Buffalo Safari 10 Day

Visiting the Okavango Delta is an adventure apart from any other. Time spent in this unique environment is a "back to Eden" experience.

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Collection from  Maun /Kasane Airport.

Transfer to Hotel/Lodge for the night and dinner at own expense.


Visiting the Okavango Delta is an adventure apart from any other.  Time spent in this unique environment is a "back to Eden" experience. This wild untamed area of Africa has remained unchanged for thousands of years. You get to experience the Africa of the early adventurers of a few hundred years ago. The annual flooding of the delta creates a new and changing world where animals move from the few pockets of water in the dry months to the grassy plains during the wet months.

The Okavango Delta provides one of Africa's great safari destinations.  It is a maze of meandering channels, crystal clear lagoons and sandy, verdant islands. Across its 15,000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is very flat, varying just two metres in height.  It is a vast inland river delta which is home to all major, natural to Africa, herbivore and carnivore species, and over 400 birds species have been recorded.  It is identified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Your experienced guide knows the area well and can read tracks left on the road to find you the best sightings.  You get to enjoy two game drives a day in one of the world’s premier wilderness areas, home to large herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, antelope, leopard, hyena, zebra and crocodile.  These are just some of animals that you might see. During the dry season, around 260,000 mammals congregate around the delta.

Your first two days are spent in the Chobe Game Reserve. Chobe river forms the northern boundary and protects about 11700 square km. Its vegetation varies from lush floodplains to the scorched Savuti marsh. Chobe is a classic big game country where herds of buffalo and elephant attain legendary proportions.

The northern part of Chobe lies next to the Chobe River. This river road allows for excellent game viewing along the Chobe river drive. Animals need to come and drink water. Large raptors are nesting close to the Chobe river, and water birds are abundant and migrating birds.

Savuti is a place of enchantment, of beauty, and boasts the greatest concentrations of animals in Southern Africa. Your two days here will be filled with excitement and discovery.  A remote and wild corner of Chobe National Park, Savute stretches from the park's northern boundaries to the Linyanti River.  Savuti is well known for its resident elephant and lion population and the unique interaction of the predator species. Wild dog are also regularly seen as well as a large variety of mammals and antelope. Savuti is a favored area of wildlife & birdlife photographers and film makers and many well known wildlife documentaries have been filmed here. The wildlife is dynamic in this section of the park especially the migration of zebras and the predators following them i.e. lions, hyenas and cheetahs. There are large herds of elephant, wildebeests, warthogs, kudus, impalas, crocodile and hippopotamus as well as the elusive Klipspringer antelope the aardvark and aardwolf and the endangered Wild dog in the Savuti Channel.The birdlife is amazing in the Savuti Marsh especially during the summer migration.

You move on to the Moremi Game Reserve where you spend a further two days.  It covers some 4,871 km2, at the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa as it combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons.  It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi special.  It has permanent wetland and dry savanna woodland. 

Your last two days are spent in the Delta proper which is a maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands.   This is one of the most exciting places in the Delta.  Your mokoro [dugout canoes] is home for the next two days. Your mokoro handler poles you silently past past hippos, elephants and crocodiles.  On dry land, wildlife includes lions, leopards, giraffes and rhinos. Between being poled down crystal clear streams you will get to enjoy some walking safari's on the little islands.        

This is Africa at its best!!


Highlights

  • Maun
  • Lekhubu Island
  • Rakops
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Itinerary

DAY 1:
Arrive at Maun Airport from Johannesburg. You will be met at the Airport by a safari guide holding a signboard that reads “MARVELOUS MOBILE SAFARI”. The guide will take you to your hotel or lodge where you will stay for 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis at your own expense. Lunch and dinner will be served at your own expense.

DAY 2:
The morning begins with breakfast, and then you will be picked up from the hotel or lodge by a safari guide and then depart Maun for Lekhubu Island. A packed lunch will be served at Rakops Village for your stopover where you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs for a while. Arrive at Lekhubu where your campsite will be ready. You will have a siesta and a short game drive later in the afternoon to witness the landscape and wildlife of Lekhubu Island. Come back to the camp to shower with dinner following shortly. Bedtime will be determined by the last guest.

DAY 3:
The morning begins with a fresh shower from a shower bucket with warm water, have breakfast then depart to Rakops village in the northern direction from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Rakops is a very interesting village with few tribes. Tribes such as Bateti, Basarwa, Bakalaka, Bayei and Basubia who normally perform traditional dance styles to entertain clients. It is believed that the Bateti tribe were the first to reside in Rakops along the Boteti River. The river was named after the Bateti tribe. It stretches all the way from Maun to Lake Dow. Upon arrival in Rakops, you will drive to your designated Matsaudi campsites where you will have lunch and siesta. In the afternoon you will have high tea and resume you the cultural tour in the village. After the cultural tour, you will drive back to your campsite, have your shower and dinner will be served. Around 7:00 pm just immediately after your dinner there will be a great performance from two tribes of the village namely Basarwa and Bateti, where you will witness stylish dancing until late.

DAY 4:
The morning begins with a fresh shower from a shower bucket with warm water, have breakfast then depart to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. You will enter the gate and then do your safari all the way until you reach the campsite. Upon arrival at your camping area, you will be shown your tents and then have lunch and afterwards go for a siesta. Before your afternoon activity you will have high tea and then begin your game safari within the park to explore the amazing wildlife. Come back to camp have a shower and dinner follows.

DAY 5:
Have a quick shower and breakfast and do a short game drive within Makgadikgadi Park until you go out of the park through the northern gate. You will join the main road from Maun to Nata. About 30 minutes driving north you will enter Nxai Pan National Park gate where you will enjoy a game drive until you arrive at the campsite. Upon arrival, you will have lunch and then go for a siesta. In the afternoon you will have high tea and resume your game drive safari within Nxai Pan to witness the amazing landscape and wildlife.

We’ll expect to see elephants, giraffes, impalas, wildebeest, zebras, and some of the big predators. The game drive will include a trip to Baines Baobabs. Baines Baobabs were named after the famous 20th-century painter and explorer who painted this unusual group of baobabs during his journey through southern Africa in 1862. The baobabs stand on the edge of a large salt pan that, although dry for most of the year, transforms into a massive sheet of water dotted with water lilies during the rainy season from December to March. During those wet months, water birds abound at the lagoon and create a spectacle of great beauty. We will drive back to camp in the evening, just in time to relax and take a shower before a superb dinner cooked over an open fire.

DAY 6:
Have a quick shower and have breakfast, then depart to Maun. While you leave the park you will do a long drive until you go out of the park gate. Upon arrival in Maun, you will be transferred to the airport to continue with other travel arrangements. Shake hands at the airport and goodbye.

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