Okavango Mobile Expeditions

Okavango on the move

Botswana has more wildlife species than anywhere else on the continent and the animal sightings are fast, furious and fantastic. And where better to witness the action than the iconic Okavango Delta? In this itinerary, we’ve added a bit of a twist too; there are no lodges. Instead, you’ll come with us on a mobile safari expedition, sleeping under the stars in our wonderfully-wild and super-stylish mobile camp, immersing yourself into the heart of Botswana.

The days will be filled with activities designed to take you as close as possible to the wildlife. You’ll boat up to herds of elephant, 500 strong, and explore remote islands on foot; zoom across floodplains in a custom 4×4 in search of game; and spend afternoons watching the birds flit across china-blue skies. If a mobile expedition in the most stylish of camps, with a dose of incredible game-viewing in a truly wild environment sounds like it might be your thing, you won’t get much better than this.

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Price from:

$6,630

Duration:

6 days/7 nights

Departure Dates:

Dates on demand

Min / Max Group Size

2 people / 14 people

Trip Begins / Ends

Maun, Botswana / Maun, Botswana

Includes Mobile Camping:

Yes

Details, Details

Highlights

  • Abandon thoughts of a traditional lodge and try your hand at wild camping in unreal style! We’re talking Persian rugs adorning the floor, sleek brass jugs in the bathroom and stylish campaign furniture in the bedroom, and three course feasts under the stars…
  • Experience Botswana’s most pristine and game-rich wilderness areas, the Okavango Delta, on the move – undoubtedly the best way to do it.
  • Mix up your game viewing activities and explore the bush on a walking safari or watch the hippo languishing in the shallows on a boat or mokoro safari.
  • Whether you’re looking for leopard spotting or lion tracking, cheetah chasing or dog discovering, this itinerary has all the predators you could possibly want.
  • Spend a night fly-camping on a remote, lantern-lit island, just like the explorers of old.
  • Have your binoculars at the ready for the extraordinary variety of birdlife in the Delta, with everything from bee-eaters to bustards.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: $6630 per person for 6 nights, based on 4 people travelling ($1105 per person, per night). Please enquire for other rates and pricing information.

Included: Travelling costs as per itinerary; activities (most!); entrance and park fees; accommodation as specified on a sharing basis; all meals and local drinks; road transfers; applicable tourism levies, taxes, and all relevant VAT.

Excluded: Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone expenses & shopping; premium brand drinks; tips and gratuities; additional activities; scheduled flights and related taxes; Visa fees where relevant; cancellation, baggage, medical, and evacuation insurance.

Child Policy: Please enquire with reservations.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is not available for the duration of this trip.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes. We offer a 3-night package, a 4-night package including 1 night fly camping, and 6-night package including 1 night fly camping. Our recommended package is 6 nights.

Extension ideas: Combine a mobile expedition in the Delta with a few nights at Jack’s Camp, San Camp or Camp Kalahari in the Makgadikgadi Pans for an all-round Botswana experience.

Optional Extras

SCENIC HELI FLIGHTS OVER THE DELTA

Add a little magic to your Delta experience with a helicopter flight over the waterways; panoramic delights, priceless memories and stunning photographic opportunities await…

HOT AIR BALLOONING OVER THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Drift over one of Africa’s great wilderness destinations on a serene hot air balloon flight. This age old adventure explores the Okavango Delta in a completely unique way, offering 360-degree, panoramic views of the unique landscape from tree-top level right up to a thousand feet in the air.

HELICOPTER DAY TRIP TO TSODILLO HILLS

Take a trip to Tsodillo Hills and discover the ancient rock art hidden in the extraordinary landscape. Flights are usually done in the morning, and the trip takes approximately 5.5 hours in total from the Delta.

When to Go & What to Pack

Our mobile safari in the Delta can be taken all year round. The dry season (April to October) is winter in Botswana, and the green season is summer (November until April). In the dry season, days are long and sunny and temperatures are very pleasant. There is no rain at this time of year but the water levels in the Delta are at their highest (trust us!) so it’s the best time of year for boating and mokoro safaris. In the green season, expect spectacular thunderstorms and green and luscious landscapes. Although the water levels are lower, boating and mokoro safaris can still be done.

As for packing, we recommend all the normal safari kit; neutral clothing, something warm for the evenings and morning, a hat, sun block, binoculars and all the rest. On a mobile safari, you might find a head torch useful, but everything else is provided.

Our Guides

Our mobile safari partners, Uncharted Africa, have passionately supported wildlife and cultural tourism in Botswana since the company’s inception in 1993. All guides are trained by safari legend Ralph Bousfield and have a minimum of at least two years guiding experience in the Kalahari/Okavango region for a holistic understanding of this magical and pristine wilderness and its inhabitants. You couldn’t be in better hands.

Highlights

  • Abandon thoughts of a traditional lodge and try your hand at wild camping in unreal style! We’re talking Persian rugs adorning the floor, sleek brass jugs in the bathroom and stylish campaign furniture in the bedroom, and three course feasts under the stars…
  • Experience Botswana’s most pristine and game-rich wilderness areas, the Okavango Delta, on the move – undoubtedly the best way to do it.
  • Mix up your game viewing activities and explore the bush on a walking safari or watch the hippo languishing in the shallows on a boat or mokoro safari.
  • Whether you’re looking for leopard spotting or lion tracking, cheetah chasing or dog discovering, this itinerary has all the predators you could possibly want.
  • Spend a night fly-camping on a remote, lantern-lit island, just like the explorers of old.
  • Have your binoculars at the ready for the extraordinary variety of birdlife in the Delta, with everything from bee-eaters to bustards.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: $6630 per person for 6 nights, based on 4 people travelling ($1105 per person, per night). Please enquire for other rates and pricing information.

Included: Travelling costs as per itinerary; activities (most!); entrance and park fees; accommodation as specified on a sharing basis; all meals and local drinks; road transfers; applicable tourism levies, taxes, and all relevant VAT.

Excluded: Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone expenses & shopping; premium brand drinks; tips and gratuities; additional activities; scheduled flights and related taxes; Visa fees where relevant; cancellation, baggage, medical, and evacuation insurance.

Child Policy: Please enquire with reservations.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is not available for the duration of this trip.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes. We offer a 3-night package, a 4-night package including 1 night fly camping, and 6-night package including 1 night fly camping. Our recommended package is 6 nights.

Extension ideas: Combine a mobile expedition in the Delta with a few nights at Jack’s Camp, San Camp or Camp Kalahari in the Makgadikgadi Pans for an all-round Botswana experience.

Optional Extras

SCENIC HELI FLIGHTS OVER THE DELTA

Add a little magic to your Delta experience with a helicopter flight over the waterways; panoramic delights, priceless memories and stunning photographic opportunities await…

HOT AIR BALLOONING OVER THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Drift over one of Africa’s great wilderness destinations on a serene hot air balloon flight. This age old adventure explores the Okavango Delta in a completely unique way, offering 360-degree, panoramic views of the unique landscape from tree-top level right up to a thousand feet in the air.

HELICOPTER DAY TRIP TO TSODILLO HILLS

Take a trip to Tsodillo Hills and discover the ancient rock art hidden in the extraordinary landscape. Flights are usually done in the morning, and the trip takes approximately 5.5 hours in total from the Delta.

When to Go & What to Pack

Our mobile safari in the Delta can be taken all year round. The dry season (April to October) is winter in Botswana, and the green season is summer (November until April). In the dry season, days are long and sunny and temperatures are very pleasant. There is no rain at this time of year but the water levels in the Delta are at their highest (trust us!) so it’s the best time of year for boating and mokoro safaris. In the green season, expect spectacular thunderstorms and green and luscious landscapes. Although the water levels are lower, boating and mokoro safaris can still be done.

As for packing, we recommend all the normal safari kit; neutral clothing, something warm for the evenings and morning, a hat, sun block, binoculars and all the rest. On a mobile safari, you might find a head torch useful, but everything else is provided.

Our Guides

Our mobile safari partners, Uncharted Africa, have passionately supported wildlife and cultural tourism in Botswana since the company’s inception in 1993. All guides are trained by safari legend Ralph Bousfield and have a minimum of at least two years guiding experience in the Kalahari/Okavango region for a holistic understanding of this magical and pristine wilderness and its inhabitants. You couldn’t be in better hands.

Itinerary & Map

Day 1: Arrive into the Okavango Delta

You’ll arrive at Xaraxai Airstrip, meet your guide, and take a slow, meandering game drive to the campsite. As night falls, toast the first night of your journey with a G&T around the roaring fire.

Days 2, 3 & 4: Uncharted Mobile Camp, Okavango Delta

The next few days will be spent exploring the watery wonderland and discovering its fascinating inhabitants. Have your binos at the ready for wildebeest, impala, zebra, wild dog and cheetah; learn a little of the diverse plant life in the reserve; explore the maze of channels on mokoros; swim in secret spots; or just relax, and let the wildlife come to you…

Day 5: Fly camp, Okavango Delta

After breakfast, it’s off to the lagoon’s edge for a boat safari in the waters of the Okavango. You’ll putt along the maze of lily-lined channels, picnic under the trees, and swim in the glassy lagoons. Camp tonight is on a private-lantern lit island, where it’s just you, your mosquito net, and a million stars overhead.

Day 6: Uncharted Mobile Camp, Okavango Delta

Lace up your walking boots and head out on a walking safari around the island – a highlight has to be watching the elephant splashing in the shallows. Then, it’s back to the boat for a last drift through the papyrus before you head back to the mobile camp for your last night.

Day 7: Depart from the Okavango Delta

Say your farewells and transfer out of Xaraxai Airstrip to your next destination.

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Accommodations

Our mobile tents are luxuriously equipped and unequalled on any other mobile safari on the continent. You’ll be sleeping in large, Meru-style canvas tents with real beds, down pillows and pure cotton sheets, and in the mess tent, Persian rugs, bone-handled cutlery, and classically-styled campaign furniture combine comfort with style. The three-course meals taste just as wonderful as they look, and there’s always something sweet and mouth-poppingly delicious waiting at tea time. And the question on everyone’s lips? Bathrooms are private, with bucket showers, plenty of hot water, and bush loos. When fly camping on the private island, you’ll sleep under the stars armed with a mozzie net and a bedroll. There are no electrical facilities available at either camp, but camera batteries can be charged using a 12-volt car battery.

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Wildlife

The Okavango Delta is particularly well-known for its diverse and staggeringly high quantities of game. During your stay, you’re more than likely to sight zebra, wildebeest, impala, and predators such as African wild dog, lion, leopard and cheetah. There will also be the chance to sit back and watch super-herds of elephant as they splish and splash by the waterholes, and in the waterways of the Delta, watch out for the crocodile that lurk in the shallows, and the hippo jostling for territory. And don’t forget the birdlife; you’ll need your binos at the ready for the myriad of multi-coloured birds that swoop through the skies and specials like carmine bee-eaters and the African paradise flycatcher.

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