Wild Botswana with Pat & Okwa
“11-night adventure with local legends in Botswana’s hotspots during August 2019”
“11-night adventure with local legends in Botswana’s hotspots during August 2019”
Pat & Okwa are both in high demand as two of Botswana’s the top local freelance guides. Pat is learning the German language (not perfect yet) and Okwa is exceptionally experienced being one of the countries top guide trainers and has specialised in high-level walking safaris.
This safari takes it a step further than just another Botswana safari. It covers four of the best game viewing areas the country has to offer, but what makes it truly unique are the experiences that the two local legend guides are able to create. Their knowledge and wealth of experience in the industry sets the standards of this safari higher than that of a normal safari.
The adventure starts with Pat and a boat cruise along the Chobe river where you will witness large amounts of wildlife in concentration along the river’s banks and islands. The following morning you head off to the famous Savuti region, an area known for its large lion prides. Then driving south along the Mobabe depression you enter the Khwai Community Trust, a diverse area along the permanent Khwai river where all forms of wildlife thrive and viewing is outstanding. Then driving further south to Maun, Pat will hand over to Okwa and you will board a boat for a four-hour cruise deep into a remote section of the Okavango Delta. Here you will explore the waterways by mokoro (traditional canoe) and the islands on foot in unarmed walking safaris – this is one of the most authentic and adventurous experiences possible.
1 Night in The Garden Lodge in Kasane.
3 Nights in Savuti Mobile Camp.
3 Nights in Khwai Magotho Mobile Camp.
4 Nights in Wild Expedition Safaris.
The tour officially starts at Kasane International Airport, where you will be met by Pat and the BEAST. A short 15-minute transfer has you arriving at The Garden Lodge where you will freshen up after the flight and prepare for your first safari experience, a boat cruise.
Pat will accompany you on a private sunset boat cruise along the Chobe river. You will enter the Chobe National Park and be welcomed to Botswana in typical Chobe style, lots of elephants! This section of the park comes to life at this time of the day as hundreds of animals head down to the river to drink. You are likely to see herds of elephants, buffaloes, red lechwe, impala, baboons, waterbuck, huge crodociles and hippos to name a few!
The Garden Lodge will be a very comfortable start to the adventures that await over the next few days.
You will set out shortly after breakfast heading in a South Westerly direction, firstly by tar road but soon getting onto some thick sand as the adventure gets underway. Driving Through some interesting terrain and forests that holds the potential of elephant sightings and also some beautiful birds. All the while making your way to the famous Savuti area in the Chobe National Park.
Savuti: An area made famous from its high predator densities and interesting lion pride dynamics leading to the creation of many documentaries. The area is named after the Savuti channel that unpredictably flows from the Linyanti swamp area into the Savuti marsh resulting and an incredible abundance in animal life. However, the channel flowing is a rare sight as it has been known to dry up for more than 30 years! The channel flows into the Savuti Marsh where the waters disperse and eventually disappear as it reaches the Mobabe depression. The goal for the time in Savuti is to view predators. The rhyolite hills provide safe haven for the leopards which can be encountered early morning or evening when driving around the area. The main attraction however are the famous lions of Savuti.
The aim is to reach the camp at around mid-day, at which point you will be shown around the camp, relax and have some lunch. You will then prepare for the first afternoon of game viewing which will be the first introduction to the Savuti area. It will be more of an introductory drive, talking about the history and target animal species for the area. Seeing as Savuti is within the Chobe National park, there are set return times for when we must be back at camp so night viewing activities will not be possible in the area.
There are two full days of safari activities in Savuti in order to give you the best possible chance of finding and viewing our target species for the area. And also, to cover and explore the many roads and beautiful areas that Savuti has to offer.
The days consist of an early morning wakeup call before just the sun has risen at which point you will have half an hour to prepare your things and meet at the morning fireplace for a much-needed coffee and some food to keep you going throughout the game drive.
Then set-off for the morning drive as soon as allowed too, as per the regulations. Usually starting off by scanning the hills and surrounding areas for the chance of leopards before moving through the woodland areas and eventually into the open plains as the day heats up. A morning coffee break usually takes place in a beautiful spot about halfway through the roughly four-hour morning drive. By this point the temperature is starting to climb and the movements of animals (especially predators) comes to a halt. You would then return to our Camp with a nice brunch prepared on an open fire which will be much needed after the morning animal search.
This is typically the time for showers to take place and a bit of relaxing/catching up on sleep. Pat will discuss with you the afternoon activity plans which generally leave about 3 hours prior to the sun setting and instead of a coffee break, include a sundowner stop where he parks the vehicle at a scenic spot where we hopefully can watch the sunset as the drinks flow. True safari tradition.
After another early breakfast and coffee, you set out for one last drive in the Savuti region trying to find anything the group have missed out on viewing, but after the normal morning coffee break, instead of heading back in the direction of the camp, you will continue South along the Savuti marsh towards the Mobabe depression. You continue south along the seemingly endless grass plains and eventually exit the Chobe National park and soon to enter your new base for the next three nights. The Khwai Community Trust Concession.
Based right on the edge of the Okavango Delta Khwai attracts large concentrations of game from the drier regions of surrounding area to the permanently flowing Khwai river. And as a result, has high predator concentrations and will be the area we focus our attention on some of the more elusive of our target animals. The area has a real wild feeling.
The aim is to arrive at the same familiar camp and crew, this time in a different location, in the afternoon.
Sticking to the usual morning routine in Khwai of early morning wakeup calls, coffee some food and then we hit the road. Covering many of the small roads in the huge road network that the area has to offer. You will be going through thick sand, deep water, offroad and through dense bush all in the search for predators and beautiful views. The usual morning coffee stop by a pod of hippos and water lilies is a must.
Then making your way back to camp for the much-awaited brunch and shower prior to the relaxation during the hotter times of the day. All building up to the excitement of the afternoon activity which usually lasts a bit longer in Khwai because of the ability and freedom of night time viewing of animals with a spot light.
Also leaving yourselves flexible at night having the freedom to follow up on the vocalization of lions, often leading into finding them and viewing their nocturnal activities! A real insight into the lives of these big cats should the opportunity present itself.
The magic of Khwai is the abundance of animals and the freedom that the concession allows for viewing them in their natural habitat. The aim is to leave Khwai with most of the animals on your most wanted list ticked off and photographed, and a basic understanding of the beginnings of the Okavango Delta and its complexities.
Today you say goodbye to your camp crew and staff and head off on a short morning drive in the direction of Maun. You will stop for lunch en-route to Maun under the shade of a tree.
It is here in Maun where Pat will hand you over to Okwa who will be taking you on an adventure of a lifetime. You will board a small boat and proceed deep into remote sections of the Delta, viewing wildlife as you go.
The aim is to reach camp in the afternoon, and depending on time before sunset, perhaps a small introductory walk in the area. It will most likely be a short walk around the immediate area to introduce you to some of the basics of walking and viewing the bush from a much more intimate level.
You would then return to our camp for some well-earned cold beverages around the campfire as the day turns to night. Another amazing meal cooked on the open fire will be enjoyed, before getting a good night’s sleep preparing for tomorrows excitement.
“When in a vehicle you are an OBSERVER, but when you are on foot you become a PARTICIPANT!” This will be your theme for the next 3 days as we walk this amazing land with Okwa who was born and raised in the Delta itself, living off the land and learning the ways of his tribe. He will tell you many stories of survival and how to do so while demonstrating a safe way in which to participate as equal beings in the ecosystem. Take part in the daily workings of the area trying to leave only footprints as evidence of your stay.
The days will consist of a morning walk as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. For a duration of about 3-4 hours depending on the temperature and route. The focus will be on the smaller aspects of nature such as tracking, botany insects and whatever else you come across. This is the time where we will get a bit more indepth with the knowledge to enrich the experience.
Then heading back to camp for the usual brunch and rest break in your stunning low footprint campsite, as you prepare for the afternoon walks which tent to be shorter and less strenous. Most likely around 2-3 hours duration.
With the flexability that Chiefs Island offers us, we have the ability to change things up and perhaps include a mokoro ride as an activity or as a means to get to a new location for a walk in that area. This will be decided while we are there and depends on the movements of animals and what would be best at the time.
The safari isn’t over yet! Another early morning wakeup and breakfast, but this time you will board the boat again and cruise back to Maun with game viewing all the way. The 3-4 hour boat trip will see you arriving with more than enough time before any international connections leaving Maun.
The first night of the tour is in the very comfortable Garden Lodge which has all the necessary luxuries to prepare you for the next few nights of adventure. It is here that you will recover from the long international flights.
The next 10 nights of the trip will be in 3×3 dome tents with a shaded entrance, en-suite toilet and shower. These tents contain solid beds with a foam mattress, quality linen, warm duvet and towels. The toilet for these tents are pit-fall toilets, which are dug with a spade by the staff prior to your arrival. The showers are bucket showers which are filled with warm water by the camp staff upon request.
Transport for the first 7 nights of the tour will be in the BEAST
Minimum number of guests: 4
Maximum number of guests: 8
Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
Times of activities, meals, transfers is subject to change.
Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 14 years paying full fare.
Maximum age is 65. Anyone older than this is required to produce a medical certificate proving that they are physically able to participate in the activities and terrain in which the safari tour will be conducted in.
PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the above stipulated lodges/camps, safariFRANK reserves the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
As of paragraph 6 of our German T&C’s, safariFRANK has the right to cancel the trip latest 75 days before start of the trip (in this case 19.08.2019). The trip cannot be cancelled by safariFRANK later than 75 days before tour start.
Terms and conditions apply.
Rates are quoted as per person sharing. Although we try to accommodate the same sex per room (unless travelling together) this is not always possible. If we cannot find a suitable partner to share the room with, single supplement will be charged.
You shall receive a 2,5% discount on the overall tour price, if paying in total upfront. In case of a non-favorable exchange rate, you will be charged the difference 60 days before departure in case of a favorable exchange rate, we will grant a credit of the same kind.
Please note that we provide all our guests with insolvency insurance.
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