Botswana Guided Cycling Safari

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PRICE FROM:

Enquire with reservations

DURATION:

6 nights / 7 days

DEPARTURE:

Dates on demand

GROUP SIZE:

2 / 6 cyclists

PRICE FROM:

Enquire with reservations

DURATION:

6 nights / 7 days

DEPARTURE:

Dates on demand

GROUP SIZE:

2 / 6 cyclists

This is a 6-night guided Botswana cycling experience in the Okavango Delta. Designed for small groups of trailblazers, adrenalin junkies and wildlife enthusiasts wanting to take a ride on the wild side!

Why You’ll Love It:

  • You'll be taken to places, few tyres have dared to tread...
  • Be one of the first to cycle in the footsteps of giants around the Okavango Delta.
  • Exploring the ancient elephant paths that have shaped this ancient landscape for centuries.
  • With two professional safari guides, you'll cover between 40-70km per day on animal trails and jeep paths.
  • You'll stop for exciting game-viewing opportunities on your daily rides.
  • After an adventurous day of cycling enjoy an afternoon game drive with sundowners, before spending your evening around a crackling fire.
  • Enjoy our mobile safari camps, sleeping and camping along side the Khwai River.
  • Stay at Little Sable, our stylish yet intimate hideout in the heart of the game-rich Khwai Private Reserve.
  • Enjoy all the iconic Delta experiences... from game drives to mokoro trips to boat safaris.
  • Choose to spend your last evening star struck... sleeping out atop a five-metre hight wooden platform totally open to the stars!

This itinerary is fully customizable. To change this itinerary, please enquire with us.

What’s Included:

  • All accommodation, road transfers, professional cycling guides and support crew.
  • Daily activities, all meals, local drinks and a laundry service (offered twice on safari).
  • There will be a back-up vehicle, basic bike maintenance facilities and mechanical support throughout your safari.
  • E-bikes can be charged from a charging facility each day.
  • Snacks and water will be provided along the way, throughout each day.

Exclusions: Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive travel insurance.

The wildest ride of your life...

This is a safari where action and adventure meet. The first cycling safari of its kind in the Okavango Delta, you’ll get to explore the ancient elephant paths that have shaped the Botswana landscape for centuries, by bike.

With two professional cycling safari guides, one at the front and one at the back on each ride and logistical support from one of Natural Selection’s professional mobile safari companies, you’ll be in the best hands while cycling along side acacia woodlands, wandering river banks, mopane forests and beautiful savannah grasslands, all brimming with wildlife and endless African horizons.

Your safari guides will not only show you the secrets that pave the elephant highways of the Okavango Delta by bike, but also the incredible wildlife that walk these paths along the way. So hang on to your handlebars, this really is going to be an extraordinary cycling experience.

Your guides, having cycled and explored these wildlife areas for years, will take you to places few tyres have dared to tread! You’ll be covering between 40-70km per day, exploring this magical botswana landscape in a unique and spectacular way. So saddle up and get ready for a cycling safari, like no other.

 

 

 

Day 1 & 2: Mobile Safari Camp

The Best Routes Are The Ones Less Travelled…

Day 1: On arrival in Maun by air or road, you will be greeted by your safari guide who will help load your bike and luggage onto the bike trailers. You will then travel together by safari vehicle to our mobile safari camp, just south of the Moremi Game Reserve wildlife area (approx 1.5hrs from Maun).

Once settled in camp, with a refreshment and something to nibble, you’ll have time to do any necessary bike assembly before grabbing a warm shower and enjoying a delicious dinner around a crackling fire.

Day 2: At sunrise you will receive a wake-up call followed by a piping hot cup of coffee. After a light breakfast grab your cycling gear and start following a route from camp through woodlands and plains, created by elephants who are natural trail builders, weaving through Mopane forests, and packed with lots of fun.

Your ride will take 5-6 hours, including stops for wildlife spotting and snacks along the way.

You’ll arrive back in camp in time for a warm lunch, followed by a siesta. After a late afternoon game-drive and sundowner, dinner will be served, and you’ll be ready to go to sleep after an adventurous first day in the saddle.

Day 3 & 4: Mobile Safari Camp

Follow Elephant Trails & Jeep Tracks Through Woodlands & Grasslands…

Day 3: Today, you will pack your bags before heading off, leaving camp and cycling to a new Mababe campsite. Following elephant trails and jeep tracks through woodland and grasslands along the Khwai River. What an adventure!

You’ll spend 5-6 hours on your bike and we will stop for lunch along the way, with the option to get in the safari vehicle with your bike for a drive into camp. Tonight you will camp next to the Khwai River, enjoying a sundowner before a hearty dinner and an evening spent around the crackling fire, surrounded by calls of the bush, under a canopy of a stars.

Day 4: Waking as the sun rises, today is possibly the highlight of your trip! You’ll be riding along ancient elephant paths, through wide open plains and mopane forest. Tracking the footsteps of giants. With possible sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and even lion.

This is a 6-7 hour ride, depending on the animals spotting taking place along the way.You’ll return to camp after this incredible cycle, to enjoy a lazy lunch and a relaxing afternoon amongst the mopane trees.

Day 5-6: Little Sable

A Stylish Yet Relaxed Safari Experience…

DAY 5-6 Today we pack our bags and our bikes after a breakfast and drive to Little Sable. Enjoying a picnic lunch along the way.

The next two nights will be spent at this stylish yet relaxed safari camp. Here you will be able to enjoy all the iconic Delta experiences on offer… from game drives to mokoro trips to boat safaris.

Little Sable is located in Khwai Private Reserve, a 200,000-hectare area of pristine wilderness in the northern reaches of the famous Okavango Delta, Khwai is one of the most beautifully iconic landscapes in Botswana. Mopane clusters jostle for space with riverine forest, pretty waterholes dot the floodplains, and waterways wind their way across the landscape from the Khwai River. Bursting with all the signature wildlife, Khwai has an excellent reputation for hiding the rarer species of the animal kingdom, including wild dogs, serval cats, honey badgers and the elusive pangolin.

This intimate and private little camp offers 8 traditional style tents, on raised wooden platforms, each with a private viewing deck, en-suite bathroom and outside shower. Little Sable offers understated simplicity and style. In camp you will feel a sense of freedom, where the wide open views offer you the opportunity to connect and immerse yourself with your surroundings on so many levels.

Day 6: Optional Night at Skybeds

Spend A Night Under A Blanket Of A Billion Stars… 

Add extra excitement to your itinerary and sleep under the stars at our magical skybeds. Swapping one of your nights at Little Sable for this unique sleep out experience. You will heli to Hyena Pan, then take a short drive to Skybeds enjoying a stop over at our underground hide along the way, followed by a sundowner on arrival and a traditional dining experience before getting into bed.

There are not many places in the world that you can sleep atop a five-metre high, wooden platform with only a mozzie net between you and the stars. The two platforms overlook a waterhole (the only permanent water source for 2000 hectares), frequented by 400 bull elephants, along with lion, leopard, eland, zebra, and more, making for some pretty outstanding game viewing, straight from your platform. Each platform comes complete with a flush toilet, shower and basin under each sleeping area – no comfort is sacrificed here!

Day 7: After a delicious breakfast in camp, and a morning walk, you will return to Maun before we bid our farewell in preparation for your onward journey.

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This itinerary starts at Enquire with reservations/person* and is fully customizable based on the number of people and travel dates.

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When to Go & What to Pack:

The best time to book this safari is between April – August. Every month delivers a different experience. The winter months are more favourable with the cooler temperatures. Days are generally dry, sunny, clear and cool to warm whilst in the evening temperatures can drop sharply. Virtually no rainfall occurs during the winter months.

You will need to bring your own bicycle and basic biking equipment specific to your make and model. Please bring your own spare derailleur hanger, cycling gear (neutral colours, helmet, shirt/pants, shoes/cleats, gloves, glasses etc), a tool set, small binoculars, a hydration backpack and preferred cycle foods.

You will also need comprehensive travel insurance including cover for a medical evacuation and repatriation. This is compulsory.

Bicycle & Back-Up Check List

Your bicycle and your safety are our number one priority when it comes to cycling in the remote wilderness areas of the Okavango Delta.

There will be a back-up vehicle with a support crew offering bike maintenance facilities and mechanical support throughout your safari.

E-bikes can be charged from a charging facility – so you’ll always be able to put power to the pedals.

There will be basic spares kept on the back-up vehicle and in camp at all times.