This nine day safari is one not to be missed! It’s designed to get you closer to nature, and the highlight of the safari is undoubtedly sleeping on a Skybed in the Khwai Private Concession.
From your elevated platform, designed with all the creature comforts in mind, you’ll be able to watch an array of animals as they come down to the waterhole to drink. At night you may hear elephants moving below you, or hyena calling in the distance, and you’ll certainly be awed by the array of stars that make up your ceiling.
Day 1 – 2: OKAVANGO DELTA, ODDBALLS CAMP (permanent en-suite dome tents)
Upon arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met by a representative and escorted to your light aircraft for a scenic flight into the heart of the Okavango Delta and your camp for the next two nights. Oddballs Camp is situated on the edge of Chiefs Island and on the border of Moremi Game Reserve.
Oddballs Camp is a very comfortable bush camp, although more rustic than other more over-the-top opulent lodges in the Delta. Accommodation is in dome tents set on elevated wooden decks shaded by reed shelters. Each tent has its own en-suite toilet and shower facilities. The central bar and lounge area has comfortable chairs and sofas, a selection of books and games, and raised viewing decks overlooking the sweep of the Delta.
During your stay at Oddballs Camp you will explore the area on mokoro excursions through the reedlined channels and guided bushwalks on the surrounding islands. There are no motorised activities, and the focus is on enjoying a quiet, slow, and intensely personal experience of the African bush.
The area is teaming with wildlife, including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, hippo, giraffe, antelope (including the rare lechwe, tsessebe and sitatunga), otters, honey-badgers, the shy pangolin, and a variety of the smaller wild cats such as civets, servals and genets. Then of course there are the birds, well over 450 species, that bring the forests, rivers and flood-plains of the Okavango to life..
DAY 3: KHWAI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SABLE ALLEY (luxury en-suite tents)
After an early morning activity and breakfast, you depart by light aircraft to big game country, and the amazing Khwai Private Reserve that borders on Moremi Game Reserve. Khwai Private Reserve is a massive 440,000-acre private concession area that offers some of the most fantastically diverse habitats in northern Botswana, including riverine woodlands, open floodplains, rivers and mopane woodland. This range of habitats means a range of wildlife, including lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo and of course the eponymous sable antelope.
Sable Alley is a complete rebuild of a favourite old bush camp. Overlooking a lagoon that’s connected to the Khwai and Sable Alley rivers, just a stone’s throw from the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve, this enviable location means the game literally comes to us. From the swimming pool, lounge, outdoor seating areas and all the guest’s tents there are uninterrupted views of the resident pod of around 30 hippos and the large herds of plains game, elephant and buffalo coming to drink – an idyllic way to spend an afternoon, especially with a cold gin and tonic in hand. When you are ready to explore further afield, Sable Alley’s expert guides are on hand to interpret the sights, smells, and sounds of the bush.
You will explore this magnificent wildlife area on morning, afternoon and evening game drives. Mekoro excursions are also available for those who want to sit back and relax while gliding through the floodwater of the Okavango Delta.
DAY 5 & 6: KHWAI PRIVATE RESERVE, SKYBEDS (luxury en-suite open air platforms)
This morning your “transfer” takes the form of a game drive into the heart of the Khwai Private Reserve. As the name ‘Skybed‘ suggests, these are no ordinary safari accommodations and are truly unique to Botswana. Each ‘room’ is a three-story raised platform overlooking a very busy waterhole.
Charmingly rustic, yet suitably stylish, each Skybed is illuminated by lanterns at night. And don’t worry, there is a fully enclosed bathroom on the first floor with flushing toilets. With such spectacular skies overhead, you might even forget about what’s happening on the ground!
The Skybeds overlook a waterhole – in one night you might see wild dogs, lions, elephants and hyena, as well as elephants, eland, zebra and kudu, and an assortment of smaller nocturnal species, such as porcupines, bush babies, genets, jackals and honey badgers.
We can’t guarantee you will get much sleep, as there will be far too much to watch and listen to, but what a story to tell back home!
During the day, you can head out for a game drive in the private reserve, where you may see lion, leopard, wild dog, kudu, waterbuck, red lechwe, eland, impala, roan, buffalo, warthog and much more.
DAY 7 & 8: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, CHOBE SAFARI LODGE (en-suite chalets)
After a sumptuous breakfast, you are transferred by road to the Khwai airstrip for your onward light aircraft flight to Kasane and the Chobe National Park. You will be met at Kasane Airport and transferred to either Chobe Safari Lodge or Chobe Bush Lodge (accommodation dependent on availability).
On Botswana’s far northern border lie the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe River systems that form an exquisite mosaic of lakes, islands, channels and floodplains. Part of this system is the Chobe National Park, famous for its immense herds of elephant and buffalo, which you will see on game drives and boat cruises. Both luxurious lodges are situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and share a border with Chobe National Park. Both are also a stone’s throw away from the meeting point of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, therefore offering an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls, or the Caprivi.
Accommodation at the lodges consists of spacious, modern en-suite rooms, each with air-conditioning, TVs and safes, as well as magnificent views over the Chobe National Park. Your days here will be spent on boat cruises and game drives, taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful piece of African wilderness.
Your stay at Chobe National Park includes a game drive and a boat cruise on the Chobe River. (Additional activities are available at your own expense.)
DAY 9: KASANE AIRPORT
The safari ends with a road transfer from the lodge to Kasane International Airport for your onward flight.
US$ 3 950.00 per person sharing (01Jan18 – 31Mar18)
US$ 4 400.00 per person shairng (01Apr18 – 30Jun18 & 01Nov18 – 31Dec18)
US$ 5 210.00 per person sharing (01Jul18 – 31Oct18) (August Peak supplement: US$ 280)
All accommodation in twin en-suite rooms
Fully inclusive of all meals & drinks (except drinks at Oddballs & Chobe)
All inter-camp road and air transfers
All game viewing activities
Emergency medical evacuation
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