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Operator: Mountain Travel Sobek
Price From: 5,945 USD
Program duration: 9 days
Trip Dates: 02-05-2017,31-08-2017,30-11-2017
As you cruise the seldom-traveled waterways of the Okavango Delta’s northern panhandle, search for elusive cheetah on the sands of the Savuti Marsh, and witness a vast herd of elephants bathing on the mighty Chobe River, you’ll gather unforgettable experiences few others can claim.
Traveling by luxury houseboat, private motorboat, and safari vehicle, you’ll be in prime position to view Botswana’s astonishing variety of game. Your journey includes a visit to mesmerizing Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting over 4,000 San bushman rock paintings, and wraps up at beautiful Victoria Falls. Enjoy a Botswana adventure like no other.
Arrive in Maun and board your charter flight to the Santawani Concession in the southeast Okavango Delta. Upon arrival you will be transferred overland to your safari camp, nestled under large acacia trees in a diverse and game-rich area. Most of the Santawani Concession is comprised of a mixed woodland habitat and open grasslands that are transformed into floodplains in years of plentiful water. Your activities here will focus on day and night game drives as well as pristine 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.
Fly to the Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park. Upon arrival at Chobe Airstrip you will be transferred overland to Linyanti Discoverer Camp, which is approximately a three-hour drive with superb game viewing en route. The landscape of Linyanti is diverse, from floodplains to open dry-land savannah and woodland with sweeping views. Wildlife includes the seldom-seen sitatunga that can be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare roan and sable antelope, plains game and of course their predators, the lion and leopard—with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus. Activities include game drives in the private northern sector of the concession, exploring a range of habitats, from riverbanks to scrub and forest as well as a full day excursion with lunch at a remote scenic setting.
Fly to the Xigera Concession, which will be home for your last three days in Botswana. Upon arrival you will transfer by combination of vehicle and boat to your charming camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Permanent waters dotted with palm-filled hardwood riverine forests, a multitude of clear water channels, and expansive floodplains make up the Xigera Concession. Your activities at Xigera Camp typically include mokoro and motorboat outings. Game drives are always dependent on the water levels on that particular day. Mammal sightings include water-loving red lechwe, spotted-necked otter, elephant and tsessebe along with the elusive sitatunga. Predators include leopard and spotted hyena. Xigera is a delight for bird watchers; expect to see Pel's fishing owl, African skimmer, greater swamp warbler, and wattled crane. Xigera Camp donates a portion of each bed-night to the Motswe Wa Tsholofelo Orphan Day Center in Maun. The camp is 100% solar powered!
Fly to Maun where you will connect with your departing flight home. Or if you'd like to stay longer, we offer an amazing extension trip to Victoria Falls—one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World! Optional activities at Victoria Falls include strolling through lush, tropical vegetation, rafting on the Zambezi River, elephant-back safaris, microflights over the falls, bungee jumping, and more. Please call for extension information.
|Official Language(s)||English, Setswana|
|Population||2,144,764 (2014 estimate)|
|Climate(s)||Warm desert, Warm semi-arid|
|Major Airport(s):||Sir Seretse Kama International (GBE)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Agriculture, Mining, Tourism|
|Official Language(s)||English, French|
|Population||36,048,521 (2016 estimate)|
|Climate(s)||Arctic, Sub-arctic, Semi-Arid Desert, Temperate Rainforest, Humid Continental|
|Major Airport(s):||Lester B. Peason International Airport (YYZ), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Fossil Fuels, Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture|