Classic East West Okavango Safari

A classic six night Okavango safari, split equally between private concessions on the east and west of the Okavango delivering a fantastic all round safari experience. A full range of land and water activities within beautiful and diverse habitats keeps the safari experience interesting, fresh and exciting every day. Pom Pom Camp and Splash Camp complement each other very well and both have a strong focus on tracking big game- all game drives feature both a tracker and guide. With permanent waters and good resident game this is a solid itinerary option for any time of year.

The itinerary begins with 3 nights in the west off the Okavango, at Pom Pom camp, followed by 3 nights in the east of the Okavango, at Splash Camp. Sister camps which combine well, ending at the smarter camp for a more luxurious experience.

Pom Pom is a one of the oldest camps in the Okavango, and one of the most popular. Set on a private concession in the west of the Delta bordering the Moremi Game Reserve with fertile flood plains this is a great area to see plains game and the accompanying predators. This a particularly pretty part of the Delta- with large floodplain grasslands and islands of acacia woodland, and together with the lagoon offer a wonderful variety of natural environments for interesting and varied wildlife.

This is a traditional tented camp, rustic but comfortable camp with a very scenic location overlooking the reed-fringed Pom Pom Lagoon. While the water levels of this lily peppered lagoon will vary with the rise and fall of the flood, the Xudum river system which reaches across the concession ensures water is never far away. As a result there is good resident game in this area, meaning Pom Pom ensures a good year round safari experience. Activities include day and night 4×4 game drives, boating, walking and mokoro trips – water levels permitting.

Splash Camp lies in the east of the Okavango, and is a new and more luxurious tented camp. Set on the vast private Kwara Concession of 232,000 hectares, shared between just two camps, Kwara and Splash. This is an incredibly exclusive safari. The Kwando Reserve is one of the most famous in Botswana, with a fantastic range of habitats and prime game viewing- big concentrations of elephant, and importantly, buffalo-which in turn attracts large predator numbers, producing some explosive game viewing. They have great sightings of lion, leopard, wild dog and even cheetah which is rare in the Okavango.

The Kwara concession also benefits from year round water, which draws such great game. Splash have a great track record for offering water activities year round so you can be confident of enjoying that quintessential Botswana safari experience, a mokoro trip, gliding silently through the waterways and seeing the game at eye level is a very special experience. Boating is also offered on a double decker boat which offers great views across the waters and floodplains.

Both camps are operated by Kwando Safaris, one of the oldest Botswana operators who stand out for their focus on delivering superb game viewing experiences. To this end, and uniquely in Botswana, they have both a guide and a tracker on board, doubling the expert eyes on your drives and chances of finding those rare sightings.

Day 1 - Pom Pom Camp

On arrival in Maun, you will be met by and assisted onto your light aircraft flight to Pom Pom, a scenic flight of about 20 minutes. The Okavango is spectacular from above and this is the perfect introduction. On arrival at the airstrip your guide will be waiting to welcome you. A game drive of about 20 minutes takes you to the camp. Keep alert, your safari has begun!

After a warm welcome from the team and an introduction to the camp and your room you will settle down to some light refreshments and a discussion with your guide about the activities on offer and your interests. Pom Pom is set in a wonderfully varied and beautiful area, which alters with the seasons and arrival of the annual flood waters. Game drives and walking is available year round and water activities are available when levels permit.

Later that afternoon you will set off on your first activity – perhaps a game drive to explore the area or a water safari. Stopping at a scenic spot to toast the setting sun you will then return to camp for dinner and your first night in the Okavango. Over dinner your will plan the activities for the next day with your guide.

Day 2 and 3 - Pom Pom Camp

The next morning you wake early, just before sunrise, and after a light breakfast you set off for your first full day in Pom Pom. Perhaps a game drive to track any interesting movements from the cats overnight or following the hyena which you may have heard calling in the night. Every day is different on safari and your guide will interpret the morning ‘news’ of the bush as you explore! Your game drive will last around 4 hours with a coffee break half way.

The Pom Pom concession is very scenic with open grasslands dotted with tall palms and acacia woodland. Plains game are plentiful, large breeding herds of elephant are found here and the predators varied. Leopard, lion and wild dog are all found here. Birding is very good too, especially in the summer months when the bushveld is alive with birdsong.

Returning for brunch you will then have a few hours to yourself, a chance for a siesta or swim in the pool. This is the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful setting at Pom Pom and watch the animals as they visit the lagoon for a drink. Around 4pm, after high tea, you set off for your afternoon activity and again toast the setting sun with drinks in the bush before returning to camp for dinner.

The next day you continue your safari at Pom Pom following the same schedule as the day before, thought your activities will vary with your interests and the conditions on the ground. You guide will always plan your days with you to ensure you get the most from your stay

On your last evening your guide will advise you what time your flight to Splash camp will be the following day and you will plan your morning activity accordingly.

Day 4 - Splash Camp

This morning you rise early as before and set out for your morning activity, one last chance to explore the western Okavango. At a time agreed the day before your guide will return you to the airstrip for your flight to the Splash, a flight of about 35 minutes, depending on stops along the way. Landing on the Kwara concession, in the east of the Okavango, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to the camp, a drive of about 40 minutes. You will notice the change in environments here, crossing vast open plains often with giraffe ambling along.

Having met the team at Splash and settled into your new Okavango home you will have some time explore the camp and freshen up before teatime. Rejuvenated you will set off with your guide on your first afternoon activity.

Splash is a private concession and as such offers a full range of land and water activities just like Pom Pom, although here water activities are guaranteed year round, so you are spoilt for choice. You guide will discuss each of these with you and your particular preferences.

Setting out in the late afternoon for your drive or boat ride you will stop of sundowners as the sun sinks below the horizon and the nocturnal animals begin to stir. Returning to camp with a spotlight you will look for cats as they begin their hunting often followed by the opportunistic hyena. A roaring fire and dinner awaits on return.

Day 5 and 6 - Splash Camp

For the next two days you follow the now familiar safari schedule, with early morning and late afternoon activities. You will have a choice of activities – game drives, walks, mokoro and boat rides. This will all be discussed and planned with your guide to ensure you make the most of your time at Splash Camp.

Game drives allow you to explore right across this huge private concession, tracking animals and off-roading allows you closer sightings of predators. At night, as you look for animals with a spotlight you may be lucky and catch the predators as they hunt, but equally interesting are the smaller nocturnal animals which we rarely see without the spotlight like genet, bush babies and caracals.

Walking safaris offer a slower pace of safari, the chance to learn more about this unique eco-system and the flora and fauna around you. Your guide will share his tracking skills on these walks which really showcase the great experience and knowledge of these talented guides.

Mokoro trips glide peacefully through the shallower waters of the Okavango and offer a more traditional experience of the Okavango while boating allows the chance to explore further into the deeper water channels and see elephants, hippos and crocodiles in closer quarters.

Plenty to keep you busy over your two full days on the Kwara concession.

Day 7 - End of safari

Today you depart the Okavango. The time for your flight to Maun will be finalised the day before and your guide will advise you what time you will be leaving camp. The flight will always be schedule to connect with any onward travel arrangements. Depending on the time of departure, as discussed with your guide, you will enjoy on final morning activity and brunch before bidding farewell to the Okavango. The flight to Maun will take approximately 30 minutes, depending on stops along the way. On arrival a representative will meet you to ensure you connect to your onward travel arrangements.

For those interested in visiting Chobe and Victoria Falls flights to Kasane can be arranged at an additional cost. This is a flight of about 60 minutes.

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Pom Pom Camp

Pom Pom Camp

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Splash Camp

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