About this tour
This tour gives you a detailed and unforgettable experience of Botswana’s diverse, rugged and simply beautiful wilderness. Admire a true rarity where you will find a thriving Delta originating from an actual desert. Begin your adventure in the town of Kasane, a meeting place where 4 countries come together: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Kasane is your gateway into Chobe, an area known to be home to the world’s highest concentration of elephants. Explore the wetlands and savannahs of the Savuti Marsh. The marsh – once sourced by an inland lake until tectonic movements cut off the water supply – has since been filled by the Savuti Channel, a water source prone to long dry spells. The channel has been flowing since 2010 after an almost three-decade-long dry spell, transforming the area into a paradise for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. The dead trees that line the banks of the marsh are slowly becoming obscured by the new fauna growing… Linyanti Reserve, in the northwestern part of Chobe, is a private concession.
This reserve is very different from the Okavango Delta and should be included in every Botswana safari itinerary so that travellers have a more complete and varied experience of the country’s different wildlife areas. It is enormous and in one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Botswana. The region is one of the least visited and most pristine corners and the concession owners intend to keep it this way. The Linyanti region is shared between a very small number of private camps, ensuring that guests are able to view the abundant wildlife privately and exclusively. After exploring this region you will complete your journey in the Moremi and Okavango Region for encounters with delta dwellers in mokoros. You will end your adventure in Maun from where you have non-stop flights to both Cape Town or Johannesburg.
A preview of the trip
Chobe National Park is in northern Botswana near the vast, inland Okavango Delta. It's known for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo, which converge along the Chobe Riverfront in the dry months.
The Savuti is a region within the heart of the Chobe National Park that is secretly located away from the crowds at the Chobe riverfront. The Savuti (also spelt Savute) area borders the Okavango Delta to the west and Chobe National Park to the east and is one of Africa's best known big game areas. Savuti is a place of enchantment, of beauty, and boasts one of the greatest concentrations of animals in Southern Africa. Savuti, which is over 10,000 km2, consists mainly of savannah and wetlands.The game-viewing is therefore exceptional, and the wide variety of activities make this an area not be missed.
The Okavango Delta is a unique pulsing wetland. More correctly an alluvial fan, the delta covers between 6 and 15 000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana and owes its existence to the Okavango (Kavango) River which flows from the Angolan highlands, across Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and into the harsh Kalahari Desert.
Each year the Okavango River discharges approximately 11 cubic kilometres (1.1 × 10¹³ litres) of water into the Okavango Delta. Most of this water is lost to transpiration by plants (60%) and by evaporation (36%) with only 2% percolating into the aquifer system with the remainder finally flowing into Lake Ngami.
The Okavango Delta is affected by seasonal flooding with flood water from Angola reaching the Delta between March and June, peaking in July. This peak coincides with Botswana’s dry season resulting in great migrations of plains game from the dry hinterland.
Generally flat, with a height variation of less than two meters across its area, dry land in the Okavango Delta is predominantly comprised of numerous small islands, formed when vegetation takes root on termite mounds, however larger islands exist with Chief’s Island, the largest, having been formed on a tectonic fault line.
The 1000th site to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014, the Okavango Delta is an important wildlife area protected by both the Moremi Game Reserve, on its eastern edge, and the numerous wildlife concessions within Ngamiland.
An oasis in an otherwise dry environment the Okavango Delta is known for its superb wildlife, with large populations of mammals and excellent birding particularly in the breeding season.
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