New member today and am currently in the process of planning second Safari for my family of four. I am 47 my wife 48 and my two boys will be 12 and 14.
Our first Safari was a mobile safari and headed out to the Magkadigkadi Pans to view the Meerkats and sleep on the pans via Planet Baobab. From there we spent a night at Kumaga, before moving to Xakanaxa in Moremi followed by Khwai for a few nights, flying out to Kasane for a couple of nights before finishing at the Victoria Falls. We then went on to spend 2 weeks from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth self organised and driven.
We loved the whole experience and what we really loved was the mobile safari aspect and sleeping in the environment. We also loved the freedom in the Khwai region to be able to night drive. What we didn't like was the crowds of people and lack of flexibility out of the lodge/hotel in Kasane. We loved the cape region but will not be returning this time.
I am currently in conversation with the lady who organised and accompanied us on the Zimbabwe/Botswana leg of this trip and will be booking with her again because we love her and she did a great job
showing us different aspects of safari to help frame this trip.
I would like some input from other safari lovers with more experience than myself on the probability of achieving what I want from this trip. I want to maximise time in the natural environment with lower numbers of people, and luxury is very low on the priority list.
Currently we are planning on spending a month in Botswana in September 2018, we are locked into Australian school holidays as my wife is a school teacher and financially we will not have the resources by June/July 2018. I am aware this is prime time and will be expensive but don't really see any other window.
My thoughts at present are quite clear in and around the Delta region as I have visited previously, however I am unclear how to proceed on the second half of this journey.
First part of Journey mobile camping
2 Nights in Maun to refresh and time switch
3-4 nights Xakanaxa in Moremi
2 nights at possibly another site in Moremi
5-7 nights in Khwai taking advantage of night drives (possible walking Safari)
Any thoughts on the Nxai Pan Park at this time of year?
Second Part (Please help) approx 2 weeks
I think i would like to proceed by road up to Savuti/Chobe. We are from Australia and love to camp and have camped for extended periods and travel on bush roads is not an issue particularly if there is possibility of game viewing.
I am wondering if it is possible to continue mobile camping into this region and particularly whether there are parts of Chobe that offer this camping style safari avoiding the crowds I experienced in Kasane?
Other areas that obviously appeal to me in the north of Botswana are Linyanti, Kwando and Selinda (would love to view Cheetah) these areas seem to be very exclusive and quiet (positive) but very luxurious (unnecessary) and outside of my budget for the amount of time I would like to spend. I would not be opposed to a couple of nights as a break between camping if budget permitted. Are there any more economical ways to gain access to these areas? Camping would be preferred.
Our Budget is in the region of $40000 USD. Does this sound plausible or am I on another planet?