Falling for Wild Dogs

This trip includes boat trips, night drives and guided walks as well as traditional game drives and is aimed at the real safari enthusiast. You’ll experience different regions and habitats, seeking out game and predators, among them the often elusive wild dog. You’ll be in the very 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!

Price from: £3,850 pp

plus flights from £1200

Summary - 8 nights

Okavango Delta – 3 nights
Kwando, Linyanti – 3 nights
Victoria Falls  – 2 nights

Day 1 wild dog You’ll be met when you arrive in Maun and assisted to the light aircraft for your flight to the Okavango Delta. You’ll be driven to Splash Camp, an where you’ll spend the next 3 nights. After time relaxing and finding your bearings in camp, you’ll head out on your first safari. It’s now you’ll realise you’re really in Africa! Following an afternoon of exciting animal encounters, you’ll be back in camp for an enchanting dinner under the stars. Splash Camp

 

 

Day 2 & 3 Safari time! 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! 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 Okavango boat After breakfast you’ll take a flight to the remote Linyanti region and your next home, Lagoon Camp. Having been greeted by the staff and shown to your tent, you’ll enjoy a tasty lunch before heading out on an afternoon game. 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 for drinks by the campfire and dinner.  Lagoon Camp

Day 5 & 6 The next 2 days are 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 7 lunch Today you’ll take a short flight and road transfer to your third destination near the Victoria Falls. The Elephant Camps is in a stunning setting, overlooking a series of deep gorges through which the Zambezi gushes. Whether sitting on the deck, by your private plunge pool or in the lounge, you’ll never tire of the views. Relax, enjoy a drink from the bar and meet other guests, before enjoying a traditional African dinner.  The Elephant Camp

Day 8 white water rafting Today you can spend time exploring the Vic Falls, taking advantage of at least some of the optional activities on offer, ranging from a sedate cruise to a white-knuckle rafting ride. All can be arranged and paid for locally. Of course you might just want to take it easy or indulge in a spa treatment, after all you’ve had a busy week on safari. It’s entirely up to you! Each day will end with a sumptuous dinner at the lodge.

Day 9 It’s time to head for home. After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to Vic Falls airport where you will connect to your onward flight arrangements.

Getting there:

This trip starts in Maun and ends in Vic Falls. 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 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.

£3,850

April

£5,470

May – June

£7,270

July – Ocotber


£5,300

1 – 14 Nov

£3,550

15 – 30 Nov


Per person prices based on two people sharing. Please ask for single supplements. Plus international flights from roughly £1200 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.

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When to go

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January NPeak 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.
February NPeak 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.
March NNStill 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.
April NNThe 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.
May NNNTemperatures 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.
June NNNIt’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 NNNThis 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 NNNThis 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 NNNIt 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 NNNThis 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 NNIt’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 NNAntelope 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.