The 12 night Best of Botswana takes the safari goer on a contrasting journey through the best wilderness areas of northern Botswana. It starts with a safari to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, known for its vast salt pans, endless blue skies and semi-desert adapted wildlife such as the meerkats (of Lion King fame), as well as zebra, lion, cheetah, brown hyena to mention a few. From here the safari takes to the lush green islands and crystal clear waterways of the Okavango Delta - the world’s largest inland delta and wildlife haven second to none. The wildlife fest continues in the Savuti, an area north east of the delta famous for it lion and hyena interaction and the Savuti Channel, that depending on the shifting sands of the region can be a strong flowing waterway or a bone dry river bed for years at a time. The magic continues with a visit to Botswana’s northern boundry, the Chobe River, also a magnet for herds of elephant and buffalo that rely on this permanent source of water.

Lioness watching her prey - near Chobe Game Lodge, northern Botswana

Although the itinerary focuses mainly on the best that Botswana has to offer, the itinerary does touch on two other countries. Namely Namibia & Zimbabwe, this for the for the simple reason that the Chobe River Houseboat operates from the Namibia bank of the Chobe River. Then safari ends at Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), from where you fly back to Johannesburg. Naturally we can easily extend the safari by a night or two at the spectacular Victoria Falls

Day 01 - Johannesburg to Le Roo la Tau

This morning you board your flight in Johannesburg for Maun, Botswana. Here you will be met and transferred by light aircraft to near the Makgadikgadi Pans. On landing at the airstrip you will be met and transferred to the Leroo La Tau where you spend the first 02 nights of your Best of Botswana safari on a fully inclusive basis.

Le Roo la Tau, northern Botswana
Le Roo La Tau overlooks the Boteti River, Botswana

Day 02 - 03 - On Safari at Leroo La Tau

Days spent at Leroo La Tau on guided activities, including guided game drives in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park focusing on the exceptional wildlife sightings along the Boteti River. The national park is a mix of grassland, scrubland and thousands of square kilometers of salt pan. The habitat is hostile in its extremes but it features an abundance of interesting wildlife, vast space and is an integral part of a true Botswana safari.

Day 04 - Leroo La Tau to Camp Okavango

This morning after an activity and breakfast you will be transferred by light aircraft into the Okavango Delta. You will land at Camp Okavango arriving in time for lunch and the afternoon safari activity. Here you spend 02 nights on a fully inclusive basis.

Mokoro (dug out canoes) glide silently over the clear Okavango waters

Day 05 - 06 -  On Safari at Camp Okavango

Enjoy the safari activities on offer at Camp Okavango, which include boating, mokoro excursions, guided walks and game drives. Safaris are conducted in the early morning and late afternoons, and with the selection of activities on offer, your safari guide will suggest what will be best to do when. The Okavango Delta is a game rich paradise and a rare true wilderness that never fails to amaze visitors.

Some of the best sunsets can be seen in Botswana's Okavango Delta
Luxury Safari Tent, Camp Okavango, Botswana

The Okavango Delta swells each year in what is know as the flood. The flood waters have their origin in the Angolan Highlands that only make it to the Okavango around June each year and lasts until about October. This co-incides with the region’s dry winter months and the result are an abundance of wildlife that occur in and around the delta.

Camp Okavango, Botswana
A walking safari at Camp Okavango

Day 07 - Camp Okavango to Savute Safari Lodge

After your morning safari and breakfast at Camp Okavango, you will board a light aircraft for your transfer to the Savuti area. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Savute Safari Lodge in time for lunch and the afternoon game drive. Here you will spend 03 nights on a fully inclusive basis.

The Savuti Channel runs in from of the Savute Safari Lodge
Savute Safari Lodge, Botswana

Day 07 & 08 - On Safari at Savute Safari Lodge

Time spent at Savute Safari Lodge enjoying the morning and afternoon game drive safaris. Game drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon. The Savuti area is renowned for some excellent elephant sightings as well as lion and other predators.

Savuti is best known for it's lion, leopard & hyena sightings
On safari, Savute Safari Lodge, Botswana

The Savuti has it own unique pulse of life, that is governed by a force of nature that we have no way of predicting. The famous Savuti Channel can be a deep clear flowing channel of water supporting a host of birdlife, hippo and crocodile for years at a time. Then without warning, dry up to a dry river bed that can remain as such for years again. The constant however to this beautiful wilderness is its rich wildlife, large zebra migration and the rocky hills (koppies) known as the Gubatsa Hills that have gazed over this piece of Africa for millions of years.

Day 09 - Savuti Safari Lodge to Kasane for the Chobe River

After the morning safari and breakfast, you will be transferred by light aircraft to the Kasane from where you will be transferred by road to the boat launch where you clear customs into Namibia and then cruise across to board he Pangolin Voyager Houseboat. Here you will spend the last 03 nights of your Best of Botswana safari on a fully inclusive basis.

Pangolin Houseboat, Chobe River
Some of the best elephant sightings are seen from boat based safaris

Day 11 & 12 - On Safari aboard the Pangolin Voyager Houseboat

Moving regularly between our moorings on the Chobe River, evoking a sense of exploration, the Pangolin Voyager exposes its passengers to the rich and diverse wildlife of the area. The Chobe is world famous for its vast elephant herds, which can be experienced up close in complete safety as they congregate at the river, or swim across to the Caprivi floodplains. It is not unusual to awaken to a herd of buffalo, in their hundreds, grazing peacefully next to the boat.

Room Interior, Pangolin Houseboat, Chobe River
On Safari, Chobe River

Day 13 -  Pangolin Voyager to Johannesburg (via Victoria Falls)

This morning you will be transferred across the border to the Victoria Falls Airport where you board your flight back to Johannesburg, so ending your 12 night Best of Botswana safari.

Safari Cost

January & March 2019
USD 5960.00 per person sharing x 02 adults

April, May & June 2019
USD 7255.00 per person sharing x 02 adults

July, August, September & October 2019
USD 8860.00 per person sharing x 02 adults

November 2019
USD 7430.00 per person sharing x 02 adults

December 2019
USD 5860.00 per person sharing x 02 adults

Camp Closures for annual maintenance:
04 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019 Savute Safari Lodge
15 Jan – 28 Feb 2019 Leroo La Tau
01 Feb – 01 Mar 2019 Camp Okavango, Camp Moremi

Safari Price Includes:
12 nights accommodation on a fully inclusive basis
Twice daily guided safari activities at the camps, lodges & houseboats specified, which could include boating, game drives, game walks & mokoro excursions
Park & concession fees where necessary

All light aircraft transfers as per itinerary
All road & airport transfers as per itinerary
The services of professional guides & camp staff
All meals, refreshments local spirits & wine (Excluding premium brands)
All Scheduled charter flights as per itinerary

Flights:
JNB - Maun one way excl taxes (Air Botswana IT fares - Economy Class)
Victoria Falls - JNB one way excl taxes (BA IT fares - Economy Class)

Safari Prices Excludes
Premium branded drinks
Personal items & gratuities
Visas if required
Airport taxes
Laundry Service on Pangolin Voyager Houseboat