Botswana Safari and Houseboat - 7 Day 6 Night from $4020 per person

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Imagine finding yourself under the vast African sky in the middle of one of the last expanses of true wilderness left on our planet, possibly listening to the haunting and mysterious sounds of night predators and their prey as the drama of their interactions unfold.

This 7 Day Botswana safari encompasses the rich diversity of northern Botswana's Makgadikgadi National Park, with the enchanting wilderness that is the Okavango Delta, and then ends on the Chobe River on a luxury houseboat. This safari gives you the opportunity of seeing abundant wildlife, excellent birding and experiencing a breath taking wilderness feel!

 

Included:

  • 6 Night's accommodation on a fully inclusive basis
  • Luxury accommodation
  • All meals and snacks
  • Refreshments, local beers, wine and spirits (excludes Premium brands)
  • Twice daily game viewing activities
  • Services of professional rangers and trackers
  • Fishing license aboard the Pangolin Voyager
  • Use of photographic equipment aboard the Pangolin Voyager
  • Park fees (Okavango Delta & Makgadikgadi)
  • Government levies and taxes
  • Departure taxes (Kasane, Okavango Delta, Mkgadikgadi)
  • Road transfers as per itinerary
  • Light aircraft charters as per itinerary (Kasane - Leroo La Tau - Camp Okavango - Kasane)
  • Flights:
    • Johannesburg - Kasane- Johannesburg return, excluding taxes

Excluded:

  • Accommodation not specified
  • Flights not specified
  • Meals and beverages not specified
  • Additional tours/transfers/activities/entrances not specified
  • Park fees not specified
  • Taxes not specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa's if required
  • Telephone calls
  • Gratuities

 


Day 1

Today you will board your flight from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport to Kasane, Botswana. On arrival you will be met and transferred by light aircraft to the Makgadikgadi. On arrival you will be transferred by road to Leroo La Tau Safari Lodge, where you will spend the next (2) nights on a fully inclusive basis.

Overnight: Leroo La Tau

Leroo La Tau rises majestically above the Boteti River which stretches across the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, offers guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction. The lodge offers a raised hide above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that we've come to expect in this part of Botswana. With just 12 thatched luxury chalets all overlooking the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, each with en-suite bathrooms. There is a dining room, reading room and bar in the main lodge, expansive wooden decks and a plunge pool, where guests can immerse themselves seamlessly into the ultimate wildlife experience in Botswana. Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, guests can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river.

 


Day 2

Day spent on safari in the Makgadikgadi.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers an impressive 4900 square kilometer area and is brimming with natural wonders including the largest tree in Africa, a world famous 5300-year-old Baobab. Game viewing is at its best during the wet season when the plains teem with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. The rains transform the salt pans into a magnificent lake attracting an abundance of wildlife and, most spectacularly, large flocks of gloriously pink flamingos. The area is renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park en masse followed by a variety of predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, exploring the salt pans on 4WD or quad bikes, tours of Gweta Village, and fascinating bush walks to historic sites guided by experienced Bushmen trackers.

 


Day 3

This morning after an early game viewing activity and breakfast, you will be transferred by light aircraft to the Okavango Delta. On arrival you will be met and transferred by charter flight to Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta. Here you will spend the next (2) nights on a fully inclusive basis.

Overnight: Camp Okavango

Camp Okavango, a unique and exclusive African safari camp is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island. This hidden treasure, in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assures its guests of an unparalleled year-round water wilderness experience. Camp Okavango's main area comprises of a network of interconnected walkways linking up two lounge areas, a dining room, library, self-service bar and curio shop. Sweeping ramps lead to the lower level deck with two open-air fire pits and comfortable seating areas to relax and take in the natural surroundings. There is a third deck with a rim flow swimming pool and thatched lounge deck for those warm summer days. With its open air design and elevated position, the new Camp Okavango is an eco-sensitive lodge which captures the very essence of the Okavango Delta.

To ensure a peaceful and genuine safari experience, Camp Okavango accommodates just twenty-four guests.  There are eleven intimate Safari suites and one Family suite consisting of two bedrooms and each with an en-suite bathroom. Each of the guest suites have been built on individual raised wooden platforms and set beneath the thick Okavango Delta vegetation. The en-suite bathrooms have double vanities, double shower and a separate water closet (with a view). The stack away sliding doors open onto a private open-air viewing deck offering beautiful views over the Okavango Delta.

 


Day 4

Today is spent on safari in the Okavango Delta.

Okavango Delta

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Okavango Delta is one of Africa's most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world's few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species. The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor; game viewing, birding and fishing are all on offer. One can experience this magical world of islands and waterways from land, air and water.

Highlights include the elusive Sitatunga antelope which has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel's fishing owl and many others provide a spectacular display.

 


Day 5

This morning after an early game viewing activity and breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will board your light aircraft flight to Kasane.

On arrival you will be met and transferred by road to the Kasane Waterfront Immigration where you will board the Pangolin Voyager. You will spend the next (2) nights aboard the house boat, which cruises its way through the Chobe waterways (the boat generally moves between the Kasai Channel as well as Kasika and Serondella within Chobe National Park). Your time on the house boat is on a fully inclusive basis. You will have the opportunity to make use of the photographic equipment aboard the boat, as well as fishing.

Overnight: Pangolin Voyager Houseboat

The Pangolin Voyager Houseboat journeys along the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers throughout the year, hosting guests in absolute luxury and comfort as it drifts gently through one of the most game rich environments in Africa.

The Voyager is spread over three levels affording plenty of space for up to 10 guests at any one time. On the lower level the houseboat has five well appointed en-suite cabins with double or twin beds available, depending on the required configuration. The beds are fitted with the finest linen and specialist mattresses. The cabins have built-in cupboards, a cooling fan and the windows are fitted with mosquito net to allow the gentle breeze from the river and the nightime sounds of the Chobe National Park to pass through the rooms.

The middle level is occupied by the lounge and dining area along with a deck at the rear which accommodates the Braai (barbeque). The comfortable lounge area is stocked with reference books and binoculars which are yours to use as we drift between the private morning points. Meals are served on the large dining table and the menu varies depending on what ingredients can be locally sourced throughout the seasons. There is a comprehensive selection of alcoholic and soft drinks for you to enjoy throughout the day from the bar.

The upper level hosts a viewing deck equipped with table, chairs and sun loungers perfect for topping up those tans in between activities and for witnessing the majestic African sunsets that grace us every evening.

 


Day 6

Day spent at leisure cruising through the Chobe National Park.

 


Day 7

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Kasane Airport. Here you will board your flight back to Johannesburg, South Africa. On arrival at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, you will continue as per your own arrangements.

 

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