Five Rivers Safari

The trip captures the essence of Botswana in the green season which offers a great time for a safari, with lush vegetation and vast herds of grazing animals.

Five Rivers Safari

9 days from £4,345 pp

(exc. international flights)

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.

Never underestimate the green season when the life-giving rains transform the landscape. Fresh grass springs up providing valuable nutrition for game, even in the pans and the desert.

This time of year is great for photography with a clear, dust free atmosphere it’s also the time that many animals have their young as food is plentiful for the grazers, and where there are grazers, there are usually predators.

On this trip you’ll visit Nxai Pan National Park, the park is at it’s peak this time of year in terms of both scenery and wildlife. You’ll then fly by light aircraft to the heart of the Okavango Delta for a couple of nights where you’ll have a choice of land and water based activities.

Your journey continues north to the Linyanti region, this area is well known for wild dogs so you may be lucky enough to spot these interesting and rather captivating animals amongst other wildlife that calls this area home.

From Linaynti you’ll fly to Kasane up in the northern reaches of Botswana and cross the border into Zambia. Your accommodation has a lovely location that overlooks the surrounding bush, with the spray of the falls rising in the background. It’s a lovely place to relax at the end of the holiday, though if you prefer there are plenty of activities to occupy your last two days.

Summary – 8 nights

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Day 1: Maun to Nxai Pan

After your meet and greet in Maun you’ll be taken to your light aircraft bound for Nxia 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.

Day 2: Explore Nxai Pan

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: On to Okavango Delta

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.

Day 4: Okavango Delta

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: Okavando Delta to Linyanti region

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.

Day 6: Linyanyti

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: Arrive at Stanley's Safari Lodge

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.

Day 8: Victoria 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: Onward journey

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.

15 Nov – 19 Dec 2019 & 5 Jan – 31 Mar 2020 from £4,345

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

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.

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

Lagoon Camp

Lagoon Camp

Deluxe, Linyanti Selinda Kwando Reserves

Nxai Pan Camp

Nxai Pan Camp

Mid-range, Makgadikgadi & Nxai-pans

Splash Camp

Splash Camp

Mid-range, Okavango Delta

Stanley Safari Lodge

Stanley Safari Lodge

Deluxe, Victoria Falls

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