Overview

PREMIUM CAMPING • 6 NIGHTS
THE SERVAL SAFARI

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Botswana’s wilderness on “The Serval Safari ” From the lush landscapes of Moremi/Khwai to the predator-rich plains of Savuti and the bustling Chobe floodplains, this journey offers an unmatched window into Africa’s raw nature, all in luxury mobile camping style. With spacious tents, ensuite bush facilities, and no need to lift a finger thanks to the Bush Ways team, indulge in this full-service safari. Delight in game drives, mokoro excursions, and a Chobe River cruise to witness elephants, lions, leopards, and more. With all-inclusive local beverages and a maximum of 9 guests, immerse yourself in this unforgettable Botswana journey. The Serval Safari may be done in either a Northbound or Southbound direction.

Highlights

  • 2 nights Moremi Game Reserve/ Khwai, mokoro excursion
  • 2 nights Savuti in Chobe National Park
  • 2 nights Chobe Floodplain in Chobe National Park, river cruise on the Chobe River
  • 2 nights Chobe Floodplain in Chobe National Park, river cruise on the Chobe River
  • 2 nights Savuti in Chobe National Park
  • 2 nights Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai, mokoro excursion

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

DETAILED PROGRAMME – NORTHBOUND

Please note: As the safari starts at 07h30 on Day 1 you will need to pre-night in Maun. Bush Ways Safaris can assist with pre-safari arrangements. In the afternoon of your pre-night, you will have the option of taking a 45-minute flight in a helicopter with no windows and doors, allowing magnificent views from above. Rate TBA by your agent. Both experiences have to be booked prior to arrival, and payment made in USD cash only (transfers not included, extra charges apply). During the flight it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami.

Day 1: Moremi / Khwai

Your guide will meet you at 07h30 at a pre-arranged meeting point in Maun. From Maun you will drive through to Moremi / Khwai, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. Camping will be in private designated campsites with ensuite bush ablutions on each tent. (L, D) 

Maun – Moremi / Khwai: 150km, 6h (including game drive)

Day 2: Moremi / Khwai

Game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai River (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession). A mokoro excursion will take you along a tributary of the Khwai River to view game from another perspective and to experience this tranquil mode of transport. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Savuti / Zwei Zwei – Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination.  As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains.  Savuti is very well known for its predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and even African wild dog. Camping will be in private designated campsites with ensuite bush ablutions on each tent. (B, L, D)

Moremi / Khwai – Savuti: 120km. 5-6h

Day 4: Savuti / Zwei Zwei – Chobe National Park

Game drives to explore Southern Chobe National Park (Savuti / Zwei Zwei). (B, L, D)

Day 5: Chobe floodplain – Chobe National Park

You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle. The Chobe River Floodplain is an amazing game viewing area where water attracts large herds of buffalo, elephant, zebra and other herbivores. Due to the proliferation of prey, predators are likely to be close at hand. Sunsets in this region are often spectacular and allow amazing photographic opportunities. Camping will be in private designated campsites with ensuite bush ablutions on each tent. (B, L, D)

Savuti – Chobe River: 170km, 5h

Day 6: Chobe floodplain – Chobe National Park

Game drives to explore Northern Chobe and floodplain. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Kasane

The safari officially ends at 12h00 on Day 7 in Kasane after a cruise on the Chobe River. This experience allows you to get a closer look at the aquatic animals and birds not easily approached on safari.  Lunch will be available at your own cost once back in Kasane. For guests going to Kasane Airport or surrounding lodges, or Victoria Falls your transfer pick-up can be arranged from 12h15.  If you are staying in one of local Kasane’s lodges, your guide will be able to drop you off. Bush Ways is happy to arrange any post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges at an additional cost. (B)

Chobe Camp – Kasane: 30km, 1,5h

DETAILED PROGRAMME – SOUTHBOUND

Day 1: Chobe floodplain – Chobe National Park

Arriving in Kasane, an extraordinary cruise on the Chobe River awaits you. The meeting point is at Kalahari Tours, Kasane at 12h30 before embarking on the boat cruise at around 14h00. This amazing experience allows you to get a closer look at the aquatic animals and birds not easily approached on safari. The cruise is also a great ice-breaker where everyone on the safari gets to know one another. After the boat cruise, Chobe National Park awaits. A leisurely game drive to your camp will give great opportunities for amazing views of the sun setting over the Chobe River floodplain. You will arrive at camp just before dark, where the rest of the safari team will welcome you to your home for the next 2 nights. Camping will be in private designated campsites with ensuite bush ablutions on each tent. (L, D) 

Kasane – Chobe camp: 30km, 1,5h

Day 2: Chobe floodplain – Chobe National Park

The next day, your morning and afternoon game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle. The Chobe River Floodplain is an amazing game viewing area where water attracts large herds of buffalo, elephant, zebra and other herbivores. Due to the proliferation of prey, predators are likely to be close at hand. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Savuti / Zwei Zwei – Chobe National Park

Today we head south, away from the Chobe River, further into the heart of Chobe National Park.  As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains. Savuti is very well known for its predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and even African wild dog. Camping will be in private designated campsites with ensuite bush ablutions on each tent. (B, L, D)

Chobe River – Savuti:  170 km, 5h

Day 4: Savuti / Zwei Zwei – Chobe National Park

Game drives to explore Southern Chobe National Park (Savuti / Zwei Zwei). (B, L, D)

Day 5: Moremi / Khwai 

From Savuti you will drive through to Moremi / Khwai, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next two days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. 

Camping will be in private designated campsites with ensuite bush ablutions on each tent. (B, L, D)

Savuti – Moremi / Khwai: 120km. 5-6h

Day 6: Moremi / Khwai

Game drives to explore the region surrounding the Khwai River (North-east Moremi / Khwai Concession). A mokoro excursion will take you along a tributary of the Khwai River to view game from another perspective and to experience this tranquil mode of transport. (B, L, D)

Days 7: Maun

Leaving early on day 7, a game drive out of Moremi / Khwai will be our last opportunity to see the more elusive animals not yet spotted.  We continue on to Maun arriving at around 12h00, where we will drop you off at your lodge or at the airport. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation and activities at an additional cost. (B)

Moremi / Khwai – Maun: 150km, 5h (including game drive)

ABOUT OUR SERVAL SAFARIS
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 back up team (chef + camp assistants) in a backup vehicle setting up and breaking camps, cooking meals, etc.

ACCOMMODATION- NORTHBOUND

(all nights camping fully serviced)

  • Day 1: Eastern Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai Concession – game drives
  • Day 2: Eastern Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai Concession – game drives and a mokoro excursion
  • Day 3: Southern Chobe National Park (Savuti / Zwei Zwei) – game drives
  • Day 4: Southern Chobe National Park (Savuti / Zwei Zwei) – game drives
  • Day 5: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain) – game drives
  • Day 6: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain) – game drives
  • Day 7: Morning boat cruise on the Chobe river – END of the safari at Kalahari Tours in Kasane

ACCOMMODATION- SOUTHBOUND

(all nights camping fully serviced)

  • Day 1: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain) – lunch and afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 2: Northern Chobe National Park (floodplain) – game drives
  • Day 3: Southern Chobe National Park (Savuti / Zwei Zwei) – game drives
  • Day 4: Southern Chobe National Park (Savuti / Zwei Zwei) – game drives
  • Day 5: Eastern Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai Concession – game drives
  • Day 6: Eastern Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai Concession – game drives and a mokoro excursion
  • Day 7: Drive to Maun – END of the safari at Maun airport

 

CODE SAFARI DATES 2024 RATES
 BWS 2411 North Bound 28-May 03-Jun USD 2,680
 BWS 2412 South Bound 03-Jun 09-Jun USD 2,680
 BWS 2413 North Bound 11-Jun 17-Jun USD 2,680
 BWS 2414 South Bound 17-Jun 23-Jun USD 2,680
 BWS 2415 North Bound 02-Jul 08-Jul USD 2,830
 BWS 2418 South Bound 22-Jul 28-Jul USD 2,830
 BWS 2419 North Bound 30-Jul 05-Aug USD 2,830
 BWS 2420 South Bound 05-Aug 11-Aug USD 2,830
 BWS 2421 North Bound 13-Aug 19-Aug USD 2,830
 BWS 2422 South Bound 19-Aug 25-Aug USD 2,830
 BWS 2423 North Bound 27-Aug 02-Sep USD 2,830
 BWS 2424 South Bound 02-Sep 08-Sep USD 2,830
 BWS 2426 South Bound 16-Sep 22-Sep USD 2,830
 BWS 2427 North Bound 24-Sep 30-Sep USD 2,830
 BWS 2428 South Bound 30-Sep 06-Oct USD 2,830
 BWS 2429 North Bound 08-Oct 14-Oct USD 2,830
 BWS 2430 South Bound 14-Oct 20-Oct USD 2,830
 BWS 2432 South Bound 28-Oct 03-Nov USD 2,830
 BWS 2433 North Bound 05-Nov 11-Nov USD 2,680
 BWS 2434 South Bound 11-Nov 17-Nov USD 2,680
 BWS 2435 North Bound 03-Dec 09-Dec USD 2,680
 BWS 2436 South Bound 09-Dec 15-Dec USD 2,680
 
CODE SAFARI DATES 2025 RATES
BWS 2500 Northbound 05-Mar 11-Mar USD 2,680
BWS 2501 Northbound 26-Mar 01-Apr USD 2,680
BWS 2502  Northbound 09-Apr 15-Apr USD 2,680
BWS 2503 Southbound 15-Apr 21-Apr USD 2,680
BWS 2504 Northbound 30-Apr 06-May USD 2,680
BWS 2505 Southbound 06-May 12-May USD 2,680
BWS 2506 Northbound 21-May 27-May USD 2,680
BWS 2507 Southbound 27-May 02-Jun USD 2,680
BWS 2508 Northbound 11-Jun 17-Jun USD 2,680
BWS 2509 Southbound 17-Jun 23-Jun USD 2,680
BWS 2510 Northbound 02-Jul 08-Jul USD 2,830
BWS 2511 Southbound 08-Jul 14-Jul USD 2,830
BWS 2512 Northbound 16-Jul 22-Jul USD 2,830
BWS 2513 Southbound 22-Jul 28-Jul USD 2,830
BWS 2514 Northbound 30-Jul 05-Aug USD 2,830
BWS 2515 Southbound 05-Aug 11-Aug USD 2,830
BWS 2516 Northbound 13-Aug 19-Aug USD 2,830
BWS 2517 Southbound 19-Aug 25-Aug USD 2,830
BWS 2518 Northbound 27-Aug 02-Sep USD 2,830
BWS 2519 Southbound 02-Sep 08-Sep USD 2,830
BWS 2520 Northbound 10-Sep 16-Sep USD 2,830
BWS 2521 Southbound 16-Sep 22-Sep USD 2,830
BWS 2522 Northbound 24-Sep 30-Sep USD 2,830
BWS 2523 Southbound 30-Sep 06-Oct USD 2,830
BWS 2524 Northbound 08-Oct 14-Oct USD 2,830
BWS 2525 Southbound 14-Oct 20-Oct USD 2,830
BWS 2526 Northbound 22-Oct 28-Oct USD 2,830
BWS 2527 Southbound 28-Oct 03-Nov USD 2,680
BWS 2528 Northbound 05-Nov 11-Nov USD 2,680
BWS 2529 Southbound 11-Nov 17-Nov USD 2,680
BWS 2530 Northbound 19-Nov 25-Nov USD 2,680

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, 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.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

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

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

Very spacious tents (3m x 3m x 1.95m) with bedrolls and bedding included and ensuite private bush ablutions (shower, toilet, toiletry stand) with direct access from the tent. All drinks included (soft, local alcoholic drinks, still 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. Departure is guaranteed as soon as we have confirmed 1 guest

Check out the following page (link to Fully Serviced page)

Itineraries

6-night safari: one Northbound programme running from Maun to Kasane and one Southbound programme running from Kasane to Maun. Ideal to combine with your own set of lodges!

Profile

Genuine and authentic bush experiences simultaneously offering stunning comfort.

For our picture database, see:

Serval Safari equipment: https://goo.gl/photos/Ui8WDLPqPv3wx4ka7

Vehicles: https://goo.gl/photos/Dd2sTpACnmtw5SiH7

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).