This safari covers some of Botswana’s top wildlife viewing areas, and is an itinerary that works well all year round, as it includes some of the best places for summer game viewing (December to May). The trip spends time in areas that focus on big game, but it also offers a contrast in landscapes and environments, and a variety of activities such as game drives, walking, and water activities.
You will stay a total of 11 nights at four great safari camps: Savute Safari Lodge, Machaba Camp, Kwara Camp and Tau Pan.
This Botswana safari can also easily be combined with a visit to Livingstone in Zambia or Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to see the Victoria Falls. See our trips to Livingstone or trips to Victoria Falls for examples of the add-on options, and the costs.
The trip is an individual trip, and can be tailor-made and adapted to suit you.
From Maun you are flown by light aircraft to transfer to Savute Safari Lodge. This comfortable solid feeling lodge is located away from the busy Chobe riverfront and in a fabulous area for big game. The main area of the lodge overlooks the Savute Channel, which is now dry again, but a nearby waterhole attracts plenty of elephants especially in the dry season, so you can enjoy your meals whilst watching and listening to the elephants! As the lodge is inside Chobe National Park, during your 2-night stay here your activities focus on day 4WD game drives - walking and night-drives are not permitted.
After your morning activity, you head to the nearby airstrip on a short 4WD game-drive and board your light aircraft transfer to Machaba. The camp is located along the Khwai riverfront in the Khwai Community Concession, looking across to the Moremi Game Reserve. A combination of excellent, hands-on management, very good guiding, a secluded location and fantastic game viewing all combine to make this superb value. Although the Khwai area can sometimes feel busy by the standards of Botswana's private concessions, Machaba is located in a relatively quiet region, and offers game drives in both the Khwai Community Concession and the Moremi Game Reserve opposite.
Your next short flight takes you to Kwara Camp, where you will spend your next 3 nights. There's a wide choice of activities in this private concession: 4WD safaris and night drives all come complete with a guide and a tracker - another set of experienced eyes, which makes tracking predators here an exciting prospect. Kwara also offers mokoro and boat trips, sometimes on a unique double-decker boat, for great views over the papyrus channels.
Leaving Kwara you"ll fly south by light aircraft to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. When you land, the airstrip is a short game drive to your new base, Tau Pan Camp which sits on a sand ridge overlooking a filled waterhole and the expansive Tau Pan. Game viewing here is at its most spectacular during the rainy season, when the nutritious grasses attract large herds of plains game and they in turn attract the predators, mainly lion and cheetah. Nevertheless, at any time of year, the Central Kalahari offers the chance to spot some different species including: springbok, gemsbok, and bat-eared foxes as well as many birds not found in the lusher reserves further north.
After a short light aircraft flight back to Maun, you'll connect with your own onward travel arrangements.
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