Botswana Great Wilderness Journey
11 Days, from £5,650pp excl. flights
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On this amazing Botswana Safari you will be transported by plane, boats and vehicles through some of the most beautiful parts of northern Botswana. Experience the beauty of the natural wilderness and variety of wildlife.
At the turn of the century, explorers and adventurers made their way leisurely along the dusty paths of Africa. Experience a nostalgic camping and lodge safari that recreates the sense of a game-viewing adventure, reminiscent of the times of the great African explorers.
The Great Wilderness Journey takes time to experience and explore Botswana's scenic northern areas: from the blue-green wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems, ending with the world-famous Victoria Falls.
Days 1, 2 & 3: Jacana Camp, Okavango Delta (B,L,D)
After arriving in Maun, you will be met by our representative to fly by light aircraft over the shimmering water-world of the Okavango Delta. The Delta encompasses life at its most fertile: abundant water, sunlight and nutrients fuse to produce a wetland paradise teeming with life.
Lush Jacana Camp is situated in a permanently flooded region of the private Jao Concession of the Okavango Delta. A true water camp, it represents the essence of the Delta, with year-round mokoro safaris as well as island bush walks and, water level permitting, motorboat cruises. In fact, when the flood levels are at their peak you may be able to motorboat from the airstrip to the lodge, a truly surreal camp arrival! On one of the full days, you will also enjoy game drives around the productive Jao flats region to the north of camp.
Days 4, 5 & 6: Motswiri Camp, Selinda Spillway (B,L,D)
Depart this morning by aircraft to Motswiri Camp located in the south-western sector of the Selinda private concession, in the seasonally flooded portion of the Okavango Delta where it joins into the Selinda Spillway.
The area in which the camp is located is scenic with generous shade provided by leadwood and russet bushwillow trees. Open floodplains and woodlands spread out in front of camp. Activities concentrate on nature walks and canoeing, providing a superb view from the canoe of big game coming to the water's edge to drink.
Game drives (by day and night) often reveal sightings of the rare roan and stately sable antelopes, in addition to an array of other game species. Seasonally, catch and release fishing is offered as an alternative activity.
Days 7, 8 & 9: Linyanti Discoverer Camp, Linyanti (B,L,D)
After a light breakfast, fly north-eastwards to the private Linyanti Concession; after a short game drive you will arrive at your private Discoverer camp, which is elegantly set up under African ebony and knobthorn acacia trees overlooking panoramic vistas of the Linyanti Swamps.
The landscape of the Linyanti varies from floodplains to open dry land savannah and forest with sweeping views, creating a paradise for a high diversity of wildlife and bird species. Activities include game drives in the private northern sector of the concession, exploring a range of habitats from riverbanks to scrub and forest, with a myriad of wildlife en route to slake their thirst from the river. The seldom-seen sitatunga can also be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare plains game such as roan and sable antelope and of course their predators, the lion and leopard - with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus.
There's also a game drive to a private area for lunch, then a siesta in hammocks and the possibility of an afternoon canoe trip, before returning to camp at dusk. (This activity is not always possible, as it is dependent on whether there are hippo pods moving in and out of the areas in which we canoe.)
Another possible activity is an all-day game drive to the Savute Channel, with lunch en route. This game drive is specifically designed to gain an introduction to the Stolen River as well as enjoying a part of the Selinda Spillway with its rich floodplains.
To complete the experience, in the rainy season and on the third day it is possible to enjoy a full-day activity to the Savute Channel, with lunch at a scenic setting under a shade tree. The spectacular but seasonal (rain dependant) zebra migration moves between Linyanti and the Savute Marsh between end November and March, the area also boasting an impressive diversity of mammals, including large elephant herds.
When undertaken and during the correct season, this day is specifically tailored to enjoy the seasonal and migratory movements of wildlife, although sighting the zebra migration is not guaranteed.
Day 10: Chobe River boat cruise, Chobe National Park and Toka Leya, Zambia
After a short morning drive and breakfast, we depart by light aircraft to the northern Chobe region of Chobe National Park. This area is famous for its vast herds of elephants in the dry season and other unique species such as the elusive puku and Chobe bushbuck that move to the river in the hottest hours of the day.
Enjoy a light lunch on the boat cruise in a catamaran-style shaded boat. We leave Botswana and fly to Livingstone International Airport, arriving at Toka Leya in the late afternoon. On leaving Botswana, we fly over the Kazangula border, a point where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet.
Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, under a shady canopy of jackalberry and waterberry trees lies Toka Leya. The islands in front of camp are intriguing and part of the braided channel of the Zambezi with some rapids, a main channel and fringing dense vegetation.
The camp consists of 12 safari-style tents, each en-suite with a view of the magnificent Zambezi River and some of its islands. The camp's dining and bar area is set beneath a shaded canopy of trees overlooking the River and a swimming pool.
Day 11: Victoria Falls, transfer to Livingstone Airport (B)
The grand finale is a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 metres wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge.
Transfer to Livingstone Airport immediately after the tour of the Victoria Falls and bid farewell to the adventure.
• Accommodation as specified
• Private or shared transfers throughout
• Meals and touring as specified in the itinerary
• B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Prices vary according to season and are per person based on two people sharing travelling together. Please ask us for more details and exclusions.