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The Pride of Botswana’s Delta

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The Okavango delta is the largest inland river delta in the world

Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Depart: Maun
Return: Livingstone
Tour type: private departures / lodging

Tour dates: *on request*

Luxury lodges and a wildlife extravaganza on this 13-day Botswana Delta safari. Go to Botswana at your peril… The visitor here is often profoundly changed, even after a short time. For this is a good country, a place where, for the most part, governments and people have behaved with propriety and with respect for others. It is a place that is ready to break the heart in unexpected ways…” -Alexander McCall Smith (the author of “No 1 Ladies Detective Agency”)

Botswana lies immediately to the north of South Africa. It is bordered on the north and west by Namibia, on the north and east by Zimbabwe, and is connected by a narrow strip of land on the northern border to Zambia. In the northwest, the Okavango River empties into the Kalahari sands, creating the largest inland river delta in the world. Botswana is truly one of the few remaining destinations in Africa that still provides a good sense of the adventure. Its expansive game parks and preserves, offers wildlife as diverse and abundant and is still largely undeveloped and untamed. From Botswana, the seventh wonder of the world, Victoria Falls, from the Zambian side. Prepare yourself for a jaw-dropping experience! This tour is designed to be family-friendly and photographers will love it!

Tour Details

DAY 1 – 3 : JOHANNESBURG TO MAUN : CAMP MOREMI

Wildlife is diverse and abundant in this still largely undeveloped and untamed country

Wildlife is diverse and abundant in this still largely undeveloped and untamed country

Arriving Maun Airport, you are assisted onto your scheduled 30min charter flight to the heart of the Okavango Delta and the magic of Camp Moremi. Camp Moremi is situated in an area that provides water throughout the year, therefore an abundance of wildlife habitat this area throughout the year. This ensures fantastic game viewing and bird watching opportunities no matter what time of the year you are visiting!

At Camp Moremi game drives are both land and water based. Resident naturalist guides, who are carefully trained to share their knowledge and deep love for Botswana’s wilderness with you, will lead game drives. Local species include Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo and Giraffe. You can thrill to the excitement of tracking these animals in open game-viewing vehicles, conducted by experienced resident naturalists.

After lunch, your local guide will take you to explore the wilderness paradise, where only the animals rule. Late afternoon the “traditional” sundowners are sipped in one of the most amazing wildernesses left in the world.

Camp Moremi accommodates guests in East African-style safari tents, individually erected on raised teak platforms. Each tent is exquisitely furnished with an African teak wardrobe, luggage rack, dressing table, bedside pedestals and traditional director’s chairs. Colorful woven rugs, designer linen and matching interior blinds complete your African hideaway. His and hers towel robes as well as tea and coffee making facilities are also provided to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each tent has its own private bathroom situated adjacent to the tent.

DAY 3 – 5 : CAMP OKAVANGO
After an early breakfast we depart by boat for Camp Okavango. The 3-hour boat journey to Camp Okavango takes us through the intricate channels of the remote wilderness of the Okavango Delta. This is a totally different and unique game viewing experience and very few people are privileged to experience! En route we stop on one of the islands for coffee, tea and something sweet! On this unique experience, the boat stops on regularly intervals as guests spot animals on the banks of the river – keep your eyes open for hippos and crocodiles, while the changes in the landscape is very obvious. Arriving at the lodge, in time for lunch, the friendly staff will assist to the lounge for a hearty meal! After lunch we settle down in to freshen up and reflect on the unique morning experience! Mid-afternoon we meet up with our guides at the main lodge for our first afternoon game activity – sit back and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Camp Okavango is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assuring a year-round water wilderness experience. Camp Okavango’s unashamed luxury blends with the Africa of old in the elegant thatch and lethaka main lodge buildings. The dining room leads onto an expansive open-air patio for evenings around the open boma. Other lodge facilities include a cocktail bar, lounge, wildlife reference library, a secluded bird-viewing hide, shaded hammocks, a delightful sun deck and plunge pool for relaxing during the hot midday hours.

DAY 5 – 7 : CAMP SHINDE
After breakfast a scheduled charter flight will take us to Shinde where we spend the next two nights.

Nestled on a lush palm dotted island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta and located at the edge of a lagoon, Shinde is surrounded by clear waterways, which flow over yellow sands and past palm-fringed islands teeming with birdlife and game. The island is especially favoured by members of the antelope family, including the elusive Sitatunga whose elongated and splayed hooves enable it to walk on the unstable beds of reeds floating on the water. Delta crafts can take you on an interesting trip where you can see fascinating breeding colonies of herons, egrets, pelicans and storks. Your guide can also take you on fascinating wildlife walks where you can see the hidden treasures – insects, reptiles as well as a wide variety of bird life and game.

Shinde’s remoteness has ensured that true innocent wildlife has not been subject to the pressures of mass tourism.

The lodge accommodates just 16 guests in large raised reed and thatch lagoon facing chalets, with en-suite facilities and private viewing decks, situated on the shaded fringes of the island. An open boma and al fresco dining area overlooks the expanse of pristine water that makes up the permanent Delta.The lounge, bar and dining areas are set back under the Ebony and African Mangosteen tree canopy in open sided thatched structures. The swimming pool, located within the mature gardens in the centre of the island, is a perfect place to relax.

Exploring the Delta by motorboat or canoe (mokoro), combined with walking on surrounding islands in the concession, gives guests the chance to experience a classic Delta safari.

DAY 7 – 9 : SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE
After breakfast, we transfer to the landing strip and board our scheduled charter flight Savuti Safari Lodge, situated within the borders of the world-renowned Chobe National Park. En route to the lodge, in open game-viewing vehicles, you can sit back and smell the wild sage, while you are keeping an eye out for the magnificent elephant bulls of the area. A handful of small pans sustain Savute’s thousands of animals with a permanent, yet fragile water source. On an open vehicle game drive, you will look for the large Lion prides, the area is known for as well as the big herds of Elephants.

Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just 24 people in contemporary furnished twinbedded luxury suites constructed of wood, thatch and glass, making them ideal for the hot and dry conditions. Double volume suites with their spacious interior and large, glass sliding doors set the lodge apart from typical safari accommodation. Large private viewing decks and en-suite facilities, with showers, ‘his and hers’ towel robes and tea and coffee making facilities combine to make Savute Safari Lodge an unforgettable experience. Other facilities include a lounge, library and cocktail bar, which is situated in the exquisite thatch and timber main building, while in front there is a viewing deck ideal for watching game at the water hole.

DAY 9 – 11 : CHOBE SAVANNA LODGE
Once again, after breakfast, we board our scheduled charter flight to Kasane Airport, where a representative will welcome you. From here you are transferred to the Kasane Jetty for a short boat trip to the absolutely awesome water based Chobe Savanna Lodge. Chobe Savanna Lodge is set in a classic African Savanna environment with sweeping vistas surrounding the lodge. Unlike other lodges we visited, where game activities are prioritized, Chobe Savanna Lodge offers guests the choice of just taking “time out” or joining in on one of the many activities offered at the lodge. Those who wish to explore the Chobe River will not be disappointed. All activities are conducted by resident professional guides, whose intimate knowledge will make for an unforgettable experience. Guests have a choice of boat excursions in small manoeuvrable boats, ideal for close up encounters with wildlife or cultural village visits.

We suggest to take a cruise on the Chobe River… not only for the magnificent sunsets, but also to catch a glimpse of many animals coming down to the water’s edge to drink. This river system is also home to an incredible diversity of bird species.

The lodge accommodates a maximum of 24 guests in stylish thatched chalets, all with private decks, a combined bedroom / lounge area and en-suite bathrooms. All rooms are furnished in subtle earth tones and dark woods in a contemporary African theme, are air-conditioned and have complimentary mini bars. Facilities include a swimming pool, a gazebo that is ideal for small group lunches and an open boma area (place of eating), on the banks of the Chobe River, where guests are treated to panoramic views and traditional dancing performed by local villagers.

DAY 11 – 13 : VICTORIA FALLS, LIVINGSTONE
After breakfast you board the boat at the lodge and set sail back to Kasane. At Kasane you are met representatives from where you are assisted onto a road transfer to The Royal Livingstone close to Victoria Falls .

Activities included for your stay in Livingstone: A guided tour of Victoria Falls and a sunset cruise on the African Queen Several additional activity-options exist which includes Elephant Back Safari’s, Helicopter/Microlight Flights over the Falls, White River Rafting, and many more! Front-desk will assist you in booking any of these additional activities.

DAY 13 : LIVINGSTONE – JOHANNESBURG
After breakfast you are transferred to Livingstone Airport to be in time for your flight back to Johannesburg.


Tour Cost

Total Tour Costs: *on request*

Included in the quoted price:

  • Accommodation at Camp Okavango, Camp Moremi, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Savanna Lodge & Shinde on a fully inclusive basis.
  • Accommodation at Royal Livingstone Hotel on bed and breakfast basis
  • All meals at Camp Okavango, Camp Moremi, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Savanna Lodge & Shinde
  • Airport departure tax at Maun Airport.
  • Scheduled activities at Camp Okavango, Camp Moremi, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Savanna Lodge & Shinde
  • All soft drinks and local wines at Camp Okavango, Camp Moremi, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Savanna Lodge & Shinde
  • National Park Entrance Fees at Camp Okavango, Camp Moremi, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Savanna Lodge & Shinde
  • Laundry Services at Camp Okavango, Camp Moremi, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Savanna Lodge & Shinde
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance at Camp Okavango, Camp Moremi, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Savanna Lodge & Shinde
  • Scheduled charter flight from Maun to Camp Moremi
  • Scheduled boat transfer from Camp Moremi to Camp Okavango
  • Scheduled charter flight from Camp Okavango to Shinde
  • Scheduled charter flight from Shinde to Savute Safari Lodge
  • Scheduled charter flight from Savute Safari Lodge to Kasane Airport
  • Scheduled road transfer from Kasane Airport to Kasane Jetty
  • Scheduled boat transfer from Kasane Jetty to Chobe Savanna Lodge
  • Scheduled boat transfer from Chobe Savanna Lodge to Kasane Jetty
  • Scheduled road transfer from Kasane Jetty to Royal Livingstone Hotel/Tongabezi Lodge
  • Accommodation at Royal Livingstone Hotel/Tongabezi Lodge on bed and breakfast basis
  • Scheduled road transfer from Royal Livingstone Hotel/Tongabezi Lodge to Livingstone Airport

Excluded from quoted price:

  • Meals other than specified
  • Premium brand drinks
  • Gratuities & Porterage
  • Transfers not specified
  • Visa Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Flights & Airport taxes

Notes:
a) Abovementioned price structure is based on a minimum of four (4) paying guests.

b) This is a quotation only and subject to availability at the time of making a reservation.
c) Vaccination requirements change from time to time and we suggest clients consult their local doctor or health department for the latest health precautions.
d) All charters have been booked on a seat on charter basis. Due to the nature of travel in light aircraft, mainly because of safety and space concerns, baggage is restricted to 20 kg (44 lbs), per person. This baggage must be soft sided so to allow for it to be packed properly. If you do have extra bags or have suitcases heavier than the specified allowance, we must be advised in advance as soon as the booking is made so we can make arrangements for the baggage to be transferred or stored at an additional cost.
e) All road transfers booked are scheduled transfers.
f) Terms & Conditions

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One Response to “The Pride of Botswana’s Delta”

  1. faurie said:

    Hi

    we are looking for a special travel with the following tips :

    – approximatively 10 days on on place
    – in private for 2 adult people
    – with a natiralist speaking english guide
    – focus on cats (big cats and small cats) try to see black footed cats, african wilcat, caracal
    – in bostwana, namibie or zimbabwe (the best place)
    – with night safari if possible (for small cat I think it’s the best ?)
    -at the best time (between september-november)
    – not luxurious for sleeping : it’s not the subject of the trip. The subject is wildlife…

    can you propose us something ?

    thanks

    Katia