Botswana Sensational Summer
• Okavango Delta • Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
In summer, Botswana is a productive paradise of vibrant floral displays and a kaleidoscope of colours, a special time in southern Africa. Summer mornings are exceptional. The temperature is perfect for warm pre-dawn starts to the day; like the animals, you can use the hotter midday for a siesta. Light for photography is at its best, while dark afternoon storm clouds often add further mood. There's an explosion of new life; many species give birth to their young and predator sightings are frequent as they take full advantage of the abundance of inexperienced younger prey. It's also the best season for birding: several species display breeding plumage and many intra-African and Palearctic migratory species are present.
Day 1: Kasane > Linyanti Wildlife Reserve On arrival in Kasane, Botswana transfer via light aircraft to the Linyanti region where you will be met on arrival, and transfer to Savuti Camp for two nights. Linyanti, a private concession, provides front-row seats to amazing wildlife viewing and the mysteries of the ebb and flow of the Savuti Channel waters and floodplains. Between November and December, birthing impala amongst other antelope species cover the landscape in their numbers; this plethora of young animals attracts a variety of predator's (lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog) in their turn. The young of species from zebra to mongoose and warthog make for a wondrous time to observe and photograph the comical and endearing antics of young learning and playing. Phenomenal birding opportunities abound thanks to habitat diversity; the influx of migratory species adds further colour and numbers.
Day 2: Linyanti Wildlife Reserve Morning and afternoon game drives reveal the rich wildlife of the area where predators and elephant are often the highlight. Observe the many signs of the wild from tracks on the ground to the sounds of the wilderness around you. A whole new safari experience begins after dark. Look out for nocturnal animals including lesser bushbaby, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and perhaps even a pangolin. And when the water is low, the hide is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Elephant are often the star attraction here; watch out for the sprays of water propelled from their trunks!
Day 3: Linyanti Wildlife Reserve > Okavango Delta Transfer via light aircraft to the Okavango Delta, where you will be met on arrival and transfer to Kwetsani Camp for two nights.
A large area of the Delta still has permanent water, so those camps with access to permanent shallow floodplains and channels offer the quintessential Okavango experience - that of quietly gliding through the waterways on mokoro or boat. Specialized mammal species such as sitatunga and red lechwe thrive during this time of year and can be seen on the fringes of, as well as within, these water wonderlands. For birders, heronries and other nesting colonies are active now and at their most impressive in terms of bird number. Bird 'specials' like lesser jacana, African pygmy-goose, coppery-tailed coucal, and Pel's fishing-owl remina common sightiings. Migrant birds arrive in numbers, from woodland kingfisher to ruff.
Located in the centre of the Jao Concession, Kwetsani sits on an elongated island covered with palm, mangosteen and fig trees. The surrounding floodplains are home to a number of "Delta specials" - species that are found in few other places on Earth. Some of these may even be seen from the privacy of one of the five luxurious "treehouse" chalets, beautifully furnished en-suite units each comprising a bedroom and lounge, and made of canvas, wood and glass. Kwetsani's location gives access to both water and dry land areas, allowing guests to see all aspects of the Delta's makeup. The raised dining room, lounge and bar area all offer swweping visyas of the surrounding floodplains and catch the gentle breeze blowing through the reeds. A plunge pool with loungers is just right for those sunny afternoon siestas.
Day 4: Okavango Delta Guided game drives explore the mosaic of Delta habitats, and let you come closer to some of the resident wildlife. A whole new safari experience awaits after dark. Go in search of the fascinating creatures of the night. Boating is another way to view wildlife along the waterways, and can yield fabulous sightings of hippo and crocodile and perhaps even sitatunga. While floating silently on a traditional mokoro, keep an eye out for tiny reed frogs and other specialty sightings of the Delta. The Jao Concession has outstanding birding opportunities including the famous Pel's fishing-owl. With both water and land activities, opportunities to add to your list are excellent.
Day 5: Okavango Delta Transfer via light aircraft to the south-east Okavango Delta, where you will be hosted at Chitabe Camp for two nights.
Floodplains exposed by the receding waters are transformed by the rains into a tapestry of green. This couch grass luxuriance draws multiple antelope species and zebra from the woodland of the larger islands onto the plants to give birth, making for thrilling predator-prey interactions. Certain predators like spotted hyena can also den and breed at this time. Myriad migratory bird species arrive, such as vibrant kingfishers, vocal cuckoos and colourful bee-eaters - an excellent time for bird watchers and photographers alike. Wildlife with young, feeding in these open areas, offers excellent photographic opportunities and dramatic summer skies. The lower water levels also make it possible to explore the islands and plains either on foot or in a vehicle.
Chitabe Camp is situated in a private concession area on an island in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. Playing host to a breathtaking mosaic of wooded, wetland and grassland habitats, the area is famed for its incredible numbers and diversity of wildlife, in particular predators. The camp's eight spacious Meru-style tents are raised on wooden decks under large, shady trees. Each tent has twin beds, en-suite facilities and indoor and outdoor showers. The thatched dining area, bar and lounge are built on raised decks to provide superb views across the floodplains, and a pool allows you to cool off in the heat of the day.
Day 6: Okavango Delta Game drives reveal the rich wildlife of the Chitabe area, from large predators to their prey - a wildlife experience few other locations can match. Walking safaris with skilled guides offer you the exciting opportunity to come across big game on foot as well as observing the small wonders you might miss when travelling by vehicle. The birdlife is excellent and varies throughout the year, depending on water levels and season. Species include African hawk-eagle, ground hornbill, scarlet-chested sunbird, red-billed hornbill, gabar goshawk and re-billed francolin. Evening drives provide opportunities for you to see nocturnal mammals such as civet, genet and bushbabies, as well as owls and perhaps leopard. A dinner in the bush is the ultimate safari experience - join us as we toast to the day under a star-studded sky while listening to the evocative sounds of an African night....
Day 7: Light aircraft to Maun Depart on your final leg of the safari to Maun, where you will be met and assisted in checking-in for your onward flight (not included).
• Tailor-made journey • 6 nights' accommodation • Light aircraft transfers Kasane > Linyanti > Okavango > Maun • All transfers within the itinerary • Safari activities with expert guides and rangers • Beverages (excluding premium imports and champagne) • Refreshments on game drives, tea and coffee • Laundry • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs Daily between Nov 2021 - Mar 2022
Daily between Nov 2021 - Mar 2022
Booking conditions Upgrades are available to Premier camps (Mombo Camp, Jao Camp, Selinda Camp). Itinerary is available in reverse, to and from Victoria Falls or to and from Maun. Pricing on request.
Upgrades are available to Premier camps (Mombo Camp, Jao Camp, Selinda Camp). Itinerary is available in reverse, to and from Victoria Falls or to and from Maun. Pricing on request.