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10-Day/9-Night Safari

Travel from Xakanaxa to Khwai to Savuti on this incredible 10-day Botswana wilderness safari adventure that takes you deep into the stunning Okavango Delta and the many landscapes and abundant wildlife found there.

Pricing starts at

$4,491 per person 

10- Day Botswana Wilderness Safari

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This 10-day/9-night Botswana wilderness safari takes you on a journey across the stunning Okavango Delta—one of Africa’s top wildlife destinations. You’ll spend three days each at three different camps, all with uniquely different looks and feels. Start in either Savuti or Xakanaxa and then continue your journey north or south while you get up close and personal with spectacular landscapes and remarkable animals. 

Each day, you’ll spend as much time as you want—from dawn until dusk—driving through the diverse and game-rich Okavango Delta area. You’ll start each day before dawn with a quick breakfast and coffee (because you can never have too much coffee) before hopping in your safari vehicle with up to five other guests for an all-day adventure. Pause mid-morning for a snack, spend lunch back at the camp or out on the game drive (it’s up to you and your car), and then enjoy sunset on your Sundowner with drinks and snacks in the middle of the wilderness before heading back to camp for dinner. 

This Botswana wilderness safari will take you to pristine natural landscapes, where you’ll discover open vistas with plains as far as the eye can see, vast waterways, seasonal lagoons, and dense forests. It’s a lush oasis inhabited by a profusion of birds and other wildlife including hippos, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, crocodile, wildebeest, cheetah, lion, leopard, hyena, zebra, and a variety of antelope species. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover one of Africa’s most endangered species, the African Painted Wolf (Wild Dog). Botswana boasts one of the largest Painted Wolf populations in the world. We guarantee you’ll love these incredible creatures.

Our 10-day Botswana wilderness safari is a visual feast that offers a secluded safari experience that you won’t find anywhere else. When you choose Brave Africa, you can travel for hours without seeing another vehicle.

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Safari inclusions and exclusions at a glance

What's Included

This is an all-inclusive Botswana wilderness safari adventure that only requires you to bring yourself and your luggage. We’ll take care of the rest.

—Travel via safari vehicle between all three camps. We’ll pick you up after your bush flight at either Savuti or Xakanaxa, then take you north or south bound through all three camps.

—All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks.

—All drinks including local alcoholic beverages.

—9 nights of accommodations.

—All safari activities including all-day game drives.

—Professional guiding

What's NOT Included

Once you’re at camp, we’ll take care of everything. However, there are a few things you’ll need to take care of before you get here.

—Travel Insurance

—Flights to Maun, Botswana

—Bush flights from Maun to our camp and back

—Visa fees

—Cash tips for your guide and camp staff

Our full 10-day/9-night Botswana wilderness safari through the Okavango Delta will take you to three highly unique areas in this wildlife-dense region. You’ll enjoy everything from the open savannas of Savuti to the lagoon-front setting of Khwai to the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve in Xakanaxa.

DAY 1 - Arrival at Camp 1 (Savuti or Xakanaxa)

Upon your arrival in Maun, you’ll be met at the airport by your bush flight guide and then transferred to the nearest landing strip either in Savuti or Xakanaxa, depending on where you choose to start your mobile safari experience. You’ll then be picked up at the airstrip by your Brave Africa safari guide to start your first game drive on the way back to camp. Depending on timing, you’ll enjoy a complete afternoon safari experience before heading to camp for the evening where you’ll get settled, enjoy a delicious dinner, and get plenty of sleep for your early morning Day 2

DAY 2 & 3 - All Day at Camp 1 (Savuti or Xakanaxa)

Both days you’ll wake up before sunrise for a quick, light breakfast then head out with your Brave Africa safari guide for your game drive. You’ll explore all over the gorgeous and enchanting Savuti or Xakanaxa landscapes. In each location, you’ll have opportunities to enjoy up-close-and-personal encounters with abundant wildlife and few other cars and humans.

  • Savuti is most well-known for its high concentration of predators as well as its abundant elephant population.  
  • While Xakanaxa is renowned for its big lagoons, notoriously big game, and winding tracks of forests, lush grasslands, and waterways.

Both locations are rated as top game-viewing areas in Botswana, and you’ll find an exciting mix of elephants, zebra, giraffe, red lechew, waterbuck, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, lion, and more. There’s also an abundance of bird life from world-famous heronries to bee-eaters.

During the cool morning hours, you’ll have the best chance of seeing a hunt, as most animals are more active at this time. Then, as the day heats up, you’ll have the choice of heading back to camp for lunch or staying out on your game drive and eating a cold lunch near an elephant watering hole or wherever your guide chooses. Then, after lunch, continue on your game drive and enjoy a blissful sunset as the animals once again take advantage of the cooler weather to become more active.

You’ll finally head back to camp as the sun sets to enjoy an evening around the campfire. Share your experiences with your fellow safari guests, dive into a delicious hot meal, and then get a great night’s rest in preparation for the next day on your Botswana wilderness safari.

DAY 4 - All Day Game Drive with Travel to Camp 2 (Khwai)

On this early morning, you’ll grab everything you want to bring along with you for an ENTIRE day out in the bush because after your morning game drive in either Savuti or Xakanaxa, you’ll travel either north or south toward Camp 2, the exciting Khwai. The entire drive takes place through game-heavy areas and varying landscapes, so each moment offers up something new and exciting. Around lunch time, you’ll stop for a cold meal out in the bush before continuing on your journey. Finally, when the sun sets, you’ll arrive at your new camp to find everything already set up and waiting for you to enjoy.

While you’re enjoying your all-day safari, our competent and friendly camp staff will be packing up your tent and moving to the new location. They’ll take care of everything and be all set up in Khwai with dinner waiting for you when you finally arrive at camp. This is nothing like transferring between lodges. You won’t even realize you moved locations except for the new landscapes waiting for you to explore.

DAY 5 & 6 - All Day at Camp 2 (Khwai)

Both days you’ll wake up before sunrise for a quick, light breakfast then head out with your Brave Africa safari guide for your game drive. You’ll explore all over the gorgeous and enchanting Khwai landscape, which boasts migrating herds of elephants, extremely rare Roan and Sable antelope, African wild dogs, lion, leopards, spotted hyena, zebra, wildebeest, and more.

As the Khwai concession is mostly dry and made up of sweeping grasslands, forests, and floodplains, you’ll have great game-viewing areas as animals gather around various watering holes and the Khwai river. Located just outside the north-eastern boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai offers unmatched wildlife encounters, including spectacular bird watching opportunities.

During the cool morning hours, you’ll have the best chance of seeing a hunt, as most animals are more active at this time. Then, as the day heats up, you’ll have the choice of heading back to camp for lunch or staying out on your game drive and eating a cold lunch near an elephant watering hole or wherever your guide chooses. Then, after lunch, continue on your game drive and enjoy a blissful sunset as the animals once again take advantage of the cooler weather to become more active.

You’ll finally head back to camp as the sun sets to enjoy an evening around the campfire. Share your experiences with your fellow safari guests, dive into a delicious hot meal, and then get a great night’s rest in preparation for the next day.

DAY 7 - All Day Game Drive with Travel to Camp (Savuti or Xakanaxa)

On this early morning, you’ll grab everything you want to bring along with you for an ENTIRE day out in the bush because after your morning game drive in Khwai, you’ll travel either north or south toward your final location Camp 3—Savuti or Xakanaxa. The all-day drive takes place through game-heavy areas and varying landscapes, so each moment offers up something new and exciting. Around lunch time, you’ll stop for a cold meal out in the bush before continuing on your journey. Finally, when the sun sets, you’ll arrive at your new camp to find everything already set up and waiting for you to enjoy.

 

While you’re enjoying your all-day safari, our competent and friendly camp staff will be packing up your tent and moving to the new location. They’ll take care of everything and be all set up in Savuti or Xakanaxa with dinner waiting for you when you finally arrive at camp. This is nothing like transferring between lodges. You won’t even realize you moved locations except for the new landscapes waiting for you to explore.

DAY 8 & 9 - All Day at Camp 3 (Savuti or Xakanaxa)

Both days you’ll wake up before sunrise for a quick, light breakfast then head out with your Brave Africa safari guide for your game drive. You’ll explore all over the gorgeous and enchanting Savuti or Xakanaxa landscapes. In each location, you’ll have opportunities to enjoy up-close-and-personal encounters with abundant wildlife and few other cars and humans.

  • Savuti is most well-known for its high concentration of predators as well as its abundant elephant population.  
  • While Xakanaxa is renowned for its big lagoons, notoriously big game, and winding tracks of forests, lush grasslands, and waterways.

Both locations are rated as top game-viewing areas in Botswana, and you’ll find an exciting mix of elephants, zebra, giraffe, red lechwe, waterbuck, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, lion, and more. There’s also an abundance of bird life from world-famous heronries to bee-eaters.

During the cool morning hours, you’ll have the best chance of seeing a hunt, as most animals are more active at this time. Then, as the day heats up, you’ll have the choice of heading back to camp for lunch or staying out on your game drive and eating a cold lunch near an elephant watering hole or wherever your guide chooses. Then, after lunch, continue on your game drive and enjoy a blissful sunset as the animals once again take advantage of the cooler weather to become more active.

You’ll finally head back to camp as the sun sets to enjoy an evening around the campfire. Share your experiences with your fellow safari guests, dive into a delicious hot meal, and then get a great night’s rest in preparation for the next day.

DAY 10 - Depart Camp 3 (Savuti or Xakanaxa)

Wake up early on your final morning with Brave Africa for a goodbye breakfast before you head out on your final game drive. You’ll know from the day before when your bush flight will arrive to pick you up, and our safari guide will ensure that you get the most out of your morning and early afternoon as possible before you head out on the remainder of your journey. You’ll get a much game-viewing in as possible before heading to the landing strip in plenty of time to make your bush flight.

Going on a Botswana wilderness safari is a big deal, and we know you have a lot of questions. We’ll try to answer your most pressing questions here, but we also encourage you to check out our Experiences, Destinations, and Why Botswana pages for more insight. Our Blog also has a lot of great information to help you out. And don’t hesitate to contact us with more questions.

Will I have a game drive the day I arrive and the day I leave?

We do our best to get you out on a game drive the evening you arrive. Our goal is always to give you as much time in the bush and on safari as possible, but we can’t control everything and we do not schedule your bush flights—it’s up to the airline. Most of the time, bush flights arrive in the early afternoon, which means you get a full afternoon game drive on your way back to camp. However, sometimes there’s weather or scheduling conflicts that could mean you arrive late and will only get to enjoy a short game drive back to camp on your first evening, but we’ll always do our best. You’ll be up early on your final morning with Brave Africa for a goodbye breakfast before you head out on your final game drive. You’ll know the day before when your bush flight will arrive to pick you up, and our safari guide will ensure that you get the most out of your morning and early afternoon as possible before you head out on the remainder of your journey. You’ll get a much game-viewing in as possible before heading to the landing strip in plenty of time to make your bush flight. That’s what a Botswana wilderness safari with Brave Africa is all about.

Will I get to see every animal on my list?

We sure hope so! A huge variety of wildlife, including predators, calls Botswana home. There’s abundant opportunity to see every kind of game from lions to wild dogs, elephants, giraffes, leopards, spotted hyena, hippo, baboons, cheetah, and more. However, nature is nature. We don’t control it. This isn’t a zoo. Sometimes you can see everything you want on a single drive, and other times the wildlife is hiding. We’ll do our best to give you the experience you want, but we can’t guarantee anything—no one can. However, on a Brave Africa Botswana wilderness safari trip, you spend all day on game drives and not in camp, so you have the most chances to see animals possible.

Why three camps and three days at each camp?

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is renowned for one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa. It’s a vast region with many unique landscapes and areas to explore. Spending all your time at one camp means you don’t get to experience a broad swath of the landscape. At the same time, spending only a day or two at each location would mean you’d barely get to touch the surface. Our 10-day / 9-night Botswana wilderness safari gives you enough time at three different and highly unique locations, so you leave Brave Africa feeling like you truly got to experience some of the best that Botswana has to offer.

You’re a mobile safari. Does that mean I’ll be roughing it?

Absolutely not! We’re a mobile safari because we want to maximize your wildlife viewing and safari experiences and if you don’t have to hop on a bush flight between camp locations, you’ll have more time on the ground seeing the animals and experiencing the beauty of Botswana. Other than that, our camps feel no different than a permanent lodge except we’re a little more in touch with nature.

Your tent has a fully-flushing private toilet, two twin beds or a king-sized bed with a plush mattress, solar lights, side tables, and a rug. The only thing you might find different is our bucket shower under the stars. We heat up the water when you’re ready, and then you head into your shower area for a one-of-a-kind private shower under the gorgeous Botswana sky.

Our goal is to make you feel right at home, but at the same time, feel like you’re enjoying a truly unique African safari experience rather than something super luxurious at a lodge that brings you out of the safari mindset. But there’s no roughing it involved, at all. We do all the setup and tear down at camp. Your only job is to enjoy your Botswana wilderness safari.

When is the best time to go on safari in Botswana?

That’s a hard question. Botswana is a year-round destination with 300 days of sunshine and abundant wildlife throughout the year. However, the weather does change throughout the year with seasons of heavier rainfall that can impact your game-viewing expectations. Here’s a quick overview of what a Botswana wilderness safari is like throughout the year.

  • January/February are the wettest months of the year with thick, green vegetation that can hide wildlife. It’s also hot and humid. In spite of this, these months are incredible for bird watching, many migrations are in full swing, and many antelope give birth so predators can be abundant.
  • March is when the rains begin to ease, but water is now everywhere. You’ll find large concentrations of animals in the accessible dry areas, but the abundance of water also means more mosquitos.
  • April/May are two amazing months to visit Botswana. The days are warm, the nights are cool, and there’s little chance of rain. The landscape is green, animals are hovering around permanent water sources, and it is before peak season, so visitors are few and prices are more affordable.
  • June/July are two months with flawless blue winter skies, but it’s definitely a little cooler. There are very few mosquitos and game viewing is exceptional at this time.
  • August/September/October are peak season in Botswana. The concentration of game is the greatest at this time of year and they’re easy to see and find because the vegetation has thinned out. You’ll find great herds of antelope, elephants, and buffalo at this time, along with all the predators. However, this time of year is also hot with lots of sunshine.
  • November/December welcome the first rains of the wet season. This time of year is great for newly-born calves and cubs as well as migrant birds and green scenery. The weather is also cooler, and rates are lower.

The per-person price for our 10-day and 9-night Botswana wilderness safari includes with meals, drinks, local alcoholic beverages, game drives, and activities while with Brave Africa. It excludes cash tips, bush flights, visa fees, single supplements, and travel insurance.

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