Botswana’s Waterways safari is a 6 night, two camp itinerary focusing on two water activity based camps, one deep into the Okavango Delta and the other on the Savute Channel in the Linyanti.
The safari starts in the Okavango Delta at Pelo Camp an intimate and unpretentious camp located as deep into the Okavango Delta as one can go before flying northwards to the Linyanti to Savuti Camp, a mixed activity camp on the edge of the Savute Channel. Activities range from game viewing in open top 4×4 safari vehicles and boat safaris through to guided walks and afternoons spent in a mokoro (dugout canoe) gliding silently through the crystal clear waterways.
The Okavango Delta floods annually in late May and this can affect the type and mix of game viewing activities.
The itinerary is tailor made safari and can be adapted to suit your requirements. Your safari starts and ends in Maun although after Savuti you could extend into the eastern Chobe or to Victoria Falls.
Met on arrival into Maun with a light aircraft transfer to the Okavango Delta and Pelo Camp for a three night stay. Its tents are sheltered by impressive fig and jackalberry trees and a few sentinel mokolwane palms. Pelo means ‘heart’ a most fitting name as, from the air, the small island on which the camp is located seems to be shaped like a heart.
DAY 2 & 3
Water-based activities here focus on mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) excursions a great way to see the Okavango, slipping through the crystal clear waters of the delta in silence bar the natural sounds, is one not to be missed. This is an ideal habitat for the elusive sitatunga antelope and common red lechwe. Hippo and crocodile are also regularly sighted. In the dry season lechwe, impala, elephant are prevalent, with lion leopard and buffalo sighted occasionally. Birdlife is exceptional with the largest concentrations of endangered wattled crane found here as well as slaty egrets, rosy-throated longclaws, African skimmer and Pel’s fishing-owl.
Light aircraft transfer from Pelo Camp to the Linyanti, on the edge of the western side Chobe National Park and Savuti Camp. The Linyanti is more heavily wooded than the Okavango Delta, principally with mopane trees which elephants love to chew on. The denser nature of the bush is also ideal for ambush predators such as leopards to flourish. Just listen to the warning calls of birds and mammals and it’ll tell you that a leopard is nearby. Savuti Camp, located on the banks of the Savute Channel some 10 miles downstream of its source of water, the Zibadianja Lagoon, has just 7 en-suite safari tents (including a family tent) on raised decking with interlinking raised walkways and offers day and night 4×4 safari drives, boating (water levels permitting), a hide, walking safaris and catch and release fishing. It is also one of the very few camps that have a sleep out capability, not on top of your rooms but at a raised location remote from the camp; that’s a great way to really experience Africa.
DAY 5 & 6
Game viewing activities as arranged by Savuti Camp, either in 4×4 safari vehicles, on guided walks and on canoe and boating excursions (water level dependent). The area is renown for huge herd of elephants during the dry season and for leopards as the dense bush suits there ambush style of hunting.
Light aircraft transfer from Savuti Camp to Maun in time for your outward scheduled flight or you may wish to extend your holiday and fly to Kasane and into Victoria Falls or Livingstone to experience one of the natural wonders of the world. May is peak flow, November is ebb flow.
Price per person based on two guests sharing double/twin accommodation throughout.
Single supplement, child policy and child rates for this itinerary are available on request. Please ask about having your own private specialist guide throughout your time on safari and about exclusive use of a private safari vehicle (for a maximum of six guests). Flights for both the long-haul and short-haul international sectors can be arranged on your behalf. Please call us with your preferred airline and choice of cabin and we’ll provide you with our best price.