Our Best of Botswana itinerary offers guests the opportunity of starting and ending in Livingstone, near the remarkable Victoria Falls.  You will also see Mkagadigadi and Sua - the world's largest salt pans, the unique wilderness that encompasses Nxai Pan which is one of the least visited areas in Botswana, and the pristine wetlands of the Okavango.

​This safari entails a 14 day tour through wildlife areas; Nxai Pan, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango and Chobe National Park, with diverse habitats ranging from semi-arid drylands to lush woodlands and riverine forests. Days are spent game-driving across vast areas, in search of the tremendous variety of animals Botswana is well known for - from wild dogs to huge herds of elephant, the elusive leopard, prides of lion and a good variety of antelope.
A total of ten nights are spent inside game reserves and because the number of guests are well controlled and limited, very few vehicles and other signs of civilization are seen. 

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Discover spectacular wildlife including African wild dogs, huge herds of elephant, the elusive leopard and a variety of antelope.

Explore Xakanaxa, an integral part of the Okavango Delta and an area that boasts some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa.

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Nxai Pan National Park, known for its large herds of springbok and gemsbok.

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Day 1

Livingstone - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

This morning you will depart Livingstone by road at 7:00am and cross into Botswana at Kazungula, where the borders of Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana meet. After customs and immigration formalities, you will meet your guide, before driving south to the village of Nata, which is situated on the edge of the Madgadigadi Salt Pans.
These Salt Pans, the world's largest, are the remnants of a once massive inland lake. Today they offer spectacular scenery and endless horizons. In season a large variety of water birds nest here. The Pans offer a truly unique camping experience as well as an opportunity to witness an unforgettable sunset. (L) (D)

Day 2

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans - Nxai Pan National Park

You will leave Makgadgadi Salt Pans quite early after a light breakfast. Your journey takes you westwards to Nxai Pan National Park. The area is known for large herds of Springbok and Gemsbok, species that are not water dependent. The artificial water-hole at the heart of the pan allows for some remarkable wildlife sightings. Nxai Pan is an ancient lake-bed scattered with islands of acacia trees. The Pans have changed little in thousands of years and offer a place to totally lose oneself in limited wilderness.

You will be camping for the next two nights is in Nxai Pan National Park, with afternoon and morning game-drives. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Nxai Pan National Park

Today you will start with a light breakfast in the cool early hours of the morning, heading out at first light. The drive typically lasts until about 10:30am, with a coffee break mid-way. A brunch is served on return to your private camp , after which there is an opportunity to have a siesta throughout the heat of the day.  As the air starts to cool towards late afternoon, we embark on our afternoon game drive. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Nxai Pan National Park - Maun

This morning you will take a quick and early game drive out of Nxai Pan National Park and journey on further west into the frontier town of Maun, to our hotel which has a pleasant eating area with a welcome swimming pool. The afternoon is at your leisure at the hotel, which is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River. (B)

Day 5

Maun - Xakanaxa, Okavango Delta

Today you will travel by road to Xakanaxa (pronounced ka-ka-ni-ka) which is an integral part of the eastern waters of the Okavango Delta. The area is encompassed by Moremi Game Reserve and boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa. The Game Reserve has areas of dry lands rising between vast wetlands, crystal clear water channels on the edges of Mopane and Apple-Leaf woodlands.
Covering around one-third of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is one of the most spectacular wildlife conservancies in Botswana. The unique landscapes of Moremi showcase both dry ecosystems as well as wetlands, making for some amazing wildlife viewing.
 
Moremi is home to a vast array of species including giraffe, hippos and around 500 different species of birds. The park is also well known for impressive predator sightings from large to small, with high chances of spotting leopard and wild dog in the woodland areas. Moremi is also home to the “big 5” with recent introductions of both black and white rhino into the area.
 
Game viewing takes place alongside waterways and floodplains. You will spend  the night in the Xakanaxa area of Moremi Game Reserve. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Xakanaxa, Okavango Delta

Today you will make your way to the banks of the Okavango River along game-drive routes in the early morning. You will explore the clear channels, lagoons and rivers of the Okavango Delta by motor boat, going upstream, through a myriad of waterways lined with African mangosteen and water berry trees, as well as swaying seas of papyrus.
Known as the jewel of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta and it will truly take your breath away. This ever changing scenery is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary places to in Africa.
 
Wildlife viewing in and around the Okavango Delta is superb, it attracts a huge number of herbivores, which in turn also attracts the carnivores. The Okavango is also a prime area to see the usually hard to spot wild dogs.
 
You will follow the Okavango River through the lagoons of Xaxanaxa and Gadikwe, deep into the permanent waters of this unique inland delta. After a picnic lunch, you will make your way back downstream to the mainland for the short evening drive and dinner. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Khwai River, Moremi Game Reserve

Our team breaks camp and you will take a leisurely drive to your private campsite in the Khwai River area of Moremi Game Reserve. This region's diversity of game is astounding and Moremi has quite rightly been rated as one of the best game-viewing areas in the world.
You will have an afternoon game drive and spend the night camping in Moremi Game Reserve. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

Khwai River, Moremi Game Reserve

Today you will spend the early morning and afternoon on game drives. Your guide will generally spend maximum time on game drives, depending what is seen, trying to cover as much area as possible. This gives you the best chances of seeing a variety of wildlife, although there is of course, that obligatory siesta during the hottest part of the day. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9

Savuti, Chobe National Park

Today you will leave Moremi, crossing the Khwai Bridge to the northern bank of the Khwai River. There is a quick opportunity to buy more drinks in the small village, before making our way to Chobe National Park.
 
As none of Botswana's wildlife areas are fenced, game can move freely between these two wilderness areas. Hippo, elephant and sometimes lion are often found on this route. Moving through the Mababe Depression, we relocate to Savuti where we camp on the edge of the flowing Savute Channel. Tucked away within the Chobe National Park, Savute is a wildlife and landscape spectacular that cannot be missed. Centred around the once dried up Savute channel, which mysteriously flows and dries up, the area tells some of Africa’s age old stories.  Savute offers some extraordinary wildlife viewing all year round, and your game viewing this afternoon takes place along the fringes of the marsh and surrounding water holes. The area is best known for large populations of bull elephants and prides of lion that patrol the banks of this enigmatic channel. (B)(L)(D)

Day 10

Savuti, Chobe National Park

Today you will have morning and afternoon game drives, as well as an opportunity to climb one of the 5 hills to see San Bushman paintings, an indication that this area has always drawn those who have an affinity with the wilderness. (B)(L)(D)

Day 11

Serondella, Chobe National Park

Today you will journey north toward the Chobe River, the second biggest river in Southern Africa (Zambezi is the largest). Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa and is one of Africa’s leading wildlife destinations. The famous Chobe River, which forms the Park’s northern boundary, provides a permanent source of water for the region’s large animal populations – the focal point for safari enthusiasts from around the world.
 
The diverse ecosystems in the park play a vital role in hosting a wide variety of animals. Large herds of buffalo and zebra, prides of lion, leopard, giraffe, kudu and the elusive wild dog are just a few of the species that can be seen while on safari in Chobe. The combination of the ever-present Chobe River and the diverse vegetation make the park home to more than 450 species of birds, making it a must-visit destination for birding enthusiasts.
 
Your private campsite is on a Teak forested dune that overlooks this beautiful river. You will take game drives in the afternoon and morning to find the remarkable variety of species that are drawn to this permanent water source. (B)(L)(D)

Day 12

Serondella, Chobe National Park

After an early start, take a slow drive along the southern bank of the Chobe River, where you can find Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope. In the afternoon, you may choose to go on an optional afternoon boat cruise along the Chobe River, perhaps the last river where one has a fair chance to see lion and elephant, leopard or wild dog from the unique view point of a boat . (B)(L)(D)

Day 13

Livingstone

You will enjoy a leisurely start this last camping morning and say fond farewells to the efficient back-up and camp crew. You will head eastwards for the short drive to Kazungula Border Post, where your guide will ensure that your transfer back to Livingstone is seamless.

This afternoon is spent exploring one of the truly magnificent sights on earth, the wonderfully beautiful Victoria Falls - 111 metres (300 feet) high and over a mile wide! You will witness the power of nature as an average of 550,000 tons of water thunders into the Zambezi Gorge every minute.

The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure for optional activities. You will spend the night at the Zambezi Waterfront. (B)

Day 14

Livingstone

After breakfast your safari arrangements end. (B)

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