Large zebra migration kalahari

Botswana Green Season Special

A delightful and fantastic value 6-day green season safari combining the verdant Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. Out of season, the Delta still offers a fantastic and rewarding wildlife experience, whilst the Kalahari springs to life. Despite its name, the rains in the green season are relatively light and are not a significant disadvantage. Accommodation in beautiful tented camps adds a touch of luxury to a truly authentic safari experience at a significantly reduced rate.

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'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,246 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview


  • A superb 6-day trip combining memorable green-season safari in the verdant Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta

  • Participate in an excellent variety of activities including vehicle safari, motorboat and mokoro canoe excursions, close encounters with playful meerkats, walking with elephants, and informative guided walks with Kalahari Bushmen

  • Enjoy unique water and land-based wildlife viewing experiences at superb off-peak value

  • Spend 3 nights in simple but charming tented accommodation at Camp Kalahari on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the Kalahari Desert

  • Enjoy 3 luxurious nights at Baines Camp located on an idyllic private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT CAMP KALAHARI
Arrive via light aircraft at Camp Kalahari, a peaceful and remote camp located among the acacias of Hyena Island on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Camp Kalahari is a simple and traditional safari base offering comfort, good value and a fabulous range of interesting green season activities. The itinerary can vary, but Days 2 and 3 below outline a typical visit.
Accommodation: Camp Kalahari

DAY 2: EXPLORING THE KALAHARI
Dominating the centre of Botswana, the Kalahari Desert is quiet during the dry season, but when the rains come, the area springs to life and thousands of wildebeest and zebra arrive in search of fresh water and grazing. With predators hot on the heels of this massively increased game concentration, our green season itinerary takes advantage of the best time of year for sightings of the area’s famous black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard and the rare wild dog. 4WD game drives in and around the Makgadikgadi National Park allow visitors to soak up the scene, and spotlit night drives are often offered on the way back to camp in the evenings.
Accommodation: Camp Kalahari

DAY 3: MEET THE MEERKATS & WALK WITH THE KALAHARI BUSHMEN
Spend the morning with the meerkats! Due to an ongoing habituation programme, it’s possible to get really close to these inquisitive and endearing creatures, and many visitors cite this unique experience as a highlight of their Kalahari visit. Return to camp for lunch and a siesta. Spend the afternoon walking with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen, learning about local flora, fauna and culture. Back at camp, enjoy a relaxing evening and fall asleep under the famously clear night skies of the Kalahari.
Accommodation: Camp Kalahari

DAY 4: LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFER TO OKAVANGO DELTA
Transfer via light aircraft to the Okavango Delta and arrive at Sanctuary Baines Camp, located on a huge private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. Nestled amidst a beautiful grove of trees, this luxurious but eco-friendly camp is set on stilts above the Boro River, surrounded by papyrus beds. With just 5 suites and a lovely pool, a stay in this sophisticated camp is a real treat, and the relative affordability of a green season visit will only add to its charm.
Accommodation: Baines Camp

DAYS 5 & 6: EXPLORING THE OKAVANGO DELTA
The untouched wilderness of the Okavango Delta is a wetland paradise, home to a high concentration of game and teeming with spectacular birdlife. With desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps to explore, the range of activities on offer is superb. Baines Camp’s location in one of the many private concessions in the delta lends it an exclusive feel, with a sense of unrestricted access to the surrounding bush. A highlight for many visitors is the ‘Living with Elephants’ experience. This is a small-scale local conservation project which allows guests to spend a day out walking with three resident elephants. During the green season, game viewing will mostly be concentrated on game drives, with mokoro (traditional canoe) and motorised boat trips subject to water levels. Back at camp, dinner consists of a three course meal in the intimate dining area, or private dinners can be requested by the pool. At night, weather permitting, beds can be wheeled out onto the private deck and guests can sleep out in the open air under the stars.
Accommodation: Baines Camp

DAY 7: DEPART

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Family Friendly
- Authentic cultural experience
- Stunning wilderness
- Habituated meerkats

Baines Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Spectacular riverside location
- 'Living with elephants' experience
- Intimate camp with impeccable service

Details

Getting there

South African Airways and Air Botswana both serve Botswana (Maun and Kasane) from Johannesburg (daily) and most international travellers will fly into Johannesburg and connect either same or next day to Botswana. There are also less frequent services available into Botswana from Cape Town and Nairobi.

Price includes

Quoted Price is given for guidance and includes all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled shared guided activities at each camp / lodge. The rate also includes all scheduled road and small aircraft transfers.

Following a conversation with our Botswana experts to understand your requirements, we will provide a detailed tailor-made itinerary and quote including or excluding International Flights depending on your preference.

When is best?

The green season offer is available from November to March. The rains are really no impediment, and are light compared to say the long rains in Eastern Africa. At worst, you will see some heavy downpours in the afternoons, with February seeing the worst of the river.


This is one of the best times of the year to see the Kalahari, the Makgadikgadi turn into a wetland with large wildlife populations attracted to the fresh new grasses. And whilst most of the channels of the Okavanga Delta tend to run dry at this time of year, the wildlife viewing can still be excellent with greater scope for wildlife intensive game drives. The biggest disadvantage is the lack of water activities such as Mokoro (canoe) trips. This is because the Delta is fed by flood waters from the Angola Highlands which are subject to different seasons to Botswana's sporadic rains.

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  • Everything worked perfectly! We all found our trekking experience to be the best part of our adventures in Morocco. We were particularly pleased with our guide, Hussain; he did a brilliant job. He is thoughtful, knowledgable, and sweet. He represents you well.

    MissingJacob Moffat reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Treks on 09 March 2017

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

  • Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.

    Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.

    No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.

    MissingTerence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016

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Alternative Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

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'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,406 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,645 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,406 per person economy class from London

This itinerary is specifically designed with the right camps for families, either particular programmes or activities that appeal to children.

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

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'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,467 per person economy class from London

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