Botswana Boating & Mobile Camping Safari – 10 nights / 11 days

BOTSWANA EN-SUITE DOME LEVEL BOATING & MOBILE SAFARIS 2019 + 2020
10-NIGHTS/ 11-DAYS
Start Maun / End Kasane

SUMMARY ITINERARY 
Start dates 2019 + 2020:
July 20th
August 3rd, 17th, 31st
September 14th

Night 1: Spend a night in Maun in one of our en-suite tents at our backpackers lodge
Night 2 & 3: Two night Chiefs Island, Okavango on a spectacular boating safari, Nxaraga lagoon
Night 4: Spend the night in our en-suite tents in Maun
Night 5-11: Maun/Moremi/Khwai/Savuti. Depart Kasane.

Botswana Pula: Total BWP320300.00 per person (no single supplement)
Valid until 31 Dec 2020. No children under 12 years of age. No minimum number of guests on scheduled safaris.

Level of Safari: En-suite dome tent safari

No children under 12 years of age. No minimum number of guests on scheduled safaris.  Private / exclusive safaris to suit guests dates and group on request.

ITINERARY

Day 1: We will pick you up from Maun airport  and transfer to you our backpackers’ lodge where you will stay in one of our en-suite tents on a bed only basis.

Day 2: We will enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in a wonderful riverside setting while meeting our guide to discuss the safari. We then depart from our backpackers lodge at 9am by motor boat, first on the Thamalakane River then up the Boro River. After the first 45 minutes passing through a rural area we then cross the “Buffalo fence” and enter the wildlife area of Okavango Delta.

Our next few hours are spent game and bird watching while navigating the reed channels of the southern Okavango on our way up to Chiefs Island. We will stop to have a light lunch of cold meats and salads and a short walk to stretch our legs en-route. After lunch the tender boat with staff and our camping equipment will move on to start setting up the camp ahead of our arrival. The sites we use are all exclusive operators’ sites that are not shared with other groups.

The tents we use on this safari are 3m x 3m walk-in dome tents, each one has one or two comfortable stretchers with bedrolls depending on whether you are sharing or not. Each bedroll is made up with a fitted cotton sheet, duvet and pillow. Each tent has an attached canvass enclosure to the rear with its own shower and toilet area. We arrive at our camp at Nxaraga lagoon at around 2:30pm, settle in and take a rest in the shade at our picturesque campsite.

At around 4pm depart on foot with a guide for a short 1 hour game walk around Nxaraga Island to stretch our legs. Arrive back before sunset which we enjoy from the boat on the middle of Nxaraga lagoon, probably with a Hippo or two.
Arrive back shortly before dark to a warmed bucket shower and a hearty campfire cooked 3 course dinner.
Retire at your leisure to your tent to fall asleep to the sounds of the Okavango

Day 3: We wake up around 6am, have coffee/tea, cereal and a cooked breakfast and then set off at 7am for a 1 and a half hour boat ride to Xaxaba village to meet our mokoro polers. From 9am to midday we go out with our mokoro polers for a 3 hour combination of mokoro poling and walking. From midday we boat further upstream for birding and game viewing in the Jugujugu area for a picnic lunch. Arrive back at Nxaraga campsite in the late afternoon for a shower and campfire dinner.

Day 4: We wake up around 5:30, have coffee/tea and cereal set off shortly after 6am for a 20 minute boat ride to a point from which we can go on a three hour guided game walk. We then arrive back around 9:30 for a full cooked brunch.

We depart from camp around 11am for a slow ride back to Maun with a picnic lunch on the way.

Arrive back at 5pm at our backpackers lodge in Maun. If you are continuing on the Mobile Safari, dinner, bed and breakfast are included.

Day 5: Meet after breakfast at around 8:30 and have time for a quick cup of coffee or tea in a wonderful riverside setting while meeting our guide to discuss the next leg of our mobile safari.

We depart from there in our safari vehicle for the drive to Moremi, driving time varies a bit depending on the condition of the road, and it usually takes an hour before you start viewing game and about 1 hour 45minutes before reaching Moremi South Gate.

We then head to the West onto the open plains of the “Black Pools” area for a 5 hour game viewing drive en-route to camp. Our guide will choose a good shady place to stop and set up our picnic lunch. This area boasts some classic seasonal and permanent swamp landscapes and is a good area in which to view Cheetah, Buffalo and Wild dogs.

We arrive in Xini late afternoon to find our mobile safari camp set up.

On each day that we transit from one site to another our crew drives ahead to move and set up camp before our arrival. The sites we use are all exclusive operators’ sites that are not shared with other groups.

The tents we use on this safari are 3m x 3m walk-in dome tents, each one has one or two comfortable stretchers with bedrolls depending on whether you are sharing or not. Each bedroll is made up with a fitted cotton sheet, duvet and pillow. Each tent has an attached canvass enclosure to the rear with its own shower and toilet area.

After we have arrived in Xini and have been shown to our tents to settle in we then go on a late afternoon game drive, arriving back at last light. Our staff would have organised some warm water for the showers and will have the preparations for a three course fire-cooked meal underway.

Day 6: On this day we go out for a full day game drive exploring the intricate network of game drive roads in Moremi with a packed picnic lunch. We stop at the Mokoro station at Mboma Island for a 2 hour mokoro ride for those of us who wish to spend a little time gliding along some of the Okavango waterways.

Day 7: Our wakeup call is at 5:30 for tea or coffee and cereal, we then go out for a 2 hour game drive arriving back by 8am for a cooked breakfast. By 10am we depart from Xini for a slow game viewing drive through the north of Moremi to Khwai. This will take up most of the day as we can then visit areas such as “Dead tree Island” and “Dombo hippo pools” with a picnic on the way. Our crew will have time to label our tents and bedrolls, dismantle camp and get ahead of us.

We will arrive at our site at Magotho in the late afternoon to familiarise ourselves with our new bush camp. We can then take a short drive down to watch the late afternoon and sunset unfold over the Khwai River before enjoying our third night around a campfire.

Day 8: On our full day in Khwai we will go on a very early to mid-morning game drive and spend the middle of the day to mid-afternoon resting in camp. We will then go out for an afternoon and evening game drive with a little night time game viewing for the chance to spot nocturnal animals. We will arrive back for dinner around 8:30pm.

Day 9: Our wakeup call is at 5:30 for tea or coffee and cereal, we then go out for a 3 hour game drive arriving back by 9:00am for a cooked brunch. By 10:00am we depart from Magotho for a last meander along the Khwai River to give our crew time to pack up and move on. We then head for Chobe South Gate and on to Savuti for some afternoon game viewing. Savuti is famous for the full array of predators that inhabit its wide open landscapes. In such a dry landscape they are here to hunt animals drawn to the waters of the Savuti channel which flows from Linyanti to the Savuti marsh.

Day 10: Our wakeup call is at 5:30 for tea or coffee and cereal, we then go out for a 5 hour game drive arriving back by 11:00am for a cooked brunch. After brunch and a couple of hours in camp we head back out for another game drive from 2:30pm to sunset.
Arrive back in camp at last light for our last campfire feast on this safari.

Day 11: Wakeup call at 5:30am Coffee/tea and a cooked breakfast. Depart camp at around 7am for a 5 hour drive to Kasane including a last look around the Savuti area on our way. We then end our safari in Kasane at around 12 o’clock at “Coffee Buzz. You can fly out of Kasane or we can arrange accommodation for you in the area (Chobe) or transfer you to Victoria Falls or Livingstone where you can visit the infamous Victoria Falls. Should you require accommodation and transfers, please let Africa Memories Travel Know.

En-suite dome tent mobile safaris 
Our En-suite dome tent Safaris are run on a minimum of 2 nights per campsite basis. For groups of more than 3 people a supply vehicle and 2 staff will set up camp ahead of your clients. For 3 or less people 2 staff members will travel on the same vehicle, all equipment will be loaded into a trailer and on a roof rack.

Luggage:
Luggage must be restricted to 20kg per person in soft bags.

Accommodation:
• Walk-in 3m x 3m dome tents with comfortable bedrolls made up with high quality cotton linen on stretchers.
• Bedside table with solar powered lantern.
• Chairs and a table on a groundsheet outside the front of the tent.
• There is an attached enclosure at the back of each tent that encompasses the shower and a curtained-off safari style toilet.
• towels are supplied.

Meals:
• Early breakfast- Cereals, yoghurt, rusks, tea and coffee.
• Brunch- Eggs, bacon, beans, fried tomato, sausage (or vegan sausage) and toast.
• Light afternoon lunch- Cold meats, salads breads and fruit
• Dinner- 3 courses, soup, a main and desert.

Drinks:
3lts of bottled water per person per day, fruit juice for breakfast and wine for dinner. A limited supply of local soft drinks, beers and cider will also be supplied. If they would like to take any extra drinks we can supply a cooler and ice.

En-suite dome tent boating safaris
Our en-suite dome tent boating Safaris are run on a minimum 2 nights per campsite basis. For groups of more than 3 people we send a supply boat with 2 members of staff to set up camp ahead of your clients. For 3 people or less 2 staff and all equipment will travel on the same boat.

Luggage:
Luggage must be restricted to 15kg per person in soft bags.

Accommodation:
• Walk-in 3m x 3m dome tents with comfortable bedrolls made up with high quality cotton linen on stretchers.
• Bedside table with solar powered lantern.
• Chairs and a table on a groundsheet outside the front of the tent.
• There is an attached enclosure at the back of each tent that encompasses the shower and a curtained-off safari style toilet.
• Towels are supplied.

Meals:
• Early breakfast- Cereals, yoghurt, rusks, tea and coffee.
• Brunch- Eggs, bacon, beans, fried tomato, sausage (or vegan sausage) and toast.
• Light afternoon lunch- Cold meats, salads breads and fruit.
• Dinner- 3 courses, soup, a main and desert.

Drinks:
3lts of bottled water per person per day, fruit juice for breakfast and wine for dinner. A limited supply of local soft drinks, beers and cider will also be supplied. If they would like to take any extra drinks we can supply a cooler and ice.