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Take full advantage of Botswana's affordable Green Season on this 10-day safari through private concessions and pristine wilderness areas. Thrilling, crowd-free game viewing in the lush abundance of the summer rains, taking in the Kalahari desert, Okavango Delta, Linyanti and Victoria Falls.

Begin in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where tender new grasses attract large herds of antelope and zebra, big cats and other predators. Stay under canvas at Deception Valley Adventurer Camp. Stop overnight at Xigera Camp,in the Okavango Delta. Explore papyrus-lined waterways in canoes and discover the floodplains on guided nature walks. A short flight whisks you north to the Linyanti Discoverer Camp, a game rich area with diverse habitats. Stopover in Kasane for a classic Chobe River boat cruise before spending your last night at Toka Leya Camp near Livingstone, Zambia. A tour of the Victoria Falls is included in your tour.

Delivering great value and perfect for more adventurous first time travellers, this tour combines well with add-on stays in Cape Town, Victoria Falls and the Indian Ocean islands.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Authentic, affordable Green Season
  • Private concession areas throughout
  • Fully serviced, private camping
  • Superb lodge accommodation
  • Dramatic Kalahari game viewing
  • Okavango delta canoeing & walking
  • Exceptional bird watching throughout
  • Combines well with beach holiday

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

A warm Botswana Welcome

Your safari begins on the edge of the Okavango Delta in the tiny frontier town of Maun. A private guide meets you at the airport, where you board a light aircraft for your flight into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve - your destination is the fascinating Deception Valley.

The landscape is breathtaking: endless plains dotted with acacia trees below an enormous dome of sky. After the rains, the normally parched ground is cloaked in nutritious green grasses that attract herds of zebra, wildebeest and springbok. These grazers arrive in their thousands to give birth to their young. The heady scent of freshly washed earth and wild sage infuses your game drive to Deception Valley Adventurer Camp.

Styled on a pioneer theme, this eco-friendly camp is cosy and inviting while still serving up creature comforts. Your large walk-in tent features comfortable beds and en suite facilities with a safari-style hot bucket shower. As the sun sinks into the plains, the summer clouds light up in a kaleidoscope of colour, and you raise a glass to toast your first sunset in Africa. The camp cook serves up a delicious dinner, followed by a convivial nightcap around the campfire, before you slip between cool linen covers and fall asleep to the lullaby of the African night.  

Days 2-3

The green Kalahari

As the Kalahari dawn breaks in a golden glow, you savour a steaming hot coffee at the campfire. You head out on a game drive to explore this primeval landscape over the next two days, journeying into the furthest reaches of the reserve.

Deception Valley is the ancient river bed of a long forgotten watercourse, and after the trains, its fertile soil supports an abundance of new, sweet grasses, attracting a wide variety of plains game. Predators follow the herds, and this is one of the best times to observe Botswana's cheetahs. These magnificent cats feast on the herds in the temporarily lush valleys, but they have to be watchful too: huge, black-maned lions rule the Kalahari, and they do not welcome competitors. Jackals, leopards, wild dogs and even the rare brown hyena all congregate around the bounty of the herds and their offspring.

Stopping for a picnic lunch beneath a gnarled acacia tree, you savour both the food and the view. Migrating birds have bought colour and song to the Kalahari, and the rains trigger an infectious sense of joie de vivre. It is hard to keep a smile off your face as you watch the clumsy antics of springbok lambs and the stiff-legged 'pronking' of their proud parents, bouncing off the ground seemingly for the fun of it.

Days 4-5

An Okavango adventure

Say farewell to the Kalahari as your morning game drive continues all the way back to Maun, where a plane whisks you to the Okavango Delta. This vast wetland opens out before you shortly after takeoff: a lush labyrinth of island-studded floodplains and lazy waterways, luminous in the summer sun.

Located on a beautiful treed island, overlooking a permanent channel, Xigera Camp sits at the very heart of the delta wonderland. Wooden walkways lead to spacious, elegant canvas suites, tucked under sprawling shade trees. Settling into your room, you take in the views from the verandah before wandering over to the lounge for high tea and the afternoon’s activity.  

A 'deep-Delta' camp, Xigera is ideally situated to experience this unique ecosystem in full. Boating safaris are offered alongside one of the best ways to see the Delta, by mokoro - a modern take on the traditional dugout canoe used by indigenous people for hundreds of years. With an expert guide propelling the craft from the back, you simply relax and soak up the enchanting waterways: the only sounds you hear are birdsong, the soft gurgle of water, and occasionally a snort from a hippo in a deeper channel. Slipping through lagoons carpeted in lily pads, you come to tree-covered islands where you take a guided walk, looking for rare gems like the Pel's fishing-owl. Dense papyrus beds attract your attention: they are the habitat of the aquatic sitatunga antelope, a rare and elusive animal thought to occur here in greater numbers than anywhere else in the world.

Returning to camp as the sunset paints the sky, you join your fellow adventures for a sundowner on the main deck before returning to your suite to freshen up for dinner. Take your shower indoors or outside on the deck below the twinkling of the first stars. After fireside drinks and convivial conversation, delicious aromas entice you to the dining table, its glass- and silverware gleaming in the lamplight.

Days 6-8

The secret Linyanti

A morning flight takes you over the spectacular scenery of the Okavango Delta and towards the glinting ribbon of the Linyanti River lying on the horizon. After landing, you drive through green woodlands to Linyanti Discoverer Camp, located in a forest of towering ebony and acacia trees. This comfortable and intimate tented camp has panoramic views of the Linyanti Wetlands, a rarely-visited region that teems with wildlife.

Explore this private concession on game drives and guided walks. The wetlands are home to pods of honking hippos and sly-eyed crocodiles; their floodplains are dotted with grazing red lechwe antelope and solid walls of buffalo. Your guide steers the 4X4 slowly along, always on the lookout for Linyanti's famous predators. Lions and hyenas are here in numbers, while leopards - stalking the dense riverside forest - are not uncommon. Cheetahs and serval cats prowl the grasslands but the absolute highlight is a sighting of an African wild dog pack. These critically endangered carnivores are the most social of the predators, and to encounter a pack engaged in a greeting ceremony prior to a high-speed hunt ranks as a thrill second to none.  

Stretching your legs on the riverbank at sunset, you watch as your guide produces a sundowner hamper packed with drinks and snacks. As the first stars begin to emerge, you drive back to camp with a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals as they emerge into the night to forage and hunt. Your meal is easier to find: a delicious dinner waits for you back at camp, served below the Milky Way while the sounds of Africa float on the night breeze.

Day 9

A tale of two rivers

Today you head north by light aircraft to Kasane Airport, a short drive away from the banks of the Chobe River where a boat waits to take you on a cruise. The river is home to an astonishing variety of life. Puku and red lechwe antelope dot the floodplains, impala and baboon forage on the forested riverbanks, and the sight of a herd of elephants coming down to drink fills you with wonder and delight.

The Chobe River is a paradise for bird watchers most especially in summer when resident water birds are joined by great numbers of migrant species. The searing call of the African fish eagle is one of the most memorable sounds of your African safari. After lunch aboard the boat, you head for the border and cross the Zambezi River into Zambia.

A short drive takes you to Toka Leya Camp, a delightful safari lodge built on elevated platforms overlooking the Zambezi. After you settled into your elegant suite, soak up the tremendous view from your verandah. Later in the afternoon, the Zambezi River provides the idyllic setting for a sunset cruise. Ice cubes tinkle in tall glasses as you drift past pods of hippo, looking for elephants and bushbuck on the riverbanks, and soaking up your last spectacular sunset in Africa. Back at Toka Leya, a candlelit dinner served on the riverside terrace makes a fitting end to your journey.

Day 10

The Smoke That Thunders

After breakfast, it is time for your final guided tour takes you to the magnificent Victoria Falls. One of the natural wonders of the world, this is where the mighty Zambezi plunges over a mile-wide drop into a boiling gorge of white water. Standing below the column of fine spray that reaches far into the sky as water roars over the falls, which peak in summer, you understand exactly why the indigenous people call this place ‘The Smoke That Thunders’.

Droplets of mist from the falls still kiss your skin as you arrive at Livingstone Airport to begin your journey home. As settle into your flight, the memories of the past ten days crowd your thoughts: the vast Kalahari sky, the papyrus-lined waterways of the Okavango, a lone cheetah sauntering through the Linyanti grasslands... Your heart is full of Africa’s magnificent sunsets and the now familiar cry of the fish eagle.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at Deception Valley Adventurer Camp on Fully inclusive basis
  • 2 nights at Xigera Camp on Fully inclusive basis
  • 3 nights at Linyanti Discoverer Camp on Fully inclusive basis
  • 1 night at Toka Leya on Fully inclusive basis
  • Road transfers as specified
  • Scheduled activities
  • All internal charters on a seat-rate basis

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 03 Dec 2014 - 30 Dec 2014 $6735
  • 04 Jan 2015 - 03 Apr 2015 $6830
  • 01 Dec 2015 - 28 Dec 2015 $6830

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

2014 Departure

  • December

2015 Departure

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • December
Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Experience Botswana's best during the quiet season. The lanscape completely transforms during this time and you'll be able to experience the wonders of the Kalahari desert."

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