Lion in the grass

Wild Botswana

11 days
7'149 CHF
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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. 


  • 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
  • Countries visited: Botswana, Africa

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:
056 631 86 64
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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  • Day 1

    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 catch a charter flight towards our first camp in the Xakanaxa/3rd Bridge region of Moremi Game Reserve. 

    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 2

    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 3

    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 4-5

    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 6-8

    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 9-10

    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 11

    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
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



Currently British and Commonwealth and European passport holders do not require visas for Botswana.

If you are transiting through South Africa and are a non UK passport holder you may require a transit visa. Please check before travelling.

Please be aware that children under the age of 18 must provide a full birth certificate (a short one won’t be accepted) as well as a valid passport. If the child is travelling with only one parent or with another adult, the missing parent (or parents) will have to provide an affidavit giving their consent for the child to travel. If flying via S. Africa you may have to pass immigration between flights and the same regulation is needed for entry into S. Africa.




Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary if you are coming from a country with Yellow Fever, 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.




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:
056 631 86 64
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.


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:
056 631 86 64
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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  • Reviewed April 2019
    Katie Taylor

    Truly wild and wonderful Botswana!

    This is the trip of a lifetime. In the incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic hands of Sam you will see more wildlife than you can possibly imagine in 10 days – and close up. Sam is a mine of information on all things natural - we even had a night of star gazing – but more than that, he’s fun and very responsive to his guests’ needs and particular interests. The support team at the camp are fabulous too – nothing is too much trouble and the quality of food that chef manages to produce on an open fire is impressive. This is comfortable camping within the boundaries of the national parks and the cacophony of animal and bird noises throughout the night make it a true bush experience! We were blown away by the scenery as well as the wildlife and can’t recommend this trip highly enough.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to pick, there were so many moments. Probably my favourite was just sitting still, quietly watching two majestic cheetahs sitting on a dead tree. And finally seeing a leopard, with a cub to boot.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Awesome. He is totally in tune with his surroundings, and a really nice guy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for quite a variation in temperature. It can be quite cold first thing in the morning, then stinking hot by the middle of the day. And don't go without some decent binoculars!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Please can I be transported back there right now!
  • Reviewed April 2019
    Jill Thompson

    Wild Botswana

    If you harbour any doubts about this trip, cast them aside. It was a truly amazing experience from start to finish. Sam has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the birds and wild animals in Botswana and I am in awe of his spotting and tracking abilities. We had lions every day, mostly twice with every combination you could think of. There were wild dog, over 150 elephants passing within yards of our truck, leopard (one with cub and one without) cheetah - two just sitting there on a tree stump for over half an hour which I can’t believe Sam spotted from the road! The usual expectations didn’t disappoint either. We tracked a venue of vultures, expecting a kill but found a very sad sighting of a mother elephant guarding her dying tiny baby. Great respect was shown and it was a harsh, but defining moment of the trip, showing the reality of bush life. On a practical note, the camping support team couldn’t have been better. Hot showers every day, a different three course meal each evening (I don’t eat meat or dairy and had a specially prepared meal for both dinner and lunch - 5*) freshly baked bread and cakes. Every eventuality taken care of from ponchos and blankets to torches and toiletries. It’s one of the most fabulous trips we’ve ever done, but please don’t think it’s ever worth lying in, it’s not, get out there early and see the wonders. Just do it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The leopard and cheetah, the dying baby elephant (which still makes me cry) the silence, the night sky, the serenity.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was amazing. I don’t think I’ve met any tour leader with the amount of knowledge he has about his country and it’s wildlife. He was lovely and made the tour so special.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t worry about the toilet! You also don’t need to pack as much as you think as most things are provided. Water bottles, torches, toiletries, ponchos, blankets on the truck. Do pack for cold weather depending on when you’re travelling - it was cold on a couple of days because of the rains being late, so definitely needed the fleece and socks!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • Reviewed November 2018
    Julie Furze

    Stunning wildlife trip

    This is the best safari I have ever experienced, from start to finish it was like being in a David Attenborough documentary, I don't believe we could have seen much more. Every game drive we saw such an array of wildlife and the scenery was stunning. Apart from lions every day, four packs of wild dogs, leopards, hyenas, elephants, giraffes and antelope we identified 174 species of bird. In addition to the wildlife the whole camping experience really added to the trip for me, the facilities were amazing. Drinks around the camp fire talking about the day's experiences and being treated to delicious food was a delight every day. Lying in bed watching wildlife pass through the campsite was awesome. We were all so well looked after by the staff and I cannot praise them all highly enough, they were a delight and worked so hard.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were actually so many that it is difficult highlight one in particular. Every day we watched a story unfold. Wild dogs waking, greeting each other, setting off on a hunt and then following them. Sitting, watching a pride of 17 lions interacting before the sun forced them into the shade. Willing a young male to run faster as he was chased by a very large herd of buffalo. Seeing hyenas on a kill being intimidated by vultures as a cheeky jackal managed sneak a good meal. These are just a few of the memorable sightings.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sam was absolutely brilliant, he looked after us so well and ensured we saw the best that Botswana had to offer. His knowledge of wildlife was exceptional and every day he found us something to wonder at and always gave us time to sit and soak up the experience. He worked tirelessly to ensure we had the best experience we could and there was never a dull moment.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of memory for photos. Binoculars are a must. Few clothes are required as there is time for washing

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book and go, words don't come close to the experience.
  • Reviewed November 2018
    John Flew

    Wonderful Safari in Botswana

    This was probably the best safari that I have been on and I have been on many. The guide Sam was superb and all the staff were excellent and attended to all our needs and more. The tents were excellent and all the facilities and food were better than I had anticipated. The game viewing was of the very highest, when are you likely to see 4 Leopards, 4 packs of Wild dogs Plus Honey Badgers and Civet in 10 days and also identify over 170 bird species.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were to many.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As I have said above his skill at identifying game and birds was fantastic which of course made this trip outstanding.

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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? 

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