8 Night Botswana Highlights Mobile Safari
Duration: 9 days
Area: Chobe National Park, Savute, Okavango Delta and Nxai Pan National Park
Style: mobile tented camping
Starting point: Kasane
Ending point: Maun
Accommodation: mobile camping and &Beyond Savute Under Canvas
Logistics: light aircraft and vehicle
Season: February - April
- Discover Chobe National Park, Savute, Okavango Delta and Nxai Pan National Park
- Fully serviced en-suite mobile camping with &Beyond Savute Under Canvas
|Day 1||Kasane to Chobe National Park|
|Day 2||Exploration day in Chobe National Park|
|Day 3||Chobe Riverfront to Savute|
|Day 4||Exploration day in Savute|
|Day 5||Savute to Okavango Delta|
|Day 6||Exploration day in Okavango Delta|
|Day 7||Maun to Nxai Pan National Park|
|Day 8||Exploration day in Nxai Pan National Park|
|Day 9||Nxai Pan National Park to Maun for departure|
Day 1 - 2: Kasane to Chobe National Park
Your journey begins at Kasane Airport where you are met by your private &Beyond Expeditions guide who will accompany you throughout your adventure.
From Kasane it’s a short distance to the entrance of iconic Chobe National Park. Upon entering the park take a slow game viewing drive to the secluded private camp site where you spend the next two nights.
Bordered by the beautiful Chobe River to the north, Chobe National Park is home to thrilling action-packed wildlife interactions and the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. Other species such as the Chobe bushbuck, the rare puku antelope, sable and roan, red lechwe, buffalo, lion and leopard are encountered. One of Africa’s most sought after safari destinations the Chobe Riverfront is where elephants reign supreme. Watch these magnificent animals in awe as huge herds of up to 300 make their way down to the perennial waters of the mighty Chobe River to quench their thirst, bathe and just have fun rolling around in the mud. Watching the antics of the babies as they climb on top of each other and swing their trunks around in sheer enjoyment is so entertaining and provides great photographic opportunities.
Experience unforgettable game drives and private boat cruises on the Chobe River. Please note National Park regulations prohibit off road driving, night drives and walking.
Day 3 - 4: Chobe Riverfront to Savute
The next leg of your safari takes you south west to Savute in central Chobe National Park. Interspersed by rocky outcrops the wild and desolate landscape of Savute is characterised by the sweeping Savute Marsh and the unpredictable Savute Channel.
Regardless of the time of year Savute will never disappoint. When the summer rains start towards the end of November the barren earth of Savute comes alive. A vast grassland dotted with dead trees pointing skywards the Savute Marsh turns green and the pans fill up. Migrant birds swell Savute’s 300 resident species. The rich new grasses are a magnet for herds of Burchell’s zebra and wildebeest that assemble in a chaotic pattern on the Savute Marsh where they foal before making for the lush grazing grounds of the Mababe Depression further south. This is a time of plenty for the high concentration of lion, African wild dog, leopard and spotted hyena.
Two nights are spent camping. During the months of February to April your accommodation will change from the standard dome tent to a more spacious Meru-style tent (&Beyond Savute Under Canvas). Activities include game drives and a visit to the Bushman paintings. Please note National Park regulations prohibit off road driving, night drives and walking.
Day 5 - 6: Savute to Okavango Delta
After exploring the Savute, you will be whisked away on a flight to the glorious Okavango Delta where you spend two nights camping. Situated on a private concession, on the banks of a seasonal waterway overlooking the celebrated Moremi Game Reserve, you will be spoilt for choice at the assortment of excellent wildlife sightings in the area. This particular region of the Delta offers some of the best wildlife encounters where you can see lion, leopard, African wild dog, kudu, elephant, semi-aquatic lechwe, hippo and giraffe. Adventures include game drives and bush walks.
Day 7 - 8: Nxai Pan National Park
On the final leg of your journey you will be flown Maun from where you continue by vehicle to a private camp site set amidst the dramatic landscape of Nxai Pans. With vast horizons and wide open spaces interspersed by desert-like pans this is big sky country at its best.
During the rains, December to April, Nxai Pan is transformed to a wonderland of green, with large herds of animals, mainly springbok and their offspring. Interestingly, both impala and springbok can be seen in this area, the only area of Botswana where this is possible, as the species are normally found separate due to different habitat preferences. Zebras arrive in their thousands with the rains, to feed on the nutrient rich grasses of the pans and to drop their young. These large herds attract many predators including especially lion and cheetah, both spotted and the elusive brown hyena, as well as the endangered wild dog and leopard.
Activities include game drives, stargazing and the opportunity to visit the giant baobabs in the area. National Park regulations prohibit walking, off road and night drives.
Day 9: Nxai Pan National Park to Maun
Today, your guide will drive you back to Maun where you bid him a fond farewell as you prepare to board your homeward bound flight.
Day 1 - 2: Dome tent, fully serviced en-suite mobile camping
Day 3 - 4: &Beyond Savute Under Canvas
fully serviced en-suite mobile camping
Day 5 - 8: Dome tent, fully serviced en-suite mobile camping