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Fish Eagle

Paddle deep into the Okavango Delta and search for Africa's iconic wildlife in the vast wilderness of Botswana.

The Fish Eagle Safari: An 11 Day Camping Adventure

The Fish Eagle Safari

This adventure safari is perfect for those with limited time who still want to visit the great wilderness areas of Botswana.  Starting in Maun, Botswana and ending at Victoria Falls, this affordable safari is long on adventure yet ideal for those traveling on a budget.  The Fish Eagle Safari takes you into the swamps and lagoons of the Okavango Delta and continues through the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.  These reserves offer some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa.  Located in the remote bush, most campsites are private, wild, and unfenced.  It's not unusual to have wildlife wander through camp.  The Fish Eagle Safari is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the daily rhythms and magic of the African wilderness.

This safari is a "participation mobile camping safari" because guests "participate" by setting up their own tent, carrying their luggage from the vehicle to the tent, and sleeping on a mattress pad (not a bed or cot).  The safari runs with one vehicle and a trailer to haul all the supplies as you move from camp to camp.  Many guests will also pitch in with the cooking, though this is not required.  Each safari is accompanied by a professional guide and a camp assistant who will ensure your safari is safe, educational, and fun.

 

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2018 Rates

  • $2185.00 (July-Oct)
  • $2060.00 (Nov-June)
  • Single Supplement: $130

Rates are per person sharing and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

Length: 10 nights/11 days

Route:  Starts in Maun, Botswana, ends in Livingstone, Zambia

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BRIEF ITINERARY

Days 1-3:  Okavango Delta, camping

The safari begins in Maun, where your guide will meet you at 07h30 at a pre-arranged meeting point. Your adventure will take you to the southern tip of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise. Once you have reached the edge of the Delta, you will meet your polers from the local community with their mekoros (traditional dugout canoes).

Quietly cruising along reed lined channels and floodplains, you will enjoy the spectacular landscape of this unique region during the tranquil transfer taking you deeper inside the Delta. You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area with mokoro excursions and guided nature walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango, camping wild with bush ablutions on a small island for two nights.  (Day 1: Lunch, Dinner; Days 2 & 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Days 4-6:  Moremi Game Reserve, camping

Early morning of Day 4, you will enter Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next three 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. After your morning game drives, you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta. On Day 6 you will move campsites to explore a different area of this diverse park. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions (2 nights in Western Moremi and 1 night in Eastern Moremi). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Days 7-9:  Chobe National Park, camping

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.  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. Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions, first in the Savuti area (Savute Main or Zwei Zwei Pan) (Day 7), then in the northern part of the park closer to the riverfront (Days 8 & 9; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Days 10-11: Livingstone, Zambia, comfortable lodge

After a morning game drive you will cross the Zambezi River by ferry and then drive to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls (visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios.  Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge.  The safari officially ends at 10h00 on Day 11.  (Day 10 – Breakfast, Lunch & Day 11 - Breakfast).

2018 Departures

 

Departs Maun

Ends Livingstone

Season

Jan 10

Jan 20

Low

Jan 31

Feb 10

Low

Feb 21

Mar 3

Low

Mar 14

Mar 24

Low

Mar 28

April 7

Low

April 11

April 21

Low

April 25

May 5

Low

May 9

May 19

Low

June 13

June 23

Low

June 27

July 7

High

July 11

July 21

High

July 25

Aug 4

High

Aug 22

Sept 1

High

Sept 5

Sept 15

High

Sept 19

Sept 29

High

Oct 3

Oct 13

High

Oct 24

Nov 3

High

Nov 7

Nov 17

Low

Nov 28

Dec 8

Low

Dec 19

Dec 29

Low

 

All safaris are equipped with the luxuries required for travel comfort and peaceful relaxation (custom-built safari vehicles, a mobile kitchen serving good wholesome food with an African flavor and ice-cold drinks for that tropical sundowner) while still maintaining the exhilarating spirit of the adventurous traveler.

All our vehicles are customized, tough, reliable Safari Land Rovers.  Vehicles are extra wide with more seating space and have:


Folding windscreenRemovable canvas roof; Perspex windows for the cold and rain; Fridge for cold beverages,;  Folding side door;  Comfortable coil spring suspension; 120L water tank with tap;  Open sides for unobstructed views.

Our trailers are also custom-built on Land Rover chassis:

Chair box for easy access;  Easy modular packing system – saves time;  Folding side table complete with full kitchen behind.

The tents are large and comfortable, the showers are private and hot and the bush toilets are clean and private.

Meals are served in a tranquil setting next to the campfire in the African bush. Traditional meals are prepared on the open fire by the camp assistant.

  

 

GROUP SIZE:  Departures guaranteed with 2 people minimum.  Maximum group size is 12.

INCLUDED:  Accommodation as specified in itinerary; Dome style tents with mattress (sleeping pad); Services of a professional guide and camp assistant; Transport in customized safari vehicles; Camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves; Lodge accommodation in Livingstone; All entrance fees and camping fees within Botswana national parks and reserves; Meals, tea/coffee only, as specified in itinerary (rate does not include any other beverages); All activities as specified in the itinerary; Airport transfers in Maun only.

EXCLUDED:  All international flights and departure taxes; Entry visas; Travel insurance (required); Accommodation not specified in the itinerary (i.e. pre-night in Maun); Victoria Falls entry fee; Optional activities/excursions; Staff gratuities; All beverages (alcohol, soft drinks, and bottled mineral water); Meals in Livingstone; Sleeping bag/pillow; Livingstone Airport transfer; Items of personal nature and toiletries; Increases in park fees.

PAYMENT: A non-refundable, 20% deposit is required to confirm booking.  Balance is due 7 weeks before departure.  Safari rate can change based on currency fluctuations and we reserve the right to change the rate accordingly.  Rate will be locked in upon confirmation.

Other terms & conditions apply.

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The African Fish Eagle

The African Fish Eagle is a widespread bird of prey found throughout Africa.  With it's distinctive white head, chestnut belly, and black wings, the Fish Eagle is unmistakable.  The call of the African Fish Eagle is one of the iconic sounds you'll hear on safari.  Mating pairs call each other from a perch or soaring high above the water, throwing their head back as they make their evocative call.

Living near lakes and rivers, the Fish Eagle will prey on fish but is also known to take small birds.  Small spikes on their feet help them grasp slippery fish.  Fish Eagles are "kleptoparasites" meaning they steal food from other birds.

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