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.

Photo by Bill Abbott

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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: $7995  
Length: 13 days
Arrive: Maun, Botswana
Depart: Livingstone, Zambia
Lodging: 8 nights private camps, 4 nights hotels and game lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, boat, and mokoro (canoe)
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Highlights

  • Thrilling wildlife viewing in Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta
  • Breathtaking Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world
  • Combination of exclusive private mobile camps and ideally situated lodges


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

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

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

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

Special Offer!

$500 discount per person
May 4-16, Jun 15-27, and August 3-15, 2014 departures

Limit 4 people, new sign-ups only. Please note that these special offers cannot be combined with other discounts.

On this signature WT adventure—one of the last true mobile safaris in southern Africa—we enjoy a staggering abundance of wildlife encounters as we track game by 4WD vehicle, riverboat, and, a Botswana specialty, mokoro (dugout canoe) in some of southern Africa’s most alluring landscapes. The vast savannas and woodlands of Chobe National Park, home to the world’s largest herds of elephants; the ornithologist’s paradise of the Okavango Delta, an exquisite wetland of lagoons and islands; the amazing spectacle of Victoria Falls—our safari is the way to experience Botswana’s wonders, topped by a combination of lovely lodges and private mobile tented camps. No one else gets you this close to the action—and in such comfort! And since Botswana has so much to offer, we’ve created several seasonal expeditions to experience the full spectrum of its enchantments. Join us on safari and experience a rare connection with the natural world.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Moremi Game Reserve

In Moremi, in the northeastern portion of the Okavango Delta, we explore by open vehicle and by boat, looking for tsessebe, Burchell’s zebra, ostrich, and predators including lion and spotted hyena. Our mobile camp is set on the edge of mopane forests in a lovely setting of secret pools and open grasslands. At night we gather around the campfire under a luminous canopy of stars and enjoy the camaraderie of the safari experience.

Days 4-5
Okavango Delta

In a remote western corner of the Okavango Delta, our explorations on foot, by motorboat, and aboard a mokoro (canoe) take us in search of an amazing array of birdlife and animals such as lechwe, bushbuck, and the shy sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope. Xugana Lodge accommoDATES us comfortably in its large reed-and-thatch chalets—and the sunsets here are out of this world!

Days 6-7
Moremi / Khwai River

A charter flight whisks us back to Moremi for wildlife exploration by 4WD vehicle along the Khwai River floodplain, which shelters elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, and rare wild dog, along with plenty of wildfowl and raptors.

Days 8-11
Chobe National Park

Unforgettable moments at Chobe include golden-red sunsets along the Chobe River, masses 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.

Days 12-13
Livingstone / Victoria Falls

Our safari ends at Victoria Falls, a spectacular mile-wide cascade. Depart on Day 13.

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Special Seasonal Departures

  • Kalahari Explorer, 16 days. Includes 3 days gameviewing in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its unique desert wildlife—including meerkats! March 7-22 & April 5-20, 2014.
  • Kalahari San Tribes Expedition, 17 days. Features an incredible week in the world of the San tribes, skilled hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari. March 6-22, 2015.
  • Okavango Explorer, 16 days. Features extended explorations in the Okavango Delta. June 29-July 14, 2014.

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, two nights in basic bungalows, and one night in a hotel in Livingstone. 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

2014
May 4-16, 2014
May 25-Jun 6, 2014
Jun 15-27, 2014
Jul 20-Aug 1, 2014
Aug 24-Sep 5, 2014
Sep 7-19, 2014
Sep 21-Oct 3, 2014

Special Seasonal Departures
Kalahari Explorer: Mar 7-22, 2014 & Apr 5-20, 2014
Okavango Explorer: Jun 29-Jul 14, 2014
Kalahari San Tribe Expedition: Mar 6-22, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$7995 (8-10 members)
$8395 (4-7 members)
Single supplement: $1390
Forced single supplement: $1390
Internal airfare: $250 (subject to change)
Park fees: $270
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Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1995
Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum Extension
   from: $1895
Cape Winelands Extension
   from: $1495
Sossusvlei Dunes Extension
   from: $5395

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included except 1 lunch
  • 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%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 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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Royal Livingstone Hotel

Royal Livingstone Hotel

Day 12 (1 night), Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Royal Livingstone has a location that simply can’t be beat—just a 10-minute walk from mighty Victoria Falls, one of the ...
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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.

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
4 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 & 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