The Living Desert Botswana Great Wing Safari

Botswana 10 days October 21 – 30, 2018

Johannesburg | Moremi Game Reserve | Chobe National Park | Okavango Delta

A Great Wing Safari through Botswana with a 4 day pre-tour extension to Cape Town and a 3 day post-tour extension to Victoria Falls

“Old Africa’s Last Refuge” – Botswana is a truly wild destination, and the Living Desert Botswana Great Wing Safari highlights three unique destinations on a rotating circuit via bush plane jumpers – including dry game drives, canoeing wet safaris, exciting walking safaris and more.

Land rate $6,400 per person, sharing a double/twin room.
Single supplement available at $3,075 additional.

Including: 1 night Johannesburg including breakfast.
6 nights at 3 camps and lodges, including daily breakfast, lunch and dinners, daily game activities.
Flights between camps, from Maun returning to Maun, entrance fees.
The flight from Johannesburg to Maun and return is NOT included in the Land rate.
Limited to 20 guests, accompanied by an escort from the Living Desert.

Estimated round trip economy airfare from LAX to Johannesburg: $1295 per person

Plus Johannesburg to Maun Botswana / Kasane / Johannesburg: $665 per person.

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To Book the land, a non-refundable deposit of $1,200 per person is required, balance due by August 15, 2018.
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Itinerary Highlights

  • Luxury accommodations at the iconic Desert & Delta Safari Camps –These fine properties in spectacular locations, offer an unrivaled safari experience. Together these lodges offer an outstandingly diverse safari experience throughout Botswana whilst providing the personalized service and attention to detail for which they are is known.
  • 1 Night at the CITY LODGE OR TAMBO AIRPORT in Johannesburg – Based at the airport, the “home away from home” accommodation is ideal for your transit through Johannesburg.
  • 2 Nights at CAMP OKAVANGO in the Okavango Delta – Sitting at the heart of the Delta, you may sit on the expansive open-air patio where evenings around the fire can be enjoyed, or you can relax on your private viewing deck in your en-suite African-style safari tent.
  • 2 Nights at CAMP MOREMI in the Moremi Wildlife Game Reserve – An elegant, elevated thatch and timber structure serves as the main building comprising a main sitting area, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar inviting a true sense of the African wilderness.
  • 2 Nights at CHOBE GAME LODGE in Chobe National Park – The only permanent game lodge located within the Park, it balances the wilderness with its restful, air conditioned, en-suite game lodge, creating an atmosphere of cool tranquility.
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners, including special boma feasts
  • Light aircraft transfers between game lodges, affording exciting opportunities for aerial game viewing.
  • ‘Meet and Greet’ service on arrival into Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Thrilling morning and afternoon activities including game drives, mokoro canoes, walking safaris and more!
  • Optional 3 day extension to Victoria Falls – one of the world’s greatest natural wonders and 4 day extension to Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City”.

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Living Desert Botswana Great Wing SafariBotswana is known as “Old Africa’s Last Refuge”… a never-never land where the beasts roam free as they have done for millennia. The landlocked nation is blessedly underdeveloped, thanks to the severe Kalahari desert that blankets half the country under wind-blown sands. With a small human population (including some of the last remaining Bushmen), Botswana is truly a ‘wild’ safari destination.

Unwind and refresh in Johannesburg before winging to the small frontier town of Maun. Excitement starts immediately as your bush pilot maneuvers the light aircraft over the vast Botswana wilderness at an altitude that allows for aerial game viewing.

Living Desert Botswana Great Wing Safari mapTwo nights will be spent at each of three distinctly different Botswana camps that are unique in design and personality (most are tented) and are located in specific ecological enclaves that offer a smorgasbord of activities. “Water” camps specialize in wildlife activities aboard boats and mekoros (canoes). The fauna focus is birdlife, hippo, crocodiles and other wetland species. Often on the menu are exciting walking safaris. The “land” camps are seriously into the pursuit of the big land mammals. Open 4×4 vehicles allow you to get so close to the wildlife that you can leave your zoom lenses behind!

Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned safari aficionado, Botswana’s spectacular wildlife legacy never fails to set the heart pumping and the cameras clicking.

If you have more time to explore, consider adding a Victoria Falls stopover or a visit to Cape Town.

 

The Living Desert Botswana Great Wing Safari Itinerary

Sunday, October 21 USA – Johannesburg, South Africa

Your exciting adventure begins today, as you board your international flight, bound for South Africa.  (Clients flying via European or Eastern gateways may have to depart the USA on Oct 20th.)

Monday, October 22 Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa

Arrive into Johannesburg airport today. You will be met by a Great Safaris representative and assisted with your walk to your convenient airport hotel.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  CITY LODGE HOTEL OR TAMBO AIRPORT

Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travelers with “home away from home” accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport.

OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it’s a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport’s facilities have everything you need. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop.

Rooms features include: Spacious air-conditioned room with queen or twin beds, flat screen television (MNet and DSTV), satellite channels offering exciting sport, breaking news and great movies, en-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower, tea and coffee making facilities, wireless internet access available in all rooms,  electronic safe large enough to accommodate a laptop, desk with great lighting and plugs for easy connectivity, telephone.

At City Lodge our breakfasts are legendary. Choose between a scrumptious Full English or Continental breakfast (buffet style) in the hotel’s spacious breakfast area. There is also a coffee shop offering guests a comprehensive menu with hot and cold food choices ranging from salads to wraps to tremazzinis and all the way to hearty soups. The hotel boasts a comfortable bar to enjoy the evening or wait for your next flight.

IMPORTANT BAGGAGE REGULATIONS FOR FLIGHTS TO / FROM BOTSWANA

The maximum baggage allowance on the light aircraft within Botswana is 44 pounds per person including carry-on bags. Travelers should take only one piece of luggage and it must be soft sided (i.e. a duffel). You may take a carry on with you, as well, but the combined weight of your checked bag and carry-on bag may not exceed 44 pounds. Passengers flying into and out of Maun may store excess baggage at Maun Airport. Any storage expense incurred is for your own account.

Tuesday, October 23 Johannesburg – Maun, Botswana – Moremi Reserve

Lift off on your wild journey today on your flight to Maun, Botswana. Upon arrival, pass through Customs where you will be met by your bush pilot and assisted aboard the light aircraft. Your first glimpse of Botswana’s bush is from a bird’s eye view; a delightful introduction to the flora and fauna that has earned Botswana the reputation of ‘African’s Last Wildlife Refuge’.  You will arrive in time for lunch, before you start your afternoon activities.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  CAMP MOREMI

An elegant, elevated thatch and timber structure serves as the main building comprising a main sitting area, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar inviting a true sense of the African wilderness. Other facilities include a secluded swimming pool with sundeck and thatched boma where brunch and high tea are served.

Accommodating just 22 guests in African-style safari tents, each individually sited on a raised teak platform with private adjacent facilities and viewing deck, the camp offers unsurpassed views of the lovely Xakanaxa Lagoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Wednesday, October 24 Moremi Game Reserve

You will enjoy a total of two nights at Camp Moremi. Game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, both in the morning and late afternoons, offer frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog. Alternatively, guests can explore the Xaxanaka Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat.

Moremi covers some 4,871 km2, as the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa as it combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons.  It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi so well known. The reserve contains within its boundaries approximately twenty percent of the Okavango Delta.

There are a wide range of habitats in Moremi from riparian woodland, floodplain, reed beds, and permanent wetland through mopane forest to dry savanna woodland. The mainland part forms only about thirty percent of the reserve and is, in many ways atypical, the remaining area being part of the Okavango Delta.

Birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers. There are many species of ducks and geese, as well as an amazing variety of heron. Elephants are numerous, particularly during the dry season, as well as a range of other wildlife species from buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, jackal and the full range of antelope, large and small, including the red lechwe. Wild dog, whose numbers are so rapidly dwindling elsewhere, are regularly sighted in the Moremi and have been subject to a project being run in the area since 1989.

ACCOMMODATIONS: CAMP MOREMI (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Thursday, October 25 Moremi Reserve – Okavango Delta

This morning, enjoy your morning game activity in Moremi, before going back to the lodge for breakfast. You will then fly via light aircraft to the amazing Okavango Delta and your next camp. Arrive in time for lunch, before you start your afternoon game activity.

ACCOMMODATIONS: CAMP OKAVANGO

Enchanting Camp Okavango sits at the heart of the Okavango Delta on Nxaragha Island. Its main lodge features a cocktail bar, sitting area and wildlife reference library, with the dining room leading onto an expansive open-air patio where evenings around the fire can be enjoyed.

Other facilities include a secluded bird-viewing hide and sundeck with plunge pool. Accommodating just 24 guests in custom African-style safari tents on raised teak platforms, Camp Okavango offers guests en-suite facilities and private viewing decks. For guests who demand the ultimate in exclusivity, Camp Okavango has the Okavango Suite, a thatched cottage offering complete privacy.

All game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced guides and include exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro or motorboat and tracking the larger game species on guided nature walks on the many surrounding islands. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Friday, October 26 Okavango Delta

At Camp Okavango there will be two scheduled activities per day – one commencing in the early morning and the second event starting just before sunset. The midday period is typically leisure time, when guests have the option to rest in their rooms, lounge poolside or enjoy the camp facilities.

Aside from the canoe and boat rides, make sure you take advantage of a walking safari, when you set out from camp into grassland savannah dotted with acacia trees. Stay alert and you soon become attuned to details such as the sounds of hidden animals. There is nothing quite like being able to touch, hear, smell and even taste nature all around. The scents of wild herbs are intoxicating: sage, basil and purple pod weed.

You might spot waterbuck, buffalo, elephants and hippos, and even get the adrenaline rush of sighting the occasional lion. But don’t be scared. As they say at the camp “If you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you”. Bird-spotting is superb: be sure to bring along binoculars.

ACCOMMODATIONS: CAMP OKAVANGO (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Saturday, October 27 Okavango Delta – Chobe

Upon arrival at your final safari lodge, you will be warmly greeted by the camp staff and escorted to your accommodation. Lunch is served shortly thereafter, and you will have some leisure time to enjoy the camp facilities or espy game from the comfort of your veranda. Later in the afternoon guests will congregate for refreshments as the guides prepare for the afternoon / evening game activity

Return to camp just after sundown, when the nocturnal species emerge and the big cats start the nighttime prowl. Enjoy a delicious dinner and the camaraderie of other travelers, as game rangers regale guests with stories and tales of the African bush.

ACCOMMODATIONS: CHOBE GAME LODGE

Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent game lodge located within the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Guests can explore the Chobe River and the abundant wildlife and bird species of Chobe National Park.  Counter balancing the wilderness is this restful, air conditioned, en-suite game lodge in Botswana. Throughout graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel-vaulted ceilings create an atmosphere of cool tranquility. All 47 guest rooms are tastefully furnished. Each room boasts hand crafted Rhodesian teak furniture and walls decorated with original African carvings and paintings.

Other facilities at this game lodge include: a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma (outdoor enclosure) area where traditional dancers perform, a fully equipped conference room, a business center for those guests needing to keep in touch, a stylish bar with an outside terrace overlooking the Chobe River and a cigar bar with a full sized billiard table. Meals are catered for at the terrace restaurant overlooking the Chobe River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sunday, October 28 Chobe National Park

Chobe Game Lodge game drives are conducted in open sided 4X4 vehicles ensuring maximum visibility.  Game viewing on the Chobe River is conducted by small, shallow draft and highly maneuverable boats piloted by expert boatmen. Your resident professional guides offer slide shows, star gazing presentations, garden and river walks as well as walking safaris in the nearby Kasane forests.

Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s premier wildlife sanctuaries, and home to some of the world’s most fascinating animals. Game viewing in Chobe National Park proves highly rewarding, with experienced and professional guides teaching you more about the wonders of the Park from comfortable and safe open 4X4 safari vehicles. Water activities from specialized safari motor boats and fishing excursions are also available for your Botswana safari.

Exciting game drives through Chobe National Park affords the opportunity to encounter Africa’s largest concentration of Elephant, as well as Hippo, Buffalo, Puku, Antelope, Lion and a host of other interesting creatures.

After a full day of thrilling game activities on your Botswana safari, unwind and enjoy a dip in the refreshing swimming pool, or indulge in some luxurious in room spa treatments. End your day with a delicious meal lovingly prepared by expert chefs, complemented by a fine vintage wine.

ACCOMMODATIONS: CHOBE GAME LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Monday, October 29 Chobe – Johannesburg – USA

Arise early for a final game activity in Chobe. Return to the camp for breakfast, and then transfer to Kasane Airport for the scheduled flight to Johannesburg

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will connect with your ongoing flight to home. (Breakfast)

Tuesday , October 30 Arrive USA

Arrive home today – with memories and photos to last a lifetime! Welcome Home!

IMPORTANT NOTES:

South Africa: An entry permit will be issued to you upon arrival into South Africa.
Botswana: An entry permit will be issued upon arrival into Botswana.
Optional Zimbabwe:  A visa is required and should be obtained upon arrival.

South Africa requires two blank visas pages in your passport. We recommend one blank visa page for each other country visited. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay.

There are no required inoculations on this itinerary. However, malaria tablets are highly recommended. You may obtain these pills by prescription, from your regular physician.

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Want to linger longer in Africa? These optional extensions are available:

Victoria Falls, 3 days, 2 nights Oct 29 – 31 from $995 per person
Victoria Falls Ilala Lodge, transport from Chobe Botswana, Sundowner Cruise, Tour of Falls

Cape Town, 4 days, 3 nights, Land only Oct 19 – 22 Land Rate $1,695 per person
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, transfers and sightseeing of the city

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