Welcome to the Highlights of Botswana Safari 2020

An escorted small group serviced camping safari through the Okavango Delta,

Savute Game Reserve & Chobe National Park

Sorry, this safari is now fully booked.

Expressions of interest for 2021 welcome.

$AU3900 per person (International flights not included). 

10 days, 9 nights escorted small group, all inclusive

*serviced camping  safari.

04 June 2020  accompanied by either Peter or Jacky Emery

Maximum group size is 9 including your escort.

NOTE - Single supplement is $265 but single tents are limited to 2 per group.

​*You will need flights to arrive in Maun on 04 June 2020 or earlier if you wish.  Please ask us about the best available airfares from Australia.  Unlimited opportunities for extensions are available, just ask us.

*Serviced camping means that the camp attendants erect & dismantle the tents at each camp site.  They cook your meals which are simple, wholesome & plentiful.  They cater for dietary needs - advance notice required. As well as all meals while camping, wine, beer, soft drinks & bottled water are included.  At the Waterfront Lodge in Livingstone breakfast only is included.

​Full itinerary details below

​"HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTSWANA” Operated by Wilderness Dawning in conjunction with Ucango On Safari is a 10day/9 nights serviced camping safari accompanied by African travel specialists Peter & Jacky Emery.  It takes in all that the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park offers from the outset-with a magical flight into Moremi Game Reserve- to the remarkable Game viewing around the enigmatic Savuti Channel , with the last few days spent alongside two of Africa’s most beautiful rivers and onward to the Safari’s end at the magnificent Victoria Falls .The eight nights spent out this unique wilderness that is Botswana’s showcases will leave indelible memories of spectacular Wildlife and evenings spent around a campfire under billions of stars.

Day 1: Maun to Xakanaxa, Okavango Delta  04 June

On arrival at Maun airport you will be met by your escort and checked in for an exciting light aircraft flight to Xakanaxa (pronounced ka-ka-na-ka) , a thirty-minute flight. Your Safari Guide will meet you on the end of the airstrip and drive to our private campsite. Xakanaxa is an integral part of the eastern waters of the Okavango Delta. The area is encompassed by Moremi Game Reserve and boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa. The Game-Reserve has areas of dry lands rising between vast wetlands, crystal clear water channels on the edges of Mopane and Apple-Leaf woodlands. Game viewing takes place alongside waterways and floodplains. Species such as Giraffe, Zebra and Wildebeest are but a few that occur here, along with an astonishing variety of birds.

Accommodation: (L,D) Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

 

Day 2: Xakanaxa, Okavango Delta  05 June

We make our way to the banks of the Okavango River along game-drive routes in the early morning. Today we explore the clear channels, lagoons and rivers of the Okavango Delta by motor boat , going upstream through a myriad of crystal clear waterways lined with African Mangosteen and Water Berry Trees, as well as swaying seas of papyrus. We follow the Okavango River through the Lagoons of Xaxanaxa and Gadikwe, deep into the permanent waters of  this unique inland delta. Birdlife is prolific-Kingfishers, Fish Eagles,Ducks and beautiful Pygmy Geese being regularly seen.After a picnic lunch, we make our way back downstream to the mainland for the short evening drive and dinner.

Accommodation: (B,L,D) Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

 Day 3: Khwai River, Moremi Game Reserve  06 June

The team breaks camp and we take a leisurely drive to our private campsite in the Khwai River area of Moremi Game Reserve. This region’s diversity of animals is truly astounding. Moremi was procaliamed a conservation area in 1964-the result of this foresight is that Moremi is quite rightly been rated as one of the best game-viewing areas in the world.

Accommodation: (B,L,D) Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

 Day 4: Khwai River, Moremi Game Reserve  07 June

Today is spent on early morning and afternoon game drives. Your guide will generally spend maximum time on game-drives, depending on what is seen, trying to cover as much area as possible. The result of this is guests are given the best chances of seeing a variety of wildlife-although there is of course, that obligatory siesta during the hottest part of the day !

Accommodation: (B,L,D) Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

 Day 5: Savuti, Chobe National Park  08 June

We leave Moremi, crossing the Khwai Bridge to the northern bank of Khwai River. There is a quick opportunity to buy more drinks in the small village, before making our way to Chobe National Park. Due to the fact that none of Botswana’s wildlife areas are fenced, game can move freely between these two wilderness areas. Hippo, Elephant and sometimes Lion are often found on this route. Moving through the Mababe depression, we relocate to Savuti were we camp in the region of the flowing Savuti Channel. Game viewing this afternoon takes place along the fringes of the marsh and surrounding water holes. The area is best known for large populations of Bull Elephants-and Prides of Lion that patrol the banks of this enigmatic channel.

Accommodation: (B,L,D) Savuti, Chobe National Park. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

 Day 6: Savuti, Chobe National Park  09 June

We again we have the opportunity to spend many hours on morning and afternoon game drives, and time dependent, an opportunity to climb one of the  hills to see San Bushman paintings, an indication that this area has always drawn those who have an affinity to the wilderness.

Savuti is unique and the special opportunity of exploring this area always remains with our guests for a long time afterward

Accommodation: (B,L,D) Savuti, Chobe National Park. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

 

Day 7: Serondella Area, Chobe National Park  10 June

We journey north toward the Chobe River, the second biggest river in Southern Africa (Zambezi in the largest).Chobe River is home the world’s largest Elephant herds; large numbers of big game such as Buffalo, Hippo and Lion can be seen here. Our private campsite is on a Teak forested dune that overlooks this beautiful river. Game drives are taken in the afternoons and mornings to find the remarkable variety of species that are drawn to this permanent water source.

Accommodation: (B,L,D) Serondella Area, Chobe National Park. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

 Day 8: Serondella Area, Chobe National Park  11 June

After an early start, we take a slow drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, where we can find Chobe Bushbuck and Puku Antelope. The sheer variety of animals, in abundance, make this region a must-see for any wildlife enthusiast. In the afternoon there is a game viewing boat cruise along the Chobe River - perhaps the last river where one has a fair chance to see Lion and Elephant, Leopard or Wild Dog from the unique viewpoint of a boat.

Accommodation: (B,L,D) Serondella Area, Chobe National Park. Serviced En-Suite Camping. Private Campsite

 Day 9: Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia  12 June

We have a leisurely start this last camping morning and say fond farewells to our efficient back-up and camp crew after breakfast.We head eastwards on a last gamedrive to exit-gate at Sedudu Valley. From there it is a short drive to Kazungula Border Post, where your Safari Guide will ensure that your transfer back to Livingstone is seamless, before leaving to lead another safari. This afternoon can be spent exploring one of the truly magnificent sights on earth-the wonderfully beautiful Victoria Falls-300 feet high and over a mile wide! Witness the power of nature as an average of 550000 tons of Water thunders into the Zambezi Gorge every minute. Optional activities and Victoria Falls Entrance at guests own expense.

Overnight is usually at the Zambezi Waterfront. Please note that the entrance fee to Victoria Falls is not included within this safari.  Free WiFi is available at the Zambezi Waterfront Hotel’s bar and restaurant.

Accommodation: (B) Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone

 

Day 10: Livingstone to home or onwards, or extend your stay in Livingstone.  There is so much to do. 

After breakfast you'll be will transferred to your onward flight from Livingstone Airport for your homeward bound journey.  Or perhaps you’ll be staying on to explore more of the wonders that Africa has to offer.

 Included:

  • Use of specially modified 4x4 vehicles.

  • Professional Guide and Back-Up Crew.

  • All camping on a serviced basis in private campsites.

  • Camping equipment. En Suite when in Private Campsites

  • Meals as specified (B-Breakfast,L-Lunch,D-Dinner).

  • Local Beers, Wines & Softdrinks while camping

  • Accommodation as stated.

  • Botswana National Parks and Game Reserves entrance fees.

  • Open Vehicle game drives in all National Parks and Reserves.

  • Lodge accommodation in Livingstone (Days 10).

  • Scheduled flight Maun-Xakanaxa (Seat Rate)

  • Motor boat game cruises on the Okavango Delta & the Chobe River

 

Excluded:

  • Optional activities in Maun and Livingstone

  • Any gratuities

  • Any personal expenses, visa fees, departure taxes.

  • Entrance fees Victoria Falls.

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory).

  • Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers other than on the dates specified on the itinerary above.

 

While we endeavour to ensure the itinerary runs as advertised, Wilderness Dawning reserves the right to change this due to unforeseen circumstances or external influences beyond our control. E&OE

Your Safari Guide, Tour Leader, Driver and Cook!

At Wilderness Dawning we strongly believe that the single most important factor on any safari holiday is the quality, patience and experience of the professional guide. All our guides are passionate about Botswana and the environment in which we operate. An attitude, which is reflected in all our safaris, is the responsibility the guide has been given in showing guests the diversity of our country. We realize that for many people, a safari is a holiday of a lifetime and this is therefore a responsibility, which our guides do not take lightly.

Over the years, we have built up an enviable reputation for the recruitment, training and development of local guides, who are acknowledged to be the outstanding in their field. All our guides have deep appreciation for the wilderness and wildlife that lives there. Most importantly, our guides display a love for the region and its people. On our safaris our guests are enriched with the guide’s knowledge and gain a new perspective on the country they are visiting.

Why choose Wilderness Dawning and Ucango On Safari?

Botswana has a myriad of Safari Operators, all offering the opportunity of experiencing, in some manner, the wilderness, scenery, wildlife, history and culture this dynamic and richly beautiful sub-continent offers … most have enviable reputations for delivering a holiday of unsurpassed quality.

When choosing a destination and expert to make a dream safari a reality, it is-more often than not – not the price of something that differentiates one holiday from another, but what one receives in return … Wilderness Dawning retain Guides and Safari Leaders that are unmatched in their field, Wilderness Dawning spend maximum time actually inside national parks and reserves … not on the outskirts and most importantly, we offer the unique experience of gaining something fundamental … an experience that endeavors to enrich our guests, guests who do not seek to be pampered and amused, but rather strive to enhance their understanding and love for Southern Africa.

A Safari Day the Wilderness Dawning Way.

Guests are usually met at the airport in Maun, or Livingstone and transferred to the starting point of their safari. They are flown or driven to their first camp from where the safari commences.

Typically two game drives a day are experienced. In Game Parks, the morning game drive leaves at first light, when predator activity is expected. We return for brunch as the day starts heating up. The hottest part of the day is spent at leisure … siesta time! Our afternoon activity departs after tea, usually around 4pm, to return in the early evening Game drives and activities vary from one trip to the next, depending on sightings and animal activities. Generally, we drive quite far and slowly to absolutely maximize game-viewing potential. Should we be moving from one camp to another, a short drive might taken in the morning and we drive through game areas to our next camp, where lunch is served.

Camping Equipment and SERVICED Camping

Wilderness Dawning offer an above-average level of comfort whilst camping. Our tents are 3 x 3 meter dome-type, big enough so that someone can stand inside. These tents are made from durable rip-stop canvas and have sewn-in ground sheets.

They come equipped with sturdy camp beds, mattresses, fitted sheets, pillow, pillowcases and duvets. En –Suite facilities while in Private Campsites.

Other equipment used on safari to enhance our guest’s comfort is camping basins, washstands, hot water bucket showers and water-based toilets .Safari style fold-up chairs and large tables are provided (all meals eaten from the table).

Our great back-up staff does all the cooking, cleaning and setting-up and breaking camp, so the difficult aspect of camping is taken away!

This setup allows our guests to get as close to nature, wilderness, plants and animals as possible. The essence of what we do is not to insulate guests from the very things they have come to see. In many cases, the camping aspect of our safaris are what guests remember most, due to the use of our private sites which allow our guests closeness to the wild.

Safari Vehicles

Robust 4WD vehicles are essential for travel in Botswana due to the variable conditions of the tracks within protected areas. Wilderness Dawning operates specially modified Toyota Landcruisers that accommodate either 8 or 12 guests.

All vehicles have an open roof and sides (with roll-down weatherproof canvas and thus offer the best game-viewing opportunities. They also come equipped with first aid kits, a fire extinguisher, individual bucket seats with seat belts and a cooler box for beverages.

We carry out twice-yearly risk management assessment of our procedures and operations to ensure maximum client safety and due care.