BOTSWANA WILDERNESS EXPLORATION
An 11 day luxury exploration camping safari discovering Botswana’s amazing scenic contrasts and excellent game viewing. This journey will take you from the mighty Victoria Falls to Botswana’s picturesque northern areas – from the majestic waters of the lush Okavango Delta to the Linyati and Chobe river systems, all home to a wide variety of predators and large herds of antelope. Accommodation includes a combination of luxury safari camps and fully-serviced camping, all in private concession areas (rich in animal and plant life and facilitating holistic guiding).
Day 1 LIVINGSTONE / VICTORIA FALLS
Your highly skilled, professionally qualified guide will meet you at Livingstone International Airport (Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport) in Zambia. From here you will transfer by road to the mighty Victoria Falls, where you will have a guided tour of this, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Next you will make your way to Toka Leya Camp, in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, perched on the banks of the famous Zambezi River and 12km upstream from Victoria Falls. The area is rich in bird and animal life, including the resident African Finfoot, a rarity everywhere else.
Limiting our footprint on this unspoiled area, wooden walkways snake between the 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Safety and comfort are paramount, and you will feel both in your tastefully decorated room, each with an expansive deck looking out over the river and it’s many visitors – elephants, grunting hippo and idle crocodiles, to name a few. Under a canopy of shady trees, the camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas, and infinity pool, offer ample space for you to fully relax. Included: All meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands)
Day 2 – 4 LINYATI CONCESSION
After a full breakfast we transfer by road back to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, for our light aircraft transfer to Kasane. Flying over the Kazangula border, a point where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet, we stop at Kasane for a river cruise on the Chobe River, and a light lunch. This experience offers opportunity to observe puku, sizeable herds of elephant, numerous pods of hippo and enormous crocodiles, as well as other game and diverse birdlife.
We then make our way by air from Kasane to the private and remote Linyati concession for a stay at the Linyati Discoverer Camp, your base from which we will explore this area teeming with wildlife. The private Linyanti Concession is a region of diverse landscapes and habitats, and perennial waters that attract large herds of game that come to quench their thirsts in the dry season. Tailing the various antelope groups are predators, making this area one of the most exciting, and varied, for game viewing. Your days will be spent on game drives exploring a range of habitats, from riverbanks to scrub and forest, and full-day excursions to remote areas, complete with a picnic lunch.
Your innovative accommodation is in 6.3m x 3.5m (20.67 feet x 11.48 feet) walk-in wooden-framed canvas-sided tents. The tents are airy and designed to recreate the accommodation style of the early explorers, with richly coloured teak director chairs and minimalist interiors. Separate bedside tables with reading lamps, canvas and wood wardrobes, bathrobes, comfortable beds and mirrors complete the luxurious experience. Private, en-suite separate toilet and showers form part of the structure. Nightly campfires and magnificent meals are usually prepared around the fire by the warm and friendly camp staff.
Day 5 – 7 OKAVANGO DELTA, PRIVATE CONCESSION AREA
You will continue your exploration by light aircraft transfer to the private Khwai Concession, just north of the Khwai River above the famous Moremi Game Reserve, and discover the varying habitats and wildlife of the area. You will stay in the semi-permanent Khwai Discoverer camp.
The Khwai Concession is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in northern Botswana, and seldom disappoints when it comes to producing once-in-lifetime wildlife experiences. This area is a bird-lover’s paradise, with species including the Verreaux’s eagle-owl, Senegal coucal, long-toed lapwing and Arnot’s chat. The permanent water supply in the area attracts many large mammals, such as elephant, buffalo, red lechwe and elusive roan antelope, and predators you may see include lion, wild dog and spotted hyena. You will spend your time going on day and night game drives, nature walks and seasonal canoe excursions.
Set on a small island looking out over a floodplain, Khwai Discoverer Camp offers 6.3m x 3.5m (20.67 x 11.48 feet) wood-framed, canvas-sided rooms, which are roomy and comfortable, with richly coloured teak director chairs and minimalist interiors. Separate bedside tables with reading lamps, canvas and wood wardrobes, bathrobes, comfortable beds and mirrors complete the luxurious interiors. Private, en-suite separate toilet and showers form part of the structure. Nightly ambient campfires and delicious, fresh meals are usually prepared around the fire by the friendly camp staff.
Day 8 – 10 OKAVANGO DELTA, PRIVATE CONCESSION AREA
After breakfast we fly by light aircraft over the lush, water-world of the Okavango Delta to Jacana Camp. Situated in a permanently flooded area of the Delta, a stay here offers a true, once-in-a-lifetime Delta experience, with picturesque floodplains with lush palm islands and riparian forest, to dryer parts covered in acacia and mopane woodland.
Set on a small island, Jacana is a genuine water camp, representing the absolute seclusion of the Okavango Delta. In this habitat we find water-loving red lechwe in abundance, which in turn attract big predators such as lion and leopard. Other game includes tsessebe, giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodile, occasional sitatunga and regular spotted-necked otter. Birding is brilliant with large concentrations of endangered wattled crane, slaty egret and lesser jacana. Your days will be spent in mekoro (traditional dug-out canoes), on guided walks or game drives, or sitting quietly in one of the two platform hides.
Your accommodation will be one of the five Meru-style tents looking out over the vast surrounding waters. The main dining area is elevated on a wooden deck and surrounded by large, shady trees. Downstairs, curl up on one of our comfortable couches with a book, or gaze out across the waters from the viewing deck. Lazy afternoons can be spent swinging on a hammock and cool evenings are spent sitting around the open fire. The traditional boma sets the scene for outdoor dining under the stars.
Day 11 MAUN
We end our tour with a transfer (by road) to Maun Airport.
US$ 10 975.00 pps (01May18 – 31May18)
US$ 12 470.00 pps (01Jun18 – 31Oct18)
US$ 10 945.00 pps (01Nov18 – 30Nov18)
$10 945 pps
Victoria Falls – a natural wonder
Linyanti – untamed wilderness
Okavango Delta – private wilderness areas
Small and intimate camps
Day & night game drives
Nature walks with experienced guides
All meals from dinner on Day 1 to the end of the scheduled safari,
All drinks, beer, wine & spirits (excluding premium brand drinks)
All activities as mentioned in the itinerary
Inter-camp light aircraft transfers
Laundry & medical evacuation cover
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This safari has set departure dates:
02May18 – 12May18
02Jun18 – 12Jun18
17Jul18 – 27Jul18
07Aug18 – 17Aug18
24Sep18 – 04Oct18
18Oct18 – 28Oct18