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 $1,308 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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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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