Ten Night Botswana Summer Encounter
Explore a world renewed by the life giving summer rains, through the plains of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the magnificent Okavango Delta with its vibrant birds and myriad animals followed by a cruise down the picturesque Chobe River, and finally of the incomparable Victoria Falls
The safari begins in the Kalahari Desert, brought to life by the summer rains providing rich grazing to both local and migratory species of plains game. This is the most abundant season in the Kalahari. The safari then explores the Okavango Delta, first the floodplains of the Santawani Concession and then the water wonderland of Xigera Camp, surrounded by water in the Moremi Game Reserve. The safari then moves north with a boat cruise on the Chobe River, before leaving Botswana for Livingstone and the mighty Victoria Falls.
An atmospheric combination of Wilderness Safaris’ Classic Camps and traditional serviced camping provides comfortable accommodation throughout. This safari is supported throughout by a dedicated specialist guide who will bring this environment alive, sharing his knowledge of the wildlife, culture and history.
Day by Day Itinerary
Kalahari Plains Camp, with its eight canvas units, is ideally situated in a concession within the game reserve. Overlooking a large pan this eco-friendly camp has expansive views over the grassy plains of the Kalahari. Well adapted to the climate of the Kalahari the camp has rooftop sleeping decks and a plunge pool with airy guest areas.
In summer you can expect to see large herds of springbok and oryx which congregate on the fertile grasslands. These are followed by the famous Kalahari black maned lions and some of the largest cheetah concentrations in Africa. Other predators include black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox and African wild cat. Brown hyaena are also occasionally seen. The area is also home to over 220 species of bird.
The concession is well known for its rich alluvial sands which allow for excellent grass growth attracting large number of plains game. The plentiful wildlife includes lion, leopard, African wild dog and cheetah with large numbers of herbivores including giraffe and elephant. The focus here is on day and night game drives, as well as walking safaris.
Set on an island in the Xigera Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve, Xigera Camp is tucked into the trees on the edge of the island. Surrounded by water and lush vegetation the focus here is on the waters of the Okavango Delta and the species which make it home. Xigera Camp has nine tented rooms with views over the floodplains and a small lagoon. Guest areas at the camp itself overlooks one of the myriad channels which make up the delta and includes a dining room, boma, sitting areas and swimming pool. The camp is 100% solar powered.
Activities explore the concession and typically include mokoro and motorboat excursions. Seasonal game drives, depend on the water levels. Mammal sightings include the water-loving red lechwe, spotted-necked otter, elephant and tsessebe along with the elusive sitatunga. Predators include leopard and spotted hyaena. The concession is good for birding with species including Pel’s fishing-owl, African skimmer, greater swamp warbler and wattled crane.
Toka Leya Camp with twelve shaded safari tents overlooks the Zambezi River twelve kilometers upstream of the Victoria Falls. Set in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, home to buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala and white rhino, the camp provides an excellent base from which to explore this area.
SCHEDULE AND RATES FOR BOTSWANA SUMMER ENCOUNTER
|19 to 29 January 2017||Maun – Livingstone|
|6 to 16 February 2017||Maun – Livingstone|
|29 March to 7 April 2017||Maun – Livingstone|
|18 to 28 April 2017||Maun – Livingstone|
|17 to 27 November 2017||Maun – Livingstone|
|9 to 19 December 2017||Maun – Livingstone|