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Wilderness Dawning Safari

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Wilderness Dawning offers two very good overland safaris through northern Botswana for the more budget conscious traveler. These non-participation camping safaris accommodate a maximum of nine guests, and cover all the major game-viewing highlights of Botswana, including the Moremi Game Reserve, the Okavango Delta, the Savuti Channel, and Chobe National Park, ending in Victoria Falls. The 14 day safari includes the Kalahari Desert. Guides have a minimum of ten years' experience conducting safaris.

Best of Botswana - 14 Day Overland Safari

Day 1: Nata Sanctuary

Departure point is the Zambezi Waterfront Hotel (Livingstone). Guests are required to be at the reception at 08h00. You will depart Livingstone by road transfer (08h30), and the safari travels via the Kazungula border into Botswana where you will meet your guide. Guide will assist with drinks purchase in Kasane and we will head for the Nata Sanctuary, situated on the edge of the Madgadigadi salt pans, with a picnic lunch en-route. We arrive at Nata in the late afternoon, and enjoy our first spectacular sunset on the pans before returning to camp for dinner. (Lunch and Dinner included).

Days 2-3: Nxai Pan

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 On the morning of day 2 we move camp due west to Nxai Pan National Park, enjoying lunch at the ancient Baines' Baobabs along the way. The next two nights are spent camping at Nxai Pan, with game-drives during the day to search for the many species of antelope that graze on the Pan, and the predators that stalk them. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

 

Day 4: Maun

After a morning drive we say good bye to this unique area and its wildlife. A short drive takes us to our hotel in Maun, where there is a pleasant bar and swimming pool. The afternoon is at leisure. (Breakfast). Lunch and dinner at guests own expense.

Days 5 and 6: Moremi Game Reserve (Xakanaxa)

This morning we travel by road to the Xakanaxa area of the Moremi Game Reserve, in an area of permanent flood within the Okavango Delta. We arrive at our campsite around lunch time, then relax before our afternoon game-drive. This is a very game-rich part of the Delta and the Moremi Reserve, and we can expect to see a lot of wildlife along the waterways and in the floodplains.

Wilderness Dawning Safari | Luxury African Safari Vacations | Classic Africa - Best Luxury African SafarisGame viewing is done along the waterways and floodplains. Species such as giraffe, Zebra and wildebeest are but a few that occur here. Overnight camping in the Xakanaxa area. On day six we explore the crystal clear channels of the Delta by motor boat, followed by a picnic lunch on a sand bank in the heart of this permanent water system. Overnight camping. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

Days 7 and 8: Moremi Game Reserve (Khwai)

We start our journey to Khwai by boating to the mainland at Xakanaxa, and then travel by vehicle along the Khwai River flood plain to our private camping site, where we will spend the next two nights. Early morning and afternoon game-drives deliver game-viewing of the highest standard, with animals being drawn to the area by the waters of the Khwai River. There is of course, that obligatory siesta during the hottest part of the day. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

Days 9 and 10: Chobe National Park (Savuti)

Luxury African Safaris - Wilderness Dawning Safari | Luxury African Safari Vacations | Classic AfricaWe travel by vehicle to the mysterious Savuti Channel, located in the south western portion of Chobe National Park. This area of rocky hills and open, dry marshland is most famous for its concentrations of lion, and bull elephants. We camp here for two nights, conducting morning and afternoon game-drives through the area in search of the wildlife that has made Savuti famous. Time permitting, we also visit some San Bushman paintings hidden in the rocky outcrops. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

Days 11 and 12: Chobe National Park (Serondella)

Continuing northwards, we make our campsite at Serondella, close to the great Chobe River. This part of Chobe is famous for its huge herds of elephant, said to be the largest in Africa. We explore the banks of the Chobe River and the adjacent teak forests in the course of our morning and afternoon game-drives, searching for elephant, hippo, lion, and the many other species of game that make their home in this area. Game-viewing by boat is also available as an extra activity at guests' own expense. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

Day 13 - Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

After a final game-drive along the Chobe, we head for the border post at Kazungula and arrive at our lodge in Livingstone. Afternoon is at leisure for optional activities (guests own expense). Overnight Zambezi Waterfront (Bed, Breakfast). Victoria Falls entry is not included in the tour.

Day 14 - Victoria Falls

After breakfast the safari ends. (Breakfast).

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Highlights of Botswana - 10 Day Safari

Day 1: Moremi Game Reserve

Wilderness Dawning Safari | Luxury African Safari Vacations | Classic Africa - Luxury African SafarisGuests arrive at Maun airport, where they are met by a Wilderness Dawning representative and fly by light aircraft to Xakanaxa. This game-rich area forms part of the permanent Okavango Delta and also falls within Moremi Game Reserve. This evening we enjoy our first game-drive along the waterways and around the floodplains of the Delta. (Lunch and Dinner included).

Day 2: Moremi Game Reserve (Xakanaxa)

We explore the crystal clear channels of the Delta by motorboat. Picnic lunch on a sand bank, in the heart of this permanent water system. Overnight camping Xakanaxa (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

Days 3 and 4: Moremi Game Reserve (Kwai)

We start our journey to Kwai by boating to the mainland at Xakanaxa, and then travel by vehicle along the Kwai River flood plain to our private camping site, where we will spend the next two nights. Early morning and afternoon game-drives deliver game-viewing of the highest standard, with animals being drawn to the area by the waters of the Kwai River. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

Days 5 and 6: Chobe National Park (Savuti)

We travel by vehicle to the mysterious Savuti Channel, going via the Mababe Depression. Savuti is located in the south western portion of Chobe National Park, and is most famous for its concentrations of lion, and bull elephants. We camp here for two nights, conducting game-drives through the area in search of the wildlife that has made Savuti famous. Time permitting, we also visit some San Bushman paintings hidden in the rocky outcrops. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

Days 7 and 8: Chobe National Park (Serondella)

Continuing northwards, we make our campsite at Serondella, close to the great Chobe River. This part of Chobe is famous for its huge herds of elephant, said to be the largest in Africa. We explore the banks of the Chobe River and the adjacent teak forests in the course of our morning and afternoon game-drives, searching for elephant, hippo, lion, and the many other species of game that make their home in this area. Afternoon game-viewing by boat is also available as an extra activity at guests' own expense. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).

Day 9: Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

After a final game-drive along the Chobe, we head for the border post at Kazungula and arrive in Livingstone. Afternoon is at leisure for optional activities (guests own expense). Overnight Waterfront Hotel (B,B). Victoria Falls entry is not included in the tour.

Day 10: Livingstone, Zambia

After breakfast, the safari ends. (Breakfast).

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The typical camping experience.

 

The safari vehicle.

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Dates and Rates 2023

 14 Day Best of Botswana Safari

                          Livingstone to Livingstone                   

10 Day Highlights of Botswana Safari

Moremi to Livingstone

Tour Code Start Date Finish Date Tour Code Start Date Finish Date
WD02  20 Mar  06 Apr  WM02  24 Mar  02 Apr
WD03  03 Apri  16 Apr  WM03  07 Apr  16 Apr
WD04  17 Apr  30 Apr  WM04  21 Apr  30 Apr
WD05  01 May  14 May  WM05  05 May  14 May
WD06  15 May  28 May  WM06  19 May  28 May
WD07  28 May  11 Jun  WM07  02 Jun  11 Jun
WD08  12 Jun  25 Jun  WM08  16 Jun  25 Jun
WD09  02 Jul  15 Jul  WM09  06 Jul  15 Jul
WD10  03 Jul  16 Jul  WM10  07 Jul  16 Jul
WD11  16 Jul  29 Jul  WM11  20 Jul  29 Jul
WD12  17 Jul  30 Jul  WM12  21 Jul  30 Jul
WD13  30 Jul  12 Aug  WM13  03 Aug  12 Aug
WD14  31 Jul  13 Aug  WM14  04 Aug  13 Aug
WD15  13 Aug  26 Aug  WM15  17 Aug  26 Aug
WD16  14 Aug  27 Aug  WM16  18 Aug  27 Aug
WD17  27 Aug  09 Sep  WM17  31 Aug  09 Sep
WD18  28 Aug  10 Sep  WM18  01 Sep  10 Sep
WD19  10 Sep  23 Sep  WM19  14 Sep  23 Sep
WD20  11 Sep  24 Sep  WM20  15 Sep  24 Sep
WD21  24 Sep  07 Oct  WM21  28 Sep  07 Oct
WD22  25 Sep  08 Oct   WM22  29 Sep  08 Oct
WD23  08 Oct  21 Oct  WM23  12 Oct  21 Oct
WD24  09 Oct  22 Oct  WM24  13 Oct  22 Oct
WD25  22 Oct  04 Nov  WM25  26 Oct  04 Nov
WD26  23 Oct  05 Nov  WM26  27 Oct  05 Nov
WD27  05 Nov  18 Nov  WM27  09 Nov  18 Nov
WD28  17 Dec  30 Dec  WM28  21 Dec  30 Dec

Tour Cost

US$

01 Dec - 31 Mar: $4,240

 01 Apr - 31 May: $4,390

 01 Jun - 30 Jun/ 01 Sep - 30 Nov: $4,690

 01 Jul - 31 August: $5,030

Tour Cost

US$

 01 Dec - 31 Mar: $3,820

 01 Apr - 31 May: $3,930

 01 Jun - 30 Jun/ 01 Sep - 30 Nov: $4,030

 01 Jul - 31 August: $4,590

Single Supplement

 01 Dec - 31 May: $320

 01 Jun - 30 Jun/ 01 Sep - 30 Nov: $340

 01 Jul - 31 August: $350

Single Supplement

 01 Dec - 31 May: $290

 01 Jun - 30 Jun/ 01 Sep - 30 Nov: $310

 01 Jul - 31 August: $330

 

INCLUDED

Botswana Value Added Tax, Use of 4x4 vehicles, professional guide, back up vehicles and camp staff, all camping equipment (including camp bed, mattress, sleeping bag, fitted sheet, pillow and pillow case), camping on full board (excluding drinks), 1 night accommodation in Victoria Falls (B&B only), 1 night accommodation in Maun on the 14 day safari (B&B), Botswana National Parks entrance and camping fees, full day boating in the delta, charter flight into Xakanaxa on the 10 day safari.

NOT INCLUDED

Airfares, mineral water, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, any gratuities, any personal expenses, visa fees and departure taxes, optional boat cruise in Chobe, travel insurance, extra activities not specified.

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