“Under Canvas” in Chobe, Okavango & Moremi, and Visit Victoria Falls

Overview

Botswana’s diverse ecosystems are astoundingly beautiful, from the savannas and woodlands of magnificent Chobe National Park, sheltering the world’s largest herds of elephant, to the Okavango Delta, an exquisite wetland of lagoons, channels, and islands surrounded by the Kalahari thirstlands. We track game by 4WD vehicle, by riverboat, and—a Botswana specialty—by mokoro (canoe), all in a breathtaking mix of Botswana’s most intriguing habitats. Our combination of camps and lodges make this a varied and active adventure, and our safari includes the wonder of Victoria Falls.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4, Apr 8-11, 2019
A Vision for Wildlife Symposium: Windhoek / Okonjima / Etosha

Our symposium begins in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city, then moves to Okonjima, home to the renowned AfriCat Foundation. The world’s largest big cat rehabilitation-and-release sanctuary, AfriCat focuses especially on injured or captured leopard and cheetah. We will meet some of AfriCat’s key personnel, learn about the conservation efforts firsthand, and enjoy close encounters with leopard and cheetah with activities including leopard-tracking by vehicle and a visit to the cheetah welfare project. Our symposium then moves to Etosha National Park. Set on Namibia’s central plateau, Etosha is a haven for wildlife, including four of the Big Five—rhino, leopard, lion, and elephant—along with gemsbok (oryx), zebra, cheetah, hyena, and the endemic black faced impala. In April, game viewing on the green, rain-refreshed plains allows us to see prolific game and observe lots of wildlife activity, including newborns. And with more than 340 species, the birding in Etosha is terrific! Throughout the symposium, we'll enjoy daily presentations by our phenomenal Guest Speakers.

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Days 5-9, Apr 12-16, 2019
Victoria Falls / Chobe National Park

We transfer to Grootfontein and fly to Victoria Falls, with an overnight at the venerable Victoria Falls Hotel. We then head to Chobe National Park, a legendary elephant refuge and one of the best places to find lion, leopard, and other predators and their prey. Game drives bring you right into the action, and our comfortable mobile camps give you the best access to the wildlife. At night, the area comes to life with animal sounds—the “whooping” calls of wild dog, the rumbles of elephant, and even the cackling cries of hyena—and the sight of dazzling stars overhead.

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Days 10-14, Apr 17-21, 2019
Okavango / Moremi Game Reserve

Set on a tranquil lagoon, Xugana Lodge is the perfect place for exploring on foot and by motorboat and mokoro (canoe). We should see bushbuck, a plethora of birds, and the shy sitatunga and semi-aquatic lechwe antelope. As we glide the water lily–filled waterways aboard our mokoro, we enjoy the calm solitude of this quintessential Delta setting. In Moremi Game Reserve, the protected eastern portion of the Okavango Delta ecosystem, we search for game such as tsessebe and Burchell’s zebra and track predators including wild dog and cheetah. Moremi is also an ornithologist’s paradise, with almost every species of central-southern African bird, including bee-eaters, darters, colorful kingfishers, and a variety of waterfowl. Our camp at Moremi is in a beautiful setting of secret pools, tall forest, and open grassland. Depart on April 21 via Maun.

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Highlights

Highlights

4-day symposium featuring 5 of the world's leading wildlife and conservation experts
Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world
Thrilling game viewing by 4WD vehicle in the savannas and woodlands of Chobe National Par
Private boat excursions and game viewing in the Okavango Delta
Enjoy world-class game viewing in Etosha National Park
Go behind the scenes at AfriCat, the world's largest big cat rehabilitation-and-release sanctuary

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $9995  
Arrive: Windhoek, Namibia
Depart: Maun, Botswana
Lodging: 2 nights hotels, 11 nights safari camps and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

Game viewing by 4WD vehicle, boat, and mokoro (canoe)
Namibia symposium 2019 brochure

Download Full brochure

Download our Namibia: A Vision for Wildlife brochure, featuring Guest Speakers Garth Owen-Smith, Tammy Hoth-Hanssen, Simson Uri-Khob, Julian Fennessy, and Philip “Flip” Stander. Or request a print copy to be sent by mail.