BOTSWANA-Okavango Delta

Botswana is a land of dramatic contrasts – from the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango Delta to the large elephant herds in the Chobe National Park and the unpredictable Savute Channel, which runs dry and floods seemingly at random. Blessed with some of Africa’s most beautiful subtropical wilderness reserves and an array of exceptional wildlife, Botswana is an unforgettable safari destination.

This extraordinary adventure can be tailored specifically to your expectations.

Choose the length of your  journey, as well as which areas you wish to visit and the lodges or  camps where you would like to stay. Choose to spend either 4 or 6 nights at two or three of the following lodges and camps.

OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta and a miracle of nature. This oasis of islands and waterways flowers in the middle of the arid Kalahari Desert. Guided dugout canoe (mokoro) trips take you into the heart of  the delta and up close to excellent game viewing and bird watching. This remarkable region is a Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR  site) due to its unique ecosystem. Most visitors to Botswana rate the  Okavango Delta as the highlight of their trip and it is not hard to see  why. In terms of pristine beauty, remote location and rich diversity of  animal and bird life, the Okavango Delta is unbeatable.

  • Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, situated on the edge of the Delta
  • Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, set between the golden floodplains and the Delta waters
  • Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, situated on its own Delta island
  • Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, surrounded by a mosaic of papyrus and reed beds
  • Duba Plains Camp, set on a Delta island and surrounded by extensive plains

SELINDA RESERVE

The Selinda Reserve is a 320 000 acre private wildlife sanctuary. The famous Selinda Spillway, which links the Okavango Delta in the west to the linyanti and Kwando wetlands and rivers in the east, meanders through the area. This exceptional river can flow in both directions, depending on where water levels are highest. Abundant wildlife is attracted to the vast floodplains and grasslands along the river, with large numbers of elephant and vast herds of buffalo congregating around the Zibadianja Lagoon in the dry winters. Predator viewing is also exceptional, including lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.

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HELICOPTER FLIGHT ABOVE THE OKAVANGO DELTA (per flight, max 4 guests)

Thrill to an aerial view of the Okavango Delta as you soar above a vast maze of both permanent and fleeting waterways and floodplains that occupy an otherwise sandy corner of Botswana in a helicopter. Fly over rivers and pools dotted with lily pads, as well as a variety of wild animals that inhabit this unique habitat.

CAMP KALAHARI HORSEBACK SAFARIS

Explore the exceptional scenery of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans on a thrilling 5-night horseback safari. Enjoy three nights at scenic Camp Kalahari and two nights of fly camping beneath starry skies. Travel through vast salt pans and sprawling woodlands on horseback, encountering unique desert species such as zebra, springbok, gemsbok and meerkats.


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