Country Visited: Botswana & South Africa
Enjoy the ruggedness of Botswana with this Wild tour through Central Kalahari, Moremi, Savuti and Chobe. Start by getting up close and personal with the Rhinos at Khama Rhino Sanctuary for a Rhino trekking on foot, then off to spot the Wild in Central Kalahari where there is no fence around the camp. Hear the lions roar at night from the comfort of your tent! Then off to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. After sleeping on an island in the Okavango Delta, we explore the Wildness of Moremi and Savuti where there are also no fences, so watch out if you need the bathroom at night! Finally some relaxation on the Chobe river with an afternoon boat cruise. Puku and lechwe antelopes are common on the Chobe Floodplains. Herds of elephants cross the Chobe River to the islands, a site to behold. Common sites are the hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun.
Tour Code: BOTSWILD
Tour Price: € 1.350,-
Tour price includes: All transport in our fully equiped Overland vehicle, camping equipment, cooking equipment. All meals (except 1 night in Maun and 1 night in Kasane). All game drives and park entry fees, Rhino trekking on foot at Khama Rhino Sanctuary, full day game drives in Central Kalahari, Overnight Mokoro trip in Okavango Delta, Full day game drives in Moremi and Savuti.
Tour price excludes: Visas, flight ticket, 1 meal in Maun and 1 meal in Kasane, additional spending money, Optional Activities, sleeping bag & pillow.
Per person price is based on a minimum of 6 students
Please make sure that you are at Twana Lodge 1 day before departure date!
Departure Dates 2018:
24/12/2018 - Pending Departure
This tour is an accredited Field Course (3ECTS) for university students that provides field experience with conservation issues, ecology, wildlife and plants in Southern Africa, while focusing on the importance of wildlife conservation and understanding actual conflicts concerning protection of wildlife species and their habitats. The course will provide a deeper understanding of the structure and functioning of animal communities, population control, translocations, wildlife diseases and animal behaviour. From experts in the field, students will learn more about wildlife conservation, doing ecological research, and the management of national parks during visits of protected areas, research institutes and other field excursions. To facilitate an understanding of conservation on Southern Africa, students will prepare presentations that will be giving on site. These presentation will mainly focus on biodiversity, conservation, human-wildlife conflicts and ecology in certain areas and habitats. Students will gain knowledge about wildlife, habitats, flora and the applicability of all of these to ecological studies. The course will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn new skills and concepts. This course enables students to orient themselves on a potential internship, thesis or research project and will trigger them to evaluate their ambitions and further steps in their academic career.
Depart: South Africa
End: South Africa
Day 1: Arrival Twana Lodge (South Africa)
Day 2: Khama Rhino Sanctuary (Botswana) (Rhino Trekking on Foot)
Day 3: Central Kalahari (Full Day Game Drive)
Day 4: Central Kalahari (Full Day Game Drive)
Day 5: Maun
Day 6: Okavango Delta (Mokoro Overnight Trip)
Day 7: Moremi (Full Day Game Drive)
Day 8: Moremi (Full Day Game Drive)
Day 9: Savuti (Full Day Game Drive)
Day 10: Kasane (Afternoon Boat Cruise)
Day 11: Elephant Sands
Day 12: Big Fig Inn (South Africa)
Day 13: Twana Lodge
Your airport transfer will bring you to your starting and ending point in South Africa, Twana Lodge
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
We depart Twana Lodge early and after crossing the border with Botswana, we sleep at Khama Rhino Sanctuary. If there is time we can do an afternoon game drive
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
You get picked up at our campsite early for an unforgettable experience to trek Rhinos on foot. Get up close and personal with these majestic beasts! After your Rhino Trekking, we make our way to Central Kalahari for 2 nights of "roughing it up".
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
We spend the full day game driving in Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Its harsh, sprawling terrain is dominated by grasslands, home to wildlife such as giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs. If you are lucky you can spot the elusive Twana.....the Shona name for Caracal!!
Today we head to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We spend the afternoon chilling at the pool or exploring the town of Maun. You can do an optional flight over the Okavango Delta to see it's beauty from above!
You will be taken to the Mokoro station where we get onto the Mokoros (dug out wooden canoe) where we will spend the night camping in on one of the islands of the Okavango delta. You do an afternoon guided walk on the island to explore its beauty and spend the evening around the camp fire, chatting to the local guides and polers!
Moremi Game Reserve
After an early morning transfer back to Maun, we pack up and leave to Moremi Game Reserve. Here are no fences around the campsite, so it is a fantastic experience to see wildlife so close. This gem of a National Park has garnered a number of important distinctions. In 2008, it was voted the 'best game reserve in Africa'.
Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife including Cape buffalo, Angolan giraffe, Black Rhino, Lion, Elephant, Hippo's, Zebra, Cheetah, Hyena, Jackal, Impala and Red Lechwe. Painted Wild dogs inhabit this reserve and has been the subject of a project run in the area since 1989; thus this species is often seen wearing collars emplaced by researchers.
We spend the full day game driving in Moremi looking for them!
Savuti Game Reserve
Today we leave Moremi and move on to Savuti Game Reserve. Savuti is a truly special place which is a rich feeding ground and corridor between the surrounding mopane woodlands for both plains game and predators.
We leave Savuti and head through the Chobe Forest Reserve to Kasane, where we will spend the afternoon on a boat cruise on the Chobe river where Puku and lechwe antelopes are common on the Chobe Floodplains. Herds of elephants cross the Chobe River to the islands, a site to behold.
We head south to a magical place called Elephant Sands where we watch the Elephants up close while enjoying a cold beverage in the swimming pool!
Big Fig Inn
We start making our way back to South Africa today. We sleep in Big Fig Inn, about 100km from the South African border. Spend the afternoon relaxing with a cold beverage.
After crossing the border with South Africa, we head back home to Twana Lodge.
Your airport transfer will take you back to the airport for your flight home.
Maun Optional Activities:
Okavango Delta scenic flight - $90,- (minimum 5 people)