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Budget Bushways :
The Elephant Safari

Elephant Trail

This adventure safari forms a circular route around the Okavango Delta, starting in Kasane and ending in Livingstone, Zambia. The Elephant Safari offers a great value camping adventure through three countries - Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.
Day 1: Chobe Area, camping
The safari officially begins in Kasane, Botswana, at 13h00. Bush Ways Safaris is happy to assist with pre-tour arrangements such as accommodation and transfers from Livingstone, Zambia or Kasane, Botswana, if required. On arrival in Kasane your guide will give you a full safari briefing over lunch and take you shopping for your safari drinks. The first highlight of your safari will be a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Camping will be in Kasane at a campsite with permanent ablutions. (L, D)

Day 2: Mudumu National Park, camping
You will cross the Namibian border and then head to Mudumu National Park, enjoying a scenic drive en-route to your campsite. Time permitting you will enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park. Camping is in a designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Day 2: Kasane – Mudumu (from Katima): 300km, 5hrs

Day 3: Susuwe/West Caprivi National Park, camping
You will depart early on a game drive through Mudumu and then cross the Kwando River to enter Susuwe National Park.  After setting up camp you will explore the area on an afternoon game drive. Camping is in a designated campsite with permanent ablutions. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Mudumu – Susuwe: 120km, 4hrs

Day 4: Popa Falls, camping
You will rise with the sun and head west towards the Okavango River. You will camp on the banks of the Okavango River overlooking Popa Falls and have the opportunity to visit these rapids in the afternoon.  Camping is in a designated campsite with permanent ablutions. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Susuwe – Popa Falls: 220km, 4hrs

Day 5: Tsodilo Hills, camping
After a very early start we visit the jewel that is Mahango National Park before crossing the border to re-enter Botswana. You will journey through to the World Heritage Site of Tsodilo Hills and set up camp. This afternoon you will visit the museum and explore the walking trails around the ancient hills, home to thousands of traditional Bushmen paintings dating back to 800 AD. Camping is in a designated site with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Popa Falls - Tsodilo Hills: 120km, 4hrs

Days 6-7: Okavango Delta, camping
Rising with the sun, you will drive to the edge of the Okavango Delta, transfer our equipment to a motorboat and cruise through the papyrus lined channels of the Delta to meet the local polers with their mokoro           (a traditional dugout canoe). You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area on mokoro excursions and taking guided walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango. You will camp wild on an island in the Okavango (B, L, D)

Day 6: Tsodilo Hills – Okavango Delta: 120km, 2hrs

Day 8: Maun, camping
Inspired by the beauty of the Okavango, you will travel to Maun. You will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta to return to Maun (1hr scenic flight is EUR 100, min. 3 guests to guarantee the flight). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s unique water system and if you choose to take the flight, you will enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the Delta campsite writing postcards or reading a book while you wait for your afternoon flight.  Your guide will travel back to Maun with the vehicle to re supply for the next stage of your adventure.  After collecting you at the airport, you will shop for drinks and then spend the night at a campsite just outside Maun with permanent ablution facilities. (B, L, D)

Okavango Delta – Maun: 320km, 4h

Days 9-11: Moremi Game Reserve, camping
From Maun you will drive through to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas.  The next three nights will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region.  Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. After your morning game drive you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta. On Day 11 you will move campsites to explore a different area of this diverse park.  Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Maun – Moremi Game Reserve: 150km, 6h (including game drive)

Days 12-13: Chobe National Park, camping
Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination.  As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savute where bull elephants dot the plains.  You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle.   Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Moremi – Savute: 120km. 5-6h
Day 13: Savute - Chobe River: 170km, 5h

Days 14–15: A night in a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, chalet accommodation
After a morning game drive you will cross the Zambezi River by ferry and then drive to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios.  Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge.  The safari officially ends at 10h00 on Day 15. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Livingstone airport or lodges, Victoria Falls airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost.  Activities in Livingstone include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi, Elephant rides and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details.
(Day 14 – B, L & Day 15 B)

Day 14: Chobe River – Livingstone: 100km, 2-3h

Price includes:
All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), rooms at a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant, all Botswana and Namibian park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialised safari vehicles.

Does not include:

Restaurant meals (Livingstone, Zambia), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in Livingstone/Victoria Falls,), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping sectors.

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