Starting in March 2020 we will be offering guided mobile safaris in Botswana’s magical Okavango Delta. The delta is created by the Kavango River which flows from Angola into the Kalahari Desert creating a 15 000 Square kilometer wetland in the middle of this harsh landscape. This unique ecosystem creates a habitat that provides refuge to large concentrations of game. Our safari will take us from the small safari town, Maun, into the heart of the Delta. We will travel on game viewing vehicles to our our own mobile camps in the Mababe community area, Moremi reserve and in the Khwai area. Accommodation during this six day excursion will be in comfortable 2 person safari tents with comfortable mattresses and linen. Our camps will have Bush shower facilities with hot water and private clean bush toilets. All meals will be provided while on safari with dinners around the campfire ion the evenings. From Maun we will travel to Victoria Falls where we will spend 2 nights before flying back to Johannesburg for a last night together before heading home.
For those who would like to add on any additional excursions, we are happy to make recommendations and provide bookings and support.
We have 10 places for this inaugural Okavango Delta Mobile Safari in March 2020, come with Marika & Simon on a very special tour. We have both travelled extensively in Botswana and neighbouring Namibia and Zimbabwe over the past 3 decades. Marika has led a number of safaris to Botswana, Chobe and Victoria falls and Simon has filmed for many different nature films including, SVT:s mitt i natturen, national geographic and others. Simon has also filmed with Lasse Berg to produce a documentary based on his book, "Gryning över Kalahari"
SEK 42 500 exklusiv flyg
Marika Griehsel och Simon Stanford,
Afrika Select AB
We take a regional flight from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana. Maun is the town at the heart of the Okavango Delta safari industry. After our arrival we will be transported to our comfortable accomodation at the Thamalakane River Lodge which lies 19 km north of Maun on the Thamalakne river.
Here we will enjoy a restful afternoon with an opportunity to do last minute shopping in Maun before setting of on our mobile safari in the morning.
We will have thre opportunity to get know each other a bit better over dinner.
We make an early start from our lodge and begin our mobile safari. We will meet our local guides and drivers who will be with us for the following six days. We will travel in open eight seater game drive vehicles with canvas sun/rain canopies.
From Maun we head north through community land and wildlife management areas along the eastern border of the Moremi game reserve. This is a wildlife-prolific and varied ecosystem. Our destination is Khwai River which lies around 130kms north. Khwai river area is considered to be one of the most scenic areas in the region with a patchwork of lagoons, shallow flooded pans, open grass plains and woodland forests. The Khwai community, adjacent to the northern region of Moremi Game Reserve, has a population of just 400 people who are mostly BaBukakhwe or River Bushmen. The Khwai Concession is around 1800 square kms and was formed by the local Khwai villagers and is managed by the Khwai Development Trust. The area used to be a hunting concession but is now actively managed as a conservation area. The villagers took over the area when they moved out of Moremi when the Game Reserve was formed. The local community now runs ecotourism initiatives, actively conserve the environment and manage the wildlife in the concession.
We will have plenty of time to explore the game, the landscape and the community features along our route as well as to stop for a picnic lunch. Our camp for the evening will be in comfortable 2 person bell tents equiped with camp beds and mattresses . Ablutions will be in the form of Camp showers and bucket toilets with hot water and discreet canvas walls. One shower toilet per 2 tents. Dinner and sundowners in comfortable camp chairs around a campfire.
An early start will take us on a mokoro ride on the main channels and lagoon systems of the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. There is a great variety of birdlife along these channels, and mammals such as the elusive otter and majestic red lechwe may be seen. If we are lucky we may even see an elephant cooling off in the clear waters or catch a glimpse of the shy sitatunga. We spend most of the day out with a picnic lunch to be enjoyed in a shady spot in this picturesque part of Moremi. In the evening we return to camp for warm shower and a hearty meal while listening to the nightsounds of the African bush.
We will be travelling through wilderness area for the whole journey to Savuti. This is a day that puts into perspective the sheer size of this wilderness area. Savuti lies in an ancient lake bed that is punctuated with small rocky-hills (kopjes) , some of which hold ancient San rock paintings. Here we explore the Savuti marsh and river for the abundant wildlife of this timeless place, including its’ famous elephant and lion population. Wild dog are also regularly seen as well as a large variety of other mammals. Savuti is a favored area of wildlife photographers and film- makers and many well known wildlife documentaries have been filmed here.
Our journey today takes us out of the ancient lake bed and Kalahari basin, through the teak forests that make up the north eastern part of Botswana. For a long part of the journey we will follow in the footsteps of famous missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone. We pass through some villages that are recorded by him in his books about his travels. We will also have time to look into the parallel narrative of Swedish explorer, Charles John Andersson who travelled extensively in the region and who recorded his observation from Victoria Falls earlier than Livingstone. The Chobe river floodplain is undoubtedly one of the greatest wildlife areas on the continent and one is sometimes overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of animals. Here we divide our time between game drives along the river and in the forest and a boat cruise on the Chobe River which is one of the highlights of the trip.
After a leisurely breakfast we will have time to spend a few hours at the world famous "Smoke that Thunders" or in the local Batonka language "Mosi Oa Tunya" - one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. In the late afternoon / evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner cruise on the Zambezi river above Victoria Falls.
After breakfast at our Lodge we will have time for a walking tour of Victoria falls Town before we depar for the airport at 10.30 am for a 13.30 flight.
The flight gets into Johannesburg at 15.10, in time for connecting flights to Stockholm and other destinations.
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