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Best Of Botswana's Desert & Delta

Experience some of the best camps in Botswana and possibly the whole of Africa. This safari takes in Botswana’s most awe-inspiring settings. Journey from the rugged wilderness of the Kalahari salt pans, to the lush landscapes of the Okavango Delta and wildlife rich Linyanti Wetlands. Day and night vehicle safaris, desert quad biking, archaeological visits, walking safari and tranquil boat excursions are included, and stays in 3 luxurious camps make this combination a genuine delight.

Tailor-made Luxury 10 days

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

Flights are typically an additional $13,080 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview


  • Explore the Kalahari salt pans, the verdant Okavango Delta and the stunning wildlife of the Linyanti Selinda Reserve

  • Enjoy expert private guiding and unrivalled game viewing

  • Participate in a superb diversity of activities that bring your safari alive including day and night vehicle safaris, desert quad biking, archaeological visits, walking safaris and tranquil boat excursions

  • Stay in 3 of Botswana’s best high-end camps, enjoying the ultimate in comfort, spa treatments, superb cuisine and exclusive service.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL, WELCOME AND INTRODUCTORY EVENING GAME DRIVE
After a 50 minute light aircraft journey from Maun, make the 15 minute 4WD transfer to Jack’s Camp, an upmarket, stylish and remote camp set amidst a lovely palm grove in a private concession adjacent to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Unpack, settle in, and enjoy afternoon tea with your guide followed by an introductory evening game drive in the surrounding grasslands. Return to camp for a lantern-lit dinner.
Accommodation: Jack’s Camp

DAY 2: MEET THE MEERKATS AND GO QUAD BIKING ON THE PANS
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. Return to camp for a rest and lunch. In the afternoon, head off on quad bikes across the vast and silent salt pans with not a landmark in sight. Kalahari wildlife is scarce in the dry season, but if you're lucky you might glimpse aardvark, gemsbuck or springbuck. The itinerary is flexible, and an alternative afternoon’s activity might be a guided walk with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen, learning about local flora, fauna and culture. Return to camp for dinner.
Accommodation: Jack’s Camp

DAY 3: ARCHAEOLOGICAL ADVENTURE AND GAME DRIVE
Today begins with an early morning palaeontological walk to the edge of an extinct lakeshore, a site of intense archaeological interest where stone-age tools and fossils reveal the early origins of man. Return to camp for a substantial brunch and rest. Following afternoon tea, head off on a game drive in search of unique desert species such as springbok, gemsbok and red hartebeest. The camp’s location on a private concession means that spot-lit night game drives back to camp are offered. Nocturnal animals such as the elusive brown hyena, bat eared foxes and honey badgers can be spotted, and you may even glimpse one of the Kalahari’s famed black-maned lions. Arrive back at camp in time for dinner.
Accommodation: Jack’s Camp

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO MOREMI GAME RESERVE, OKAVANGO DELTA
After breakfast, journey northwards via light aircraft transfers to Chief’s Camp, a recently renovated, high-end bush camp located in the Moremi Game Reserve. Settle into your secluded and spacious luxury bush pavilion, complete with air-conditioning, private deck with plunge pool, attractive outdoor shower, and splendid bathroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and large bath. There is also a delightful pool and spa to enjoy during down-time between activities. Enjoy a sundowner and dinner on your private covered deck, or in the dining area.
Accommodation: Chief’s Camp

DAYS 5&6: EXPLORE THE OKAVANGO DELTA
The sparkling waterways of the Okavango Delta are a wetland paradise with wonderful birdlife and dense concentrations of antelope, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, baboon and elephant, and sightings of lion, leopard, rhino and wild dog are not uncommon. Activities generally centre on thrilling twice-daily game drives, and slower-paced mokoro canoe excursions may be offered, subject to water levels. Helicopter flights can also be arranged on request. Although Chief Camp’s location within the Moremi Reserve means that national-park regulations prohibit off-road driving, night drives and walking safaris, the landscapes surrounding the camp vary from desert and dry savannah, to lagoons and swamps, and there is no shortage of prolific wildlife to explore.
Accommodation: Chief’s Camp

DAY 7: TRANSFER TO LINYANTI
Following a light aircraft transfer from the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti region, settle into Zarafa Camp, an intimate and luxurious camp located in northern Botswana’s private Selinda Reserve, overlooking the Savute Channel’s Zibadianja Lagoon, water source for a tremendous population of wildlife. Designed with privacy at its core, Zarafa is one of Botswana’s most exclusive camps, and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy superb facilities including a lovely pool, fitness centre and in-room spa service. Siestas can be spent in the sunken hide at the nearby waterhole’s edge, and private wine tasting evenings are available on request.
Accommodation: Zarafa Camp

DAYS 8&9: EXPLORE THE LINYANTI’S PRIVATE SELINDA RESERVE
The year-round waters of the Linyanti attract phenomenal concentrations of game and the private Selinda reserve, with its combination of wet and dry habitats, affords some of Africa’s finest dry-season wildlife viewing. Day and night-time game drives facilitate superb sightings of elephant, lion, leopard and wild dog. Guided bush walks are offered and although water levels can vary, excursions on the camp’s pontoon boat, with regular hippo sightings and spectacular birdlife on show, may also be possible. Catch-and-release fishing might also be offered depending on the season.
Accommodation: Zarafa Camp

DAY 10: 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.

Jack's Camp

Kalahari

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Incredible location
- Good facilities
- Unique game
- Family Friendly

Chief's Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Fully refurbished
- Great Location
- Luxury accommodation

Zarafa Camp

Linyanti

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive, luxury camp
- Water and land-based safari
- Maximum 8 guests
- Spectacular wildlife

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?

Botswana works best in the dry season from May - October when the wildlife concentrates around the water and there is less vegetation around, making for excellent game viewing. The wet season runs from November to April and has its own attractions with green season rates and newborn animals, but game viewing in Chobe and the Delta is certainly less prolific and some camps are closed. The rain itself doesn't tend to be such an impediment as it is mostly short and sharp afternoon showers. Conversely to the rest of Botswana, the Kalahari region comes alive during the wet season with wildlife concentrating around the lush grasses that have been fed by the rain.

Is it for me?

One of our favourite combinations in Botswana. This safari features some of Botswana's finest camps with a commensurate price tag.

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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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