Join Travis Audubon Members on an exceptional and affordable Birding and Wildlife Trip to Botswana in June 2020! Organized by Mowgli Expeditions
We invite you to experience an Africa that is still untamed. The Okavango Delta where a river empties itself right into the heart of Botswana is like no other place on earth. The elephants you come across in close proximity will take your breath away!
Among the hundreds of bird species resident here, you shall find the Saddle-billed stork flying overhead, the Hamerkop assembling it’s strange monster nest, the endangered Southern ground hornbill foraging on the ground and hundreds of weaver birds living in their colonies of hanging nests. During our wildlife safaris, we are sure to find huge herds of African elephants. We also hope to find hyenas, lions, leopards and maybe even a cheetah which is now a rare sight in Botswana!
You will be escorted by Sachin Aggarwal, owner of Mowgli Expeditions, an Austin resident, a naturalist and TAS member, who has been to Botswana several times scouting for the right places. Guiding shall be provided by local naturalist and birding experts. Our birding and wildlife tour is an amazing opportunity at a very affordable cost.
Dates: 18th June to 28th June 2020 – 11 days
Cost per person: $4250 per person & Single Supplement – $950
Included: All lodging, most meals, group airport transfers, ground travel within Botswana, all park fees, jeep safaris, boat safaris, mokoro trips, river cruises, guide fees and a Travis Audubon donation of $300 per person.
Exclusions: Flights (international and two charter flights), visa, beverages, tips for safari guides/driver, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature. Excludes flights within Botswana, and anything not in the inclusions.
Minimum Group Size – 4; Maximum – 8. Safari vehicles shall be 4X4 jeeps and either be open on the sides or shall have a pop up roof.
Vaccinations Required: Standard childhood shots, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Malaria prophylaxis (to be taken before, during, and after the safari).
To confirm your spot, please contact Mowgli Expeditions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-951-0101.
The lodging is mostly in boutique lodges with comfortable rooms with en-suite bathrooms or large tents with en-suite or semi-attached private bathrooms.
Day 1 — Thu June 18, Arrive Livingston (D)
Day 2 — Fri June 19, Livingston (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Sat June 20, North Chobe NP (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Sun June 21, North Chobe (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Mon June 22, Savuti (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Tue June 23, Chobe NP (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Wed June 24, Chobe NP (B,L,D)
Day 8 – Thu June 25, Moremi (B,L,D)
Day 9 – Fri June 26, Moremi (B,L,D)
Day 10 – Sat June 27, Maun (B,L,D)
Day 11 – Sun June 28, Departure
B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
All wildlife photos below are actual photos taken on Mowgli Expeditions safaris. This is what our expedition looks like:
Day 1, Thursday, June 18 — Welcome to Africa! Victoria Falls – A sight to behold forever.
The spectacular Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world, at nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls! It can be heard from 40 kilometers away, and the mist from the falling water can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers. No wonder the local tribes call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya, which translates to “The smoke that thunders”.
We shall arrive at Livingstone, a historic British colonial city named after David Livingstone, the British explorer who was the first European to explore the area.
After getting some rest from our flights, in the evening we shall walk over to a cafe close to the park from where we can get our first view of the Victoria Falls. We shall have dinner at one of the restaurants in that area and then return to the lodge for a good night’s rest. Stay at Victoria Falls Waterfront or similar.
Day 2 – Livingston, Victoria Falls
On day 2, we shall enjoy the magical Victoria Falls area from the Zambian side. After a delicious breakfast, we shall walk over to the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park to take in the Victoria Falls. We shall have lunch at a cafe near the park. After lunch you shall have the choice of visiting the Livingstone Museum or return to the lodge for some rest.
In the evening we shall go for a sunset and dinner boat cruise and return to the lodge after an evening out on an African river.
Day 3, 4 – Northern Chobe, Botswana
On day 3 we shall head to Western part of Chobe National Park.
The world’s heaviest flying bird – The Kori Bustard can be found here. Other birds found here include the Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Brown Snake-Eagle, African Spoonbill and the Malachite Kingfisher. Night stay at Thobolo lodge (or similar).
Day 4 – Northern Chobe, Botswana
We shall spend the day birding and watching the wildlife in the area surrounding the lodge. As the lodge is located overlooking a large marshy salt pan, there are good chances of sighting a large number of bird and mammal species.
Day 5 – Game Drive to Savuti, Botswana
On day 5, depending on wildlife movement, we may choose to stay in Chobe or visit Savuti, which is famous for its large prides of lion and huge herds of buffalo. There are also chances of spotting the Leopard and the Cheetah.
Day 6 –Chobe River
On day 6 we shall head east to the Chobe river area. The way is through the African countryside and so we can expect to see a lot of birds and wildlife on the way there.
Chobe National park is also a birding hotspot with some great birding opportunities. The birds we hope to see include the Hamerkop, African Fish-Eagle, White-backed Vulture, Egyptian Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Blacksmith Lapwing, African Jacana and the majestic Saddle-billed stork.
In the evening we shall go birding on the Chobe river via a boat. Stay at River View Lodge or similar.
Day 7 –Chobe River, Botswana
In the morning, we shall go for another boat safari and do some more birding. Rare birds include the Slaty Egret and the Pel’s Fishing Owl – the largest species of fishing-owl.
In the evening we shall go for a game drive in a jeep. We can expect to find the African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo, Plain’s Zebra, Red Lechwe, Impala, Giraffe, Topi, Waterbuck, and many more mammal species. Overnight stay at River View Lodge or similar.
Day 8, 9 – Edge of Chiefs Island, Moremi Game Reserve
On Day 8, we shall take an amazing charter scenic flight to Oddballs Camp deep in the Okavango on the edge of renowned Chiefs Island.
Accommodation is in safari tents, fully equipped, and set on elevated wooden decks shaded by reed shelters. Each tent has its own, semi-detached bathroom with hot and cold running water and bucket showers in true safari style.
The camp offers a private safari experience with breathtaking views and sunsets in the Okanvago – what Botswana is known for. The safaris here are non-motorized. The guide shall take you gliding in his mokoro (a traditional wooden canoe) through the Okavango to nearby islands to view birds and game.
Day 10 – Okavango Delta to Maun
We shall go for some more birding in the morning before returning for breakfast. Having spent 2 days and nights in an amazing place in the heart of Okavango, we shall take a scenic flight over the delta, heading back to Maun. The night stay is at Tshima Camp or similar.
Day 11, Sunday, June 28th – Departure from Maun to Johannesburg and onwards
After breakfast, we shall head to the Maun airport to catch our flight to Johannesburg, and back to Austin.
Come join us for this memorable adventure!
Come join us for this memorable adventure!