10 Day Botswana Wildlife Safari


Day 1


Arrive Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe where Gavin will meet you and from where you will be immediately transferred the short distance across the border to Kasane airport in Botswana.  From Kasane airport you will be flown by light aircraft deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta and to Mokoro Camp, where you will overnight. Mokoro Camp offers a truly authentic Okavango experience, with accommodation at this comfortable rustic camp consisting of walk in en-suite safari tents.  The dining room affords views out across one of the many fingers of water that make up the Okavango Delta.  Enjoy your first afternoon of wildlife viewing in this beautiful area.

 

Day 2


A full day exploring the Okavango Delta, a unique area that consists of 16,000 square kilometres of channels, lagoons and islands.  Activities include wildlife walks as well as the opportunity to experience the serenity of the Okavango in genuine hand-made mokoros (traditional dug-out canoes) in contrast to the modern fibreglass versions that have become the norm at almost all other Delta lodges.  The area is a wildlife haven that includes some unique species such as the colourful painted reed frogs, the elusive sitatunga antelope and the rare Pel's fishing owl.  Overnight at Mokoro Camp.

Day 3


After a last morning activity you will be flown by light aircraft to Savuti Wildlife Camp in the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park.  Accommodation is in large en suite air conditioned safari tents situated on the banks of the flowing Savuti Channel.  Early in the year this area is the focus for Botswana’s zebra migration, while later in the year the area becomes home to large numbers of bull elephants.  Breeding herds of elephant and buffalo can be seen all year round, along with giraffe, wildebeest, impala and warthog.  Lion, leopard and wild dog can also be found, while the birdlife is prolific year round.  Enjoy your first afternoon of wildlife viewing in Savuti. 


Days 4 & 5


Full days spent wildlife viewing in the Savuti area.  Early starts are preferable in order to give the best opportunity to experience the predator activity that has made Savuti famous in numerous National Geographic films.  One can spend many hours at the various water points where the animals concentrate to drink, and you can get close to the bull elephants for that special photograph.  The area has many interesting natural history aspects as well as a great variety of animals and birdlife to find and learn about.  Whether looking into the life cycle of the termite, the aerobatic mating display of the lilac-breasted roller or the interesting feeding habits and social structures of the elephant herds, this is an area where your interest can be held at every turn.

Day 6


After a last morning wildlife viewing we will depart Savuti for the Chobe River area of the Chobe National Park and Chobe Lodge where we will overnight.  The lodge is situated on the banks of the Chobe River and has a swimming pool.  The air conditioned rooms and outdoor dining area overlook the Chobe River.  Baboons, monkeys, warthogs and banded mongooses are frequent visitors by day, and by night larger mammals wander by.

 

Days 7 & 8


Full days wildlife viewing in the Chobe National Park where, thanks to the permanent waters of the Chobe River, one can be assured of seeing a wonderful variety of birds and animals including breeding herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, roan, sable, kudu, impala and Chobe bushbuck, as well as keeping a look out for the predators.  This is also the only area in Southern Africa where the puku can be seen.  On one of the afternoons Gavin will take you out by boat on the Chobe River to photograph hippos, crocodiles and, if lucky, find a herd of elephants swimming and playing in the water.  Good bird sightings that include the malachite and giant kingfishers as well as the endangered African skimmer can be found along the river's edge.

 

Day 9


After breakfast we will depart Botswana for the short transfer to Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, a beautiful brick and thatch lodge that provides the best accommodation in Victoria Falls and is where you will overnight.  The lodge is situated on the edge of Victoria Falls town and looks out across the valley to the Victoria Falls National Park, beyond which you can see the Zambezi River.  Warthogs, banded mongooses, baboons and monkeys are regular visitors, while elephant and buffalo roam in the valley below.  In the afternoon we will take you to the world famous Victoria Falls, locally known as "Mosi oa Tunya", the smoke that thunders.  In the evening we will take you to dinner at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge restaurant, which overlooks a floodlit waterhole from where you can watch the animals coming down to drink while you dine.  Victoria Falls is also the centre for a number of adventure activities such as the best one-day white-water rafting in the world, horse or elephant back riding, scenic flights over the Victoria Falls in a helicopter, microlight or ultralight, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge or a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.  (For additional activities you will need to spend two nights.)


Day 10


This morning there will be the opportunity to take part in one of the many adventure activities on offer.  Alternatively you may prefer to wander around the curio markets of the town and pick up mementos in the form of stone and woodcarvings (Zimbabweans have the reputation of being Africa’s best carvers).  You will later be transferred to Victoria Falls airport, arriving in plenty of time for your onward connections.

 

Gavin Blair Safaris aim is to give you the maximum wildlife experience, and as such Gavin will give you the opportunity to be out wildlife viewing from dawn to dusk and often beyond.  Picnic lunches can be arranged so enabling you to stay out all day, or you can return to the lodges for lunch but then go straight back out again - the choice will be yours. As you will have the exclusive use of our own safari vehicle this also means that you will not be tied to the lodges strict timetables, that typically offer a maximum of a three to four hour game drive in the morning and just three hours in the afternoon - as such we offer many more hours wildlife viewing than your typical safari, and so a safari with Gavin Blair Safaris can double your time out in the bush. Of course having a vehicle to yourself has other advantages, not least the fact that you will not have to fit in with other guests conflicting interests. You will also have the benefit of a highly experienced and respected guide, who has an intimate and inexhaustible knowledge of the wildlife as well as a very genuine and infectious enthusiasm for all aspects of Africa's fauna and flora - so ensuring a safari adventure not to be forgotten. Our return rate of 78% is further proof of our high standards and commitment to your enjoyment of the complete safari experience, as the testimonials page on our website will show.

The safari will be totally exclusive to you, your family and any friends you choose to accompany you - i.e. we do not mix groups unless specifically requested.  Prices, worked out on a sliding scale with the price varying depending on the number in the party, are fully inclusive of all accommodation, park fees (excluding any Government increases between the time of booking and your safari), air charters, road transfers, activities (except additional activities in Victoria Falls), meals and drinks (premium brands excluded).  International flights are not included.  The vehicle used will be for your exclusive use for the entire safari and Gavin will be your personal guide throughout, offering maximum time out in the field for the duration of your safari.


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