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8 Day Okavango Fly-in Adventure

Botswana (Maun – Xigera – Maun)

Overview

After flying in to Maun Airport in northwest Botswana, you will be flown by private charter to the Xigera Airstrip, where your home for the next two nights will be Xigera Mekoro Trails Camp. This is a full-on wildlife experience in this beautiful part of the country and you will explore the area by mekoro (dug-out canoe), in order to see as much as possible. The next four nights will be spent in two different bush camps where bush toilets, hot bucket showers and tents are the order of the day. After a long day, there’s a relaxed atmosphere around a traditional camp fire. However, because of our proximity to nature, there is a good chance of seeing hippo, giraffe, crocodile and maybe even some lion. Your last night will be spent in Maun before extending your holiday or getting your flight home.

Safaris

Maun
2 nights in Xigera Mekoro Trails Camp
4 nights in bush camps (2 nights in each of 2 camps)

Days 1 & 2 – Xigera Mekoro Trails Camp
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. You will be led to your private charter and flown to the central delta, arriving at Xigera airstrip after a 40 min flight. We will spend the next two evenings at Xigera Mekoro trails camp.
This is a very scenic area, which we will explore by mekoro (dug out canoe). We will use our mekoros to reach some of the bigger lagoons and channels. We will  search for wildlife commonly found in this area such as the hippo, elephant, giraffe and lechwe.
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 venture out onto the water for a couple of hours, returning to camp for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, after tea and coffee, we will head back out on the water to look for game/ birdlife and explore the channels. Sundowner drinks will be served on the boat before heading back to camp for hot showers and dinner.
This day will be spent exploring the general area, the morning by mekoro and the afternoon using our boats. This is a vast area, with the potential for some very special bird sightings such as Okavango’s famous Pel’s fishing owl.

Days 3 & 4 – Bush camp 1
After an early breakfast we will continue our journey downstream, traversing the famous Xor flats. We will have a packed lunch with us and our aim will be to relax and enjoy our surrounds. Travel time between Xigera and our next camp is  approximately 5 hours. We may however decide to enjoy the entire day on the water, with a late afternoon arrival in our readymade camp. Our back-up boat, staff and chef will have dinner and a welcoming fire prepared for our arrival. Bush toilets and hot bucket showers will be available.
The day will begin with a wake-up call and a simple breakfast with coffee around the fire. There is again the opportunity to do a short walk on the island before heading out on the boats to discover our new surrounds. There will be the possibility of seeing hippos, crocodiles, elephants, lechwes and giraffes. Lions are very often heard in this area at night with occasional sightings in the vicinity of the river. Lunch will be served in camp, with time after for showers, relaxing and a siesta. In the afternoon, after tea and coffee, we will head
out on the boats again, this time in the opposite direction, exploring some new channels. We will enjoy a sundowner on the water before returning to camp for our evening meal around the campfire.

Days 5 & 6 – Bush camp 2
We will pack up our personal belongings and leave camp with a packed lunch on board. Our back up staff will break the camp, ensuring nothing is left behind. They will then go ahead of us and set up the new camp on another island approximately 3-4 hours further downstream. This will be a very relaxing day, with much to see and experience. We will arrive at our new camp in the late afternoon. We will finish the day with dinner and time to relax around the campfire.
Day six will be taken up with exploring our new area with short walks and boating. Sundowners and dinner will be served in camp, with a traditional campfire. Sadly, this will be our last evening in the wild.

Day 7 – Maun
The day will begin with a wake-up call and breakfast, after which we will depart once again in a southerly direction towards. Lunch will be served en-route, with a late afternoon arrival in Maun. Transfer will be arranged to take you to your accommodation.

Day 8 – Departure
We will enjoy a leisurely breakfast after which transfers will be arranged to the various extension options that are available, or for your flight homeward.

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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