Picture a sweeping 13-day privately guided safari that gives you the chance to see lions hunting during the day in the Okavango Delta, stay at Kenya’s first Relais & Chateaux property and immerse yourself in the Masai Mara’s largest known leopard population. It adds up to an African vacation where adventure and luxury are perfectly balanced.

Starting in Botswana’s northern Delta, you then wing your way by light aircraft to the Selinda Reserve which is anchored by the Selinda Spillway, an ephemeral river that joins the Okavango with the Linyanti Channel. From Selinda, your pilot will fly you to Kenya Chyulu Hills, which make up a swathe of game-rich land between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks.

Your time one the world’s most fascinating continent draws to an end in the Masai Mara as you return to Kenya’ second Relais & Chateaux property after a day of satisfying game viewing. You will be flown from lodge to lodge in a Pilatus PC-12 and accompanied by private guide Chris Renshaw, who won the 2015 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year award. Only six places are available, making this the ideal way to indulge family or friends in a never-to-be-forgotten vacation.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Fly between camps in a Pilatus PC-12 light aircraft 
  • Private, award-winning guide throughout
  • Stay at Relais & Chateaux properties
  • Excellent predator sightings
  • Best of Botswana & Kenya
  • Only 6 places available – ideal for exclusive-use

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

From Johannesburg to the Okavango Delta

You and your fellow travellers will meet at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, for your flight on a next-generation Pilatus PC-12 aircraft that will be your exclusive mode of transport for your sojourn to Botswana and Kenya.

Your hallowed destination is Duba Plains Camp in the north of Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s incredible Okavango Delta. A traditional tented camp consisting of just six tents and built on an island, Duba Plains is ideal for serious safari goers who relish the possibility of seeing lions hunting red lechwe or situtanga during the day. Lions here are up to 15 percent larger than their cousins elsewhere, possibly because they’ve adapted to hunt in the Delta’s surging waters.

Settle into the rhythms of Africa with mekoro rides and walking safaris to experience the Okavango’s sights, sounds and smells up close. Duba Plains is also one of the area’s most eco-friendly camps and there are successful initiatives around reusing grey water, composting waste, solar-powered geysers for hot water and the use of bio-fuel wherever feasible.

Days 4-6

From the Delta to Selinda

The raised tents and wooden walkways of Duba Plains to the award-winning luxury of Zarafa Camp… After breakfast on Day 4, you and your family or friends will board the Pilatus PC-12 at mid-morning to wing your way to the 138 000-hectare Selinda Reserve.

Botswana’s only Relais & Chateaux property, Zarafa lies on the Zibalianja Lagoon, a magnificent setting that has beautiful views of the expansive floodplains. Use the Canon camera, Swarovski binoculars or Nikon telescope supplied to your lavish tent to watch and capture the elephants, antelope and, of your luck is in, the wild dogs make their way across the lagoon.

There are only four tents at Zarafa and all are equally enticing: lie back in the copper claw-foot tub after a long day of exciting game drives or pass the heat of the afternoon in your private plunge pool. Those wanting to stay in shape in the midst of scrumptious bush breakfasts, afternoon teas and sundowners can use their personal yoga mats or the ‘jungle gym’.

At sunset, toast another day in Africa aboard the pontoon as it drifts along the lagoon – be sure to have your camera ready to capture black egrets, hippos and elephant families crossing the water.

Days 7-9

From Selinda to Chyulu Hills

On Day 7, bid goodbye to the friendly team at Zarafa and board the plane for a flight over Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Tanzania to Kenya’s famous Chyulu Hills. This is a wilderness that consists of 275 000 pristine acres that falls between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks.

Ol Donyo Lodge has one of the most romantic ‘sleeping experiences’ anywhere on the continent: outdoor ‘star beds’ that allow you to drift off under the Milky Way and wake to the chorus of birds that heralds dawn in Africa, nothing between you and nature but protective mosquito netting. With views of glacier-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance and an open-air hide that allows you to get the close-up game shot you have always wanted, Ol Donyo is packed with plenty to see and do. Between 4x4 game drives, don your hiking boots for a gentle nature walk with an armed and trained guide, go mountain biking in the surrounding hills or saddle up for a horse ride into the savannah.

Days 10-12

From Chyulu to the Masai Mara

A short flight will whizz you from the Chyulu Hills to Kenya’s flagship reserve and arguably one of the most famous safari destinations in the world: the wondrous Masai Mara. Scenes of the seasonal Wildebeest Migration, this timeless land is a bucket-list wish for many a traveller.

Away from the throng of game drive vehicles is the private conservancy of Olare Motorogi on the northern border of the park. Your home will be Mara Plains Camp, an intimate set up that has a photographers’ station for downloading images at the end of the day (your award-winning photographer-guide will be able to give you useful tips), night drives in search of nocturnal animals and balloon safaris at daybreak to watch the Masai Mara come alive as the sun rises.

Around mid-year, you may be able to experience a part of the thrill of the Wildebeest Migration, when mega herds of gnu, gazelle and zebra cross rivers, outrun crocodiles and ward off predators in an age-old quest for fresh grazing. Dependent entirely on unpredictable rainfall, the Migration is an experience not to be missed.

Day 13

From the Mara to Nairobi

After a dozen days drinking in the dust, sunshine and excitement of Botswana and Kenya’s greatest wildlife areas, it is time to board the Pilatus PC-12 for one last time for your flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. This journey will surely rank as a holiday never to be forgotten, having as it does the unbeatable combination of private transport, superior accommodation, excellent guiding, superb cuisine and incredible wildlife.


  • 3 Nights at Duba Plains Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • Morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives, guided bush walks and boating activities
  • Entrance fees, conservation and park fees pertaining to the itinerary
  • Guiding services of a professional private guide during entire safari in Botswana and Kenya
  • Services of a private pilot throughout your itinerary
  • 3 Nights at Zarafa Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 3 Nights at Mara Plains Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • Laundry services
  • All local lodge road airstrip transfers
  • Services of local resident camp guides
  • All flights from South Africa to Botswana and Kenya
  • 3 Nights at Ol Donyo Lodge on fully inclusive basis


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

Additional Tour Notes

Please note that this rate is based on a party of 4 people travelling together.

Ramona Cilliers

Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

"Pure indulgence, this trip is perfect for avid photographers. Visit only the best reserves and experience diverse & incredible scenery plus spectacular wildlife. Absolutely worthwhile as a bucket list inclusion - no matter what the season!"

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