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Northern Highlights Safari

Luxury camp or ‘glamp’ in the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Concession and Chobe National Park on a mobile safari. Fly over the Delta, pole the Khwai on a mokoro and get close to elephants on a Chobe River boat cruise.

Day One – Three: Maun – Moremi Game Reserve

Guests arriving at Maun International Airport will be met and transferred, by light aircraft, to Xakanaxa in the Moremi. Explore the Moremi Game Reserve for 3 days on early and late afternoon game drives, accompanied by a professional guide. The safari is fully serviced with a safari chef and camp assistants taking care of the comfort of the guests.

Moremi is home to diverse wildlife including predators, birdlife and beautiful antelopes. It is home to the most endangered species of large mammals: the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion. Over 500 bird species (from water birds to forest dwellers) and over a 1000 species of plants are also recognized in this region.

This ecosystem is amongst the richest in Africa. And thanks to effective protection, the flora and fauna is relatively undisturbed. Within the larger UNESCO listed Okavango Delta Game Reserve, Moremi covers about 40% of the Okavango. The Moremi and the Okavango Delta is one of the few interior delta systems that do not directly flow into the ocean or sea.

The annual flood makes for a spectacular interaction between water and wildlife, as animals synchronize their cycles with this seasonal flood. Guests can discover a unique land while staying in one of the intimate camps in the Moremi and let the river take them on an adventure. Guests return to camp each evening and enjoy the luxury of a twin-bedded luxury tent, en-suite bucket shower, and bush toilet.

Overnight at luxury mobile camp – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner


Day Four – Six: Moremi Reserve – Khwai Concession

After breakfast, guests take a scenic drive via the Moremi Reserve to the Khwai Concession some 3-4 hours further afield. Guests spend the next 2 days exploring this spectacular part of Botswana. The day’s game viewing can be enhanced on a night drive and spot the ‘Big 5’, an exciting way to live the African bush experience.

The Khwai Concession is a large area dominated by mopane forests on the north eastern edge of the Okavango Delta. The Khwai Concession is an 1800km (180 000 hectare) area, belonging to the local community, which is situated next to the Moremi Game Reserve. It 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 Khwai River flows through the concession – it is the first major water source that animals migrating down from the Linyanti concession encounter and there is always a high concentration of game along the river. The area is made up of sweeping grasslands, riparian forests and floodplains. The floodplains are flooded most of the year and there are lagoons covered in blue and white water lilies.

The area also has large tracts of mopane forests. The riverine woodland consists of camelthorn, knobthorn, appleleaf and great stands of Leadwood trees. Guests join a bush walk and paddle the Khwai River on a mokoro, two very different perspectives, and a more personal exposure to Africa and its resident mega-fauna.

Overnight at luxury mobile camp – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner


Day Seven – Nine: Khwai Concession – Savuti

We venture further north en-route to Central Chobe region, exploring the dessert-like landscape of game drives, looking at some of the evidence of the Paleo-Lake Makgadikgadi that dried up some ten thousand years ago. Central Chobe is not a totally flat landscape. Large outcrops of volcanic rock reach up out of the Kalahari sands, towering over the endless savannah. The now dry Savuti Channel runs through this landscape linking the dry sand-veld, the waterholes, the hills and the grassland that was the Savuti Marsh.

Savute has several strikingly different terrains, none less surprising than the Gubatsa Hills that rise high out of an otherwise flat landscape. These extraordinary dolomite peaks reach an astonishing 90m in height and were formed about 980 million years ago during volcanic activity. In contrast is the Mababe Depression, which was once a super-lake that covered much of Botswana. Smooth pebbles can still be found on what was the ancient shoreline. The area is inhabited by a huge pride of lions with numbers fluctuating from 20-30 members and resident clans of hyena are bucket-list targets for most visitors to the area.

Overnight at luxury mobile camp – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner


Day Ten: Chobe – International Flight Home

Guests traverse the Chobe River and admire Africa’s sights and sounds on the river and from the nearby riverbank. They arrive in Kasane after a journey-time of approximately 5 hour and stop for a picnic lunch en route. Guests board a boat cruise on the Chobe River and return to Kasane International Airport for outbound departures. An additional night in Kasane or a visit to Victoria Falls is recommended.


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