Experience the diverse, untouched habitats of Botswana, from desert to Delta and plains to rivers, all in one of its most abundant and remarkable seasons.
Explore the "petrified" river valley of Deception Valley in the Kalahari Desert where sporadic summer rains attract a plethora of wildlife; the Okavango filled with general game and predators followed by the diverse and wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems. The journey ends at the famous Victoria Falls.
- Exceptionally diverse range of activities: game drives, walks, a full-day excursion with lunch, motorboat excursions and a boat cruise.
- Exclusive access to the wilderness areas of the Okavango Delta, Linyanti/Chobe and Victoria Falls.
- Old-style serviced camping as well as accommodation in luxury Wilderness Classic camps.
The journey starts at the "petrified" river valley of Deception Valley in the Kalahari. We then move to the grasslands and floodplains of the Okavango Delta before exploring the diverse and wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems. The journey ends at the famous Victoria Falls.
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Day 1- 3: Kalahari Plains Camp, Central Kalahari Game Reserve+
Arrive in Maun and fly to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, then game-drive to Kalahari Plains Camp. Here we enjoy extended wildlife game drives taking in the game-rich Kalahari, during its most abundant season.
Day 4 - 6: Gomoti Tented Camp, Santawani Concession, Okavango Delta+
Overland to Maun and then fly by light aircraft to Gomoti Tented Camp in the south-east paradise of the Okavango Delta, where a classic Okavango land experience awaits, on floodplains and grasslands often filled with general game and predators.
Day 7-9: Xigera Camp, Xigera Concession+
After breakfast we fly by light aircraft over the shimmering waterworld of the Okavango Delta to Xigera, where we will have the opportunity to explore the crystal-clear channels by boat and traditional mokoro.
Day 10: Wilderness Air; Chobe+
Fly to Kasane for the Chobe River boat cruise. The area is famous for its unique species such as elephant, puku, hippo and large crocodile. Enjoy a light lunch on the boat. We than take a road transfer to Toka Leya Camp, Livingstone.
Day 11: Victoria Falls+
The grand finale is a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1 708 metres (5 604 ft.) wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world. We then bid farewell to our adventure and transfer to Livingstone Airport.
|Fully inclusive - Per person sharing per exploration||Rates|
|01 January 2017 to 30 April 2017||USD8,505|
|01 November 2017 to 31 December 2017||USD8,505|
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Terms & Conditions+
As a set-departure guided journey, the Botswana Summer Encounter’s fully inclusive rates comprise the expertise of one knowledgeable and professional guide who leads you from beginning to end, combined with tailor-made services like logistics, sightseeing and accommodation in our camps.
Our rates include:
» All meals
» Soft drinks, mineral water, fruit juice, house wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula
» National Park fees
» Laundry (excluded at Deception Valley Adventurer Camp)
» Road transfers
» Scheduled activities and all internal charters
Our rates exclude:
» Flights (other than specified in the detailed safari itinerary)
» Compulsory comprehensive insurance
» All relevant entry and departure Government taxes
» All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors,telephone calls, etc.)
» Laundry at Deception Valley Adventurer Camp
» Optional extra:
» Pre and post safari tours
» All other travel arrangements pre or post the safari and any new Government taxes » Levies
» Fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
Your encounter: This Exploration reveals the life-filled summer season of Botswana, in prime areas where few people travel. You will experience a nostalgic camping/lodge safari that recreates the sense of a game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the times of the great African explorers. The Exploration exhibits Botswana's scenic areas: The life-filled desert of Kalahari Plains Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the grasslands and floodplains of the Okavango Delta with its wealth of plains game, to the diverse and wildlife-rich Chobe River, ending with the world-famous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River.
Your guide: Explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby. Many of our guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking away amazing wildlife photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.
Did you know?
» We explore the diverse habitats of the Botswana, from desert to Delta and plains to rivers, all in one of its most abundant and remarkable seasons.
» Accommodation is in old-style serviced camping as well as luxury Wilderness Classic camps.
» Tented camps give you the complete sublime “back to nature” feeling of an Exploration.
» We have exclusive access to the wilderness areas of the Okavango Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls.
» An experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guide leads the Exploration throughout.
» The air and road transfers showcase the vast wilderness and denizens of Botswana and enhance the beauty and magnitude of your journey.
Departure Dates 2017 Language: English Depart From : Maun Finish In: Maun Start End Tue-19 January 2017 Fri-29 January 2017 Thu-06 February 2017 Sun-16February 2017 Fri-29 March 2017 Mon-07 April 2017 Fri-18 April 2017 Mon-28 April 2017 Thu-17 November 2017 Sun-27November 2017 Fri-09 December 2017 Mon-19December 2017 Fri-09 December 2017 Mon-19 December 2017 Wed-14 December 2017 Sat-24 December 2017
Kalahari Camp+Kalahari Plains Camp,Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Wilderness Safaris– Classic Camp
Kalahari Plains Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve overlooks an immense pan with endless horizons and beautiful skies. This eco-friendly camp is beautifully placed to take advantage of the famed, outstanding wildlife of this reserve. Settle into one of the eight en-suite canvas units with a unique rooftop sleep-out, built to take in the sweeping views. Our staff will host you in our dining and lounge area or will provide you with a refreshing drink on our viewing deck or while you’re taking a dip in our plunge pool. Home to the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion, you can anticipate a magical stay in this enormous game-rich area.
Did you know?
» We have specifically allowed for a 3-night stay to give you to time to relax and unwind as well as enjoy extended day trips to wilderness areas off the beaten track. Our concession is characterised by open grassy plains, seasonal pans, wooded acacia islands, scrub-covered dunes and fossil riverbeds.
» Extended game drives will unlock the wildlife treasures found here.
» With the advent of the summer rains, the desert comes to life: springbok and gemsbok converge in their hundreds to graze, followed by lion, one of the highest concentrations of cheetah in southern Africa and leopard.
» Predators which can be seen are lion, cheetah, black-backed jackal, bateared fox and African wild cat. The rare and seldom seen brown hyaena is also sighted from time to time!
» Some 220 bird species have been recorded in the area.
Included:» All meals, activities, laundry and local drinks (excluding premium import brands)
Gomoti Tented Camp+Gomoti Tented Camp– Santawani ConcessionWilderness ExplorationsGomoti Tented Camp lies in the centre of the private 6 000-hectare Santawani Concession, in the south-east corner of the Okavango Delta. The camp is nestled under large acacia trees in a diverse game-rich area. Most of the concession area comprises a mixed woodland habitat that gives way to open grasslands which can transform into floodplains in years of plentiful water.
Accommodation is in five 5.1 x 3 metre Savannah canvas tents, which are spacious and comfortable, designed to recreate the style of the early explorers, with richly-coloured teak director chairs and comfortable interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, wooden-framed wardrobes, comfortable twin beds and mirrors are provided. A private, en-suite toilet and shower forms part of the structure. Enjoy the midday view from your director chairs, set under the shade of your veranda. Paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the ambience in the evening, while fresh, sumptuous meals are prepared by your warm Explorations staff and served at a long table in the thatched dining area. An after-dinner digest if may be enjoyed around the fire or taken in the cosy lounge adjacent to the dining area.
Did you know?
» Activities focus around day and night game drives and nature walks.
» The alluvial sands in these areas are very fertile, resulting in good grass growth, which attracts a multitude of grazing animal species.
» Wildlife is plentiful and includes leopard, lion, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, elephant and masses of general game.
Included: All meals, activities, laundry and local drinks (excluding premium import brands)
Xigera Camp+Xigera Camp, XigeraConcessionWilderness Safaris – Classic Camp
Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera Camp embodies the essence of the Okavango Delta. The camp is found on the aptly-named ‘Paradise Island’, surrounded by almost year-round water and lush vegetation. We invite you to stay in one of the nine beautifully furnished, en-suite tented rooms offering views over a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. You will enjoy meals and drinks in the lounge and dining area overlooking the flowing channel or under the stars in our traditional African boma. During long lazy afternoons, take a plunge in the pool or soak up the sun on a lounger. Surrounded by spectacular wilderness, Xigera Camp will give you a feeling of wellbeing far from the hubbub of modern living.
Did you know?
» The camp is 100% solar powered.» Your activities at Xigera typically include mokoro and motorboat outings.Game drives are seasonal, dependent on the water levels.
» Mammal sightings include the water-loving red lechwe, spotted-necked otter, elephant and tsessebe along with the elusive sitatunga. Predators include leopard and spotted hyaena.
» Xigera is a delight for birdwatchers with specials such as Pel’s fishing-owl, African skimmer, greater swamp warbler and wattled crane occurring here.
Included All meals, daily activities, limited laundry and local drinks (excluding premium import brands)
Toka Leva Camp+
Toka Leya Camp – Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Wilderness Safaris – Classic CampSet on the western sector of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Toka Leya Camp perches on the banks of the precipitating Zambezi River. Only 12km upstream from the world-renowned Victoria Falls, the camp is well placed for you to explore the scenic and vibrant region. Limiting our footprint on this pristine land, wooden walkways snake between the 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents. You will feel safe and comfortable in your tastefully decorated room with an expansive wooden deck looking out at the mighty river – often presenting the sight of rambling elephants, grunting pods of hippo and idle crocodiles. Under a canopy of shady trees, the camp's dining, lounge and bar areas plus infinity pool, offer ample space for you to relax.
Did you know?
» Toka Leya has a worm farm and indigenous nursery so as to rehabilitate the plant species of the area.
» The densely vegetated islands in front of camp form part of the braided channel of the Zambezi River.
» ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ is the local name for Victoria Falls, literally meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’ which accurately describes the rising spray that can be seen 30km away.
» Activities include river cruise.
» The park offers good wildlife viewing of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala and white rhino.
» The prolific bird life includes the African finfoot, a rarity elsewhere, yet here a resident.
All meals, daily activities and local drinks (excluding premium import brands)
Great news! Introduced in June this year, we are pleased to advise that our Early Bird deal will be in place next year too. The added advantage is that bookings can be made immediately and the longer the lead time the better the discount!