10 Nights / 11 Days
Departing from Maun through Deception Valley in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to Khwai (near the Moremi Game Reserve) and into the Chobe National Park, returning to Maun
Serviced Camping in en-suite tents on a mobile safari
Itinerary – Overview:
4 Nights camping in Deception Valley (Central Kalahari Game Reserve)
1 Night Lodge / Chalet Accommodation in Maun en-route to Khwai
3 Nights camping in the Khwai Community Area bordering Moremi Game Reserve
2 Nights camping in Savute, Chobe National Park
Upon arrival into Maun Airport, you will be met and transferred to Deception Valley by your guide. The drive into CKGR will take approx 5-6 hrs. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route.
After breakfast and a short morning game drive we pack camp and return to Maun by road where a picnic lunch will be enjoyed en-route to Maun. You will arrive in Maun in the afternoon where you can enjoy dinner and a night in Maun before continuing your adventure the following morning.
Following an early breakfast we leave Maun and journey to Khwai, stopping for a picnic lunch en-route. The Khwai River forms a boundary between the reserve and the community area. We spend the next three nights camping at a campsite in the community area, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. You will also enjoy a 2.5 hour mekoro trip.
Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day. It is important to note that night drives are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area.
We head further north en-route to Chobe National Park, where we spend the last two nights camping in a wilderness campsite in the Savute region, exploring the desert-like landscape of game drives. Never has there been a better time to visit Savute than now!
The water from the Savute Channel reached the marsh for the first time in 30 years in 2010 winding its way from the North. Savute has for the last 30 years been an extremely dry area and lately its claim to fame has been lions killing elephants and they come for the few drops of water that remain in the waterholes. The dynamics have all changed with the arrival of the water …who knows what will happen.
Savute is characterised by the Savute Marsh, the Savute Channel and the Hills. During morning and late afternoon drives our guides will alternate between these areas. Anything can happen on the Savute Marsh and it’s best to get there early in the morning. A dominant feature of Savute is the Hills, one of which has a few perfectly preserved bushmen paintings which are easily accessible. Savute has a very healthy population of leopard who live on these hills and the best time to see them is either first or last light as they leave their stony refuge to hunt in the surrounding bush.
Following breakfast we head back to Maun enjoying a picnic lunch en-route. You will be dropped in Maun at around 1pm for your onwards arrangements.
NOTE: Although we make every effort to adhere to schedules and itineraries; these are subject to change in light of changing local conditions (weather and roads) and availability. Mekoro Trip is subject to water levels. You will be notified accordingly. Rates are subject to National Park increase by Botswana Government without prior notice.
Most of the scenery en-route to CKGR is cattle country and dry savannah bush. After approx 5 hours the vegetation changes and small dry pans (open areas) appear and at one stage the land falls gradually away to Deception Valley. The valleys in the Kalahari are extinct river valleys that occurred millions of years ago and are now covered in short dry grass. After a little rainfall the grass turns green offering the wildlife much needed nutrition after a harsh dry winter. Most of the antelope species converge in the river valleys in search of this nutrition and also to give birth to their young. This is a purely natural wilderness with little human affect and has stayed in this condition for hundreds of years. The CKGR is known as a desert as 99% of the year there is a lack of surface water. The animals survive by getting moisture from early morning dew and from the plants they eat. The reserve is also the ancient home of the “San” or Kalahari Bushmen.
The CKGR has enormous horizons and many kilometres of seemingly endless grass plains. As the antelope converge in the valleys so the predators follow. CKGR has good populations of the famous “Kalahari lions“ and is a very good place to see Cheetah and Brown Hyena if you are very lucky. To get the best experience in the Kalahari it is advisable to leave the camp as early as 5.30 am as most of the fauna is active early and then retire to the shade in the midday heat to avoid excessive water loss. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best time to photograph this amazing landscape.
To get a better idea of this unique ecosystem we recommend you read “Cry of the Kalahari” by Mark and Delia Owens.
The Okavango is a unique ecosystem, an inland delta situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world – the Kalahari basin. This wetland lies like an oasis in an otherwise inhospitable landscape. Where land and delta meet, a mosaic of pans, grasslands, forests and lagoons provide an extremely rich and diverse habitat in which a multitude of animals and birds flourish. This wetland is one of the natural wonders of the world, a fragile ecosystem that remains one of the world’s least spoilt and most beautiful wildernesses, and is home to various unique species e.g. sitatunga antelope and red lechwe.
Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the eastern corner of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is one of the most beautiful and varied reserves found on the African continent with huge concentrations of wildlife and incredible scenery. The reserve consists of both swamped areas e.g. Xakanaxa, and dry-land areas e.g. Khwai.
The Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s finest game sanctuaries. Situated in the far north of Botswana Chobe encompasses a wide variety of diverse habitats offering extreme contrasts, and is home to a breath-taking variety of animals and birds.
In sharp contrast to the lush Chobe River Front is the seemingly endless desolate landscape of the Savute, famous for the dry marsh, sand ridge and volcanic hills all of which are unique to this area. The marsh once contained the waters of the Makgadikgadi superlake and the most typical feature of the landscape are the dead trees – evidence of the erratic flow of the Savute channel over the years. The area consists of large open game-filled plains which are home to a variety of dry-land animals, including zebra, wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, wild dog, leopard, cheetah and lion.
*The green line indicated the route