Day 1: Hainaveld area - Bushman Experience, camping
The safari begins in Maun where your guide will meet you at 07h30 at a pre-arranged meeting point. You will travel 180km to a game farm on the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game reserve, set up camp and have a safari briefing. In the afternoon you will participate in a nature walk led by local San Bushmen trackers. They will share their intricate bush knowledge and give you an insight into their unique and intriguing culture.
Day 1: Maun – Game Farm in Hainaveld area (northern border CKGR): 180km, 4h - lunch & dinner included
PLEASE NOTE: As the safari starts at 07h30 on Day 1, you will need to pre-night in Maun and purchase drinks for your safari the day before your safari starts. YŪGEN tours can assist with pre-safari arrangements (accommodation, transfers).
Days 2-5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping
You will wake up as the sun rises and enter the pristine wilderness of the largest game reserve in Botswana. The next four days will be spent exploring the undeveloped wilderness of the northern region of the Kalahari, moving from camp to camp. You will visit Passarge Valley (Day 2 and 3) and Deception Valley (Day 4 & 5) in your exploration of the Kalahari. Enjoy the vast open spaces, clear night skies and uninterrupted beauty on game drives and at camp.
This is adventure camping in its purest form as water and communications are limited and we travel as a self-sufficient group. Camping is in a designated campsite with bush ablutions.
Day 2: Game Farm in Hainaveld area – Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 120km, 4-5h (including game drive) - breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Days 3-5: Extended game drives - breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 6: Maun, comfortable lodge
After our final morning game drive in the Kalahari we return to Maun. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 min. Maun to Maun scenic flight, rate TBA – to be booked during the safari, payment in cash only). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s distinctive water system. During the flight it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami.
The night will be enjoyed in the comfort of a lodge. Dinner is at your own expense.
Day 6: Deception Valley, Central Kalahari – Maun: 340km, 5-6h - breakfast & lunch included
Days 7-9: Okavango Delta, camping
Your adventure will take you to the southern tip of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise. Once you have reached the edge of the Delta, you will meet your polers from the local community with their mokoros (traditional dugout canoes). Quietly cruising along reed lined channels and floodplains, you will enjoy the spectacular landscape of this unique region during the tranquil transfer, taking you deeper inside the Delta. You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area with mokoro excursions and guided nature walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango, camping wild, with bush ablutions, on a small island for two nights.
On day 9, you will start making your way towards the drier regions of the delta and camp in a concession outside the Moremi Game Reserve.
Day 7: Maun – Okavango Delta: 60km, 1.5-2h - breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 9: Okavango Delta – community campsite outside Moremi 50km, 1.5-2h - breakfast, lunch & dinner included
PLEASE NOTE: on day 7 you will leave your main luggage in the trailer and will need to pack a smaller bag (small backpack, hand luggage) with what you need for the 2 days on the island. Transfers from the mainland to the island where you will stay are done on traditional dugout canoes (mokoros) which cannot accommodate large bags. Your main luggage will safely remain in the vehicle that will be parked in a secured area while you are on the island.
Days 10-12: Moremi Game Reserve, camping
Early morning of Day 10, you will enter Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana, which covers swamp and dry areas. The next three days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. After your morning game drives, you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta.
On Day 12 you will move campsites to explore a different area of this diverse park. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions (2 nights in Western Moremi and 1 night in Eastern Moremi).
Day 10: Community campsite outside Moremi – Western Moremi: 80km, 3-4h (transfer and game drive) - breakfast, lunch & dinner included on all days
Days 13-15: Chobe National Park, camping
Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination. As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains. You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle. Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions, first in the Savuti area (Savute Main or Zwei Zwei Pan) (Day 13), then in the northern part of the park closer to the riverfront (Days 14 & 15).
Day 13: Eastern Moremi – Savuti: 120km, 7-8h (transfer and game drive) - breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 14: Savuti - Chobe River: 170km, 5-6h (transfer and game drive) - breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 16: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, comfortable lodge
After a short morning game drive you will then drive to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios. Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge.
Day 16: Chobe River – Victoria Falls: 100km, 2-3h (including border crossing) - breakfast & lunch included
PLEASE NOTE that a visa is required for the border crossing into Zimbabwe. There are several types of visa available. Please contact the embassy well before departure to inquire about the right visa for your nationality and according to your travel plans.
Day 17: The end
The safari officially ends at 10h00 on Day 17.
YŪGEN tours is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges at an additional cost.
Day 17 : breakfast included