Tailor-Made Holiday

Botswana - Chobe National Park & Okavango Delta

Small camp explorer - The wildlife-rich landscapes of northern Botswana

13 days

from £6,683pp
  • Stay at small, private lodges in the Chobe National Park for an intimate safari experience
  • Explore diverse landscapes dotted throughout the varied terrain of northern Botswana
  • Take game drives across the Savuti Marshes and ride horses through the Selinda Reserve
  • Spend a night sleeping out under the stars in the Okavango Delta

Staying at small, private lodges, this holiday explores the wildlife-rich landscapes of northern Botswana. Activities abound at these intimate properties, offering the chance to spot the flora and fauna of the Chobe National Park, Savuti Marshes, Selinda Reserve and Okavango Delta. Interact with the lodge owners and vastly experienced guides throughout the trip, learning about these fragile ecosystems that ripple with colourful, curious wildlife.

Begin with the mighty Chobe National Park, home to one of the largest concentrations of wildlife on the continent. Settle in to the Muchenje Safari Lodge, before setting out on foot, by boat or by 4x4 in search of buffaloes, elephants and other large mammals. After a few days of exploration, leave the Chobe River behind and fly south towards the intriguing Savuti Marshes. Staying at the Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge, explore this peculiar wetland landscape; drive through this patchwork quilt of marshes, savannah and grassland in search of wildebeests, elephants, lions, hyenas, zebras and more.

From the rugged Ghoha Hills, continue to the watery landscape of the Selinda Reserve. Take advantage of the numerous excursions on offer at the activity-driven Motswiri Camp; float through the reserve by boat or mokoro, fly camp amidst the verdant flora, spend time catch-and-release fishing and take horse-riding safaris.

Finish in the heart of the Okavango Delta, staying at the cosy Kanana Camp. Explore the delta’s rich landscape by motorboat or glass-bottomed mokoro and have the chance to spend a night sleeping out under the stars. Benefit from exclusive access to a nearby seasonal heronry, which fills with pink-backed pelicans, yellow-billed and marabou storks, grey herons, ibises and egrets between the months of July and December.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Johannesburg

Fly Johannesburg to Kasane

Drive from Kasane to Chobe National Park (Road Journey)


The Chobe River area has one of the largest concentrations of game in the African continent. Chobe National Park alone is home to 50,000 elephants. The open floodplains around the river make ideal viewing for a boat or vehicle safari. Chobe National Park is a great gateway location to other Botswana highlights, situated only two and half hours from Victoria Falls and Livingstone.


You will be staying at Muchenje Safari Lodge

Day 2

Typical Day of Activities at Muchenje Safari Lodge
Spend time exploring the area surrounding the lodge and set out on wildlife-spotting excursions. Options include half-day or full-day game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles, led by knowledgeable guides; boat trips along the Chobe River, with the chance to spot elephants, birds and other animals; bush walks through the national park, learning about trees, plants and insects; night drives through the lodge's private concession, spotting buffaloes, elephants and other mammals by torchlight; and cultural visits to a friendly nearby village.


Special Pangolin Photo Safari
This unique photographic excursion can be booked at an additional cost. Set out early in the morning on specially adapted boats. Cruise the Chobe River, led by an expert photographic guide. Receive tuition and capture incredible wildlife shots. The use of excellent digital cameras and lenses is included in the cost, as well as a free eight-gigabyte SD card to take away at the end of the day.


You will be staying at Muchenje Safari Lodge

Day 3

Activities at Muchenje
Muchenje prides itself on the variety and quality of the Safari experiences, and interactions that it offers. With a maximum of 22 guests in camp, you have a wide choice of activities, without ever feeling that you are part of a big group. These activities include game drives twice a day or for a full day, even night game drives are conducted in the private concession. Boating on the Chobe river offers a chance to see birds and animals from a new perspective. Walking allows a closer inspection of the world around you and visits to the local village give insight into how the Botswanans live.


You will be staying at Muchenje Safari Lodge

Day 4

Drive from Chobe National Park to Chobe National Park (Road Journey)


On arrival you have the opportunity to enjoy the activities offered


You will be staying at Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

Day 5

Several Days of Game Drives at Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge
Explore the Savuti Marshes, taking advantage of the morning and afternoon game drives on offer at the lodge. Fed by the erratic Savuti Channel, this peculiar wetland landscape used to be a large lake, until tectonic activity diverted the water that once fed it. Nowadays, the mix of marshes, savannah and grasslands attracts a wide range of wildlife. Visitors include warthogs, kudus, impalas, zebras, wildebeests, elephants, lions, hyenas, zebras and, occasionally, cheetahs.


You will be staying at Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

Day 6

Activities for the day at Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge
Enjoy another day of activities from morning and afternoon games drives in open 4 x 4 safari vehicles to birdwatching and even stargazing.


You will be staying at Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

Day 7

Travel from Chobe National Park to Selinda Reserve (Air Transfer Journey)


Selinda Reserve is a privately owned, 135,000 hectare concession located on the flood plains of the Selinda spillway and part of the great Linyanti Reserve. Exclusive and high end privately owned camps combine with excellent guides, to make Selinda Reserve one of our favourite concessions. Here its possible to join a unique canoe safari - or just enjoy the expanse of land in relative privacy.


You will be staying at Motswiri Camp

Day 8

Several Days of Activities at Motswiri Camp
With the focus on water-based activities, spend time exploring the wildlife-rich Selinda Reserve. When water levels are high, options include mokoro (traditional canoe) excursions, boat trips, bird watching, catch-and-release fishing and game walks. However, if water levels are low, the focus switches to game drives, riding safaris and fly camping. The terrain of the Selinda Reserve makes for excellent horse riding, but guests who wish to ride ought to be experienced and should bring their own helmet.


You will be staying at Motswiri Camp

Day 9

Activities for the day
Enjoy another day of activities offered by the camp from Mokoro excursions to game drives and for the experienced rider a morning or afternoon horse back safari.


You will be staying at Motswiri Camp

Day 10

Travel from Selinda Reserve to Okavango Delta (Air Transfer Journey)


The Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest and most beautiful inland water systems, with perpetual and seasonal swamps and floodplains. Its waterways glisten like the fine silks of a spider's web and its numerous habitats offer superb breeding grounds for an abundance of wildlife. Depending on camp, activities centre on game drives, mekoro (local dugout canoe) trips, walking and horseback safaris. It is therefore a must for any first time visitor to Botswana.


You will be staying at Kanana Camp

Day 11

Several Days of Activities at Kanana Camp
Spend time exploring the Okavango Delta, in search of the myriad of animals and birds that make it their home. The camp hosts a seasonal heronry that - between July and December - is alive with pink-backed pelicans, yellow-billed and marabou storks, grey herons, ibises and egrets. Other activities include both daytime and night-time game drives, motorboat excursions on the delta, glass-bottomed mokoro (traditional canoe) trips, guided nature walks and fishing (not possible in January or February).


Weather permitting, spend one of the three nights sleeping out under stars.


You will be staying at Kanana Camp

Day 12

Activities for the Day
Another opportunity to enjoy game drives and mokoro canoe trips in this fascinating region


You will be staying at Kanana Camp

Day 13

Travel from Okavango Delta to Maun (Air Transfer Journey)


Alternatively, transfer to the airport by helicopter, at an additional cost.

Fly Maun to Johannesburg

Fly Johannesburg to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Muchenje Safari Lodge

Muchenje Safari Lodge

Situated within the Chobe Forest Reserve on the quieter western side of Chobe National Park, Muchenje Safari Lodge sits high on an escarpment with extensive panoramic views over the Chobe River and Caprivi floodplain....

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Motswiri Camp

Motswiri Camp

Located on the banks of the spectacular Selinda spillway, Motswiri Camp has only five tents, which are large, airy, well-spaced and have their own private deck....

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Kanana Camp

Kanana Camp

Kanana is a hidden jewel set on the Xudum River in the southwest Okavango....

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Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

Set amongst the rocky terrain of the Ghoha Hills, in western Chobe National Park, this idyllically situated lodge looks out over the wildlife-rich Savuti Marshes....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Destination Experts

Our experts have unrivalled firsthand knowledge of Botswana

Bridget Cohen, Travel Expert

"Bridget had a great knowledge of the areas being looked at and given I have spent time in both countries, it required someone who completely understood the type of camps preferred."

"Bridget's service was very personal and friendly whilst maintaining a professional manner. All my questions were dealt with promptly and efficiently."

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Jackie Pearson, Travel Expert

"Every part of our trip was the highlight and it is not possible for us to point out just one thing, event or place."

"However, we received a magnificent surprise of a helicopter ride between camps in Botswana which meant a flight over the delta and an opportunity to see the delta and how it is formed. It was a wonderful surprise organised by Jackie and we were both absolutely overjoyed with the opportunity. I do not believe that there was more that could have been done as we had a magnificent trip."

"Jackie was excellent- she listened and was very knowledgeable."

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