Customized for 2017-2018, take an extraordinary journey across Botswana’s unique and hidden treasures. From the breath-taking splendor of the Okavango Delta – seen by air, water and land- to the heart of the world’s true wildlife Eden in the Moremi Game Reserve, to the great winding river of Chobe, this is a trip that will stay in your heart for a lifetime. Hands-on interaction with semi-wild elephants, thrilling game-drives, peaceful mokoro rides and luxurious spa pampering are just some of the treats in store.
- See the Okavango Delta unfold beneath you as you fly in by plane
- Interact with and learn from Jabu, Thembi and Marula, the semi-habituated elephants at Baines’ Camp
- Take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Delta from its waters, whether it be by mokoro or motorized boat
- Seek out big cats, wild dogs and the elusive and endangered rhino on Chief’s Island
- Take an unforgettable ride over the Okavango by helicopter
- Indulge in a tree-top massage treatment at Chobe Chilwero
- Watch elephants cross the river at sunset on the Chobe River
TRIP AT A GLANCE
(Day 1) Botswana- Arrive in Maun before flying over the Okavango to Baines’ Camp, to enjoy a sunset mokoro ride
(Day 2) Baines Camp- Meet, interact and enjoy a picnic with the elephants
(Day 3) Head out on an early morning game drive before departing for Chief’s Camp
(Day 4) Chiefs Camp- Explore Chief’s Island by vehicle and search for wildlife
(Day 5) Chiefs Camp- Continue your adventures around the island or opt for an exhilarating helicopter scenic flight
(Day 6) Depart for Kasane after breakfast and drive to Chobe Chilwero
(Day 7) Chobe Chilwero- Set off for morning and afternoon game drives through Chobe National Park or relax in the inviting tree-top spa
(Day 8) Chobe Chilwero- Reflect on the trip of a lifetime with a glass of bubbly on a sunset river cruise
(Day 9) Head out on a drive one last time before breakfast and then depart for Zambia by ferry
Prepare yourself for Paradise. Float through the clouds from Maun to wilderness, and glance below to view the channels of this breath-taking oasis, the Okavango Delta, lapping up the surrounding desert. Glide through its waters by mokoro, keeping your eyes peeled for hidden jewels: perhaps a malachite kingfisher, or beady-eyed croc. Spend two magical nights at Baines’ Camp, a lodge whose uniquely larger-than-life hosts meet you on your first morning. Be ready for a trunk-shake rather than handshake, before Jabu, Thembi and Marula guide you through their home to where they feed or take glorious mud-baths. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the company of these gentle giants as they meander through their natural environment.
Surrounded by the clear waters of the Okavango is Chief’s Camp, your next stop for three nights and the perfect location for your Botswana safari adventure in search of lion, leopard and wild dog. These and many other treats lie in wait for your camera lens. If that epic photograph still eludes you, or if you thirst for a truly unforgettable experience, why not charter the best seat in the house? Glide over Chief’s Island by helicopter, hovering meters from the flickering ears of a hippo, swooping effortlessly over areas of the Delta unreachable by vehicle. The doors of the chopper can be removed at your wish, allowing for a view that will leave you speechless.
After the exhilaration of the Delta, head north-east to another of Botswana’s wildlife havens: Chobe National Park. Named for its great river, this is home to the world’s largest remaining population of elephants, and is an idyllic setting for game drives and river excursions. Watch elephants crossing the river at sunset as you sip on a gin and tonic; revitalize with a spa treatment in between activities, and let someone massage those ‘bushed’ muscles into dreamy oblivion as the sounds of the wilderness lull you to sleep. On your departure, the Chobe River will see you on your way to Livingstone, Zambia, as you travel by ferry from one beautiful slice of Africa to the next.
- Islands / Photography / Scenic Drive / Spas / Boating & Sailing / Helicopter Tours / National Park / Reserve / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Safari / Wildlife