Botswana with Sanctuary Retreats
A week to savour, with action-packed days exploring on land and by water, showcasing Botswana’s stunning scenery and diverse wildlife. Expert guides, smiling staff and luxurious accommodation are the icing on the cake. Tempted? You should be! And if you travel in the green season you’ll bag a real bargain to boot.
You’ll arrive into Maun airport and be helped to your charter flight to Stanley’s Camp. Settle into your luxury tent then choose between an exciting game drive or a relaxing mokoro ride. Whichever you plump for, you’ll enjoy your first glimpse of the fauna and flora of the famous Okavango Delta. You’ll be back in camp for a sumptuous 3-course dinner and you should sleep well tonight, lulled by sounds of wildlife around the camp. Stanley’s Camp
A full day on safari! Stanley’s Camp is in a private concession and you’re likely to have wildlife sightings to yourself, as your guide introduces you to wonders of the Delta. You’ll have the option of exploring on foot with an armed professional guide, immersing yourself in the natural world, and a thrilling night drive to search for nocturnal species. Try to leave time for an activity unique to Stanley’s, walking with two orphaned elephants, a humbling and heart-warming experience (extra cost).
Your chosen morning activity is followed by breakfast and a short flight to your next destination, Chief’s Camp. This gorgeous camp is on Chief’s Island in the heart of Moremi Game Reserve, a region known for high concentrations of predators. You’ll arrive in time for lunch and a rest before setting out into the reserve by 4×4 or mokoro, water levels permitting. You’ll be back in time to shower and change for dinner and your day will be rounded off with drinks around the camp fire.
You cannot fail but be impressed by the abundant animal and bird life and scenic beauty of Moremi. This is a powerful combination and this promises to be a day to remember. Antelope, giraffe, buffalo and zebra are pitted against lion, leopard and wild dog, nature in all its raw intensity. This is one of the few places in Botswana where you’re likely to encounter rhino, so keep your eyes peeled for this rare sight.
Rise early for your morning excursion, returning to camp for a generous breakfast. Then it’s off the airstrip for the 1 hour 20 minute flight to Kasane. On landing you’ll be met and driven to Chobe Chilwero, an attractive lodge at the edge of Chobe National Park. Refreshed after lunch and a siesta, you’ll be whisked away on another adventure seeking out Chobe’s famed elephants.
Begin your day with a game drive. Chobe isn’t only about elephants. You can also expect to see hippos, buffalos, antelopes and lions, and legions of birds. Back at the lodge maybe treat yourself to a massage at one of the best spas in Botswana. This afternoon perhaps take a sunset cruise on the Chobe River, complete with sundowner drinks, the perfect way to toast your Botswana safari.
Enjoy your final safari activity and a hearty breakfast, then it’s time to pack your bags and take the ferry across the river for the drive to Livingstone airport (about 90 minutes), where you’ll check in for your onward flight.
This trip starts in Maun, Botswana and ends in Livingstone, Zambia. From the UK, we recommend getting a flight with a combination of British Airways, Air Botswana and/or South African Airways via Johannesburg. A rough price guide for flights is £1200 per person (economy)
This holiday is tailor made so you travel on whatever date suits you best, subject to availability.
£3,610 – Green Season Special
6 Jan – 31 Mar, Nov – 20 Dec
April to 14 June
15 – 30 June & 1 September – 31 October
July – August, & 21 December – 6 January 2019
Per person prices based on two people sharing. Please ask for single supplements. Plus international flights from roughly £1200 pp (economy).
6 nights’ accommodation, 2 daily scheduled safari activities, refreshments on safari, park fees, 3 meals a day (depending on arrival and departure times), tea and coffee, soft drinks, house wines, local spirits and beers, transfers and flights to and from camps, arrival and departure transfers, emergency medical evacuation insurance
International flights and taxes, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, private game drives, optional activities including Living with Elephant activity at Stanley’s Camp (between £200 and £350 pp depending on season), items of a personal nature (tips, premium drinks, curios etc), storage of excess baggage (max. allowance on light aircraft is 20kg)
When to go
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|JanuaryPeak of the wet season, though it still doesn’t rain every day. Warm days (average 30°c but can be as hot as 40°c) and nights (20°c). Lush green foliage and flowers and birds in song. Peak breeding time for many migrant birds. Great month for photography, with gorgeous colours and dramatic skies. Predators have an easy time preying on the young plains game. The Kalahari and Salt Pans are now flush with fresh grass attracting lots of wildlife. In the Pans, thousands of zebras and wildebeest have come to graze here from the west. Lions and other predators benefit from this surfeit of game.|
|FebruaryPeak of the wet season, though it still doesn’t rain every day. Still very hot. It can reach up to 40° during the day but the average is still about 30°c. Waterlilies are at their best, as are many of the smaller creatures such as birds, frogs and butterflies. The Kalahari and the Pans are still at their best for wildlife. It’s still a great month for photography.|
|MarchStill hot days and warm nights, but cooling a little, and the rain is dwindling. The Kalahari and the Pans are still generally good for wildlife. Birding is still very good. Nearby Victoria Falls is in full flood. Marula trees are in fruit and elephants go a long way to find these tasty treats.|
|AprilThe rain has stopped. Nights begin to cool off, though days can still be very hot. The impala rutting season is well under way, with males in peak health displaying to females and trying to ward off rivals. In the Salt Pans the herds can begin to move from between about now and May over to the permanent water source of the Boteti River. The aptly named sausage trees are now bearing their pendulous fruit. In Nxai Pan the waterhole is the focus as general groundwater has mostly dried up now. Large numbers of mammals, and especially elephants hog the waterhole for as long as they can.|
|MayTemperatures begin to drop more noticeably, with nights averaging about 15°c and daytime temperatures still around 30° but rarely getting above 35°c. Floodwaters begin to reach the top of the Okavango Delta. Migratory birds begin to depart for winter. The land begins to dry out and animals start moving towards permanent water sources.|
|JuneIt’s getting colder. You’ll need warm clothes for the cold nights, evenings (down to around 5°c, less in the desert) and mornings, but these give way to sunny warm days in the mid-20s. Wild dogs begin to den. For the next 3-4 months the dogs are generally easier to find as they are never too far from the den. All but the largest seasonal waterholes have dried up by now, so the main rivers and lagoons are the focus for wildlife. It’s getting dusty, grasses are dying back and trees are shedding leaves. It’s all turning brown.|
|July This is winter and it can be very cold in mornings and evenings. By now, most areas of the Delta have felt the arrival of the floods. It’s a godsend for an increasingly parched landscape and its inhabitants. Mokoro and boat trips trips are available in many Delta camps near the water now. Game viewing is excellent.|
|August This is winter and it can be very cold in mornings and evenings. Thousands of breeding birds such as storks and herons begin to congregate to nest in heronries such as the one at Godikwe near Kwara in the Delta. It’s dry and dusty away from the water sources, and wildlife is finding itself in smaller areas close to water which can sometimes cause tensions and drama. It’s a good time for bush walks now that the high grasses have died down.|
|September It starts to get hot now and the heat builds up quickly over this month and the next. Temperatures of mid-30s are common and night temperatures are back to around 15°c. The floodwaters start to slowly drop from now on. Carmine bee-eaters and other migratory birds begin to arrive back in good numbers. The Godikwe heronry is jam-packed now. September and October are the peak months for elephants and buffalos by the Delta and rivers such as the Chobe, Linyanti and Kwando. This is a time of plenty for predators as the dry season inevitably takes its toll on some of the plains game. In the Kalahari, solitary black-maned lions begin to call the females to them once more – it’s a great sight (and sounds), but be warned that it is seriously hot.|
|October This is the hottest month in Botswana with daytime temperatures often well over 40°c. If you can stand the heat, this is one of the very best months for game viewing, but you (and the wildlife) definitely need to avoid the midday heat. September and October are the peak months for elephants and buffalos by the Delta and rivers such as the Chobe, Linyanti and Kwando. This is a time of plenty for predators as the dry season inevitably takes its toll on some of the plains game. The heronries are now absolutely full of birds – an awesome sight. The Kalahari is off-limits for most visitors due to the heat often reaching the high 40s.|
|November It’s stiflingly hot until the rains arrive. The first rains come about mid-late November and everyone and everything breathes a sigh of relief. With the rains come the newborns – first the tsessabe, then the impala, red lechwe and more. It is feast time for the predators once more. Herds once again begin to move away from permanent rivers to seasonal grasslands. Life seems to begin again and colour and freshness returns to the landscape. Migrant birds start to arrive later in the month.|
|December Antelope youngsters grow quickly, and the wildebeest begin calving. The first rains hit the desert regions and very quickly the temperature drops and the arid plains become bright green grasslands which attract herds of antelopes and more. The pans such as Nxai and Makgadikgadi once again fill with zebra and wildebeest and other wildlife, to the joy of attendant predators. Thunderstorms come every few days and this is again a dramatic time for photographers. Most of the migrant birds have returned by now.|