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Okavango Kalahari Safari - 10 nights 11 days
Okavango Expeditions - Okavango Kalahari Safari
Excellent - this safari is a 'must-do' for any traveler that loves wildlife and photography! Safari Co. Rating
Duration: 11 days
Safari type: serviced mobile safari
Group size: min 2 pax, min age 12 yrs.
Departure date: available all year round
A Safari Co. Recommended Travel Supplier


Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 - 4: Camping in the Deception Valley area of Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Upon arrival into Maun Airport, you will be met and transferred to Deception Valley by your guide. The drive into CKGR will take approx 5-6 hrs .Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route.

Most of the scenery en route to CKGR is cattle country and dry savannah bush. After approx 5 hours the vegetation changes and small dry pans (open areas) appear and at one stage the land falls gradually away to Deception Valley. The valleys in the Kalahari are extinct river valleys that occurred millions of years ago and are now covered in short dry grass. After a little rainfall the grass turns green offering the wildlife much needed nutrition after a harsh dry winter. Most of the antelope species converge in the river valleys in search of this nutrition and also to give birth to their young. This is a purely natural wilderness with little human affect and has stayed in this condition for hundreds of years. The CKGR is known as a desert as 99% of the year there is a lack of surface water. The animals survive by getting moisture from early morning dew and from the plants they eat. The reserve is also the ancient home of the “San” of Kalahari Bushmen.

The CKGR has enormous horizons and many kilometres of seemingly endless grass plains. As the antelope converge in the valleys so the predators follow. CKGR has good populations of the famous “Kalahari lions“ and is a very good place to see Cheetah and Brown Hyena if you are very lucky. To get the best experience in the Kalahari it is advisable to leave the camp as early as 5.30 am as most of the fauna is active early and then retire to the shade in the midday heat to avoid excessive water loss. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best time to photograph this amazing landscape.

To get a better idea of this unique ecosystem we recommend you read “Cry of the Kalahari” by Mark and Delia Owens.

Day 5 : Maun Accommodation

After breakfast and a short morning game drive we pack camp and return to Maun by road where a picnic lunch will be enjoyed en-route to Maun. You will arrive in Maun in the afternoon where you can enjoy dinner and a night in Maun before continuing your adventure the following morning.

Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve

The Okavango is a unique ecosystem, an inland delta situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world – the Kalahari basin. This wetland lies like an oasis in an otherwise inhospitable landscape. Were land and delta meet, a mosaic of pans, grasslands, forests and lagoons provide an extremely rich and diverse habitat where a multitude of animals and birds flourish. This wetland is one of the natural wonders of the world, and is a fragile ecosystem that remains one of the world’s least spoilt and most beautiful wildernesses, and is home to various unique species e.g. sitatunga antelope and red lechwe.

Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the eastern corner of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is one of the most beautiful and varied reserves found on the African continent with huge concentrations of wildlife and incredible scenery. The reserve consists of both swamped areas e.g. Xakanaxa, and dry-land areas e.g. Khwai.

Day 6 & 7 & 8: Camping in the Khwai Community Area Bordering the Moremi Game Reserve

Following an early breakfast we pack camp and continue our journey to Khwai, stopping for a picnic lunch en-route. The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. We spend the next three nights camping at a campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. You will also enjoy a 2.5 hour mekoro trip.

Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day. It is important to note that night drives are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area.

Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s finest game sanctuaries. Situated in the far north of Botswana, Chobe encompasses a wide variety of diverse habitats offering extreme contrasts, and is home to a breath-taking variety of animals and birds.

In sharp contrast to the lush Chobe riverfront is the seemingly endless desolate landscape of the Savuti, famous for the dry marsh, sand ridge and volcanic hills, which are unique to this area. The marsh once contained the waters of the Makgadikgadi superlake, and the most typical feature of the landscape are the dead trees – evidence of the erratic flow of the Savuti channel over the years. The area consists of large open game-filled plains, and is home to a variety of dry-land animals, including zebra, wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, wild dog, leopard, cheetah and lion.

Day 9 &10: Camping at Savuti within the Chobe National Park

We head further north en-route to Chobe National Park, were we spend the following two nights camping in a wilderness campsite in the Savuti region, exploring the desert-like landscape of game drives. Never has there been a better time to visit Savuti than 2014! The water from the Savuti Channel reached the marsh for the first time in 30 years in 2010 winding its way from the North. Savuti has for the last 30 years been an extremely dry area and lately its claim to fame has been lions killing elephants and they come for the few drops of water that remain in the waterholes. The dynamics have all changed with the arrival of the water ...who knows what will happen.

Savuti is characterised by the Savuti Marsh, the Savuti Channel and the Hills. During morning and late afternoon drives our guides will alternate between these areas. Anything can happen on the Savuti Marsh and it’s best to get there early in the morning. A dominant feature of Savuti is the Hills one of which has a few perfectly preserved bushmen paintings which are easily accessible. Savuti has a very healthy population of leopard who live on the hills and the best time to see them is either first or last light and they leave their stony refuge to hunt in the surrounding bush.

Day 11: Safari ends in Maun

Following breakfast we head back to Maun enjoying a picnic lunch en-route. You will be dropped in Maun for your onwards arrangements.


NOTE: Although we make every effort to adhere to schedules and itineraries; these are subject to change in light of changing local conditions (weather, roads, and animal movements) and availability. We reserve the right to change to a motor boat cruise subject to local conditions .You will be notified accordingly. Rates are subject to National Park increase by Botswana Government without prior notice.

Rates include:
  • Comfortable tented accommodation, including camp stretchers and bed linen / towel in a 3m bow tent.
  • En-suite Bathrooms – shower and bush loo.
  • Licensed and experienced professional guide.
  • Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles.
  • All entrance and camping fees within the National Parks & Reserves. Private campsites, wherever possible.
  • All Meals & Drinks: wine, beer, G&T, cool drinks, bottled water only.
  • Supply Vehicle.
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance.
  • Cook & Camp Assistants.
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary.
Rates exclude:

international & domestic flights, laundry, travel and medical insurance (essential on all safaris), visas, optional safari extensions, spirits (you are welcome to bring your own), items of a personal nature.




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Season: Per Person Sharing: Single Supplement:
High Season (July - Oct) n/a n/a
Low Season (Mar - June/Nov - Dec) $ 3,135.00 +15%

Prices quoted in USD.

Private Vehicle and Guide additional Nett US$ 500 per day
Limited to 3 single tents per tour.
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