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Botswana - Birds and Mammals

Botswana’s biggest natural asset is the Okavango Delta, the largest delta in the world, covering some 15,000 square kilometres.  The delta is formed where the Okavango River, originating from Angola, reaches the Kalahari floodplain and fans out into a network of numerous channels, lakes and waterways.  Each year, approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water enters the delta and forms a most beautiful oasis of lush wilderness. 

Not surprisingly, birding is fantastic in the delta, and in fact, of over 500 regularly occurring species in Botswana, the majority are found here.   These include 18 members of the heron family, 19 species of ducks, 14 different species of rails, nine species of kingfishers, ten species of owls as well as over 60 species of raptor.  The African Pygmy Goose, African Skimmer, African Wood Owl, Pel's Fishing Owl, Narina Trogon, African Jacana and Southern Carmine Bee-eater are just a few to enthral you.  Botswana’s only endemic species, the Slaty Egret, and threatened Wattled Crane have their global stronghold here as well.   The delta is also internationally important for migratory birds and earned its status as the largest Ramsar site in the world.

Not only is Okavango an ornithological mecca, but this unspoiled wilderness also offers one of the finest safaris in Africa. The shrubs and floodplains are home to eye-catching antelopes such as Lechwe, Topi and Sable, not to mention more common mammals such as African Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Brown and Spotted Hyenas, Greater Kudu, Black and White Rhinoceroses, Burchell’s Zebra and Warthog.  Predators such as Leopard, Lion and Cheetah abound here, the endangered African Wild Dog lives within some of the largest packs in Africa, and Hippos and Crocodiles are found in unusually big numbers.  Altogether, over 160 species of mammals inhabit the delta, together with 157 reptiles, 84 species of fish and 5,000 different insects. Needless to say, photographic opportunities here are second to none. 

This tour will take you to the heart of the Okavango Delta and time will be spent in two safari camps, to give you the best opportunity to explore the delta from both water and land.  We will visit Botswana in November, at the end of the dry season and the beginning of spring, when the Okavango starts to swell for the second time in the year.  We will travel in an open safari vehicle, but a mokoro (a traditional hand-crafted dugout canoe, propelled by long poles) will also be used.  Comfortable walk-in tented accommodation, with twin beds, bedside lamp and en-suite bathroom will be erected especially for us, and a cook and safari camp assistants will be at our disposal.  This is not a typical camping experience, but a truly unique Hemingway style safari, which will bring you closer to the real spirit of one of the most unspoiled and wild places in Africa.  

Detailed Itinerary Booking Info



Tour Details

Date
17-27 November 2018

Price
£3250

Single Supplement
£340

Group Size
5-8


Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Livingstone, Zambia

Day 2
Transfer to Savuti, Botswana

Days 3-4
Chobe National Park

Day 5
Transfer to Khwai Community Concession

Days 6-7
Khwai region

Day 8

Transfer to Moremi Game Reserve at Xakanaxa

Days 9-10
Moremi Game Reserve

Day 11
Departure from Maun

Extension to Cape Town after the tour is on offer.  Details are on the next page.


The Price Includes

Spacious and comfortable en-suite tented accommodation 

Service of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants

Exclusive camping in a private campsites and transfers in customised safari vehicles

all excursions including those by boat and mokoro

All entrance to nature reserves and camping fees

All meals and drinks including mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T


The Price Does Not Include

All items of a personal nature

Flight cancellation, baggage and medical insurance

Scheduled flight from Britain to Livingston and from Maun to Britain. A group booking, however, is made, but you will deal with a travel agent directly.  Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements 

Optional tour extensions


Please Note

All passengers must cover themselves against flight cancellation, luggage loss and medical costs for the duration of their trip

A deposit of £500 is requested with a booking form.  The final payment is required by 15 August

Walks are easy over flat terrain