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Complete a mobile boating safari through the length of the Okavango, wild camping on remote islands.

Join this epic adventure - A mobile boating safari from the top of the delta (the “Panhandle”) to Maun. It is for those looking for a bit of adventure, perhaps not for first time safari visitors. We traverse the length of the flooded delta (250km) by safari boat, camping on remote islands, usually on an “expedition" style basis.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $4200 - $4200
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: May - October
Countries visited: Botswana Botswana
Parks visited: Okavango Delta, Moremi
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Camping
  • Birding
  • Boating
You should think about this type of adventure if you have already been on a few safaris before. It is about the experience and the ability to see the delta in its entirety and ride the "flood pulse" over 7 nights as it proceeds slowly towards Maun. Each itinerary can be different and meticulously planned. One needs to book and plan well in advance as the “flood” that pulses through the delta annually, needs to be predicted for the boats to be able to pass through the full reaches of the river. Trans-Okavango Experiences: Pack light – space is limited on our boats; Be prepared to see almost no one for several days – it is very wild out there; Add a helicopter flip for a different perspective; Walk on remote delta islands looking for big game and sought after birds; Spot a Pel’s Fishing Owl; Fish for tiger fish; Get “lost,” and find yourself; Swim in crystal clear waters (only where it is safe, obviously).

Night 1: Sepopa Swamp Stop.

Drive from Maun to Sepopa Swamp Stop and spend a night in a chalet. (400km transfer on a tar road).

Night 2: Little Duba Island

Depart early morning by safari boat and head south down the Okavango river towards the "palm studded" Little Duba Island. There will be time do do some fishing on some of the wide main channels here, especially for Tiger Fish. There is excellent bird watching and already chances to see some of the aquatic species such as hippo, large crocodiles (these are impressively big on this section of river), and elephants. We will pass the village of Seronga before heading further south to our campsite at Little Duba Island. After setting up, there will be time for an afternoon boat cruise and a game walk on a nearby island.

Nights 3 & 4: Xigera Lagoon

After packing up the camp and loading the boat at Little Duba, we will head South towards Xigera Lagoon. Our route will take us off the main Boro Channel, as this is blocked. We will instead cross through the Jao Flats (the route that local fishermen have used for centuries). There will be time to stop at Jao Village to casually greet some of the locals and see how they live in on this remote island. Heading further South, we pass through a matrix of boat, mokoro and hippo channels to get back to the Boro River System and end up at the amazing Xigera Lagoon. We camp for 2 nights near a massive Baobab tree. During our time in Xigera we will do walks on some of the islands, explore and view game by boat and also spend time in camp relaxing.

Nights 5 & 6: Chao Island

After packing up camp and loading the boat at Xigera we will begin on our way South towards our next campsite at Chao Island. Our route takes us through the Xo Flats where we need to negotiate more narrow channels and shallow sand banks. The delta changes a bit here as the channel then flow closer to larger islands, resulting in the game viewing quality increasing dramatically. We will likely arrive in camp by lunch time, will set up and will still have time for a late afternoon sunset boat cruise. Our time in this area will again be spent doing game walks and exploring and fishing on the river. Buffalo, elephant and lion can be seen on productive walks here!

Night 7: Nxaraga Lagoon

Again, we pack up and start towards Nxaraga Lagoon, located right on the Southern tip of Chief's Island. We will take a packed lunch and make a day of it as we drift South towards our campsite on the edge of the lagoon. We will pass the Xaxaba "Heronry" where there may be congregations of breeding birds and will have lots of opportunity to view game in the river on the way ..... we pass quite close to Chief's Island so there are good numbers of giraffe, other plains game, red lechwe and breeding herds of elephants in this area. Once set up at Nxaraga Lagoon, there is time for relaxing and maybe some fishing.

The next day, we boat back to Maun. Safari Ends. Post night accommodation can be arranged




Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • This itinerary can be substituted with the following Lodges
  • Xigera Camp
  • Eagle Island Camp
  • Gunn's Camp
  • Moremi Crossing Camp
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