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10 days Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Spend 9-nights on safari in some of Botswana's most diverse and exclusive wildlife areas, exploring by boat, vehicle, on foot and by mokoro.

A 9-night safari that offers maximum value and maximum experience across three of Botswana’s most famous safari areas; from the elephant filled riverfront of Chobe National Park, through the ephemeral winding waterways of the Okavango Delta to a final stay searching for the iconic black-maned lions of the Kalahari Desert.

The camps included in this itinerary are not the most extravagant that you will find in Botswana where rates per night can run into the thousands of pounds, but they are all good quality, of a traditional safari style and most importantly they have great guiding and they are in fantastic areas.

This itinerary works particularly well because of the diverse activities on offer at each camp allowing you to explore the environment in different ways. Explore Chobe on boat cruises and game drives, experience the Delta beneath your feet and silently on a mokoro and walk with the San bushman in the Kalahari. You will come away with a more rounded view of each ecosystem, the inhabitants and the forces which have shaped them.

What's included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation as stated
  • Full board and some drinks at most accommodations (as stated)
  • Game viewing activities
  • Entry fees to national parks and reserves and conservation levies
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Domestic flights

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Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3: Chobe National Park

Day 1 – Arrival in Botswana and transfer to Chobe National Park
Day 1 –  Arrival in Botswana and transfer to Chobe National Park  Listing Image

Upon arrival into Kasane you will be met by a friendly driver who will be waiting in arrivals carrying a sign with your names on. They will drive you to the short distance to Chobe Bakwena Lodge, where you will stay for the next three nights on a full board and shared activities basis.

Depending on the time that you arrive, you should be able to join an afternoon activity to start your exploration of Chobe National Park. On offer each day and including in your package are twice daily activities of either game drives or boat cruises.

While not enjoying the wilds of Chobe, Chobe Bakwena has plenty to offer. The riverfront location is perfect for relaxing with a book and keeping an eye out for passing hippos or perhaps enjoy a cooling dip in the swimming pool.

Days 2–3: On safari in Chobe National Park
Days 2–3: On safari in Chobe National Park  Listing Image

Although you have two activities per day included to explore Chobe, along with the necessary fees, levies and taxes, should you wish you can exchange a day’s worth of activities for an unguided day trip to Victoria Falls, across the border in Zimbabwe. Although this doesn’t include park fees or visa fees it includes transport to and from the falls, as well as to lunch and to the local markets. Equally we can add on a separate stay in Victoria Falls to this trip.

Chobe National Park is famous for its wildlife densities, particularly the population of elephants, as it is thought to host some of the largest herds in the world. It is a park to visit all year round and there is always something to see, however in the peak season (July-October) although this is when the herds of elephant and buffalo might be at their greatest it is also the time when you are likely to be sharing the spectacle with a number of other visitors.

Days 4-6: Okavango Delta

Day 4 – Fly to the Okavango Delta
Day 4 – Fly to the Okavango Delta  Listing Image

This morning, depending on the time of your flight, you may have the chance for a final activity before you are transferred to Kasane Airport to fly to the Okavango Delta.

Marvel at the environment beneath you on the roughly 90-minute flight, as you watch it change from the lush Chobe Riverfront, through the scrub of the Savute further south and then to the jewel of Botswana’s crown- the Okavango Delta. The inland delta once flowed to the sea but now the rains that fall on the Angolan Highlands follow the same course but with no escape they settle on the flat Kalahari sand, forming a myriad of channels, marshes, lakes and islands.

Upon arrival at the bush airstrip you will be met by your guide and taken to Oddballs' Enclave. One of the things we love about this camp is that every two guests have their own private guide with them through their entire stay. Settle into camp this afternoon or head out on a short safari with your guide.

Days 5–6: On safari from Oddballs’ Enclave in the Okavango Delta
Days 5–6: On safari from Oddballs’ Enclave in the Okavango Delta Listing Image

Enjoy the next two full days to explore this picturesque area of the Delta. Oddballs’ Enclave is on its own private island and from here you can head out each day with your private guide on mokoro safaris, half or full day guided walks and even a cultural interaction at an authentic baYei village.

The wildlife is dense in this region with regular sightings of lions, leopard, buffalo, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, lechwe, tsessebe and the shy, water-dwelling sitatunga. For visitors in the green season (November – March) the birdlife is going to be at its most impressive, as migrants join the resident totalling over 450 species.

Days 7-9: Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Day 7 – Fly to the Kalahari
Day 7 – Fly to the Kalahari Listing Image

Say goodbye to the beauty of the Okavango as you depart today further south to the Kalahari Desert. It is approximately an hour’s flights from Oddball’s Enclave to the private airstrip of your next camps which is Deception Valley Lodge.

Deception Valley Lodge is situated on its own 43,000-hectare private concession that borders the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). It provides a wonderful contrast to the watery environment of Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta and gives you the chance to see some different wildlife.

The style of the lodge itself is also a nice step up in luxury so it works well to finish at this beautiful camp. However, everything that we do is tailor-made so if you might prefer to start with the Kalahari and work your way north then we can also do that.

Days 8–9: Explore the Kalahari Desert
Days 8–9: Explore the Kalahari Desert Listing Image

You have the chance to jump back in the game viewer over the next couple of days and as this is a private concession you can do so both in the day and at night. At night, the Kalahari can present some wonderful sightings of rarely seen wildlife such as honey badgers, servals, genets, bat-eared fox, African wildcat and maybe even a pangolin. Other wildlife you might see are Kalahari black-maned lions, African wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards, zebra, eland, giraffe and kudu.

During your visit we also certainly recommend enjoying the company of the San bushman who work at the camp. They are the indigenous inhabitants of this area and no one knows it quite like them, a bush walk with these guides is something you will never forget as they demonstrate how they interpret, use and survive in the harsh Kalahari conditions.

Day 10: Maun

Day 10- Fly to Maun
Day 10- Fly to Maun  Listing Image

Finish your trip with a final early morning game drive or perhaps just an early morning coffee on your private deck as you watch the suns rays light the Kalahari sand and listen to the birdsong.

Either way you will be taken to the airstrip for your flight back to Maun, which is around a 30 minute flight.

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Why Wayfairer

All of the lodges included in this itinerary have the environmental, sustainability and responsible travel at the heart of their ethos. For example the first camp you will visit. which is Chobe Bakwena, all of the staff, including the owners, come from the local village. At Oddballs' Enclave it also provides employment and training opportunities to those from the local community with some of the staff having been employed for more than two decades and multi-generations working at the camp.

Why Wayfairer Chobe, Okavango and Kalahari Safari

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