Botswana Budget Safari
Botswana budget safari begins and ends in Maun. It is a 5 day African safari in Botswana. Botswana budget safari flies you into the idyllic Okavango Delta. This is ‘a Garden of Eden’ teaming with wildlife. You’ll explore the delta in dugout mokoros or on foot with our professional guides. You’ll then fly on to the Chobe National Park and the Savuti Marsh. This is a fascinating area that is rich in wildlife. You’ll also visit a relic of an inland lake on this Botswana budget safari. The marsh has been dry for almost 30 years. In 2010 however, water flowed again from the erratic Savuti Channel. In the Delta your stay is at Oddballs’ Enclave. This is a peaceful haven, with every creature comfort. There are no intrusions of generators or motorized equipment. In Chobe your Botswana budget safari stay is at the exclusive Camp Savuti. It is a small intimate camp, designed for privacy and comfort. The camp overlooks the Savuti Channel. Both the Delta and the Savuti Marsh are known for their prolific wildlife. This makes the area ideal for exciting game viewing. This Botswana budget safari to northern Botswana’s wilderness area will not disappoint.
Day 1 and 2: Maun – Oddballs’ Enclave
Botswana budget safari kicks off in Maun. Upon arrival you’ll be met by our Botswana safari rep. You’ll be briefed on your Botswana budget safari. By Delta Air you will enjoy a scenic flight into the heart of the Okavango Delta. Your Botswana budget safari guide will meet you at the airstrip. Enjoy a transfer on this Botswana budget safari to your camp. Oddballs’ Enclave is an authentic safari camp. This is your base for exploring the Okavanago Delta. The camp is set on a secluded island near Chief’s Island. From here you’ll explore the intricate network of channels. There are tranquil lagoons and reed fringed islands. The camp does not offer motorized activities. This helps in lowering the impact on the natural environment. It also aids in keeping the noise pollution down.
You’ll enjoy early morning and late afternoon mokoro excursions. This is by poling silently through the narrow maze of waterways. You’ll be on an exploration of the delta in search of wildlife and bird encounters. There is no better way to experience the delta. You’ll pause at small islands for nature walks to explore the wild bush on foot. This is an opportunity to get close to the wonders of one of Africa’s last truly wild places. You’ll go through the bush with fascinating insects, plants, animal tracks and other signs of animal activity in the bush. Immerse yourself in the sounds and smells of the bush during this once in a lifetime adventure. At camp meals are served out on the spacious deck areas. Here you can keep an eye out for visiting wildlife and birds. This is a great spot to put your feet up at the end of the day. You’ll admire a beautiful sunset over the wilderness. All these while listening to the sounds of nature as the stars come out.
Oddballs’ Enclave is a classic and eco-friendly delta camp. It accommodates at most ten guests and is only accessible by plane. Accommodation is in Meru-style tents set under canvas-roofs on raised wooden platforms. The tents are well equipped and fitted with either single twin or double beds. Each tent features a semi-detached en-suite bathroom. It has an open air and yet private bucket shower, with hot and cold running water. You can relax on your private deck at your tent. You may also opt for the elevated decks with lounge areas. They both open out onto the bush. They are designed for guests viewing comfort. The delta is home to diverse species. These range from elephants and big cats to baboons, hippos and antelopes. An outstanding feature of the camp is its beautiful location. It is on a small island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The emphasis in this serene environment is on slowing down and relaxing. You’ll enjoy the magnificent wilderness and its wild inhabitants. The camp is run on solar power therefore, reducing its environmental impact.
Day 3 & 4: Oddballs’ Enclave to Camp Savuti
You’ll wake up to an early day on Botswana budget safari. This will be with breakfast at your camp. It is time to leave the peaceful Okavango Delta. You’ll fly out in a small plane to Camp Savuti. This is in the Savuti region of the Chobe National Park. A 20 to 40 minute drive takes you through the bush to Camp Savuti. Don’t forget to enjoy the game viewing along the way.
You’ll have early morning and late afternoon thrilling game drives in the Savuti Marsh area. There is an abundance of wildlife found here. This is done in open sided safari vehicles along the channel edges. Savuti channel has been standing dry for almost 3 decades. It began to flow again in 2010 and today feeds the marsh. It is currently covered in sweet grasses, especially in the rainy season. The grassy floodplains attract a wide range of grazers and other herbivores. It is this that lures predators to the area. this makes it a prime predator watching hotspot. Your safari guide points out the small and large wild animals. There are also birds that you come across in the African bush. You’ll have stops to let you observe them in their natural habitat. With some luck you will encounter Africa’s predators in action. In between your game drives, there’s time to chill-out at Camp Savuti. Here you can look out over the Savuti Channel with its wealth of wildlife and birds.
Camp Savuti is a small safari camp. It consists of only five comfortable Meru-style tents. The camp can therefore accommodate 10 guests at most. The tents are thoughtfully set apart from each other. this is to ensure maximum privacy. They are spacious tents that are set on raised platforms. They feature en suite bathrooms and private viewing decks. The main camp facilities include a lounge and dining area with a bar. All open out onto the campfire area and the surrounding bush. Camp Savuti lies in the western part of Chobe National Park. This area has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. This region of Botswana is famous for its predator sightings. This includes endangered wild dogs and plenty of lions. The highlight here is viewing free-roaming wildlife and birds. They can be seen from the camp itself or on open vehicle game drives. This is ideal for game watching and photography.
Day 5: Camp Savuti to Maun, Botswana
This is the last day of your Botswana budget safari. You have a chance to take one more early game drive. This is into the wildlife-rich Savuti Marsh region of Chobe. This is to be followed by a delicious breakfast back at Savuti Camp. After breakfast you hop back onto a small plane and return to Maun. Mark the end of your Botswana budget safari with your departure flight.