Explore the diverse habitats of Botswana on this 13-day trip, flying from camp to camp, visiting river valleys, grasslands, floodplains and river systems in search of the region’s remarkable wildlife.
The journey begins in Deception Valley in the Kalahari, before exploring the wildlife-rich floodplains of the Okavango, Linyanti and Chobe National Parks, and ending at the spectacular Victoria Falls.
With a maximum of seven guests, this intimate experience boasts exclusive wildlife sightings on game drives, walking safaris and boat cruises. The timing of the trips coincides with the sporadic summer rains, attracting a wealth of wildlife to the Okavango, Linyanti and Chobe National Parks.
Day1: Depart UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Maun via Johannesburg.
Days2-4: Arrive Maun and fly to Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Arrive Maun and fly by light aircraft to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Take a game drive to Deception Valley Adventurer Camp, an old-style fully serviced mobile camp, and enjoy extended vehicle safaris in the wildlife-rich Pipers Pans area of the Kalahari, Letiahau and Deception Valley, looking for the famous Kalahari black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard and honey badger. The birdlife here is prolific, with the world’s heaviest flying bird – the kori bustard – often seen.
Accommodation: Deception Valley Adventurer Camp, 3-nights
Days5-7: Transfer to Maun, fly to Okavango Delta
Transfer overland to Maun, and fly to the Gomoti Tented Camp at the heart of the private Santawani Concession, located in the south-east corner of the Okavango Delta. Considered to be one of the ecological wonders of the world, the Okavango Delta is home to a plethora of wildlife, including lechwe, sitatunga, reedbuck, bushbuck, elephant, sable and buffalo.
Board a light aircraft for a flight into the Linyanti Concession, before transferring to Linyanti Tented Camp, which is situated east of King’s Pool - known for its large herds of elephant. Activities here include game drives in the private northern sector, exploring a diverse range of habitats often described as Africa’s best game-viewing areas. The perennial waters attract herds of plains wildlife and predators, but wild dog is undoubtedly the area’s highlight.
Accommodation: Linyanti Tented Camp, 3-nights
Day11: Fly to Kasane, Chobe river cruise
Fly to Kasane for a Chobe river cruise. This area is famous for its abundance of puku, hippo, elephant and crocodile. Enjoy a light lunch on the boat before driving to Toka Leya Camp for an overnight stay on the banks of the mighty Zambezi in secluded Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, on the outskirts of town.
The grand finale of the tour is a guided excursion to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Transfer by road back to Livingstone airport for your overnight homeward flight via Johannesburg.
Day13: Arrive UK
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 daysfrom £8,195 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 daysfrom £6,895 pp
Single supplement: From £none
Group size: 7
Included in the price/package:
Light aircraft between camps
10 nights tented camp
This 1.6 million hectare wildlife paradise is a vast tapestry of crystal clear water channels, lagoons and small islands, and is known for its concentrations of large wildlife and birds. Outings by boat or on land, at day or night, yields fantastic sightings within the private concessions of exclusive accommodation.
Where: Northern Botswana
Ideal for viewing: hippo, Nile crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, tsessebe
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching
Nothing quite prepares you for the size of this reserve, nor its wild and mysterious beauty. Covering 9% of Botswana, Central Kalahari Game Reserve was established as a sanctuary for the nomadic San Bushmen and is now home to large herds of plains wildlife and accompanying predators.
Where: Northern Botswana
Ideal for viewing: lion, brown hyena, gemsbok, aardwolf, eland
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris
Combining perfectly with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia as well as Zambia, the Zambian side was once considered to be the ‘poor cousin’, by comparison with the views of the river and the falls from Zimbabwe. The two countries are linked by a spectacular iron bridge above the raging waters.
Where: Southern Province
Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, hippo, trumpeter hornbill, common waterbuck
Excellent for: River safaris
With just five tented suites, the intimate Gomoti Tented Camp lies at the heart of the private Santawani Concession, in the south-east corner of Botswana's Okavango Delta. The camp’s remote setting coupled with its early explorer style design gives the sense of wild camping.
This camp is located beside the Zambezi River, and consists of 12 spacious safari tents. There is a lovely verandah from which to soak up the views and sound of birds, elephant and grunting pods of hippo, and activities on offer include tours to Victoria Falls (Zambian side), river cruises and guided nature walks.