Ultimate Botswana Honeymoon Safari

This itinerary is packed with all the key honeymoon safari ingredients – intimate camps, exclusive locations, spoiling luxury and once in a life time experiences. And a top safari experience with great game viewing too of course. The best of Botswana’s incredibly beautiful and diverse safari destinations are wrapped up in this 7 night itinerary. A complete desert and delta experience. Visit the striking Makgadikgadi pans and world famous Jack’s Camp, the epitome of a luxury vintage safari. Track the Kalahari lion, meet meerkats, quad bike, horse ride, walk with the bushman and sleep beneath the stars for truly unique experiences. The lush Okavango Delta offers abundant game and exciting land and water safari activities- Tuludi Camp is one of the most stylish and luxurious camps in the Okavango. A night under the stars completes the experience.

This is truly a once in a life time itinerary, combining some of Botswana’s most luxurious and unique camps for an incredibly spoiling but also adventurous honeymoon safari. While the camps are incredibly luxurious this itinerary is very much built around experiences – this is what will deliver the memories to savour for life.

The Okavango and Kalahari make an incredible combination – so dramatically different and yet so easily accessed, flying between the different locations in just an hour is quite staggering. The stark beauty of the Kalahari desert and its lunar like salt pans quickly transform to glistening lagoons and lush floodplains. The different environments are home to very different species and offer a complete game viewing experience. The desert adapted species in the Kalahari include the Kalahari black maned lion, brown hyena, chaeta, oryx, springbok and everybody’s favourite – the meerkat.

These landscapes also offer very different activities. The salt pans of the Kalahari are the backdrop to a range of truly unique and special activities- as well as game drives there are quad biking safaris, horse riding safaris, fascinating bushman walks, sleepouts under the stars and a visit to a habituated meerkat colony. The lush and rich Okavango is home to abundant game and offers game drives, mokoro rides, walking and the chance to sleep below the stars on a private starbed. Every day is fresh and exciting – packed with adventure and special experiences.

A truly wonderful itinerary for those looking to splash out.

Important note: The price indicated is based on a special offer, 50% off the bride’s accommodation only. The other traveller will pay the full rate of $10,370

Day 1

On arrival in Maun, Botswana you will be met by a representative and assisted onto your light charter flight to the Makgadikgadi, a flight of about 30 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.

A warm Botswana welcome awaits. Having been introduced to the camp and team you will settle into your new desert home before sitting down with your guide for some light refreshments and an introduction to the area and activities on offer. You will have the chance to set off on your first activity or you may prefer to relax in camp after your long journey.

Jack’s Camps offers an amazing arrange of activities, which your guide will discuss with you and plan into your stay to ensure you make the most of your time here. Game drives, bush walks, meerkat visits, quad biking, horse riding, san bushman walks and more are offered here. (Note the quad biking is only offered in the dry season).

You will set out on your first game drive to get your bearings in this lunar like world. Mirages glimmer on the horizon while tracks of the wildlife who make these epic crossings remind you that these pans are not as empty as they seem. Elephant are often seen here, as are giraffe, zebra and even lion. Lookout for the dust above the horizon for signs of moving animals.

Stopping in a scenic spot to toast the setting sun. The sunsets here are truly incredible, the dust creates an amazing blend of colours across the flat horizons – you will want your camera out!

Returning to camp with a spotlight to try and glimpse some of the nocturnal creatures which live in the desert. A camp fire awaits, followed by dinner and your first night in the desert. Over dinner you will plan your activities for the next day.

Day 2 and 3

The day begins before sunrise with a wakeup call and light breakfast before setting out as the sunrises for your first activity. Returning around mid-morning for a hearty brunch you will then have time to relax in camp during the heat of the day before embarking on your afternoon activity.

Every day is different on safari here and you will have planned your activities with your guide the day before, enjoying a mix of the various activities on offer.

Game drives allow you to explore deep into the Makgadikgadi and approach and photograph the more dangerous predators such as the famous black maned lion and cheetah which are found here. Brown hyena are also found here, as well as oryx, springbok, giraffe, zebra and much more.

Always popular is a visit to the habituated meerkat colony, the original ‘cool cats’ of the Kalahari! Meerkats are very social and incredible curious creatures and always on the lookout for predators. Having established that you pose no harm they will likely lose no time in using your height to their favour to look out for predators.

In the dry season (May-October) quad biking is available. Wrapping up like a desert explorer with a sarong around your head and mouth to protect against the dust you soar across the lunar like pans, so vast and empty you can almost see the curvature of the earth.

Guided bush walks offer insight into this extraordinary land. The salt pans are the remains of a vast superlake which once covered most of Southern Africa. The pans we see now were the deepest sections, now simply barren salt flats. However the edges and certain pockets are full of life and were home to a number of san communities. Your guide will bring this all to life for you.

Short horse riding safaris are a quiet and unobtrusive opportunity to approach animals without disturbing them. A much more peaceful ride than the quad bikes, but just as thrilling. From this raised height you have spectacular views of the pans and animals on the horizon.

San bushman walks are fascinating. A chance to hear stories of their traditional survival skills and is sure to have you shaking your head in wonder as they light a fire in minutes, make string from an obliging cactus and show you how to find water in the desert. Learn their tracking skills, hunting tools and even jewellery making.

Day 4

This morning you will enjoy one last activity at Jack’s (or perhaps enjoy a lie-in) before bidding farewell to the Kalahari and the team and flying to the Okavango. Your flight to the Khwai Reserve will take approximately 60 minutes. This is a fascinating flight as you move from the harsh desert to the gleaming oasis of the Okavango. The Okavango is spectacular from above- keep a look out for the larger animals which you can view from the aircraft, elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and much more can be seen on this flight.

Your guide will be waiting on arrival to transfer you to camp, a 30 game drive. Tuludi camp is a beautiful new luxury camp with a stunning setting overlooking seasonal floodplains and a permanent waterhole. The huge tented suites are sophisticated and stylish, and feature a private deck and plunge pool. Thoughtfully designed with plenty of inviting main area spaces too- a swimming pool, bar, lounge and even a 4 metre high elevated library.

Having met the team you will have a chance to settle into your room and relax a little, perhaps enjoying a dip in your private plunge pool before high tea in the late afternoon.

Your guide will discuss the area and activities on offer and you will chat about your particular interests and plan your activities for the following days. Morning, afternoon and night drives are the main activity here as well as guided bush walks. Boating and mokoro safaris are offered when water levels permit, and this area has a good track record for running these year round.

Setting off for your first activity that afternoon you will begin to explore the stunning riverfront area and the beautiful open plains. Enjoying a drink as the sun sets you will return for dinner and begin to plan your activities for the following day with your guide.

Day 5

Another early morning wake up call at dawn starts the day. The safari schedule continues as before, with an early morning and late afternoon activity.

The Khwai Private reserve is vast, and home to abundant game. Impala, kudu, sable, zebra, wildebeest, tsessebe, giraffe and others wander these plains. And the predators follow! Lion, leopard and hyena are frequently seen. Wild dog have also been seen there. The magic of safari is that every day is different, with fresh experiences and sightings. As your guide can attest.

In between activities you will have some time to yourselves to enjoy this fabulous camp and stunning setting. The rooms are incredibly spacious and the private decks make the perfect spot for a siesta or a sofa safari as you watching the animals come and go from the waterhole.

Day 6

By now you will be familiar with the early morning wake up call, though perhaps it may not be getting any easier! After a light breakfast you set off on your morning activity returning for brunch around mid-morning. You guide will discuss your departure time the day before, so you are packed and ready at the appropriate time to transfer to Skybeds for your final night in the Okavango, below the stars!

At an agreed time you will be transferred to Skybeds, a 2 hour game drive into the northern section of the reserve. The mopane forests around here are a favourite spot for elephants so keep your eyes out! Passing by a photo hide you will have an opportunity to watch animals up close and personal as they come to drink at the waterhole, it is impossible to take a bad photo from this angle!

Arriving at Skybeds in the late afternoon you will have a chance to settle into your treehouse home before gathering onto the raised viewing deck overlooking the waterhole to enjoy the sunset. Dinner is served on a simple raised platform to the sounds of the bush.

Finally, you return to your sleepout deck for your final night in the Okavango. Snuggle into your comfortable bed, complete with duvet, hot water bottle and mosquito net and enjoy the fabulous stars. A private en-suite bathroom with a shot shower, sink and toilet are below deck.

The waterhole often has elephant visiting throughout the night and the sound of them drinking and purring to each other is the perfect way to fall asleep.

Day 7

The dawn chorus and creeping morning light will most likely wake you before your guide does. After breakfast you depart on your morning game drive back to Tuludi Camp, taking your time to explore the reserve on the way. This is a vast and varied reserve and this allows you to explore more of the varied habitats.

Arriving back at Tuludi Camp for lunch you will have time to relax in camp for a few hours before setting off on your final afternoon activity. Stopping at a scenic spot you will toast the setting sun with one final sundowner – soak up those skies!

This evening over dinner in camp your guide will advise you of your flight time to Maun the next day, and plan your morning activity accordingly.

Day 8

Today you bid farewell to the Okavango and the team at Tuludi. 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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Jack’s Camp

Jack’s Camp

Tuludi Camp

Tuludi Camp

Khwai Skybeds

Tuludi Camp

Tuludi Camp

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