From big cats to wild dogs and hyenas. Elephants, antelope and buffalo to hippos and crocodiles. Monkeys to mongooses, warthogs to bush babies. And literally hundreds of species of resident and migrant birds.
Your Botswana Experience will include safaris in the seemingly limitless Kwando Concession and flights deep into the Okavango itself where you’ll visit two different island camps to watch game from 4x4s, motor boats, traditional Mokoro canoes, hides and on walking safaris.
London – Johannesburg – Maun – Kwando
Take off from London in the evening and arrive in Johannesburg the following day. Your next flight will take you to Maun where you’ll board a light aircraft to Lebala. A guide will meet you and take you to your camp in the heart of the vast Kwando Concession.
This is part of one of Africa’s greatest wilderness areas, so your safaris into the park will show you a rich abundance of wildlife. Elephants, leopards, hyenas and African wild dogs are just a tiny proportion of the animals on show, and the camp’s daytime and night game drives, the safaris and guided bush walks will introduce you to most of them.
Stay: Three nights at Lebala Camp.
Another hop in a light aircraft takes you to one of the country’s most pristine, natural locations – Xaxaba Island, deep in the world famous Okavango Delta. You’ll be overlooking a lagoon fed by the delta, in an area that is particularly noted for its staggering variety of animal, plant, fish and birdlife.
You’ll explore its myriad waterways, palm-covered islands and vast flood plains by boat and Mokoro canoe, in safari vehicles and on foot with an experienced local guide and tracker. Bring plenty of memory cards for your camera.
Stay: Two nights at Eagle Island Lodge.
Today a scenic flight reveals a bird’s eye perspective of the delta and lands you on a different island in the floodplain. Expect a bewildering variety of wildlife at Little Vumbura – the region is home to more than 400 species of irrepressible birds, plus great prides of lion, elephant, hyenas, wild dogs, buffalo, hippos and crocodiles.
You’ll be able to watch any number of antelope from comparatively close up as well as smaller – but no less intriguing – animals like warthogs, mongoose, genets, monkeys and bush babies. To name but a few. Given the rich diversity of life in this region it is almost impossible to accept the fact that the Okavango Delta is actually in the middle of the Kalahari – one of the driest and most forbidding deserts in the world.
Stay: Three nights at Little Vumbura.
Okavango – Maun – Johannesburg – London
Alas, it’s time to begin your journey home with a light aircraft trip to Maun to meet your flight to Johannesburg. Your international flight will take you to London, landing early the following morning.