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, and Chobe National Park

Botswana Wildlife Safari route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $7095  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Maun, Botswana
Depart: Livingstone, Zambia
Lodging: 6 nights private camps, 3 nights hotels and game lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Game viewing by 4WD vehicle, boat, and mokoro (canoe)


  • Thrilling game tracking by open 4WD vehicle in the savannas and woodlands of Chobe National Park
  • Boat excursions and game viewing in the Okavango Delta, an amazing miracle of water in an otherwise arid landscape
  • Extend your trip at Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world

This trip truly exceeded our expectations and made it the trip of a lifetime. We saw far more wildlife, up front and personal, beyond our imagination.Ronnie G.—Las Vegas, NV

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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.


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.

Early Sign-up Discount!

$500 discount per person for all 2016 departures

Limited to the first six sign-ups per departure. Please note that these special offers cannot be combined with other discounts.

Enjoy a staggering abundance of wildlife—from masses of elephants and prides of lions to hippos wading in the shallows of the Okavango Delta—while tracking game by 4WD vehicle, riverboat, and, a Botswana specialty, mokoro (dugout canoe) in some of southern Africa’s most spectacular landscapes. We bring you to welcoming lodges and exclusive private mobile camps—no one else gets you this close to the action (and in such comfort!).

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 tsessebes, Burchell’s zebras, ostriches, and predators including lions, wild dogs, and spotted hyenas. Our ruggedly 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.

Days 4-5
Okavango Delta / Xugana Lodge

Xugana Lodge offers comfortable accommodations in reed-and-thatch chalets overlooking a tranquil lagoon in a remote western corner of the Okavango Delta. Our explorations on foot, by motorboat, and aboard a mokoro canoe take you in search of an amazing array of birdlife and animals including lechwe and the shy sitatunga, both semi-aquatic antelopes.

Days 6-10
Chobe National Park / Private Camp / Livingstone

A charter flight whisks you to Chobe, a legendary elephant refuge, with by far the single largest concentration of elephants in the world. Unforgettable moments here include golden-red sunsets along the Chobe River, thousands of elephants browsing in thick acacia woodlands, buffalo herds on open plains, and the cry of the African fish eagle piercing the air. Depart on Day 10 via Livingstone, Zambia—or extend your adventure at Victoria Falls, where the mile-wide Zambezi River drops 300 feet into a sheer chasm to create its thundering cascade.

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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 10-23, 2016, Apr 9-22, 2017
  • 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, 2016, Aug 21-Sep 3, 2016
  • 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 4-20, 2016

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 cozy beds, linens, tent lamps, and have en suite bathrooms with a toilet, mirror, sink, and hot water shower. 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

Created by WT Client Shane Hedges

Departures & Leaders

May 22-31, 2016   Stanley Dube
Jun 12-21, 2016   Stanley Dube
Jul 17-26, 2016   Stanley Dube
Sep 4-13, 2016   Stanley Dube
Sep 18-27, 2016   Stanley Dube

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$7095 (8-10 members)
$7595 (4-7 members)
Single supplement: $1250
Forced single supplement: $1050
Internal airfare: $250 (subject to change)
Park fees: $210
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Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1595
Johannesburg Extension
   from: $1095
Cape Winelands Extension
   from: $995
Victoria Falls Extension
   from: $695

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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
  • 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.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Maun, Botswana
Date: Day 1 
Suggested arrival time: before 5:00 pm

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Maun Airport (airport code MUB) via Johannesburg, South Africa (airport code JNB)
Livingstone, Zambia
Date: Day 10
Suggested departure time: after 1:00 pm

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Livingstone Airport, Zambia (airport code LVI)

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 9 (4 nights), 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

For the past 15 years, Stanley Dube has been guiding trips for WT throughout Botswana. Originally from Zimbabwe, Stanley grew up on the edge of Hwange National Park, where his natural affinity for wildlife began at an early age. In 1996, he obtained his Zimbabwe Guides License and by 1999, his Botswana Guides License. He has a contagious passion for wildlife viewing and eagle-like vision (spotting wildlife well passed sunset). "I like birding a lot," he says, "but my favorite task on a safari is to track and find the elusive wild dogs." Stanley speaks seven languages, including English, Ndebele, and Tswana—and recently started learning Mandarin Chinese! When not leading trips, Stanley enjoys playing guitar, reading, and spending time with his family and friends at his rural home south of Hwange in "E Tjolotjo," a San word for "the trunk of the elephant."

Upcoming Trips:

Botswana: Kalahari Explorer, April 10-23, 2016
Botswana Wildlife Safari, May 22-31, 2016
Botswana Wildlife Safari, June 12-21, 2016
Botswana: Okavango Explorer, June 26-July 9, 2016
Botswana Wildlife Safari, July 17-26, 2016
Botswana: Okavango Explorer, August 21-September 3, 2016
Botswana Wildlife Safari, September 4-13, 2016
Botswana Wildlife Safari, September 18-27, 2016
Botswana: Kalahari Explorer, April 9-22, 2017

Client Testimonials:

Stanley did a great job—knowledgeable, friendly, and very energetic. He never gave up on seeing whatever was in the area. His informative talks were very much appreciated. Steve W., Irvine, CA
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was an outstanding guide in absolutely every way. His knowledge of all aspects of natural history was incredible. Cathy B., Ann Arbor, MI
Botswana Wildlife Safari
Stanley was the BEST guide! Karen S., Tesuque, NM
Botswana Wildlife Safari
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 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
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 gem. His knowledge, patience, and professionalism make him an outstanding guide. Karen B., Lexington, SC
Botswana: Okavango Explorer
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 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
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'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
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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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
Very knowledgeable, professional, patient, sociable, and a good communicator. Ann C., Portland, OR
Botswana Wildlife Safari
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
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
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
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

Optional Extensions

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

South Africa

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Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

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Cape Winelands Extension

Explore South Africa’s Celebrated Wine Country

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

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Johannesburg Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1


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Victoria Falls Extension

One of the World’s Natural Wonders

Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2


victoria falls zambezi river zimbabwe zambia

Victoria Falls Extension

One of the World’s Natural Wonders

Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

This trip truly exceeded our expectations and made it the trip of a lifetime. We saw far more wildlife, up front and personal, beyond our imagination. Ronnie G., Las Vegas, NV Fabulous, fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We saw more wildlife in one day than I imagined we would see in the entire trip! Cathy B., Ann Arbor, MI Each day brought something new and exciting. It really did get better every day! Nancy P., Los Angeles, CA Marvelous experience, not to be missed! Melissa S., Kailua Kona, HI This trip was a once in a lifetime experience. My wife and I travel around the world and this was a very special experience from the minute we arrived in Africa to the day we left. Lawrence V., Kailua Kona, HI Fantastic trip! Karen S., Tesuque, NM 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 Fabulous trip! Loved every minute of it. We were so well taken care of! Our camp staff was just great. Jerri M., Oakland, CA 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 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
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 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 Fabulous trip, which I wanted to be longer. Jonathan R., Brunswick, ME 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 A phenomenal trip! Even better than we anticipated. Scott B., Brownsburg, IN Truly the trip of a lifetime! Kelly S., San Jose, CA This trip was awesome. I would love to do it again. Dawn E., San Mateo, CA Quite possibly the best we have had in our seven trips with WT. Alec and Cindy C., Santa Barbara, CA 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 The trip was way beyond expectations. I started missing Africa and the whole experience even before I left! Valerie D., Prescott, AZ