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12 Day Best Of Botswana - Limited To 12 Guests (Sold Out)
Aug. 21, 2013 to Sept.   1, 2013
$19,120.40 per person
Single Supplement - US $2,550.00
 

Botswana is a rarity in our overpopulated, over-developed world. Untamed and untamable, it is one of the last great refuges for Nature’s magnificent pageantry of life.

Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. Thirty eight  percent of Botswana's  total land area is devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas; for the most part unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free.  Traveling through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense nature wonderland.

Botswana is the last stronghold for a number of endangered bird and mammal species, including Wild Dog, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Cape Vulture, Wattled Crane, Kori Bustard, and Pel’s Fishing Owl. This makes your safari experience even more memorable, and at times you will feel simply surrounded by wild animals.

 
Revealed

Day 1
Your safari begins on arrival in Maun by a representative from Wilderness Safaris upon clearing immigration and customs. From Maun we fly to Linyanti Selinda Airstrip on a charter Cessna Caravan. (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes). All of our game drives in Botswana are in open vehicles and we are allowing each guest an entire row to maximize their personal photographic opportunity. While Harriet's style would be to spend all day out in the bush, schedules are flexible to allow our guests the option of a leisurely midday in camp.

Upon arrival at the Selinda Airstrip we will be met by our guides, driven to Selinda Camp where we will be welcomed by the camp staff , shown to our rooms to settle in, and enjoy a hearty lunch while awaiting our first afternoon game drive.

This lodge includes all meals, drinks excluding premium brands, laundry and camp activities.

African Camp

Day 1 to 4 (4 nights)

The Selinda Camp comprises 8 large luxury tents erected under cool thatch canopies, with all units having exceptional views across palm-studded floodplains. The twin or double tents are spacious and beautifully appointed with furniture and features that have been collected from around Africa. Overhead fans are standard. Each tent has en-suite facilities, including a romantic stone bath that is a highlight of the bathrooms. The bathroom is uniquely "open air" with lots of natural light, yet is screened and virtually bug-proof.

The large main area consists of a series of expansive decks that invite soaking up the spectacular views and wildlife that are a visual constant of the camp, creating amazing photo opportunities right in camp. The design of the main area is such that there is never a barrier to these views: whether guests are relaxing in the lounge, having brunch under the cool shade of the uniquely designed thatched roof, or sampling the fine cuisine of a three-course dinner on the open "star deck". Set apart from the main area is the photo/art gallery built above a temperature-controlled wine cellar and curio shop. Guests can also enjoy a small plunge pool and the traditional campfire.

Selinda Camp is located in the 300,000 acre Selinda Reserve, one of Botswana's prime, most beautiful, private, wildlife viewing locations. Imagine, with 300,000 acres and only a handful of guests, Selinda must be one of the most sparsely populated pieces of wildlife habitat anywhere in Africa. The Selinda Reserve is the only reserve that straddles both the Okavango Delta in the west and the Linyanti waterways and savannahs in the east. The Selinda Spillway receives floodwaters from the Delta and Kwando River during July to September, then the waters flow into the Linyanti and Chobe Rivers.

Selinda provides excellent opportunity for sighting of lion, leopard, wild dog and elephant in addition to all the plains animals. Short walks from camp are encouraged. Accompanied by an armed professional guide (all walking guides are in possession of a Botswana "Full Professional Guide" license), these walks give guests the chance to "touch the Earth".

 
Lost In Thought

Day 5
This morning, at a time to be advised locally, you will be transferred by charter aircraft from Linyanti Selinda to Okavango Vumbura (approximately 30 minutes).

Upon arrival at The Vumbura Airstrip we will be met by our guides, driven toVumbura Camp where we will be welcomed by the camp staff , shown to our rooms to settle in, and enjoy a hearty lunch while awaiting our afternoon game drive.

This lodge includes all meals, drinks excluding premium brands, laundry and camp activities.

African Camp

Day 5 to 8 (4 nights)

Vumbura Plains Camp is a luxury camp situated in a the Vumbura Game Reserve bordering Duba Plains to the east and the Moremi Game Reserve to the south, putting Vumbura in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. This area is home to almost every habitat and species that can be found in the Delta. Botswana's Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa. It is the largest inland delta system in the world, an area of about 6000 square miles filled with water channels, lagoons, swamps and islands. What makes this area most remarkable is that it is a wetland paradise located deep within the arid Kalahari Desert. The Okavango is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis. The water of the Okavango literally floats on a saturated sea of sand. Water levels change during the year depending on season and annual flood waters from Angola.  While exploring the spectacular ecology of this area, one can enjoy close-up viewing of lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah and buffalo along with all the plains game.

 
Open Wide

Day 9
This morning we will take a morning bush drive prior to our departure, at a time to be advised locally, by charter aircraft from Okavango Vumbura to Duba Plains (approximately 30 minutes).

Upon arrival at Duba Plains Airstrip we will be met by our guides, driven to Duba Plains where we will be welcomed by the camp staff , shown to our rooms to settle in, and enjoy a hearty lunch while awaiting our afternoon game drive.

This lodge includes all meals, drinks excluding premium brands, laundry and camp activities.

African Camp

Day 9 to 12 (4 nights)

Duba Plains
is built on an island on a private 70,000+ acre reserve in the furthermost reaches of the Delta north of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, making it one of the most private camps in the Delta. Duba is surrounded by expansive seasonally flooded plains (varying dependant on annual flood waters) and is shaded by tall Ebony, Fig, Mangosteen and Garcinia trees.

Duba Plains is all about the ultimate adrenalin rush. Location of the filming of the National Geographic Documentary Relentless Enemies, Duba is world famous for the lion - water buffalo interaction. Being there is like nothing you have ever experienced. Virtually every traveler to Africa  wants to see 'The Kill'.  A pride of female lions taking down a large buffalo can be horrifically violent and graphic. And, with a large buffalo, 'the kill' can go on for a quite a while, waiting for the male lion to finish the job. The raw wildness of Duba generates a very primeval atmosphere.... It is just breathtakingly exciting!

This pristine area is home to lion, lechwe, elephant and huge herds of buffalo, as well as a large variety of Okavango Delta bird life. Wattled cranes and slaty egrets are some of the Okavango specials to be found in the area. You might have a family of baboons use the roof of your tent for a trampoline. Hyena - lion interactions are also amazing as they both are often after the same meal. Thousands of buffalo take advantage of Duba's rich grasslands and they alone support the concentrations of Lions and Hyenas which prey upon them. These huge buffalo herds are hunted almost daily by up to four different prides of lions which live in and around Duba.

Our group has sole use of camp for 4 nights with accommodation limited to 6 comfortable tented rooms. Each of the tents are situated on raised platforms, comfortably furnished and has an en-suite bathroom, with hot and cold running water. Attached you will have your own private verandah overlooking the floodplain teaming with wildlife. The dining room and bar areas are raised on decks and there is a great pool also overlooking the plain. The camp focuses on the incredible wildlife in the area through game drives, which are conducted day and night in open 4 x 4 vehicles. Lift your feet off the floor of your vehicle as you watch the vehicle's hood go under water, fording across the river. This is paradise for the photographer. Access is by aircraft only.

 
Day 13
This morning we will take a morning bush drive prior to our departure from Duba Plains airstrip to Maun International (approximately 1 hour) and make our connecting flights to our individual destinations.
 
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INCLUDED...
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • 3 meals daily, snacks and treats
  • Soft drinks, house wine, local brand spirits, local beer, teas and coffees (as stated in details)
  • Air transfers from and back to Maun and between the camps as specified
  • Private guide and vehicle as stated in details
  • Laundry (as stated in details)
  • Park Fees
  • Extra weight allowance will be included for your camera gear.
 
EXCLUDED...
  • International flights
  • Airport Taxes (if applicable)
  • Visa's
  • Tips to staff and drivers
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Premium branded drinks, Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes
  • Any item not mentioned above
 
NOTES:
  • Luggage allowances here are strict at 44lb and bags must be soft sided duffels
  • The trip has been calculated based on 10 guests – should numbers change the costs will need to be recalculated accordingly.
 
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