56 F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 Tailor-made Botswana Our tailor-made fly-in safaris are designed to be the ultimate in flexibility... you can add or remove nights at any of the locations and the safari can depart on any day of the year. We only give a suggested itinerary below, but this is your trip and the choice is yours. There are two standards of lodge - ‘Classic’ and ‘Premier’, both of which has been tried and tested and comes highly recommended! All the lodges have large tented rooms on raised wooden decking (except Little Vumbura), and each has en-suite facilities with flushing toilets and hot and cold running water. Each also has a lounge and dining area and all have exceptional naturalist guides. Most have plunge pools. They are luxuriously furnished and none accommodates more than 18 guests with a number limited to ten or fewer. A typical day consists of a morning activity followed by brunch, siesta and then an afternoon and/or evening activity. Specific activities vary from camp to camp, but may include walks, drives, night drives and river trips by either traditional-style canoes (mekoros) or more conventional motor boats. The kinds of activities on offer will depend on water levels. Transfers between the camps are generally by light aircraft and occur after the morning activity and brunch but before the afternoon activity. Wings Over Botswana 11 days London to London We suggest as a starting point the following itinerary which visits each of the distinct regions of northern Botswana. Day 1. Depart London Depart London for Maun flying via Johannesburg. Days 2 & 3. Okavango Delta [B (Day 3 only), L, D] On arrival into Maun you will be met and transferred directly by light aircraft into the Okavango Delta. Instead of flowing into the ocean as most rivers do, the Okavango River’s journey ends at a fault line in the Kalahari Desert where it spills onto the sand. The result is a vast tapestry of crystal clear channels, lagoons and small islands which in an otherwise dry landscape attracts a myriad of waterfowl and other birds as well as large concentrations of wildlife. All the camps here are situated in wetland areas well known for their large concentrations of game: Classic Lodge Options: Jacana – a true water camp which offers mokoro and walking safaris year round. Kwetsani – a remote camp on a heavily wooded island. Tubu Tree Camp – diverse habitats at this traditional style camp provide varied game-viewing. Xigera – in the heart of the Delta with permanent year round water. Little Vumbura – surrounded by ancient forest and water. Premier Lodge Options: Vumbura Plains – eight deluxe spacious suites with their own plunge pools on the same island as Little Vumbura. Jao – a luxury tented camp built under a beautiful canopy of shady trees. Water Levels The water levels of the Okavango Delta vary during the year. This is reflected in the activities at the camps and lodges, which may be either water based or land based, or a (normally) a mixture of both. The water levels vary depending on the rains, but generally the waters are highest from April to September. We will generally advise that you stay at a combination of camps so that you may experience all that the region has to offer. Private Guides & Vehicles The standard of guiding in Botswana is exceptional in the camps and lodges that we use. We are often asked however if we can provide private vehicles and guides – which of course we can. They don’t come cheap (the costs vary between camps), and they often need to be booked a long way in advance, but they can make a wonderful trip truly special, and from a dedicated photographers point of view private vehicles are a real bonus. Private Aircraft As we indicate above, most of the camp transfers are done by light aircraft. Some people ask us for dedicated private air transfers between camps. We are very happy to provide these, please do ask if you would like us to quote you for this as part of your itinerary. Private charters work particularly well for small groups travelling together or for those requiring more flexibility and privacy. Sleep Outs Some camps offer the chance to sleep out in the bush - a fabulous way to experience the wilderness as you sleep under the stars in elevated hides. Nothing compares to the thrill of hearing the roar of a Lion as the glow of the camp fire dims, nor waking up to the African dawn! Do ask us for more details.
Linyanti Swamp Savuti Marsh Lagoon Camp Selinda Camp Lebala Camp Kwara Camp Zibalianja Duba Plains Chitabe Tubu Tree Xigera Jacana Chitabe Trails Jao Kwetsani Camp Little Vumbura Vumbura Plains Savuti Camp Duma Tau Kings Pool Shinde Camp Kanana Maun Kasane Kasane Forest Chobe Forest Reserve Chobe National Park Moremi Game Reserve Victoria Falls Livingstone Mombo & Little Mombo ZIMBABWE S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com 57 Africa / Botswana Days 4 to 6. Moremi [B, L, D] Today you fly on to Moremi. Set aside by the baTwana tribe in 1963, Moremi is considered to be one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. Covering 3,000 square kilometres of the Okavango’s north-eastern portion, its wide-ranging habitats include dry savannah woodland, mopane forest, riparian woodland, floodplain, reedbeds and permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. Classic Lodge Options: Duba Plains – a shaded island surrounded by expansive plains which occasionally flood. (Please note that there is a small surcharge to the normal classic rate at this camp.) Chitabe – a small camp on a beautiful shaded island surrounded by classic Okavango scenery. Premier Lodge Options: Mombo and Little Mombo – these exclusive sister camps overlook a wonderful floodplain that teems with game. Chitabe Lediba – a small camp on a beautiful shaded island surrounded by classic Okavango scenery. Days 7 to 9. Linyanti [B, L, D] Another light aircraft transfer takes you to the Linyanti Reserve, consisting of 125,000 hectares of prime wildlife countryside. The reserve is bordered to the north by the Linyanti River and to the east by Chobe National Park. Two thirds of the Savuti Channel lie within the reserve and its diversity of habitat make it a fantastic haven for wildlife. There are excellent grasslands along both the dry Savuti Channel and the Linyanti River, papyrus marshlands, massive lagoons, and both acacia and mopane forests sustain large elephant herds in the winter months. Classic Lodge Options: Duma Tau – overlooks an enormous lagoon to the east of the source of the Savuti Channel. Savuti Camp – in the southern part of the Linyanti Reserve built along the Savuti Channel amongst wideopen grassland. There are a number of hides nearby. Selinda Camp – the double tier lounge and dining room with traditional campfire overlooks the Selinda Spillway offering excellent game-viewing. Premier Lodge Options: Kings Pool – is situated on the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The highlights are two well positioned hides. Zibalianja Camp – located near the source of the Savuti Channel and built on a palm island. Day 10. Homeward [B] After morning game-viewing you fly down to Maun, on to Johannesburg and then home on the overnight flight. Day 11. Arrive home Classic Option Cost per person: Jan & Feb £3,650 1 to 20 Mar, Apr to 15 Jun £3,795 21 to 31 Mar £3,895 16 Jun to 18 Jul £4,895 19 Jul to 18 Aug £5,195 19 Aug to Nov £5,095 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, all transfers, meals as indicated & guided activities Accommodation: Lodges Departure dates: Daily, throughout the year Premier Option Cost per person: Jan & Feb £5,395 1 to 20 Mar £5,495 21 Mar to 15 Jun £5,595 16 Jun to 18 Jul £7,095 19 Jul to 18 Aug £7,395 19 Aug to Nov £7,195 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, all transfers, meals as indicated & guided activities Accommodation: Lodges Departure dates: Daily, throughout the year Okavango Delta Adventure Why not consider the following short tailor-made idea: Day 1. Depart London for Maun (via Johannesburg) Day 2. Fly into the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta and Shinde Camp for three nights Day 5. Transfer by air to Kanana Camp in the south-western Okavango for three nights Day 8. Return to Maun for the flight to Johannesburg and home Day 9. Arrive home This can easily be extended with one of the following ideas: • A 3-night visit to the Islands of Siankaba. This is a beautiful luxury lodge on two forested islands consisting of only six secluded chalets. • A 3-night visit to Edo’s Camp in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. • A 3-nights visit to Muchenje Lodge in the northwestern reaches of Chobe National Park offering game-drives and river trips on the Zambezi. Northern Botswana