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Ultimate Botswana

  • Kalahari
  • Okavango Delta
  • Duba Plains
  • Selinda Reserve
Ultimate Botswana Ultimate Botswana
£ 12400

With nearly 40% of the country set aside as private reserves and national parks, Botswana is astonishingly rich in game. This trip combines some of the region’s most prolific wildlife regions with small and exclusive camps.

On arrival in Maun you head straight to the Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert, a huge expanse of pristine, sugary white salt flats home to unique desert-adapted wildlife. You then fly by light aircraft into the Okavango Delta. Spread out in a fan of flood plains, islands and palm-fringed lagoons, it is a natural paradise teeming with lions, elephant, buffalo and so much more.

After a stay in the Delta itself, where you will explore the web of waterways in native dug-out mokoros, you move onto the private Selinda concession in the Linyanti Wetlands. This scenic reserve consists of huge floodplains and seasonal wetlands that offer superb sightings of both predators and plains games. It’s an excellent place to see cheetah, spotted hyena and a variety of antelope - not to mention a plethora of birds.

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    Day 1-4 London - Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari
    London - Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

    Check in to London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Johannesburg. Connect with your flight to Maun, and then take a light aircraft to your camp.

    Your Botswana adventure kicks off with a stay on the mysterious Makgadikgadi Pans in the vast Kalahari Desert. In this seemingly inhospitable environment, you will encounter an array of fascinating desert-adapted wildlife, from families of meerkats to one of Africa’s most elusive carnivores – the brown hyena. Mongoose, aardvark and aardwolf are present year-round, whilst the rains bring pink flamingo, zebra and wildebeest.

    A safari at Jack’s Camp is the complete desert experience. You’ll enjoy morning strolls through the desert and safaris led by bushman trackers. In the dry season, you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to quad bike across the salt pans, exploring remote archaeological sites and discovering ancient fossil beds. An oasis of comfort in a harsh environment, the camp offers classic style tents with en suites and outdoor showers.

    Stay: Three nights at Jack’s Camp – full board

    Day 5-6 Xaxaba Island, Okavango Delta
    Xaxaba Island, Okavango Delta

    Next is a completely different but equally fascinating wildlife experience in the Okavango Delta, one of the largest wetlands on the planet and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Game viewing in this watery paradise is consistently good all year round with wild dog, lion, leopard, elephant, sable and buffalo providing an excellent all-round wildlife experience. Bird watchers can also look out for more than 400 species of resident and migrant birds.

    Your luxury camp sits on Xaxaba island deep in the Okavango Delta in an area that was especially selected for photographic safaris. Surrounded by a lagoon as well as countless waterways, floodplains and palm-fringed islands, the camp offers an array of water-based activities including barge cruises, motorboat tours and mokoro (traditional canoe) excursions. Open 4x4s drives, walking safaris and helicopter rides are all also on the menu. Those interested in experiencing the culture of the region can visit the Xaxaba village to learn more about the local way of life.

    Stay: Two nights at Eagle Island Lodge – full board

    Day 7-9 Duba Plains, Okavango Delta

    Now it’s time to explore the Duba Plains Reserve – a 77,000-hectare private wilderness made up of palm-studded islands, floodplains and woodland. This exclusive area is home to plenty of wildlife including lions, elephants, buffalos and leopards. You’ll also have the opportunity to spot interesting Kalahari species like pangolins and aardwolf. From your luxury camp – which sits on an island in the shade of ebony and fig trees – you’ll enjoy morning and late afternoon/early evening excursions in specially adapted 4x4s as well as water-based activities.

    Stay: Three nights at Duba Plains – full board

    Day 10-12 Selinda Reserve, Okavango Delta
    Selinda Reserve, Okavango Delta

    Today you’ll board a light aircraft to Zarafa. At the airstrip, you’ll be met by a guide who will transfer you to your camp in the extraordinary Selinda Reserve, a 130,000-hectare private wilderness which connects the Okavango Delta to the Chobe/Savute corridors. Abundant plains game can be found here including lechwe, kudu, zebra and giraffe. It is also a predator-rich reserve with cheetah, wild dog, lion, and leopard all roaming the untamed landscape. The huge numbers of elephant and buffalo are another highlight; while the population of birds – some 300 species or more – make it a paradise for birdwatchers.

    Activities at Zarafa Camp, which overlooks the sparkling Zibadianja Lagoon, will depend on your particular interests. You could go on morning, night or full day game drives accompanied by experienced professional guides, enjoy guided nature walks or simply relax in the camp’s sunken hide to watch wildlife drink at the water’s edge.

    Stay: Three nights at Zarafa Camp – full board

    Day 13 Selinda Reserve - London

    Today you catch a light aircraft flight to Maun. On arrival you’ll board another flight to Johannesburg where you will connect with your return flight to London Heathrow, arriving early the following morning.

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    • We have travelled with TUTC six times, the most recent was to New Zealand last year. The trip was very well organised as usual, with excellent accommodation and a wide variety of experiences. We had booked to go to Australia with them this year but due to Covid this was cancelled, Ultimate handled the situation very professionally and promptly refunded the whole of our deposit without any quibble.

      DN, August 2020