Our Wildlife Biologist owner has specifically selected these camps from amongst his favorites to craft this astounding safari itinerary. Flying from camp to camp, all in private concession areas will allow you to experience a huge diversity of wildlife in its wilderness home, sharing it only with other members of your small luxury camp. Game drives are in open sided vehicles and off road driving is permitted in each area allowing for close observation of wildlife. This sampling of lodges will provide diverse activities, habitats, and animals.
Trip begins in Maun, Botswana. From Maun fly by small bush plane to Kwando Kwara Camp. Kwara Camp, Okavango Delta for 3 nights. Kwara Camp is located within one of the largest (almost half a million acres) private concession areas in all of Botswana, and it is also one of the richest for wildlife. The area is very diverse including permanent waters of the Okavango Delta, wide open plains, mopane woodlands, and palm islands. Kwara is part of the legendary Kwando Camps, known for their hard core dedication for game viewing. Kwara concession is rich in predators and this area has been one of the most productive for big cats with cheetah, lion and leopard frequently sighted.
Kwara Camp is able to offer power boating, mokoro (dug out canoe) trips, walks and game drives. Game drives can operate both off road and at night, true for all the camps on this safari. The presence of permanent water ensures year round game viewing and also allows mokoro trips in shallow water throughout the year. Kwara has a double-deck pontoon boat, which allows guests to get very close to birds and animals for up-close photography and game viewing. Well-trained, armed guides conduct game walks through the islands of the Delta and transfer their knowledge to their guests.
Kwara camp comprises just 8 twin-bedded rustic safari style tents accommodating a maximum of 16 guests. The tents are built on raised teak decks with comfortable twin beds and en-suite bathroom facilities. The intimate dining and lounge area is under thatch, built around a large shade tree overlooking the lagoon. Kwara has a small gift shop, lounge, dining room and small plunge pool. The setting is spectacular with wonderful sounds from hippos and birds. Following your morning activity you will take a mid-day bush plane to your next home…
Grassland Bushman Lodge, Kalahari Desert for 2 nights. Grassland Bushman Lodge provides the best opportunities to interact with and learn from the bushmen, the oldest human culture in the world. You will be amazed at their survival skills and encyclopedic knowledge of the Kalahari desert. This lodge provides the opportunity to interact with a bushman community, including women and children, which is unusual and adds interest over just doing a walk with a couple men. Guides here can speak fluent Naro bushman making it possible to ask questions and get real interpretation.
This unique lodge also provides an opportunity for horseback riding and game drives as you view desert species that are not seen in other parts of Botswana. Night drives in the desert can be particularly interesting. This is also the home of a predator rescue project and research location for predator/livestock conflict solutions. It is possible to view captive lions and African wild dogs that were rescued from conflict situations.
Lodging consists of 8 very comfortable chalets made of concrete with thatch roofs. These are very practical for the Kalahari desert where it came be quite hot in the day but cool down at night. Relax time centers around a fire pit with a view of an extremely active flood lit waterhole where oryx, eland, zebra, kudu, springbok and even brown hyena frequently visit. There is also a refreshing swimming pool. Following your last morning activity you will fly by bush plane crossing over a large swath of the spectacular Okavango Delta
Mapula Lodge, Okavango Delta for 4 nights: Mapula consists of 10 fabulous chalets magically set in a far remote corner of the Delta. Here you can experience the true glory of wilderness in an enormous area full of wildlife and devoid of people. Following the first rains in November the various antelope species will begin their calving season making the next few months an ideal time to see baby impala, tssessebe, lechwe, and wildebeest.
All of the major predators are commonly seen at Mapula and the presence of newborn calves makes this an exciting time for predator viewing. This area is well known for the elegant sable antelope that is rarely seen in other areas as well as the highly endangered African wild dog that has a history of denning near Mapula Lodge. Viewing of bull elephants and small family herds is excellent in this area.
A variety of activities are offered here including game drives, night drives, walks, and to explore the Delta in the traditional mode of transportation – the mokoro, a dugout canoe that is poled along by a local guide. The guiding team at Mapula is exceptional and they work very hard to track down wildlife for your enjoyment.
The chalets are amazing combining the feel of a chalet structure with a tent as the entire back of the chalet is screened mesh allowing private views out to the lagoon and the hippos, elephants, fish eagles and multitude of other species. You will be thrilled with these luxurious surrounds. Following your last morning activity you will fly by bush plane back to Maun.
This safari provides a mix of diverse habitats, and you could well see around 40 different mammal species as well as a multitude of birds. The variety of activities make for a well rounded experience, and these special locations will leave you completely enthralled with Botswana!
Price based on sharing. Single supplement upon request.
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