28 September 2016
The Okavango Delta is one of the world's greatest mysteries of water in a desert and on this wonderful 11 day safari tour you will see it in all its glory. The Okavango covers a mind boggling area in Botswana and the Okavango River has no opening into the sea so empties into the sands of the Kalahari Desert, which is home to a myriad of animal and bird species. The Delta is a tranquil and isolated oasis set in Botswana's harsh and arid desert and is widely considered one of Africa's top safari destinations. And to kick off this great adventure, your trip begins with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Your tour begins when you arrive at Livingstone, the town named after our great explorer. You will be met at the airport and taken on a tour of the awe inspiring Victoria Falls. Known locally as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – The Smoke that Thunders, they are the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge more than 100 meters below.
In the morning after breakfast at Toka Leya Camp have another look at the Falls before being driven back to Livingstone Airport for your short flight to Kasane for a river boat cruise in the stunning Chobe National Park. Then it's back on a plane as you fly to the next destination on your Great Wilderness Journey, the Linyanti Concession.
A full day to enjoy morning and evening safaris and relaxing time at the camp. You will be staying in Meru-style tents on a wooden deck overlooking the floodplains and each has a bathroom with flush toilet and shower. There is a plunge pool for cooling off in the heat of the day and the main dining area is an elevated deck between two magnificent sycamore fig trees. There is also a cosy pub and lounge and an area for open air fires under the stars.
Another full day to enjoy the game drives and activities at Linyanti Camp. The seldom seen sitatunga can be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare plains game and their predators, the lion and leopard and the endangered wild dog. Today there is also a game drive to a private area for lunch and an afternoon canoe trip before returning to camp at dusk.
Today you say farewell to Linyanti and head for another camp. You are taken to the local airstrip for the flight to the Khwai Discovery Camp in the Khwai Concession in the north east of the Okavango Delta. Once again you will stay in Meru-style walk in mobile tents at a camp that changes location regularly to give you a greater chance of seeing the best of the wildlife.
A full day to relax and enjoy morning and evening game drives. The atmosphere at Khwai is designed to maximise the feeling of wild camping, at the same time ensuring exceptional comfort without the feeling that you are in a lodge! Electric lights are provided in the tents and the surroundings are quiet and peaceful all the time as there is no generator noises. At night the camp is lit by paraffin lanterns and a large camp fire which creates a warm natural glow.
More game drives today with every chance of seeing some or all of the Big Five - buffalo, lion, leopard, rhino and elephant. Back at camp, the dining area is most often under the African sky, set up with flowing white table clothes, candlelight and is fully serviced. If you are staying in the cooler months, there is a large dining tent, with small bar area, where the tables are set up under canvas with lanterns.
Today you move on to another camp in the Okavango Delta when you fly to the Moremi Game Reserve. Here you will stay for the next three nights at either the Jacana Camp or the Xigera Camp. Both offer great facilities and are ideally situated for morning and evening safaris out into the Moremi Game Reserve. Return to camp in the evening as the sun sets for memorable dinners under the stars.
This gem of a National Park has earned a number of important distinctions. In 2008 it was voted the ‘best game reserve in Africa’ by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association. And it is the first reserve in Africa to be established by local residents. Concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral lands – due to uncontrolled hunting and cattle encroachment – the Batawana people of Ngamiland took the bold initiative to proclaim Moremi a game reserve in 1963.
Another full day to relax and enjoy camp life in the Moremi Game Reserve. More game drives early and late in the day and you also have the chance to experience a traditional canoe ride through the Delta. The wildlife in this area is spectacular and undoubtedly Moremi ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa, possibly in the world. It is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent.
Today your wonderful Great Wilderness Journey through Botswana's stunning Okavango Delta comes to an end. Possibly time for one final game drive before you are picked up at your camp and driven to the local airstrip for your flight to Maun, where you can stay on in the country and extend your holiday, catch an onward flight, or begin your journey home taking with you so many memories of life in this beautiful region of Africa.
Standard Rate fr £7314pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated