Summary

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After your arrival in Maun, take a light aircraft across the Okavango Delta’s maze of waterways to the Xakanaxa area of the Moremi Game Reserve. Spend two nights on a secluded wilderness island and explore the waterways by mokoro (dugout canoe) keeping an eye out for predators and game as you go. Continue your journey by light aircraft across the spectacular vistas of the Delta to Moremi Crossing.

Enjoy game viewing by mokoro or on foot, and search for signs of hippo, crocodile, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, many antelope, lion, leopard and perhaps even wild dog and rhino. Continue into Chobe National Park, famous for its large herds of elephant and wide variety of wildlife. Take a thrilling boat ride along the Chobe River before relaxing with a sundowner and watching as the herds of elephant and antelope congregate to drink. By road and boat continue into Zambia, arriving at the spectacular Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. Try some optional adrenaline pumping activities such as white-water rafting or bungee-jumping, or relax and watch as the sun sets by the Falls before travelling to Livingstone and your onward flight home.

NB rates will be charged in US$ and the ZAR rate quoted is subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

Highlights

  • Okavango Delta
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Spectacular waterways

Okavango Delta

Rra Dinare Camp (meaning ‘Father Buffalo’) lies on a private concession adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve in the southeastern side of the Delta, an area with varied and exciting game viewing. Overlooking the Gomoti flood plains, Rra Dinare has a scenic setting which enjoys a steady stream of wildlife throughout the day. A traditional, unassuming but very comfortable camp offering some excellent game viewing with 4×4 drives and seasonal moroko activities.

Rra Dinare Camp lies on the 67,000 acre Santawani concession, which it shares with its sister camp, Mma Dinare (‘Mother Buffalo’) meaning sightings of other vehicles are rare and controlled. The concession is made up of Mopane woodland (a favoured home for many animals) for the main part though the area around the Gomoti River and widespread floodplains is open and offers pretty Delta landscapes.

Rra Dinare Camp has eight tents, including a family room, set on raised wooden decks with spacious decks and a sitting area for enjoying the views and quiet time between activities. The stretched canvas tents are spacious and thoughtfully designed and all are ensuite with twin basins, flush loos and a shower.

The central area has been built in keeping with Under One Botswana Sky’s other properties with open high thatched spaces allowing guests to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings while watching wildlife and birds from the comfort of an armchair or the bar. Meals are taken together family style in the dining area. The swimming pool and curio shop complete the luxurious, relaxed feel that Under One Botswana Sky safaris are known for.

As one of the last areas of the Okavango to receive the annual flood waters it contains some of the closest dry-season watering points for the game that spreads out towards Nxai andMakgadikgadi Pans during the rains. As a result the game viewing is especially good at this time. Around this, there is a high density of game in the dry season but since quite a lot of the reserve is mopane woodlands (a favourite location for animals during the rains and early dry season) good game viewing is expected all year round.

This river system attracts a wide variety of game. Familiar favourites include Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Tsessebe, Hippo, Crocodile, Genet, Honey Badger and a host of Plains Game. Rare Antelope breeds including Roan, Sable & Eland, not usually seen in the Okavango region, occur here. As the Gomoti is the primary water source in the area, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog come down to the riverside to drink and hunt, of course!

The locations and views are spectacular with the classic flooding of the Okavango across the adjacent seasonal floodplains. For those keen on bird-watching, the combination of the wetlands and the drier Acacia and Mopane veldt provide a perfect habitat for a variety of aquatic species including Open Billed Storks, Hammerkops, Egrets, Ibis and forest/savannah dwellers including Raptors, Shrikes, Drongos, Sunbirds and Ground Hornbills.

Rra Dinare Camp offers both day and night game drives in this exclusive private concession adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve. Game drives are conducted with a maximum of six passengers per vehicle with trackers on night game drives. Seasonal water activities on Gomoti River and game walks are available depending on local conditions.

The Okavango Delta offers a full range of accommodation options for every budget and interest, from simple mobile camps to some of the most sought after luxury lodges on the African safari circuit.
Accommodation in the Okavango Delta falls across three broad categories – water, land and mixed camps – categorized by the activities they offer. We generally recommend combining water and land camps, or a mixed camp, for a comprehensive Okavango experience.

Water camps are usually set in the permanent delta and offer boating, mokoro excursions and walking. The focus is on the unique delta environment, its distinctive waterways, birds and aquatic creatures. These environments do not typically support big game or game drives and as such these are generally slower paced safaris. Example’s include Camp Okavango and Setari Camp.

Land based camps offer game drives and sometimes walking safaris, with a focus on the extraordinary game which is attracted to this oasis in the desert. The fertile floodplains and islands of the delta are home to some of the best game viewing in Africa with great concentrations of animals in the vicinity of camps such as Mombo Camp, Chief’s Camp and Chitabe Camp. While water often features in the beautiful landscapes around these camps, water activities are not offered as the conditions are not suitable for safe boating or mokoro trips.

Mixed camps provide both land and water activities. However it is important to note that many mixed camps cannot offer water activities year round, and will only be able to conduct water activities with the arrival of the annual flood. Moreover in drought years, when flood levels are low, water activities may not run all year. There are a selection of camps such as Shinde Camp, Kwara Camp and Kanana Camp which can guarantee water and land activities year round. All of this we take into account and detail for you when planning your safari itinerary.

Most accommodation in the Okavango delta is provided by well-known safari outfitters such as Wilderness Safaris, &Beyond and Desert and Delta. Accommodation and all travel arrangements are booked through an independent tour operator (such as Okavango Delta Explorations) who offer independent advice on all the various operators’ camps, tailoring itineraries to include any preferred camps and all the necessary logistics. Access to remote camps and lodges is primarily by light aircraft on a shared charter basis, or helicopter, although some of them can be reached by vehicle or boat.

Government policy, coupled with the geography of the Okavango Delta, has ensured that the Okavango Delta safari experience has remained exclusive. Most camps and lodges are sited on large concessions meaning that you might not see anyone from another camp during your stay. Even when camps and lodges share concessions activities are often restricted to their allocated area.

To reduce the impact on the environment all accommodation in the Okavango Delta are required to be non-permanent. Outfitters have however not allowed this requirement to detract from the quality of their properties with the Okavango Delta containing some of the most luxurious camps and lodges in Africa.

Many camps and lodges are still tented in the traditional style, with some like Footsteps Across the Delta still utilizing comfortable explorer style Meru tents, but in recent years radical modern wood and canvas designs, such as &Beyond’s Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, have become popular.

All accommodation in the Okavango Delta is graded by the Botswana Tourism Organization. This gives a rough understanding of the standard of the accommodation and provides a basis for comparison. It is however difficult to capture the essence of such unique properties on such a matrix- based standard and grading should form one variable when comparing accommodation.

 

Destination: Botswana, Maun
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Day 3-4: Incredible wildlife

Moremi Game Reserve

Take a light aircraft transfer to Moremi Crossing today across the winding waterways of the Okavango Delta.

Moremi Crossing is a 16 tented camp set on a palm fringed island surrounded by the Moremi’s game-rich seasonal floodplains and overlooking Chief’s Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The Camp uses 100% Eco-friendly development featuring the latest in solar and waste deposal technology.

The main building consists of a large open plan deck that has a spectacular view over the Boro River onto Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta. This half-moon shaped area is built on different levels to give the feeling of space. Within the tree line you will find a nice shaded decked area that leads to the pool. The whole camp is shaded by magnificent Llala Palms, Giant Ebony, Mangosteen, Sausage and Giant Fig trees.

This new camp offers a more personalized wildlife experience through the provision of high quality guiding services and new custom made boats. Activities on offer are half or full day mokoro trips with game walks, island camping and sunset motorboat cruises. All meals, most drinks & all activities included.

Note that Mokoro & Motor Boat Activities are dependent on the water level of the Okavango Delta which can be low from January to July.

Destination: Botswana
Accommodation: Moremi Crossing
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Day 5-6: River vistas

Chobe National Park

Fly from Moremi Crossing to Kasane airport today, a flight of around 1.5 hours.

From Kasane airport near to the Chobe National Park you will be collected and transferred the short distance to Chobe Safari Lodge, located on the banks of the majestic Chobe River. Accommodation is in spacious en-suite rooms with TV, phone and air conditioning.

The swimming pool and bar area overlook the river from where you can enjoy afternoon sunset boat cruises or perhaps some fishing all within the Chobe National Park. Dinner is served outside from a large buffet.

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge
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Day 8-9: Tracking and game viewing

Livingstone

Take an inclusive road transfer across the border from Kasane to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls today.

Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia, is a bustling, colonial town shaded by red-flamed Flamboyant trees and deep purple Jacarandas. It’s a rare African city with classic art deco and colonial homesteads. Restaurants, bars and markets abound. The Maramba market sells every conceivable item from chitenge (brightly coloured fabric), fruit and vegetables, mushrooms and rice, souvenirs and live chickens to beads and handcrafted furniture.

The Queen Rooms at Avani Victoria Falls Resort exude a natural African charm via their handcrafted Zambian design. Each well-appointed room consists of 1 Queen bed & couch, and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. These rooms also come equipped with a private balcony, adjustable air-conditioning and heating, personal safety deposit boxes, colour TV, telephone, electric shaver plug (220 volts AC, 50 cycles) and 24 hrs room service.

Destination: Livingstone Town, Zambia
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Day 10: Fly out of Livingstone

Take an inclusive transfer from the Zambezi Sun Hotel to Livingstone airport today in time to connect with your onward flight.

Destination: Zambia

Included

  • Okavango Delta – All meals, most drinks & all activities included.
  • Moremi Game Reserve – All meals, most drinks & all activities included.
  • Chobe National Park – All meals included plus 1 x boat cruise, 1 x game drive, 1 x private boat cruise & 2 additional activities.
  • Livingstone – Breakfast included.
  • Light aircraft transfers
  • Road transfer to Livingstone, most meals as specified
  • 24 hour support
  • Most activities & all park fees in Botswana,

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