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
With the coming of the summer rains northern Botswana is transformed, setting in motion many of the processes and dependencies which connect the vast wilderness. Operated by the renowned Wilderness Safaris this safari allows you, accompanied throughout by a specialist guide, to get to appreciate this vast region.

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.

Visit the Okavango Delta

At Okavango Delta Explorations we specialise in crafting safaris to this unique ecosystem.

Call John Gibson today on +44 1264 73 60 80
or email us at [email protected]

Enquire Now
Duration

This is a ten night safari


Starts

Maun, Botswana


Ends

Livingstone, Zambia

Destinations

Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Santawani Concession
Xigera Concession
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park


Accommodation

Kalahari Plains Camp
Gomoti Tented Camp
Xigera Camp
Toka Leya Camp

Day by Day Itinerary
On arrival at Maun International Airport you will be met by your dedicated Wilderness Explorations Guide who will assist you onto your light aircraft to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in the centre of Botswana. Here you will spend three nights at the Kalahari Plains Camp, allowing time to unwind and to explore this game rich concession at its most abundant time of year.

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.

Giving a real sense of scale you will be transferred to Maun by vehicle (six hours) before boarding a light aircraft into the delta. The Santawani Concession of over 6000 hectare is home to the Wilderness Explorations Gomoti Tented Camp. The camp is shaded by giant acacia trees and comprises five traditional canvas tents. These are styled to capture the spirit of the traditional safari with teak directors chairs, but at the same time provide comfortable accommodation in the bush with en-suite facilities. Guest areas are situated under thatch and comprise a lounge and dining area.

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.

Flying deeper into the delta we fly by light aircraft into this water-filled paradise.

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.

This morning after a short morning drive and breakfast, the safari departs by light aircraft to the northern region of Chobe National Park where you will enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River. The floodplains of the Chobe are renowned for their enormous herds of elephant and buffalo, hippopotamus and crocodiles. General game is good and birding outstanding. You will then transfer to Zambia and Toka Leya Camp.

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.

The final day of this safari visits the Victoria Falls.

SCHEDULE AND RATES FOR BOTSWANA SUMMER ENCOUNTER

Date
Rate
Remarks
19 to 29 January 2017
USD 7100
Maun – Livingstone
6 to 16 February 2017
USD 7100
Maun – Livingstone
29 March to 7 April 2017
USD 7100
Maun – Livingstone
18 to 28 April 2017
USD 7100
Maun – Livingstone
17 to 27 November 2017
USD 7100
Maun – Livingstone
9 to 19 December 2017
USD 7100
Maun – Livingstone

Visit the Okavango Delta

At Okavango Delta Explorations we specialise in crafting safaris to this unique ecosystem.

Call John Gibson today on +44 1264 73 60 80
or email us at [email protected]

Enquire Now