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This 7–day journey offers a luxurious safari at two of Botswana’s most unique camps, combining a fusion of award-winning experiences, classic design and the freedom of space.

Jack’s Camp lies on the edge of the vast and enigmatic Makgadikgadi Pans, scene of the green-season zebra migration and a time of plenty for attendant predators, along with thousands of flamingos flocking to the shallow waters to feed. In the dry season, the endless expanse of the pans becomes your playground and it is the ‘nothingness’ of this area that makes it so compelling. Walking with San Bushmen and visiting a meerkat colony round off one of Botswana’s most singular experiences.

Next, you visit Zarafa Camp, an intimate and luxurious lodge on the banks of the Zibadianja Lagoon in the huge Selinda Reserve. Here, day and night drives reveal the African wilderness in all its glory. During the dry season, the largest congregation of elephants in the world are found here, and in the green season it is a time of plenty for predators and prey alike, along with an astonishing profusion of birds.

Perfect as a honeymoon or journey to mark a special occasion, this is a Botswana safari unlike any other, combining luxury, superior service and excellent cuisine with two of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Intimate & luxurious safari lodges
  • Excellent big game & predator viewing at Zarafa
  • Huge dry-season elephant concentrations at Zarafa
  • Visit a meerkat colony
  • Walk with San Bushmen
  • Ride a quad bike over the Makgadikgadi Pans (dry season)
  • Witness the zebra migration in the Makgadikgadi (green season)

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Dumela Botswana

On arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met and transferred to a waiting light aircraft for your flight to Jack’s Camp. Following the course of the Boteti River below, you fly over the Kalahari until a vast shimmering expanse of white appears on the horizon. This is the Makgadikgadi: an immense salt pan left behind when a super lake the size of Botswana dried up thousands of years ago.

Jack’s Camp sits on the edge of this enigmatic region that feels a world away from anything you have seen before. Designed and constructed in a unique 1940’s style, similar to a Bedouin encampment, the luxurious tents stand in contrast to the stark, yet harshly beautiful landscape.

There are two distinct seasons in this extraordinary environment and each has their highlights. During the green season, summer rains cause new grasses to spring forth from the parched earth, which in turn attracts a huge migration of zebra and wildebeest that arrive on masse to give birth to their young. This in turn becomes a time of plenty for the predators that follow, and cheetah, lions, leopard and African wild dog follow the herds in search of prey. The pans themselves spring to life with the waters as well - algal blooms feed tiny shrimp and their burgeoning presence attracts thousands of flamingos: thus the rains create a palette of colour and life, greens and pinks washing over this harshest of lands.

During the dry season, you are able to explore the pans in all their glory. This ‘nothingness’ is the attraction - a space so vast that you can ride an ATV at any speed in any direction, and still arrive nowhere!

Explore the wonders of this region with your expert guide, who will seek out and reveal the creatures that live here, animals adapted to life in such an arid place. You will learn about the fascinating history and geology of the area, which gives you an inkling of the magnitude of geological time.

You may join a group of San Bushmen from the Western Kalahari as they walk through this wilderness and demonstrate to you how their ancestors have lived here for thousands of years. They show you how a dry twig sticking up from the ground reveals a moisture-rich tuber below the surface, the art of tracking animals, medicinal plants and the secrets of their survival in this immense landscape.

A visit to the meerkat colony is truly special: watch as these highly social mammals scurry about on their daily business, completely ignoring visitors unless they want to use them as a vantage point to survey the area for predators!

Riding out over the vast salt pans on a quad bike- you find yourself revelling in the sense of absolute freedom, and then spend a night sleeping under the stars that loom so close in the clear air you almost feel that you could reach out and touch them.

Days 4-6

Selinda magic

After a final morning activity, you depart Jack’s Camp for your flight to the Selinda Reserve.
On landing, your guide takes you on a short game drive through the mopane woodlands to Zarafa Camp on the edge of Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savute Channel. Designed to leave as light a footprint as possible without compromising on luxury or comfort, Zarafa harkens back to the glory days of safari while including modern touches. With only four elegantly appointed and enormous tented suites, attentive service and care are guaranteed. After a warm welcome from the staff, you have time to settle into your suite and admire the view from your private veranda, and possibly even spot an elephant or two wandering by.

The vast Selinda Reserve has a variety of habitats from tall riverine forests to grasslands, floodplains and woodlands that support a tremendous diversity of game. In the dry season, this area has the greatest concentration of elephants in the world as they rely on the waters of the Linyanti River for survival. Nothing can quite compare to sitting quietly in an open safari vehicle while watching a herd of these enormous beasts coming to the water to drink. The first thing you will notice is how silently they move through the forest, like grey ghosts on padded feet; the next, how much they love water. The old females, guardians of the herd, stand quietly, almost meditatively, sucking up trunkfuls of water and squirting it into their mouths with relish. The youngsters, on the other hand, can’t contain their enthusiasm and rush into the water, splashing and frolicking, dunking and spraying each other.

Day 7

Homeward bound

After a final morning game drive, you return to the lodge for a delicious meal and to finish off your packing. You bid Zarafa a fond farewell, and then take off from the airstrip back to Maun. As the Savute Channel glistens in the sunlight below you, you reminisce on your adventures out here in Botswana’s extraordinary wilderness. Images of sunset over the Makgadikgadi Pans and elephants crossing the Selinda Spillway crowd your mind, and you know that one day you will return. 

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
  • Inter-camp transfers

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 15 Jun 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $12325
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014 $8080
  • 20 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $8305

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.

Tracy Payne

Tracy Payne

Africa Safari Expert

"These camps fit together perfectly and both offer the highest levels of comfort and service with very contrasting wildlife and cultural interactions - from the Kalahari Bushmen and meetcats of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the sparkling waterways, mopane woodlands and dense game concentrations of the Selinda Reserve."

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