August 7: Arrive Johannesburg

You will be met on arrival at the door of your aircraft and assisted through customs and immigration and on to the transfer to your city hotel. Johannesburg stems from gold and diamond mining, dating back to the 1800’s, and the city’s local name, Egoli, means The City of Gold. Today Johannesburg is the powerhouse of Africa and home to the continents busiest airport. Johannesburg is a wealthy and fast-paced city and is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.

Fire & Ice Melrose Arch

Overnight at Fire & Ice Melrose Arch. Dinner included.

August 8, 9, 10 & 11: Savute area, Chobe National Park

You will be transferred back to the Johannesburg International Airport for the scheduled flight to Maun* where you will be met and assisted to the light aircraft flight to head northwest by light aircraft to the Savute area of the Chobe National Park. The Savute area is renowned for its population of lone bull elephants and for the unique interaction of the resident predator species. Game drives reveal animals such as red lechwe, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe, as well as predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and rare wild dog. The lodge itself presents a great close up viewing area for elephant interaction.

Stretching from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. But this fickle and unpredictable channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere - a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years. When David Livingstone discovered the Savute Channel in 1851 it was flowing. Thirty years later the channel had disappeared and the Savute Marsh had dried out, remaining this way for almost 80 years. It flowed again in the late 1950s, continuing until the early 1980s when it again receded, gaining the channel its reputation as ‘the river which flows in both directions’. In 2009, after another extended hiatus, the channel began flowing again and by January 2010 had spilled into the Savute Marsh for the first time in three decades. No one knows how long the water will remain so we’ll take full advantage of everything we see here.

Savute Safari Lodge

Four nights at Savute Safari Lodge. All meals and local drinks included.

August 12, 13, 14 & 15: Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta

Leaving the dry Savute region behind us, we fly south to the Moremi Game Reserve, which is world famous for its dramatic scenery and abundant wildlife. We start exploring the park on an extended game drive to Camp Moremi in the Xaxanaka area. Xaxanaka is considered one of the most beautiful areas in the Moremi Game Reserve. Located on the edge of the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta, this area is rich in plant and animal species.

The Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, bordering the Chobe National Park on the south-western part of the Park. The Moremi Game Reserve covers almost one third of the Delta. The Okavango Delta is the largest inland river delta in the world and consists of pans, floodplains, lily covered lagoons, grasslands, forests of acacia trees, savannahs and dense Mopane Woodlands.

With such a wide variety of vegetation comes an diverse spectrum of wild life. Huge herds of impala and tsessebe are found in the area, while in the dry season large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, elephant and zebra flock into the reserve from the Kalahari in search of food and water. The rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope live in the papyrus banks of the waterways. Lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs hunt in the open grassland. The reserve is home to over 400 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle, the Crested Crane and the Sacred Ibis. This vast variety of mammal, bird, insect, plant, fish and reptile species have successfully adapted to the swamp conditions. Moremi Game Reserve is a wilderness paradise with great game viewing throughout the year.

Camp Moremi

Four nights at Camp Moremi. All meals and local drinks included.

August 16: Depart

Today we will take the final light aircraft flight to Maun for our onward flights. Breakfast.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
August 7-16, 2017: Estimated cost per person sharing if initial deposit is received before August 7, 2016 $14,100.00 $3,400.00
August 7-16, 2017: Estimated cost per person sharing if initial deposit is received on or after August 7, 2016 $14,500.00 $3,400.00
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