- Small Group
- Land Based Adventures
- 8 Capacity
- 13 Days
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Summary : A Botswana safari offers an experience of Africa as it used to be. Far from tourist crowds, find the wonders that drew adventurers to the continent decades ago. Vast herds of elephants still roam the acacia-studded savanna. Antelope, giraffe and buffalo thrive in the wetlands of the Okavango Delta and at watering holes that sustain life on the dry plains. Lions laze beneath mopane trees, an icon of genuine wilderness that's vanishing all too quickly in the contemporary world. Classic tented safari camps offer luxuries reminiscent of a nostalgic era in the African bush. You'll find it all here still, in secluded Botswana. A very important feature of this African safari is the limited group size, as a guided tour is best experienced with a small group of travelers.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
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The River Club, replete with Edwardian ambiance, overlooks the Zambezi River, where hippos may entertain you on the banks. Take a sunset cruise following a guided tour of Victoria Falls, the world's most astounding cataract. The profuse spray has created a rainforest on the rim of the gorge, with a network of walkways to explore that offer a variety of viewpoints over the falls.
By road and ferry, journey to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, known for its vast elephant herds – a population that exceeds 70,000. On your boat cruise down the Chobe River, sometimes you can see 500 elephants in a single day. Water birds abound, including herons and storks, as well as hippos and crocodiles. This afternoon, fly to the private reserve of Linyanti, dramatic big-game country. Its tree-dotted plains are home to lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and wild dogs as well as tremendous elephant herds. Encounter wildlife in amazing proximity on game drives, guided walks and boat excursions on the Linyanti River. In the evenings relax at your private camp, well-appointed tented accommodations evocative of an earlier era of safari travel. Through the thorny acacia branches, see the infinite stars, scattered across an impossibly black sky.
This morning, fly by light aircraft to Gomoti Tented Camp in the Okavango Delta. The earth’s largest inland water system, the delta’s headwaters lie in Angola’s western highlands, joining with other rivers in Namibia and Botswana to meet the Kalahari Desert, where a green oasis sprawls amid the sands and dry savanna. With its vast network of channels and wetlands, the Okavango is home to a profuse collection of wildlife and vegetation.
While some areas of the delta are permanently flooded, other habitats create a mosaic of varied landscapes, including drier regions like the area that surrounds your camp. A mix of dense riverine woodland, open savanna and acacia scrub provide ample food for a large array of browsers and grazing species, as well as predators including cheetah, leopard, lion and rare wild dog. The Gomoti River is a year-round lifeline for animals, while inland water holes also sustain them during the dry season. The diverse range of habitats makes the Gomoti region ideal for all-day excursions including traditional 4x4 game drives, picnic lunches and night drives in search of nocturnal species.
Leaving dry land behind, transfer by light aircraft to a very different section of the Okavango Delta. Pelo Camp is located in the Okavango’s watery heart, a maze of canals and lagoons that sustains a profusion of wildlife. Explore the constantly shifting marsh by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, offering a chance to observe wildlife at eye level in complete quiet. Islands and wetlands among the channels are home to many rare birds; you may see wattled cranes, Pel’s fishing owls, jacanas, rails, crakes and moorhens. You might also spy water-adapted antelope such as red lechwe browsing in the grasses.
Depending on water levels, travel by boat or 4x4 safari vehicle to Little Tubu, Tubu Tree or Kwetsani Camp (which camp is used depends on departure date), located on the edge of Botswana’s famed Moremi Game Reserve. Tubu sits on Honda Island, the largest area of permanently dry land in this region of the Okavango Delta, surrounded by grasslands that attract many species of plains animals. Kwetsani rests on its namesake island, ringed by open plains. A range of diverse habitats from dry Kalahari sandveld to mopane and riverine forest on the edge of the permanent waterways ensures spectacular wildlife viewing. Your activities focus on drives in open 4x4 vehicles in search of elephant, lion, Burchell's zebra, red lechwe, southern giraffe, tsessebe, and blue wildebeest on the sprawling floodplains. In forested areas, be on the lookout for kudu, impala, and bushbuck. And, of course, you may see the predators that track them, including lion, leopard and cheetah. Night drives reveal nocturnal species such as civet cat and caracal, and large predators that hunt at night.
Your Botswana trip comes to an end when you depart by air for Maun, to connect with flights home.
Getting There & Getting Home:
You must arrive in Livingstone, Zambia by 1pm on Day 1 and can depart Maun, Botswana after 1:30pm on the final day. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm schedule before purchasing air tickets.
Physical Requirements: The walking activities are usually short and optional. It is recommended that travelers who participate in these programs be of an adventurous spirit, as you will often enjoy the very closest of animal encounters and safari vehicles can sometimes offer a bumpy ride.
Green Season Departures (May departures): On May departures the verdant grasslands that have resulted from the November through March rains create a relatively safe environment for mothers to bear their young. During this time game viewing and photography is wonderful as you can view Africa's baby creatures with the lush landscape providing a spectacular backdrop.
Internal scheduled light aircraft flights; accommodations; all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day; non-alcoholic drinks at camps and in vehicles; house alcoholic beverages in camps; services of Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff; some gratuities; airport transfers on Day 1 and final day; permits and entrance fees, and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip; premium alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees; optional activities; items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.); airline baggage fees; airport and departure taxes; optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.