Exclusive Okavango Land & Water Safari: Jewel of Botswana

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Total Trip:

9 Days
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Countries Visited:

Botswana
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Places Visited:

Maun, Shakawe, Okavango River, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chef's Island
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Departure Dates:

Dates are customizable for private departures.
Revel in your dream safari come true during your 9-day Trans Okavango Land & Water excursion in Botswana. This exclusive luxury experience at a hidden island tented camp includes unforgettable cruises down the Okavango Delta. Capture the spirit in the land and the waters of the Okavango Delta as you search for lions in the grass and interact with elephants, and listen for eagles soaring for a once-in-a-lifetime African safari experience.

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Day 1

Shakawe - Welcome to Botswana

Shakawe is a serene paradise on the banks of the Okavango River. The crystal clear waters create an exquisite setting coupled with a luxury lodge overlooking the tranquil riverbanks, the expanse of papyrus, and the small channel filled with exotic birdlife. Your charter flight will land at the Shakawe landing strip, where your guide will meet you upon arrival. Your room will feel tucked away amid the shady ravine forest where you will have a private deck that looks out over a small channel.

The music of the Botswana wilderness will become your soundtrack as the water rushes nearby and the birdlife calls out at sunset. At dinner, you will enjoy the aromas of delicious dishes as the music of the Okavango River surges after dark. The dining area, lounges, and deck will all offer magnificent views to the water as you spend the evening relaxing in the secluded ambiance of the luxury lodge.

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Day 2

Okavango River - Boat cruise on the Okavango River

After breakfast, you will board a luxury boat with your specialist guide to cruise downstream at a leisurely pace. The waters will open to views of the riverbanks and the surrounding grasslands that support a variety of captivating wildlife. You can listen to the sounds of the water brushing against the tall grass as you look for hippo, crocodile, and the birds hiding in the brush. Your guide will have an incredible eye for spotting wildlife, finding the lively birds such as slaty egret and the Malachite kingfisher. You can also spot elephants who arrive at the riverbanks eager for a drink.

Your guide will bring fishing equipment, which will give you the chance to cast a line in search of the local favorite tigerfish. At lunch, you will stop on a river-island to enjoy a gourmet picnic before you arrive at a luxury tented camp. The colonial-style room will welcome you with comfortable beds, a working bathroom with shower, and a selection of communal areas such as a bar, dining room, and lounge. You can listen to the sounds of the river as you indulge in an elegant dinner cooked by your private chef.

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Day 3

Okavango Delta - Game-viewing, photography, and fishing in the Okavango

You will have your first safari experience in the morning as you wake before sunrise to venture out onto the majestic channels of the Okavango Delta. The calls of the wild are vibrant near sun-up when predators return from the evening hunt, and other wildlife wakes from after a restful evening. As you traverse the waterways, you will keep an eye open for giraffe and zebra, wildebeest and Cape buffalo.

Large herds of red lechwe will graze on the grassy wetlands with their regal horns of the males featuring long, sophisticated spirals. You can also hear the yips and lively barks of the wild dog, who are often visible when returning to their den. You will arrive at your next safari camp for lunch and to relax before taking a guided safari walk along the edges of the Delta. Your specialist guide will highlight the more intimate details of the African wilderness as you can spot lion tracks, discover bird feathers, or find an elephant herd dipping their feet into the delta to cool down.

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Day 4

Okavango Delta - Explore More of the Okavango River

You can tailor your tour to a specific interest, such as photography, birding, or fishing as you cruise down the waters for more water-based game viewing. The birdlife will remain active as you pass by revealing marvelous colors and vibrant sounds. With over 400 different recorded bird species along the Delta, you can spot African fish eagle and the African green pigeon.

As you glide down the river, you can find red-billed oxpeckers swooping low over the water or saddle-billed stork foraging on the marsh. African. You can also find Jacana walking on floating vegetation in search of insects. Your secluded location will ensure marvelous wildlife viewing and impressive immersion into the untouched scenery. You will return to your campsite for lunch, where you will then have the choice of another walking safari or boarding the boat for an afternoon game drive on the water.

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Day 5

Moremi Game Reserve - Boat cruise to Chief’s Island

After breakfast, you will board a boat bound for Chief’s Island in the exclusive Moremi Game Reserve. Pristine wilderness supports abundant wildlife as you settle into refinement, comfort, and relaxation at a spectacular luxury camp focused on personal service in the extraordinary setting. You will find a sanctuary both for you and the wildlife experienced through exceptional viewing and enthusiastic expert guides at a lodge with strong environmental and philanthropic credentials. You can relax at the terrace pool with views to the surrounding plains or enjoy the panorama seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows in your room.

After lunch, you will have your first game drive in the Moremi Game Reserve, which covers one-third of the Okavango Delta region. Reeds fringe the water and grasslands spread from the banks to touch light woodlands. Your guide will take you out onto the plains in search of roaming lions or region’s thousands of antelope, zebra, and buffalo. Your inspiring game drive will end with a classic sundowner cocktail accompanied by canapés at a spot selected for its combined views of wildlife and the sunset.

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Day 6

Moremi Game Reserve - Revel in Game Drives and Mokoro

You will begin your day with a morning safari that will take you into the depths of the Moremi Game Reserve before sunrise. Your professional guide will show you the bush from a different perspective that allows you to get up close and personal with the local ecosystem. You can hear the shrill call of the African fish eagle as it flies near its nest or listen for the laughing sound of hyenas returning from their nightly hunt. Leopards will dangle their long tails in the trees as they rest in the shade for the day before you return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will board a traditional poled mokoro to travel the narrow Delta channels. You can relax as the canoe glides effortlessly through lily ponds and let your eyes take in the gentle side of nature. The charming scenery will have a peaceful ambiance as you once again listen for eagles, frogs, and the wildlife that surrounds you.

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Day 7

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp - Cruise to Okavango Delta Camp

After breakfast, your guide will escort you to a corner of the Okavango Delta to reach the wilderness retreat of Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp. You will find shading ebony trees and towering sausage trees standing upwards of 40 feet tall. The traditional camp will offer a large communal lounge area, a comfortable dining area, and exceptional panoramas sweeping across the floodplains. Giraffes graze on the tree branches and views from the pool often result in sightings of the rare wild dogs wandering through the savannah.

Your luxury tent will have a large wooden deck for private views of the wilderness where you can indulge in an afternoon snack before your first safari activity. You choose between a walking safari, game drive, or mokoro excursion. On a mokoro excursion, you can once again wade through the narrow channels in search of sunbathing crocodiles or buffalo lapping up the water. The tranquil waters, rustling grass, and gentle pace of a mokoro safari will offer you a perfect introduction to the serene setting of Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 8

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp - Meet the Local Elephants

After breakfast, you will have the unique experience of meeting rescued elephants who live in the expansive elephant habitat. They have plenty of space to explore their natural habitat and interact with the wildlife in their natural setting. You will savor the rare opportunity of visiting the wild elephants as you watch them forage, wallow in the mud, and stroll through the wilderness in their natural ecosystem. Your guide will offer information on the elephants you meet, as well as on insight into the lives of elephants across the Okavango Delta with emphasis on their important role in the local ecology.

In the late morning, you will have an exclusive brunch in the bush where you can enjoy gourmet food in inspiring nature. You can relax in the afternoon at your leisure before your evening game drive. You can find zebra grazing on the grass or standing with the water reaching up to their bellies. The private sanctuary keeps crowds small, which gives you a more immersive experience as you search for leopards or hyena as the sun starts to set.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9

Maun - Depart for Home

You will wake before sunrise once more to have your last safari excursion. As the sunlight peeks over the horizon, you will find elephants wandering along the edges of the floodplains or lions lounging in the shade of a tall tree. You will return to the lodge for breakfast. You will share your favorite experiences before you travel with your transfer back to Maun. You will board your flight bound for Johannesburg and continue home. You can always extend your African safari with time in Chobe National Park and a visit to Victoria Falls.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience a truly unique excursion of a morning walk with a protected elephant herd in a private concession along the Okavango Delta
  • Delight in exceptional game drives led by specialist guides knowledgeable in the local wildlife, wilderness, and regional ecological history
  • Discover wildlife from the distinctive perspective of a traditional dugout canoe known as a mokoro that allows you to travel the narrow channels of the Okavango Delta
  • Enjoy the fascinating diversity of the Okavango Delta with specialized safaris focusing on birding, photography, or fishing
  • Bask in a more intimate wildlife experience on a walking safari where you can search for animal tracks, bird feathers, or other signs of active wildlife
  • Indulge in the comforts of luxury tented safari camps for secluded islands around the Okavango Delta for special views of the local wildlife
  • Witness the spectacular game viewing and luxurious accommodations on Chief’s Island with possible sightings of cheetah, lion, leopard, and elephants
  • Relax with effortless transfers into the wilderness with fly-in luxury safari experiences to the northern Okavango Delta region
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Detailed Description

Your 9-day customizable African safari will take you on an epic adventure across the Okavango Delta. The wonders of the backchannels will become the ultimate destination to indulge in luxury and bask in the promises of witnessing active wildlife in their natural habitat. You will cruise down the mighty river on speedboats and into narrow branches on a traditional mokoro. You can hide away on an opulent tented island resort and discover incredible views of lion, leopard, and wild dogs.

Whether on a game drive or a water safari, you will find hidden jewels in the savannah, in the forests, and along the floodplains such as malachite kingfisher or beady-eyed crocodiles. Let elephants guide you through the grasses to local mud baths. Picnic on secluded delta islands. Bask underneath the unimpeded starry skies. Your unforgettable African safari will take you on an eclectic combination of activities for an exclusive immersion into the breathtaking oasis of the Okavango Delta.

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Starting Price

$9895 per person (excluding international flights)

This trip is customizable for your private travel.

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What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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