7 days

Classic Botswana

Classic Botswana

Okavango Delta by 'mokoro'

Khwai River's big game

Moremi Game Reserve's concentration of wildlife

Chobe National Park's river

Trip rating
  • Glide through the watery maze of the Okavango Delta and witness hundreds of elephants in Chobe National Park. Not a bad way to spend seven days on holiday!

     

    TRIP CHANGE FOR 2015:
    The tour duration will increase by 1 day, making it an 8 day tour.
    As a result, the first night of the tour will be at Victoria Falls, before departing for Chobe National Park on the morning of Day 2.

    Why we love it

    • Glide through the tranquil waterways of the magnificent Okavango Delta in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe)
    • Enjoy relaxing periods between safaris where you can snooze, journal, read a book or just take in the magnificent views.
    • An overnight stay in a semi-luxury tent with en suite and its own veranda overlooking Chief's Island.
    • The chance to see giraffe, kudu, impala, baboon, hippo, crocodile, warthog, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, spotted hyena, jackal, zebra, elephant, lion, cheetah and even the elusive leopard!

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Livingstone - Chobe National Park

    • On arrival at Livingstone, you’ll be met and transferred to your lodge in Chobe National Park. Please ensure you arrive before 10.00am so you do not miss out on the afternoon game drive. If you cannot arrive before 10.00am we suggest that you book 1 night's pre tour accommodation in Livingstone.
    • We head west along the Zambezi Valley road to Kazangula where we complete border formalities and cross the river into Botswana by motorboat or ferry.
    • It’s then just a short drive to Chobe Safari Lodge, which is situated on the riverfront a little way out of Çhobe National park. After settling in and having lunch, there’ll be time to relax until the mid-afternoon when we’ll take a game drive in the park.
    • We’ll almost certainly see elephants drinking at the water's edge and the area also boasts large herds of Cape buffaloes. The sunsets viewed from the river can be breathtakingly spectacular too. We return to our lodge soon after dusk for a mouth-watering smorgasbord dinner.
    • Chobe Safari Lodge is situated on the southern bank of the mighty Chobe River, bordering the national park. The lodge bar is a great place to enjoy a drink at the end of the day, with dinner often served outdoors. The lodge swimming pool is also a great place to relax during the warmer part of the day.
    Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 2 - Chobe National Park

    • A full day is planned with an early morning game drive followed by a rest during the heat of the day. Later, we’ll take a breathtaking cruise on the Chobe River, ideal for spotting bird life such as saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles and beautiful bee-eaters as well as hippos, crocodiles and families of elephants drinking at the river’s edge.
    • Please note that a visit to Chobe National Park itself is not a complete wilderness experience. We’ll be sure to see other people, boats and vehicles but we’re also sure to see wildlife that can be the equal of anything, anywhere in Africa.
    Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Moremi Game Reserve

    • After breakfast we fly to Moremi Crossing where we’ll be met and transferred to our beautiful accommodation - spacious tents with en suites, all set on raised decks, with individual verandas overlooking Chief's Island.
    • The Khwai River extends from the Okavango River to Moremi Game Reserve. Once we've settled into our accommodation we head off for an afternoon trip to explore the wetlands and tranquil waterways in traditional dugout canoes (mokoros) – breathtaking!
    Moremi Crossing or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Moremi Game Reserve - Khwai River

    • Today we explore the famous Moremi Game Reserve, renowned as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an incomparable concentration of wildlife.
    • A full day is spent taking in the unspoiled and diverse wilderness of the reserve including open plains, riverine, dry woodlands and mopane forests, as well as inland waterways. Moremi Game Reserve lies on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and comprises almost one third of the delta system (4871kms).
    • We’ll undertake a morning game walk and an afternoon boat cruise - these are the cooler times of the day when the animals tend to be the most active. While there are no guarantees, there’s a good chance of spotting giraffe, kudu, impala, baboon, hippo and crocodile in the waterways, tsessebe, warthog, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, spotted hyena, jackal, zebra and hopefully the big cats, including the elusive cheetah! The bird life in the area is often prolific too and the sunsets can be absolutely breathtaking. With a little luck we may see the 'Big Five'!
    Moremi Crossing or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5-6 - Okavango Delta

    • An early morning flight takes us to Pom Pom Camp, our base to explore the abundant wildlife and life-sustaining waters of the Okavango Delta. During our stay here we’ll explore the delta in three unique ways - enjoying a game drive, a walking safari and a 'mokoro' (traditional dugout canoes) excursion.
    • The Okavango Delta, perhaps the greatest inland waterway in the world, is a remarkable contrast to the countryside of the previous few of days. The delta offers an amazing contrast of shallow waters, deeper channels, and a myriad of islands spread across some hundreds of square kilometres. There are few who fail to be moved by the tranquil beauty of the Delta and its magnificent surrounds where we’ll spend our time searching for the elusive sitatunga antelope, relaxing and soaking up the unique ambience of this remarkable environment.
    • We’ll go ashore on some of the larger islands to stretch our legs and explore. There is a fair amount of animal movement through the area and we may have the chance to see elephant, buffalo and even wild dog (Cape hunting dog).
    • Our unique accommodation is located on Pom Pom Island in a private concession area situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta and on the headwaters of the Xudum River system. The area lies on the western boundary of Moremi Game Reserve and offers a true Okavango wilderness experience.
    Pom Pom Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Maun

    • On our last morning we enjoy a final breakfast together before flying to Maun Airport, where our adventure comes to an end.
    • Please ensure your onward flight is not booked to depart before 12 pm.
    Maun Airport
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Experienced English-speaking local lodge-based guides
    • Arrival transfer from Livingstone airport to Chobe Safari Lodge
    • Game activities and entrance fees
    • Quality accommodation including a lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, in one of just 16 spacious tents set on raised decks in Moremi and on Pom Pom Island.
    • Most meals including drinks at the Okavango Delta/Moremi lodges
    • Your tour includes flights with Moremi Air in Botswana. Your lodge guide will advise regarding exact flight schedules and tickets on your arrival
    • Chobe to Moremi Crossing, Moremi Crossing to Okavango Delta, and Okavango Delta to Maun

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
    • Personal items
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Classic Botswana

    Marlene - Australia, 8 Jul, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    The Classic Botswana tour was very good. The David Livingston Safari Lodge, Pom Pom Camp and Gunn's Camp were fabulous. I was not very keen on Chobe Safari Lodge. It was very large and impersonal. Chobe National Park is very degraded in comparison with the other areas.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFCB
Group size 1 - 8
Start City: Livingstone, Southern Zambia
End City: Maun, Botswana
Style: Small Group

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