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 Southern Africa tour guide, for this journey to Africa of yesteryear.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Photography
$999,999,999 to $0
Board 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. Then transfer to chartered bush planes (your mode of transportation between all of the 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 your guided game safaris in open 4x4 vehicles, weather permitting you 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.
Xigera is situated in the central Okavango Delta within the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Water surrounds Xigera year-round, and many islands are home to large concentrations of wildlife. It is one of the only Okavango camps that offers foot safaris, mokoros (dugout canoes), and boating trips. Aboard mokoros, silently glide through the tranquil Okavango waterways amid numerous delta creatures. A paradise for avid birders, Xigera is home to Pel’s fishing owls, African skimmers, slaty egrets, lesser jacanas, and a host of eagles,vultures, and kingfishers. A unique feature of the camp is a wooden footbridge that connects Xigera to the neighboring island. You are treated to close-up views of lions, hyenas, or leopards padding across the bridge as they move between islands. Xigera also boasts the Okavango’s highest density of the rare sitatunga antelope, as well as hippos and crocodiles.
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 buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards, reedbucks, lechwe, 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.
Explore Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, teeming with an assortment of wildlife that inhabits the woodlands, floodplains and grasslands of this private reserve, bordered by the Chobe National Park. This pristine corner of Bostwana offers exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.
Transfer to Johannesburg for flights back to the US.
All accommodations; group meals including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; group transfers; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; all gratuities; domestic air transportation within Botswana; $25,000 of emergency sickness/accident medical expenses and $100,000 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; travel 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 $25,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000. 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.