Botswana Ultimate Wildlife

# Tailor-Made Tour

Botswana Ultimate Wildlife

13 Days from £9330 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Honeymoon
Big Cat Safari
Birding
Luxury
Photographic

We have designed this itinerary to showcase the very best of the wildlife locations in Botswana. You will visit two camps in the Okavango Delta; one offering a good balance of both water and land-based activities, the second more of a dry camp with an excellent reputation for carnivore sightings including lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.

You will finish with the Selinda Spillway, offering excellent sightings throughout the year including good chances of both leopard and sable antelope. The area comes alive towards the end of the dry season (July to November) when large numbers of elephants and other plains animals arrive to make the most of the dry season grazing here. Throughout, we use private concessions which offer low visitor numbers, off-road driving and a wide range of activities and landscapes, thereby maximising the amount of wildlife seen in this superlative itinerary.

Itinerary

Price from £9330 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Leave London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Okavango Delta

Arrive Johannesburg and connect with flight to Maun. Clear immigration and customs then fly by light aircraft to Chitabe airstrip. Met by driver with safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive en route to the lodge.

Staying at Chitabe Camp. Includes Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3 - Okavango Delta

Morning and afternoon game drives in this dry area of the Okavango Delta. The evening drive usually returns after dark to provide a good chance to spot the shyer nocturnal animals such as genet, civet, serval, porcupine and possibly aardwolf. Other wildlife seen in the area includes elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards and wild dog. This is one of the few camps where cheetah can often be seen. There are two hides that can be used as a "sleep out" experience as well as a game-viewing platform during the day.

Staying at Chitabe Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Okavango Delta

Morning and afternoon game drives. You can also opt for walking safaris with an armed guide.

Staying at Chitabe Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Okavango Delta

Fly to Vumbura Airstrip. Transfer to the lodge and enjoy a game drive in the afternoon.

Staying at Little Vumbura. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Okavango Delta

Full day of inclusive activities. Being located close to a deep water channel, Little Vumbura offers a wide range of Okavango Delta activities including boat safaris, shallow water excursions by mokoro, day and night game drives, and fishing and walking safaris. This is a rich area for game and regular sightings include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and occasionally wild dog.

Staying at Little Vumbura. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Okavango Delta

Full day of inclusive activities.

Staying at Little Vumbura. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Okavango Delta

Full day of inclusive activities.

Staying at Little Vumbura. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Selinda

Transfer to airport and board flight to Selinda Airstrip. Transfer to the lodge and enjoy a game drive in the afternoon.

Staying at Selinda Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Selinda

Morning and afternoon game drives. The camp is located on the Selinda Spillway, a waterway that links Botswana's Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando marshes, rivers and floodplains. Game viewing is of a high standard, particularly in the drier months and typically seen in the Selinda area are giraffe, baboon, black-backed jackal, elephants, wildebeest, cheetah, crocodile, lion, wild dog, hippo, honey badger, reedbuck, roan, sable and a host of birds. For the more energetic, short guided walking trails are available on request within the vicinity of the camp as well as short mokoro sessions and fishing.

Staying at Selinda Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Selinda

Morning and afternoon game drives.

Staying at Selinda 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 In-flight Meals.

Day 13 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

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

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris

Game drives are usually shared with other guests (maximum six people per vehicle). If you have a particular interest e.g. wild dogs, birdwatching, look to book an exclusive vehicle for some of your days so that you can have full control over your programme for that day. The prices are not that high compared to the overall costs of the trip.

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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Chitabe Camp: -19.526971, 23.377769
Little Vumbura: -19.001623, 22.861390
Selinda Camp: -18.532893, 23.522070