Six Night Desert and Delta Safari

The sands of the Kalahari Desert cover much northern Botswana, a vast wilderness with the great Okavango Delta an lush oasis in the north. This six night desert and delta safari allows you to visit the glittering waterways of the Okavango Delta and striking Makgadikgadi Pans National Park for a fantastically varied and interesting safari.

This six night Botswana safari combines three great lodges in very different habitats opening up opportunities for a spectacular range of wildlife sightings. These luxury lodges are part of the Desert and Delta portfolio are designed to complement each other to form a complete tour of Northern Botswana at an affordable rate.

Beginning at Leroo La Tau, in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park where the landscape showcases the quintessential Kalahari sands which dominate Botswana. Overlooking the seasonal Boteti River the game viewing here varies with the seasons. Desert animals dominate in the dry season while migrating zebra and wildebeest arrive in the summer months. An exciting safari year round for sure.

Flying north deep into the Okavango Delta, the contrast between these habitats which lies so close together is strikingly evident. Landing on a small lush island home to Camp Okavango, you will enjoy a quintessential water safari for the next two days with boating, mokoro and guided walks in stunning scenery.

Your final camp lies in the heart of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, the beating heart of the Okavango Delta. Staying at Camp Moremi, set in the beautiful Xakanaxa area, offers superb game viewing opportunities. This is big game territory and the relaxed animals provide excellent photographic opportunities. Game drives and boating are offered here.

This is an excellent 6 night itinerary showcasing the amazing diversity in Northern Botswana with excellent game viewing and both land and water activities. Importantly your water activities are guaranteed in the Okavango at these camps, a significant factor when considering your Okavango camps.

This itinerary uses a combination of Desert and Delta lodges, one of the biggest and best operators in Botswana with an extensive collection of lodges. Extensions to Savute and Chobe are recommended for those with the time.

Day 1 and 2

You will be met on arrival in Maun and assisted onto your flight to Leroo La Tau, a flight of about 30 minutes. Your guide will be waiting on arrival and will transfer you to camp, a game drive of about 15 minutes, depending on sightings along the way. With twelve luxury glass fronted suites Leroo La Tau overlook the Boteti River with magnificent views of the animals of the region as they come to the river to drink.

After settling into your room and having explored the camp your guide will discuss the activities conducted at Leroo La Tau, the current conditions and wildlife movements which change with the seasons and daily. You guide will also discuss your particular interests. Scheduled day and night game drives explore this fascinating area with boats exploring the river dependant on water levels. Guided walks and visits to the local village at Khumaga are available too. Due to their location within the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, the Makgadikgadi Pans themselves are not visited on daily scheduled activities from Leroo La Tau. Visits to Nxai Pan and Baines Baobabs are available on visits of 3 nights or more only (please speak to us for extensions).

After some refreshments you will set off on your afternoon activity, perhaps a game drive into the concession or if the water levels are up, a boat along the Boteti River.

The next morning you wake early and enjoy a light breakfast before setting off on your morning drive, exploring the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and around the Boteti River. Leroo La Tau means as ‘lion’s paw’ and sightings of the camp’s namesake are common. The area also has abundant antelope, Zebra and Wildebeest as well as other varied wildlife, including Leopard, Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyena. Returning after about 4 hours on your game drive you will enjoy brunch and have a couple of hours rest or relaxing by the pool before you set off on your afternoon drive or boat safari.

Sundowner drinks will be served by your guide while you are on your drive or boat ride, returning as it gets dark to a roaring fire and dinner.

Day 3 and 4

This morning you rise early and after a light breakfast you will set out for your game drive to discover what events have unfolded over the night. At a time advised the day before your guide will transfer you to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Camp Okavango, a flight of about 45 minutes. Landing in the north east the Okavango, on an idyllic island, you will be met and escorted to your camp, a short walk.

After a warm welcome to your new Okavango home, and having settled into your room your guide will introduce you to the activities at the camp and offer you an introduction to the area. You will discuss all your interests and preferences with your guide who will plan your days to ensure you make the most of your time here. Camp Okavango is a true water camp and offers year round mokoro, boating and walking activities.

Setting out in the late afternoon for your first activity you will stop of sundowners as the sun sinks towards the horizon and the skies begin to tint. Returning to camp for dinner and your first night in the Okavango.

The next day is your first full day at Camp Okavango and offers you the chance to explore deeper into the watery wilderness with walks, mokoro rides and boating in the morning and afternoon.

Day 5 and 6

This morning you will enjoy one last activity at Camp Okavango before your 15 minute flight to the Moremi, your last stop. As always your guide will be waiting on arrival to transfer you to camp, a drive of 25 minute game drive depending on sightings along the way.

Having met the team and settled into your room you will enjoy some light refreshments as you discuss the environment around Camp Moremi and the activities, which focus on game drives and boating on the Kkwai River. Discussing your interests with your guide you will then set off for your first activity that afternoon, explore the lovely Xakanaxa area of Moremi. This area offers some of the best game viewing in Botswana, with high concentrations of antelope, cats and buffalo and more. Toasting the setting sun out in the bush you will return for dinner and begin to plan your activities for the following day with your guide.

The next morning you wake early and after breakfast set off for your first full day in the Moremi. Perhaps a game drive in the morning followed by a boat ride in the afternoon, or returning to the vehicles to follow up on sightings earlier in the day. That is the beauty of safari, every day and every drive is different. Between activities you will have brunch at the camp and have a few hours to relax in the beautiful room, with private deck. Or relax by the pool or in one of the many lounge areas.

Day 7 - End of Safari

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 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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Leroo La Tau

Camp Okavango

Camp Moremi

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