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11 Day Botswana North Highlights

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11 Day Botswana North Highlights

General Information

This 11 day tour shares the best that northern Botswana has to offer. Guests spend time exploring the Moremi Game Reserve, in the far eastern Okavango Delta; the Khwai River; and the Savuti, in the Chobe National Park. The variable habitats ensure great diversity in bird, plant and wildlife, which you will experience on game drives and bush walks. A moroko safari will reveal the creatures of the waterways, while night excursions give you the opportunity to see elusive nocturnal animals.

Day-by-Day

    • Day 1: Maun to Xakanaxa

After your arrival at Maun International Airport you will be met by Mack Air for your charter flight at approximately 12h30 to the Xakanaxa airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve where you will be met by your guide.Our first three nights are spent in the Xakanaxa region where we explore the surrounding wilderness on morning and afternoon game drive excursions.

Activities: Game Drives

    • Day 2-3: Xakanaxa and Moremi Game Reserve

The next couple of days will be spent exploringing the Moremi Game Reserve.

Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast stands of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. As a result of the extremely variable habitat the diversity of both wildlife and birdlife is excellent.

Activities: Game Drives

    • Day 4: Xakanaxa to Khwai

Following an early morning breakfast you take a slow drive through Moremi Game Reserve north-east towards the Khwai Community Area.

The Manuchira Channel is known as the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity. The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. We pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo.

Activities: Game drive and night drive

    • Day 5-6: Khwai Exploration Days

The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. We spend the following two nights camping at an exclusive campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day.

We will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot and mokoro and enjoy an up close and personal encounter with Botswana’s flora and fauna. It is important to note that night drives and guided walks are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area.

We spend our time between the dry-land habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannahs and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai. Time permitting we may visit the lagoons and waterways of Xakanaxa where the largest heronry in southern Africa exists.

Activities: Game Drive, Walking Safaris (conditions permitting) Night Drives and mokoro excursion

    • Day 7: Khwai to Savuti

We head further north en-route to Chobe National Park, were we spend the following three nights camping in an exclusive wilderness campsite in the Savuti region, exploring the dessert-like landscape of game drives.

A fascinating days drive looking at some of the evidence of the Paleo-Lake Makgadikgadi that dried up some ten thousand years ago. The most challenging part of the trip is crossing the Magwikwe Sand-ridge that formed the shoreline for this massive inland sea. The winding track through this deep sand makes for interesting travel in the early summer! The old lake bed is now the Mababe Depression. The dense clay floor of the depression result in high protein feed for wildlife and the area teams with game after the rains. During the rain season the depression is impassable due to the “cotton soil” and alternative routes must be used.

    • Days 8-9: Savuti (Chobe National Park) Exploration days

Unlike the vast majority of the country, Savuti is not a totally flat landscape. Large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands, towering over the endless savannah. These hills provide habitat for a completely different array of small wildlife, birds and plants. The Savuti Marsh has been the stage for many of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The wide open country, good ungulate populations and particularly strong prides of lion and hyaena clans make for dramatic wildlife interaction and excellent viewing opportunities. The now dry Savuti Channel runs through this landscape linking the dry sand-veld, the waterholes, the hills and the grassland that was the Savuti Marsh.

Activities: Game Drives and Bushman Painting Walks

    • Day 10: Savuti to Chobe River

On our final day on safari we will leave Savuti early to travel along the Chobe River arriving at Chobe Safari Lodge where we will stop for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to end your safari. We will return to Chobe Game lodge and for our overnight.

    • Day 11: End of Safari

Today after breakfast you will depart to Kasane Airport for your flight back to Johannesburg

Wildlife


From the air only the larger animals are easily seen. These include large breeding herds of African elephant that live in the mopane scrub. On the open plains large herds of buffalo and lechwe can be seen and in the waterways, pods of hippopotamus are a common sight. Once you land in Xakanaxa and board your land cruiser, the smaller game animals can be found.
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