Departs: Year round set departures with a minimum of two travelers. The itinerary may change slightly to accommodate weather and game concentration fluctuations.
DAYS 1 & 2
Kalahari Desert, Botswana
You fly into Maun, Botswana. On arrival, meet your guide and take a scenic drive to Camp Kalahari, situated in a private concession on the edge of the great Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert. The saltpans are among the largest in the world, part of a super-lake fossilized eons ago.
Accommodations are in 3m x 3m dome tents, complete with mini-verandas, allowing you to feel more connected to nature, and accentuating the feeling of the wild and untamed. Pure cotton linen bedrolls with duvets, on GI stretchers, as well as bedside tables with silver lantern and mini luggage benches add to the atmosphere. Shared separate toilet and shower `bathrooms’ with old-style tin bucket showers and basins create simple serviced comfort.
Surprisingly for such a harsh, lunar-like environment, life abounds, and brown hyena, oryx and springbok are just a few of the desert-adapted species that can be seen. Activities include encounters with meerkats, one of the most endearing animals in the world. Experience phenomenal geology, quad biking, authentic San (bushman) cultural walks and fascinating Stone Age archaeological artifacts – or simply enjoy the wide-open spaces of this ancient lakebed.
Camp Kalahari Includes: All meals, drinks (except premiums) and safari activities
DAYS 3 & 4
Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
After an early breakfast, you depart overland to your pre-erected private Nxai Pan Adventurer Camp in the Nxai Pan National Park, stopping for lunch en-route at the famous Baines Baobabs, which Thomas Baines painted on his exploratory expedition in the late 19th century.
Accommodations are in 3m x 3m dome tents, complete with mini-verandas, allowing you to feel more connected to nature, accentuating the feeling of the wild and untamed. Pure cotton linen bedrolls with duvets, on GI stretchers, bedside table with silver lantern and mini luggage benches add to the atmosphere. Shared separate toilet and shower `bathrooms’ with old-style tin bucket showers and basins create simple serviced comfort.
The pans are fossilized, covered with short nutritious grasses and stunted acacia trees, creating wildlife-rich areas surrounded by vegetated dune savannahs. Extensive game drives explore the surrounding pans, with an excellent chance of seeing spectacular dry-season predator-and-prey interaction at the waterholes.
Nxai Pan Adventurer Camp Includes: All meals
DAYS 5 & 6
Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Today you head back to Maun by road. You meet your light aircraft transfer to the water-filled paradise of the private Xigera area, within the Moremi Game Reserve.
Xigera Mokoro Trails Camp is the ultimate Okavango Delta experience with serene waters flowing through innumerable channels around remote islands and a profusion of plant and animal life.
There is no better way to experience the Okavango than to travel through it by mokoro, walking and camping out on a vegetated island – all essential elements of the Xigera Mokoro Trails experience. The experience is aimed at exposing the permanently flooded inner delta, in the serene waterways and on the islands of trees and bush. Our guest tents are smaller here than the rest of the safari, with a gauze main frame, thus enhancing the views. Key to the experience is mobility, therefore bedrolls are on the ground (and not on a stretcher) and a battery-powered lamp provides light.
Activities include mokoro and walking safaris, which enable up-close encounters with the excellent diversity of birdlife (including Pel’s fishing owl), frogs and a myriad of game species, some specially adapted to water, such as the rare sitatunga and the familiar red lechwe. Walking activities vary in length and duration through the seasons, especially in the months when the Okavango is at peak flood where they become shorter (June, July and August) as more islands become flooded.
Xigera Mokoro Trails Camp Includes: All meals & safari activities
DAYS 7 & 8
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Fly by light aircraft charter from Xigera Mokoro Trails directly to the north-eastern corner of the Okavango Delta at the junction to the Selinda Spillway, to your pre-erected camp.
Lechwe Island Camp is located in the southwestern sector of the Selinda private concession, in a seasonally flooded portion of the Okavango Delta where it joins into the Selinda Spillway. The campsite is situated on a wooded island overlooking a floodplain area, the channel in front of camp alternately flooded or dry depending on the season.
Activities concentrate around the bushy and wooded islands, open plains and the flooded and dry channels surrounding the camp. In this area seasonal congregations of wildlife (especially in the late afternoons) make this a great experience on game drives, night drives and nature walks on the private concession
Lechwe Island Camp Includes: All meals
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Departing early from camp, you travel north and east through the private concession and Chobe National Park, stopping en-route for game sightings through parts of the area and lunch. This long but interesting drive gives the perfect introduction to the varying habitats of a dry and flat northern Botswana, from the geographically interesting Selinda Spillway (Great Rift Valley fault line) to the open savannah of the Savute Marsh with its granite hillocks.
We arrive at our Adventurer campsite in the mid-afternoon, in time for a short sunset game drive on the open and dry, scenic Savute Marsh.
Chobe Adventurer Camp is located within Chobe National Park and fronting the Savute Marsh. Accommodations are in 3m x 3m dome tents, complete with mini-verandas, allowing you to feel more connected to nature.
Chobe Adventurer Camp Includes: All meals
DAYS 10 & 11
Linyanti Wetlands, Botswana
You leave early, driving towards the Linyanti region. This can be an all-day game drive, with lunch en-route at a shady place in the Savuti Channel. This game/transfer drive is specifically designed to gain an intimate view of the “Stolen River”. If the guide believes the wildlife better in the vicinity of the trails camp as the permanent waters are there, we will head directly there and embark on an afternoon game drive to begin our search.
Located in a private concession Linyanti Trails Camp is a fantastic spot to explore the area. Accommodations are in 3m x 3m dome tents, complete with mini-verandas, allowing you to feel more connected to nature, accentuating the feeling of the wild and untamed. Pure cotton linen bedrolls with duvets, on GI stretchers, bedside table with silver lantern and mini luggage benches add to the atmosphere. Shared separate toilet and shower `bathrooms’ with old-style tin bucket showers and basins create simple serviced comfort.
Linyanti Trails Camp Includes:
After a short morning drive and breakfast, you depart by light aircraft to the northern part of Chobe National Park. This area is famous for its vast herds of elephants 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 lunch served during the boat cruise on the catamaran-style shaded boat.
You leave Botswana and enter Zambia by way of the Kazangula border, a point where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe meet, to stay at the Natural Mystic Lodge, arriving in the late afternoon.
Victoria Falls is home to a large variety of optional activities from the intense extremes of bungee jumping and whitewater rafting to the serenity of a Falls tour or a helicopter tour. There is something for everyone.
Natural Mystic Lodge Includes: Bed & breakfast
This morning you can enjoy a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 meters wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 meters into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. After the Victoria Falls visit you transfer directly to Livingstone Airport and bid farewell to the adventure.