- Day 01 & 02 : Arrival in Maun
You are met and transferred by light charter flight from Kasane or Maun Airport to your game lodge.
Chobe National Park lies in the northeast of Botswana, teeming with animals, in particular with huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Chobe's animal migrations follow an ancient pattern, only partly understood by man.
However, broadly speaking, the game is drawn to the Chobe River during the dry winter season and spreads out to the open grasslands of the Savute marsh and pans during the wetter summer months.
The Chobe/Linyanti river system is known for some of the best elephant viewing in Africa in the winter months (May to October), with huge herds of up to 500 or more at the end of the dry season. Lion are common, and almost expected, with buffalo, cheetah and an amazing variety of antelope often sighted. The river is alive with crocodile and hippo and marvellous birdlife, including kingfishers and bee-eaters. Languorous sunset cruises are a speciality of the area. Staying on the Chobe riverfront is therefore popular, given its abundant wildlife and ease of access to Victoria Falls (1½ hours by road) and the Okavango Delta.
Chobe Under Canvas offer guests exhilarating camping with a great diversity of wildlife and landscapes.
Chobe National Park encompasses 11 700 km2 of wilderness, bordered in the north by the beautiful Chobe River, and buffered on all sides by wildlife management areas and forest reserves allowing for the free movement of game. A wildlife enthusiast's dream, Chobe National Park is one of the top wilderness reserves in the world and is home to the largest single concentration of elephant. Throughout the year, herds of buffalo and elephant can be seen drinking at the river's edge with their numbers swelling into hundreds and thousands during the dry season. Two species of region specific antelope occur here, the puku and the Chobe bushbuck, which cannot be seen in other parts of Botswana except on the Chobe riverfront. Due to the variety of the Chobe vegetation and geological features, this magnificent wildlife sanctuary offers extreme contrasts and a fantastic cross-section of wildlife.
Accommodation: Chobe Under Canvas
Meals: All Meals Included
- Day 03 to 05 : Savute Under Canvas
The Okavango Delta is exceedingly beautiful. A jewel in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis - an isolated, lush green paradise with some of the richest wildlife in the world. The maze of waterways, lagoons, vast grassy plains and palm-fringed and wooded islands is home to crocodile, hippo, elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wild dog, rare antelope and around 400 bird species. But wildlife is just one of many elements that combine to make the Delta a treasure house. It is the brooding quietness of the waterways, the plaintiff cry of the African fish eagle, the Malachite kingfisher reflected in the translucent waters, the scent of the water lilies and the Okavango's glorious sunsets, which will stay with you forever.
The Okavango Delta is ever changing. Its source lies in the highlands of Angola, an extremely wet region known as the Benguela plateau. From here the Cubango River flows south, away from the sea, gathering ever more water until it reaches Botswana, where it is known as the Okavango. Here it forms a vast, fan-shaped, astonishingly luxuriant wilderness of flood plain and forest, stream and lagoon, with the occasional large expanse of open water - the ideal breeding ground for an incredible diversity of wildlife. With the influx of the annual flood, the delta's water levels rise steadily from May onwards, reaching further and further into the Kalahari sands, with its peak level reached in August.
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp lies in a private Okavango Delta concession on the western border of Chief's Island and the Moremi Game Reserve.
Situated under dense stands of African ebony and strangler fig Trees, Nxabega Tented Camp accommodates 18 guests in the classically elegant and luxurious safari tents on elevated wooden platforms with private game-viewing decks. Beautiful details such as burnished teak floors, huge wooden bowls full of chillies and a solitaire game made from local vegetable ivory pods add a signature style to Nxabega.
You have a choice of daily game activities in Nxabega, including meandering along the floodplains and channels by mokoro (usually in season from June to September) or tracking big game on foot or by open 4x4-safari vehicle. Nxabega means 'place of the giraffe' and these are just one of the many species found in this area such as elephant, lion, leopard, zebra, semi-aquatic lechwe, sitatunga and hippos. 343 bird species have been recorded at Nxabega with plenty of wetland species such as the African Jacana, openbilled stork and malachite kingfisher. You may even be able to spot the rare Pel's fishing owl whilst on a mokoro or boat cruise.
Accommodation: Savute Under Canvas
Meals: All Meals Included
- Day 06 & 07 : Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
In the north and central part of the delta lies the permanent water of the Okavango Delta, with its typically deep channels and dense banks of papyrus and reeds. Here game viewing is predominantly by motorboat, as well as game walks with an experienced and armed guide on the delta's islands.
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, like the water lily from which it takes its inspiration, lies in a watery wonderland on the edge of the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. Surrounded by an exclusive 25,000 hectares of private wildlife concession, it offers some of the most luxurious camp accommodation in the Okavango Delta. Reachable only by boat during the high water season, Xaranna is a serene and remote camp with nine sleek and air-conditioned safari tents offering breathtaking views over the channel. Each tented suite has an indoor bath and outdoor shower, as well as a romantic sala for those essential afternoon siestas and a private plunge pool.
The main areas of Xaranna are all positioned carefully to maximise the sweeping views out across the water channels, with classic tree line silhouettes. The intimate sitting area boasts a spacious games and reading area, perfect for afternoon relaxation whilst on safari. The innovative dining area features shady verandas overlooking the Okavango Delta.
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp offers a water and wilderness experience with the excitement of viewing big game in Botswana. Open 4x4 morning, afternoon and even night game drives set off in search of predators and other nocturnal animals. Other activities at Xaranna include boating and mekoro (traditional dugout canoe) trips on the delta, and guided game walks on the islands to track animals as they move silently through the bush. If birding is your thing, then Xaranna would be perfect with many wetlands species on offer.
To reach Xaranna, you fly into the Xudum airstrip and then take a 45-minute game drive to the lodge. During the flood, this is a drive followed by a mokoro or boat ride into camp - a wonderful introduction to your time in the Delta.
Accommodation: Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
Meals: All Meals Included
- Day 08 : Departure from Maun
You are transferred by light charter flight from your Okavango Delta game lodge to Maun airport.
Meas Not Included