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13 Day Spirit Of Botswana - Limited To 10 Guests (Sold Out)
Sept.  2, 2013 to Sept. 14, 2013
$15,220.40 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. With a full 38 percent of its total land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas – for the most part unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free – travel 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.

 

Center Of Attention

Day 1

Your safari begins upon clearing immigration and customs after arrival in Maun, Botswana. You will be met by a representative from Wilderness Safaris. From Maun we fly to Linyanti Duma Tau Camp 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 we will be met by our guides, driven to Duma Tau 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)

DumaTau Camp is a ten-roomed luxury tented camp located in the private 125 000-hectare Linyanti Wildlife Reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana.  It is situated close to the source of the Savute Channel on one of the many lagoons within the Linyanti Swamp system, which makes game drives along the Savute one of the highlights of a stay here.

The region has all the habitat diversity to make it a haven for wildlife, and is well-known for its elephant concentrations as they congregate along the waterways and lagoons during the dry winter months. General wildlife viewing is excellent year round including impala, wildebeest, red lechwe, Burchell's zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, baboon, vervet monkey, and warthog. Predator sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena are good.

DumaTau Camp lies under a shady grove of Mangosteen trees, raised off the ground to overlook a large hippo-filled lagoon. The tents are spacious, under thatch with canvas walls, en-suite bathroom facilities and an outside shower. Guests can enjoy the night sounds of Africa from the comfort of their rooms, and shower under the stars! There is a dining room, pub, lounge, swimming pool and a special guest bathroom with a fantastic view.

The Linyanti area is renowned for its predators and large concentrations of game, particularly elephant. Dereck and Beverly Joubert made the region famous in their National Geographic films. "Eternal enemies" is a classic, and chronicles in detail the interaction between lion and hyena. National Geographic estimates "Eternal enemies" has been seen by over a billion viewers.  

 

On To The Okavango Delta
The 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, a mosaic of grasslands, floodplains, palm filled islands, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels, all combined into a perfectly constructed puzzle, in which animals wander as they please. The Kavango River, born in the uplands of Angola to the Northwest, flows into and fans out across the Kalahari Desert to form this immense inland delta. 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.

 

Having A Moment

Day 5
This morning we will take a morning bush drive prior to our departure. At a time, to be advised locally, we will fly by charter aircraft from Duma Tau Camp to Okavango Xigera (approximately 1 hour).

Upon arrival we will be met by our guides, driven to Xigera Camp where we will be welcomed by the camp staff , shown to our rooms to settle in, and enjoy a hearty lunch prior to our first mokoro or boat ride. This is the only camp we may not have private vehicles as most of our time will be spent in mokoros and small powered boats and enjoying lunches out in the wilderness overlooking the waterways.

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

African Camp

Day 5 to 8 (4 nights)

Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) is one of the Delta's (and Botswana's) best kept secrets. Built in one of the most beautiful corners of the Okavango, Xigera Camp is situated on "Paradise Island". This camp has something for everyone, in an area where there are no other Moremi camps. Great scenery and activities in a totally private setting make Xigera a wonderful area. Xigera is recommended to all visitors, as the "true" Okavango Delta experience must include a water-based camp and rides through the Delta's waterways by mokoro and/or boat. Xigera camp was rated as one of the top destinations of the 'Ultimate Safari' in the March 1999 issue of Conde Nast Traveler.

Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera consists of 10 luxuriously furnished tented rooms with en-suite facilities including both indoor and outdoor showers. Each room is raised off the ground on a wooden deck offering superb views of the seasonal floodplain and waterhole. Meals and drinks are enjoyed under the thatch of the raised lounge, pub and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel. A traditional boma offers alternative dining under the African stars. Wooden walkways wind through the forest interconnecting all the rooms with the main area. There is a plunge pool for cooling off and relaxation.

The wooden footbridge, a unique feature to Xigera, connects Xigera Island to the next island and is often used by lion and leopard moving between the islands occasionally allowing guests great viewing opportunities. Elephants frequently come right into camp. Visualize silently gliding in your mokoro between the reeds or papyrus or pampas grasses, so close you could reach out and touch them on both sides. Look down into crystal clear water. Your guide might pole you through a flotilla of water lilies with the African Skimmer walking across the top from lily to lily. Oops, you just slide around a blind corner of the grasses and there is an elephant or hippo 50 feet ahead blocking your path. Zebra, buffalo and the occasional lion can often been seen on the islands. Birding in the area is excellent, with Pel's Fishing Owl, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, African Skimmers and a host of eagles, vultures, raptors and kingfishers to be found. The area has the highest density of the rare Sitatunga antelope found anywhere in the Okavango Delta.

 
Giraffe Nursery

Day 9
This morning we will take a morning bush drive prior to our departure. At a time to be advised locally, we will fly by charter aircraft from Okavango Xigera to Tubu Tree Camp (approximately 10 minutes).

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

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

African Camp

Day 9 to 12 (4 nights)

Tubu Tree Camp is located on Hunda Island, the largest area of permanently dry land in this region of the Okavango Delta, Tubu Tree Camp is surrounded by the palatable grasses which lure many species of plains game. A range of diverse habitats, ranging from dry Kalahari sandveld to mopane and riverine forest on the edge of permanent waterways, also ensures diverse and spectacular game viewing.

According to recent updates, Tubu Tree Camp has 9 resident leopards in the area. This number of leopards considerably enhances the chances of good leopard viewing and possibly 'a kill'.  A kill can be  violent and graphic.  The raw wildness of Tubu can generate a very primeval atmosphere.... Just breathtakingly exciting it is!

Other wildlife seen around Tubu Tree Camp includes elephant, lion, Burchell's zebra, red lechwe, southern giraffe, tsessebe, and blue wildebeest on the floodplains. Kudu, impala and bushbuck are also seen in the forested areas. The variety of bird life is impressive, with dry-land species seen on the large islands and all the wetland birds seen on the floodplains and waterways.

Tubu Tree Camp is built in traditional style, with five tents on raised wooden platforms - each with picturesque vistas of the floodplains from a private front deck. En-suite bathroom facilities and an outdoor shower are standard. The main dining, lounge areas and pool are also on raised platforms and have panoramic views of the plains game. Tubu Tree Camp also has an outdoor pub area which lies under the canopy of a large Marula tree.

 

Day 13
This morning we will take a morning bush drive prior to our departure from Okavango Tubu Tree to Maun International (approximately 1 hour) and make our connecting flights to our individual destinations.

 
Botswana Map
 
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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