Northern Botswana is a vast wilderness area that is home to 1/6th of the African elephant population (approx. 120 000).
The government of Botswana has been both conservative and frugal since independence in 1966 and has developed a culture of democracy and an economy that is the envy of many of the other developing nations in Africa. One of the legacies the country has bequeathed to its citizens and the world is that nearly 40% of it’s surface is set aside for some form of conservation – the largest percentage of any country in the world.
The entire country is classified as arid. However, the main river systems of the Limpopo in the East, the Okavango and Kwando/Chobe rivers in the north make important intrusions into the Kalahari Desert which dominates the bulk of the land surface. The Kalahari sands form the largest block of sand on earth – even larger than the sands of the Sahara desert. However, the rivers turn parts of northern Botswana into a “sea of land and a land of water” to quote a book title. These two areas are known as the Okavango Delta and the Kwando Delta.
The Kwando Delta is probably as remote as you can get anywhere in Africa. The Kwando concession itself is 232 000 hectares in extent - of pure, unfenced wilderness. The whole of northern Botswana is a contiguous unfenced wilderness linking up with the Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve (see the area map below). The two concession areas that make up the Kwando Reserves total nearly 1 million acres of this wilderness and there are only three photographic safari camps within this vast area. The Kwando river forms the eastern boundary of the Kwando concession for 80 km and the Okavango Delta forms the Southern border of the Kwara concession area.
This permanent water that exists in these concession areas makes them the big game areas that they are. The Kwando concession alone is home to more elephant that the entire country of South Africa. In addition to the vast herds of elephant Kwando also hosts vast seasonal herds of African buffalo, the endangered African wild dog, lion, leopard, cheetah and many of the plains game for which Africa is renowned.
Kwando - one of the few untamed areas left in the world- at your disposal.
Day 1: Your safari starts in Maun where you will be transferred by light aircraft to Kwara Camp for 3 nights (see below for a description of the camp and its surrounds).
Days 2-3: Twice daily activities include game drives, birding around the lagoon, and Mokoro or boat excursions to the heroneries and exploring the many waterways of the Okavango Delta.
Day 4: After a morning activity you will be transferred to Lebala Camp by light aircraft where you will stay for 4 nights – see below for more details on Lebala.
Days 5-7: Three full days in which to experience this private wilderness reserve. Twice daily game drives, walks and night drives on the open plains will produce a rich diversity of game, especially large herds of buffalo and elephant as well as predators, for which the area is well known.
Day 8: After your morning game drive you will be transferred by road to Lagoon Camp (approximately 2 to 3 hours).
Day 9: Twice daily activities include game drives and boat excursions out into the waterways surrounding camp.
Day 10: Spend your last morning relaxing around camp or take a boat cruise on the Kwando lagoon or a last game drive. Your charter flight back to Maun brings you to the end of your safari unless you have selected one of the tour extension options to Chobe and Victoria Falls, the Makgadikgadi Pans or the Central Kalahari.
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