Desert & Delta Safari
Experience the arid expanse of the desert, watery channels of the Okavango Delta, amazing wildlife, adrenalin-pumping activities at the Falls and awe-inspiring views, while staying in some remote and beautiful locations. This trip really does have it all.
Day 2 Today you will have a full day to explore and enjoy the variety of activities the Victoria Falls area is famous for. It certainly has something for everyone, from the excitement of white water rafting to a serene sunset cruise.
Day 3 After breakfast you will be driven to the border and, entry formalities completed, you’ll drive to the remote northwest area of Chobe and your camp, home for the next 2 nights. Settle down to a tasty lunch before heading out on your afternoon game activity. Chobe Elephant Camp
Day 4 A whole day to experience the wildlife of Chobe. The permanent waters of the Chobe riverfront is a magnet for a wide range of wildlife, and the remote Forest Reserve offers illuminating bush walks and thrilling night drives.
Day 5 After your morning activity and breakfast you will be transferred to nearby Kasane airport for the scheduled light aircraft flight to the Kwando Concession in the Okavando Delta. After setting in to your camp you’ll have a choice of game drive or boat safari, each offering a different view of the region. You have 2 nights here. Splash Camp
Day 6 The Okavango Delta is a veritable haven for mammals and birds and you’ll have all day to immerse yourself in the environment. Activities include game drives, guided bush walks, traditional mokoro trips and fishing. You’ll be back in camp for drinks by the fire and dinner under the stars.
Day 8 You’ll again be spoilt for choice with game drives, walking safaris, mokoro excursions and night rives, all led by expert local guides and each offering an insight into this delta paradise. The tranquillity of the delta and beauty of its winding water ways, open lagoons and tree islands will be a highlight of your safari.
Day 9 After breakfast and a morning activity (time permitting) you will be flown by light aircraft to the Nxai Pan National Park. The landscape of open grasslands and woodland is a complete contract to the watery wilderness of the delta, and just as spectacular. Your new camp looks out over the vast grasslands and a waterhole for leisurely wildlife watching. Settle back and enjoy the views. You’ll be spending 2 nights here. Nxai Pan Camp
Day 10 The vast Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans are the last evidence of a prehistoric super lake and today it is a one of the last true wilderness areas left in Africa. You’ll be able to explore in open 4×4 vehicles for wildlife sightings, or take to your feet to for an in-depth nature walk led by a bushman guide. Later, as night falls, you’ll see that this is prefect stargazing territory.
Day 11 After your final morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast you’ll travel by light aircraft to Maun where you will connect to your onward travel arrangements and time to reflect on your rich, enlightening and enjoyable holiday.
This trip starts in Livingstone and ends in Maun. From the UK, we recommend getting a flight with a combination of British Airways, Air Botswana and/or South African Airways via Johannnesburg. A rough price guide per person would be £900 – £1400 in economy depending on the season.
This is a private tailor made fly-in safari which we can arrange for you at any time you like subject to availability.
Tailor make your safari:
We can change this trip in any way, from duration to places and accommodation. This will of course affect the price. This holiday can also be done in reverse, starting in Maun and ending in Livingstone.
5 Jan – 31 Mar 2019
Apr – Jun, and 1-14 Nov 2019
1 Jul -31 Oct 2019
Per person prices based on two people sharing. Please ask for single supplements. Plus international flights from roughly £1200 pp.
Accommodation, meals, local drinks, road and light aircraft transfers, daily activities on safari, selected activities at the Falls, park and concession fees.
Visas, international flights, vaccinations, drinks, lunches & dinners at the Falls, premium drinks on safari, optional activities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature.
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.|