kudus roam the bush on Botswana safaris

Male kudus, Botswana

Kudus and other beautiful antelopes roam the game-rich savannas of Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Our private camps and luxurious game lodges offer easy access into the heart of Botswana’s vast wilderness.

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Botswana Wildlife Safari

Moremi Game Reserve, the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and Victoria Falls

Botswana Wildlife Safari route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $7895  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Maun, Botswana
Depart: Livingstone, Zambia
Lodging: 8 nights private camps, 3 nights hotels and game lodges
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, boat, and mokoro (canoe)
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Highlights

  • Thrilling wildlife viewing in the savannas and woodlands of Chobe National Park
  • Boat excursions and gameviewing in the Okavango Delta, an amazing miracle of water in an otherwise arid landscape
  • Extend your trip at breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world


The trip was way beyond expectations. I started missing Africa and the whole experience even before I left!Valerie D.—Prescott, AZ

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

On this signature WT adventure—one of the last true mobile safaris in southern Africa—you’ll enjoy a staggering abundance of wildlife encounters while tracking game by 4WD vehicle, riverboat, and, a Botswana specialty, mokoro (dugout canoe) in some of southern Africa’s most spectacular landscapes. Our safari offers the best gameviewing experience of Botswana, from masses of elephants and prides of lions to hippos wading in the shallows of the Okavango Delta, combined with welcoming lodges and exclusive private mobile camps staffed by a most attentive crew. No one else gets you this close to the action—and in such comfort! We know Botswana well, and we’ve created several special expeditions to take advantage of seasonal conditions that showcase the full spectrum of its enchantments.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Moremi Game Reserve / Private Camp

Moremi, in the northeastern portion of the Okavango Delta, is an exquisite wetland of lagoons and islands. Explore by open vehicle and by boat, looking for tsessebe, Burchell’s zebra, ostrich, and predators including lion, wild dog, and spotted hyena. Our shockingly comfortable mobile camp (you’ll even have your own tent steward) sits on the edge of mopane forests in a lovely setting of secret pools and open grasslands with no one else around. At night you’ll gather around the campfire under a luminous canopy of stars and enjoy the camaraderie of the safari experience.

Days 4-5
Okavango Delta / Xugana Lodge

Boat through gentle waterways to Xugana Lodge, overlooking a tranquil lagoon in a remote western corner of the Okavango Delta. Our explorations on foot, by motorboat, and aboard a mokoro take you in search of an amazing array of birdlife and animals such as lechwe, bushbuck, and the shy sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope. Xugana Lodge offers comfortable accommodations in reed-and-thatch chalets—and the sunsets here are out of this world!

Days 6-7
Moremi / Khwai River / Private Camp

A charter flight whisks you to a different area of Moremi Game Reserve for wildlife exploration by 4WD vehicle along the Khwai River floodplain, which attracts wildlife from near and far, including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, and rare wild dog, along with plenty of raptors in the skies above. Our exclusive mobile camp is set right beside the Khwai River.

Days 8-12
Chobe National Park / Private Camp / Livingstone / Victoria Falls

Unforgettable moments at Chobe include golden-red sunsets along the Chobe River, thousands of elephants browsing in thick acacia woodlands, the sight of buffalo herds on open plains, and the cry of the African fish eagle piercing the air. Chobe is a legendary elephant refuge, with by far the largest single concentration of elephants in Africa. Our safari concludes at Victoria Falls, where the mile-wide Zambezi River drops 300 feet into a sheer chasm to create its thundering cascade. Depart on Day 12.

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Special Seasonal Departures

  • Botswana: Kalahari Explorer 14 days. This journey is timed for the ideal gameviewing season in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Reserve, with its unique desert wildlife, plus Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Apr 5-18, 2015
  • Botswana: Okavango Explorer 14 days. Along with Chobe National Park, our Okavango Explorer features extended explorations (and wonderful birding) in the wildlife paradise of the Okavango, when the waters are at their highest and more areas can be accessed. Jun 26-Jul 9, 2015, Aug 21-Sep 3, 2015
  • Kalahari San Tribe Expedition 17 days. The Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, fantastic rock art of the Tsodilo Hills, and incredible cultural encounters with the San tribes, skilled hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari. Mar 6-22, 2015

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate. It is a vehicle-based camping safari, with 8 nights camping in the bush, and two nights in basic bungalows. It will enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. Although the trip is not rigorous, it does involve some long driving days over rough roads and game tracks. We recommend you undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Our mobile tented camping safaris in Botswana provide a true bush experience without sacrificing comfort. Our comfortable walk-in tents feature canvas beds, linens, mirror, tent lamps, chairs, and washbasins. Behind each tent are separate toilet and hot water shower tents. Our crew sets up camp and prepares all meals. Delicious food is served in a comfortable dining tent. You’ll find camping delight­ful and very comfortable, and you will appreci­ate how close to nature you feel.

We travel by Toyota 4WD Land Cruiser “go-anywhere” safari vehicles equipped with a refrigerator for cold drinks and a reference library on flora, fauna, and avifauna. They carry five trip members per vehicle, with guaranteed window seating­.

During drives and walks, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no trip can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
May 3-14, 2015  Stanley Dube
May 24-Jun 4, 2015  Stanley Dube
Jun 14-25, 2015  Stanley Dube
Jul 19-30, 2015  Stanley Dube
Aug 2-13, 2015  Stanley Dube
Sep 6-17, 2015  Stanley Dube
Sep 20-Oct 1, 2015  Stanley Dube

Special Seasonal Departures
Botswana: Kalahari Explorer: Apr 5-18, 2015
Botswana: Okavango Explorer: Jun 26-Jul 9, 2015, Aug 21-Sep 3, 2015
Kalahari San Tribe Expedition: Mar 6-22, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$7895 (8-10 members)
$8295 (4-7 members)
Single supplement: $1150
Forced single supplement: $1150
Internal airfare: $250 (subject to change)
Park fees: $270
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Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1695
Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension
   from: $1295
Cape Winelands Extension
   from: $895
Sossusvlei Dunes Extension
   from: $3595

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included
  • Zambia visa at border
  • Safari camp staff
  • Chobe River sunset cruise
  • Land and boat transportation, airport transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to and from Africa, flight from Johannesburg to Maun and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg, internal charter flights, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional excursions at Victoria Falls, optional gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, passports, and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Royal Tree Lodge

Royal Tree Lodge

Day 1 (1 night), Maun, Botswana

Royal Tree Lodge, set on a game farm outside Maun, features seven spacious, tastefully furnished tents on raised decks, complete with en suite ...
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Botswana Wildlife—Mobile Safari Camping

Botswana Wildlife—Mobile Safari Camping

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Moremi Game Reserve (Xakanaxa),
Days 6 to 11 (6 nights), Moremi Game Reserve (Khwai River Floodplain), Chobe National Park (Savuti Channel and Serondella areas), Botswana

Our Botswana Safari is a true Hemingway-style mobile safari where we wend our way slowly north from Maun to Victoria Falls accompanied by the same ...
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Xugana Island Lodge

Xugana Island Lodge

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Okavango Delta, Botswana

Set deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta on the edge of a lovely lagoon, Xugana is the perfect base for exploring Okavango’s ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Stanley Dube

Stanley Dube was born and raised in Zimbabwe on the edge of Hwange National Park, where his natural affinity for the wildlife began at an early age. After attending Gwanda Teachers College in 1985, he taught African languages and history in Bulawayo until 1995. He then began his apprentice guide training in Zimbabwe’s Matusadona National Park, passing his full Zimbabwe Guides Licence in 1998. He later moved to Botswana to further his career in guiding, attaining his Botswana Guides Licence in 2004. Since then, Stanley has been guiding for us throughout northern Botswana. He is a keen birder and speaks fluent English, Ndebele, and Tswana.

Upcoming Trips:

Botswana: Kalahari Explorer, April 5-18, 2015
Botswana Wildlife Safari, May 3-14, 2015
Botswana Wildlife Safari, May 24-June 4, 2015
Botswana Wildlife Safari, June 14-25, 2015
Botswana: Okavango Explorer, June 26-July 9, 2015
Botswana Wildlife Safari, July 19-30, 2015
Botswana Wildlife Safari, August 2-13, 2015
Botswana: Okavango Explorer, August 21-September 3, 2015
Botswana Wildlife Safari, September 6-17, 2015
Botswana Wildlife Safari, September 20-October 1, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Not only was Stanley experienced and professional, he was also fun. He and the rest of the crew were absolutely wonderful. They each deserve a box of gold stars! Martha S., Carlsbad, NM Stanley was the best in every way. We enjoyed his company always. He told great stories and I felt totally safe with Stanley in charge. Jane H., Carlsbad, NM Stanley is the “heart and soul” of an Africa safari. I was forever changed and touched by his knowledge, love, and enthusiasm for the African wilderness. Abbe E., Ann Arbor, MI Stanley was adept at locating the animals and also a pleasure to be with. Colleen C., Berkeley, CA Stanley is a great leader! He is very accommodating, and he always went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy. Joan V., Virginia Beach, VA Stanley has outstanding leadership skills and experience but, most importantly, he is a fine human being. Wayne N., Las Vegas, NV Stanley was an excellent travel guide—good at tracking, always concerned about our welfare, and a good storyteller at campfire! Cheryl B., San Francisco, CA We were both very pleased with his knowledge of the areas visited. He was extremely concerned about the environment. Herbert and Franziska B., Ottawa, Canada
Botswana Wildlife Safari
A great guide and a great teacher. Stanley’s knowledge of animal behavior and of Botswana is exceptional. Scott B., Brownsburg, IN
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was great. He handled the group very well and knew everything about the area. Rob D., Minneapolis MN
Bostswana Wildlife Safari
Wonderful guide! He taught us so much, and he was extremely thoughtful, patient, and fun to travel with. He made it an outstanding experience. Thank you! Margaret K., San Francisco, CA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley is an incredibly competent and knowledgeable leader and well versed not only in wildlife but also history, ecology, hydrology, geology, politics—he is the total package! And, a great sense of humor! Lee M., Cambridge, MA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley is a terrific guide: calm, helpful, caring, and an expert in the region, the mammals, and the birds. One of the best guides ever. Peter W., Berkeley, CA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Very knowledgeable, professional, patient, sociable, and a good communicator. Ann C., Portland, OR
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was terrific, helpful, cheerful, and attentive to all our needs and questions. His preparation of background history and other details was wonderful. Valerie M., Mill Valley, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was an amazing guide. His expansive knowledge of the areas visited and wildlife was a fantastic plus for all of us and we enjoyed his enthusiasm for guiding and teaching. Julie D., North Salem, NY
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is so knowledgable, a lovely individual who guided us every step of the way and was as excited as we were each day. Paula E., W. Newton, MA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Among all the very, very impressive guides we have had on our Wilderness Travel trips, Stanley tops the list. He was knowledgeable, professional, friendly, skilled, had a great way with people and a great sense of humor, and was a great storyteller. Really very impressive. Susan F., Seattle, WA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is an amazing individual and we felt honored to be part of his trip. We would go anywhere with him! Lynn & Kellan H., Palo Alto, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was fantastic. He knew all the birds and the plants as well as the large mammals, and answered our gazillion questions with incredible patience. Then there was the night when we were sitting around the fire and he HEARD a leopard enter the camp. Awesome! Karen and John P., Castro Valley, CA
Stanley was an amazing guide. His combination of knowledge, disposition, and general passion for the animals and parks made it a trip of a lifetime. Brad G., San Francisco, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
We travel extensively—and Stanley was the best guide/trip leader we have had the pleasure to be with. In addition to his extraordinary knowledge and quiet and open manner, his continual attention to our comfort and safety were exceptional. John M., Alexandria, VA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was awesome! He had a way of relating to each of us in a way that made us feel that we were his 'favorite' group. Very patient, kind, and generous. Betsy S., Hamilton, MT
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley has patience, quiet confidence, knowledge of area, and ability to share information with humor and organization. Holly M., Hopkinton, MA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley was the best! His incredible knowledge of the natural world of Botswana and his incredible patience with all of us was beyond amazing! Susie S., Lafayette, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley's deep knowledge and love of the country, as well as his desire to show travelers everything possible, was clear in everything he planned and did. He had wonderful relationships with all the staff and it was clear that they are a cohesive team. Patty D., Mill Creek, WA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is a wonderful ambassador for Africa and Wilderness Travel. His patience, management of the camp, of staff, guests, and safety concerns gave us an assurance that we welcomed. His engaging conversations were a delight in the evenings and around the bush TV. He will not be forgotten! Dave & Deb S., Jonesborough, TN
Botswana Wildlife Safari
We felt so lucky to have Stanley as our trip leader. Can't thank him enough for all he did for us to make the adventure very special. Susan C., Colorado Springs, CO
Botswana: Kalahari Explorer
Stanley was terrific! His tracking ability astounded us; his informative talks at tea time were always interesting; his delight in his surroundings and his guide role were wonderful. Linda N., Palo Alto, CA
Botswana: Kalahari Explorer
What Stanley does NOT know about Botswana, its history and peoples, its flora and fauna could probably be written on the head of a pin. Peter F., Cambria, CA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley's interest in and love of the wildlife came through at all times and helped make the trip special. He was also excellent at spotting wildlife. Kitty C., Nashville, TN
Botswana Wildlife Safari
I can't say enough good things about Stanley. He imparted broad insight about animals, plants, ecology, and Botswana history and culture, and exhibited great care for the environment and for our safety. Susan S., Lexington, KY
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is knowledgable, calm, professional, and personable. We so enjoyed his insights. Everything seemed to run so smoothly...which, of course, means that he was on top of everything at all times! Jerri M., Oakland, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley is a gem. His knowledge, patience, and professionalism make him an outstanding guide. Karen B., Lexington, SC
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley was excellent and we are pleased with his leadership. Very thoughtful, knowledgeable, educated. Nancy K., Granite Bay, CA
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
Stanley is a terrific guide, knows birds, and can spot them through their song and a bit of movement. A lovely and knowledgeable leader with a kind heart, whose sweetness belies a good sense of humor. Vicky L., San Rafael, CA
Botswana: Kalahari Explorer
Couldn't be better! He was also flexible and very organized. We always felt we were in good hands. Charlie F., Happy Valley, OR
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was the BEST guide! Karen S., Tesuque, NM
Botswana Wildlife Safari

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Namibia

namibia sossusvlei sand dunes

Sossusvlei Dunes Extension

Explore a Legendary Landscape from a Beautiful Wilderness Lodge

Walking, Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South Africa

cape town table mountain south africa

Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

south africa vineyards winelands

Cape Winelands Extension

Explore South Africa’s Celebrated Wine Country

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

johannesburg city skyline south africa

Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

The trip was way beyond expectations. I started missing Africa and the whole experience even before I left! Valerie D., Prescott, AZ This was one of our best trips in over nine years of international travel over three continents. The trip leader, Alwyn Myburgh, is the best 'biological' guide that we have experienced—his field skills and African knowledge was outstanding. Robert C., Dexter, MI Quite possibly the best we have had in our seven trips with WT. Alec and Cindy C., Santa Barbara, CA This trip was awesome. I would love to do it again. Dawn E., San Mateo, CA Truly the trip of a lifetime! Kelly S., San Jose, CA A phenomenal trip! Even better than we anticipated. Scott B., Brownsburg, IN The camp crew was excellent. They went out of their way to make us comfortable and have a wonderful experience in the campsite. Everything was perfect! Julie D., North Salem, NY Fabulous trip, which I wanted to be longer. Jonathan R., Brunswick, ME Great schedule with a focus on seeing every inch of the territory, animals, birds, learning about the terrain and the history of Botswana. A wonderful, well-run operation and very well planned and executed. Paula E., W. Newton, MA
The entire trip was first class. The service from the trip team was outstanding. I felt like I was at a five star hotel rather than out in the African Bush. Brad G., San Francisco, CA An extraordinary trip. The tent camping experience and the lodges were outstanding. The assurance that we were truly experiencing the world as the animals (and birds) do made it an intensely rewarding experience. John M., Alexandria, VA This was one of our best trips ever. We are still on a high a month after the trip, having had wonderful guides, camp crew, and co-travelers. It was the right mix of comfort and authentic experience and we saw so much more than anticipated. Noella L., Los Altos, CA Fabulous trip! Loved every minute of it. We were so well taken care of! Our camp staff was just great. Jerri M., Oakland, CA We were very excited to be going on safari and all of our expectations were met and exceeded. This was the adventure of a lifetime! Top quality in every way. Maynard L., Lafayette, CA Fantastic trip! Karen S., Tesuque, NM