CARACAL SAFARI 8 NIGHTS

Overview

PREMIUM CAMPING • 8 NIGHTS
THE CARACAL SAFARI

Spend 8 days dedicated to exploring the stunning ecosystems of Mababe private concession and the Moremi Game Reserve; prime wildlife areas offering exceptional game viewing opportunities. Settle in to the comfort of our walk in mini meru tents and spend the last two nights of the safari in a stylish expedition camp on an exclusive delta island. This mobile safari is a scenic escape, traversing through a delightful contrast of mophane forest, water lagoons, woodlands and floodplains, which support an incredible density and diversity of wildlife species.

We will be exploring the areas in our customized safari vehicle which offers each guest a window seat for exceptional game viewing opportunities. When in camp, your professional safari team will take care of all your needs, and ensure that you have a relaxed camping experience.

Highlights

  • 3 nights Mababe private concession 
  • 3 nights Moremi Game Reserve – private wilderness camping sites
  • 2 nights Okavango Delta – private island Moremi Game Reserve
  • Mokoro excursion
  • Boat cruise

Trip Style

  • Mobile safari
  • A comfortable camping experience
  • Wide frame mini meru tents with camp beds and bedding provided. Each tent has an ensuite bush toilet and shower.
  • Guides do all camp setup
  • Expert tour guide, camp chef and all equipment provided
  • All inclusive pricing* (see detailed itinerary for details)

Trip Details

Accordion Content

Please note: The safari starts 14h30 on Day 1, a pre night is not required however Bush Ways Safaris can assist with pre-safari arrangements if need be.

Day 1 – 3: Mababe, comfortable camping 

The safari begins in Maun where your guide will meet you at 14h30 at Maun Airport. From Maun you will drive through to Mababe. Your first night in Mababe will hint of things to come – arriving into camp in time for sunset, you will settle in to the beauty and sounds of this unique wilderness area. Perfectly positioned between the southern section of the Chobe National Park, and the Khwai and Moremi wildlife areas, the environment offers a mix of both habitats. The river channel winds through the savannah, attracting a diverse mix of animals that come to drink in the dry season, and enjoy the abundant grasses following the rains. Acacia woodland provides shade for all in the heat of the day, with large herds of elephants, buffalo and general game making the best use of it.

Early morning and afternoon game drives through the area will give you the best opportunity to witness this raw nature.  You will also have the opportunity to venture out on a night drive, experiencing a very different type of safari, focussing on the wildlife that uses darkness to its best advantage. On your third day you will have an opportunity to enjoy a 30min scenic flight in a helicopter with no windows and doors, allowing magnificent views from above. Rate TBA by your guide/agent. This experience has to be booked prior to start of the safari, and payment made in USD cash only. The flight over the Okavango gives you an eagle’s eye perspective of the area and it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami.

The Mababe private concession belongs to the local community, and as caretakers for this pristine wilderness, there are controls in place which restricts the numbers of visitors to the area, making it a truly special experience for you. (D- day 1. B,L,D – day 2 and 3)

Maun – Mababe: 2.5-3 hours, 120km

Day4 – 6: Moremi, comfortable camping

After breakfast you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Khwai mokoro station. Enjoy the stillness of the wonder that is the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (fiberglass canoe) as your poler guide glides through the magnificent channels of the inland Delta water system. Your adventure will continue as we travel through the Moremi Game Reserve, stopping for a picnic lunch enroute. A relaxed game drive will then take you to your private campsite, arriving late afternoon, where you will spend the next 3 nights.
Here land and water meet to create an exceedingly striking preserve of waterways, lagoons, pans, floodplains, riverine forest and woodlands. This incredible diversity of habitats makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching opportunities. You will enjoy game drives daily discovering natures best kept secrets. (B,L,D)

Mababe – Moremi: 90km, leisurely full day experience

Day 7 – 8: Okavango Delta -Private Island, stylish expedition tented camp

Today you get to explore a section of Moremi Game Reserve that few get to experience, as you boat to a secluded island. Your destination is a little haven beautifully laid out within the deep water channels of the Okavango Delta.  Perfectly situated between Moremi’s game-rich savannah and the Okavango Delta’s floodplains, this area offers unspoiled scenic beauty. Spend two days discovering this island and surrounding channels by boat and enjoy Africa’s perfect sunset as it reflects off the water. Be spoilt in comfort as you spend 2 nights in meru style en-suite tents and immerse yourself in this remote, wild and untouched area. (B, L,D)

Moremi – Private Delta Island: 20-30km to boat station,1- 2 hours

Day 9: End – Maun Airport

Early on day 9, you will leave the island by boat, to make your way to Maun. Jumping onto the safari vehicle parked and ready for you at the boat station, a game drive on your way out will be yet another chance to see the more elusive animals not yet spotted. We continue on to Maun arriving at approximately 12h00. Your guide will drop you off at Maun Airport / lodge booked. You also have an opportunity to fly out to Maun, this is to be booked prior to start of the safari, rate TBA by your agent. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation and activities at an additional cost. (B)

Private Delta Island – Maun – 150km, 5 hours:

ABOUT OUR CARACAL SAFARIS
Description: Exceptional camping safari where all camp chores are carried out by our team. There is one guide with the guests at all times and a back up team (chef + camp assistants) in a backup vehicle setting up and breaking camps, cooking meals, etc.

Day 1: Mababe Private Concession

Day 2: Mababe Private Concession

Day 3: Mababe Private Concession

Day 4: Moremi Game Reserve

Day 5: Moremi Game Reserve

Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve

Day 7: Private island, Okavango Delta

Day 8: Private island, Okavango Delta

 

CODE Safari Dates 2024   Rates
BWC 2403 21-Jun 29-Jun USD 3,800
BWC 2404 09-Jul 17-Jul USD 3,995
BWC 2405 25-Jul 02-Aug USD 3,995
BWC 2406 14-Aug 22-Aug USD 3,995
BWC 2407 23-Aug 31-Aug USD 3,995
BWC 2408 07-Sep 15-Sep USD 3,995
BWC 2409 20-Sep 28-Sep USD 3,995
BWC 2410 05-Oct 13-Oct USD 3,995
BWC 2411 17-Oct 25-Oct USD 3,995
BWC 2412 17-Nov 25-Nov USD 3,800
 
CODES SAFARI DATES 2025 RATES
BWC 2500 22-Apr 30-Apr USD 3,800
BWC 2501 09-May 17-May USD 3,800
BWC 2502 18-May 26-May USD 3,800
BWC 2503 16-Jun 24-Jun USD 3,800
BWC 2504 05-Jul 13-Jul USD 3,995
BWC 2505 14-Jul 22-Jul USD 3,995
BWC 2506 27-Jul 04-Aug USD 3,995
BWC 2507 09-Aug 17-Aug USD 3,995
BWC 2508 16-Aug 24-Aug USD 3,995
BWC 2509 23-Aug 31-Aug USD 3,995
BWC 2510 31-Aug 08-Sep USD 3,995
BWC 2511 08-Sep 16-Sep USD 3,995
BWC 2512 22-Sep 30-Sep USD 3,995
BWC 2513 29-Sep 07-Oct USD 3,995
BWC 2514 11-Oct 19-Oct USD 3,995
BWC 2515 20-Oct 28-Oct USD 3,995
BWC 2516 25-Oct 02-Nov USD 3,995
BWC 2517 03-Nov 11-Nov USD 3,800

RATES

2024
Rates are per person sharing
Low Season: Jan to Jun, Nov & Dec
High Season: Jul to Oct
2025
Low Season:  Jan to Jun, Nov & Dec
High Season: Jul to Oct

PRICE INCLUDES:

Camping equipment (walk in mini-meru tents with camp bed and full bedding with ensuite bush ablutions) for 6 nights, 2 nights tented camp, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner), tea/coffees, soft drinks, local alcohols, drinking water, services of a Professional Guide, Camp Chef and an Assistant, all Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialised safari vehicles. Okavango Air Rescue evacuation from the bush to the nearest medical facility.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (activities in Maun) Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation out of the country, any increase in National Park fees.

All inclusive pricing* (see detailed itinerary for details)

DESCRIPTION

Camping safari where all camp chores are carried out by our teams. There is one guide with the guests at all times and a backup team (chef + camp assistants) in a backup vehicle setting up and breaking camps, cooking meals, etc.

EQUIPMENT

Walk in mini-meru tents with bedrolls and bedding included and ensuite private bush ablutions (shower, toilet, toiletry stand) with direct access from the tent for part of the safari and meru-style tents with twin beds, ensuite facilities, for the last nights of the safari.  All drinks included (softs, local alcoholic drinks, drinking water). 

VEHICLE

4×4 safari vehicles custom-built by Bush Ways – custom built trailers – one backup vehicle specifically dedicated to setting-up/packing the camp

NUMBER OF GUESTS

Maximum participants = 9 pax so that everyone gets a window seat. No minimum pax required, safari is guaranteed once Bush Ways has accepted and confirmed a departure.

Itineraries

8-night comfortable mobile safari running a loop from Maun to Maun. Ideal to extend with your own set of lodges!

Profile

Timeless adventure offering genuine and authentic bush experiences simultaneously offering stunning comfort.

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LUGGAGE

  • One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-hard suitcases should be avoided as well.
  • One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet
  • Main luggage: max weight = 18kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
  • Remember that on safari you need far fewer clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea
  • Hat/cap
  • Scarf and gloves (especially for winter months)
  • Warm jacket/fleece/jumper – windproof in winter months (May – Sept), waterproof in summer months (Nov – Mar)
  • Swimming costume
  • Natural clothing (i.e. no bright colours and no white), t-shirts, shorts, a pair of light weight long trousers and a lightweight long sleeve shirt (long sleeves are extremely useful for sun protection during the day and mosquito protection during the evening)
  • Please note that camouflage printed clothing is fine for the bush but please do not to wear in towns or when crossing borders.
  • Comfortable walking shoes and flip flops/sandals
  • Camera equipment, binoculars, lots of spare films, batteries and spare memory cards for digital cameras are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.
  • Adaptors for cables, chargers, USB, etc.: note that we recommend you label them to avoid confusion on the vehicle charging station
  • Water bottle and a small daypack for walks

TOILETRIES AND FIRST AID

  • Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case
  • Sunscreen
  • Malaria prophylaxis (see section 5 for further information)
  • Mosquito repellents/ lotion/ spray
  • Toilet paper (this is only necessary if you prefer 2 or 3 ply toilet paper)
  • Water proof/zip lock bags for storing personal items to keep dust free and/or dry.
  • Personal First Aid Kit
    Please note: A First Aid Kit will be present throughout the safari but personal medicines must be brought for the duration of the safari.

MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Check with your local immunisation authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION website for up to date information www.who.int
  • Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken
  • Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from / going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from / going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

  • Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.
  • Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.
  • For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bwwww.zambiatourism.comwww.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na
  • Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas
  • For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy
  • If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment.
  • Requirements for minor traveling through all Botswana ports of entry
    Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.
  • Bush Ways Safaris does not provide travel insurance.
  • Bush Ways Safaris provides Okavango Air Rescue membership for the duration of the safari nights. The service provides medical evacuation from isolated areas of the bush by a medically equipped helicopter and emergency doctor, ensuring smooth and swift operations. International insurance companies are not always familiar with the practicalities of dealing with emergencies in the Botswana bush, which can add to delays in obtaining medical care. Please note this cover does not include pre and post safari arrangements.
  • Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details prior to your arrival so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer’s Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone it from Botswana – USA 800 numbers don’t work from here).