Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi is a small reserve with a very high density and variety of wildlife. It lies in the eastern Okavango Delta and borders Chobe National Park. Its birdlife is unrivaled, with over 500 species to admire through your binoculars.
July through October is the best time to visit, and 4x4 safaris combined with water-based mokoro trips offer the best way to see the abundant wildlife. Wild dogs are regularly spotted here, as well as the Big Five thanks to the recent re-introduction of both black and white rhino. There are a few camps within the park, some of which are exclusive to fly-in safaris. The others are very sought-after by those on a self-drive safari. Several lodges and camps just outside the reserve offer wildlife viewing in the park.
8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS – MAUN, MOREMI, KHWAI, SAVUTI
The safari will officially begin in Maun. You will be picked up from your lodge by a Safari Guide who will take you to Maun International Airport where you will embark on a light aircraft for a one hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Once you are airborne you will enjoy a great view of the largest inland delta in the world, its wildlife and surrounding natures. You will then be driven back to your lodge.
DAY 2:After breakfast you will depart to Moremi Game Reserve where you will have the opportunity to see game along the way. Your arrival time to the camp will be determined by what you see on the way. Upon arrival at the camping site, you will find your tents ready and lunch will be served before you enjoy a siesta.
After siesta have high tea and resume your afternoon game drive. Later before sunset you will drive back to camp, have a warm shower and then dinner will be served. After dinner you will sit around the camp fire enjoying the fresh breeze and sounds of the wild.
Moremi is one of the accessible areas with amazing wildlife animals and bird species. The reserve is widely considered as the finest wildlife reserves in Africa with a diversity of habitats comprising acacia and mopane woodland with floodplains and lagoons. The wildlife highlights differ from day to day and amongst such are leopard, lion, wild dog, kudu, waterbuck, elephant, buffalo and impala. Birdlife is quite amazing in the area with birds such as the secretary bird, hornbill, lapwing, vulture, African jacana, African fish eagle, hamerkop, and crested crane amongst many other species. The two nights in Moremi will be spent doing morning and afternoon game drives.
Wake up early for a light breakfast and then off to a game drive. Our drives will take us to the park’s most beautiful areas such as Third Bridge, Bodumatau and Dead Tree Island. Game is plentiful in these areas. Sightings include elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion, hyena, jackal and many different antelopes, including red lechwe and the shy sitatunga, a web-footed antelope perfectly adapted to life in the swamps. Wild dog whose numbers are so rapidly dwindling, are regularly sighted in the Moremi game Reserve.
After lunch game viewing continues and before sunset you will be taken back to the campsite where you will have time to refresh, have dinner and spend a night under canvas.
Your safari will begin in the morning with a warm shower, have breakfast then you depart for Khwai where you will have the opportunity to see game along the way. Your arrival time to the camp will be determined by what you see on the way. Upon arrival at the camping site, you will find your tents ready and lunch will be served at that moment, then siesta time. After a siesta have high tea and resume your afternoon game drive. Later before sunset you will drive back to camp, have a warm shower and then dinner will be served. You will enjoy the morning sunrise on a morning game drive while searching for what nature has to offer, on a daily basis. After lunch another game drive activity will follow in the afternoon before returning to camp for dinner.
Your day will begin with a warm shower then breakfast. You will take a packed lunch, snacks and refreshments with you as you will be away from camp for most of the day. Whilst in Khwai, you will do a mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion. The mokoro excursion is a very popular activity in the Okavango Delta. It is an opportunity to fully experience the sounds and sights of nature without running the risk of scaring off animals with a motor. Guides that command mokoro are highly knowledgeable about the environment and such these trips are considered safe and enjoyable. Whilst gliding through the water, you will have the opportunity to brush past reeds which are home to tiny brightly coloured frogs, and approaching an elephant, ear deep in the water and happily munching reeds. Imagine witnessing an amazing variety of birdlife, or catching a glimpse of lechwe or a rare sitatunga feeding by the water.
After having lunch on the banks of the Khwai River, you will be transported to Camp Xakanaxa(pronounced ka-ka-na-ka). Your journey there will be in the form of a game drive. The prime location of Camp Xakanaka on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaka Lagoon, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, makes it one of the very few safari camps that offers guests an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water game viewing experience in open 4x4 safari vehicles or powerboats. The ancient riverine forests, open savannah, serpentine channels and seasonal floodplains that surround the camp makes for a varied habitat of exceptional flora and fauna. The diverse habitat ensures prolific sightings of elephant, buffalo, hyena, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe, lion and leopard, among any others. Birding is spectacular, especially in the spring and summer months when the migrants are breeding.
Upon arrival you will do a boat cruise and later before sunset you will drive back to Khwai where you will again camp for the night.
Your safari will begin in the morning with a warm shower, have breakfast then you depart to Savuti where you will have the opportunity to see game along the way. Your arrival time to the camp will be determined by what you see on the way. Upon arrival at the campsite, you will find your tents ready and lunch will be served, then siesta time. After siesta have high tea and resume your afternoon game drive. Later before sunset you will drive back to camp, have a warm shower and then dinner will be served.
Savuti which is part of Chobe National Park is called Savuti because a certain chief called Saute used to live there with his tribe. Tawny eagles can be seen soaring in the sky as we go. The scenery is amazing and very African looking, with lots of umbrella thorn, acacia tortilis with giraffe feeding and many more including the most photographed bird, lilac breasted roller. You will not resist from taking a picture of it, it’s the most beautiful bird in Africa. You will explore the beautiful Savuti marsh where we will see vast herds of zebra and wildebeest and also have an opportunity to see pairs of kori bustards which are the heaviest flying birds native to Africa, also Botswana’s national bird. We get back to camp after sunset for a lovely dinner around the camp fire.
We will have early morning tea, coffee and rusks then depart for a game drive along the Savuti channel. The area looks very unique as there are lots of tall trees along the river where animals like to hang around in the shade. We will also drive to the Savuti marsh where we may have an opportunity to track the cheetah because of the vast open grassland, their mostly preferred habitat. Get back for lunch after a long drive, have a shower and have a siesta. We will have high tea and depart for a game drive, which will be our last game drive in Savuti.
We will be back from the game drive after sunset which will have been enjoyed under the baobab tree (adonsonia digitata), an indigenous tree found in Africa. It is nick named the upside down tree because the branches look like roots when it is dry or doesn’t have leaves. Get back to camp after a lovely game drive and have dinner
Have a quick shower and have breakfast, then depart to Maun. The journey back will also be in the form of a game drive. Upon arrival in Maun you will be transferred to the airport to continue with other travel arrangements or to a lodge.
Shake hands and say goodbye. - End of Trip