Botswana Off The Beaten Track

# Tailor-Made Tour

Botswana Off The Beaten Track

13 Days from £6494 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Big Cat Safari
Birding
Off The Beaten Track

We’ve designed this itinerary to enable you to visit some of the lesser known areas and lodges in Botswana to give an alternative to the more mainstream safari routes while keeping everything a little more affordable. There is also less focus on game drives looking for large carnivores and more of an emphasis on walking and boat safaris to see the smaller animals and birds. You will have the opportunity to visit the Gadikwe lagoons to see one of the largest heronries in the Delta plus you will visit the vast Kalahari desert to see meerkats and other desert wildlife. Both these areas are at their wildlife best during the rainy season making this a particularly rewarding itinerary for the wetter months of November to March.

Itinerary

Price from £6494 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Leave London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Kalahari Desert

Arrive Johannesburg and connect with flight to Maun. Clear immigration and customs then fly by light aircraft to Tsigaro Airstrip. Transfer to camp.

Staying at Camp Kalahari. Includes Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3 - Kalahari Desert

A full day to explore the Kalahari area perhaps get up close and personal with a visit to their resident family of habituated meerkats, walk with the Zu’hoasi, visit Chapman’s Baobab (one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa) at the old campsite of Livingstone and Selous.

Staying at Camp Kalahari. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Kalahari Desert

A full day to explore the Kalahari area. In the wet season (November to March) you can experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest. This is the second biggest migration in Africa and the last remaining one in southern Africa.

Staying at Camp Kalahari. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Okavango Delta

Fly by light aircraft to Pom Pom airstrip. Game drive en route to camp.

Staying at Pom Pom Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Okavango Delta

Full day of safari activities including game drives, night drives, walking safaris and mokoro excursions. Hippo and crocodile are found in the deeper lagoons and big predators such as lion and leopard, as well as buffalo, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest, all move through the area.

Staying at Pom Pom Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Okavango Delta

Full day of safari activities. Perhaps finish the day with an evening game drive. If you are lucky, some of the nocturnal animals such as serval, civet and genet may be seen.

Staying at Pom Pom Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Okavango Delta

Fly to Shinde Airstrip. Transfer to the camp. Walking safari in the afternoon.

Staying at Footsteps Across The Delta. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Okavango Delta

Full day of safari activities. The camp specialises in walking safaris led by highly specialised armed guides. Other activity options at the camp include game drives, birdwatching and mokoro excursions.

Staying at Footsteps Across The Delta. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Okavango Delta

Tfr to Shinde Airstrip. Transfer to camp for first game drive or boat safari.

Staying at Shinde Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Okavango Delta

Full day of safari activities. Being close to a deep water channel, Shinde offers a good mix of land- and water-based activities throughout the year. Choose from game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, exploring the waterways in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe), guided nature walks, night drives, motor boating and sunset cruises. It is also possible to enjoy a longer outing by motorboat to the Gadikwe lagoons in the Moremi game reserve to view breeding colonies of herons, egrets, pelicans and storks (most active from August to December).

Staying at Shinde Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Travel to Johannesburg

If time allows, enjoy a game drive before departing by light aircraft to Maun. Board flight to Johannesburg and connect with flight to London.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Arrive London

Includes Breakfast.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London Heathrow to Maun with South African Airways via Johannesburg.

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris

Keep your eyes out for rhino at Pom Pom camp. Previously extinct in the area, a few have been sneaking over there from the repopulation project on Chief’s Island

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging so superbly yet another exceptional wildlife experience.  As you are aware our ‘expeditions’ tend to be species led and this year’s brief was to observe and photograph the ‘Three Big Cats of Africa’ in a truly wild setting (i.e. no fences).  Your recommended  destination, Botswana, did not let us down, in fact the whole trip proved an outstanding success in all aspects.

We stayed in three camps (three nights in each) across the Okavango Delta and surrounding area, each provided a different environment which ensured our aims were met. Each camp was run to a very high standard, was extremely comfortable and provided excellent meals. The quality of guiding and tracking in all our camps was of the highest standard. As Botswana manages its natural resources so well all the camps were small (no more than 18 guests) ensuring a very intimate safari experience in pristine wild African habitat.

I am delighted to report our big cat objectives were realised. All observations were lengthy and offered excellent photographic opportunities.  However, unexpectedly, the highlight of our spectacular trip turned out to be sightings of two separate packs of African Painted Dogs. We visited two dens, the first had a very healthy number of adult dogs, approximately fifteen and eighteen pups. The second had seven adult dogs and sixteen pups. At Lebala we had the privilege of spending a prolonged period of time following the pack of dogs as they hunted, an experience we will never forget.

When one also considers the significant mammal and bird species we observed, Botswana is truly a must visit destination for the wildlife enthusiast. Incidentally we also observed three serval and two African wild cats.  We also thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Victoria Falls, possibly the most spectacular waterfall in the world, the hotel in Zimbabwe was excellent. Viewing the falls from the Zambian side and also the helicopter flight are both well worth doing.

This was our third consecutive trip with Reef and Rainforest, and I would be very surprised if there is not a fourth being planned very soon. Thank you all once again.

Mr JW - Ettrickbridge

Route Map

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Camp Kalahari: -20.468129, 25.132996
Footsteps Across The Delta: -19.176301, 23.153687
Pom Pom Camp: -19.584427, 22.842667
Shinde Camp: -19.118772, 23.153341