And if you’re serious about seeing wildlife, in quantity and close up, then few destinations rival the Okavango Delta and Linyanti. The game here is big – in numbers and size. Drives from your tented mobile camp track big cats and huge herds of elephants. Not to mention buffalo, antelope, giraffe and zebras.
Accommodation is in comfortable, traditional-style safari camps complete with modern amenities and wonderful views. Led by expert and passionate guides, you’ll get to experience Botswana’s pristine wilderness areas in a variety of ways – on foot, by canoe, in 4x4s and even on horseback.
London – Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg in time to connect with your onward flight to Maun in Botswana.
Letaka Private Mobile Safari, Khwai, Okavango Delta
Your private mobile camp is located in the game rich area of Khwai, just north of the Moremi Game Reserve. You’ll enjoy the exclusivity that comes with staying in a private concession – which means off road driving and a rich variety of wildlife. Wild dog, lion, leopard and hyena are all present in good numbers, in addition to plenty of plains game. Enjoy exploring the delta’s waterways in a traditional dugout canoe known as a ‘mokoro’.
Stay: Three nights on mobile safari with Letaka Safaris – full board
On day five you will be transferred by light aircraft to your camp on the banks of the spectacular Selinda Spillway. The open floodplains of the Okavango Delta and the riverine forests that line the spillway together form an irresistible magnet for the region’s wildlife. You can expect superb birding, sightings of giraffe, zebra, tsessebe and lion, and even rare species like wild dog and roan antelope.
Canoeing and walking are excellent, but one of the best ways to explore the reserve is on horseback. It’s a truly unique way to see game, and with well-schooled horses that are acclimatised to the area’s wildlife, you can often get fantastic close encounters.
Stay: Three nights in a double tent at Motswiri Camp – full board
Selinda Explorers, Linyanti
This morning you’ll take a light aircraft flight to the Selinda Concession in the Linyanti Region. You’ll enjoy a remote, wild location along the famous Selinda Spillway – the lifeline of the 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve. This floodplain system acts as a gathering point for the reserve’s wildlife, so you can expect glorious encounters with huge herds of elephants, buffalo, lion, wild dog, spotted hyena, sable and roan antelope.
From your ecologically sensitive camp under a canopy of riverine forest, you’ll head out on game drives, walks and canoeing trips. Night drives will take you to explore the eastern reaches of the reserve.
Stay: Three nights in a double tent at Selinda Exporers Camp – full board
Maun – Johannesburg – London
Time to go home. Transfer back to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Maun, where you will meet your connecting flight to Johannesburg. Your overnight flight to London from Johannesburg leaves in the evening.