Spend nine days in some of Botswana’s premier destinations on this authentic safari. Start your journey at an eco-friendly and no-frills tented camp, nestled in the acacia scrublands and mopane woodlands of a prestigious private conservancy. Unfenced and wild, the Kwatale Conservancy provides free-roaming wildlife with 365 000 hectares or 902 000 acres to explore. Kwatale borders one of Africa's most beautiful conservation areas, the Moremi Game Reserve, and is home to masses of elephant, buffalo, leopard, resident lions and an abundance of birds. Go on twice-daily game drives, enjoy sundowner drinks at various waterholes, or revel in Tuskers Bush Camp’s sought-after walking safaris (only possible between May and September) through the acacia woodlands of the astounding Kalahari. The camp itself is also an ideal place from which to spot roaming game drinking at Tuskers’ own waterhole.
You then move to another authentic, down-to-earth tented camp set on a remote island in the sensational Okavango Delta – only accessible by boat from Moremi. The eco-friendly Xobega Island Camp is nestled among tall trees, lush green vegetation and hanging vines, creating a mysterious and Eden-like atmosphere. The island is home to an abundance of bird species (including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl, which is a big tick for birders) and the surrounding waters are ruled by hippos. Lion calls can be heard across the water and elephants are ever-present. Go on daily boat cruises (your primary game-viewing activity at Xobega) to spot animals like crocodiles, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and red lechwe. The birdlife takes centre stage at Xobega – avid twitchers will marvel at superb sightings of migrant species (between October and March), raptors and various grassland birds.
Finally, journey to a luxurious and remote eco-camp situated on the banks of the renowned Savuti Channel in the elephant kingdom of Chobe National Park. Thanks to the unfenced Camp Savuti’s prime location in the wildlife hotspot that is the Savuti Marsh, you will enjoy regular sightings of an abundance of animals. Jaw-dropping amounts of elephant crowd the waterways between October and March, and big cats like cheetah, leopard and especially lions are always present. The Savuti is one of the best places in Africa to see rare and endangered wild dog, while its blockbuster is the arrival of migrating zebra between January and February.