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Duba, Zarafa and Jacks

This 9-night luxury safari takes you through Botswana’s Okavango Delta region, the Selinda Concession incorporating the Selinda Spillway, the ancient river linking the Delta and Linyanti wetlands and ends in the Makgadikgadi, Salt Pans, the largest salt flats in the world.

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Days

1-4

Days 1-4

The heartbeat of Botswana

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.

Depending on nature’s temperamental dictates, the flood levels vary each year, never under the control of man. This makes it difficult to assess what will happen in the upcoming season: the Delta may swell up to 3 times its size. Under natural forces, the face of the earth renews itself, the landscape of channels, grasslands, reed islands and lagoons burst with life and vitality. As the levels recede in October, the earth starts to dry altering the scenery and game viewing. The summer months bring life from a new angle, and the November/December rains come, announcing the green season, and a land lush and verdant. Whether flood or rain, water, the very essence of life, plays a vital role in the Okavango Delta.

2 Nights

Duba Plains Camp

  • On a private concession within the Delta, overlooking lagoon, floodplains & verdant landscape
  • 5 luxury tents with the classic African safari-style of the 1920s
  • Intimate camp with panoramic views
  • Complete camera kit & high-definition binoculars for guest use
  • A Relais & Chateaux Camp & National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
Flight
Flight

Flights from Maun Airport to Omdop Airstrip

Transfers
Transfers

Duba Plains airstrip to Duba Plains Camp: Shared road transfer

Duba Plains Main Area
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Days

4-6

Days 4-6

Wide open savannahs and mopane forests

Selinda, Botswana

In the north-eastern region of the Okavango Delta, the Selinda Concession incorporates the Selinda Spillway, the ancient river linking the Okavango, Linyanti & Kwando wetlands. Upstream from the Savute Channel and Chobe, Selinda combines the best of these popular locations, but enjoys the advantage of exclusivity. Dry for 30 years prior to 2009, the river flows in 2 directions, due to the flatness of the land. Selinda is a mesh of floodplains, palm tree islands, wide open savannahs and mopane forests, and is home to year round game – although the area bursts at the seams during the dry months.

Impala, kudu, tsessebe, reedbuck, lechwe and steenbuck make their home here, along with the Southern giraffe and transient herds of buffalo and elephant. In May the Burchell’s Zebra and wildebeest arrive en masse, the waters of the Selinda pulling in the animals, both predator and prey. Cheetah hunt on open floodplains and lion, spotted hyena and wild dog stake their claim. Smaller predators such as jackals, bat-eared foxes, aardwolf and African wildcats make a cameo appearance – usually after dark. Selinda Reserve is home to the hippo-killing lions, made famous in Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s National Geographic films; Ultimate Enemies, Hunting with the Moon, The African Diaries. A highlight for bird-lovers is the Collared Palm Thrush.

2 Nights

Zarafa Camp

  • An exclusive camp in Selinda, shaded by a canopy of trees & overlooking the floodplains
  • 4 luxurious marquis-style tented suites with custom-made furnishings, private decks & plunge pools
  • Evocative of the grand safaris of a bygone era
  • Photography-adapted game vehicle
  • Complimentary use of Swarovski binoculars, Canon camera & zoom lenses
  • A Relais & Chateaux Camp & National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
Transfers
Transfers

Duba Plains Camp to Duba Plains airstrip: Shared road transfer

Flight
Flight

Flight from Omdop Airstrip to Selinda airstrip

Transfers
Transfers

Selinda airstrip to Zarafa Camp: Shared road transfer

Selinda Reserve Elephants
Zarafa Aerial View
Days

7-10

Days 7-10

Baobabs claw at heated skies

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

Jack’s Camp

  • Iconic & elegant African camp, overlooking the Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 10 spacious canvas tents featuring paraffin lamps, Persian rugs & elevated four-poster beds
  • Nostalgic 1940’s campaign-style camp with stunning desert views
  • Nomadic Persian tea tent, pavilion pool & elegant communal dining
  • Library & renowned Natural History Museum with fascinating local artefacts
  • Panoramic vistas, superb activities & magnificent starlit night skies
Transfers
Transfers

Zarafa Camp to Selinda airstrip: Shared road transfer

Flights
Flights

Flight from Selinda airstrip to Tsigaro airstrip via Maun

Flight from Tsigaro airstrip to Maun Airport

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Your Adventure Ends

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  • 9 Nights accommodation with selected meals
  • Shared road transfers where applicable
  • Light aircraft flights between Maun and the camps
  • Activities in camp

Trip Summary

Days 1-3
The heartbeat of Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

The largest inland delta in the world is home to its own special kind of magic.

Days 4-6
Wide open savannahs and mopane forests

Selinda, Botswana

Selinda’s vast floodplains and ancient forests offer an authentic and timeless African experience.

Days 7-10
Baobabs claw at heated skies

Makgadikgadi, 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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