Immerse yourself in the wildlife & scenery of Botswana while staying in expedition-style tented camps!
Wildlife viewing in Botswana is always exceptional, but it’s at its peak during the dry season, when flood levels drop and animals gather around the remaining waterways. Our hand-tailored itinerary lets you take full advantage of the season’s abundance. You’ll stay at carefully selected camps in the Kalahari Plains and the Okavango Delta, offering a vast diversity of bird and animal life (including a number of rare species). Since no Botswana safari is complete without water activities, we’ve included camps that are surrounded by water, so you can get up close to elephants and crocodiles on serene mokoro rides through the channels. With MTS, you’ll experience Botswana at its most enchanting.
Game viewing by vehicle, walking, boat, and mokoro safaris
- See the absolute best of Botswana, including a visit to a just-opened private concession, in a way that only MTS’ 35 years of pioneering experience can show you
- Enjoy phenomenal wildlife viewing by way of rare walking safaris, classic game drives, and traditional mokoro rides
- The perfect Botswana alternative for those who want an authentic permanent tented safari experience
Duration: 3 days Start Location: Maun End Location: MaunDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive Maun & Fly to Kalahari Desert
Welcome to Botswana! Upon arrival at the airport in Maun you will be met by your Mountain Travel Sobek trip leader and escorted to your awaiting flight aircraft transfer to the Kalahari Desert. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Camp.
Kalahari Plains Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve overlooks an immense pan with endless horizons and beautiful skies. This eco-friendly camp is beautifully placed to take advantage of the famed, outstanding wildlife of this reserve. Settle into one of the ten en-suite canvas units with a unique rooftop sleep-out, built to take in the sweeping views. Our staff will host you in our dining and lounge area or will provide you with a refreshing drink on our viewing deck or while you’re taking a dip in our plunge pool. Home to the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as a large cheetah population, you can anticipate a magical stay in this enormous game-rich area.
Days 2 - 3 : Central Kalahari Game Reserve
These days you have game drives & safari activities in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. During the wet and the dry season, wildlife varies. Invariably you will come across a vast array of plains game followed by their predators – lion, leopard, cheetah and brown hyaena. Game drives and guided walks (on request) will unlock the wildlife treasures found here, while San (bushman) experiences provide insight into the unique culture of the local people. The private concession in the Reserve is characterized by open grassy plains, seasonal pans, wooded acacia islands, scrub-covered dunes and fossil riverbeds. Some 220 bird species have been recorded in the area. We have also actively engaged the local Basarwa (Bushman) people, integrating them into the potentially mutually beneficial ecotourism industry. The camp is 100% solar powered.
Days 4 - 6 : Santawani Concession
Depart overlant to Maun (approximately 6 hours) and board your light charter to the Santawani Concession in the southeast Okavango Delta. Upon arrival you will be transferred overland to your safari accommodaitons where you will call home for the next three days.
Your activities here will focus on day and night game drives as well as pristine nature walks. The alluvial sands in these areas are very fertile, resulting in good grass growth, which attracts a multitude of grazing animal species. Wildlife is plentiful and includes leopard, lion, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, elephant, and masses of general game.
Days 7 - 9 : Linyanti Concession
Fly to the Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park. Upon arrival at Chobe Airstrip you will be transferred overland to Linyanti Discoverer Camp, which is approximately a 3 hour drive with superb game viewing en route.
The landscape of Linyanti is diverse, from floodplains to open dry-land savannah and woodland with sweeping views. Wildlife includes the seldom-seen sitatunga that can be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare roan and sable antelope, plains game and of course their predators, the lion and leopard - with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus. Activities include game drives in the private northern sector of the concession, exploring a range of habitats, from riverbanks to scrub and forest as well as a full day excursion with lunch at a remote scenic setting.
Days 10 - 11 : Jao Concession
Fly to the Jao Concession where you will enjoy two days of water based safari activities. Pelo Camp is a tented, mobile camp in the heart of the Jao Concession in the Okavango Delta. Given its situation on a small island surrounded by permanent water, the area is perfect for mokoro activities in the open, shallow floodplains. The main area comprises a tented dining area and lounge situated under impressive wild date palms, jackalberry and Natal mahogany trees. Five spacious guest tents have en-suite bathrooms and a covered front veranda. A zipper door separates the sleeping area from the bathroom which has a flush toilet and bucket shower, as well as running water in the basin.
Pelo means ‘heart’ – a fitting name indeed, given the island’s heart shape and location deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta. While poling quietly around the channels, guests have the chance to see elephant, hippo, crocodile and lechwe, as well as the exciting and rare sitatunga. Birding is outstanding, with specials like lesser jacana, slaty egret and wattled crane readily spotted.
Day 12 : Fly to Maun & Depart
Fly to Maun where you will connect with your departing flight home.
DATES: Best time to go: June - October Departures: Aug 16 - 18, 2015 Oct 4 - 6, 2015
2015 Classic Botswana Safari Prices, per person
$ 7,695 (2-8 members)
Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double/twin accommodations.
Kalahari Plains CampCentral Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
Located in a remote part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, this camp offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Each Meru-style, en-suite tent is raised off the ground to catch the breeze and offers its own viewing deck for sleeping under the stars.
Gomoti Tented CampSantawani Concession
Gomoti Tented Camp lies in the centre of the private 6 000-hectare Santawani Concession, in the south-east corner of the Okavango. The camp is nestled under large Acacia trees in a diverse game rich area. Most of the concession area is covered by a mixed woodland habitat that gives way to open grasslands that can transform into floodplains in years of plentiful water.
Accommodation is in five 5.1 x 3 metre Savannah canvas tents, which are spacious and comfortable, designed to recreate the style of the early explorers, with richly-coloured teak director chairs and comfortable interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, wooden-framed wardrobes, comfortable twin beds and mirrors are provided. A private, en-suite toilet and shower forms part of the structure. Enjoy the view from your director chairs, under the shade of your veranda area during the mid-day. Paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the ambience in the evening, while fresh, sumptuous meals are prepared by your warm Explorations staff and served at a long table in the thatched dining area. An after-dinner digestif may be enjoyed around the fire or taken in the cosy lounge adjacent to the dining room.
Linyanti Discoverer CampLinyanti Concession
Set in the 125 000-hectare Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park, Linyanti Discoverer Camp is your base from which to explore this enormous wildlife-rich area. Unrivalled in its remoteness and space, the concession is bisected by an ancient watercourse – the now-flowing Savute Channel. Your innovative accommodation is in 6.3 metre x 3.5 metre (20.67 feet x 11.48 feet) walk-in wooden framed canvas sided tents. The tents are airy and designed to recreate the accommodation style of the early explorers, with richly coloured teak director chairs and minimalist interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, canvas and wood wardrobes, bathrobes, comfortable beds and mirrors are provided. Private, en-suite separate toilet and showers form part of the structure. Paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the ambience in the evening, while fresh, sumptuous meals are usually prepared around a fire by warm and friendly camp staff.
Pelo CampJao Concession
Pelo Camp is a tented, mobile camp in the heart of the Jao Concession in the Okavango Delta. Given its situation on a small island surrounded by permanent water, the area is perfect for mokoro activities in the open, shallow floodplains. The main area comprises a tented dining area and lounge situated under impressive wild date palms, jackalberry and Natal mahogany trees. Five spacious guest tents have en-suite bathrooms and a covered front veranda. A zipper door separates the sleeping area from the bathroom which has a flush toilet and bucket shower, as well as running water in the basin.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Andy was born at a remote cattle post in Botswana called Shrobe, some 20 miles from Maun. As a young boy, Andy would go out into the bush with his grandfather, who would teach him about the native flora and fauna as well as aspects of local history. Andy began guiding for us in 1987. As a safari guide he was involved in every aspect of running a mobile expedition, including setting up camp, cooking, collecting water and wood, guarding camp and vehicle repairs. Armed with years of practical experience, Andy qualified as a professional guide in 1996 and has been guiding expeditions between Victoria Falls and Maun ever since.
Victor was born and raised in Maun, Botswana. He spent his weekends and school holidays helping out on a farm in the Kalahari, the beauty of which fascinated him. As a child, he always enjoyed watching the smaller creatures, like bull frogs fighting with each other after the summer rains. These nature experiences sparked his passion and he began searching for a career in the beautiful Botswana wilderness. Victor studied International Business Communication at college and then worked his way up to managing safari camps in the Delta. After a few years of this he began focusing on guiding, and spent five years guiding at Jao Camp, where he progressed to becoming Guide Coordinator. He now holds guiding and walking certifications. Victor is a contributing member of the Botswana Birdlife Association, to whom he reports sightings of rare and threatened species. Tracking, botany and photography are his passions. He has had photos of unbelievable sightings published in Africa Geographic, Africa Birds and Birding and Singapore’s Taste magazine. He has been involved with Children in the Wilderness since 2002, and has traveled to the USA and through most southern African countries.