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African Luxury Safari

7 Day Waterways & Wilderness

Botswana South Africa
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS ITINERARY… Exceptional game viewing opportunities on private concessions in the Okavango Delta. Big Five safari at malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve that is also home to a thriving population of the elusive African wild.
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Safari Itinerary
Day 1 - 2

Botswana

This safari begins at Maun Airport, in Botswana and ends at O.R Tambo International Airport in South Africa. Upon arrival at Maun Airport you will be met by a member from the team who will assist and direct you onto your light aircraft flight to the lodge / camp of your choice.

A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, the Okavango Delta likes like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of the water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, leopard, cheetah and African wild dog, share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. Hippos inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounts are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose. Experience the delicate details of the glistening waterways on a mokoro ride, where iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the papyrus-lined banks.

Option 1: Spend two nights at Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp. Accommodation is in an East African-style safari tent, raised on a wooden platform with a private deck overlooking a floodplain. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include meandering along the floodplains of the Delta by mokoro (dugout canoe), exploring the deeper channels by motor boat, nature walks accompanied by a professional guide or tracking game in an open 4x4-safari vehicle, in the mopane forests and open grasslands. The added highlight of an early evening, spotlit game drive assures you of an unforgettable wildlife experience in Botswana.

Insider’s tips

  • Ask the choir to sing you one of the songs they have prepared for the “sing for life, Southern Africa” competition
  • Surprise the poling tracker on your mokoro trip by grabbing a water lily and squeezing the end at him - it shoots like a water pistol
  • Challenge your loved one to a game of Scrabble on the pool deck and when that is done have a bird watching competition without leaving the comfort of your chair.

Option 2: Spend two nights at Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. Accommodation is in an African-inspired cottage with a lovely en-suite bathroom. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include twice-daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicle, bush walks, boating and mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions in the Delta, birdwatching and stargazing. For relaxation there is a hammock, which sways in the trees on the upper deck of the guest area and a shaded plunge pool.

Insider’s tips

  • Ask your ranger to take you on an early morning cruise on Lily (the electric boat) with a bottle of bubbly to toast the rising sun - a peaceful way to start the day.
  • Ask your butler to leave all the blinds open when they do a turndown, so that you can enjoy the cool night breezes and moon shining through the trees.
  • Become a creature of the night - lie in for the afternoon and head out on a drive after dinner. Enjoy a spectacular evening of stargazing and search for unusual nocturnal creatures on the plains and in the woodland.
  • Indulge in a full day picnic with your guide, tracker and butler - unwind with a morning of fishing, take a siesta under the of large jackal berry and fig trees or take a guided walk through the bush - an absolutely magical experience!
Day 3 - 4

Okavango Delta

Today, after a delicious breakfast, you will be flown by light aircraft to Xudum Airstrip.

A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, the Okavango Delta likes like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of the water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, leopard, cheetah and African wild dog, share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. Hippos inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounts are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose. Experience the delicate details of the glistening waterways on a mokoro ride, where iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the papyrus-lined banks.

Option 1: Spend two nights at Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge. Accommodation is in a playfully crafted safari suite, decorated in handsome tones of chocolate and ebony. It features a large bathtub and romantic al fresco showers. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include an irresistible combination of water and wildlife on twice-daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, boating and mokoro (dugout canoe) adventures in the Delta and guided walks. A scenic helicopter flight and transfers are available at an additional cost.

Insider’s tips

  • Ask you ranger to give you a wake-up call 45 minutes before the sun has risen, take a cup of delicious tea or coffee and sit quietly on your roof top sala as you listen to the sounds of night turn to day in the Delta
  • Get yourself into the interactive kitchen with the chefs and choose a dish of your choice to learn and create

Option 2: Spend two nights at Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp. Accommodation is in a sleek en-suite safari tent, which boasts a romantic sala that offers breathtaking views over the channel. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include a combination of water and wildlife on twice-daily game drives in open 4 x 4 safari vehicles, guided walks, spotlit night game drives, boating and mokoro (dugout canoe) adventures in the Delta, guided walks and excellent birdwatching. A scenic helicopter flight and transfers are available at an additional cost.

Insider’s tips

  • Ask your ranger to take you swimming (or even snorkelling) in the Delta - there are numerous quiet spots where the hippos and crocs will leave you to cool off in peace
  • Go on a full day mekoro trip - Have an early breakfast at the lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch on a quiet island in the Delta. At the end of an exhilarating day you will head back to the lodge for romantic sundowners in your sala.
Day 5 - 6

Madikwe

A light aircraft will take you to Maun Airport, where you will board a flight to Gaborone (please note this is not included in the cost). At Gaborone, you will be met and driven to Madikwe Safari Lodge, clearing customs and immigration en route.

Spend two nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge. Accommodation is in a spacious suite which features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a dressing area with personal bar and an en-suite bathroom with twin hand basins, large bathtub, indoor and al fresco shower and private w.c. French doors opening onto wooden decking lead to inviting plunge pools. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry and daily lodge activities.

Adventures include twice-daily game drives (including spotlit night drives) in open 4x4 safari vehicles, led by professional rangers. Madikwe is excellent for birdwatching as it has over 350 bird species.

Insider’s tips

  • Enjoy a glass of Madikwe Sauvignon Blanc with your evening bath - there’s room for two.
  • Toast the sunset from the top deck of the lodge, the view is breathtaking.
  • Take time out after dinner and view the stars from the telescope
Day 7

Departure

After a mouth-watering breakfast, we wave a fond farewell as you board a light aircraft for your flight to OR Tambo International Airport.

African Safari Destinations

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

that will be included on this African Safari
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge
Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Inclusions
  • Twin / single accommodation.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Scheduled light aircraft transfers as specified in the itinerary.
  • Private road transfer as specified in the itinerary.
  • Waterborne / game viewing activities as offered by the lodges / camps.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Local brand drinks (premier brands to own account).
  • Laundry
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature.
  • Meals and drinks not specified above.
  • Visas (please thoroughly check requirements, for the countries being visited, prior to travel).
  • Scheduled flights.
General
  • Rates are subject to a minimum of two guests travelling.
  • Rates are based on no single supplement at &Beyond properties for the first two single rooms booked per reservation. Thereafter single supplement will apply.
  • Single supplement only refers to the single room supplement. Single traveller supplement will be quoted on request.
  • The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this quote.

 

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