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Tour Itinerary

10-Day Activity and Adventures in Botswana

  • Map Tour Highlights
  • Day 1 From Mosu to Gweta.
  • Day 2 Gweta / Bains Baobabs
  • Day 3 Gweta to Maun
  • Day 4-6 Kayak Adventure
  • Day 6-9 Mobile Safari
  • Day 9 Back to Maun
  • Day 10 Back to Maun
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Day 1 - Mosu to Gweta

We’ll transport you from the Salt Pans Ultra Camp to the stunning Planet Baobab Lodge in Gweta, where comfortable tented accommodations await. Rest peacefully amidst towering baobab trees, and rejuvenate in the expansive pool—a serene oasis perfect for post-run recovery. Alternatively, unwind at the bar with a refreshing beverage and soak in the tranquil surroundings.

Nestled at the entrance to the Makgadikgadi Pans, the quaint village of Gweta in Botswana offers a charming retreat for those venturing into the expansive salt pans. Embark on guided walks or thrilling quad bike rides around Gweta, uncovering remnants of the region's early Stone Age inhabitants like flint-head spears and other artifacts.

As night falls, delight in a barbecue feast beneath the glittering African sky, accompanied by sips of traditional organic sorghum beer or indulgent baobab milkshakes.

During the rainy season, Gweta comes alive with the vibrant presence of zebra and wildebeest, attracting majestic predators like lions and cheetahs.

For an unforgettable and enriching escape, Gweta promises a truly memorable experience.

Located near the village of Gweta, approximately 290 km from Francistown and 200 km from Maun, this family-friendly camp warmly welcomes children of all ages.

Planet Baobab seamlessly blends style with comfort while embracing its African roots. Accommodation options cater to various budgets, ranging from traditionally designed, artfully adorned Kalanga Huts with en-suite bathrooms to shaded campsites.

The central mess hall exudes an authentic "shebeen" ambiance and offers a delectable bar menu. Beat the heat by taking a refreshing dip in the Kalahari's largest and coolest pool.

Year-round activities include guided bush walks, visits to traditional cattle posts and villages, and delightful encounters with habituated meerkats.

Day 2 - Nxai National Park

We will spend another day at Planet Baobab. You can use the day to recover from your run. Or, we take you on a safari to the Nxai National Park to visit the world famous Baines Baobabs. 

The Nxai National Park is a huge pan with a wide gras land. It’s an area rich on animals and a good place to spot lions and other predators.

Optional, you can go on a Cattle Post tour to experience local culture and food or visit the meerkats in the Sua Pans

Nxai Pan National Park, situated in northeastern Botswana, encompasses the iconic Nxai Pan, a remarkable salt flat within the expansive Makgadikgadi Pan region. Adjacent to the Maun-Nata main road and bordered by the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to the north, this park spans an area of approximately 40 km2.

Renowned for its ancient baobab trees, affectionately dubbed Baines' Baobabs after the explorer Thomas Baines, this park boasts a landscape steeped in history and natural wonder, drawing adventurers from far and wide.

Nxai National Park is teeming with diverse wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, lions, leopards, cheetahs, kudus, springboks, impalas, ostriches, Cape wild dogs, jackals, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, and honey badgers.

As part of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, this park plays a vital role in the broader efforts to conserve and protect the rich biodiversity of the region.

Visit the local village and a cattle post, learn about the local Batswana culture and munch on a traditional lunch.

Walking with the meerkats.

Get up close and personal with the coolest residents of the desert, the Kalahari meerkats.

Day 3 - Semowi Nature Camp

We’ll whisk you away from Planet Baobab to Maun, the bustling hub of the Okavango Delta. Serving as the primary gateway to the Delta, Maun pulsates with energy and activity. Upon arrival, you can opt for a leisurely stroll along the delta’s edge, immersing yourself in the serene beauty of the surroundings. Alternatively, join us for a guided tour of Maun, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore local cuisine or learn more about local art at the Nhabe Museum.

For those interested, we offer an optional excursion to Elephant Haven, a sanctuary dedicated to caring for orphaned elephants that have lost their families. It’s a unique opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible work being done to protect and rehabilitate these majestic creatures.

Set on the banks of the beautiful Thamalakane River in northern Botswana, Maun is the third-largest town in this spectacularly scenic southern African country.

Maun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. Area attractions include a renowned riverboat that offers cruises up and down the Thamalakane River; the forest groves of the Maun Game Reserve; and Moremi Game Reserve, home to hippos, lions and rhinos. Maun also serves as the jumping-off point for many safaris and air charters as well as offering private 4x4 rentals.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Nhabe Museum exhibiting the local history, art and culture of the Ngamiland region.

The 140-acre Elephant Havens orphanage is nestled along the banks of the Gomoti River, at the edge of the Okavango Delta. It is an ideal place for young elephants to live and receive daily care and companionship until they are ready to be reintroduced to the wild. Originally only 45 acres, the sanctuary has tripled in size and now has many amenities for staff and visitors.

We’ve been positively impacting conservation efforts and building healthy communities in Botswana since 2018.

The country’s only elephant orphanage, makes strides toward the preservation of the African elephant by rescuing orphaned and abandoned elephants, reducing human-elephant conflict, and protecting wild habitats from human encroachment.

Nhabe Museum is a Community based Museum for Ngamiland in Maun, North-west of Botswana, established out of a need to preserve and conserve the local cultures. This small and simple museum is housed in a historic building built by the British military in 1939 and was used during WWII as a surveillance post keeping tabs on the German presence in Namibia.

The Museum outlines the culture and natural history of the Okavango Delta and is managed by a board of Trustees. The various exhibition found in the museum includes historical crafts, fine art, Bayei fishing net, photography, basket-weaving, art and written poetry. The guests have a variety of selection in the gift shop and nursery where various nursery and plants are sold.

Following its inception in April 1996, the museum plays a pivotal role in the promotion and preservation of local arts and culture and natural heritage, as well as the improvement of livelihoods of local communities by promoting and encouraging the local communities to engage in activities of cultural importance including activities of self-expression and production of handicrafts for a living.

The museum also houses the Bailey Arts Centre, which allows local artists to produce and sell baskets, screen prints, paintings and pottery, among other things. Various exhibition by local artists are often held at the museum, an admission fee is payable to enter the museum

Day 4-6 Kayak Safari in the Delta

A Kayaking Safari experience that is unique, combining kayaking in pristine wildlife environment with morning and evening game walks accompanied by professional guides.

The expeditions take you paddling through the most pristine and beautiful areas of the Okavango Delta with little impact on the wildlife and environment around.

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a vast inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough at an altitude of 930–1,000 m in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the few interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is largely intact. All the water reaching the delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired. Each year, about 11 cubic kilometres (2.6 cu mi) of water spreads over the 6,000–15,000 km2 (2,300–5,800 sq mi) area. Some flood waters drain into Lake Ngami. The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that had mostly dried up. 

The delta was named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, which were officially declared on 11 February 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. On 22 June 2014, the Okavango Delta became the 1000th site to be officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Kayaking Itinerary

A typical day with the kayak in the Okavango Delta

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Wake up, coffee/tea and biscuits around the campfire prior to a 1 to 2 hour walk. NB: All walks are optional for those that may prefer a lie in, however we recommend guests join at least one or two as they provide good game viewing opportunities.

6 am

Early Morning Game Walk

Breakfast- Sausages or bacon, eggs, baked beans and toast.

8 am

Breakfast

Safaris along the Okavango Delta. Kayaks are supplied with water and snacks. A motor boat follows paddlers with all equipment/luggage etc.

9 am

Kayak Expedition

After a morning on the river encountering some of the wildlife in the delta, commonly elephant, hippo and antelope as well as abundant birdlife we stop for lunch. Typically this consists of cold meats, cheese, salad and bread

12.30 pm

Lunch

After lunch and a rest we set off again and enjoy a few more hours paddling into camp.

1.30 pm

Kayak Expedition

Arrive at campsite for the night. Tents with bedrolls containing duvet and pillow are set up, along with basic ablutions (basin and for trips over 2 nights, bucket showers). There are also a few areas where a brief swim is possible.

4.00 pm

Campsite

For those who are keen on an evening walk. Another good chance to see game and a beautiful sunset.

4.30 pm

Evening Walk

Evenings are time to unwind after an energetic day; we provide a full dinner, typically barbequed meat with rice/potatoes/pap and fresh vegetables as well as table wine.

7.30 pm

Dinner

Day 6 - 9 African Culture Journey

Embark on a captivating 4-day / 3-night expedition with African Culture Journeys, journeying from Maun through the iconic Moremi Game Reserve to Khwai Village in the North of Moremi.

This safari adventure offers unparalleled game viewing opportunities in both Moremi and the Khwai Conservation Area. Immerse yourself in the heart of the wilderness as you partake in guided bush walks, gaining insights into the rich biodiversity of the region.

Additionally, experience the traditional modes of transportation in the Delta. In cooperation with local community a poler from the Khwai village will bring you by Mokoro deeper into the Delta. 

Moremi Game Reserve is a protected area in Botswana. It lies on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and was named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe.

Moremi was designated as a game reserve, rather than a national park, when it was created. 

Location and setting
Moremi Game Reserve is just under 5,000 square kilometres (1,900 sq mi) in extent, covering much of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and combining permanent water with drier areas, which create some startling and unexpected contrasts.

Some prominent geographical features of the Reserve are Chiefs Island and the Moremi Tongue. In the Moremi Reserve one can experience excellent views of savannah game as well as bird-watching on the lagoons. There are also thickly wooded areas, which are home to the Cape wild dog and leopard. To the northeast lies the Chobe National Park which borders the Moremi Game Reserve. Only about 30% of the reserve is mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.

Situated on the banks of the Khwai River near the famous Okavango swamp, the village of Khwai is set in the North-West District of Botswana.

The village fringes the magnificent Moremi Game Reserve which is known for its incredible array of wildlife. It serves as a gateway to the reserve as it is set just outside the North Gate. of Moremi. Khwai provides an excellent base from which to explore the spectacularly scenic surrounding area.

It is to be home to some of Botswana's most beautiful landscapes which feature vast grass plains, a patchwork of lagoons, shallow pans and lush woodland forests. Visitor can look forward to spotting a fantastic variety of wildlife, learning about the San community and enjoying a wide selection of ecotourism activities.

Commonly spotted wildlife species include: lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, hippo, wild dog and buffalo.

Located between the Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, the 200 000-hectare Khwai Conservancy is an enthralling place of wild landscapes and abundant wildlife.

The plentiful Khwai River running through the park and dense Mopani forests in the interior provide the perfect home for numerous animals, and the incredible scenes of animals drinking from the river allow for superb photography opportunities.

Visitors can look forward to seeing large elephant herds, and spotting lions, leopards and hyenas quite easily. Other species include wild dog, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo, lions, cheetahs, leopard, hyenas, hippos, Kudu, Tsessebe, and reasonably rare Roan and Sable. Hiking, game drives, guided walks, spa treatments, and open-air camping are just some of the activities on offer.

Day 9 Back in Maun

African Culture Journeys will ensure your return to Maun, where you will unwind at the tranquil Sedia Hotel. Nestled along the picturesque banks of the Thamalakane River, a mere 10-minute drive from Maun Airport, Sedia Hotel offers the perfect retreat.

Indulge in a leisurely afternoon by the inviting pool, immerse yourself in a captivating book amidst the lush tropical garden, or savor a refreshing drink at the hotel bar.

Maun International Airport(FBMN) is located within Maun Town boundaries, in the North West District, and is about one and half hours flight from Gaborone and two hour from Johannesburg. The airport is open to both domestic and international traffic, and mainly serves as the gateway for tourists visiting the world famous Okavango Delta.


Maun International Airport is the second busiest airport in Botswana in terms of passenger traffic from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport and the base for tourist activities in the Okavango area and other parts of North West District.

In terms of aircraft movements (majority of which are short-hop flights to and from airfields in the Delta) Maun International Airport is ranked top airport in Africa, i.e. excluding the number-one-ranked OR Tambo International, of South Africa.

The airport functions as a hub for small single and twin-engine aircraft feeding mainline carriers.

Day 10 Departure

For added convenience, airport transfers is arranged upon booking. Kindly confirm your arrangements with the hotel to ensure a smooth departure.

Maun International Airport(FBMN) is located within Maun Town boundaries, in the North West District, and is about one and half hours flight from Gaborone and two hour from Johannesburg. The airport is open to both domestic and international traffic, and mainly serves as the gateway for tourists visiting the world famous Okavango Delta.


Maun International Airport is the second busiest airport in Botswana in terms of passenger traffic from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport and the base for tourist activities in the Okavango area and other parts of North West District.

In terms of aircraft movements (majority of which are short-hop flights to and from airfields in the Delta) Maun International Airport is ranked top airport in Africa, i.e. excluding the number-one-ranked OR Tambo International, of South Africa.

The airport functions as a hub for small single and twin-engine aircraft feeding mainline carriers.