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African Luxury Safari

9 Day Best of Botswana Safari

Botswana
More the 600 kilometers from the nearest ocean, this landlocked country has Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe as its neighbours. Botswana really only has two seasons - summer from October to April and winter from May to September. Most of the rain falls between December and February, usually in the form of short, sharp thunderstorms. The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park is where the most lodges are situated and Botswana’s prime attraction must be the abundant bird and wildlife. In addition to the Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino - Botswana is also home to the rare Aquatic sitatunga and Red lechwe antelope. The best “birding” areas are in the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River, Nata and the Tuli Block, with the hot summers providing the best bird-watching as males sport their bright breeding plumage and droves of migrants are present. The Okavango Delta is a wondrous wetland within a desert, receiving its waters from rain falling over a thousand kilometers away and sustaining a huge diversity of fauna and flora. Our planet’s largest inland delta system, this region is rightfully reputed to be one of Africa’s most incredible wilderness and wildlife sanctuaries. Every year floodwaters flow from elsewhere in Africa to collect in this wetland paradise.
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Safari Itinerary
Day 1 - 3

Chitabe Camp

Light aircraft transfer from Maun Airport to Chitabe Camp.

Chitabe Camp is a luxurious 8-roomed, tented camp built on one of the most beautiful islands in the Okavango Delta, in a private area that is bordered on three sides by the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is located in a diverse area incorporating mopane woodlands, acacia, floodplains and the perennial delta, all of which provide a variety of wildlife. Accommodation consists of eight spacious East African style tents that are built on elevated wooden decks, beneath the lush tree canopy. Each tented room has en-suite facilities with flush toilets and a shower and basin with hot and cold running water. The thatched dining area, lounge and pub are also raised on decks overlooking the surrounding flood plains. A pool allows guests to cool off from the heat of the day. Activities consist of day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles accompanied by an experienced guide. Shorter nature walks are sometimes offered. Wildlife viewing is good and includes Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Reedbuck, Lechwe, Impala, Zebra and Hippo. Wild dogs occur in the area. Night drives can be very rewarding with good sightings of the rarer nocturnal animals. Access into this area is only by aircraft.

Day 3 - 6

Little Vumbura Camp

Light aircraft transfer from Chitabe Camp to Little Vumbura Camp.

Little Vumbura Camp is a beautiful 6-roomed tented camp situated to the north of Mombo in a private reserve bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. Little Vumbura offers both water and land activities. Mokoros (dugout canoes) traverse the flood plains under the guidance of our experienced polers. Open 4x4 Land Rovers allow guests to get close to animals in the savannah areas. Guests usually have the opportunity to see Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Sable and Buffalo, along with all the plains animals, providing an excellent all-round wildlife experience in this remote corner of the Okavango. Walks (on request basis only) around the islands as well as night drives give guests the opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective.

The 6 tented rooms are large and comfortably appointed and each have an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a shower and flush toilet. The camp has a plunge pool. Access into this area is only by aircraft and then guests are transferred by means of vehicle and then mokoro or boat to the camp from the airstrip.

Day 6 - 8

Selinda Camp

Light aircraft transfer from Little Vumbura Camp to Selinda Camp.

Selinda Camp is situated in The Selinda, a 1350km2 private reserve that straddles the Selinda Spillway. This ephemeral waterway links the Okavango Delta in the west to the Kwando / Linyanti river system in the east. Here are found the vast, game-rich floodplains and ancient forests of the Selinda and the Zibadianja Lagoon - source of the Savute Channel.

With only 28 guests permitted in this enormous swathe of wild Botswana, The Selinda must be one of the most sparsely populated pieces of wildlife habitat anywhere in Africa. The camp is built on a shady island overlooking the waters of the eastern Selinda Spillway. The camp comprises 8 (9 on request when required) large, luxury tents are erected under cool thatch canopies, with all units having exceptional views across palm-studded floodplains. The twin or double tents are spacious and beautifully appointed with furniture and features that have been collected from around Africa. Four-poster mosquito nets and overhead fans are standard. Each tent has en-suite facilities, including a romantic stone bath that is a highlight of the bathrooms. The bathroom is uniquely "open air" with lots of natural light, yet is screened and virtually bug-proof.

The main area consists of a series of expansive decks that invite soaking up the spectacular views and wildlife that are a visual constant of the camp. The design of the main area is such that there is never a barrier to these views: whether guests are relaxing in the lounge, having brunch under the cool shade of the uniquely designed thatched roof, or sampling the fine cuisine of a three-course dinner on the open "star deck". Set apart from the main area is the photo/art gallery built above a temperature-controlled wine cellar and curio shop. Guests can also enjoy a small plunge pool and the traditional campfire. While there is no set routine, daily activities revolve around morning, afternoon and night game drives with experienced professional guides in custom-built 4x4 Land Cruisers and canoeing along the Zibadianja Lagoon and down a channel from the Selinda Spillway. Short walks from camp are encouraged.

Accompanied by an armed professional guide (all walking guides are in possession of a Botswana "Full Professional Guide" licence), these walks give guests the chance to "touch the Earth" and be introduced to some of Africa’s less prominent denizens. The Selinda is host to a wide variety bird species (300+) and wildlife, including several species of antelope, hippo, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, wild dog, lion and plenty of elephant. Night drives allow guests to see such nocturnal species as the small cats, porcupine, springhare, hyaena and perhaps even the elusive leopard.

Day 9

Departure

Light aircraft transfer from Selinda Camp to Maun Airport.

African Safari Destinations

that will be included on this Safari
Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve
The Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta
Selinda Game Reserve
Selinda Game Reserve
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African Safari Accommodation

that will be included on this African Safari
Chitabe Camp
Chitabe Camp
Little Vumbura Camp
Little Vumbura Camp
Selinda Camp
Selinda Camp
Inclusions
  • All accommodation on a shared basis.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Excursions and transfers as included in the quote.
  • Most safari camps and lodges include two game activities a day in their tariff (one in the morning and the other in the afternoon). A private vehicle and guide can be booked, at an additional cost, for extra activities (or special interest activities). Please advise if you would like additional information on this service.
  • Services of the lodge guides and staff.
  • Relevant park fees.
  • Drinks as specified - drink inclusions may differ between camps / lodges.
  • Laundry can be done at most camps / lodges and hotels. In some cases this is included in the tariff quoted.
  • Air transfers as specified.
  • Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST).
Exclusions
  • Meals not specified in the quote such as lunch and dinner in city hotels.
  • Drinks, entrance fees, porterage, tours / excursions and transfers not specified in the quote.
  • Any scheduled flights and related taxes.
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance.
  • Staff gratuities.
  • Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.
  • Visa fees where relevant. If a visa payment is required, then this must be made in US Dollars cash. Change is often not provided and so the exact amounts payable are required. Traveller's. cheques and credit cards are not accepted for this purpose.
  • International airport departure taxes applicable from manned airports only, which is to be paid in US$ cash on departure unless included in your ticket cost.
  • Zambian international airport departure tax of US$25 per person and US$8 Domestic departure tax per person (applicable at manned airports only), to be paid in US$ cash on departure.
  • Any items of a personal nature.
General
  • Passengers weighing more than 100kg must please advise us in advance as an extra seat will have to be costed into the package for safety purposes.
  • Luggage is restricted to (maximum in a soft bag/s including camera equipment and carryon luggage).
  • In Zimbabwe - 12kg per person.
  • In Botswana, Namibia (including the Skeleton Coast Fly-In Safari) South Africa and Zambia - 20kg per person.
  • In Namibia for Best of Namibia Wing Safaris and Namibia Explorations - 12kg per person.

If these limits above are exceeded, the excess luggage can be held (or forwarded to the point of exit) for your flight out at the end of the safari. Kindly note that the additional cost incurred will be for your account. Please advise us before you travel if you are likely to have excess luggage and we will make the necessary arrangements. These limits are applicable when travelling with the services of Sefofane Air Charters on a seat rate basis.

Please Note:

  • Services are subject to availability at the time of booking confirmation.
  • All relevant booking conditions of Wilderness Safaris and / or any other booked services will apply to your travel arrangements.
  • You must please take out, prior to confirming the booking, comprehensive travel, medical, cancellation, curtailment and default insurance for the duration of your trip. Due to the remote areas through which you may travel, it is vital that all guests are covered for emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances. We will not be held responsible for guest travelling without insurance.
  • The relevant cancellation policy applies should you fail to join or start your safari / journey for any reason, including airline delays or missed connections. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance for this purpose. You become liable for cancellation penalties immediately on confirmation of booking services.
  • The above itinerary includes camps / lodges that are situated in Malaria areas. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist and establish what precautions will be required for this fever.
  • Passports must be valid (usually for at least 6 months after date of travel) and still have at least 3 blank visa (not endorsement) pages.
  • All visa requirements must be fulfilled and these are your responsibility. If you have any queries about obtaining visas please contact us.
  • Due to the logistics of travelling on a safari to remote areas, we strongly recommend that you read all the literature that will be forwarded to you and if you have any queries to please contact us.
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