Glamping Safari in Botswana
This is a real adventure safari – but done in style. You’ll camp comfortably in incredible wilderness settings looked after by experienced staff. Explore by boat, 4x4 and on foot, marvel at wildlife, gain insights from your guide and sit round the campfire each night beneath the stars! All this in just 9 action-packed days that will leave you with a store of precious memories.
Your guide, who will be with you for the whole trip, will meet you when you arrive at Kasane airport and drive you to your first camp site in Chobe National Park. Over the next few days you’ll become accustomed to life in camp, where attentive staff carry out all duties and chores. Let yourself be looked after, you’re on holiday after all!
Chobe is famous for its large herds of elephants and you should see plenty of these today on safari in the national park. You’ll be able to explore on land and by water, with a thrilling 4×4 game drive and a private cruise on the Chobe River. Both offer excellent wildlife viewing and complement each other well. Between activities you are free to relax in camp and enjoy the delicious food cooked over the camp fire.
This morning you leave the first camp on a transfer to Savute, where you spend the next two nights. This is more of a game drive than transfer, as you stop to observe different animals and learn about role of each within the ecosystem. You’ll arrive in camp around lunchtime, followed by time to rest and relax, before you set out in the comparative cool of the late afternoon for another game drive. The day concludes with dinner by lamplight and drinks by the camp fire.
A full day to explore Savute. This area is home to large numbers of predators including lion, leopard, spotted hyena and African wild dog as well as a wide range of plains game, so there should be no shortage of excitement during your safari. The landscape is impressive, too, with large rocky outcrops. During your drive there should be time to stop to admire Bushman rock art dating back many centuries, a powerful reminder of man’s long history in the area.
It’s time to move on and today you’ll take a scenic game drive to the world-famous Okavango Delta. Your camp overlooks the Moremi Game Reserve. With its high concentrations of animal and bird life this region is considered by many the foremost safari destination not just in Botswana but in the whole of Africa. It’s also a region of great natural beauty with floodplains, lagoons, grasslands and forests. You’re in for a treat!
You’ll be on safari in the delta, with a mix of 4×4 drives and guided walks. The rich environment with its supplies of water and vegetation ensures abundant wildlife. Elephant, kudu, giraffe, lechwe and hippo thrive here, in turn attracting lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. One thing’s for sure, you’ll want your camera close at hand to record memorable scenes and wildlife encounters.
You have the chance to spend time exploring another area of the vast Okavango Delta. You’ll fly the 20 minutes to the Nxabega Concession. This is one of the wettest parts of the delta with permanent and seasonal floodplains. While here you can enjoy both land, and, in season, water-based activities, offering ample opportunities to watch the diverse wildlife including the Big 5.
Game drives and bush walks are offered year round, while when water levels permit you can also enjoy motorboat rides and relaxing cruises by mokoro, the traditional dugout canoe so well suited to the narrow water channels. Each provides a different perspective, offering chances to observe big game as well as admire smaller species such as frogs, dragonflies and birds. Together they add up to a comprehensive safari experience, and a fitting climax to your holiday in Botswana.
This morning you travel to Maun with your guide, where this safari ends.
This trip starts at Kasane Airport and ends at 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 2018:
This small luxury glamping safari departs at various dates through the year from February to December.
February: 12, 24
March: 8, 20
April: 1, 29
May: 17, 23, 29
June: 4, 10, 16, 28
July: 4, 10, 16, 22, 28
August: 3, 15, 27
September: 8, 14
October: 2, 8, 14, 20, 26
November: 1, 11, 19, 27
December: 5, 13, 21, 29
Minimum age 12 years, maximum age 70 years though people between 70 and 75 years may be considered subject to a medical certificate.
This is a high quality serviced camping / glamping safari with a maximum of 6 guests in 3 tents.
The safari vehicle: You’ll be travelling in a specially customised 4×4 safari vehicle led by a professional guide. With a maximum of 6 guests per trip, everyone is guaranteed a window seat. There is a separate vehicle for camp and kitchen equipment.
Sleeping arrangements: Each domed tent has en-suite facilities with a bucket shower and flushing toilet plus a washstand set up at the front of the camp. Tents are spacious with proper beds and bed linen, campaign furniture and mesh windows. Lanterns provide light at night.
Camp facilities: Each campsite has a maximum of 3 tents, sleeping up to 6 people in total, 2 per tent. There is a team of staff who erect tents, bring hot water for showers and washes, prepare and serve food and drinks from the special kitchen vehicle. The campsite is lit by atmospheric lanterns after dark.
Note: In February and April you will be staying at Savute Under Canvas instead of the mobile camping tents.
31 Jan -31 May, 1 Nov-31 Dec
1 June-31 October
8 nights private camping , meet and greet in Kasane, road transfers as per the itinerary, domestic flights Delta-Nxabega, domestic airport taxes, services of a professional guide throughout the trip, all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 9, a reasonable amount of bottled water, local wine, beer and soft drinks, land and water-based game viewing, national park entry fees on safari, emergency medical evacuation insurance, personal travel journal.
International flights and taxes, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, tips, 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.|