Buffalo Safari

This group adventure safari includes Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Buffalo Safari

9 days from £1,235 pp

(exc. international flights)

This safari is a small group, semi-participation adventure that includes the wildlife highlights of northern Botswana: Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and Savuti, rounded off by a stay at Victoria Falls.

This is the perfect holiday if your time is limited and a great way to go on safari without breaking the bank.  You’ll get to see some of the best wildlife areas of Botswana in just 9 action-packed days. All you need to do is help erect and take down your tent, the guide and assistant will take care of all other chores including the cooking – and you’ll never fail to be impressed by what is conjured up over the campfire.

The maximum number of participants on such a safari is 12, and you’ll be travelling in purpose built vehicles which can cope with the 4×4 roads through the national parks – it’s an authentic mobile safari experience, run with reputable guides which we whole-heartedly recommend.

Summary – 8 nights

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Day 1

Arrive into Maun where you will be met and transferred to Maun Lodge. You’ll have a free afternoon and evening at the lodge, time to relax after your journey (and to buy drinks for the safari) and enjoy dinner served by the fire outdoors in the boma. You’ve arrived in Africa! Overnight in

Day 2

Your group safari starts at 7.30 this morning. You’ll meet the rest of your safari group and together you’ll set off on the drive to Moremi Game Reserve. This is a good opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers. You’ll stop for lunch along the way, eaten beneath the shade of trees, and your guide will give you a briefing on your safari. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing before arriving at your private designated campsite (with bush ablutions) in the west Moremi/Xakanaxa area), where you’ll spend 2 nights.

Full board.

Day 3

Moremi is a prime safari location. Its floodplains, lagoons, forest and grasslands are home to a wide spectrum of animal and bird life. You’ll spend these days immersed in this world, taking game drives in the early morning as the sun rises, and in the late afternoon as the heat of day lessens. These are times when animals are at their most active and sightings should be plentiful. Between drives you’ll return to camp for lunch and a siesta, and the day will end with dinner by lamplight.

Full board.

Day 4

Staying in Moremi, you’ll move campsite today to the north-eastern/Khwai river area so that you can explore a different area of this incredible reserve.

Full board.

Day 5

It’s time for a change of scene and today you’ll drive north towards the southern part of Chobe National Park – Savute. It’s a long journey of about 7-8 hours today, but this incorporates game viewing in Savute so the time will fly by. This is a good place to see elephants, outlined against the backdrop of the plains. You’ll arrive at your campsite, where, having helped set up camp, you can sit back and enjoy a drink by the fire, looking forward to dinner. 

Full board.

Day 6

Today you have a transfer/game drive day of about 5-6 hours to the northern/ riverfront area of Chobe National Park. You’ll notice a change in terrain as your game drives follow the banks of the river. Look out for antelope, zebra and buffalo and listen for the distinctive cry of the fish eagle. Your guide will help you spot wildlife and you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve already learned. Your next campsite will be home for 2 nights. 

Full board.

Day 7

You’ll have a full day of game viewing in the Chobe region. Chobe is synonymous with huge herds of elephants  (especially in the driest season from about August to October) which are often seen by and in the river. It’s not solely about elephants. The varied habitats encourage a diversity of wildlife including buffalo, hippo, zebra, giraffe and antelope. Your drive promises to be hugely rewarding. Back in camp at the end of day you can sit and recall the highlights as you chat to your fellow travellers. 

Full board.

Day 8

After a short morning game drive you’ll cross into Zimbabwe and head to the town of Victoria Falls (about 2-3 hours including the border crossing). You’re staying at Nguni Lodge, and this afternoon you’ll have time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls (not included), an awe-inspiring sight and sound, and to shop for souvenirs of your holiday.

Breakfast and lunch.

Day 9

After a leisurely breakfast and morning at the lodge you’ll be transferred to the airport for your homeward-bound flights. Breakfast.

NOTE: Should you wish to extend your time in Victoria Falls, do let us know and we can arrange this for you. 

01 Jul - 31 Oct 2019 from £1,660

01 Jan - 30 Jun & 01 Nov - 31 Dec 2020 from £1,235

01 Jul - 31 Oct 2020 from £1,315

Per person prices based on two people sharing. Please ask for single supplements. Plus international flights from roughly £1200 pp.

Includes:

Accommodation, meals, local drinks, road and light aircraft transfers, daily activities on safari, selected activities at the Falls, park and concession fees.

Excludes:

Visas, international flights, vaccinations, drinks, lunches & dinners at the Falls, premium drinks on safari, optional activities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature.

Getting there:

This trip starts in Livingstone and ends in Maun. From the UK, we recommend getting a flight with a combination of British Airways, Air Botswana and/or South African Airways via Johannnesburg. A rough price guide per person would be £900 – £1400 in economy depending on the season.

Departure dates:

This is a private tailor made fly-in safari which we can arrange for you at any time you like subject to availability.

Tailor make your safari:

We can change this trip in any way, from duration to places and accommodation. This will of course affect the price. This holiday can also be done in reverse, starting in Maun and ending in Livingstone.

The safari vehicle

The vehicle takes a maximum of 12 people and has a trailer for mobile kitchen and luggage. If the weather is good the vehicle will be kept open, though hard perspex sides can be put up if it’s rainy, and there is a canvas roll-top. There is a fridge so cold drinks are on hand, and there is even a charger so that you always have charging facilities at your disposal – night and day.

Sleeping arrangements

The 2-man dome tents are 2 metres square. You will be given a decent mattress, but either need to bring your own sleeping bag or hire one. If you are a single person and willing to share a tent with someone of the same sex, then even if you end up with your own tent, you are not charged a single supplement. You can however guarantee your own tent by paying a single supplement.

Camp facilities

For every 8 people, there is one bush shower and one bush toilet. Both are within a tented cubicle for privacy. An awning provides shade for the dining table and chairs. Of course, there is also the kitchen trailer and all the equipment need for the cooking – all very important! There is a first aid box on board, and there is communication via radio.

Nguni Lodge

This small lodge is in a quiet suburb of Victoria Falls, ideally placed for enjoying the many activities available in the area. Reception staff are happy to help you plan your time with a selection of excursions such as a guided tour of the falls, scenic helicopter flight, sunset Zambezi River cruise and a range of adventure activities. They can also advise on local restaurants and other places of interest, and the centre of town is just a 5 minute taxi ride.

Maun Ldoge

Maun Lodge, just 4 kilometres from the airport, is used as a stopover hotel before or after an Okavango Delta safari. It’s a fairly standard type of hotel with little in the way of character, but clean and comfy enough.

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