This itinerary has been designed to provide the photographer and Nature enthusiast with an opportunity to explore three different habitats in northern Botswana. Your adventure begins where the Bushmen live in the Kalahari Desert where you spend four days seeing the wildlife and interacting with Bushmen. You continue to the heart of the Okavango Delta, which offers one of the finest nature and game photo opportunities in Africa. You also experience the Linyanti area in the north, where you will observe and photograph during early morning, late afternoon, and evening game drives. Besides the normal plains game, these areas have Roan and Sable antelope, lion, leopard, cheetah, elephants, and wild dog. The birds are incredible. Your safari will include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks, and excursions on the scenic rivers and waterways of the Okavango Delta.
You may extend your safari to 21 days by adding three days in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Remember, your international airfare will not go up if you spend more days on safari!
You depart today on your flight (not included in the price of your safari) to Maun, Botswana where, after clearing immigrations, you continue by charter aircraft to the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Nxai Pan forms part of the great fossil pan system which includes the vast Makgadikgadi salt pans. These pans were once the bed of a super lake fed by the Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando Rivers. During our two days in this area, we will have the opportunity to go on game drives, take a day trip to the famous Baines’ Baobabs and Khama Khama Pan. A highlight will be Nature walks with the Bushman trackers and star gazing in the vast African sky.
Nxai Pan (BLD)
Monday – Tuesday, 17-18 April 2017
NXAI PAN – CENTRAL KALAHARI NATIONAL PARK - TAU PAN
You depart today on a charter flight to your next camp in the Central Kalahari. Here you will go on game drives, take Nature walks with Bushman trackers, take a day trip to Deception Valley, and enjoy a bush brunch on Tau Pan.
Tau Pan (BLD)
Wednesday – Friday, 19-21 April 2017
CENTRAL KALAHARI – MAUN – OKAVANGO DELTA
You depart today on your charter flight to Maun, the safari gateway for Botswana. You will continue on a chartered flight to the heart of Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is formed from rains that fall over 600 miles away in northern Angola. This life-giving moisture travels down the Okavango River and spills out onto the Kalahari Desert creating the world's largest inland delta. A rich tapestry of channels flowing with crystal-clear water, the Okavango Delta stands as an oasis within a surrounding desert landscape. Over 1100 species exist in this beautiful and exceptional wilderness. We have three days to enjoy the Okavango Delta. The camp we have selected is located in the remote northern part of the stunning Okavango Delta within the private Kwara concession. The camp fronts onto a huge floodplain, adjacent to the permanent water of the Delta and is backed by extensive bush. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 650 square miles, bordering the Moremi Reserve. No trip to Botswana is complete without a visit to the Delta, the shimmering and unique watery jewel in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Kwara encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from the clear Delta waters with reed-lined lagoons and channels, to open grasslands, mopane woodlands and palm-fringed islands. The camp has eight luxury safari-style tents that are built on raised decks, within a grove of huge and ancient African Ebony trees. Resident hippos will generally serenade you year round from the water on the floodplain in front of the camp. Each tent has its own viewing deck, private en-suite facilities including hot and cold running showers, flush toilets and modern amenities. The forested island on which the camp sits is typical of those encountered throughout the vast 4 million acres of the Okavango Delta. At Kwara, we will discover why the Okavango is considered one of the ecological wonders of Africa and indeed the world. It is mysterious, calming, unpredictable and wild.
This morning, you will fly north to your next safari camp. This area is best known for herds of Elephant, which move down to the Kwando River. Sable and Roan Antelope occur, as well as lion, leopard and wild dog. The marshes are home to Red Lechwe, sitatunga, hippo, crocodiles and wonderful bird life. Moving along the fringes of the waterways, guests can see Kudu, Zebra, Buffalo, Waterbuck and Impala.
This morning, you will take a morning game drive ending at your next camp. This area is best known for its pack of wild dogs, although there are no guarantees on safari! One never knows what to expect. Lagoon Camp lies on the shady banks of the Kwando River among tall and ancient African Ebony and Marula trees, under the watchful gaze of the resident hippos. Over the years, many of guests have commented that Lagoon Camp stands out as one of the most beautiful settings of any safari camp. Morning and night game drives are conducted by specialist guides and trackers in open safari vehicles. This area is home to large herds of elephants and buffalo. There are few places in Africa where such concentrated numbers of these animals exist. The environment of the camp hosts a great variety of birds and squirrels that visit daily. A family of hippo and an elephant or three are regularly sighted from the tents. This contributes to the relaxed calm that prevails at Lagoon. The predators are also well represented by lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. These animals are generally very relaxed in the presence of vehicles, meaning the sightings are usually at close range. Among the great variety of antelope species found at Lagoon, the endangered Sable and Roan are often seen. Often large herds of elephant drink at the river bank in front of the camp, in full view of the guests. The big herds attract big predators. Playful spotted necked otters are commonly seen performing in the lagoon in front of the tents. Boat cruises along the Kwando River provide excellent opportunities for birding. The camp also offers specialist fly fishing and spinner fishing for Tiger fish and Bream. Lagoon Camp staff is there to look after you quietly and efficiently, so as to ensure a relaxing and peaceful experience.
We fly to Kasane and transfer by road today and cross the border into Zimbabwe. We have the afternoon and the next morning to explore and photograph Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on our planet. As the Zambezi River drops 300 feet over a mile-wide sheer basalt fault line, a cloud of spray is created which can be seen up to 20 miles away! There is a bridge across the mighty Zambezi just yards from the falls, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and now provides easy access between the two countries.
Deposit to confirm registration: $2,000 per person
Private Vehicle Option: $275 per vehicle per day
Hwange National Park: $2,495
Safari Price Includes:
Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
Transport in custom built safari Land Rover.
Services of English-speaking safari driver/guide.
Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary.
All Government taxes and levies.
All meals on safari as indicated.
Mineral water during game drives.
Internal charter flights as indicated in the itinerary.
Not included are international airfare and personal expenses such as personal insurance; excess baggage fees; phone calls; gratuities to camp staff and driver/guides; airport departure taxes; passport and visa fees, and beverages, and any additional nights in Africa, which are not noted in itinerary.
International Air Transportation:
You are responsible for booking your own international air transportation. To assist you, we have provided you with the airport codes and the dates you need to arrive or depart.
Arrival Airport Code: JNB by 14 April 2017
Departure Airport Code: (MUB) on 15 April 2017
Departure Airport Code: (VFA) for Johannesburg (JNB) on 29 April 2017
Departure Airport Code: (JNB) on 29 April 2017 for home
NOTE: Flights to Maun and from Victoria Falls may need to be booked independantly. Contact David Anderson Safaris for assistance. David Anderson Safaris is not a travel agency and cannot book your air. Our specialty is the design and planning of an African safari. We can recommend a professional travel agent to help you to book your international air.