Trails of Botswana 7 Days

Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park

Explore the Trails of Botswana with this 6 night itinerary beginning in an exclusive wildlife concession, winding through Moremi Game Reserve to a Delta island, and ending in Chobe’s revered Savuti region.

Itinerary:

Day One

Upon arrival at Maun Airport, your host from Tuskers Bush Camp will meet you and drive you the 1.5 hour journey to the lodge, where it is located in a vast 365 000 hectare private concession. Settle in and enjoy the view with some refreshments before departing for a evening game drive via the private road network. Enjoy sundowners at a scenic spot in the bush and a short night drive back to camp where a campfire will be waiting to welcome you. Dinner will be served in the dining tent, followed by your first night in the Botswana wilderness.

Day Two

An early wake up call will be met with coffee and rusks at the main area of camp before you depart on a morning game drive or optional bush walk through the pristine Tuskers concession. A guided walking safari through this exclusive region will bring you closer to the details of nature, while you might be lucky enough to encounter big game on foot. After your morning activity, return to the lodge for breakfast, followed by an afternoon siesta. Spend some time with a pair of binoculars overlooking the waterhole in front of camp and enjoy the presence of wildlife and birdlife around camp. Lunch will be served later in the day before you depart on afternoon game drive, including sundowners and a night drive back to camp. Dinner is served, followed a night in a Tuskers safari tent.

Day Three

Early morning wake up call followed by coffee and breakfast at Tuskers before you embark on the +-5 hour road transfer through the Moremi Game Reserve to Xobega Island Camp. This is a complete game drive experience as the transfer takes you from Tuskers, into Moremi’s Kwai Gate through the reserve along the Khwai riverfront, and stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch. You will arrive at Mboma Boat Station where your guide from Xobega Island Camp will pick you up in a motorboat. Climb aboard and enjoy the 45-minute boat cruise through the Delta waterways to Xobega Island. Arrive to welcome drinks and receive a briefing by the camp host before being shown to your classic canvas safari tent under the trees. After some refreshments it’s time for your sunset boat cruise. Your guide will pack a cooler box with your choice of drinks and you will depart the island and cruise into the sunset. Enjoy the Delta’s beauty and birdlife for a couple of hours before returning to camp for dinner and your first night on Xobega Island.

Day Four

Early wake up call followed by coffee and breakfast in the dining tent. After breakfast you will depart for a long boat cruise through the Okavango Delta, gliding through the channels in between a myriad of islands. Remember your camera and sun block, as you will be out on the water until late morning. Upon returning to camp, you are welcome to have a warm bucket shower and refresh before lunch is served in the dining tent. Sit down and enjoy a good meal, followed by an afternoon siesta, or a spot of birdwatching on the island. High tea is served later in the afternoon and a sunset cruise complete with sundowners awaits to end the day. After your sunset cruise, return to camp to enjoy the campfire and a 3-course dinner before tuning in for your last night on Xobega Island.

Day Five

Wake up early to coffee and breakfast in the dining tent on Xobega Island before departing the Delta and heading for the Savuti. After breakfast, you’re back out on the water for a 45-minute boat cruise transfer from Xobega to Mboma Boat Station, where you will switch to a game viewer and be transferred to Xakanaxa Airstrip to connect with your light air transfer to Savuti. Upon arrival at Savuti Airstrip in Chobe National Park, your Camp Savuti guide will be waiting to meet you. You will then enjoy a 30-minute transfer through the park to Camp Savuti, located on the banks of the Savuti Channel. Receive a warm welcome and a briefing from your host before having lunch and settling in to your tented room. Later on in the afternoon you can enjoy a sunset game drive including a sundowner stop at a designated stretch point in the park and enjoy being surrounded by the famous Savuti! Head back to camp and refresh before dinner.

Day Six

Early morning wake up call followed by a quick continental breakfast and coffee before departing on morning game drive. Enjoy a lengthy cruise around the Savuti Marsh and time to stop for coffee and rusks at a stretch point in the park. Return to camp and enjoy a good lunch before relaxing at the lodge or enjoying the view from your private deck. High tea is served at the lodge later in the afternoon and is followed by an afternoon game drive complete with sundowners in the bush. As the sun sets, return to camp and enjoy the open-air campfire and a special dinner out on the deck under the stars.

Day Seven

On the last morning of your safari you will receive a wake up call followed by breakfast and coffee at the lodge before departing. Enjoy the last 30 minute transfer to the Savuti Airstrip where you will connect with your light air transfer to Maun/Kasane.

Accommodation:

More about Tuskers Bush Camp

Moremi Game Reserve

TUSKERS BUSH CAMP lies between Nxai Pan National Parkin the east and Moremi Game Reserve in the west. It encompasses 365 000 hectares of mopane forest and scrub, plus the northern tip of the Botswana Kalahari, making this exclusive tract of land ideal for game drives and walking safaris. 6 Meru-style canvas safari tents are located between the evergreen moping trees, looking out into the veld and offering guests seclusion and privacy during their stay. The main dining tent, boma, bar, and swimming pool overlook a bustling waterhole.

More about Xobega Island Camp

Okavango Delta

XOBEGA ISLAND CAMP: Xobega, or Gcobega, is a secluded, tree-filled island in the waters of the Okavango. Only accessible by boat, this piece of Delta paradise is an adventurer’s dream, best suited to groups of friends, or famlilies looking for a unique, and truly tranquil Botswana nature experience. One may call it ‘glamping’ when considering the spacious Meru-style tents with stretcher beds and solar-powered lighting, while bucket showers and eco-toilets keep things refreshinly low-key. Located among the trees are the dining tent, two lounge gazebos, and a boma.

More about Camp Savuti

Chobe National Park

CAMP SAVUTI: Camp Savuti epitomises the Botswana safari experience. From the abundant game viewing to the authentic, tented accommodation, this is the traditional way to spend time in one of Africa’s most superb wildlife regions. 5 authentic canvas tents are subtly hidden among the bush willows, raised on wooden stilts and offering ensuite facilities and outdoor showers. Wooden verandas offer views of the Savuti Channel.

Included/Excluded:

List of items INCLUDED

  • All meals and game activities
  • Local drinks (soft drinks, local beer and house wines) at Camp Savuti
  • Bottled water at Tuskers and Xobega
  • Teas and coffees
  • Park fees and taxes

List of items NOT INCLUDED

  • All soft and alcoholic drinks at Tuskers and Xobega
  • Imported alcoholic drinks at Camp Savuti
  • All items of a personal nature

Map of Area:

Tuskers Bush Camp, Kwatale Conservancy

Trails of Botswana, 6 nights

Price per person sharing

Green Season: 1 Dec 2016 – 31 March 2017
R 41925.00 ex Maun/Maun; R 44400.00 ex Maun/Kasane

Shoulder Season: 1 April – 30 June 2017, November 2017
R 47925.00 ex Maun/Maun; R 50400.00 ex Maun/Kasane

High Season: 1 July 2017 – 31 Oct 2017
R 53775.00 ex Maun/Maun; R 56250.00 ex Maun/Kasane