Wild Botswana Safari: Small Group

From Maun to Maun
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Tour Description

Partake in an amazing small group camping Tour of Botswana!

Our tour will take us into the magnificent Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland river delta, which spills water from the faraway mountains of Angola into the vast plain of the Makgadikgadi, creating a unique wildlife paradise. We explore the world renowned National Parks in fully equipped, open 4x4 vehicles, our route following the age-old game migration tracks, depending on the season. 

Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing landscapes, navigate the delta's channels on mokoro canoes, and learn from knowledgeable local guides. Our comfortable camp on the lagoon provides a serene haven with breathtaking views.

Enjoy sunset cruises and a scenic flight to Khwai, where we explore untouched wilderness and embark on exhilarating game drives. Encounter majestic wildlife and savor campfire gatherings under starlit skies. Our exclusive and eco-friendly camp ensures a low-impact experience.

This tour caters to adventure seekers, photographers, birdwatchers, and nature enthusiasts, offering an ultimate natural paradise.

Want more? If you wish to start this tour in Johannesburg and/or finish the tour in Victoria Falls - talk to us!

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Venture off the tourist trail to discover the best of Botswana's game reserves. Get up close and personal on thrilling game drives in well-equipped 4x4 Land Cruisers, exploring the national parks and stopping at waterholes along the way.

Venture off the tourist trail to discover the best of Botswana's game reserves. This extraordinary experience allows you to witness an abundance of wild African animals.

Discover the wonder of the Okavango Delta, renowned as the world's largest inland delta. Explore its exceptional biodiversity, stunning landscapes, and thriving ecosystem. With over 1,000 plant species, 480 species of birds, and 130 species of mammals.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arriving in Maun make your way to the Drifters Maun Lodge to meet up with the rest of the group.

The Drifters Maun Lodge offers wonderful views over the wide Boteti River – the bird watching is exceptional. Fall asleep tonight to the deep grunts of hippo.

Day 2-3
Okavango Delta

After an early start, we leave the lodge and head back towards Maun before turning left and heading into the famous Okavango delta.

The Okavango River, emanating from central Angola, far to the northwest, flows south- and eastwards, before slowing and spreading into one of the world’s only true inland deltas, creating as it does so a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and, of course, the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle - all combine to create the canvas of one of nature’s unique masterpieces. The river, eventually spilling its contents into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands.

Our comfortable and well- appointed camp on the edge of one of the largest lagoons serves as a base from which we explore. We will glide through narrow, reed-lined channels by mokoro, walk on uninhabited islands and picnic in the wilderness, while learning about the animals and plants of the Delta from local guides who have grown up in the area.

Through informal interaction with the guides, we will have the opportunity to learn about the local people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness. We will also have time to simply relax and enjoy the views over a glistening lagoon from a beautiful wooden deck, cold drink in hand, go for a walk with our guide, or take a refreshing dip in the pool. One afternoon we enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on a boat.

Day 4
Okavango Maun

Starting early, we transfer back to Maun, On arrival in Maun don’t miss out on the opportunity to take an own expense scenic flight over the Delta, Be sure to take in the breath- taking sights of the vast expanse of the Delta, and also keep an eye out for the wildlife that inhabits it

We arrive at the Drifters Maun Lodge late in the afternoon in time to take a refreshing dip in the pool and take in the awesome sunset. Retire for the night dreaming of the excitement of the coming days.

But not before packing your bag and charging your batteries for your 4 night wild camping experience in the parks.

Day 5-8
Flexible Game Reserve schedule Khwai area

Awaking early with excitement, after a hearty breakfast we change our mode of transport and climb aboard our game viewing vehicles and be transported in open vehicle game viewers to our campsite on the banks of the Khwai river,. This wild experience is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the tour.

For the next 4 days, we game-drive extensively during the day to stop at hides and water holes at leisure, and to make the most of our time here. We travel in well-equipped, open 4x4 Land Cruisers, with our local Motswana guides, exploring the Khwai concession and the famous reserves of Moremi and Savuti. Our route is flexible and depends on the season.

The vegetation is constantly changing - from open plains with palm trees, to marshland, to dense Mopane woodlands or Acacia scrub. This variety of habitats makes for excellent game viewing. The 4x4s aren’t just for show, as the national parks are truly wild places, the roads are just tracks in the sand. We carry only our cameras and day packs, a picnic lunch and drinks for the road.

Towards sunset we arrive back at our camp in the bush, where the ground staff have lit a warm fire to welcome us. After a hearty meal it is time to retire., Drifting off to sleep to the howl of the distant hyena or the earthy roar of a lion and even the deep grunt of a half-submerged hippo. We use an exclusive campsite on the banks of the Khwai river, completely secluded and undeveloped – it is as if we are the first people here, and are alone in the world. We bring everything we will need with us, and leave nothing behind when we depart.

Depending on the ever- changing conditions in the National Parks we might also venture into the vast Central Kalahari Game Reserve or the unique Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Day 9
Game Reserve Maun

Our last morning in the parks, we slowly game drive our way back to Maun. We enjoy a lunch at the Maun lodge. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Boteti River. This river is known to change its flow direction, depending upon the season and rainfall patterns.

The tour officially ends after Lunch in Maun.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 2 nights under Canvas
  • Included Copy 20 6 nights camping in comfortable dome tents
  • Included Copy 7 A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour.
  • Included Copy 20 8 breakfasts
  • Included Copy 20 7 lunches
  • Included Copy 20 8 dinners
  • Included Copy 7 alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, restaurant meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 2 licensed, professional tour managers
  • Included Copy 20 group equipment
  • Included Copy 20 permits and park entry fees
  • Included Copy 7 visas, tips, flights, airport taxes, airport transfers or any optional extras

Drifters Expedition Vehicle


  • Included Embark on a thrilling safari adventure as you navigate the delta's waterways by traditional mokoro
  • Included Experience the thrill of up-close encounters on exhilarating game drives
  • Included Enjoy guided walks in the Delta led by local Motswana guides
  • Included Immerse yourself in the wild with remote, serviced camping in Botswanas National Parks
  • Included Optional activity: Scenic flight over Okavango Delta
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9 days

Price from

$2,861 USD

Per person, sharing

Every Sunday