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6 Day Okavango Boating Circular Safari

Botswana (Maun – Chao Island – Maun)

Overview

The Okavango Delta is one of the great natural wonders of Botswana and this trip enables you to spend time in this pristine wetland area in the heart of the Kalahari. Arriving at Maun, a rural frontier town that’s known as the ‘tourism capital’ of Botswana, you will be taken to your bush camp on Chao Island in the delta. Activities include boating and walking safaris over the next six days, enabling you to get close to much of the abundant wildlife in the region and to learn more about the magnificent delta. Your last night will be spent in Maun before continuing on your African journey.

Safaris

1 night in Maun
3 nights on Chao Island, Okavango Delta
1 night in Maun
6 day/5 night Boating Safari

Day 1 – Maun
You will be met at Maun Airport by your guide or a company representative, after having been safely carried by one of our internal Airlines. Arrival time is usually around midday. We will transfer you to your accommodation in Maun for a leisurely afternoon. There is an optional opportunity to do a scenic flight over the Okavango delta this afternoon, which is recommended to see from the air the vastness of the delta, where we will be spending the following four days.  Lunch and Dinner for own account.

Days 2 to 4 – bush camp, Okavango Delta
On day two we will wake at 8:30. After a good night’s rest and breakfast, you will be met by your guide and transferred together with your luggage to our boats to begin the adventure. Light snacks with tea and coffee will be provided along the way. Lunch will either be served on the way to your first bush camp on one of the islands or in camp on arrival. Once in camp you will find your tent erected with made up bedrolls inside.  Wash basins will be provided outside. Bush toilets and hot showers are erected for you.

On day three, after an early wake up and breakfast, we will do a short walk around the Island that we are staying on, looking at the birds. We will also learn about some of the trees as well as how the islands were formed. We will then return to camp. From there we will board the boats, heading out on the water for a couple of hours to explore the area. We shall return to camp for lunch and a siesta.  Tea and coffee will be served in camp in the afternoon before we head back out onto the water to look for wildlife and birds that inhabit this area. Sundowner drinks will be served on board before returning to camp for hot showers and dinner. The evening will be spent around the fire enjoying the sounds of the wilds.

Day four will be our final full day of delta exploration. Depending on what we have seen over the previous few days, we might take a packed lunch with us on the boats and spend the whole day visiting some new areas. Lunch will be on one of the many shady islands we pass. Depending on water levels there may be an opportunity to safely swim.

Day 5 – Maun
On this day we board the boats and make our way slowly back to Maun, stopping along the way for lunch as well as for tea and coffee. We will arrive in Maun in the late afternoon with enough time to get settled in before dinner.

Day 6 – Departure
After Breakfast, transfers will be organized to the various optional Safari extensions that usually accompany this package.

Location

Botswana is in the southern part of Africa, north of South Africa and east of Namibia.

Experiences

The Okavango Delta is the spectacular result of the Okavango (Kavango) River flowing into the very flat and dry Kalahari Desert and the delta supports large concentrations of animals on both a permanent and seasonal basis. One of the only sources of water during the dry period the Okavango Delta attracts thousands of animals creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. A huge variety of species are found within the delta including African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra, Warthog and Chacma Baboon. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog still survives within the Okavango Delta and exhibits one of the richest pack densities in Africa. In addition to the large animals the delta also supports over 400 species of birds and 71 recorded species of fish including Tigerfish, Tilapia and Catfish. A spectacular and unusual way of seeing the Delta’s wildlife is on horseback and although this is restricted to those with a fair amount of experience, other activities can be arranged for non-riders. In the Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, dug-out canoes are used to navigate past birdlife, hippos and crocodiles – a unique way of seeing these wonderful creatures. The Chobe National Park is located in Botswana’s north eastern district and is flanked in the south west by the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. From its north-east entry gate, it’s less than 100 km to the Victoria Falls and Livingstone. Chobe National Park is the ideal location for any visitor interested in a combination of the natural wonder of the Victoria Falls and magnificent wildlife sightings. 

Accommodations

Luxury safari camps and lodges

Useful Info

Capital: Gaborone

Time difference: Botswana is 2 hours ahead of GMT and five hours ahead of EST.

Money: The official currency in Botswana is the Botswana Pula but Euro, British Pounds, US Dollars, South African Rand and other major currencies can be exchanged locally or in advance of departure. Exchange facilities are available at various bureau de changes and banks in major towns have ATMs. It's advisable to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as it can sometimes be hard to get change from large notes and smaller notes are handy for smaller purchases and gratuities. Traveller's Cheques are not recommended as they're often difficult to exchange and incur high fees.

Health: You should seek medical advice before travelling to Botswana and ensure that you receive all the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are strongly recommended. Rabies may also be recommended. There is the risk of malaria in certain areas of Botswana so it is very important to check with your doctor before you go, to see whether malarial medication is required for the areas you are visiting. A valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is also required if travelling into Botswana and you have previously been in an infected country.

Water: The tap water in Botswana is generally considered safe to drink, but as a precaution you may want to drink bottled mineral water, which is available from shops, hotels and restaurants. 

Climate: Botswana's climate is semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months. However, rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional. 

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