different camp locations. It is here that the main game viewing action will take place during game drives in the BEAST! This section of Moremi is home to healthy predator populations with chances of seeing painted wolves as well as incredible birdlife and scenery. On the day between camp locations, you will embark on a half day boating trip into the nearby swamps to discover some hidden gems in the vast waterways. Chances of finding the elusive Sitatunga Antelope!

The next four nights will be spent exploring the remote areas of the Delta. It will be four fantastic days of authentic armed walking and mokoro safaris with Okwa and his team. The camp is simple but comfortable and is erected and dismantled for each safari, leaving only footprints as evidence of our presence in this paradise. This is the ultimate way to experience the Okavango and alongside Okwa, who was born and raised in this environment, it will be a safe and unforgettable Delta experience.

Safari Rating

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highlights

  • All-inclusive 8 nights of mobile tented safari in northern Botswana’s wilderness.
  • High level and memorable guiding from Frank and Okwa.
  • Half day boat trip in the Delta’s permanent swamps.
  • Walking & mokoro safaris in the Okavango Delta region with locals.
  • Game drives in Africa’s best game-viewer, the BEAST.
  • Track and approach members of BIG 5 on foot.
  • BOTSWANA!

map and overview

4 Nights in Moremi Mobile Camp (2 nights in Xakanaxa and 2 nights in Xiini)

4 Nights in Wild Expedition Safaris

guides

Okwa Sarefo

  • Born and raised in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
  • Has 18 years’ guiding experience.
  • Proudly Botswana professional trails guide and guide trainer.
  • Enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge of the wilderness with people.
  • Loves to meet people from all over the world.
  • He enjoys ecology and hospitality.
  • Loves elephants and tracking!
  • This is not just a job but his life.

Frank Steenhuisen

  • Grew up in South African bush, schooled in Australia.
  • Prefers tracking lions to city life.
  • Botswana obsessed.
  • Qualified walking and vehicle guide.
  • Passionate about sharing the complexity of the African bush.
  • A super bird nerd who is fascinated by the smaller things.
  • Full time on safari!

start dates

15 September 2019 - 23 September 2019

detailed itinerary

First day:

The safari starts off at Maun airport where you will be collected by Frank and Okwa shortly after your international arrivals. The group will immediately set off in the BEAST and head for the Moremi Game Reserve.

The drive from the airport to the camp takes about 4-5 hours, of which most is within wilderness with the possibility of wildlife viewing. Arrival in camp is normally around sunset or shortly there after.

Day two: Xakanaxa exploration

The days consist of an early morning wakeup call, before just the sun has risen, at which point you will have half an hour to prepare your things and meet at the morning fireplace for a much-needed coffee and some food to keep you going throughout the game drive.

The group will then aim to set-off for the morning drive as soon as allowed too, as per the regulations. The first few hours of the drive are the most exciting as the chances for predators are at its best, and so is the beautiful morning light. 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. The group would then return to 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. Okwa and Frank will discuss to you the afternoon activity plans which generally leave about 4 hours prior to the sun setting.

Xakanaka: This region of the Moremi Game Reserve is absolutely stunning. It has a large mix of vegetation types that are very typical of the Okavango Delta and thus there are some target species to see. It is located right in the heart of the Delta with an abundance of water. The result of the permanent water can be seen by the large number of huge riverine canopy trees. It feels somewhat like a jungle mixed with a swamp!

Day 3: Boat trip into the Swamps

Today will be a spectacular day! The plan will be to head out for a shorter morning drive in the area to cover any regions yet to be explored and hopefully to find something not yet seen. But then instead of returning to camp, the group will board a private boat and will set out on a half day boating trip deep into the permanent swamp of the Okavango.

The goal for this long boating trip is to explore far into this habitat and to find the creatures that call it home. The elusive Sitatunga antelope lives in this region and would sure be a highlight if luck be on your side. The bird life is incredible and there is also a seasonal heronry which is the breeding and roosting site for thousands of birds which is an unbelievable sight. It’s a unique habitat and it will be the only time during the trip where the permanent swamps are explored.

There will be a packed lunch which will be enjoyed somewhere out in a secluded section of this wilderness.

The group will then head back to the BEAST and head from the Xakanaxa region to an area in the south called Xiini, game drive all the way!

Your same camp and crew will be waiting for your arrival in Xiini.

Day 4: Xiini Exploration

The days consist of an early morning wakeup call, before just the sun has risen, at which point you will have half an hour to prepare your things and meet at the morning fireplace for a much-needed coffee and some food to keep you going throughout the game drive.

The group will then aim to set-off for the morning drive as soon as allowed too, as per the regulations. The first few hours of the drive are the most exciting as the chances for predators are at its best, and so is the beautiful morning light. 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. The group would then return to 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. Okwa and Frank will discuss to you the afternoon activity plans which generally leave about 4 hours prior to the sun setting.

Xiini: An area of the park that is further away from lodges and campsites making it much more remote and wild. It is also home to the largest lion pride in the Moremi which can be well over 15 pride members. Along with such a large pride comes plenty of food, as the area is also home to large buffalo herds.

Day five: Expedition into the Wild

Today you will start with a short drive in the Xiini area for a last chance at viewing any wildlife by vehicle, before making your way to be back in Maun at around midday.

You will  drive for roughly 3 hours into the Delta to board a Mokoro for another 2 hours and head into a very remote part of the Okavango Delta. This will be your home for the next 4 nights. There is fantastic wildlife and birding all the way.

The aim is to arrive in camp with a little bit of time still available for a short walk or mokoro to introduce you to the area.

Days 6-8:

The next three full days will be spent exploring a vast and unspoilt wilderness in the most authentic and traditional means possible: on foot and by mokoro (traditional canoe). Okwa and his accompanying staff members are from the Bayei tribe, whom were born and raised in the Okavango. Okwa himself grew up on an island in the Delta where he spent his childhood hunting and exploring the waterways as daily life.

The walks will be armed and incredibly safe. For Okwa and his team, this is like taking a stroll in their backyard. They have been doing it for many years and know how to avoid danger and go unnoticed. The walks will be focussed on the smaller details of the delta and its ecology. It is here that the information presented by Frank and Okwa will reach new depths as they bring the workings of this complex river system to life.

The mornings normally consist of a longer walk, in order to cover some distance.

The afternoons are much more relaxed and often involve a mokoro ride to gain access to a new area for a shorter walk. The days are however flexible and Okwa will discuss the plan for each new day to you.

It will be an absolutely magical experience that will stay with you for life!

Day 9: Back to civilisation

Today is the last day of the trip unfortunately! It starts off early as usual and sees you boarding the mokoro to be transferred back to Maun and arriving with plenty of time before international flights. It is game viewing all the way with a short coffee break if time permits.

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$4300 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.
  • All meals.
  • Services of Okwa as your professional safari guide & for Frank as the tour leader.
  • 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.
  • Boat Cruises and mokoro trips.
  • Laundry for the first 4 days of 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 Wild Expedition Safaris
  • 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.
  • 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 only for the first 4 nights.
  • 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 16 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.

Helpful tips

  • Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from South Africa; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
  • Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Botswana are considered to be malarial so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone), especially if visiting during the summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
  • Luggage: Is restricted to 20 kg (including hand luggage) per person in a soft bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. If adding extensions that involve light aircraft transfers the luggage limit may be reduced further to 12 kg in soft bags (please enquire if this may apply to you)

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