Botswana Wildside (Maun start)

Botswana Wildside (Maun start)

Botswana Wildside (Maun start)

Botswana Wildside (Maun start)

Botswana Wildside (Maun start)

Botswana Wildside (Maun start)

13 day small group participation camping safari
Departs: Maun
Ends: Livingstone
Botswana, Zambia

Safari through the wilderness of Botswana. Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and the abundant wildlife of Moremi game reserve and Savuti. Explore Chobe NP by boat and enjoy wonderful views of Victoria Falls!

overview-icon-group Max 12 people
overview-icon-expert Professional Safari Guides
overview-truck Transport in safari truck & 4WD
overview-icon-meal 12 Breakfast 9 Lunch 7 Dinner
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overview-icon-equipment Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
overview-icon-excursion Okavango Delta excursion; Moremi, Savuti, Chobe 4WD excursion

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+ local payment US$ 300 pp
Single supplement €78

 

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Highlights

tick-bullet Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion
tick-bullet Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
tick-bullet Savuti – game drives
tick-bullet Chobe National Park – boat cruise
tick-bullet Victoria Falls

 

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Itinerary Summary

Day 1: MAUN
Day 2 - 4: OKAVANGO DELTA
Day 5 - 8: MOREMI & SAVUTI
Day 9 - 10: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Day 11 - 12: VICTORIA FALLS / LIVINGSTONE
Day 13: LIVINGSTONE – TOUR ENDS
Safari Grade: Camping
icon-tent-green Participation camping with hot shower facilities (5 nights), wild camping with basic facilities (7 nights), Sunway will provide a bucket shower with warm water off the fire. Sunway provides mats and chairs with backrests. Tents are large, easy to erect.

Limited Participation: An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning - it's all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal prepartion but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. The remote wilderness, limited access for visitors and abundant game make for an exceptional wildlife safari. This tour is the essence of why we started Sunway.

 

Day 1 MAUN  [camping ---]
Tour starts in Maun at 16:30. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River, Maun is a bustling frontier town where we prepare for the delta excursion. After setting up camp we have a relaxing afternoon at the swimming pool.

Day 2, 3, 4 OKAVANGO DELTA  [camping Bx3, Lx3, Dx2]
[B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner]
Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Makoro (dugout canoes). The delta forms as water flows from the Angolan highlands out over the Botswanan flat Kalahari Desert sands creating a delicate, green oasis for birds & wildlife. We will camp wild on remote islands in this amazingly dynamic environment & enjoy bush walks, bird watching & swimming in the clear water. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle & culture. We return to Maun in the late afternoon of day 5 and have time for an optional (own expense) game flight over the Okavango, which will reveal a different aspect of the delta.

Day 5 – 8 MOREMI & SAVUTI  [camping BLD]
We have 4 nights in these conservation areas with time to explore the various habitats. We spend our time on game drives watching the plentiful wildlife including wild dog, elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game.

Moremi Game Reserve rates as one of the leading wildlife areas of the world and we take our open 4WD vehicle into Moremi for fantastic game viewing! Grasslands, floodplains, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a variety of game viewing habitats.

Moving north over the sand ridge and into the Mababe depression we arrive at the Savuti Marsh. This open grassland area attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest, which in turn draw the large lion prides for which Savuti is famous. We camp wild in the central Chobe National Park at either Savuti or Zwei-Zwei.

Day 9 - 10 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK  [camping Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]
The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. In the early morning we search for game on the flood plains of the Chobe river. The late afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise is a highlight as we see the mighty elephant herds returning to the Chobe River to quench their thirst. We camp at Kasane on the Chobe River for night 11.

Day 11 - 12 VICTORIA FALLS / LIVINGSTONE  [camping Bx2 - -]
We camp for 2 nights in Zambia near Livingstone town on the banks of the Zambezi River. Enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, Bungi Jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

Day 13 LIVINGSTONE – TOUR ENDS  [- B - -]
Tour ends at 08:00 after breakfast. Transfers to local airports are available.

Highlights

tick-bullet Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion
tick-bullet Moremi Game Reserve – game drives
tick-bullet Savuti – game drives
tick-bullet Chobe National Park – game drive and river cruise
tick-bullet Victoria Falls – adventure activities

 

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This tour departs at 17h00 from the campsite in Maun, Botswana. You can therefore fly into Maun Airport (MUB) on the same day the tour starts.

The tour ends at approximately 08h00 after breakfast at the campsite in Livingstone, Zambia. You can therefore book your outbound flight from Livingstone Airport, Zambia (LVI) for the last day of the tour. (You can also book an outbound flight from Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe (VFA but this may require a visa into Zimbabwe).

If you would like to book any pre-tour or post-tour accommodation, please indicate your required airport transfers and the number of nights required when you submit your enquiry below.


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Fully Booked: no seats available, sorry.

 

REPEAT TRAVELERS SPECIAL DISCOUNT:

If you have travelled with Sunway before and would like to return to Africa and do another safari with us, we can offer you a repeat Sunway travellers discount of 5% on any scheduled tour booked.

This discount is also available if you book through your original travel agent again. When you make your booking please make sure you tell your agent the date of your previous tour.

[Please note that if you book a last minute special as below, the repeat client discount can not be applied - but we will give you the bigger of the two discounts, whichever it works out to be.]

 

Safari Grade: Camping
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Overnight: 5 nights on safari we stay at designated campsites in national parks and towns. Formal campsites have
hot and cold showers, laundry facilities & telephones.
7 nights we “camp wild” without fences in the wilderness areas. On these nights the crew will erect a bucket shower (with hot water off the fire) and a pit latrine (with seat!).

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Meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners will be provided by the Sunway crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire.

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Transport:  for this safari you travel in a custom-built 4WD Land Cruiser with 12 forward facing seats (of which 8 are “window” seats). Roll up canvas sides allow you to feel part of the bush.

Limited Participation: An essential part of your safari is some participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. If there are 9 or more clients on the tour, then a supply vehicle and camp assistant travel with the group through the national parks (days 6-11). The camp assistant will help with meal preparation and washing up, and make your life a little easier!

Responsible Tourism

In Maun we visit a community project, Sibanda’s Craft Shop, where craftswomen manufacture unique hand-painted cotton textiles such as tablecloths, & cushion covers. The aim at Sibanda’s is to generate more employment within the community, empowering women to realise their dreams and improve the quality of their lives and those of their children, through economic upliftment and self-fulfilment. We also use local 'poler guides' to take us into the Okavango Delta. The polers have an intimate knowledge of the Okavango Delta, and their employment as guides ensure that the local community benefit from tourism and ensures that these areas are conserved for future generations.

 

AGE POLICY

We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children).

If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc)

 

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BOTSWANA

Botswana is centrally located in Southern Africa and mostly has a sub-tropical climate. Largely Kalahari desert, there are sizable differences between the day and night temperatures and virtually no rainfall. In the Delta temperatures are more moderate due to the abundance of water. Botswana is a wonderful destination all year round...

Dry season is from May to October: The game viewing is superb and wildlife is very easy to spot.
May:- Autumn temperatures are typically 10°C/50°F to 28°C/80°F.

June, July & August:- Winter morning game drives can be cold at around 6°C/42°F, but it warms to +-25°C/78°F. 

September & October:- Spring begins and temperatures warm up to +- 34°C/100°F. The migration of the Southern Carmine Bee-eaters is a sight to behold and a must-see for this time of year.

Green season is from November to April: Baby season and nothing beats seeing a lioness with her cubs, or other young animals at play. 
November & December:- Typically cooler than October and between 20°C/69°F and 33°C/91°F. The more desert areas can still have very hot days. 

January & February:- The Summer or "Green" months, with occasional storms in the afternoon. Temperatures are around 32°C/90°F in the day. 

March and April:- The waters of the Delta start to rise and large herds of elephant and buffalo begin to make their way back to the Okavango as winter approaches. Lovely, clear weather and few clouds prevail, but the nights are cooler and the days very comfortable at around 30°C/87°F.

 

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Okavango Elephants and Mokoro

Botswana Wildside

Okavango Delta helicopter flight, Botswana

Victoria Falls at sunset, Zambia

  • Sunway Botswana Chobe NP baboon mother
  • Sunway Botswana Chobe NP crocodile
  • Sunway Botswana Chobe NP sunset
  • Sunway Botswana Chobe giraffe
  • Sunway Botswana Chobe river cruise  - Tamlyn Wright
  • Sunway Botswana Chobe river cruise elephants
  • Sunway Botswana Delta Okavango Delta scenic flight
  • Sunway Botswana Kasungula ferry
  • Sunway Botswana Land Cruiser
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP camping
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP campsite
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP dry season
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP elephant close-up
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP elephant on the road
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP game drive
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP hippos
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP leopard
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP lion cubs
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP lioness and cub
  • Sunway Botswana Moremi NP zebra rolling
  • Sunway Botswana Okavango Delta mokoro excursion
  • Sunway Botswana Okavango Delta mokoro passenger
  • Sunway Botswana Okavango Delta walk and sunset
  • Sunway Botswana Okavango delta guided walk
  • Sunway Botswana Savuti 3 lion cubs
  • Sunway Botswana Savuti Little Bee-eaters
  • Sunway Botswana Savuti elephants
  • Sunway Botswana Savuti leopard
  • Sunway Botswana Savuti wilddogs
  • Sunway OkavangoDelta Rupert making lunch
  • Sunway Zambia Victoria Falls - Nic and Rene
  • Sunway Zambia Victoria Falls at sunset
  • Sunway Zambia Victoria Falls bridge
  • Sunway Zambia Victoria Falls in summer
  • Sunway Zambia Victoria Falls spray cloud
  • Sunway Zambia rafting on the Zambezi River
  • Sunway otswana Moremi Impala ram

Hannah New Zealand - 14Jul17

I just wanted to email as I have just arrived home after my travels.Two friends and I did the Botswana Wildside safari and absolutely loved it! The tour guides were lovely, always helpful and worked so hard. They knew the environment very well and introduced us to this wonderful place with expertise. Our eyes were opened to parts of the African wildlife we never knew before. The guides kept us safe and happy. What a fun group we had! The safari was a great balance of animal life but also the fauna and flora. I definitely experienced more than I thought I would! We loved being able to camp out in these countries to feel 100% immersed in the wilderness. The gear we used was of good quality and had no problems. Every part of the safari was well organised from the gear we used, to our food and our travel plans. I especially wanted to say a huge thank you to the Johannesburg office lady (sorry I can't remember her name). We had some problems with our flights and sadly missed out of the first day and a half of our safari. This lady was so helpful when it came to working out how to meet up with our safari group. It was a stressful situation that she made easier because of her calm manor and friendliness. So overall thank you so much for enabling us to have this amazing experience! It will remain special in our minds and hearts. I will never forget these memories. I definitely recommend Sunway Safaris! .

Neil, Rochester UK - 28Jun17

Best of Botswana, camping Safari.. Beautiful scenery, good weather, plenty of wildlife & good food. What a fantastic 15 day holiday/adventure. Our guides were fantastic, their knowledge & passion was second to none. The camping was enjoyable, even though you spent 7 nights wild camping with no proper toilets or showers we were well looked after with the portable versions. We saw so much wildlife including Rhino, Elephant, lion, Zebra, Giraffe and plenty bird life. While doing the camping through the parks make sure you take enough bottled water with you as there are no shops to stock up.Entering Botswana there is a $30 tourism levy, but for now it has been postponed until further notice. Entry in to Zambia is $50, but for the same price you can get a double entry to include Zimbabwe which is highly recommended so that you can see the falls from both sides. While in Zambia we went to the Victoria Falls which was a true highlight for all. The water levels are high at the moment so the spray from the falls gets you very wet!! The next day we went to the Zimbabwe side of the falls to view the other half which I would highly recommend. We went to the Victoria Falls hotel and enjoyed a cocktail with a wonderful view of the falls in the back ground. I would highly recommend this holiday as the campsites for the wild camping are right in where the animals roam with no fences. Will definitely go again. Thank you Sunway Safaris and guide Brian for an amazing holiday.

Francesca e Manuel - 08Sep16

Amazing and exciting tour. You have to trust completely on what the guide said you to do or not to do as you are in a wild environment.

Giulia - 08Sep16

Amazing trip in a well conserved environment, that has met completely our expectations. It's necessary to have the ability to adapt and cooperate this kind of tour in wild camping. The whole crew, guides, assistant and tour leader were well prepared and professional, and furthermore they provide good food and safe drives along the sandy road of Botswana's National Parks and a good camping equipment was provided. Maybe if we join again the same tour we will fly directly to Maun spending more days in the delta...

Petra Schwarz - 20Dec15

Amazing trip in a well conserved environment, that has met completely our expectations. It's necessary to have the ability to adapt and cooperate this kind of tour in wild camping. The whole crew, guides, assistant and tour leader were well prepared and professional, and furthermore they provide good food and safe drives along the sandy road of Botswana's National Parks and a good camping equipment was provided. Maybe if we join again the same tour we will fly directly to Maun spending more days in the delta.

 
Ute Habermann- 20Dec15

Everything was perfect.  The guides worked together very well and liked each other, completed each other!

 
 
Ingrid & Matthias Schwarzburger - 01Nov15

Good Service, value for money. Both guides were amazing.

 

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