Summary : Explore the true Africa, Botswana, where the landscape has remained relatively unscathed and offers vintage Africa adventure travel. Find all the major wildlife: elephants, buffalo, lions, hippos, plains antelopes, leopards, cheetahs, and more. Well over half of Africa's most endangered carnivore, the wild dog, is here. This Botswana expedition includes mokoro cruising on the Okavango Delta, searching for more than 350 bird species (including the scarce black egret and pygmy goose), and romantic accommodations in some of Africa's best camps. Join Lex Hes, a renowned South Africa tour guide, for this journey to Africa of yesteryear.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Photography
$999,999,999 to $0
Depart from the USA on your international flight to Johannesburg.
Arrive Johannesburg and transfer to the Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Early-morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Maun. You then transfer to chartered bush planes (your mode of transportation between all of your camps) for the flight to Camp Kalahari, located on the edge of an ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park. Upon arrival you have time to settle in before embarking on a late-afternoon game-watching activity.
Today, go in search of the desert-adapted wildlife that survive in this harsh environment; meerkats, aardwolves, oryx, and springbok among them. This is also your only opportunity to spot the rare brown hyena. The birdlife here is varied as well, and the species you hope to spy include white-backed and lappet-faced vultures; several types of hornbills; tawny and martial eagles; ostriches; lanner and red-footed falcons; and red-crested and northern black korhaans.
In addition to guided game safaris in open 4x4 vehicles, weather permitting, you may have the chance to drive ATV vehicles across the endless pans and accompany Bushman trackers on foot as they take you to Chapman's Baobab—a historic tree used by Livingstone, Selous, and other early explorers—as they explain their folklore and way of life en route.
Overlooking a perennial lagoon with prolific birdlife and resident pods of hippo, Seba Camp offers well-appointed, spacious tents, each with en suite bathroom and a private deck with magnificent vistas of the water and the host of wildlife passing by. It is the perfect water activity camp, and one of the only Okavango camps that offers foot safaris, mekoro (dugout canoes), and boating trips. Aboard mekoro, silently glide through the tranquil Okavango waterways amid numerous delta creatures. Along with a large elephant population, a seasonal abundance of game graces the area, including giraffes, zebras, impalas, wildebeest, tessebe, and lechwe. Lions frequent the greater area and herds of buffalo are also occasional visitors. Birding is exceptional as well, with the possibility of sighting malachite kingfishers, white-browed coucals, and rufous-bellied herons among the over 380 species recorded in the area.
Chitabe is situated on one of the most beautiful of the Okavango Delta's islands. During your time here, explore the region, a combination of open floodplains, wooded islands, and lagoons harboring an outstanding assortment of African wildlife. Game viewing is excellent, and, accompanied by local guides, ride in open 4x4 vehicles or go on foot in search of buffalos, elephants, lions, leopards, reedbucks, lechwes, zebras, and hippos. Wild dogs are also a possibility here.
In addition to the customary morning and afternoon game drives and walks, you may also have the option of night safaris, using spotlights to seek out rare nocturnal species.
DumaTau's spectacular game-viewing opportunities are the perfect conclusion to this Botswana safari. Spend three full days here, in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, which borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The camp is built on raised boardwalks under a shady grove of mangosteen trees, overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon on the Linyanti waterways. The source of the Savuti Channel is close to DumaTau, and game drives along it are one of the highlights here.
The Linyanti Reserve consists of 1,250-square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness and is totally uninhabited by humans. It supports a wide variety of species, but it is most noted for its very large elephant population. The area is also home to large numbers of impalas, lechwes, kudus, zebras, giraffes, sitatungas, sables, roans, waterbucks, and buffalos. The birding is spectacular with such Okavango specialties as slaty egrets, white-rumped babblers, and wattled cranes, in addition to the bushveld species. Activities are varied as you explore by water, 4x4 vehicles, and occasionally on foot. The many hides along the Savuti Channel and the banks of the Linyanti River also provide a chance to enjoy wildlife viewing close up and away from a vehicle.
On the last day here, time permitting, embark on one final game drive before returning to Maun for your flight to Johannesburg. Connect with homeward flights arriving in the US the next day.
All accommodations; group meals from dinner on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 16; group transfers; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; all gratuities; domestic air transportation within Botswana; $50,000 of emergency sickness/accident medical expenses and $75,000 in evacuation insurance.
All air transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/fax/telephone charges.
*Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency medical coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $50,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $75,000. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA. The policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states. Please note this coverage does not cover you against trip cancellation or for additional days of travel prior to and/or after the expedition trip dates. ExpeditionTrips strongly advises all clients to purchase travel insurance which includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage for the entire duration of your trip.