Please note: As the safari starts at 08h00 on Day 1, you will need to pre-night in Maun and purchase drinks for your safari the day before your safari starts. Bush Ways Safaris can assist with pre-safari arrangements (accommodation, transfers).
Day 1: Boteti River Camp - Cultural Experience, camping
The safari begins in Maun where your guide will meet you at 08h00 at a pre-arranged meeting point. You will travel 180km to Boteti River Camp which borders Makgadikgadi National Park, set up camp and enjoy a delicious safari picnic for your lunch. In the afternoon you will participate in a village walk or an afternoon game drive in Makgadikgadi pans national park. Camping at a lodge campsite with fixed ablutions. (L, D). (Please note the cultural experience is subject to change at short notice to accommodate changes in Covid-19 protocols and precautions).
Maun – Makgadikgadi area: 150km, 2.5h
Day 2: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Passarge Valley
You will wake up as the sun rises and enter the pristine wilderness of the largest game reserve in Botswana. The next four days will be spent exploring the undeveloped wilderness of the northern region of the Kalahari, moving from camp to camp. Savour the vast open spaces, clear night skies and uninterrupted beauty on game drives and at camp. This is adventure camping in its purest form as water and communications are limited and we travel as a self-sufficient group. Camping is in a private designated campsite with fixed & bush ablutions. (B, L, D)
Game Farm in Hainaveld area – Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 120km, 4-5h (including game drive)
Day 3: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Passarge Valley
Game drives to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Passarge Valley and surroundings. Camping is in a private designated campsite with fixed & bush ablutions. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Deception Valley
Transfer/game drive from Passarge Valley to Deception Valley. Game drives to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Deception Valley and surroundings. Camping is in a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B,L,D)
Days 5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Deception Valley
Game drives to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Deception Valley and surroundings. Camping is in a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Maun, comfortable lodge
After our final morning game drive in the Kalahari we return to the Maun area where your accommodation will either be in Maun or its outskirts. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 min. Maun to Maun scenic flight, rate TBA – to be booked during the safari, payment in cash only). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s distinctive water system. During the flight it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami.
The night will be enjoyed in the comfort of a lodge. Dinner is at your own expense. (B, L, D)
Deception Valley, Central Kalahari – Maun: 370km, 5-6h
Day 7: Okavango Delta, camping
Your adventure will take you to the southern tip of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise. Once you have reached the edge of the Delta, you will meet your polers from the local community with their mekoros (traditional dugout canoes).
Quietly cruising along reed lined channels and floodplains, you will enjoy the spectacular landscape of this unique region during the tranquil transfer taking you deeper inside the Delta. You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area with mokoro excursions and guided nature walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango, camping wild with bush ablutions on a small island for two nights. (B,L,D)
Maun – Okavango Delta: 60km, 1.5-2h
NOTE: You will leave your main luggage in the trailer and will need to pack a smaller bag (small backpack, hand luggage) with what you need for the 2 days on the island. Transfers from the mainland to the island where you will stay are done on traditional dugout canoes (mekoros) which cannot accommodate large bags. Your main luggage will safely remain in the vehicle that will be parked in a secured area while you are on the island.
Day 8: Okavango Delta, camping
Mokoro excursions and nature walks to explore the islands and waterways of the Okavango Delta. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Campsite outskirts of Maun
Leaving the channels of the Okavango Delta, you will start making your way towards the drier regions of the delta where you will camp and refresh before proceeding into the reserve the next day. (B, L, D)
Okavango Delta – campsite outside Maun 50km, 1.5-2h
Day 10: Western Moremi Game Reserve (3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa area), camping
Early morning of Day 10, you will enter Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next three 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. After your morning game drives, you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta. On Day 12 you will move campsites to explore a different area of this diverse park. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)
Community campsite outside Moremi – Western Moremi: 80km, 3-4h (transfer and game drive)
Day 11: Western Moremi Game Reserve (3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa area), camping
Game drives to explore the Moremi Game Reserve around the 3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa areas. (B,L,D)
Day 12: North-East Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai Concession, camping
Transfer/game drive from Western Moremi to the region surrounding the Khwai river (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession). Game drives to explore the areas. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Southern Chobe National Park (Savute / Zwei Zwei), camping
Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination. As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains. You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle. Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions, first in the Savuti area (Day 13), then in the northern part of the park closer to the riverfront (Days 14 & 15). (B, L, D)
Eastern Moremi – Savuti: 120km, 7-8h (transfer and game drive)
Day 14: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain), camping
Transfer/game drive from Southern Chobe National Park to the Chobe river floodplain. Game drives to explore Northern Chobe National Park. (B,L,D)
Savuti - Chobe River: 170km, 5-6h (transfer and game drive)
Day 15: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain), camping
Game drives to explore Northern Chobe and floodplain. (B,L,D)
Day 16: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, comfortable lodge
After a short morning game drive you willthen drive to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios. Dinner will be at your own expense. (B, L)
Chobe River – Victoria Falls: 100km, 2-3h (including border crossing)
Day 17: END OF THE SAFARI
The safari officially ends after breakfast on Day 17, at the lodge.
Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost. Activities in Victoria Falls include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details. (B)