Five Rivers Safari

This GREEN SEASON SPECIAL adventure covers a broad range of locations and habitats, enabling you to witness some of Botswana’s most striking scenery and a cross section of wildlife. The life-giving rains of the green season transform the landscape, as fresh grasses spring up, providing valuable nutrition for game, even in the pans and desert. It’s also great for photography with a clear, dust-free atmosphere, and those in the know regard it is the best time to be in Botswana. Here’s your chance to find out for yourself!

Price from: £3,590 pp

plus flights from £1200

Summary - 8 nights

Nxai Pan – 2 nights
Okavango Delta – 2 nights
Linyanti  – 2 nights
Livingstone (Victoria Falls) – 2 nights

Day 1 giraffe After your meet and greet in Maun you’ll be taken to your light aircraft bound for Naxi Pan National Park for the start of your green season safari adventure! The pans were once part of the vast lake that covered much of central Botswana, including Lake Ngami and the Okavango Delta. At this time of year the pans are covered in grass which attracts large numbers of game making for excellent wildlife viewing. Return to Nxai Pan Camp for a hearty dinner.  Nxai Pan

Day 2 You’re spoiled on game drives by having both a guide and tracker as you have two sets of eyes looking for tracks and searching out the action. This optimises your chance of wildlife sightings, especially predators. Another option is a nature walk with one of the camp’s bushman trackers. You’ll gain an insight in to the bushman’s way of life as well as learning about the environment. After dinner relax over a drink as you sit back and gaze up at hundreds of twinkling stars in the clear skies.

Day 3 mokoro ride Having breakfasted you’ll board the flight to your next camp, in the famous Okavango Delta. You’ll be shown to your tent and given time to settle in before lunch is served. Splash Camp is on a private concession, built overlooking a pan and seasonal floodplains, a typical delta vista and a great place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush! Game viewing is on the agenda this afternoon, with a choice of land and water-based activities.  Splash Camp

Day 4 As the camp is located in a private concession you have the opportunity to drive off road in search of sightings, go for guided walks and take night drives with spotlights to seek out the shy creatures that only appear after dark. You can also enjoy a relaxing mokoro trip, the quintessential delta experience. Other options include fishing trips and a cruise on the double decker boat, offering great photo opportunities.

Day 5 camp pool After breakfast you’ll take another flight, this time to the remote Linyanti region of the delta. Lagoon Camp is on the banks of the Kwando River in a private concession and offers a real wilderness experience. You’ll see animals gather by the river to drink, a continually changing scene, as you sit back and unwind, sipping a drink and chatting to other guests.  Lagoon Camp

 

Day 6 At Lagoon Camp the activities revolve around open vehicle game drives and boat cruises, water levels permitting. On a drive you may have the chance to spot some of the wild dogs in the vicinity, which will be a real feather in your safari hat! On the water, the flow of the river enables the boat to drift in silence – perfect for bird watching and game viewing. Game walks are offered at the guides’ discretion due to the concentrations of elephant.

Day 7 After breakfast you’ll fly to Kasane and continue by road into Zambia. You’ll arrive at your waterside lodge in time to settle into your room and take things easy for the remainder of the afternoon, sunning yourself by the pool and watching spray rising from the Victoria Falls. A special treat awaits tonight – a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.  Stanley’s Safari Lodge

Day 8Helicopter over the Falls Today is your chance to explore the magnificent Victoria Falls and surrounding area. There is plenty on offer, including no end of adrenalin activities, helicopter flights, and village and market visits. When you’ve had your fill, head back to the lodge, away from the crowds, for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Day 9 All good things have to come to an end and, after a leisurely breakfast, bags packed, you will be transferred to the airport where you will connect to your onward flight arrangements.

Getting there:

This trip starts in Victoria Falls 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 Johannesburg. A rough price guide for flights is £1200 per person.

Departure dates:

This is a private tailor made fly-in safari which we can arrange for you at any time you like between mid-November and the end of March, subject to availability.

Tailor make your safari:  Green Season Specials

We can change this trip in any way, from duration to places and lodges. This will of course affect the price. There are 8 camps in the Green Season Specials programme so you can create your own itinerary combining locations of your choice.
Kwara Camp, Lagoon Camp, Lebala CampNxai Pan Camp, Pom Pom CampStanley Safari LodgeTau Pan Camp

£3,590

Jan – March 2018

£3,620

15 Nov – 31 March 2019

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

Includes:

Meet & greet, accommodation on a full board basis, local drinks on safari, 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.