Explore the magic of Botswana and Victoria Falls - october 2013
A photographic journey, to discover the amazing wildlife of the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls.
4 - 6 October
Arrival in Maun where our guide will meet us. We go up the river from Maun by boat. It takes a few hours to get up to Chiefs Island where our campsite is located. We camp in a private site and do most of our activities on foot, boats and mokoros. Walking is done on islands, where wildlife and birdlife is plenty and generally concentrated during the flood. In October it gets hot so walking and drifting near the river and shores is really what it is all about. The animals are drawn to the water and so the game viewing gets really good with swimming elephants, hippos, crocodiles, birdlife galore and plenty of general game. It is important to note that we are unlikely to notch all of the big 5 on the river or on these walks, it is rather about the aquatic life and the beauty of the river. For one Rhinos are only in certain parts of Chief's, whilst leopards are extremely savy and elusive to approach on foot, seeing you miles away before on does and making a plan to avoid you most of the times. Lion is often seen on foot, as are buffalo and elephants.
Our San guide is professionally equipped and shall set up a great camp, having access to unique and scenic enclaves in the Delta. Philemon, is not just uncanny and amazing as a tracker and hots in the field, he has an unassuming and endearing charm that is totally captivating. He speaks fluent english, is a local born in the area and very well connected to all headman and chiefs, simply put, he is just amazing to watch when at work in his bush. We will be able to do am and pm off-board safaris, mokoro safaris, walks, sits, waits, even visit traditional villages if you fancy. What you see on a walk is very different to what you see on a game drive, but you will enjoy the intimacy of the experience, the perspective and the exposure to all things great and small...and the time to appreciate them.
Today we kick –start with an early departure from camp to reach Maun by noon. On arrival we will be collected by our next set of guides and camp staff, bundled into our 4x4 Safari vehicles and set off towards Moremi game Reserve ( 3 hrs away). We will arrive in our private camp in the afternoon, and once we have freshened up a bit, we will set off on our first game drive!
8 - 9 October
For two full days we will explore Moremi Game Reserve and the edges of the Okavango Delta through morning and afternoon game drives with a break in between for lunch and siesta at our private camp. Moremi is the protected extension of the Okavango Delta and offers a typical wetland system with grassy plains and pans, surrounded by well-developed mopane forests and riverine woodland. Huge breeding herds of elephant are common, as are lechwe, waterbuck, impala, and hippopotamus. One can also hope to see buffalo, giraffe, bushbuck, lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, black-backed and side striped Jackal, zebra, wildebeest, tsessebe, bush babies, fruit bats, sable, kudu, roan antelope, steenbok, duiker, honey badger. The birdlife includes water birds as well as dry land birds, and is prolific!
An early start to break up camp and drive to Savute in the south-west region of Chobe National Park. As the backup team pack up camp for moving day, we will enjoy a short game drive in Moremi with our guide. Then we will drive to Savute in convoy, stopping for a packed lunch en route, while the back up team goes ahead to set up camp. The drive is about 4-5 hours through community and National park areas.
We will have the whole day to explore Savute. An early start in the morning with a break in camp during the heat of the day for lunch and a rest, then back out in the afternoon to ensure the best chances of seeing loads of game before enjoying a hot bush shower and dinner under the stars.
The marsh in Savute is typical grassland surrounded by Acacia bush and stony outcrops. Savute is famous for its lone elephant bulls, its lions and hyenas as well as the zebra and wildebeest migrations.
Drive to Kasane, where we will stay at Waterlily lodge. In the afternoon we will visit the NEW!! Elephant hide at Senyati from where we will be able to photograph these creatures from a low and very unusual but utterly special angle and at extremely close range.
We spend a full day in Chobe NP. The morning game activity will take place on the river on a state of the art photographic boat in search of wildlife. Whilst in the afternoon we will discover the interior of Chobe NP aboard a modified Photo-unimog!
Our last morning will be spent at the river again, and in the afternoon we will transfer by road to Victoria Falls. At Vic falls we will stay at the brand new and recently opened Cresta Sprayview Hotel.
15 - 16 October
During the next two days, we can do as we please. The choices of activities to do here are limitless, and of course a visit to the falls will be "compulsory". Everyone can book themselves on any of the adrenalin pumping, romantic, discovery, daring and endearing activities that Vic Falls offers its visitors…whether it is kayak, canoe, abseil, river board, swing through the gorge, bungee jump, and horse ride, to fly high above the falls in a helicopter, have high tea at the royal Livingstone, or a romantic dinner at an island above the falls.
Transfer to Vic Falls Airport for Johannesburg departure.
Price: from 4 - 14 october :3530 dollar Per person, Sharing. international flights not included. possibility to add the Victoria falls part: 14-17 october: 480 dollar per person , sharing. Price for total trip: 4 - 17 october : 4010 dollar per person, sharing. International flights not included.
Included in Moremi and Savute Camping setup
• 4x4 game drives • Medium-sized walk-in tents (3 x 3 m) with built-in floors, mosquito gauze on two door and two windows
• Small shaded front verandah with door mats and chairs
• Beds with mattresses (in a bedroll to keep bedding dust proof when moving camp)
• Full linen (one pillow & pillow case; sheets, duvet, duvet cover and two extra blankets; bath and hand towels & face cloth)
• Toiletries: (soap, toilet paper, mosquito repellant, mirror)
• Bedside tables, lamps, waste bin, floor mats
• Extras: flash lights & batteries, game drive blankets in winter
• En suite shower (private portable shower, filled on request with hot water by camp staff)
• En suite bush toilet (toilet seat over a pre-dug pit with sand to fill in as you go)
• Wash stand – one for each person outside each tent - filled with hot water every morning and on request
• Dining table & chairs, serving table, waiter
• Tableware: table cloths & napkins, earthenware crockery, cutlery
• Bar: wine glasses & tumblers; full cold bar (bottled water, selection of soft drinks, beer, red or white wine at dinner - as per client request. Gin/whisk/Brandy/Amarula/Tonic)
• Healthy & hearty 3 course meals throughout
• Experienced licensed guide
• staff complement to take care of all camp chores
• Staff travel in separate back-up vehicle(s) in order to go ahead and set up camp for guests
• Guests do not get involved in any of the camp chores as everything is laid on for them
• Open game drive vehicles with shade roof, game viewing seats & long range fuel tanks
• Seat 6-10 pax (3 per seat) plus driver/guide
• Luggage space is restricted to approx 15 kg per person
• Park entry and camping fees
• Government taxes & levies
• Road levies
• Guiding fee
• Public liability
• Medical kit
• Limited reference library
Excluded from Camping setup
• Toiletries: (hand cream, sun block, tissues)
• Tips & gratuities for guides and camp staff
Chobe and victoria falls: only breakfast included, so you are free to eat in one of the nice restaurants, or in the lodge.