Forming the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park as well as much of Botswana’s border with Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, the Chobe River is an integral part of the Botswana safari experience and combines easily with the Okavango Delta and Kalahari.
This section is the scene for some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa as well as providing a safe haven for the continent’s greatest concentration of elephant, hippo, herds of buffalo and lion.
Plan your Chobe safari carefully - the best time to visit is during Botswana’s dry season (July - October) when game concentration is at its highest. During this season expect huge herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope, plus a full range of predators such as wild dog, crocodile, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena.
During the low season (December - March) you won’t see massive concentrations of animals, but the resident wildlife are still in abundance.
Look forward to some exciting activities such as driving along the game-dotted river banks or cruise along the river in a motorboat, spotting rare birdlife.
Moremi Game Reserve rests on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and was named after Chief Moremi of the Botswana tribe. The reserve covers 5,000 square kilometres and is a surprisingly diverse reserve, combining mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. Only about 30% of the reserve is in the mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.
The reserve is the best place to experience unrivalled views of savannah game, as well as bird watching on the lagoons. Enjoy game drives and nature walks that will give you the opportunity to spot an incredibly varied spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope.
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, consists of salt pans with an area of 3,900 square kilometres and is situated in the middle of the dry savanna, in north-east Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world.
Game viewing is at its best during the wet season, when the migratory birds such as ducks, geese and Great White Pelicans. The rains transform the salt pans into a magnificent lake attracting an abundance of wildlife and large flocks of gloriously pink flamingos.
The area is also renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park, as well as a variety of predators. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, a tour to the Gweta, and bush walks to historic sites - guided by experienced Bushmen trackers.
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USD $4,140 - $6,650
GBP £2,960 - £4,754
ZAR R47,970 - R77,053
EUR €3,361 - €5,399
International flights not included.
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What to Expect on This Safari
This popular itinerary can be customised to match your budget and travel dates by adding/removing a few days or selecting different lodges
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Welcome to Botswana
On arrival at Kasane Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to the Chobe Game Lodge. This will be your home for the next two nights with all your meals and drinks included.
The only permanent game lodge situated within the famous Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana’s premier venue for guests looking for a perfect base from which to explore the national park and the Chobe River. The lodge offer facilities including a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area and an expansive deck offering magnificent views over the Chobe River.
Chobe’s diverse wildlife roams in abundance and is also home tyo the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season, elephant well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate on the fertile flood plains along the Chobe River to drink, bath and play. There are frequent sightings of lion, African wild dog, puku, Red lechwe, sable, giraffe and Roan antelope.
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy both land or water-based activities. Encounter morning game drives for bird watching and nature walks. Meanwhile, riverside game viewing may be done from small and highly maneuverable boats, perfect for morning or sunset cruises.
Meals: All meals and local drinks
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Hop in a safari 4WD and go down winding tracks
After spending two nights in the Chobe Game Lodge, you’ll be transported to the Camp Xakanaxa. Located on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. It's one of the very few safari camps that offer guests an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience, in open 4x4 safari vehicles or powerboats.
The ancient riverine forest, open savannah, serpentine channels and seasonal floodplains that surround the camp, make for a varied habitat of exceptional fauna and flora. The diverse habitat ensures prolific sightings of elephant, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe and leopard, among many others. Birding is spectacular, especially in the spring and summer months, when the migrants are breeding.
A true Okavango experience is not complete without a boat trip. Glide down the Khwai River and explore the sinuous channels as well as floodplains of the Delta in a dugout canoe or motorised boat.
Meals: All meals and local drinks
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Ultimate wildlife experience
Spend two nights with all your meals and drinks included in the Leroo La Tau situated above the Boteti River. It stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and offers a stunning, seasonal game viewing experience where wildlife can be seen congregating along the river. The lodge offers a raised hideout above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that you’ve come to expect in this part of Botswana.
Populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest and closely accompanied by predators, the lodge will offer you the chance to encounter the exhilaration of seeing a large concentration of game and the resultant predator interaction. Bird watching during the warm summer months is particularly rewarding.
Spend your time on game drives through the national park or experience thrilling night drives in search of the lion that prowl the area. Guided walks are also available around the lodge. Relax during the day in the plunge pool on the rolling front lawn and watch the wildlife from the river's vista desk.
Meals: All meals and local drinks
End of Botswana safari!
This is the last day of your Botswana safari. Enjoy your final morning activities followed by a leisurely breakfast before you will be collected at the camp and transferred to the Maun International Airport, where you board your connecting flight back home.
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