One week Classic Wilderness Safari

A powerful combination of luxury Okavango camps come together to create a superb 7 night itinerary, one of our most popular. Importantly, this itinerary delivers great game viewing and both land and water activities all year round. Following a triangular route through the south, east and west Okavango the magnificent diversity of the delta is experienced. Wonderfully varied game viewing and activities keep every day fresh and exciting. These are some of Botswana’s most popular camps, a winning combination offering a diverse range of habitats and wildlife encounters. Ballooning and Helicopter rides can be included too.

This is an ideal safari for those looking to explore some of the Okavango’s best private concessions at top (but not over the top!) camps. All the ingredients for a brilliant safari are here – exclusive concessions, prime game viewing, diverse activities, stunning landscapes and beautiful accommodation. Excellent guiding tops this off to ensure a superb week

Chitabe, Little Vumbura Camp and Kwetsani are sister camps and designed to complement each other perfectly, offering a diverse range of habitats and wildlife encounters.

Little Vumbura is one of the most charming camps in the Okavango, set on a delightful little island in the east of the Okavango on the private Vumbura concession, this lovely little camp is one of the most popular in the Okavango- with good reason. Year round water guarantees a classic Okavango water safari while access to the vast plains of the Vumbura concession which boast some of the best 4×4 game viewing in the region means that the land safari experience is top notch here too.

Chitabe Camp lies in the south east of the Okavango on a private concessions which is home to impressive resident predator numbers. The game viewing here is explosive, lion, cheetah and wild dog are regularly seen here, Even rhino. The focus here is on 4×4 game drives and explosive game viewing. Chitabe is a smart but friendly camp with a superb team of guides from the local area who deliver exciting game viewing experiences.

Kwetsani is a small luxurious camp with just 5 tree-house style rooms set on a beautiful island in the remote western Okavango. The experience varies with the arrival of the annual flood, where the focus may be more on water or land activities – though days are always varied and productive. A special camp and the most luxurious in the itinerary, ensuring you end your safari on a high.

All camps are operated by Wilderness Safaris, widely acclaimed as the continent’s foremost ecotourism operator. Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris has grown to be the largest ecotourism operator in Africa.

Day 1 - Chitabe Camp

On arrival into Maun Airport you will be met by a representative and assisted onto your flight to Chitabe Camp, a flight of about 20 minutes. Your guide will be waiting on arrival to transfer you to camp, a game drive of about 30 minutes, depending on sightings along the way.

Chitabe Camp is built on a pretty island in the southern Okavango Delta, in a private concession bordered on three sides by the Moremi Game Reserve. The animals roam freely between the reserve and concession, ensuring superb game viewing. This area receives flood waters later in the season and is markedly drier than the areas visited later in the itinerary, offering an interesting contrast. This area has some of the most exciting game viewing in Botswana.

Game viewing is excellent, look out for regulars like Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Reedbuck, Lechwe, Impala, Zebra and Hippo. And more. Wild dogs are among the major attractions of this area and a long-standing program to study the Wild Dogs is based nearby Chitabe Camp.

Activities focus on game drives in open 4×4 vehicles during the day and at night accompanied by an experienced guide, as well as nature walks. Chitabe is strictly a land activities only – no water activities are offered here.

Having met the team, settled into your room and enjoyed some refreshments you will then set off on your first game drive as the heat of thee day begins to subside and the animals begin to stir. Stopping in a scenic spot to toast the setting sun with a drink, you celebrate your first day on safari before returning to camp. A camp fire will be roaring and dinner follows shortly. You then retire for your first night in the Okavango, enjoy all the wonderful sounds of the nocturnal animals going about their business, safely tucked up in your lovely room.

Day 2 - Chitabe Camp

This morning you wake early, before sunrise. After a light breakfast you set off on your first morning game drive. This is generally the best time to see predators before they settle down to rest in the shade for the day. Beginning by tracking the movements of the night before, your guide will interpret the ‘news’ from the tracks as you explore the roads around camp and deeper into the concession. Perhaps there were unidentified sounds in the night which you will now follow up on…

Morning game drives usually last around 4 hours, depending on sightings, with a coffee break along the way. Returning around mid-morning for a hearty brunch you will then have a few hours to yourself to relax in your room or in the communal areas of the lodge. Most animals rest in midday heat and so will you! There is a pool that provides cool sanctuary in the heat of the day, a great spot to relax between activities.

Around mid -afternoon you will meet your guide for high tea and then set off on your afternoon drive, perhaps following up on the sightings from earlier or tracking new movements. Your guide will find another lovely spot to enjoy the beautiful sunset with some drinks before returning back to camp. As its gets dark – a spot light comes out to search for the nocturnal animals as they begin to emerge. Most predators hunt at night so you will be looking out for the big cats, but also the smaller cats such as servals, genets, African wild cats as well as civets and bushbabies- always a delight to see them leaping between branches.

This evening over dinner your guide will advise your flight time for your transfer to the next camp tomorrow, and you will plan your morning activities accordingly.

Day 3 - Little Vumbura

Another early start to the day with a morning game drive and breakfast before your flight to Little Vumbura Camp, a flight of about 20 minutes. On arrival you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to camp, a short drive from the airstrip to the boat jetty, where you will take a stunning 20 minute boat ride to Little Vumbura- your Okavango home for the next 3 nights.

Little Vumbura is situated on a wooded island in the same region as its sister camp, Vumbura Plains. Designed to blend in with its surroundings, the camp is a beautiful six bedroomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient Okavango forest. Each tent is ensuite, large and roomy with an open-air shower and views of the surroundings. A plunge pool and reading area overlooks the floodplains and a star deck leads off the dining area.

Your guide will discuss your particular interests and activity preferences and work these into your schedule across the next two days.

Day 4 and 5 - Little Vumbura

Your days will follow the same routine with early morning and late afternoon activities, planned and discussed beforehand with your guide.

Surrounded as it is by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are a highlight here. Mokoro rides see you gliding through the floodplains under the guidance of experienced polers and motor boats explore the deeper permanent channels.

Game drives in open Land Rovers explore the savannah areas on the concession which are noted for their diversity and concentrations of plains game. Leopard stalk the woodland areas while cheetah are often spotted peering across the open plains. Lion and buffalo interactions are also a highlight. Walks (on request) around the island are an opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective. Wildlife viewing and birding is consistently good all year round in this area.

Helicopter safaris and Hot Air Balloon Safaris can also be arranged from here, but must be pre-booked. Please speak to us for more information.

Day 6 - Kwetsani Camp

This morning you enjoy one last activity on the Vumbura concession before flying west to your final camp. This is a beautiful flight over the heart of the Okavango, including Chief’s Island, the largest land mass in the Okavango. You fly above glistening lagoons, palm tree islands thick forest and open savannah plains. The true beauty of the Okavango is spread out below you.

Landing in the western corner of the Okavango you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to camp by boat, or 4x4, depending on water levels. A warm welcome awaits at your final stop of the safari. Kwetsani is a beautiful luxury camp set high into the canopy of the tree line which overlooks a pretty floodplain. It has an intimate and very friendly feel. A relatively new camp, it boasts a fresh luxurious feel . Eyes are always drawn to the open floodplains which see a number of animals crossing in front of camp. The large glass fronted rooms make the most of these wonderful views.

This is a particularly pretty area of the Okavango, and the perfect spot to end your safari with a very spoiling camp. Activities here focus on the rise and fall of the annual flood. Game drives are always offered on nearby Hunda Island, the largest island in the area with good game viewing. When the floods arrive (around April/May until around September) boating and mokoro excursions are offered as well.

Having settled into your beautiful tent you will have some time to relax before setting off on your afternoon activity with your guide.

Day 7 -Kwetsani Camp

Your last full day on safari, make the most of it! Perhaps an early morning game drive to explore this new ecosystem. A final chance to cross off any missing animals from your check list! Though by now you will have realized this is so much more than a checklist safari, relish the freedom from the daily grind and enjoy your last day in true wilderness.

Between activities the sparkling pool and elegant sun-lounging deck offer a lovely location to relax during the hotter hours of the day.

Day 8 - End of Safari

The time for your flight to Maun will be finalized the day before departure and your guide will advise you what time you will be leaving camp. The flight will always be scheduled to connect with any onward travel arrangements. Depending on the time of departure, as discussed with your guide, you will enjoy one final morning activity and a delicious brunch before bidding farewell to the Okavango. The flight to Maun will take approximately 20 minutes, depending on stops along the way. On arrival a representative will meet you to ensure you connect to your onward travel arrangements.

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Chitabe Camp

Chitabe Camp

Little Vumbura

Little Vumbura

Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani Camp

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