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Mobile safari with Thamalakane River Lodge

We value our guest’s and tailor make each safari to suit their needs, comfort and budget. Our safaris are in prime wilderness areas offering guests a private and comfortable experience no matter how big or small a group. Families with children are welcome!

Below are descriptions of our recommended safari areas, as well as general information (what to bring, weather, travel assistance, etc). Send your enquiry to reservations and we’ll take care of the details for you.

The Khwai area borders the Moremi Game Reserve to the west and is a blend of papyrus channels and lagoons, home to an abundance of wildlife and birdlife, making it an incredible Botswana destination. This area is rich in a large variety of animals including elephant, lion, leopard, hippo, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog and an astounding variety of water birds and raptors.

Moremi Game Reserve:
Moremi Game Reserve, in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, has a vast array of fauna and flora with contrasting landscapes which makes it one of Botswana’s prime wilderness areas. Birdlife is abundant and ranges from water birds to shy forest inhabitants whilst the wildlife is prolific offering elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dogs.

Ntwetwe Pans:
Visitors to Ntwetwe Pans, mainly visit the Pans to experience the remote isolation of this area. The Pans are so flat that it’s possible to see the earth’s curvature whilst out exploring this vast area by quad bike, or visiting the habituated meerkat colony. However, during the rainy season, it is home to one of the last migrations found in southern Africa, when huge herds of zebra and wildebeest migrate to the nutrient rich grasslands in the west. Predators follow on the heels of the migration, hunting the weak and old. This area offers the traveller a view of Botswana that is not often seen but should not be missed.

Kasane (on the banks of the Chobe River) is the northern entrance to Chobe National Park and is where the four countries (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe) meet, and offers spectacular sunset boat cruises, tiger fishing, game drives and bird watching, to name a few. With Victoria Falls just across the border, Kasane is the perfect base to explore this region.

Chobe National Park, in the northern part of Botswana, lies along the Chobe River which borders Botswana and Namibia and offers spectacular game viewing all year round. The park is known for its large elephant and buffalo populations, as well zebra, giraffe, numerous other antelope and predators such as leopard and lion. For the birding enthusiasts, there is also the chance to see the African Skimmer flying inches above the river, or the Giant Kingfisher.

Victoria Falls:
Victoria Falls has been described as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and is on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. At the height of the rainy season, columns of spray can be seen from miles away giving rise to the name ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. A path along the edge of the forest provides visitors with exceptional views of the Falls.

Thamalakane River Lodge:
Thamalakane River Lodge’s friendly shuttle service will collect guests from Maun International Airport and transfer them to the lodge, 30 minutes away.
Because of its location close to Maun International airport, most of our safaris will start and end at Thamalakane River Lodge.

Thamalakane River Lodge is on the banks of the Thamalakane River, en-route to Moremi Game Reserve. The en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools, are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. The chalets, public areas and our swimming pool take advantage of the 180-degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds and visited by a vast selection of water fowl, birds and the occasional hippo.

Our widely acclaimed restaurant serves a la carte and buffet style meals from an ever-changing menu. Dusk is spectacular, with the sun setting the river ablaze as it slowly dips behind the trees.

What to expect on safari days:
An early morning departure from your Camp in open safari vehicles with specialised guides to ensures guest the chance to view wildlife as they drive through these prime wilderness areas.

On arrival at the mobile tented camp the friendly staff will greet guests with lunch and refreshments. Guests will be shown to their en-suite tents and have a chance to unpack and settle in. The late afternoon is spent on a game drive through the wildlife abundant areas, followed by sundowners and a slow amble back to camp in time for showers and a 3-course meal prepared our experienced chefs on an open fire. Relax around the fire after dinner under a canopy of stars reliving the day’s highlights.

The following day begins with an early morning wake-up call with hot water brought to guest washbasins. Tea, coffee, and an assortment of light breakfasts are served before guests set out to explore the large variety of game on offer. Guests are back in camp in time for a large cooked brunch and siesta. After tea, it’s time for another game drive followed by sundowners and a slow amble back to camp in time for showers and a 3-course meal.

ACTIVITY (Water activities
dependent on water levels)
PAXRATE PPExtra drinks available
for purchase at the bar.
Moremi / Khwai / Savuti /
Chobe Baines Baobab /
Ntwetwe Pans
4 – 12 PAX
2 PAX rates
on request.
$375 –C
$475 –L
We tailor make each safari
to suit all your Comfort needs and
Luxury options. Our safaris are in
prime wilderness areas offering
guests a private and comfortable
experience Families with
children are welcome!