Botswana Mobile Tented Safari

Northern Expedition Reverse

A 9 night southbound tented safari to the classic areas of Botswana.

Overview

This Mobile Safari is essentially the reverse of our Northern Expedition and starts in Kasane and ends in Maun.

Moremi Game Reserve is arguably one of the most famous game reserves in Africa with its abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery within and around its borders. Extending further than Moremi Expedition safari, we take you on to the enigmatic and abundant wildlife regions Savute and the Chobe River Front

This classic style mobile safari concentrates on these regions and maximises its potential by offering a diverse range of activities including both day and night drives and mekoro trips, including boat trips on the Chobe River

The safari is on a fully serviced basis providing you great levels of comfort with camp staff who are on hand to do everything for you.

The Itinerary

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Day 1: Kasane to Savute via Chobe River. Travel Day 5 hours

We recommend spending the previous night at Chobe Safari Lodge, or somewhere similar in Kasane, before the start of your safari, as this is where your safari departs from. Safari Lifestyles can arrange for your stay at this lodge. For those guests transferring from Livingstone, transfers should arrive at Chobe Safari Lodge at 09h00 in time for a morning boat cruise. You will then be met by your guide for the drive along the Chobe River to Savute.

Habitat: The habitat on today’s drive takes us from the Chobe River through the wonderful Zambezi teak woodlands of the Chobe Forest Reserve, across the sand-ridge and into the stunted mopane scrub of the Goha clay basin.

Wildlife: From the air only the larger animals are easily seen. These include large breeding herds of African elephant that live in the mopane scrub. On the open plains large herds of buffalo and lechwe can be seen and in the waterways, pods of hippopotamus are a common sight. Once you land in Xakanaxa and board your land cruiser, the smaller game animals can be found.

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Game Drives and a Chobe Boat Cruise

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Days 2 & 3: Savuti Exploration Days

Habitat: Unlike the vast majority of the country, Savuti is not flat landscape. Large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands, towering over the endless savannah. These hills provide habitat for a completely different array of small wildlife, birds and plants. The Savuti Marsh has been the stage for many of the most dramatic wildlife documentaries in Africa. The wide open country, good ungulate populations and particularly strong prides of lion and hyaena clans make for dramatic wildlife interaction and excellent viewing opportunities. The now dry Savuti Channel runs through this landscape linking the dry sand-veld, the waterholes, the hills and the grassland that was the Savuti Marsh.

Wildlife: Undoubtedly it is the interaction between lion and elephant that is the most interesting aspect of Savuti. The area is inhabited by a huge pride of lions with numbers fluctuating from 20-30 members. These remarkable lion have learned over the years how to hunt these massive pachyderms that are supposedly above predation. Launching their attack under darkness and using their numbers, they manage to kill adolescent and even young adult elephant.The marsh is prime cheetah country and in the wet season it is not unusual to have the wild dog hunting here in Savute.

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Game Drives

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Day 4: Savuti to Khwai. Travel Day (4-5 hours)

Leaving the parched landscape, we continue our journey south to the Khwai Community Area.

Habitat: A fascinating days drive looking at some of the evidence of the Paleo-Lake Makgadikgadi that dried up some ten thousand years ago. The most challenging part of the trip is crossing the Magwikwe Sand-ridge that formed the shoreline for this massive inland sea. The winding track through this deep sand makes for interesting travel in the early summer! The old lake bed is now the Mababe Depression. The dense clay floor of the depression result in high protein feed for wildlife and the area teams with game after the rains. During the rainy season the depression is impassable due to the “cotton soil” and alternative routes must be used.

Wildlife: A day when anything could happen. The range of habitat that is covered encompasses most of the habitat types of northern Botswana. We pass through excellent lion country and some of the best cheetah country that our safari will cover. Elephant occur throughout the drive but are more common at the start and end of the drive where permanent surface water can be found.

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Day and Night Game Drives

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Days 5 & 6: Khwai Exploration Days.

The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. We spend the following two nights camping at an exclusive campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day.

We will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot and mokoro and enjoy an up close and personal encounter with Botswana’s flora and fauna. It is important to note that night drives and guided walks are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area.

Habitat: We spend our time between the dry-land habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannahs and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai. Time permitting we may visit the lagoons and waterways of Xakanaxa where the largest heronry in southern Africa exists.

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Game Drive, Walking Safaris (conditions permitting) Night Drives and mokoro excursion

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Day 7: Khwai to Xakanaxa. Travel Day (3 to 4 hours)

Habitat: The Manuchira Channel is known as the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity. The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands that make Khwai one of the most scenic areas of the Okavango. We pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo.

Wildlife: The western mopane veld is home to mostly breeding herds of elephant whilst the eastern reaches of Khwai is home to some impressive old bulls. The mature bulls revel in the cool waters of the Khwai and are far more approachable while drinking and bathing than the breeding herds. The river has an unusually high density of hippo as well as some huge crocodile. Leopard, cheetah, serval and lion are common predators along this route and both Xakanaxa as well as Khwai are included in the home ranges of 2 different packs of wild dog. General game includes southern giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, tessebe and red lechwe with roan and sable antelope being less common residents.

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Morning and Afternoon Game Drives

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Days 8 & 9: Xakanaxa. Exploration Days, Moremi Game Reserve

Habitat: Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast reed-beds of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. As a result of the extremely variable habitat the diversity of both wildlife and birdlife is excellent.

Wildlife: Every type of mopane habitat is well represented in this drive from the towering cathedral woodlands Xakanaxa to the classic climax mopane woodland and in the drier and harsher habitats, extensive stretches of scrub mopane. The San-ta-Wani region has scattered ephemeral water pans with large floodplains and camel-thorn woodlands. 40 km of the drive is in Moremi Game Reserve with a further 40 km in areas designated for wildlife management where animals roam freely to and from the Game Reserve.

Accommodation: Tented Camp
Activities: Game Drives

Day 10: Xakanaxa to Maun. Travel Day. 30 Minute Charter Flight

After breakfast we take a game-drive to the airstrip where you will be met by your charter flight back to Maun at approximately 12h30.

Whats Included

Whats Not Included

NOTE:

Although we make every effort to adhere to schedules and itineraries, these are subject to change subject to weather (specifically with current flood conditions, the driving times may differ between the areas quite considerably depending upon the time of year), roads, and animal movements and availability. You will be notified of any changes.

Scheduled Safaris Departure Dates 2022

Tour Map

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