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Secluded Botswana Safari

Our Flagship Wildlife Adventure into the Heart of Wildest Africa
Day 1: Livingstone, Zambia & Victoria Falls
Our classic Botswana trip begins at The River Club, replete with Edwardian ambience and overlooking the Zambezi River, where hippos often entertain us on the banks. We'll take a sunset cruise on the river following a guided tour of Victoria Falls, the world’s most astounding cataract. The profuse spray has created a rainforest on the rim of the gorge, with a network of walkways to explore that offer a variety of viewpoints over the falls.

Days 2-4: Chobe National Park / Linyanti Private Reserve
By road and ferry we journey to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, known for its vast elephant herds – a population that exceeds 70,000. On our boat cruise down the Chobe River we sometimes see 500 elephants in a single day. Water birds abound, including herons and storks, as well as hippos and crocodiles. This afternoon we fly to the private reserve of Linyanti, dramatic big-game country. Its tree-dotted plains are home to lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and wild dogs as well as tremendous elephant herds. We encounter wildlife in amazing proximity on game drives and guided walks, safety permitting, along the Linyanti River. In the evenings we relax at our private camp, well-appointed tented accommodations evocative of an earlier era of safari travel. Through the thorny acacia branches we see more stars than we ever dreamed of, scattered across an impossibly black sky.

Days 5-7: Santawani Private Concession 
This morning we fly by light aircraft to Gomoti Tented Camp in the Okavango Delta. The earth’s largest inland water system, the delta’s headwaters lie in Angola’s western highlands, joining with other rivers in Namibia and Botswana to meet the Kalahari Desert, where a green oasis sprawls amid the sands and dry savanna. With its vast network of channels and wetlands, the Okavango is home to a profuse collection of wildlife and vegetation.

While some areas of the delta are permanently flooded, other habitats create a mosaic of varied landscapes, including drier regions like the area that surrounds our camp. A mix of dense riverine woodland, open savanna and acacia scrub provide ample food for a large array of browsers and grazing species, as well as predators including cheetah, leopard, lion and rare wild dog. The Gomoti River is a year-round lifeline for animals, while inland water holes also sustain them during the dry season. The diverse range of habitats makes the Gomoti region ideal for all-day excursions including traditional 4x4 game drives, picnic lunches and night drives in search of nocturnal species.

Days 8 & 9: Okavango Delta
Leaving dry land behind, we transfer by light aircraft to a very different section of the Okavango Delta. Pelo Camp is located in the Okavango’s watery heart, a maze of canals and lagoons that sustains a profusion of wildlife. We’ll explore the constantly shifting marsh by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, offering a chance to observe wildlife at eye level in complete quiet. Islands and wetlands among the channels are home to many rare birds; we may see wattled cranes, Pel’s fishing owls, jacanas, rails, crakes and moorhens. We may also spy water-adapted antelope such as red lechwe browsing in the grasses.

Days 10-12: Hunda Island - Moremi Game Reserve
Depending on water levels, we travel by boat or 4x4 safari vehicle to Little Tubu and Tubu Tree, adjoining sister camps located on the edge of Botswana’s famed Moremi Game Reserve. We use Little Tubu as our base, taking meals together there, though our group may be accommodated in rooms at both camps. The camps sit on Hunda Island, the largest area of permanently dry land in this region of the Okavango Delta, surrounded by grasslands that attract many species of plains animals. A range of diverse habitats from dry Kalahari sandveld to mopane and riverine forest on the edge of the permanent waterways ensures spectacular wildlife viewing. Our activities focus on drives in open 4x4 vehicles in search of elephant, lion, Burchell's zebra, red lechwe, southern giraffe, tsessebe, and blue wildebeest on the sprawling floodplains. In forested areas we are on the lookout for kudu, impala, and bushbuck. And, of course, we’ll hope to see the predators that track them, including lion and leopard. Night drives reveal nocturnal species such as civet cat and caracal, and large predators that hunt at night.

Day 13: Maun / Home
Our Botswana trip comes to an end when we depart by air for Maun, where we connect with flights home.

Physical Rating: Easy

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