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Botswana Standalone

Experience the remarkable diversity on offer in Botswana with time in the lush and varied Okavango Delta and Chobe areas and the vastly contrasting Kalahari Desert.

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Your adventure starts here

Days

1-3

Days 1-3

Unforgettable sightings

Kasane, Botswana

Chobe is synonymous with elephant, its reality the unforgettable sightings of gentle giants frolicking in the waters, or moving slowly through desert-like stretches of sand, ears flapping to the slow rhythm of nature. Here in their natural environment, the splendour of majestic creatures can truly be appreciated. Chobe National Park boasts four distinctly different eco systems: the spectacular Chobe floodplain and river to the northeast, the Savute Marsh in the west, the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest and, in-between, the hot dry hinterland of Nogatsaa and Tchinga. With an elephant population well in excess of 40,000 (reputedly the largest in the world), Chobe’s river and floodplain area ranks among Africa’s premier safari destinations.

In addition to the massive herds of elephant, the park is home to the more unusual, shy antelope species such as roan, sable, tsessebe, eland and red lechwe. Rare Chobe bushbuck and puku make an appearance, and high densities of lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah complete the safari experience. During the dry season months of May to October the floodplains of the river support large herds of Cape buffalo. Woven into a melodious tapestry, the sounds of over 450 bird species merge with the harsher call of the big game, and the chatter and alarm calls of the inhabitants. Between September and March, the migrant breeding season, Chobe becomes a bird-lovers heaven, under a blanket of colour and harmony.

2 Nights

Muchenje Safari Lodge

  • Elevated position within the Chobe Forest Reserve, with vistas over the Chobe River & Caprivi floodplain
  • 11 cottages built of thatch & stone, offer all the comforts of a home-away-from-home
  • Peaceful tree-shaded, open-sided lodge with lovely guest spaces & panoramic views
  • Delicious buffet meals, viewing decks for sundowners & a refreshing pool
  • A haven of tranquillity, 50 kilometres from Kasane & the busy riverfront
  • Variety of safari experiences & activities: game drives, walks, community visits, boat cruises
Transfers
Transfers

Kasane Airport to Muchenje Safari Lodge: Shared Road Transfer

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Days

4-6

Days 4-6

Blazing african skies

Savute, Botswana

A relic of an inland lake, the game rich Savute region of Chobe National Park is best known for the mysterious Savuti Channel and vast Savuti Marsh. Desolate, desert-like landscape is dominated by the marsh and rocky outcrops. The ideal time to head out on safari is early in the morning, as the sun starts to rise, and animals are most active. Look for herds of migratory zebra and wildebeest. A quick coffee stop while out on drive is the perfect time to take in the incredible sounds of the bush and birdsong. During the heat of the midday sun, it’s often best to return to camp for a siesta before setting off again in the late afternoon when the bush comes alive, and the waterholes are a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Should the option be available, a visit to see the baobabs and Bushman rock art is a special addition.

2 Nights

Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

  • Perched high on the granite hillside, overlooking the Savute area of the western Chobe National Park
  • 11 luxurious tented suites constructed on wooden platforms & with private decks
  • Eco friendly with a unique ambiance & amazing scenery: overlooks waterhole & game-rich grasslands
  • Commands spectacular panoramas, rough-hewn ground & rocky pathways
  • Wholesome meals in the boma & socialise around the fire
Transfers
Transfers

Muchenje Safari Lodge to Kasane Airport: Shared Road Transfer

Flights
Flights

Flight from Kasane Airport to Savuti airstrip

Transfers
Transfers

Savuti airstrip to Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge: Shared Road Transfer

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Days

7-9

Days 7-9

An exceptional safari experience

Okavango Delta, Botswana

As old as time, the seasonal flood from the Angola Highlands is the heartbeat of Botswana. Seeping along the panhandle and into the largest inland delta system in the world, the water creates a uniquely beautiful National Heritage Site, the incoming tide of life bringing with it birth, transformation and replenishment. These ancient, cyclical changes provide an exceptional safari experience and the area supports vast herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo, as well as numerous antelope, giraffe, zebra and the ever present predators.

From March the waters spread outwards, reaching the inner delta by June and peaking in July and August. The inbound flow creates a buzz of energy as it spans out towards Maun, the country as a whole conscious of the gift the waters bring, and caught up in the primordial movement.

Safari experiences depend on the season and presence of water, and may include game drives, mokoro, boat excursions or guided walks. Set off on an early morning activity as the sun starts to rise and animals are at their most active. A refreshing coffee stop warms you up and provides the chance to listen to the sounds of the wild. Spend some time resting back at camp during midday, then set off again in the afternoon. Late afternoons extend into evening activities, and spotlights come out to help find the fascinating nocturnal species hiding in the darkness.

2 Nights

Camp Maru

  • Unpretentious & intimate camp in a private concession in the southern Delta
  • 6 comfortable, shaded tents with private verandahs & en-suites with flush loos & showers
  • Romance of a bygone era, authentic camp on edge of expansive lagoon
  • Permanent water, exceptional game viewing & birding, mokoro, bush walks & night drives
Transfers
Transfers

Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge to Savute airstrip: Shared Road Transfer

Flights
Flights

Flight from Savute airstrip to Maun Helicopter flight (23 mins) from Maun to Camp Maru

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Days

10-13

Days 10-13

An endless moonscape

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

Once an ancient lake, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans form part of the Kalahari Basin in central Botswana. The largest salt flats in the world, the area consists of stunning scenery and fascinating, desert-adapted animal species. Written into its history are the archaeological signs of stone-aged habitation. Arid and desolate, much of the landscape looks like another planet, the endless moonscape stretches of white sand continuing on to meet blue horizons. Baobabs claw at heated skies and rock formations dot the landscape, breaking the earth’s profile. Mineral-rich grasslands are completely transformed during summer rains.

Springbok, gemsbok, eland, hyena and meerkats can be found in the merciless desert-scape, but the December to April rains usher in a complete renewal of the land. Sweet grasses and even water-filled pans draw migratory birds and game. Massive flamingo flocks bring colour to the expanses of water, while large herds of zebra and wildebeest add a chorus of noise to the previously soundless environs. Awe-inspiring cloud formations decorate the skies, and at night, a panoramic view of star-studded skies opens up the heavens. From April to October, massive herds migrate to the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi, the Boteti River, for sustenance – their presence producing a frantic cacophony of sound, kicked up dust and activity.

3 Nights

Leroo La Tau

  • Prime position perched on the cliffs overlooking the Boteti River
  • 12 suites reflect the natural colour & texture of the surrounds
  • Built on raised platforms with sliding doors opening out to private decks
  • Riverine setting, panoramic views & excellent photo opportunities
  • Massive migratory herds of zebra & wildebeest (Apr–Nov) & beautiful birdlife
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  • Flights: Camp Maru to Maun Airport: Scheduled Helicopter transfer – 23 Mins
  • Flights: Maun Airport to Leroo La Tau airstrip: Seat in Plane – 30 mins
  • Flights: Leroo La Tau airstrip to Maun Airport: Seat in Plane – 30 mins
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Your Adventure Ends

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  • 12 Nights accommodation with selected meals
From $9,195 per person

Trip Summary

Days 1-3
Unforgettable sightings

Kasane, Botswana

Kasane lies in Northern Botswana, close to the renowned Chobe National Park and Chobe River and offers great flexibility in terms of activities.

Days 4-6
Blazing african skies

Savute, Botswana

A relic of an inland lake, the game rich Savute region of Chobe National Park is best known for the mysterious Savuti Channel and vast Savuti Marsh.

Days 7-9
An exceptional safari experience

Okavango Delta, Botswana

A vast area of swamps, occasional flooded areas and dry land, the Okavango Delta is one of the largest, most intricate and unpredictable wetlands in the world.

Days 10-13
An endless moonscape

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

Stretching from the Boteti River, through scrubland and rich grassland to the pans, this area is a magnet for migrating zebra and wildebeest, and their predator followers.

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Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

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My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

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Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

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The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

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