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Falling for Wild Dogs

The trip captures the essence of Botswana; the Okavango Delta and Linyanti plus the captivating Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Falling for Wild Dogs

9 days from £4,940 pp

(exc. international flights)

This trip includes boat trips, night drives and guided walks as well as traditional game drives and is aimed at the real safari enthusiast.

One for the seasoned safari-goer, this well-planned holiday will make the most of your time and maximise on the opportunities to give you breath-taking sightings of wildlife, including the endangered but beautiful African wild dog, or painted wolf as they are also known.

This trip includes boat trips, night drives, guided walks as well as traditional game drives and it’s been put together with the real safari enthusiast in mind.  You’ll experience different regions and habitats, seeking out game and predators, among them the elusive wild dog. You’ll be in the best place to see them, led by expert guides and trackers, giving you every chance of an exciting and memorable encounter. You’ll fall for wild dogs!

The trip also takes in the rugged Central Kalahari Game Reserve – at first glace it’s hard to see how anything can survive here.  Together with your guide you’ll delve into what makes this fascinating and beautiful area of Botswana tick. The vast landscapes, the endless skies and the southern constellations at night are quite something to behold.

Summary – 8 nights

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Day 1: Arrive in Botswana

You'll be met when you arrive in Maun and assisted to the light aircraft for a flight to the remote Linyanti region.  You'll be met by a guide at the airstrip and driven to Lagoon Camp, your home for the next 2 nights. Having been greeted by the staff and shown to your tent, you’ll have time to freshen up before heading out on an afternoon game. Your African adventure has begun! Large herds of elephant and buffalo are often seen here, so have your camera at the ready. You’ll be back in camp in time an enchanting dinner under the stars.

Day 2: Linyanti Region

Today will be spent on game drives and boating safaris. Drives usually take place in the morning, and in the afternoon you’ll take to the water in the double-deck boat, incorporating sundowner drinks as you glide back towards camp. The private reserve is renowned for its successful packs of wild dogs, one of which regularly dens near camp, and your guide will take you in search of them. Whilst sightings cannot be guaranteed, this camp has earned a reputation as the place to see wild dogs in Botswana so you’re in the best possible place.

Day 3: On to the Okavango Delta

After breakfast you'll be driven to the airstrip to take another light aircraft flight, this time your destination is the Okavango Delta. On landing you’ll be driven to Splash Camp, where you’ll spend the next 3 nights. After time relaxing and finding your bearings in camp, you’ll head out on safari. By now you'll be fully in the swing of a day on safari in Botswana where a normal day is usually made up of two activities, one in the early morning and a second one after tea and cakes, leaving the middle of day free for rest and relaxation.

Day 4 & 5: Exploring The Okavango Delta

You have 2 full days of game viewing activities with a choice of game drives, guided walks, boating and mokoro excursions, which together will give you a superb all-round safari. Lion, leopard and cheetah are among the predators often seen here, so big cat lovers are in for a treat! Following an afternoon of exciting animal encounters, you’ll be back in camp for drinks by the campfire and dinner.

Day 6: On to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Today you’ll take another flight to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, you'll notice how the landscape changes from the air. Once again, you are met on landing and taken to your new home from home. Settle in and enjoy the views from your chalet. There's also a waterhole in front of the main deck where you can while away a little time between activities. Stays at Tau Pan are never dull, enjoy nature walks with the San Bushmen and learn skills for surviving in this beautiful but stark landscape or head out on a game drive, each one is different from the next. Watching the sunset on another beautiful day on safari with a drink in hand never gets boring.

Day 7 & 8: Explore the Central Kalahari

While staying at Tau Pan, it's possible to take day trips further afield to discover areas such as Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passarge Pans. Whilst night driving is not possible in the reserve, nature walks around camp are, and these are recommended. At the end of the day it's always nice to return to camp, perhaps take a refreshing dip in the pool and then shower before dinner. With little or no light pollution, on a clear night, the sky is spectacular, you can use the camp telescope located on the main deck to take a closer look.

Day 9: Onward journey

It’s time to head for home. After breakfast and a morning activity if time permits, you will be flown back to Maun airport where you will connect to your onward flight arrangements.

Prices & Dates

January –  March 2024 from £4,94001 April – 30 June 2024 from £8,260July to October 2024 from £9,605
1-14 November 2024 from £8,26015 November to 19 December 2024 from £6,375 

Per person guide prices based on two people sharing. Please ask for single supplements. Plus international flights from roughly £950 pp.

Includes:

Accommodation on a full board basis, local drinks, road and light aircraft transfers, daily activities as listed, park and concession fees.

Excludes:

Visas, international flights, vaccinations, premium drinks, optional activities, travel insurance, personal expenses.

Getting there:

This trip starts and ends in Maun. From the UK, a rough price guide for flights is from about £900 pp in low season to about £1400 in high season, in economy.

Departure dates:

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 lodges. This will of course affect the price. This trip can be done in reverse.

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We know and love Botswana, and would be delighted to help you plan your perfect Botswana Safari holiday. Call 01473 599083 to speak to a Botswana travel specialist today.