Six Night Okavango and Kalahari Safari

Experience the striking contrast of the harsh Kalahari and lush Okavango in this powerful combination of three luxury tented camps. Perfectly located in private concessions in the Kalahari, West and East Okavango, this is an exclusive safari experience. The Okavango camps are set near permanent water channels ensuring year round water activities. The Kalahari showcases desert adapted species not seen in the Okavango as well as rhino. A fantastic year round safari showcasing the amazing diversity of Botswana. Game drives, mokoro rides, boating, walking, photographic hides and san bushman walks combine to deliver a comprehensive Botswana safari.

Exploring the different sides of the Okavango, with two nights in each of the east and west Okavango, one will appreciate how amazingly diverse this rich eco-system is. Both Shinde Camp in the East and Kanana Camp in the west are set near permanent water channels allowing for mokoro and boating year round, a huge advantage over many camps. Morning afternoon and night drives are also offered here, as well as walking safaris. Being set on private concessions allows off-roading so tracking animals is unhindered.

Kanana Camp lies on the private Pom Pom concession, a particularly pretty corner of the Okavango with a string of islands dotted with tall palms and floodplains. Leopards are frequently found here, lions are frequently seen along with big breeding herds of elephants. Birds will be delighted by the heronry and varied of species seen here.

Shinde Camp lies on the Shinde concession an area regarded as offering some of the most exciting game viewing in the Okavango. Wide open plains attracts cheetah while lion roam right across the concessions. Leopard stalk the forests. Plains game are varied and numerous. Zebra, wildebeest, sable, tssesebe, kudu and more. Large bull elephants are resident near the waters which are home to hippos and crocs too.

Dinaka Camp lies on a private reserve bordering the Central Kalahari game reserve and delivers a fantastic desert safari experience, showcasing very different animals to those found in the Okavango. Desert adapted species include the Kalahari Black Maned Lion, brown hyena, aardwolf, cheetah, oryx, springbok and more. Rhino are commonly seen here. Birding is superb. A fantastic contrast to the Okavango. Activities include morning, afternoon and night drives, bushman walks, photographic hide, viewing deck, walks and sleepout decks.

All three camps are operated by Ker & Downey Botswana, known for their small intimate camps and prime locations. Importantly, they have a maximum of only 4 people per vehicle ensuring a very exclusive safari experience. Expect a high standard of guiding and service throughout.

This itinerary covers a diverse range of habitats and wildlife encounters. Each of the camps complements each other beautifully ensuring the most comprehensive Okavango safari experience. A classic and good value itinerary recommended at any time of year.

This itinerary can be adapted to suit your preferences, with additional nights added to any area of particular preference. Extensions to other areas in the region, such as Victoria Falls or Cape Town, can also be arranged.

Day 1 and 2 - Shinde Camp

On arrival in Maun, Botswana you will be met by a representative to assist you with your connection on to a light charter flight to Shinde Camp, a scenic flight of about 25 minutes. Your guide will be waiting on arrival and will transfer your to camp, a game drive of about 15 minutes, depending on sightings along the way.

Having met the team and settled into your room you will enjoy some refreshments while your guide introduces you to the local environments and activities available at Shinde Camp. Being set on a rich private concession with access to permanent water Shinde offers an amazing array of safari activities- morning, afternoon and evening game drives, walking, boating and mokoro rides. Fishing is also available. 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.

Setting off for your first activity that afternoon you will begin to explore the stunning lagoon which lies in front of the camp and the beautiful open plains which feature in Shinde. 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 with your choice of hot drink brought to your room and after breakfast you set off for your first full day in Shinde. Perhaps a game drive to track any interesting movements from the cats overnight or a bush walk for a chance to learn about the smaller species and fauna in this unique eco-system.

Returning for brunch you will then have a few hours of siesta, a lovely time to enjoy this beautiful camp, either relaxing on your private deck, by the pool, in the lounge or horizontal on your bed recharging from the early morning wake up calls! Around 4pm you set off for your afternoon activity and again toast the setting sun with drinks in the bush and returning to camp for dinner.

This evening your guide will advise you what time your flight to Kanana will be the following day and you will plan your morning activity accordingly.

Day 3 and 4 - Kanana Camp

This morning you rise early as before and set out for your morning activity, perhaps following up on sightings found the day before or tracking something new of interest . One last chance to explore the Shinde area before you return for brunch. At a time advised the day before your guide will transfer you to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kanana, a flight of about 20 minutes. Landing in the west of the Okavango your guide will be waiting to transfer you to the camp, a drive of about 30 minutes.

Settling into your room and having enjoyed some refreshments and explored your new Okavango home, you will meet your guide and set off on your afternoon activity. Kanana is a private concession and as such offers a full range of land and water activities just like Shinde, so you are spoilt for choice. You guide will discuss each of these with you in terms of 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 and those smaller nocturnal animals which we rarely see without the spotlight like genet, bush babies and caracals.

The next day is your first full day in Kanana and offers you the chance to explore deeper into the concession with game drives or some of the other wonderful activities. The day begins with an early morning wake-up call and breakfast before setting off on your morning activity, as discussed with your guide, either driving further into the concession, enjoying an informative guided walk or gliding through the waterways on a mokoro.

Returning to the camp for brunch and siesta in the heat of the day you will again set off later in the afternoon for your chosen afternoon activity with your guide.

Day 5 and 6 - Dinaka Camp

This morning you will enjoy one last activity at Kanana before setting off at the time agreed the day before with your guide for your 25 minutes flight to Dinaka, your last stop. As always your guide will be waiting on arrival to transfer you to camp, a short 10 minute game drive.

Dinaka is your final stop. Once you have settled into your room and explored the camp you will have time to relax a little before joining your guide for tea and refreshments and a discussion of the available activities. The reserve offers a vast range of exciting activities which showcase the best of this fascinating desert area including guided bush walks, an underground photographic hide, educational walks with the San bushman as well as morning, afternoon and night game drives. A viewing deck offers amazing sunset views.

You will enjoy an afternoon activity on the day of arrival followed by a sunset drink as you soak up the spectacular Kalahari skies. Returning to camp to a roaring fire and dinner as you discuss the activities for the following day with your guide.

The next day the safari routine continues with early morning wake up calls followed by breakfast and a morning activity returning for brunch and a siesta. Late afternoon once the heat of the day has subsided you depart for your afternoon activity.

The ecosystem here is home to many unusual and interesting creatures including the Brown Hyena and Black Maned Kalahari Lion and there are also excellent chances of seeing Rhino. Smaller creatures include meerkats and aardwolf. There are plenty of chances for sightings these wonderful desert creatures.

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 30 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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Shinde Camp

Kanana Camp

Dinaka Camp

Dinaka Camp

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