11 days from £3960pp plus international flights.
Enjoy diverse African landscapes from the thunderous Victoria Falls, to the serene wildlife-filled wilderness of the Okavango Delta, and down to the remote Boteti River area close to Makgadikgadi National Park.
This is a varied tailormade Botswana safari taking in some of the best sights of this beautiful country. If you're looking for an exceptional wildlife and wilderness safari, with comfortable places to stay, good guiding, and exciting experiences, this could be right for you.
You have two nights each at Livingstone (Victoria Falls), Chobe Elephant Camp in Chobe, Kwara and Pom Pom Camps in the Okavango Delta, and Meno A Kwena in the Boteti/Makgadikgadi National Park area. (Note this is not the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, which are further east, though it would be easy to extend the trip to include this area).
In addition to some road transfers you will also be flown over some of these picturesque areas by light aircraft which is both exciting and awe-inspiring.
In general the wildlife on this trip should be good whatever the time of year, though the dry season (around may to October/November) tends to bring the best sightings of larger mammals as they are drawn to the water sources of the Delta and the Chobe and Boteti rivers.
The greener months of November to April tend to find the wildlife less concentrated by water sources, but the landscape is lush and it is the birthing season, which brings inevitable and dramatic predator and prey interaction. This is also one of the best times for keen birders.
We have travelled these areas and know these camps, so we can answer any questions you have about whether this safari might be right for you. We look forward to hearing from you if we can help you plan this or another Botswana safari.
After breakfast we will take you over to Botswana, to Chobe Elephant Camp in the Chobe Forest area. The roughly 2 hour journey includes a short motor boat trip over to Kasane, the town adjacent to Chobe. Your lodge is just a few miles out of Kasane in a peaceful valley. You have two days here, and there is a range of things to do. Perhaps today an afternoon boat trip on the Chobe River might be the perfect way to celebrate being in Botswana!
You'll be able to enjoy a game drive in the famous Chobe National Park. It is a park well known for its huge population of elephants, but that is certainly not all. There is a wide diversity of wildlife here, from antelopes such as impala and sable, to giraffes, buffalos and hippos to predators such as lions, leopards and hyenas. Other activities you could enjoy from the lodge are nature walks and also a visit to the local village. Full board.
After your morning game activity, we'll fly you back to Nxai Pan for a change of scenery. This is a total contrast to the lush Okavango Delta, and one of the only places where you will see springbok and impala in the same place. Today you can go on a walking safari with San Bushmen, and enjoy game drives in this interesting landscape.
Enjoy your last day on safari, and make the most of this lovely camp during the day. The wildlife you might see here varies depending on the time you visit, as it's very much a seasonal movement of game in this area. In the dry winter months, around June to November, you will often see big herds of elephants, plus large numbers of zebra and wildebeest (and their accompanying predators), though there is always resident wildlife around throughout the year.
After breakfast and your morning game activity (a walk with Bushmen and/or a game drive) we will take you back to the airstrip to catch your flight to Maun. From here you will be able to link with your onward flights. Breakfast.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £3960 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide prices pp sharing (excluding international flights): 5 Jan-Mar £3,960, April-June and 1-14 Nov £4,705, July-October £5,650, 15-30 Nov £4,195.
Game activities as shown; park fees;
International flights and taxes; meals not mentioned; drinks at Chobe Elephant Camp and premium drinks at other lodges; park fee increases; insurance; visas; vaccinations; personal expenses; Christmas and New year surcharges (please ask).
Getting there: This trip starts in Livingstone and ends in Maun. From the UK, we recommend getting a flight with British Airways or South African Airways via Johannnesburg. A rough guide cost would be about £1000 pp.
Departure dates: This excellent value Botswana safari is a tailor made trip which we can plan for you at any time you like. You can tweak any element of the trip to suit you. Just call us to help you plan this safari.
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Time: GMT +2hrs
Flight time: Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.
Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.
Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.