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Water levels in Botswana’s Okavango Delta are at their highest level for some 20 years, and this itinerary offers excellent opportunities to view wildlife in areas that were previously unreachable.

A seemingly cyclic natural phenomenon, once dried waterways in the Savuti Channel and the Boteti River are now miraculously flowing again, after over ten years without water. Waterways that have lain dry for a long period are now providing access to new areas. And – as ever – wildlife is attracted to the life-giving water and can be seen with ease by both man and predators.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Days 2-3 : Arrive Maun, fly to Makgadikgadi Pans

    After landing in Maun, you will take a light aircraft to Makgadikgadi Pans and then it's a short drive to your camp. In the afternoon you experience your first vehicle safari on the eastern bank of the Boteti River at the boundary of the Makgadikgadi National Park where the densest population of zebra can be found. The next day is filled with morning and afternoon vehicle safaris. Depending on the water levels of the Boteti River, boat activities can also be provided. Optional cultural excursions can be arranged to visit Khumaga Village, as can guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge. 

    Accommodation: Leroo Le Tau Camp, 2-night

  3. Days 4-5 : Fly to Savuti region of Chobe National Park

    In the morning you fly to Savuti and transfer to your lodge, before heading out In the afternoon for a sundowner vehicle safari. The following day includes morning and afternoon vehicle safaris exploring the Savuti Channel and visiting San rock paintings. In this area you should see herds of elephants, packs of wild dogs, and zebra and wildebeest. 

    Accommodation: Savuti Safari Lodge, 2-nights

  4. Days 6-7 : Fly to Linyanti Marshes

    Your next destination, Linyanti, is a one and a half hour flight away. Your lodge for the next two days is located next to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes, offering a prime view of the prolific wildlife. Here you can experience the Okavango Delta, gliding on the traditional mokoro dugout boat, along with vehicle safaris, boat cruises and nature walks.

    Accommodation: Lebala Camp, 2-nights

  5. Day 8: Fly to Maun & depart

  6. Day 9: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 days from £5,495 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 7 days from £4,395 pp
  • Single supplement: From £420
  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Nature drive
    • Walking
Featured locations:

Makgadikgadi Pans

One of Africa’s most important wetland sites, Makgadikgadi is the only area in Southern Africa to witness a migration of tens of thousands of blue wildebeest and Burchell’s zebra when, during the rains, the dry salt pans transform into lakes, attracting vast flocks of flamingos and migratory birds.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: blue wildebeest, brown hyena, lesser flamingo, gemsbok, Burchell’s zebra
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Savuti Linyanti

This rich complex of grasslands, papyrus marshlands, lagoons and forests are often described as one of Africa’s best game-viewing areas. With a dense concentration of wildlife, the perennial waters attract great herds of plains wildlife and predators, but wild dog are undoubtedly the area’s speciality.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: lion, wild dog, African elephant, red lechwe, spotted hyena
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris

Chobe National Park

Chobe sits on the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. The mosaic of bush, waterway, floodplain and woodland is home to a vast array of wildlife, most notably Africa’s largest concentration of elephant, but also huge herds of buffalo that congregate along its fertile floodplain during the dry season.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, lion, puku, wild dog
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris

Okavango Delta

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
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Lebala

Standing on a vast plain dotted with palm trees close to the Linyanti Marshes, this camp takes it name from the Setswana for ‘wide open spaces’. Lebala has eight spacious, custom-built tents, each with a private deck offering stunning views, as well as a luxurious double outside shower.