Luxury Botswana Safari
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.
Depart USAMarch 6
Board your international flight to South Africa
Johannesburg, South AfricaMarch 7
Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to the InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Johannesburg / Maun, Botswana / Makgadikgadi Pans National ParkMarch 8
Transfer to the airport early this morning for your flight to Maun. Then transfer to chartered bush planes for the flight to Camp Kalahari, located on the edge of an ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park.
Makgadikgadi Pans National ParkMarch 9
Search for the desert-adapted wildlife that survives in this harsh environment; oryx, meerkats, aardwolves, and springbok among them. This is also your only opportunity to spot the rare brown hyena. The birdlife here is varied as well, and the species we hope to spy include white-backed and lappet-faced vultures; ant-eating chats; acacia pied barbets; namaqua sandgrouses; double-banded coursers; tawny and martial eagles; ostriches; lanner and red-footed falcons; and red-crested and northern black korhaans. In addition to your guided game safaris in open 4x4 vehicles, weather permitting you have the chance to accompany bushman trackers on foot to learn about their folklore and way of life. There will also be an opportunity to observe habituated meerkats at close range.
Okavango Delta (Tubu Tree Camp)March 10 — March 11
Board our charter flight to Tubu Tree; located on Hunda Island, the camp is built in traditional style, with elevated wooden walkways connecting eight tents on raised platforms, each with picturesque lookouts of the surrounding floodplains. After settling in, embark on a game-watching activity. The next day explore the region, a combination of open floodplains, wooded islands, and lagoons harboring an outstanding assortment of African wildlife. Game viewing is excellent and, accompanied by local guides, ride in open 4x4 vehicles or go on foot in search of buffalo, zebras, elephants, lions, leopards, reedbucks, lechwe, and hippos. Wild dogs are also a possibility here. You may also have the option of going on a night safari, using spotlights to seek out rare nocturnal species.
Okavango Delta (Chitabe Camp)March 12 — March 13
Chitabe Camp is situated on one of the most beautiful of the Okavango Delta’s islands. Explore a variety of habitats during morning and evening game drives and guided walks. The area is known for its healthy population of predators, including lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs. Birding is also excellent with such species as African hawk-eagle, ground hornbill, scarlet-chested sunbird, red-billed hornbill, gabar goshawk, and red-billed francolin.
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve (King's Pool Camp)March 14 — March 16
The private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The camp is built on raised boardwalks overlooking a large lagoon on the Linyanti waterways. The source of the Savuti Channel is close to King's Pool, and game drives along the channel are one of the highlights here. The Linyanti Reserve consists of 776 square miles of unspoiled wilderness and is totally uninhabited by humans. It supports a wide variety of species, but it is most noted for its very large elephant population. Herds of elephants congregate near the waterways and lagoons, and at the water holes located along the Savuti Marsh. The area is also home to large numbers of impalas, lechwes, kudus, zebras, giraffes, sitatungas, and buffalo. With such diverse prey, all of the major predators—lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas—can regularly be seen here. Nocturnal species include bush babies, spring hare, aardwolf, and serval. The birding is spectacular with such Okavango specialties as slaty egrets, white-rumped babblers, and wattled cranes, in addition to the bushveld species. Diverse activities allow you to spend time on the water (water levels permitting) and on land, during day and night game drives.
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve (Vumbura Plains Camp)March 17 — March 19
Board our flight for Vumbura Plains, which lies in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. Explore the camp’s flood plains via mokoro (dug-out canoe) guided by polers from the BaYei tribe, who have been using them as their traditional form of transport for hundreds of years. Water levels permitting, boats take you into the larger and deeper areas of water while 4x4 vehicles allow you to get in proximity to animals in the savanna areas. Wildlife sightings may include lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and various species of antelope.
Vumbura / Maun / Johannesburg, South Africa / USAMarch 20 — March 21
On your last day, time permitting, embark on one final game drive. Board our charter flight to Maun to connect with your flight to Johannesburg and your independent homeward flight.