MOREMI to MABABE - 6 Nights
This 6 night mobile camping journey, with flights in and out of each camp, will take you through two of Botswana’s famous regions while staying in stylish tented camps. Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the eastern corner of the Okavango Delta and is one of the most beautiful and varied reserves found on the African continent with huge concentrations of wildlife and incredible scenery. The reserve consists of both swamped areas and dry-land areas. The Mababe Private Reserve is in the Mababe Depression; a shallow flood plain area where the Khwai River flows out surrounded by cathedral forests and mopane shrub. Being a private reserve means off road driving, night drives, safari walks and limited numbers of vehicles.
Day 1- 3 Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve
After your arrival at Maun International Airport you will be met by Mack Air for your charter flight at approximately 14h00 to the Xakanaxa airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve where you will be met by your guide.
Spending your first three nights camping in the Xakanaxa region, you explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day. Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast stands of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. Moremi is amongst the best game reserves in Africa for viewing the endangered African wild dog. Xakanaxa is home to a resident herd of several hundred buffalo whose range covers the territories of at least 4 prides of lion which may often be seen flanking the ever moving herd. Breeding herds of elephant move between their browsing areas in the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. Red lechwe are one of the more unusual antelope species and commonly found here.
- Spacious expedition Meru tents (BLD)
Day 3 - 6 Mababe Private Reserve, Mababe Depression
Following an early morning breakfast you take a slow drive through Moremi Game Reserve north-east towards the Khwai and Mababe Areas. On this day between camps you will do a mokoro excursion in the calmer back-waters of the Khwai and Mbudi channels, it is one of the classic Botswana experiences and wildlife and birdlife is often encountered along the channel edges.
The Manuchira Channel is known as the Khwai River at its eastern most extremity. The day’s journey follows this water course, with the track weaving from the riverside and floodplains into the mopane veld and the woodlands through to the Mababe Private Reserve where you camp on the banks of the Khwai River before it flows out and into the Mababe Depression. You pass the magnificent Dombo Hippo Pools in the morning stopping to enjoy the scenery and the antics of the resident hippo and shall game drive through Khwai until you reach Mababe.
The south-east mopane veld is home to mostly breeding herds of elephant whilst the more northern reaches of Mababe is home to some impressive old bulls. The mature bulls revel in the cool waters of the Khwai River and are far more approachable while drinking and bathing than the breeding herds. The river has an unusually high density of hippo as well as some huge crocodile. Leopard- (western part of NG41), cheetah, serval and lion are common predators along this route and both Xakanaxa as well as Mababe are included in the home ranges of different packs of wild dog. General game includes southern giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, tsessebe and red lechwe with roan and sable antelope being less common residents.
We spend the following two nights camping at an exclusive campsite in the Mababe concession that has strict vehicle limits, exploring the river banks, Kalahari shrub to the east, cathedral mopane to the south on game drives both during the day and at night. Drives after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day.
You will also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot (please note that this activity is seasonal based on rains and grass height, your guide will determine the safety of walking in Mababe) to enjoy an up close and personal encounter with Botswana’s flora and fauna. It is important to note that night drives and guided walks are not permitted within the national parks and reserves. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Mababe Private Reserve.
- Spacious expedition Meru tents (BLD)
Day 7 Depart [return flight to Maun]
After breakfast and short game drive you head to Khwai airstrip to return to Maun or fly onwards to Kasane and Vic Falls.
Type of Safari
Small Group Mobile Camping Safari
Max 7 people, available for
Fully serviced, walk-in tent, bucket shower and toilet en-suite
6 Nights / 7 days
Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds, bed linen and towels, with a private bathroom en-suite.
Services of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle.
Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles
Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves
All entrance and camping fees within the national parks and reserves
All meals and drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T)
All activities as specified in the itinerary
14% Value Added Tax
- Travel Insurance
- All flights other than those into and out of camp
- Items of personal nature
- Staff gratuities
- Optional safari extensions
4x4 safari vehicle, light aircraft flights into and out of camp.
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