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 gourmet dining and cellars stocked with the finest South African wines.
Start your trip with a chauffeur transfer to the airport and some time to unwind in the premium lounge before your overnight flight.
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.
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 morning and evening 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.
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.
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.
"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"
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Return UK airport chauffeur service, return flights, domestic flights, 8 nights 5* luxury accommodation, twice-daily game drives, elephant interaction activity included and meals as indicated
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