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Okavango Big Five - 6 days

Non Rider itinerary

A 5-night itinerary may take place on the first five nights or the second 5 nights of a 10-night itinerary. Clients would depart on day 6 after an early morning activity & breakfast (aircraft movements permitting).


A 7-night itinerary usually starts on night 1 of a safari; it would usually be split between 2 camps giving guests the opportunity to explore these areas more than on a 5-night itinerary.

On a 10-night itinerary we work out of our base camp Kujwana. This is situated on the Xudum River in the Okavango Delta. We then use two other camps in different areas of the concession. All these camps are well situated in big game areas. They are chosen for the variety of terrain & species that favour particular areas.

This is a sample itinerary, which may vary according to water levels and game movements.
Day 1 Kujwana Camp

You are met at Maun Airport by our representative & transferred by light aircraft to Xudum airstrip, a 25-minute flight. You are then transferred into the camp by vehicle, which takes approximately 1 hour. (Game viewing). Alternatively you would be transferred by light aircraft to Xaxacaba Airstrip where the helicopter would meet you; a 12-minute scenic flights would bring you directly into camp. Lunch and an introduction talk and advice on game viewing. This is followed by an afternoon activity. An afternoon mokoro trip down the Xudum river system, offering the opportunity for exploring the waterways around base camp. An ideal time for birding and spotting animals coming down to the water to drink.
Day 2 Kujwana Camp.
Morning game walk in the Xudum area. Wake up is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. Walk along the edges of the lush green malapos that lead you from island to island. Surprise a timid reedbuck out his dense cover on a heavily wooded island, or enjoy the herds of Lechwe & Zebra moving through the open spaces. Return to camp for lunch. Siesta. Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks & evening night drive with a spot light, joining the rest of the group for this activity.
Day 3 Kiri/Xwaapu Camp.
A move east towards Beacon and Lion Island. These are two very large islands in the area, which are cut off from Kujwana by the Xwaapu River. To travel between the camps you will take a mokoro, stopping for walks in interesting areas along the way. The area is criss-crossed with game paths leading you through a chain of rain pans. This is a great contrast to the open flood plains. Mopane forests and Acacia woodlands offer a good variety of food for Kudu and Giraffe. Breeding herds of elephant enjoy the security of the dense forest and should the pans be holding water zebra, wildebeest and buffalo will also be found. Animal tracks abound telling you of what has been and gone - or what you might still find. Afternoon bird walk, with the rest of the group.
Day 4 Kiri/Xwaapu Camp.
Walk north east towards Moremi game reserve. This area forms seasonal marsh land and hosts a variety of exceptional bird life. Wildlife moves freely to and from the national park. Good Buffalo and Elephant country. Picnic lunch in a shady area with the rest of the group before a siesta through the heat of the day, afternoon tea followed by a game drive back to camp.
Day 5 Kujwana Camp.
A move back towards Kujwana. A morning mokoro taking in the flora and fauna of the area. With time aplenty there will be the opportunity to stop for a spot of fishing on the way in. With bream, pike and catfish to go at, a few hours spent on the water will fly past. For this who would rather not fish, the journey back will be broken with game walks and a break by a water crossing. Lunch at Kujwana with the rest of the group followed by a siesta. Afternoon game walk with the rest of the group.
Day 6 Kujwana Camp.
A rest day for the guests riding for 10 days. There is the option to game drive, walk, mokoro or view a water hole from the hide. Afternoon gamedrive, sunset drinks and return to camp with a spotlight.
Dawn game drive 2 hours for the guests staying for 5 days. Return to camp for breakfast.
Guests joining the safari do a mokoro in the cool of the afternoon as the wildlife stirs from the heat of the day. 2 hours.
Day 7 Kujwana Camp.
A full morning gamedrive exploring the area to the south towards the Matsibe river. A good habitat for Cheetah and breeding grounds for Carmine Bee-eaters, our summer visitor. This route has thick riverine forestry and is a good area for elephant and buffalo (and the unexpected).
Afternoon mokoro with the rest of the group.
Day 8 Mokolwane Camp
Move from Kujwana to Mokolwane camp. This is approximately 30km from Kujwana heading northwest, game drive into new and exciting areas. The route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island, followed by siesta and tea. 1 hour game drive in the afternoon to a boat station and then a 20 minute powerboat trip into camp before sunset.
Guests on a 7-night itinerary would gamedrive for 2 hours, returning to camp for a cooked breakfast, flight times permitting.
Day 9 Mokolwane Camp
Morning game walk. This camp is on the Matsebe river system and features wide open flood plains interspersed with Mokolwane palms - favorite food of Elephant & Baboon. Good area for plains game.
Afternoon: 1 - 2 hours’ mokoro experience (traditional dug out canoe). This camp also has a fantastic natural swimming hole accessed by powerboat and plenty of opportunities to fish on the Matsebe River.
Day 10 Kujwana Camp.
A full days move from Mokolwane to Kujwana with a picnic lunch along away. A 40 Km drive with 4 hours covered in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. This route moves through a variety of game areas fording the Xudum river at numerous crossings. Arrive Kujwana on sunset.
Day 11
Early morning game drive out of Kujwana camp if flight times permit. Guests leave after breakfast. One hour’s game drive to the nearest airstrip for transfer by light aircraft into Maun.

NB. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary according to water levels and game movements. Mokoros (dugout Canoes) are offered as an activity depending on water levels.
On a non-riding itinerary our guests will have private guides with them at all times. It is highly likely that they will be the only ones using this guide so the itinerary is normally built around the specific requests of these guests. It is a highly personalized service and offers the opportunity to focus on the desires of the individual.

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Okavango Big Five Safari - 6 days
Tour Code: IT-BORT01-5
6 days / 5 nights ~$6,440.00
Dates: Feb to Dec

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Airport: Maun, Kasane
Game drives, mokoro trips, guided walks and boat trips down the river for sunset with sundowner drinks.

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