Vintage Botswana

Vintage Botswana

7 Days / 6 Nights

Price from$9,198

• Selinda Reserve • Okavango Delta •

Discover the secrets of wild Africa in the tradition of the continent's great explorers, in small camps reflecting the bygone era of canvas tents, brass hipbaths under the stars and vintage furnishings. Experience three days on a remote stretch of the Selinda Spillway where expert guides will focus on walking and canoe trips followed by the next three days in classic Okavango Delta floodplains with a matrix of palm-dotted islands and woodlands to explore. Guided walks, boating and open air 4x4 safaris reveal one of the most varied and expansive wildlife areas in the world. Relish in the knowledge of exploring the very same area of the Okavango Delta which is the base of many famous wildlife documentaries by National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert.

Day 1: Kasane > Selinda Light aircraft transfer to Selinda Explorers Camp for three nights. Custom-designed tents feature two rooms plus veranda and private open-air showers. Selinda Explorers is light on its footprint but heavy on experiential luxury.

Selinda Explorers Camp is located in the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana on the banks of the Selinda Spillway. This authentic 4 tent camp draws on traditions of the classic East African safari with beautifully detailed campaign style furniture made from recycled hard woods, and soft furnishings from Zanzibar and the East. The custom-designed semi-permanent tents consist of two rooms plus veranda, as well as a private open air 'bustani bathroom' with hot water showers and flush loo. All tents are at ground level, including the main lounge and dining area. The atmosphere of the camp is one of bush elegance with relaxed bohemian style, complemented by attentive staff, private professional service and fabulous food. Camp sits in prime predator habitat, in a location, which we handpicked based on exploring this area for years. Lion, leopard and cheetah and the recently discovered Explorers Pack of African wild dog hunt these parts regularly. Giraffe, buffalo, roan and sable are possible sightings. At the peak of the dry season in late September, the Selinda Reserve has been documented to hold up to 9,000 elephants. There is phenomenal bird life along the Spillway's banks for those looking for some 'lifers'.

Day 2-3: Selinda This area is a wildlife hotspot which is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo. It is here that lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope are all spotted on a regular basis. And with a focus on walking, you will be seeing the small, incredibly interesting things often missed on vehicles.

Day 4: Selinda > Okavango Delta Light aircraft transfer to Duba Expedition Camp for three nights. Expedition style tents on raised decking feature beautiful views of the surrounding floodplain.

Duba Expedition Camp sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta habitat. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000-hectare private concession epitomizes the region's unique landscape. Built on a wooded island, Duba Expedition Camp is connected to the prolific wildlife area by an elaborate set of bridges, the area is the base of many famous wildlife documentaries by National Geographic filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The intimate camp consists of six expedition-style tents of light, airy canvas on slightly raised decking, each with views of the surrounding floodplain. The main area is under sweeping marquis canvas, on raised decking and consists of an open-concept dining and lounge area which opens to the outdoors on all sides.

Duba Expedition Camp prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences, and rightly so, with regular sightings of a diverse range of species, including Greater kudu, tsessebe and large herds of Red lechwe. Elephant and hippo trudge happily through swamps and lion are regularly seen. Leopard, and nocturnal species such as Brown hyena can be sighted as well. Wildlife is a regular sight right in camp! Birds abound, and the area is a birdwatcher's paradise. Okavango 'specials' include the rare wattled crane, Pel's fishing owl, white-backed Night heron and Marsh owl.

Day 5-6: Okavango Delta An astounding array of wildlife, with regular sightings of lechwe, kudu, tsessebe and giraffe. Large herds of elephants and buffalo move around the camp and hippo trudge through the swamps creating their channels and paths daily. Lions, leopards and hyenas make up the predator components. Leopard and a wide range of smaller nocturnal cats are often seen on night drives. Birds abound, and the area is reputed as a birdwatcher's paradise. Okavango 'specials' include the rare Wattled crane, Pel's Fishing owl, White-backed Night heron and Marsh owl.

Day 7: Okavango Delta > Maun Light aircraft transfer to Maun, for your onward flights.

• Tailor-made journey with expert safari rangers and local guides • 6 nights' accommodation • Transfers & transport • All National Park fees • Scheduled light aircraft flights within itinerary • Laundry at Duba Expedition Camp • Selected beverages • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners

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