Lion in the grass

Wild Botswana

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Trip code: 
WZB
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Safaris
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Go on safari in some of the best reserves in one of the best countries, Botswana, for wildlife in Africa.

Botswana is not only Africa’s most exclusive safari destination, it is also, without a doubt, one of its best. The sparsely populated country has vast amounts of wilderness teeming with fauna from elephants to leopards, meerkats to Wild dogs and so much more. We journey through some of the country’s most prolific wildlife areas whilst staying in fully supported, comfortable, en-suite tents on this mobile safari. We concentrate on four areas staying 2 to 3 nights in each in order to explore them properly and have the best chances of great sightings. There may be no better way to experience Wild Botswana. 

Highlights

  • Moremi, the oldest protected section of the Okavango Delta
  • Savuti, known for its leopards
  • Chobe National Park’s diverse habitats and prolific wildlife
  • Chobe River’s high concentration of elephants
  • Comfortable, full service, wild camping

Key information

  • 10 nights comfortable, full service, wild camping
  • All meals and drinks included
  • Travel by 4WD safari vehicle
  • Some long drives
  • Expert wildlife guides

What's included

  • All meals and drinks
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (limited number available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Wild Botswana 4WD safari vehicle

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Start Maun, to Xakanaxa area of Moremi N.P.

    The land portion of the trip starts at Maun airport upon arrival of the group flights (exact time to be confirmed but normally around lunch time).

    From Maun airport we make our way towards our first camp in the Xakanaxa/3rd Bridge region of Moremi Game Reserve. Depending on timings we’ll probably stop for a picnic lunch en-route and arrive at our campsite in time for sundowners.

    Moremi Game Reserve protects vast tracts of land including much of the central and eastern regions of the Okavango Delta. The area is largely flat and distinguished by its large flood plain with grasslands dotted with Mopane and Acacia trees. The wildlife in the park is prolific to say the least, from sizable populations of elephants, lions, leopard and various antelopes to the very rarely seen pangolins, aardvarks and aardwolves.

    We settle into camp for the next two nights. The tents are large and comfortable with proper beds and bed linen as well en suite bathrooms with a bush toilet and bucket shower. This evening enjoy our first meal under the milky way (weather depending).

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Discover the Wildlife rich savannah, riverine forests and floodplains of Moremi by 4WD

    The Xakanaxa region of Moremi is mostly located in a corner of the Mopane Peninsula which juts into the wetlands of the delta and is recognised as one of the best wildlife areas in all of Africa with large amounts of game and many of the park’s 400 species of birds.

    Today we take to our 4WDs and head off to explore the region’s savannah, riverine forests and floodplains in search of Moremi’s abundant wildlife from eland to hyenas, lion to reedbuck.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    To the Khwai Community Area; afternoon game drive before returning to our wilderness camp.

    After an early breakfast we pack up camp and head to our next safari destination, the Khwai Community Area, bordering Moremi Wildlife Reserve to the north. The Khwai villagers manage the large concession directly with an aim both for conservation as well as to use sustainable tourism to provide an income to the community.

    We look out for game as we move to our new camp which will have been set up by the time we arrive.

    This afternoon we go out once more on a game drive looking for some of the wildlife. Amongst other animals this is a good area to see Wild dogs, which regularly cross the region.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 5-6

    Two days of game drives and night safaris in the Khwai area; dug-out canoe along the Khwai waterways, the easternmost reach of the Okavango River System.

    We spend the next two days going on game drives and exploring the border areas of the Khwai Community Area and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Being in a community run concession we are able to go on night safaris (which are forbidden in Game Reserves and National Parks) with spotlights and have the opportunity to go out looking for nocturnal animals.

    Amongst the fauna we hope to see during our time in the Khwai area are elephants, attracted to the region by the Mopani trees, as well as lions and leopards. We will generally return to camp in the heat of the day to relax when most of the wildlife is inactive.

    During our stay here we will also go out for 2.5hr mokoro canoe trip, exploring the waterways of the Kwhai River in the easternmost reaches of the Okavango Delta, gliding through reeds almost at water level.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 7-9

    To the Savuti area of Chobe N.P.; morning and afternoon game drives in this dry, desert-like landscape where lion and elephant interaction at watering holes is common.

    Our next destination is the Savuti Marsh area of Chobe National Park. Typically characterised by its dryness, Savuti Marsh does have an unusual feature in the Savuti Channel. After nearly 30 years of being dry, the channel started flowing again in 2010 and has been flowing through the area ever since. In such a dry region, this is a big change and has an impact on the whole ecology as well as on the type and amount of wildlife that are now attracted to the area. Amongst some of the animals we may see on these large plains are zebra, wildebeest, kudu, giraffe lion, Wild dog, cheetah and leopard. Traditionally the area has also been known for the interaction between lions and elephants at watering holes.

    We spend our time going on morning and afternoon game drives, returning to camp in the middle of the day to relax after the early starts and away from the hottest part of the day. At night we enjoy a succulent meal under the stars prepared by our expert crew.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 10-11

    To Chobe River, home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. Morning and afternoon game drives to discover the abundant wildlife on the riverbanks and floodplains. Take a boat safari on the Chobe River and stay in a riverfront wilderness camp

    As we leave the parched Savuti behind, our final destination is on the banks of the Chobe River, within Chobe National Park. The area’s main claim to fame is the high concentration of elephants found here, which is greater than anywhere else in the world. The area also attracts large herds of buffalo as well as prolific birdlife and is undoubtedly one Africa’s great safari destinations.

    From our riverfront wilderness camp we explore the area both in our 4WD safari vehicles but also by boat on the Chobe River itself (on our last afternoon), seeing wildlife from a different perspective in the late afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To Kasane; end Kasane

    After breakfast we transfer to the town of Kasane where the land portion of the trip ends. Those on group flights will be taken to the airport for their flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Arrive London

    Arrive London

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Botswana

Currently British and Commonwealth and European passport holders do not require visas for Botswana.
As of the 1 June 2017, however, a tourist levy of US$30 will be collected from everyone other than citizens of SADC states. This is payable either by card or with good condition US$ notes (exact change only). This levy is valid for multiple entries for up to 30 days. More information is available on http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/tourismlevy

Vaccinations

Botswana

Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary if you are coming from a country with Yellow Fever (which includes Zambia), and you must bring a valid certificate of vaccination. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All meals included

All meals are prepared by our camp crew. It normally starts off with tea and coffee around the campfire before our first game drive. This is later followed by a light breakfast before heading out on an early morning game drive. The breakfast normally consists of tea and coffee, juice, rusks, fruit, cereal, toast and jam. Lunch generally consists of salads, bread freshly baked on the campfire, cold meats and pickles. Finally, a three-course dinner is served in the evening, something like Botswana beef or a lamb potjie followed by deserts like banana with chocolate or malva pudding with custard, accompanied by South African wines.

Vegetarians are also well catered for but please note that we need to be notified in advance of any dietary requirements including vegetarianism.

Drinks are also included - water, juice, coke, diet coke and a reasonable amount of alcohol (wine, beer, G&T and Amarula).

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn't yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we have decided to include drinking water in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe filtered drinking water will be available throughout. You will be provided with a bottle on day 1 of the tour so there shouldn’t be a need for you to buy water in small plastic bottles.

Weather

Maun

Maun

Is this trip for you?

This trip has an activity level of 2 – leisurely/moderate – which means that it is not physically demanding but can still be tiring due to some long days in the bush on safari. Whilst it is a camping safari, the walk-in tents are large and include beds and mattresses as well as connected en-suite bathrooms. This is a fully serviced camping trip and all camp chores are taken care of by our crew.

There are some transfers between wilderness camps but we base ourselves in 4 locations staying 2 or 3 nights in each and exploring the surrounding wildlife reserves and national parks from there. Transport is in specially designed 4WD open safari vehicles with canvas tops for optimal wildlife viewing.

Most of the trip is in wilderness areas and the climate can change throughout the year (see weather section for more information). 

Please note that you will be asked to sign an indemnity form, this is just to make sure that you understand the wilderness aspect of this trip. In no way does it relieve Exodus of any responsibility should something occur whilst on tour.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Comfortable, fully serviced wild camping

This is a mobile safari staying in comfortable, large walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms. The tents are equipped with proper beds with mattresses and linen as well as a towel and hot water bottle (in winter). The en-suite bathrooms are equipped with bucket showers, bush toilets and bathroom amenities (soap, shampoo, body lotion and insect repellent).

The camps are located inside national parks and game reserves and are not fenced giving a true African bush experience.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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