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.
Depart USAMay 16
Board your independent overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Johannesburg, South AfricaMay 17
Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to the Intercontinental O.R. Tambo Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Johannesburg / Maun, Botswana / Nxai Pan National ParkMay 18
After breakfast at the hotel, board your flight to Maun, and connect with our flight to Nxai Pan National Park. Check in to Nxai Pan, your home for three nights. Located on the western edge of a fossil pan, the camp faces east over the open grasslands of the pans. Excellent game viewing is possible from the comfort of your room, as the water hole in front of the camp draws a multitude of mammal species.
Nxai Pan National ParkMay 19 — May 20
Explore the park during morning and afternoon game drives and search the mopane woodland for lions, giraffes, kudus, impalas, springboks, jackals, bat-eared foxes, and a wealth of birdlife such as ostriches, korhaans, goshawks, and dazzling bee-eaters. Visit Blaines’ Baobabs, a stand of huge, centuries-old trees and enjoy the opportunity to go on a nature walk with Bushman trackers.
Nxai Pan National Park / Kwara ConcessionMay 21
After a morning safari and breakfast, board our charter flight to Kwara Concession, a private safari area set on the edge of the Okavango Delta. Transfer to Kwara Camp, nestled beneath towering African ebony and mangosteen trees on the shores of a scenic lagoon. Embark on an afternoon game viewing safari before dinner and overnight at the camp.
Kwara ConcessionMay 22 — May 23
The Kwara region offers a broad range of ecosystems to explore—deep-water channels, papyrus swamps, seasonal floodplains, open grasslands, hardwood forests, and mopane woodland. This variety supports a wide array of species, and the area is notable for consistent sightings of predators, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, and wild dogs. In addition to game drives, explore during night safaris, guided walks, and mokoro (dugout canoe) cruises.
Kwara Concession / Kwando ReserveMay 24
Enjoy one last game viewing activity and breakfast before boarding your charter flight to the privately-owned Kwando Reserve. Lebala Camp is situated adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti Marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia. After settling in, there is time for an evening safari before dinner and overnight at the camp.
Kwando ReserveMay 25 — May 26
Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana, and the scenery here is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree islands backed by wooded savannas. This special ecosystem is home to a wide variety of Africa’s plains species such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, elephant, and tsessebe; and also provides habitat for water-adapted species such as lechwe, waterbuck, and the shy sitatunga. The area is also known for great sightings of wild dog, cheetah, and lion. Explore in 4x4 vehicles, during walking safaris, and search for nocturnal creatures during night drives.
Kwando Reserve / Maun / Johannesburg, South Africa / USAMay 27 — May 28
Board our charter flight for Maun this morning and connect with homeward flights via Johannesburg. Arrive in the USA on Sunday.