19 January 2017
There are few places in the world where a safari trip is more rewarding than Botswana's Okavango Delta. This stunning region is a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of more than 15,000 square miles and the largest inland delta in the world. Trapped in the parched Kalahari sands it is a magnet for the wildlife who depend on the permanent waters of this unique feature. Sometimes called a swamp, the Okavango is anything but. Moving, mysterious, placid and beautiful, from a wide and winding waterway it spreads through tiny channels that creep behind a wall of papyrus reed, into an ever expanding network of smaller passages. These link a succession of lagoons, islands and islets, open grasslands and flooded plains in a mosaic of land and water. Palms and towering trees abound, throwing their shade over crystal pools, forest glades and grassy knolls.
You will be met on arrival at Maun airport in northern Botswana by one of our tour representatives who will organise your departure by small aircraft to your safari camp. Once you have settled in and had lunch, you will be taken on your first safari. Then, after your sundowner drinks, you will return to your lodge with time to freshen up before dinner and a chance to meet your fellow guests.
Your first full day today to explore the camp and experience safaris in the Okavango Delta. You will be woken early for a small breakfast before your first safari experience of the day. Lunch will be served at the lodge on your return. The afternoon will be free to relax before afternoon tea and your second evening safari before returning to camp for dinner as the sun sets.
Another action packed day of safaris with time in between to relax at the camp. An early start in the morning to catch the animals at play and drinking at the waterholes before the midday heat sets in. Again have lunch back at the lodge then relax in the shade before tea and your evening safari when your expert guides will help you identify all the animals and birds.
You are on the move today but first there is another early morning safari to enjoy. After breakfast back at the lodge you will be taken to the local airstrip for your short flight to your new camp in the Okavango. Here you should see different wildlife on your first evening safari returning to the camp for a memorable dinner under the stars.
Another full day of morning and evening safaris. In the lush indigenous forests of the delta and its islands, and along the floodplains spawned by this great marriage of water and sand, more than 400 species of birds flourish. On the mainland and among the islands in the delta, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a teeming variety of antelope and other smaller animals - warthog, mongoose, spotted genets, monkeys, bush babies and tree squirrels.
You known the routine by now . . . but every safari is different and if you haven't seen all of the Big Five yet (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant), today you may complete the set. Once again the safaris are in the early morning and the evening and you will return to the camp for dinner as the sun sets on another memorable day in the Okavango Delta.
After breakfast today you will be taken on another morning safari in the Okavango Delta with a good chance of seeing all the animals hunting and playing before the heat of the day sets in. Return to camp and later you will be taken to the airstrip for your flight by light aircraft back to Maun where the tour comes to an end. Now you can continue your African adventure or prepare for your flight home.
Classic Camps fr £3968pp
Premier Camps fr £4998pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated