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Why Visit Botswana?

  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

Explore Botswana’s contrasting landscapes and fascinating wildlife

Take the time to explore Botswana's contrasts in scenic areas on a game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the days of the great African explorers.

On this great journey, you’ll encounter the world-famous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River and explore Botswana's scenic northern areas: from the blue-green wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Chobe River systems renowned for their predators and large concentrations of game.

Highlights

  • Exclusive access to the wilderness areas of the Okavango Delta, Linyanti and Victoria Falls.
  • Deluxe camping in two prime areas ensures holistic guiding and detailed insights into habitats and wildlife in the area.
  • Exceptionally diverse range of activities and transfers between locations: walks, day and night wildlife viewing – both water- and land-based.

Itinerary

Enjoy the Victoria Falls before venturing to the Chobe and Linyanti River systems and discovering the myriad animals that inhabit these wildlife-rich areas. We then move into the Okavango Delta and explore the wondrous wetland that is the Okavango Delta.

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  • Day 1
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    Arrive in Livingstone and transfer directly to the Victoria Falls for a guided tour of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We then take a road transfer to Toka Leya Camp, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where we spend the night., Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where we spend the night.

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    We fly to Kasane for a Chobe River Boat Cruise. The area is famous for its vast herds of elephants in the dry season and other unique species. Enjoy a light lunch on the boat.

  • Day 2 - 4
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    Moving further south, we fly to Linyanti Tented Camp, Linyanti Concession. Activities include game drives in the private northern sector of the concession, exploring a range of habitats, seeing a variety of wildlife en route to slake their thirst from the river.

  • Day 5 - 7
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    Fly to Gomoti Tented Camp in the heart of the Santawani Concession in the south-east corner of the Okavango Delta. The area’s wide range of exciting wildlife habitats can produce extraordinary wildlife experiences.

  • Day 8 - 10
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    Fly to Jacana Camp or Xigera Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve / Okavango Delta. Both camps offer the true Delta experience and are set on lush islands where permanent water all year round allows one to enjoy this true water wonderland.

  • Day 11
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    Bid farewell to your adventure as we transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport.

  • Departure Dates
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     Language Start DepartFrom End Finishin
     English Sat- 06 May 2017  Livingstone Tue- 16 May 2017 Maun   
     English Fri- 02 June 2017  Livingstone Mon- 12 June 2017 Maun   
     English Mon- 17 July 2017  Livingstone Thu- 27 Jul 2017 Maun   
     English Sat- 19 August 2017  Livingstone Tue- 29 August 2017 Maun   
     English Sun- 24 September 2017     Livingstone Wed- 04 October 2017 Maun   
     English Thu- 02 November 2017  Livingstone Sun- 12 November 2017 Maun   
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    Xobega Island Camp is located on a small island in the Okavango Delta and the camp is accessed by boat from Mboma Island boat station in the Moremi Game Reserve. This location is easily reached by self-drivers (4 x 4 only) travelling from Maun Airport, through Moremi, and to Mboma boat station, where they will be picked up transferred to Xobega on a 45-minute boat cruise.

    On arrival at Maun Airport, exit onto Airport Road and continue to the stop street intersecting Sir Seretse Khama Rd. Turn left onto Sir Seretse Khama Rd and continue straight out of town, crossing the Thamalakane River, until you reach a roundabout. Turn left (first exit) and continue from tar to gravel road, cross the vet fence and eventually keep left at fork, continuing to Moremi South Gate (aka. Maqwee).

    From Moremi South Gate, drive straight towards Third Bridge, turning left 2km before you reach Third Bridge at a sign indicating to do so. Follow that road until a 3rd sign indicating a left turn, which you take, and finally a 4th sign approximately 1.5 km from the boat station. Turn right here and continue until you arrive at the boat station.

    GPS coordinates:
    1. Xobega Island Camp 19 10 13.28 S / 23 12 18.26 E
    2. Mboma Boat Station 19 11 40.22 S / 23 16 16.96 E
    3. Maun Airport to Xobega Island Camp
    Maun Airport to Xobega Island Camp
    Xobega Island Camp is located on a small island (Gcobega) in the Okavango Delta and the camp is accessed by boat from the Xakanaxa Boat Station in the Moremi Game Reserve.
    This location is easily reached by self-drivers (4 x 4 only) travelling from Maun airport, through Moremi, and onto Xakanaxa BoatStation, where they will be picked up and transferred to Xobega on a 45-minute boat cruise.
    On arrival at Maun Airport, exit onto Airport Road and continue to the stop street intersecting Sir Seretse Khama Road. Turn left onto Sir Seretse Khama Rd and continue straight out of town, crossing the Thamalakane River, until you reach a roundabout.
    Turn left (first exit) and continue from the tar to gravel road, cross the vet fence and eventually keep left at the fork, continuing to Moremi South Gate (also known as Maqwee).
    From Moremi South Gate, follow the sign post straight to Xakanaxa through the Mopane forest (42km). Drive straight at the junction after the Wildlife office (sign posted) to Xakanaxa boat station.

    Moremi Park Fees
    Guests self-driving (4 x 4 only) to Xobega Island Camp, will need to pay BWP120 per person per day, and BWP50 per vehicle per day at the gate that they enter the Park. Cash only is accepted.

    Self Drivers

    Please note that all self drive guests will need to present their Reservations Summary and Invoice for their Xobega Island Camp booking. In addtion the camp is only accessible via a proper 4 x 4 and preferably with prior 4 x 4 driving experience
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    » 10 Meru-style safari tents with en suite open-air bathrooms
    » Bucket showers, standing canvas wash basins, and chemical eco-toilets
    » Stretcher beds with swags and full linen in each tent
    » Bedside table with insect repellent and water glasses
    » Solar-powered lighting in the tents
    » Two safari chairs under the small canopy forming ‘veranda’ at each tent
    » Hammocks for siesta
    » A dining tent with dining table, chairs, and a tea and coffee station
    » Two lounge gazebos in camp, complete with wicker furniture
    » A clearing with central campfire forming an open-air boma for evening relaxation 
  • Activities
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    SAFARI
    Xobega Island Camp is a remote destination that is only accessed via boat, which becomes the primary game viewing activity. There are no game drives on the island; but mokoro excursions are offered into the lagoons at the boat station. A summary of activities is as follows:
    • Morning and afternoon boat cruises around the Delta islands and through the hippo-filled channels
    • Birdwatching from the camp and boat – Pel’s fishing owls are known to nest on Xobega Island, giving avid birder’s something very special to look forward to.
    • Sundowners on the water – Guests can enjoy icy refreshments at the most beautiful time of day as the boating safari continues, or a stop off at an island for sundowners.
    • Mokoro safaris – Optional at boat station on transfers in and out of Xobega Island.
    • Photography – Whether out on the boat or relaxing on the island, always have a camera handy, especially if you are a keen birder.
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    Boating safaris are the main attraction at Xobega Island, while mokorosafaris are easily organised. Daily routines change according toguests’ itineraries; however, the below is a guideline ofday-to-day activity:

    06h00 Wakeup call followed by coffee and rusks at the dining tent

    06h30 Departfor 3-4 hour boat cruise including a coffee stop

    10h30 Returnto camp with hot bucket showers ready and waiting

    11h30 Brunchis served in the dining tent, followed by afternoon siesta

    16h00 Departfor afternoon boat cruise

    18h30 Returnto camp with hot bucket showers ready and waiting

    19h30 Dinneris served at camp, followed by campfire chatter
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    Botswana is a wildlife paradise, with elephants roaming in high numbers, hippos occupying every waterway, buffalo gathering en masse to drink from the waterholes, zebra migrations, red lechwe bounding through rivers, giraffe touching the tree tops, and warthogs shovelling the earth.

    Moremi is a known wildlife hotspot, and is a protected area of the Okavango Delta. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and spotted and brown hyena, are some of the top predator species that are frequently seen.

    The birdlife in Botswana is no exception to the fantastic collection of wild creatures that call this country home. The many waterways of the Okavango Delta and Moremi create a habitat for many water birds, while raptors soar overhead, and melodious larks disguise themselves in the scrub.

    Malaria


    Before travelling, guests are encouraged to consult their local doctors on anti-malarial medication and preparation, however a repellent stick or spray is effective and should be utilised.
  • How to get there
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    Xobega Island is accessed via 1.5 hour boat ride from Xakanaxa Boat station in the Moremi Game Reserve, easily accessible to self-driving (4 x 4 only) guests
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    From Moremi South Gate, follow the sign post straight to Xakanaxa through the Mopane forest (42km). Drive straight at the junction after the Wildlife office (sign posted) to Xakanaxa boat station.

    GENERAL TRAVEL INORMATION
    Weather
    The climate in Botswana brings very hot, dry periods (September, October), and also very wet seasons (December-February). Winter (June, July, August) packs cold nights and mild, dry days, while November to February is hot and wet.

    Temperatures in summer soar as high as 40°C bringing warm nights and humidity levels fluctuating between 50% and 80%. The average annual rainfall is 450mm and most of it falls between December and March in the form of heavy afternoon thunderstorms. In contrast, the winter nights can drop to barely above freezing in the Delta and the desert, although daytime temperatures at this time of year are mild to warm.
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    The climate in Botswana brings very hot, dry periods and also very wet seasons. Winter (June, July, August) packs cold nights and mild, dry days. Depending on what time of year you travel, you will need certain essentials.
    •  Throughout the year, we recommend packing lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing with short sleeves
    •  Bring sun protection in the form of sunblock, sun hats, and glasses.
    •  Scarfs, jackets and gloves are needed for early mornings on the boat, especially in winter.
    •  Comfortable walking shoes are essential, as is sun protection in the form of hats, sunglasses and sun block.
    •  Bring along cameras, binoculars and recording gadgets to keep a record of the many wildlife sightings.
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Fully inclusive - Per person sharing per exploration Rates
01 May 2018 to 31 May 2018 on Request
01 June 2018 to 31 October 2018  on Request
01 November 2018 to 30 November 20187 on Request

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  • Terms & Conditions
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    As a set-departure guided journey, the Great Wilderness Journey’s fully inclusive rates comprise the expertise of one knowledgeable and professional guide who leads you from beginning to end, combined with tailor-made services like logistics, sightseeing and accommodation in our camps.
    Our rates include:

    • Accommodation
    • Accommodation
    • All meals
    • A reasonable amount of soft drinks
    • Mineral water
    • Fruit juice
    • House wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula
    • National Park fees
    • Laundry
    • Road transfers
    • Scheduled activities
    • All internal charters

    Our rates exclude:

    • Visas
    • Visas
    • Flights (other than specified in the detailed safari itinerary)
    • Compulsory comprehensive insurance
    • All relevant entry and departure Government taxes
    • Gratuities
    • All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc.)
    • Optional extra activities
    • Pre and post safari tours
    • All other travel arrangements pre and post the safari
    • Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
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Wilderness Safaris Early Bird Special Deal

 

 

Great news! Introduced in June this year, we are pleased to advise that our Early Bird deal will be in place next year too. The added advantage is that bookings can be made immediately and the longer the lead time the better the discount!

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