Migration Routes: Adventurer Exploration
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Destination for this trip:
Botswana; Livingstone, Zambia; Maun, Botswana; Savuti, Botswana; Zambia
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Approximate price of this trip per person:
from $ 2000 to $ 3000
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Detailed Description of this trip:
This exciting route takes the time to explore the changing areas, stunning beauty and continually moving game of northern Botswana: from camping and walking on islands in the jewel of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta, to the game-rich savannah of the dry Savute Marsh and the seasonal elephant herds at our water-blessed Linyanti concession. The shift in animal numbers between dry and wet season makes for an adaptable itinerary. This safari also provides the unique opportunity to follow the amazing seasonal annual zebra migration between Linyanti and Savute, documented by Dereck and Beverly Joubert in their famous documentary “The Stolen River.” Features of this Safari : Flexible seasonally changing itinerary to exploit game movements – notably the zebra migration between Linyanti and Savute. Specifically tailored to enjoy abundant game populations of the Okavango Delta (both permanently and seasonally flooded), Linyanti savannah and Chobe, in areas mainly exclusive to Wilderness Safaris guests . Activities are diverse: air-, land- and water- based. Additional features include off-road access to prime sightings, island walking in Moremi Game Reserve, Linyanti hammock lunch, game drive through the Savute Channel to Linyanti, and Chobe River lunch cruise. Specific focus on cross-country transfers to showcase wilderness and its denizens; travel by land when the journey is enhanced; otherwise by air. The style and essence of this safari takes you back to the long-gone days of Africa’s exploration – the ultimate safari. Our 3m x 3m dome tents, complete with verandas, allow you to feel more connected and open to the Earth and nature, accentuating the feeling of the wild and untamed. Pure cotton linen bedrolls (with down duvets) on GI stretchers, teak bedside table with silver lantern and mini luggage benches add to the atmosphere. Shared separate toilet and shower ‘bathrooms’ with old-style tin bucket showers and basins and all amenities create simple serviced comfort.
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Day 1 - 2 - Maun
Xigera Mokoro Trails, Okavango Delta.
After arrival in Maun, we fly by light aircraft to the water-filled paradise of the private Xigera area, within the Moremi Game Reserve.
Xigera is the ultimate Delta experience, with serene waters flowing through innumerable channels around remote islands and a profusion of plants and animals. There is no better way to experience the Okavango than to travel through it by mokoro, walking and camping out on some of its green islands – all essential elements of the Xigera Mokoro Trails experience.
Activities include mokoro and walking safaris, which enable up-close encounters with the excellent diversity of birdlife (including Pel’s Fishing Owl), frogs and a myriad game species, some specially adapted to water, such as the rare sitatunga and the familiar red lechwe.
Day 3 - 4 - Botswana
Lechwe Island Camp, Khwai region - Okavango Delta.
Fly by light aircraft charter from Xigera Mokoro Trails directly to the Khwai region in the north-eastern corner of the Okavango Delta, to our pre-erected Adventurer camp.
Here, in a completely private concession area on the Khwai Channel, we explore this seasonally wildlife-rich flooded region on game drives, game walks and night drives.
Day 5 - Savuti
Savuti - Chobe National Park.
After an early morning drive and departure from camp, we travel directly north through the private concession, stopping en route at a private game viewing hide overlooking a waterhole for lunch.
We arrive at our pre-erected Adventurer campsite in the mid-afternoon, in time for a sunset game drive.
Day 6 - 7 - Savuti
Linyanti Trails Camp - Linyanti Concession.
We depart early this morning for the Linyanti region. This is an all-day game drive, with lunch at a private game viewing hide in the Savuti Channel.
En route, we are treated to a close-up detailed view of the “Stolen River,” to ensure the best zebra migration and reliable game viewing possible throughout the year. Game species and predators gravitate back and forth according to season between Linyanti and the Savuti marsh.
On our second day in the Linyanti concession, we depart on an early morning activity in the north-eastern corner of the Linyanti, taking in the changing landscapes, from riverine to savannah habitats. Lunch takes place on a shaded deck, with a spectacular sweeping view of the Linyanti waterways.
After a siesta in hammocks, we enjoy a leisurely canoe trip before returning to camp in the early evening.
Day 8 - Livingstone
Chobe River boat cruise and Natural Mystic Lodge, Zambia.
After a short morning drive and breakfast, we depart by light aircraft to the northern Chobe region of Chobe National Park. This area is famous for its vast herds of elephants and unique species such as the elusive puku and Chobe bushbuck that move to the river in the hottest hours of the day.
Food and Dining
Enjoy a lunch served during the boat cruise on the catamaran-style shaded boat.
Leave Botswana and enter Zambia by way of the Kazangula border, a point where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe meet, to stay at the Natural Mystic Lodge in Livingstone.
Day 9 - Livingstone
Transfer to Livingstone Airport.
Enjoy a morning guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 metres wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge.
Transfer to Livingstone Airport and bid farewell to the adventure.
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