This was a question we kept asking ourselves as the trip went on and we never managed to pin point one moment. Some of the moments for me were:
1. watching a young leopard lounge around in a tree - it felt as if he was looking straight at me!
2. watching three lionesses interact with two cubs as the sun started to drop
3. an elephant almost taking a swim - he just about got his shoulders in!
4. spectacular sunsets and a spectacular electric storm!
5. watching the pied kingfisher from a swimming hole in the delta
A Zambian visa was extremely easy to purchase at the border so don't worry about getting one before.
When heading into Savuti and Moremi ensure you have enough cold drinks (as well as water) to last as there are no shops in between. If you get fed up of drinking water then get some drink powder from Shop Rite (supermarket). This is easy to carry and a little like squash when added to water. The mixed berry flavour is particularly pleasant.
Take your swim kit into the delta as the swimming hole is a great alternative to no shower!
Although we were advised to keep buying 5 litre water bottles, most of the water in Botswana seemed ok to drink - the guides were actually quite excited about the water in savuti and it did indeed taste good
It was very hot in October, between 38-42 most days and above 30 at night. We discovered that wearing a wet T-shirt or havinga wet scarf / towel around our necks helped prevent us from overheating at the hottest points of the day and dried very quickly.
walking boots weren't needed - trainers were sufficient in the delta and sandals everywhere else
A light sleeping bag was totally sufficient and even that was too much at times. A cotton sheet or sheet liner would have been usueful.
Rain jacket was a waste of space as when it rained it did so fantastically and jacket wouldn't have helped. It was also 'warm rain' so was quite welcome after a hot sticky day!
Visit Vic Falls under your own steam. Get a taxi there - US$10, entry US$20 and then head to the right where you will no doubt bump into a young guide who would like to show you all the best veiweing spots, followed by a safe swimming hole. This will cost you between US$20-35 /person. The guides work as a team so divide up earnings evenly at the end of the day. This option isn't advertised so it's a bit of a gamble but was well worth it.
The 'comfortable' mattresses and camp beds aren't so comfortable, two mattresses on the floor was the better option, but even then it depended which mattresses you got! You also need to ask for this as it means swapping beds for mattresses at HQ in Maun.
If you want a trip T-shirt make sure you buy it in Livingstone as options in Botswana are extremely limited.
Armadillos in Livinsgtone made for a great night out - excellent food and live music
I needed more money than I thought and would have needed even more if doing any of the expensive optional activities in Livingstone. Also remember that tips add up! I proabably spent between £600-700 on food, drinks (alcohol included), visa, extra activities, tips
Chobe River cruise and Zambezi sunset cruise are both worth doing although Zambezi cruise no longer has dinner, but does have free alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages and finger food!
Delta flight was encouraged, but unless you have a burning desire to view the delta from above or particualrly enjoy flights in light aircraft, this was an expensive 45 mins!
If you have any doubts about this trip because of bush toilets, bush showers and remote camping don't -these wern't nearly as bad as you might think and in fact preferable to toilet experiences on other trips!
Lastly - ENJOY!