Trip reference number: ITN-BWA025
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
Botswana is a wildlife enthusiast's dream destination. Home to the magnificent Okavango Delta, recently named UNESCO's 1,000th World Heritage Site, this huge and unique eco-system is a maze of lagoons, lakes and channels holding a plethora of flora and fauna. This itinerary will take you to three of Botswana's essential safari destinations, your light aircraft flights transporting you with cheerful guides on hand to welcome you at every arrival. Our carefully selected choice of accommodation promises a genuine and peaceful safari experience with complete privacy and comfort.
The green season is becoming a popular time to travel to Botswana and experience a slightly unpredictable but more exciting safari. It is the perfect time for photographers and bird watchers to visit the lush green bush as many migrant bird species make their way to the Delta. As there is an abundance of food and water, the green season is also known as the baby boom season with it being the best time to see the emerging tiny warthogs, infant zebra and baby impala.
Once you have arrived in Maun, via Johannesburg, you will be transferred to Leroo La Tau located along the western border of the Makagadikgadi Pans National Park. Perched on top of cliffs overlooking the Boteti River and Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, this stunning location rewards guests with unsurpassed views of the spectacular scenery and wildlife. The 12 spacious thatch and timber chalets are well spaced along the 1.5 km of riverfront, the simple and elegant interiors perfectly complementing the views from your private wooden veranda. The Boteti River, also known as The Returning River, has been flowing since 2008 after two decades of drought with it now a vital water source for the migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest. Look out for the wildlife collecting around the riverfront, including vultures, hippos, ostriches, giraffes and zebras, in a 4 x 4 vehicle or a motorboat.
Fly to the Moremi Game Reserve in northern Botswana for your two night stay in Camp Xakanaxa. Relax into one of the 12 classic Meru style tents gazing upon the views of the Xakanaxa Lagoon from your private viewing deck, shaded by the towering trees above. Located in the heart of the game reserve, along the banks of Khwai River, guests can enjoy action packed year-round game viewing on both land and water. Boasting one of the most diverse ecosystems rich with wildlife, your game activities will be filled with herds of elephant, buffalo and wildebeest alongside the predators of lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.
For your last safari destination, fly to the heart of the Okavango Delta landing on the idyllic and remote Nxaragha island. The Delta is constantly changing and evolving, islands and lagoons appearing and disappearing. The one constant is the extensive range of flora and fauna, with the area overflowing wildlife. Whether you take to the waters on a mokoro or motorboat or explore on foot with a guided nature walks, your time spent in this wildlife wonderland is an amazing way to finish your Botswana safari adventure.
Day 1 Check in at London Heathrow for the overnight South African Airways flight to Johannesburg. Please contact us for regional departures often at same or lower cost.
Day 2 On arrival into Johannesburg check in for the onward flight to Maun. Here you will be met by a local representative and transferred by light aircraft for the flight to Leroo La Tau. After your friendly welcome, relax into the exclusive lodge and your comfortable room, the calming interiors blending harmoniously with the colours and textures of the surrounding area. Spend your first evening on your private wooden deck, viewing the comings and goings of the local animals and birds.
Day 3 Your stay at Leroo La Tau includes two safari options. Choose from morning or afternoon game viewing by boat (depending on water levels) or 4 x 4 vehicles, your expert knowledgeable guides keen to fill your time in the reserve with wildlife sightings. Experience the culture of the local area with a visit to the Khumaga Village or take a guided nature walk in the area surrounding the lodge. The Lodge also boasts a game viewing hide built into the banks of the river offering stunning panoramic views and excellent photograph opportunities. Enjoy a drink in the evening around the campfire overlooking the river, listening and identifying the noises coming from the African bush; a true Botswana wildlife experience.
Day 4 After breakfast you will be transferred for the light aircraft flight to Moremi where you will be driven to Xakanaxa Camp, your accommodation for the next two nights. The perfect choice for an authentic safari stay Xakanaxa Camp is one of the original bush camps, now furnished with every hotel comfort creating a restful wildlife sanctuary.
Day 5 Enjoy the abundance of wildlife waiting to be spotted in one of the most magnificent animal sanctuaries of Africa, with your two safari activities. Enjoy game drives in the morning or afternoon in an open top 4 x 4 vehicle or take to the water to track the big game of the park in traditional mokoros and powerboats.
Day 6 Today you will be met and transferred for the light aircraft flight to Camp Okavango. Located in the north of the Moremi Game Reserve on the remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Camp Okavango promises an exceptional year-round water wilderness experience. With a peaceful and intimate ambience, spend the evening making the most of the views from the open-air patio with a drink from the bush cocktail bar.
Day 7 Let the expert guides lead you through this unique ecosystem, enjoying your two safari activities in this vast, ever-changing wilderness. Navigate through the reed-lined waterways on a motorized boat or mokoros and explore the land on foot with a guided nature walk.
Day 8 After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for the light aircraft flight to Maun. On arrival, check in for your overnight flight to London Heathrow via Johannesburg.
Day 9 Arrive into London Heathrow, or your regional airport.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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