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15 days Best of Botswana camping safari

This safari is perfect for those wishing to visit the best wilderness areas in Botswana in a mobile camping safari style. Starting in Maun and ending in Savuti

This is a semi luxury tented safari in which Classified Safaris team will carry out all the necessary camp chores to keep the safari running smoothly and guests will not be asked to help with anything. The tents are large (3mx3m) canvas dome tents with bedding provided blankets tacked in a zipped bedroll. All meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner),bottled water soft drinks beverages (alcohol, and whisky and wines are included. Game drives are conducted by English speaking local professional safari guides on open game viewing cars. Meals prepared by mobile safari chefs with vast knowledge on both international and local dishes.

Safari price does not include: Visas, tips, curios, optional excursions at the lodges (scenic flight over the Delta, fishing etc),), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, any increase in National Park fees.

HIGHLIGHTS:

1 night maun (Gate away town to Okavango Delta) 1 night Ghantsi (Gate away town to Central Kalahari park) 3 nights Makgadikgadi pans & national park 4 nights Central Kalahari Game Reserve 2 nights Moremi Game Reserve(Okavango Delta) 2 nights Savuti (Chobe National Park)

When TV producers really want to get your attention on a dozy Sunday evening amazing wildlife documentaries invariably climax with a scene of jaw-dropping wonder at one of Botswana’s countless natural sensations.Even Jeremy Clarkson decided to get in on the act when he and his cohorts pounded across the The Makgadikgadi in a second –hand two -wheel drive car. You will be relieved to hear that on this trip 4WD bruisers are the only way to travel. Over the seven amazing days you will check out the world’s largest inland delta; the Okavango Delta and the chobe national park known to be Africa’s elephant capital hosting the largest elephants populations in the world which are sometimes spotted swimming across the chobe river which snakes through the chobe national park. You will enter a land that will etch its timeless beauty into your bamboozled brain.

DETAILED ITENERARY

Day 1:

Maun, Botswana (24 June) Arrive at Maun Airport and welcomed by our representatives and make your way to your Lodge. Depending on when you arrive, you have the afternoon to wander around the town, visit the shopping mall and mingle with the locals, and have time on internet inform your relatives you left behind about your arrival to your new destination. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 as the capital of the Batawana people, it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and safari operations. The name Maun is derived from the San word ‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’. Its here that you can inform your reletives about your arrival into Botswana through the lodge’s internet services.

Meals: At own cost

Accommodation: Maun lodge or any available lodge

Day 2: Ghantsi (25 June)

Early in the morning we leave Maun for Ghantsi by road.Ghantsi is the gate away town to the central Kalahari game reserve. It also serves as the bushman ‘s town in which you can mingle with Africa ‘s oldest tribe (bushman). It is here that in the evening you will be entertained by the local bushman through their dance and song around the camp fire after your dinner.

Meals:(Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation: Ghantsi Trail Blazer Campsite

Distance/Time: 350km/ 3 to 4 hours drive Road

Condition: Tarred road

Days 3-6: (26-29 June) Central Kalahari game reserve (Passage and Deception Valley)

Early in the morning we drive to the central Kalahari game reserve.The Central Kalahari game Reserve (CKGR) is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world, encompassing 52 800 sq kms.During and shortly after good summer rains, the flat grasslands of the reserve’s northern reaches teem with wildlife, which gather at the best grazing areas. These include large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest, eland and giraffe. At other times of the year, when the animals are more sparsely distributed, the experience of travelling through truly untouched wilderness, of seemingly unending dimensions, is the draw. There is the immediate impression of unending space, and having the entire reserve to yourself.We will explore this area for 2 days. The landscape is dominated by silver terminalia sandveldt, Kalahari sand acacias, and Kalahari appleleaf, interspersed with grasslands, and dotted with occasional sand dunes, pans and shallow fossil river valleys. CKGR is unique in that it was originally established (in 1961) with the intention of serving as a place of sanctuary for the San, in the heart of the Kalahari (and Botswana), where they could live their traditional hunter/ gatherer way of life, without intrusion, or influence, from the outside world. For this park we are going to cover passage and deception valley areas of the central Kalahari game reserve which are the hotspots of the park.

Meals: (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation:Passage Camp site

Distance/Time: 120km/ 3 to 4 hours drive Road

Condition: Sandy /gravel road

Days 7 -10:(30 June to 02 July) Makgadikgadi pans and National park

Early in the morning after breakfast we depart CKGR and head towards Makgadikgadi pans national park for 2 nights, here you will have a chance to see a lot of wildlife mainly zebras and wildebeasts. On your third night we will take you to the actual pans in which you will camp in the open skies and under the open African skies, Makgadikgadi pans is surrounded by white salt surface of the pan, making for a unique otherworldly atmosphere. Apart from the eerie lolation of this remote area - and its awesome beauty, makgadikgadi pans is rich in archaeological and historical remains that chronicle both early human inhabitation and more recent history.

Meals: (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation: Tiaans Camp and Ntwetwe Pan Camp Site

Distance/Time: 110km/ 2 to 3 hours drive Road

Condition: Sandy road

Days 11 to 12: (03-04 July) Moremi Game Reserve (Okavango Delta)

On this day we drive back to Maun to restock our goods and then transit to moremi game reserve. From Maun we will drive through to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. This gem of a National Park has garnered a number of important distinctions. in 2008, it was voted the ‘best game reserve in Africa’ by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association at South Africa’s premier tourism fair, Indaba.It is the first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents. Concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral lands – due to uncontrolled hunting and cattle encroachment – the Batawana people of Ngamiland, under the leadership of the deceased Chief Moremi III’s wife, Mrs. Moremi, took the bold initiative to proclaim Moremi a game reserve in 1963. It is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta, and as such holds tremendous scientific, environmental and conservation importance.And, undoubtedly, Moremi ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa, possibly in the world.Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent.This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Both Black and White Rhino have recently been re- introduced, now making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination.Contained within an area of approximately 3900 sq kms, here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains – either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mophane forests. This terrain makes driving Moremi’s many loops and trails both delightful and, at times, totally inspiring. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. We will be conducting our game drives along some of the channels of the Okavango delta and we also have an option of doing a boat cruise or mokoro excursion in the Okavango delta. We will explore this area for two days.

Meals: Dinner (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation: Khwai Campsite

Distance/Time: 230km/ 3 to 4 hours drive

Road Condition: Tarred /gravel and Sandy roads

Day 12-13 Savuti (05-07 July)

Today we head south, away from the Okavango delta, further into the heart of Chobe National Park the home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11 7 00 sq kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. There are four distinct geographical areas in the park: the Chobe Riverfront, the Ngwezumba pans, Savuté and Linyanti. For this trip we will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains. Savuti is very well known for its predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and even African wild dog. During our stay in Savuti we will also have a chance to climb the Savuti hill to see the bushman rock paintings.

Meals: Dinner (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation: Savuti Campsite

Distance/Time: 70km/2 to 3 hours drive Road

Condition: Sandy road

Day 15: (8 July )

Maun On this day we drive you to the Maun airport for you on ward flight back home to mark the end of the trip.

Meals: (Breakfast)

Distance/Time: 5km/ 5 to 10 minutes drive Road

Condition: Tarred road