A COMMUNITY WILDLIFE AREA AND THE SOUTHERN END OF CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Day 1. KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA
Arrive in Maun via Air Botswana or SA Airlink (daily flights from Johannesburg, usually arriving in Maun around mid-day). A representative/pilot from Mack Air will be there to meet you off your scheduled flight, to fly you to the nearest airstrip to your camp listed on the itinerary. A mobile safari camp will have been fully established prior to your arrival. You will be met by our guide and shown to your comfortable tents. Sundowners as you watch your first African sunset.
Up early to have tea/coffee with fresh camp bread, cheese platter or fresh fruit salad and then to go out on the morning game drive. Lion calls heard through the night dictate a lot of the drives and following fresh lion tracks can be very exciting. We take a tea/coffee and a refreshment hamper with us for a short stop mid-morning. We return to camp between 11:00 am - 12:00waits us. After brunch, take a siesta or simply use the opportunity to read, write up your safari journal, or review the day’s photographs, until 3:30 pm. Out again for the afternoon game drive. Tea & Coffee, with sweet and savoury snacks and freshly baked camp bread, is served before the afternoon game drive.
Game drives in the morning and afternoon, exploring likely corners for elusive leopard or following a road full of lion tracks. There are many useful and varied clues from other animals that might indicate the presence of predators. This will be our last night in the Khwai river area as we will be moving on tomorrow to our new camp site in Savuti (southern end of Chobe National Park). We will ask you to pack your bags through siesta time so that while we are out on a short game drive tomorrow morning, the staff can drop the tents and load up the camp. We will take a packed lunch with us to have en route, while the supply vehicle goes on ahead to set up camp. This will be a longish day but there is plenty to see on the way. Some of the pans may still hold water where elephants splash and cool off.
Day 4. TO SAVUTI
Pack up camp and move to another location on your itinerary where different habitat and riverine scenery offers more varied birdlife or sightings of predators. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route while the staff set up the new camp. Return at sunset to hot showers and drinks around the camp fire before dinner is served.
Early start to catch a strolling leopard or explore the direction of lion calls from the night before. Afternoon game-drive in another direction so as to cover as much ground as possible.
Another day in paradise, looking and listening, taking photographs, stopping to stare at magnificent kudu bulls or any other antelope. A troop of baboon are interesting to observe as are the hunting techniques of wild dog.
Another day to explore the Savuti Marsh – observing the view with binoculars for any animal dens or hyena activity, lion cubs playing, oblivious of the world around them or a big breeding herd of elephants in search of water. Depending on the rainy seasons – the Savuti Channel rises to fill the marsh, or recedes into pools way back up the channel.
Early game-drive to once more explore the landscape. Stop for a good cup of coffee or tea and stretch your legs. Return to camp for a full brunch followed by a relaxing siesta through the hottest part of the day. The afternoon drive allows for photography with golden light across the Savuti Marsh. This will be our last day in Savuti. The evenings will bring their own magic. The ice bucket is always full for the evening drinks and it’s a pleasure to sit and listen to the night sounds of the wilderness. After dinner, we can star gaze or simply enjoy the crackle of the fire with lots of bush stories.
After breakfast, a short game drive to the airport for your flight to Maun or your next safari camp. Our staff will remain to pack up camp and load the supply vehicle for our return journey to Maun. We will be sad to say good bye – but happy to know that we have given you a glimpse of our world, living with nature as we do. Till we meet again.