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Botswana Explorer

Botswana Explorer

Botswana Explorer Overview

Providing exceptional game viewing, this 10 day camping adventure operated by &Beyond allows guests to experience the best of the region by vehicle, on foot, by traditional canoe and by boat. Guests age 12 plus are welcome to join the trip, making this very intimate tour (maximum of 6 people) a very personalised adventure.

You will be accompanied by a dedicated guide, moving between a series of private campsites, staying in rustic yet comfortable and spacious safari tents with crisp linen-adorned beds and en-suite bathrooms with flush WC and refreshing bucket showers. The ultimate African adventure finishes with a night at Elephant Camp, within sight of the plume which hovers above Victoria Falls. Upon arrival in to Maun, you will meet warmly by your guide before taking your light aircraft flight to Nxabega Airstrip, where a safari vehicle will take you to your campsite in a private concession bordering the Moremi Wildlife Reserve for your first 2 nights. The surrounds incorporate a maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels with papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness, while lion and leopard share the floodplains with giraffe and elephant. Hippo inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, where iridescent dragonflies and birds abound. Explore the crystal-clear channels, islands and waterways by mokoro (dug-out canoe) and enjoy game-viewing walks on the islands. A short flight in a light aircraft will take you to Khwai in the North Gate region of Moremi Wildlife Reserve for your next two days. Adjacent to the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, the only proclaimed wildlife area in the Okavango Delta, the Khwai concession delights with its diverse beauty. Game viewing by vehicle is excellent year-round and resident species include lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, wild dog, zebra and many more. A long game drive (5 – 6 hours) takes you to the Savute, renowned for lion and other predator viewing. The landscape is starkly beautiful with Mopane forest giving way to acacia savanna with rocky outcrops. The mysterious Savute Channel has recently begun to flow for the first time in more than two decades and has proved an irresistible attraction for a high concentration of wildlife. From Savute, move up to northern Chobe (4 – 5 hours overland game drive), where you will camp for two nights. This is the heart of elephant country and you may spend many hours watching the huge herds in and around the Chobe River on game drives or private boat cruises. Finally you will be driven from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you stay at The Elephant Camp. Long before Dr David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Falls in 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’. Today, the village rightly claims the title of Adrenaline Capital of Africa, home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports from bungee jumping to canoeing and white water rafting. Enjoy a breathtaking tour of the Falls (entrance fee to the Falls is included) whilst at the Camp the dedicated team will enthrall you with up-close and personal interactions with wildlife – in particular, the elephants at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary. After a scrumptious breakfast at The Elephant Camp, you will be taken to Victoria Falls International Airport by road, where your adventure will end. Extend your time at the Falls or fly down to the Cape. For those seeking some R&R, the white sands of Mauritius, the Seychelles or even Mozambique beckon for some total relaxation!
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