overview

Experience the splendour of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the Chobe’s iconic Savuti Channel on this romantic 6-night fly-in safari. Your accommodation in these game-rich areas is at three intimate tented camps where great dining, lavish accommodation and warm service make your stay as remarkable as the wilderness setting you explore.

Your first stop is the exclusive Kings Pool Camp in the private Linyanti Game Reserve where a classic Big 5 safari through the Savuti Channel’s teeming grasslands awaits. Your next destination is the jewel of the Kalahari: the lush wetlands of the Okavango Delta, where you stay at two outstanding camps: Vumbura Plains North on the edge of the legendary Moremi Game Reserve, and Abu Camp, home to the original elephant back safari.

From the thrilling predator action of Savuti’s lion prides to the hushed beauty of the delta’s papyrus-lined waterways, this safari is all about exceptional settings and unforgettable experiences. This is Botswana at its best.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Best of Botswana: Okavango and Chobe
  • Witness the Savuti’s legendary lion prides 
  • Game drives, nature walks & canoe trips
  • Walk or ride with elephant in the delta
  • Superb birding including Chobe raptors
  • In-tent massage & beauty treatments
  • Intimate, luxury lodges throughout

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Botswana

On arrival at Maun Airport you transfer to a light aircraft for your flight to Kings Pool Camp in the private Linyanti Game Reserve. Located just outside the Chobe National Park in 275 000 acres of unspoiled, crowd-free wilderness, Kings Pool Camp is a premier tented hideaway. Your home for the next two nights is built in the classic safari style of canvas and wood with folding doors that open to a private deck and plunge pool, overlooking the Linyanti lagoon.

One of Botswana’s best game viewing areas waits to be explored on morning and afternoon game drives and guided nature walks.

Day 2

Predators of the Savuti

Wildlife sightings in the Linyanti area are at their best during the dry season between June and October. At its peak, the crowds of elephant and buffalo can number in the thousands – and where buffalo thrive, you are likely to find healthy lion prides. Antelope and plains game are also plentiful attracting a range of predators from hyena to African wild dogs.

Seasonal summer rains provide the only surface water in this region, which means the wildlife congregates near waterholes as the land dries up in winter, providing the opportunity to witness dramatic encounters between predator and prey. When the land is at its driest, a natural spectacle unfolds as thousands of zebra pass through the area on their annual migration to the grasslands of the Mababe Depression.

Between expeditions into the wilderness, Kings Pool Camp provides a tranquil retreat. Spend the daily siesta (during the heat of the day when even the game retreats to rest in the shade) on your private deck with a good book, or settle down on a sun lounger on the main viewing deck where you can dip into the sparkling infinity pool to cool off.

Days 3-4

Okavango Delta: Jewel of the Kalahari

A short flight whisks you to Vumbura Plains North on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Your home for the next two nights overlooks the floodplains of the game-rich Vumbura Reserve. The camp hosts an intimate seven tented suites raised on timber decks to command dramatic views across the lush plains. The design ethos is natural, light and airy, with vaulted thatch ceilings and a sunken lounge that flows onto a private deck complete with a plunge pool and loungers. The spacious suites are connected by walkways that meander beneath the leafy canopy of mature trees - the emphasis at this camp is on rest and relaxation between thrilling game drives.

Explore the floodplains on game drives and guided nature walks, and the dreamy waterways on traditional-style canoes – known as mokoro. Your guide propels your canoe with a long pole, allowing you to soak up the sites and sounds of this magical environment. Gliding silently along the water, without an engine to disturb the wildlife, you experience the wilderness in great detail – a jacana stepping delicately between lily pads, the tiny jewel-like frogs clinging to reeds, a glimpse of elegant aquatic antelope, sitatunga, darting across the shallows.

Days 5-6

An elephant's eye view

A short flight ferries you into the heart of the delta, to Abu Camp, overlooking a papyrus-fringed lagoon. Named in honour of its most famous resident elephant, a star of the big and silver screens, Abu Camp is home to the original elephant back safari. In addition to exploring the floodplains in the company of the camp’s resident elephant herd, there are daily game drives, canoe expeditions and guided nature walks.

The elephant excursions are unforgettable, whether you walk beside or ride these gentle giants. Led by an armed guide with a handler accompanying each adult elephant, the pace is slow and easy. The elephants browse along the way and you may be able to join them for a mud bath or even a swim. Walking through pristine wilderness, listening to the rumbling conversation of these dignified creatures and observing the close bonds between them and their handlers, is a true Bucket List experience and a deeply satisfying way to experience the delta.

Day 7

Farewell Botswana

After breakfast you begin your journey home with an air transfer to Maun for your outbound international flight. As the light aircraft arcs over the network of channels and lagoons that form the delta, the scent of wild sage lingers on your clothes and the cry of the fish eagle rings true in your heart. You have witnessed the drama of predator and prey on the Savuti plains, glimpsed a sitatunga melting wraith-like into the papyrus and walked beside an elephant in perfect harmony. You carry all the sights and sounds of an incredible journey home with you, leaving a little of your heart behind in the wilderness. 

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation on a fully inclusive basis
  • Two game activities daily
  • Excursions and transfers as specified
  • Services of the camp/lodge guides and staff
  • Relevant park fees and entrance fees as specified
  • Air transfers as specified

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jun 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $16280
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016 $10990
  • 20 Dec 2016 - 10 Jan 2017 $12955
  • 11 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017 $8490
  • 01 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017 $10925
  • 01 Jun 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $16435
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017 $9685
  • 20 Dec 2017 - 10 Jan 2018 $12610
  • 11 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 $8660
  • 01 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018 $10965

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.

From

$8490

Per person sharing

View all rates
Add to wishlist
Remove from wishlist