A flagship tour of Botswana

A flagship Botswana itinerary featuring some of the most beautiful and luxurious camps Africa, set in prime locations. Explore the remote wilds of the Linyanti, the game rich plains of Chief’s Island and the beautiful Okavango waterways of Jao. Outstanding safari experiences take place in some of the most sought after and exclusive locations in the country through a variety of land and water activities. A top notch and spoiling safari for the bucket list, best enjoyed in high season with the arrival of the flood waters.

This weeklong safari begins in the northern frontier of Botswana, in the Linyanti reserve, between the Okavango Delta and Chobe. The Linyanti private reserve is over 100 000 hectares and boats superb game viewing with varied habitats home to a great range of wildlife and birdlife. Truly off the beaten track and exclusive. The area is particularly well known for the huge elephant numbers which visit the area in the dry season. Lying between two important elephant corridors, a stay at Duma Tau camp supports the protection of these amazing animals.

Duma Tau was rebuilt in 2020 and reopened as a premier camp, even more beautiful than before. With uninterrupted views over the Osprey Lagoon, each of the spacious suites with and inside and outdoor showers., private plunge pools, a treatment spa and a wellness centre. Activities include game drives, boating, a photo hide and sleep out deck.

Moving on after two nights to the beating heart of the Okavango Delta, to Chief’s Island where you will stay at one of Africa’s most famous camps, Mombo. Known as “the Place of Plenty’’ this is some of the Delta’s most fertile land, home to impressive concentrations of game. Prolific wildlife includes an assortment of plains game, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, Burchell's zebra and the stealthy predators that trail after them. With the recent reintroduction of both endangered Black and White Rhino into the surrounding area, this is one of the best places in Botswana. Accommodation is lavish following a full rebuild in 2018. Mombo is an eco-sensitive lodge and fully solar powered.

The itinerary ends at picturesque Jao Camp in the western of the Delta, an area which focussed more on the stunning aquatic scenery of the Okavango than on big game, though game drives are available on game rich Hunda Island. Best visited from June-September when the flood waters transform the plains to a wetland wonder explored by mokoro and boat. The camp was rebuilt in 2019 and has return to its former glory, a luxurious oasis in the Okavango, with a spa featuring a full range of natural therapeutic treatments. A perfect ending to your safari, a chance to slow down and soak up the beauty of the Okavango before you depart.

Day 1 - Duma Tau

On the day of your arrival at Maun Airport, you are greeted by your Wilderness Safaris’ guide who will assist you onto your scheduled charter flight to Duma Tau -translated from Setswana as “Roar of the Lion’’ - in the Linyanti Concession. A short flight of 45 minutes, followed by a 35- minute game drive transfer to Duma Tau Camp, resting under majestic Ebony and Mangosteen trees.

Lying close to the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savute Channel, Duma Tau shares this concession with Savute, Linyanti and Kings Camp and is similar in landscape to the northern riverfront of Chobe National Park.

Settle into your contemporary luxury suite with private plunge pool and extensive views over the floodplains.

During mid- afternoon, join your guide for a tasty high tea spread before exploring the wilderness, either a boat ride at sunset or a 4x4 game drive.

With open floodplains to the west and the Savuti Channel to the south, there is plenty of wilderness habitat to discover and a chance to witness predator and prey interactions that Linyanti is renowned for as the game of survival plays out before you.

Stopping in a scenic spot you will toast the setting sun with some drinks before returning to camp for dinner below the stars.

Day 2 - Duma Tau

The day begins with an early morning wake-up call as the pale sun rises promising another glorious African day. Early mornings bring the best chance of catching predators while they are active. After a light breakfast your guide traverses’ shallow streams, riparian mopane forest and fertile plains to introduce you to the prolific game here where hungry predators and elephant often take centre stage.

On return to camp, enjoy a delicious brunch followed by a few hours to yourself, enjoy your beautiful room relax by the pool or indulge in a host of luxurious spa treatments.

Around mid-afternoon you meet for high tea and depending on water levels at the time of your safari, you will enjoy a boat excursions along the Linyanti river where both general game and an impressive list of bird species can be appreciated or set off to photo hide, or even a game drive.

There is also the opportunity to spend a thrilling night on a private sleepout deck located over the lagoon.

Day 3 - Mombo Camp

You rise early and set off on your morning activity, planned the night before with your guide. Perhaps a game drive or even an early morning safari walk, a chance to get closer to nature as you tread through grass and sand that only a short while before formed the footpaths and hunting grounds for various animals active under the cover of night.

After a hearty breakfast your guide will return you to the airstrip in time to board your Wilderness Air flight to Mombo Camp.

A flight of 40 minutes over the splendid blue and green hues of the Delta transports you to Chief’s Island situated in the Moremi Game Reserve. This is the biggest island in the central Okavango.

On arrival at the airstrip your guide will be waiting to transfer you to camp, a brief 15-minute drive to Camp. You will settle into your beautiful suite and have some time to relax and explore the camp before you set off on your afternoon activity.

Mombo camp offers game drives only. These are thrilling enough! Sightings range from elephant, giraffe, impala, blue wildebeest and Burchell's zebra to numerous prides of African lion and specialist carnivores such as the endangered African Wild Dog and plains-loving cheetah. Your first afternoon game drive, departing after late afternoon high tea, and lasting approximately 3 hours, will give you a good taste of what is to come!

Having soaked up the sunset you return to camp for dinner, with pre-dinner drinks served around the campfire, followed by dinner, which could be an indoor or outdoor affair. Retire to your beautiful suite to rest for the next day’s adventure.

Day 4 and 5 - Mombo Camp

For the next two days you will enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives. A few hours spent between activities over the siesta hour offers the chance to really enjoy this beautiful setting and your palatial room, or even to work out in the gym or pool should you wish to work up an appetite between meals. facilities

Early morning game drives occasionally end with a bush brunch venture where scrumptious and carefully prepared food delights are served in the open wilderness, free from fences and man -made structures.

Game drives here focus on your big game safari experience as well as the smaller predators like serval and side-striped jackal which are occasionally seen. Plenty of photographic opportunities will present themselves so best to ensure your camera is at the ready.

Due to Mombo Concession’s positioning on the ecozone between east and west Okavango Delta there is an enormous abundance of wildlife that benefits from this region. This extends from desert dwellers in the East-lying ancient Kalahari grassland vegetation, to the west where soil is fertile and floodplains that have dried up centuries ago give rise to permanent savannah divided by patches of dense mopane forests and acacia woodland. The Delta floods, occurring every year, ensures that varied species make use of all habitats. Sightings of black and white rhino in the Okavango Delta are restricted to Chief’s Island.

Day 6 - Jao Camp

Today you will enjoy one last game drive before departing for the final stop of your safari, Jao camp. Set on a scenic island on the north western Okavango plains, 10 minutes drive by safari vehicle from the airstrip.

Following a full refurbishment in 2019, Jao Camp has been returned to its former glory as a leading Okavango luxury camp. It is a super sophisticated camp with five luxurious open – planned suites and two ultra-luxe villas each with private sala for relaxing afternoon siestas. A romantic Star Bed is a seasonal option when water levels permit.

Having settled into your new Okavango home and spent some time simply enjoying the serene landscapes of Jao you will meet your guide for high tea in the mid-afternoon before setting off on your first activity.

The activities at Jao alter with the seasons and the arrival of the annual flood, from around April-June to September. When the flood waters are high the focus will be on mokoro rides, boating, fishing and walking. When the waters are lower the water activities will be shorter, and may not even be possible at all. Game drives will instead be the focus here, mainly on the Hunda Island, which is rich in wildlife.

Day 7 - Jao Camp

This morning, water levels permitting you set off on a traditional mokoro excursion, an ideal way to appreciate the early morning light, smells and sounds of the water channels of this amazing delta. Bigger game such as elephant can be viewed on the river- banks and though the focus is usually on the smaller creatures and flora and fauna. This is also a chance to learn more about the traditional way of like for the people of the Okavango, for whom the mokoro is their traditional form of transport. The birding is wonderful here, with resident birds such as Meyer's parrot, African harrier hawk, black heron, coppery-tailed coucal, and black crake will be celebrated by keen birders to the Jao Concession.

Return to camp for brunch and a siesta, perhaps pamper yourself with a massage treatment at Jao’s onsite spa facility or while away a couple of relaxing hours with a good book viewing game from the elevated main deck.

In the afternoon you set off on a boat ride, walk or 4x4 afternoon game drive. On drives each guest will have their own window seat, showing off the many Red Lechwe typical of this area, followed by their primary predator – lion- as well as elephant, buffalo, leopard, tsessebe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, the rarely seen and very shy sitatunga and spotted-necked otter.

Your last evening is spent regaling stories and wild experiences of the past few days with fellow travellers over a sumptuous dinner typical of Jao hospitality.

Day 8 - End of Safari

Wake up to the distinctive sounds of Africa as they etch themselves into your memory before enjoying breakfast and then departing with your guide for the Airstrip and your flight back to Maun Airport – approximately 20- minutes away by air.

On arrival, you will be met and assisted onto your connecting flight, should you need to wait in Maun the wilderness lounge is available.

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Duma Tau

Duma Tau

Mombo Camp

Mombo Camp

Jao Camp

Jao Camp

Jao Camp

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