Classic Botswana Safari
Upon landing at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg you will board an Air Botswana flight to Maun - the capital of Botswana's safari industry and gateway to the Okavango Delta. There you will be met by the Black Pot Safari team and your own fully-customised Land Rover Defenders. After a brief welcome and introduction you will drive the short distance to Audi Camp where you will spend your first night in their luxury en-suite tents. The rest of the day will be spent familiarising yourself with the vehicles, camping equipment and your itinerary.
Day 2 and 3: Xakanaxa Camp, Moremi Game Reserve
After an early start and quick breakfast, you will head back to the airport where a plane will be waiting to take you on an hour's scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. From there you will drive 3 hours to the southern entrance to Moremi Game Reserve. Here you will spend the next two nights camping at the beautiful Xakanaxa campsite and spend your days game driving and relaxing in camp.
Day 4: Mboma Island, Okavango Delta
Today you will drive to Mboma Station on the edge of the Okavango Delta. Here you will be met by local guides who will take you by speedboat for your overnight adventure on Mboma Island in the heart of the delta. This is a fully catered excursion.
Day 5: Kwai Camp, Moremi Game Reserve
You will be met you on your return (8am) to Mboma Station and travel onwards to Kwai camp on the edge of the beautiful Kwai River where you will spend your last night in the reserve. You will spend the day game driving and relaxing in camp.
Day 6: Linyanti Camp, Chobe National Park
Prepare yourselves for some exciting 4x4 driving! Today you will rise early, break camp and have a quick breakfast before driving 130 km on thick sand roads (approximately 6 hours driving) along the north-south boundary road to reach the beautifully situated campsite at Linyanti in the Chobe National Park - famous for its elephant population. Lunch will be set-up on the side of the road to break the journey. This isn't for the faint-hearted and the sand driving continues well into the next day, but this is what a guided self-drive safari is all about!
Day 7 and 8: Ihaha Camp, Chobe Riverfront
After a leisurely breakfast you will start on another full day's 4x4 driving adventure (70 km sand and gravel, 70 - 100 km thick sand) to the western gate of the Chobe National Park. This will take 6 to 7 hours depending on the route. From there it is a short drive through to Ihaha campsite on the well-known "Chobe Riverfront" section of the park. You will spend the next two nights here and your time will be spent game driving along the river and relaxing in camp.
Day 9: Kubu Lodge, Kasane
You will leave Chobe mid-morning to drive the short distance through to Kasane. Here you will set up camp at Kubu Lodge and enjoy a relaxed lunch before departing on an afternoon's game cruise along the Chobe River - an opportunity to experience the park's prolific game from the perspective of the water.
Day 10 and 11: Planet Baobab, Gweta
After an early breakfast, you will drive 400 km on tar roads through the Kasane, Kazuma and Sibuyu Forest Reserves to Planet Baobab - with the funkiest bar in the Kalahari. You will arrive in time for lunch before enjoying a Baobab bush walk and sundowner drinks with a 3 course dinner. You will spend the night in a traditional Bakalanga hut. After a cooked breakfast you will head to the local village for a tour and have lunch with the villagers before enjoying a quad biking excursion to Ntwetwe Pans where you will spend the night sleeping under the stars. This is a fully catered two days.
Day 12: Camp Xwaraga, Boteti
After a cooked breakfast and visit to the resident Meerkats you will return to Planet Baobab before driving through the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Camp Xwaraga on the dry Boteti river - an area famous for its zebra population - for your last night camping in the Botswanan bush.
Day 13: Return to Maun
After a last breakfast together, the safari is sadly over and you will drive back to Maun for your return flight to Johannesburg and then home.
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