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Botswana – The Northern Parks and Wildlife Areas

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Africa’s largest inland delta, the Okavango, is the centre of any holiday to this part of Botswana. This wetland has always been a haven for animals and birds and is now mostly protected as National Park or Game Reserves. Large areas of the Delta are under private concessions who work closely with the locals to offer you a quality experience which you share with just a few other travellers. With the options of traditional game drives, boat tours, mokoro (dugouts) trips, night safaris and walking safaris you have the chance to see the flora and fauna from so many different angles – not forgetting the light aircraft transfers that give you an eagle’s eye view of this fascinating country.

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The Northern Parks and Wildlife Areas

 

Day 1:              Chobe National Park

Day 3:              Moremi Game Reserve

Day 5:              Okavango Delta

Day 8:              Nxai Pan National Park

Day 10:            Maun

 

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This itinerary takes to you the World famous areas of Botswana and is a feast of wildlife and wild scenery. With a mixture of the wetland of the Okavango Delta and the dryness of the Kalahari Desert you have a real African adventure of contrast.

 

Day 1

Your flight in to the first camp will be in a small aircraft and will give you a great overview of the Delta and then Chobe National Park. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your lodge located on the Chobe River. Famous for the size of the elephant and buffalo herds you will have a chance to see these (and all the other animals) both from your 4×4 vehicle and also from a boat on the river. Sipping a sundowner and watching the wildlife coming down for their evening drink and the sun setting behind them.

2 nights Chobe National Park

 

Day 3

A short flight takes you to your next camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, the first conservation area in the Okavango set up by the local tribes. Set in the flood plains of the Delta, this area is rich in wildlife and has recorded over 400 types of birds. Following the re-introduction of rhino to the area, it is truly Big 5 country with wild dog also present. Again you have the choice of boat or vehicle tours of this amazing area. You also will appreciate how fewer tourists are to be found here. Often you will have the wildlife experience with just your vehicle/boat in attendance.

2 nights Moremi Game Reserve

 

Day 5

Another transfer by air or possibly by road has you deep in the Okavango Delta and your third camp site. You will be deep in the Delta and the chance to head out in a mokoro (dugout that is powered by your guide with a long pole). This gives you another, more intimate, way of seeing the wild and bird life here. The silence of your approach means you should have excellent viewing and not disturb the animals. For the intrepid you could elect to have a night or two wild camping further in to the bush.

3 nights Okavango Delta

 

Day 8

Catch your next small plane flight out of the Delta and then in to the Kalahari Desert. You leave the green of Okavango behind and enter the vastness of this huge desert. Your next destination is the Nxai Pan National Park which, depending on the time of year, is a grassy plain with clumps of trees around waterholes. The wildlife is abundant during the rainy season then sparser and inhabited by the residents such as bat eared fox. Your camp here is most likely around one of the few waterholes and with views over the plains. Perhaps take a quad bike tour out over the desert/saltpan and experience the flat and hugeness of this area.

2 nights Nxai Pan National Park

 

Day 10

Fly back to Maun for your connection back home or onwards to Victoria Falls or different parts of Botswana (see our other itineraries for Botswana).

 

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Picture courtesy of Helen Wibley

Botswana

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

Botswana

Picture courtesy of Helen Wibley

Botswana

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

 

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Being punted through the reeds and waterways of the Okavango Delta by an experienced guide and never quite sure what you will see next – hippo pod, elephant bathing or drinking or the beautiful, tiny Malachite kingfisher perched on a reed.

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Connecting Two Iconic African Destinations Just Got Easier

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Two of the two favourite destinations in Southern Africa – The Okavango Delta in Botswana and Cape Town in South   Africa – have just become easier to connect. Airlink, a regional South African domiciled airline, has now put in place direct flights between Cape Town and Maun, the gateway to the Okavango.

These flights are currently flying 5 times a week but will increase in number as we move in to the peak season. This helps you maximise your time in your favourite destinations and reduces time spent in airport lounges.

Departing mid-morning from Cape Town and arriving in Maun early afternoon means that you could be at your lodge in good time to sip your sundowner after having had a game drive in your chosen Okavango destination.

On the reverse journey the flight leaves early afternoon and arrives in Cape Town mid afternoon. This allows you time to unpack at your hotel and watch the sun set over TableMountain or the Atlantic, having been out on a game drive that morning.

To make the most of this improved flight connection, please give us a call on tel: 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

Picture courtesy of Angie watson

Picture courtesy of Angie watson

Botswana Highlights

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This tailor made itinerary is an excellent introduction to Botswana for the first time visitor; it can be adapted to suit both your requirements and your budget

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Botswana Highlights

Day 1: Livingstone
Day 3: Chobe National Park
Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve
Day 8: Okavango Delta
Day 11: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Day 13: Depart Maun
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This itinerary is an excellent introduction to Botswana for the first time visitor; it can be adapted to suit your requirements and your budget

Day 1: Livingstone or Victoria Falls
Arrive in Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). Choose from a hotel at Victoria Falls, or lodge nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi. A visit to the Falls is a must but choose the right time of the year if you want thundering water or quieter times if you want to do white water rafting or other such activities. A sunset cruise here is a must!
Two nights Victoria Falls

Day 3: Chobe National Park
Transfer via the Kazangula border crossing, and into Botswana. This crossing is the point where four countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River – and watch out for crocodiles, hippos and elephant. Take a light aircraft flight to the edge of the Chobe National Park. Learn about the unique nature of this extraordinary corner of our world, where as recently as the 1980’s subterranean movement caused the river course to change leaving the features we see today.
Three nights Chobe National Park

Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve
Transfer by air or road to the Moremi Game Reserve, which lies within the Delta with a rich variety of wildlife waiting to be discovered. Large herds of elephant dominate the reeds and dry islands but with plenty of other animals sharing the space. The predators are numerous and the birds life of amazing variety.
Two nights Moremi Game Reserve

Day 8: Okavango Delta
Go into the Delta itself, with accommodation at a water based lodge. Here, one of your main forms of transport will be by mokoro or dug out canoe, motor boat and 4×4 for the drier parts. You also have the chance to safari on foot with an armed ranger or take part in a night drive to try to find all those animals that come out after dark.
Three nights Okavango Delta

Day 11: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
A light aircraft will take you from the Delta, via Maun, and on to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The contrast to the lushness of the Delta could not be more stark. Huge vistas of plains and salt pans are interspersed with rocky outcrops and islands of green. The night sky will never be  clearer.
Two nights Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Day 13: Depart Maun
Depart Maun today for the onward or homeward journey.

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Staying in a water based lodge in the Okavango Delta – a unique and memorable experience.

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