Days 1 to 4 – Saturday to Tuesday 26 – 29 May 2018
Depart Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport at 1145 on South African Airways flight SA8301 to Maun, travelling in Economy Class. On arrival at 1315 you will meet Warren and board a scheduled light aircraft flight whisking you out across the Okavango Delta. Landing in the heart of the Khwai Concession your adventure begins as you enjoy a short game drive to Khwai Leadwood Camp which will be your home for the next four nights (inclusive of all meals, local drinks, laundry, two private vehicles for the game drives, guided walks, bird watching, night game drives, mokoro safaris (seasonal, when water levels permit) and a cultural tour of the local village).

The Okavango Delta region is a unique part of Africa, which has been formed by the Okavango River flowing inland rather that out to sea as the majority of rivers do. The river then fans out into the delta before disappearing into the sands of the Kalahari Desert, thereby creating a lush wilderness which offers a marvelous year round wildlife experience.

The Moremi Game Reserve occupies about a third of the watery Okavango Delta as well as hundreds of square miles of drier savannah plains, woodland and sandy islands. The permanent water on the reserve means that this is a great safari location all year round and the variety of habitats means that you encounter many different kinds of wildlife.

The Khwai River forms the border between the Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai Community Concession which is home to Khwai Tented Camp. This is one of the richest game viewing areas in Botswana and you can expect to regularly see hippopotamus, elephant, buffalo and other game along the river. The region has abundant wildlife with many giraffe, big herds of elephant, all kinds of plains game, numerous predators, including lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as packs of wild dog which can sometimes be seen pursuing their prey at high speed across the open grasslands.

The birdlife in the Khwai concession is varied. Saddle billed and Marabou storks often the water’s edge in search of frogs, fish and other reptiles. A high density of raptors can also be found including martial eagles, marsh harriers and bateleur eagles.

Khwai Leadwood Camp is a brand new camp situated on the banks of a lagoon which feeds into the Khwai River and has been specifically designed to accommodate families. It comprises just four comfortable tented suites, each with en-suite bathroom. Two of these are large family units that can accommodate four people. The camp is traditional in its styole with no permanent structures allowing guests to enjoy the romance of exploration and adventure in this remote wilderness area.

As the camp is situated on a private concession, as well as exciting game drives during the day, guests are also able to head out at night with a spotlight in search of nocturnal animals such as aardvark and porcupine. The scenery is more open here that in the western Moremi so it is exciting to spend some time on foot walking through the concession as you enjou gettign closer to the magnificent flora and fauna pmf the Okavango.

Guests staying at the camp also have the unique opportunity to visit the old Khwai bushman village, gainng a privileged insight into life in one of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife locations. As the concession is community run, all proceeds from tourism go directly to help local people and projects through the Khwai Community Trust so your stay will directly impact the quality of these most rural of people.

 

Day 5 to 8 – Wednesday to Saturday – 30 May to 02 June
In the morning, you will depart the Khwai Concession on scheduled light aircraft flight taking you north up to the winding rivers and open plains of the Linyanti. Arriving on the Saile Concession, you will enjoy a game drive to Linyanti Ebony where you will stay, with exclusive use of property, for the next four  nights (inclusive of all meals, local drinks, laundry, two private vehicles for game drives, a 30 minute helicopter safari, guided walks, bird watching night drives, boating, fishing and mokoro safaris (seasonal, water levels  permit).

Linyanti Ebony Camp is set in a grove of trees on the banks of the Linyanti marses in an area known as the Chobe Enclave. The Enclave is a large triangular shaped private reserve bordered to the north by the Chobe iver and elsewhere by the Chobe National Park. This is one of the primary big game viewing reserves of Botswana which promises superb game viewing all year round and the experience of heards of elephant and plains game in ever growing numbers as the dry season advances. The camp is owned by Beks and Sophia Ndlovu and is one of several that they run in contrasting parts of Botswana.

Beks was trained as one of the Zimbabwe’s elite professional guides and he and his fellow guides are some of the Best in Botswana. The reserve is a region of open savannah plains, mixed with waterways of the Linyanti leading to the Chobe River and these varied landscapes support a rich and varied wildlife population. Foremost among them are elephant which gather impressive breeding herds with isolated males, very large herds of buffalo and a variety of antelope including the rare sitatunga, sable and roan. Other plains game include giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. The Chobe Enclave is also home to more than its share of predators – lion, leopard and packs of elusive wild dog are frequently seen.

Primarily, game viewing is carried out by open vehicle both during the day and at night when a spotlight is used to see nocturnal creatures such as aardvark, civet and leopard and you can also enjoy walking safaris with an armed guide. Boating, fishing and mokoro excursions in the recently  replenished water-filled lagoons are also on offer to provide you the opportunity to enjoy this unique riverscape.

Linyanti Ebony Camp has just four classic tented rooms set amongst the virgin bush, and can be booked exclusively for a maximum of 10 people. Built on raised decking with stunning views of the Linyanti River, the camp combines simple design with comfortable and a measure of elegance. A private dining and lounge area with a splash pool makes the camp a perfect choice for small groups requiring exclusive use of a camp. The main area contains a sitting area, bar, small library and day beds overlooking the river. There is also hide overlooking a small waterhole.

 

Days 9 to 11 – Sunday to Tuesday – 03 to 05 June
Today you will depart the Lonyanti on scheduled light aircraft flight south, flying over the Okavango Delta and down into the semi-arid wilderness of the Kalahari. Arriving at the airstrip you will enjoy a game drive to Deception Valley Lodge where you will spend your vinal three nights in Botswana (inclusive of meals, local drinks, two private vehicles for game drives and guided bush walks with San Bushmen).

The Kalahari Desert is the greatest sand basin in the world, stretching 2500km from the northern regions of South Africa through to Namimbia/Angola and ending in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Kalahari is not however a true desert; the region receives an annual rainfall of 60mm-175mm, too high to be classified as a desert.

The Kalahari’s vegetation consists mainly of grasses and acacias, as well as stunted thorn and scrub bush and there are over 400 identified plant species present. About 1100 metres above sea levl, the largely unchanging flat terrain is occasionally interrupted with gentle valleys, sand dunes and a large number of pans, which vary in size and complexity. These are invaluable to the wildlife as they supply them with nutrients from the salts and the grasses.

After the summer rains from December to March, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve completely transforms as the blue sky fills with huge clouds, and the plains ans pans burst with sweet grasses. The reserve gets the migratory animals such as springbok, zebra and wildebeest in their thousands and is quite a sight to behold. Predators abound, with plentiful lion – especially the famous Kalahari black-maned lion – cheetah, leopard and jackal. Brown heyna and wild dog are also found in the area.

Several species of antelope make the trip to the sweet grasses of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve including eland, springbok, steenbok, gemsbok, hartebeest, kudu, and duiker. Honey badger visit regularly, as well as ground squirrel, bat eared fox and cape fox and many an hour can be whiled away watching these fascinating animals.

Bird life is plentiful with the world’s heaviest flying bird – the kori bustard – being common as well as the black korhaan who continuously calls during the daytime. Ostrich are seen roaming freely, usually in large flocks. All the sand grouse species identified in southern Africa live here. From the double banded the Namaqua which are a sight to see in the mornings as they flock to the waterholes in their thousands, to drink and bathe. Raptors, from the most common pale-chanting goshawk to the rock kestrel, bateleur and brown and tawny eagle are also seen regularly.

Deception Valley Lodge is a characterful property situated on a large reserve adjoining the Central Kalahari Reserve. As well as game drives, guests staying at the lodge can enjoy a true Kalahari experience, with San Bushmen, the oldest surviving culture in the world, at hand to share their knowledge.

During your stay you can interact with the Bushmen on one of the cultural guided walks which take around three hours, although only a short distance is covered. You will be able to learn from the Bushmen, experience, taste and feel how these wonderful people of the African continent used to live, and adapted in the arid land.

The lodge accommodates up to sixteen people in eight attractive thatched chalets. Attention has been given to every detail ensuring the lodge experience complements the Kalahari bush land which stretches for miles around. Each chalet stands separately, on stilts connected with the main lodge by wooden walkways. They each comprise a luxury twin bedded room with en-suite Victorian style bathroom, an outside shower and a private spacious lounge. The chalets are fitted with ceiling fans, mosquito nets and a private mini-bar.

The central lodge boasts a dining room, lounge and bar area decorated in warm Kalahari colors making use of Bushmen and other African artefacts. From the deck you can view activities at the nearby waterhole. An inviting swimming pool is situated close to the main lodge, to enhance your enjoyment, as well as a boma for night time meals, whilst gazing across a clear night sky with its abundance of stars

Dates
May 26th - June 6th 2018
June 6th - 17th 2018

COST OF 11 NIGHT / 12 DAYS SAFARI

Cost per person (entire safari): From USD 12,534 (traveling as part of a six guest group)

The above rates are subject to availability of the services at the time of confirming your booking

Price in US Dollars, subject to change and currency fluctuations.

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