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Botswana: Kalahari, the Delta & Beyond

On This Green Season Safari, Lush Grass Draws Prolific Wildlife and New Babies Abound!
Days 1-3: Maun, Botswana / Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Arrive in Maun and fly to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We drive to our camp in Deception Valley, which offers a sweeping vista of the valley floor, and we feel quite alone here in this little-visited national park. Our Kalahari safari commences in these remote environs, where animal movements are dictated by nature and the rains. We track them on extended game drives, studying the desert ecology along the way. The petrified riverbed is vibrant after brief rains, covered with nutritious grasses that attract herds from all over the enormous reserve. Predators follow these large congregations of desert wildlife with their young into the broad riverbed, creating natural drama we may be privy to observe. The famous black-maned Kalahari lion lives here, as well as a healthy population of cheetah.

Days 4-6: Little Vumbura Camp, Okavango Delta
After breakfast, we depart for the airstrip and fly to Little Vumbura, our tented camp in a private reserve in the Okavango Delta. We search for elephant herds within the mopane forests where they are often found breeding. Buffalo and other plains game frequent the wetlands, attracting a variety of predators. Inside the delta’s maze of canals and swamps, we look for wildlife by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) and boat trips into the floodplains. Open 4x4s take us close to animals on the savanna, where we often see lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants and, if we're lucky, the rare sable. Island walks and night drives round out our diverse wildlife-viewing perspectives. We also discover age-old River Bushman culture on a guided walk with a local resident, learning about fire-making, hunting, medicinal uses of plants and ingenious methods for survival in the delta, this tribe’s ancestral home. Our camp provides exceptional comfort at the end of the day, with hot and cold running water in each tent and a plunge pool for added refreshment.

Days 7-9: Savuti Camp, Linyanti
Fly today to the Linyanti Concession, one of Botswana’s premier private reserves. Big game viewing is superb during the green season, when a range of habitats supports a large herbivore and predator population. Day and night game drives along the Savuti Channel and Linyanti River are the highlight. Secluded Savuti Camp features tents equipped with en suite facilities, and the camp itself has a thatched dining area, pub and plunge pool all laid out on raised wooden decks.

Days 10 & 11: Chobe National Park / Victoria Falls
After a short morning drive, we fly to Chobe National Park. Chobe is famous for its massive herds of elephants during the dry season but also supports a stable population of general game species throughout the year. On a boat cruise down the Chobe River we may see crocodiles, the elusive puku and Chobe bushbuck, and up to 400 bird species this time of year. Leaving Botswana, we drive into Zambia via the Kazungula border, where Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet. Our destination, Toka Leya, offers a luxurious setting on the banks of the Zambezi. Individual chalets faces west over the river for marvelous sunset views, and we frequently see and hear elephants and hippos on shore. A guided tour of Victoria Falls is a fitting finale to our adventure.

Day 12: Livingstone / Home
After a leisurely morning, our Kalahari safari comes to an end as we transfer to the airport for flights home.

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