Kasane - Savuti -Khwai - Chief's Island - Maun
Mobile and walking SAFARI
USD 5800 per Person
Minimum 3 pax / Maximum 5 pax
1 - 12 August 2018
1- 12 SEptember 2018
Day 1 : Arrive in Kasane around midday, relax before an afternoon boat cruise along the Chobe River.
Day 2 : Transfer with the Mobile Safari company to Savuti, sundowner game drive.
Day 3 & 4 : Game drives in the Savuti region.
Day 5,6 &7 : Transfer to Khwai, game drives in the concession.
Day 8 : Scenic flight from Khwai deeper into the Okavango too meet Okwa, our local guide. Do a short afternoon walk.
Day 9,10 &11 : Walking safaris on Chiefs Island.
Day 12 : Boat transfer back to Maun through the Delta.
- Travel with Frank and Gesa to their favourite spots in their favourite safari destination.
- Walk on Chiefs Island with local guiding legend Okwa Sarefo.
- Scenic flight over the vast Okavango Delta.
- Boat cruise on both the Chobe river and Okavango Delta.
- Track and approach members of the big 5 on foot in the Okavango Delta.
- Memorable and exciting privately guided game drives with Gesa and Frank.
- Explore the famous areas that are Savuti and Khwai.
- Sleep in tents in the true wilderness areas of Botswana.
So where does this safari take me?
Botswana is our favourite destination for safaris in Southern Africa as it has a low population of just over 2 million people in a country roughly the size of France, with about 39% of its land set aside as protected wildlife areas! A true nature conservation success story. Where the Okavango meets the desert sands of the Kalahari and fault lines in Northern Botswana it forms the Okavango Delta which fans out and is teeming with wildlife in an almost untouched wilderness.
The climate varies seasonally but remains fairly predictable. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cooler. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally without much rain. However, with the slow flow rate of the Okavango its waters are somewhat delayed as the floods arrive during the non-rain season attracting animals from the drier regions, as their own water resources dry up, to this natural oasis. This creates seasonal movements of animals in an almost predictable manner allowing for somewhat better game viewing in certain times of the year.
What is a mobile safari?
- The traditional safari style!
- This Botswana Adventure Safari affords you the chance to spend time with nature guides Frank and Gesa as they take you on an amazing adventure safari they created specifically for the most authentic experience Botswana possible. It covers some of the iconic and must-see locations that they both love and know intimately. It also gives you the opportunity to walk with one of their mentors and friends, Okwa Sarefo, in the area he was born and raised.
What makes this safari so special?
This Botswana Adventure Safari affords you the chance to spend time with nature guides Frank and Gesa as they take you on an amazing adventure safari they created specifically for the most authentic experience Botswana possible. It covers some of the iconic and must-see locations that they both love and know intimately. It also gives you the opportunity to walk with one of their mentors and friends, Okwa Sarefo, in the area he was born and raised.
BOTSWANA ADVENTURE SAFARI DETAILED ITINERARY
Meet in Kasane
Thebe River Lodge
This afternoon we will collect you from the airport and arrive at our first nights’ accommodation after a short transfer. There will be some time to relax in the lodge after the long travel and we will meet in the bar area to get to know one another. We will then be getting ready for a nice relaxing afternoon boat cruise along the famous Chobe River.
This section of river is a must see when visiting Botswana! As we travel west along the river with Namibia to our North and Botswana’s Chobe National Park to the South, we should expect to see some beautiful views along with the masses of game that Chobe National Park is renowned for. Our main goal here is to start the trip off with a bang! As we expect to see large herds of wild animals coming down to the river in the afternoon too drink. It is also the perfect start to get to know everyone over a cold beverage as the sunsets over Africa.
Thebe River safaris: The lodge is conveniently located within the town of Kasane to minimize all the travel time on the first day. The accommodation is basic but comfortable with all rooms being en-suite, fitted with air-conditioning and a mosquito net allowing for a comfortable first night’s sleep in Botswana. Our dinner and breakfast will be enjoyed in the Restaurant and Bar which has a very casual and warm feel and great pizzas!
Kasane to Savuti
This morning is when the real safari begins as we are met by our local guide and driver. We set out shortly after breakfast heading in a South Westerly direction, firstly by tar road but soon getting onto some thick sand as the adventure gets underway. We will be driving through some interesting terrain and forests that holds the potential of elephant sightings and also some beautiful birds. All the while making our way to the famous Savuti area in the Chobe National Park.
Savuti: An area made famous from its high predator densities and interesting lion pride dynamics leading to the creation of many documentaries. The area is named after the Savuti channel that unpredictably flows from the Linyanti swamp area into the Savuti marsh resulting and an incredible abundance in animal life. However, the channel flowing is a rare sight as it has been known to dry up for more than 30 years! The channel flows into the Savuti Marsh where the waters disperse and eventually disappear as it reaches the Mobabe depression. Our goal for the time in Savuti is to view predators. The rhyolite hills provide safe haven for the leopards which can be encountered early morning or evening when driving around the area. The main attraction however are the famous lions of Savuti.
We aim to reach the camp at around mid-day, at which point we will be shown around the camp, relax and have some lunch. We will then prepare for the first afternoon of game viewing which will be our first introduction to the Savuti area. It will be more of an introductory drive, talking about the history and target animal species for the area. We will be learning of the recent movements of animals from other guides so as to know where to focus our search for the elusive creatures. Seeing as Savuti is within the Chobe National park, there are set return times for when we must be back at camp so night viewing activities will not be possible in the area.
Day 3 & 4
We have allowed for two full days of safari activities in Savuti in order to give us the best possible chance of finding and viewing our target species for the area. And also, to cover and explore the many roads and beautiful areas that Savuti has to offer.
The days consist of an early morning wakeup call before just the sun has risen at which point we will have half an hour to prepare our things and meet at the morning fireplace for a much-needed coffee and some food to keep us going throughout the game drive.
We will then aim to set off for the morning drive as soon as we are allowed too, as per the regulations. We usually start by scanning the hills and surrounding areas for the chance of leopards before moving through the woodland areas and eventually into the open plains as the day heats up. 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. We would then return to our 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. We will discuss to you our afternoon activity plans which generally leave about 3 hours prior to the sun setting and instead of a coffee break, include a sundowner stop where we park the vehicle at a scenic spot where we hopefully can watch the sunset as the drinks flow. True safari tradition.
From Savuti to Khwai
After another early breakfast and coffee, we set out for one last drive in the Savuti region trying to find anything we have missed out on viewing, but after the normal morning coffee break, instead of heading back in the direction of our camp we will continue South along the Savuti marsh towards the Mobabe depression. We continue south along the seemingly endless grass plains and eventually exit the Chobe National park and soon to enter our new base for the next three nights. The Khwai Community Trust Concession.
Based right on the edge of the Okavango Delta Khwai attracts large concentrations of game from the drier regions of surrounding area to the permanently flowing Khwai river. And as a result, has high predator concentrations and will be the area we focus our attention on some of the more elusive of our target animals. The area has a real wild feeling.
We aim to arrive to our same familiar camp and crew but this time in a different location, around early afternoon for a brunch/meal. Preparations for a short afternoon introductory drive and we will set off a bit later as Khwai has no strict return time regulations. We will aim to have a sundowner in a beautiful location and celebrate our new home for the next 3 nights. The drive will then most likely continue a little bit into the night as the use of spotlights is allowed in the area. However not continuing for too long as it has already been an exciting travel day.
We will then head back to our camp for a beautiful dinner under the stars and a long night of sounds and smells of this amazing location.
Day 6 & 7
We will stick to the usual morning routine in Khwai of early morning wakeup calls, coffee some food and then we hit the road. Covering many of the small roads in the huge road network that the area has to offer. We will be going through thick sand, deep water, offroad and through dense bush all in the search for predators and beautiful views. The usual morning coffee stop by a pod of hippos and water lilies is a must.
We will then make our way back to camp for the much-awaited brunch and shower prior to the relaxation during the hotter times of the day. All building up to the excitement of the afternoon activity which usually lasts a bit longer in Khwai because of the ability and freedom of night time viewing of animals with a spot light.
We also leave ourselves flexible at night having the freedom to follow up on the vocalization of lions, often leading into finding them and viewing their nocturnal activities! A real insight into the lives of these big cats should the opportunity present itself.
The magic of Khwai is the abundance of animals and the freedom that the concession allows for viewing them in their natural habitat. We aim to leave Khwai with most of our animals on our most wanted list ticked off and photographed, and a basic understanding of the beginnings of the Okavango Delta and its complexities.
From Khwai To Chief's Island
Today we are filled with mixed emotions as we say goodbye to our friendly staff, guide and amazing camp as the next step of our journey continues. It will be early morning coffee and food as per usual, but this time we will be heading west along the Khwai river making our way towards the airstrip where a small aircraft awaits.
We will say goodbye to our guide as we embark on a scenic flight over the Okavango! A true sight to behold as you realize the vastness of its waterways and many dotted secluded islands. An experience that can only be witnessed from the air. We will be flying to Chiefs Island where we will meet local guiding legend Okwa Sarefo who will be our leader for the next 4 nights.
Apon arrival we will be transferred to our campsite for the next few nights where we will settle in and relax a bit before our first introduction to walking safaris. It will most likely be a short walk around the immediate area to introduce us to some of the basics of walking and viewing the bush from a much more intimate level.
We would then return to our camp for some well-earned cold beverages around the campfire as the day turns to night. Another amazing meal cooked on the open fire will be enjoyed by us before getting a good night’s sleep preparing for tomorrows excitement.
“When in a vehicle you are an OBSERVER, but when you are on foot you become a PARTICIPANT!” This will be our theme for the next 3 days as we walk this amazing land with Okwa who was born and raised in the Delta itself, living off the land and learning the ways of his tribe. He will tell us many stories of survival and how to do so while demonstrating a safe way in which to participate as equal beings in the ecosystem. We will take part in the daily workings of the area trying to leave only footprints as evidence of our stay.
Chiefs island is sometimes refered to as the “predator capital of the world” however our ultimate goal for this magical place will be to track and find a wild White Rhino. Some of which have been reintroduced after many years of uncontrolled hunting and poaching. The remoteness of Chiefs Island proved a safe heaven for them to live in and as a result there is a chance of us coming across them on our adventures.
Our days will consist of a morning walk as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. For a duration of about 3-4 hours depending on the temperature and route. We will be focusing on the smaller aspects of nature such as tracking, botany insects and what ever else we come across. This is the time where we will get a bit more indepth with the knowledge to enrich the experience even more as it is not everyday that one has the chance to be escorted by three nature guides!
We will head back to camp for the usual brunch and rest break in our stunning low footprint campsite, as we prepare for the afternoon walks which tent to be shorter and less strenous. Most likely around 2-3 hours duration.
With the flexability that Chiefs Island offers us, we have the ability to change things up and perhaps include a boat cruise for an activity or as a means to get to a new location for a walk in that area. This will be decided while we are there and depends on the movements of animals and what would be best at the time.
From Chief'S ISland to Maun
Today is our final day on safari and will start off with a well-deserved sleep in for a few hours. A later coffee and full breakfast will be served prior to our departure where we will set off by boat back to Maun for roughly 4 hours. The safari isn’t quite over as the boat ride still has the opportunity for game viewing and is also a must do whilst in the Okavango!
We plan to arrive prior to the International flights which will send you on your way back home after an enriching wilderness experience.
Accommodation as stated above.
Transportation within the itinerary stated above.
Services of Frank and Gesa as your personal safari guides.
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. Except for those at Thebe River Safaris.
Flight from Khwai airstrip to Gunns Camp Airstrip.
International flights and airport taxes.
Pre and post safari accommodation in Maun/Kasane.
Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
All beverages at Thebe River Safaris.
Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
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).