From the twisting, bright-green floodplains of the Okavango Delta to the desolate magnificence of the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is a truly unique destination. It’s all animated by one of the world’s most diverse collections of wildlife, with big cats, rhinos and elephants grabbing the headlines while meerkats and aardvark add extra charm. Explore it all on included activities that range from punts in dugout canoes to game drives and visits to indigenous tribes. You’ll stay in only the most luxurious spa-equipped properties, where private pools overlook wildlife reserves and indulgent tented camps come furnished with antique campaign furnishings. You’ll also enjoy included fine-dining experiences and cellars stocked with superlative South African varietals.

Highlights

  • 10 day tailor-made fly-safari
  • Contrast the bright verdure of the Okavango Delta with the austere beauty of the Kalahari Desert, each home to an abundance of wildlife
  • Enjoy a unique selection of included activities from desert-lion safaris to walking with elephants
  • Stay in some of Africa’s finest accommodation in beautifully remote settings, enjoying all-inclusive gourmet dining and wine-cellar indulgence

Day 1

Depart UK

Start your trip with a chauffeur transfer to the airport and some time to unwind in the premium lounge before your overnight flight.

 


Days 2 -3

Punting through the wildlife-rich river maze of the Okavango Delta

Arriving into Maun, a short light aircraft transfer will bring you to the Okavango Delta – a land of labyrinthine waterways and grasslands that sustains one of the world’s greatest concentrations of wildlife. You’ll stay in the superb Sanctuary Baines’ Camp – a private concession whose five suites, hidden in a grove of trees, feature sky baths and star beds alongside their four-poster cousins. Activities here range from walking with elephants and wildlife tracking to game drives and cruises on the delta itself. While the Big Five are an obvious highlight, being punted along in a dugout mokoro canoe as hippos and crocodile glide through the lagoons is a true bucket-list experience.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Aerial view, Sanctuary Baines' Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Aerial view, Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Sanctuary Baines' Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Sanctuary Baines Camp, Okavango Delta

Star Bed, Sanctuary Baines' Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Star Bed, Sanctuary Baines' Camp, Botswana


Days 4 -5

The Predator Capital of Africa

Your next private airstrip flight will see you to the thatched bush pavilions of Sanctuary Chief’s Camp. Newly refurbished, it’s among the continent’s most luxurious lodges, complete with views – from your private pool – over what were once Chief Moremi’s royal hunting grounds. Today, they’re better known as the ‘Predator Capital of Africa’ with your daily game drives and canoe trips bringing you up close to the local lion prides, leopards and hyena. Return each night to soaks in oversized baths and outdoor showers along with cocktails and canapés served in the bush for those great raking African sunsets.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Sanctuary Chief's Camp, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

Sanctuary Chief's Camp, Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Okavango Delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Game drive, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Sunset, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Okavango Delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Sunset, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp


Days 6 -8

The Kalahari Desert

Fly on to the Makgadikgadi in the Kalahari Desert; once the world’s largest super-lake, today it’s a giant salt pan that seems to stretch without end. It’s the inhospitable setting for your luxury tented camp where muslin-draped walls, Persian rugs and mahogany furnishings recall a certain 1940s desert-safari chic. Its serene setting is shared with a unique collection of fauna and flora, with meerkats, giant baobab trees, migrating zebra, aardvarks and desert lions met on quad-bike rides, night safaris and game drives. You’ll even have the opportunity to play the archaeologist, combing the lakeshore to discover the stone tools and fossils that evidence the origins of early man.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Three zebra drinking from the Boteti River, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Zebra drinking from the Boteti River, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Lions on safari with Sanctuary Jack's Camp, Makgadikgadi Pan

Lions on safari with Sanctuary Jack's Camp


Days 9 -10

Indigenous tribes and last farewells

For a final treat, you’ll enjoy an exclusive morning with the Zu’hoasi Bushmen. Learn how they’ve carved a unique way of life in this unforgiving environment as you enjoy a traditional greeting, visit their village and walk with the tribe out into the bush. Along the way, their members will demonstrate hunting techniques passed down through the centuries. You’ll then board your connecting, overnight flight back to the UK, to be met at the airport for your chauffeur transfer home. 

Breakfast & Lunch included
Native Bushmen in the Kalahari

Native Bushmen in the Kalahari


"I love the contrast of the lush Okavango Delta and the arid landscapes of the salt pans on this luxury itinerary. Apart from Big Five safaris and dugout canoe rides, I've also included activities such as meerkat spotting and Bushmen walks to offer a truly unique wilderness experience. You'll stay in my favourite lodges in Botswana, ranging from the small and intimate Baines’ Camp to the stunningly refurbished Chiefs’ Camp, as well as the traditional Jack’s Camp with its wonderful Bedouin-style tents"

Katrin Rummer

Destination Specialist

Guide price from £8,865 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £8,865 pp
High Season from: £13,110 pp

Package includes:

Return UK airport chauffeur service, return flights, domestic flights, 8 nights accommodation, twice-daily game drives, elephant interaction activity included and meals as indicated 

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