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Angola Expedition Tour

Blazing Trails in the Angolan Wilderness


Angola is one of Africa's final travel frontiers and, following the success of our inaugural safari adventure in 2022, we are returning in 2023! Explore the rich biodiversity of Africa's iconic wetlands and crucial waterways by boat, with over 1,000 plant species, 480 bird species and 130 mammal species, including the world's largest elephant population. Take to the sky via helicopter to discover remote source lakes and floodplains, and walk the Angolan Bush with local tribesmen. A perfect adventure for the most intrepid adventure traveler!

9 Days

From: $26,995

Angola is one of Africa's final travel frontiers and, following the success of our inaugural safari adventure in 2022, we are returning in 2023! Explore the rich biodiversity of Africa's iconic wetlands and crucial waterways by boat, with over 1,000 plant species, 480 bird species and 130 mammal species, including the world's largest elephant population. Take to the sky via helicopter to discover remote source lakes and floodplains, and walk the Angolan Bush with local tribesmen. A perfect adventure for the most intrepid adventure traveler!

Highlights


  • Cover the entire expanse of the Okavango Delta like never before

  • Discover the rich biodiversity of the marshlands

  • Pioneer the unexplored Angolan Bush, remote source lakes and floodplains of the region

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Angola Expedition

Start: Maun, Botswana  End: Maun, Botswana

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Maun & Fly to the Okavango Delta

    Day 1

    Arrive in Maun and embark on a magnificent helicopter flight over the entire length of the Okavango Delta - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the lush scenery and exotic game along the way, before settling into Xaro Lodge in the secluded heart of the main Okavango River in the far north of Botswana. Take an evening boat safari to enjoy the region's best birdwatching. Look out for Pel's fishing owls and white-backed night herons, then fall asleep to the rapturous rhythms of Africa's wild.

    Accommodation: Xaro Lodge

    Activity: Scenic helicopter flight and 3-hour boat safari

    Transportation: 1.5-hour helicopter flight

    Meals: Dinner

  • Journey to Angola & the Source Lakes

    Day 2

    Set course for Angola, capturing Namibia's "Caprivi Strip" and the Miombo woodlands and forests of Southern Angola from above, before adventuring to the Source Lakes region. Arrive at your mobile camp on the shores of the Cuanavale Source Lake and meet the team on the ground. Ruminate on the untamed and largely unexplored headwaters of the Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando rivers around a campfire as dusk descends.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Mobile Camp Source Lakes

    Activity: Scenic helicopter tour

    Transportation: 4-hour helicopter flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover the Angolan Bush

    Day 3

    Spend the day venturing into the unexplored Angolan bush with your local guiding team, whose conservation initiative, the Okavango Wilderness Project, has been documenting the fragile region for years, discovering over 100 species that are new to science. Enjoy nature walks, swimming, and scenic explorations by helicopter.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Mobile Camp Source Lakes

    Activity: Full-day exploration

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Go Deeper into the Source Lakes

    Day 4

    Embed deeper with our local team and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Okavango-Zambezi Water Tower and its complex ecosystem. Marvel at the native flora and fauna on nature walks. Revel in opportunities for swimming in remote lakes and take to the sky on helicopter flights.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Mobile Camp Source Lakes

    Activity: Full-day exploration

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head to the Angolan Civil War Battlefields & the Cuatir Region

    Day 5

    Journey by helicopter to the historic battlefields of the Angolan Civil War, the scene of Africa's largest tank battle since WWII. See the remains of Soviet tanks and armored personal carriers strewn along the Lombo River, then visit the war memorial at Cuito Cuanavale. Fly onwards to the Cuatir region, where a protected reserve straddles the two major Cubango and Cuatir rivers responsible for much of waters that feed into the Okavango Delta. In this remarkable wild downstream from the Source Lakes, local Stefan van Wyk protects precious wildlife and trees. Set up in our comfortable, thatched bungalows and join a bush walk with San-Bushman trackers or game drive through this reserve.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cuatir Conservation Reserve

    Activity: Scenic helicopter flight and 4x4 nature drive or bush walk

    Transportation: 4-hour helicopter flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Bush Walk in the Cuatir Reserve

    Day 6

    Begin your morning with a riveting bush walk guided by local San-Bushmen tribesmen and track the elegant sitatunga antelope and other diurnal wildlife. In the afternoon, head out on a scenic drive in 4x4 Land Cruisers-this is where nature roams.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Cuatir Conservation Reserve

    Activity: 3-to-4-hour bush walks, 3-to-4-hour 4x4 nature drive

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Botswana & the Eastern Okavango & Khwai Private Reserve

    Day 7

    Fly onwards to Botswana, touring the northern floodplains of the Okavango Delta on a stunning game viewing safari by helicopter. Arrive to at our tented accommodations at Little Sable Camp within the enormous 440,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve, overlooking the areas rich and biodiverse floodplains, lagoons and savannas, setting off on a game drive before sunset.

    Accommodation: Little Sable Camp

    Activity: Scenic helicopter flight and 3-hour 4x4 game drive

    Transportation: 4-hour helicopter flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Eastern Okavango & Khwai Private Reserve

    Day 8

    Your last full day of the expedition is spent in the eastern reaches of the Okavango Delta at the small and exclusive Little Sable Camp. The rain water that fell in the Source Lakes nine months previously would have slowly made its way down the rivers that form the Okavango Delta and in time start to fill the flood plains of the Eastern Okavango. You have a full day of wonderful game viewing in an open 4x4 vehicle, by mokoros (dug-out canoe) or on foot - or all of them. The area is well known for its large elephant concentrations and for its plethora of predators - lion and leopard, in particular. Best of all, this is one of the best areas anywhere in Africa for wild dogs!

    Accommodation: Little Sable Camp

    Activity: 3-to-4-hour 4x4 game drive morning and afternoon

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Maun & Depart

    Day 9

    Experience a morning game drive, followed by a sumptuous brunch to round-out your extraordinary African adventure. Return to Maun and connect with departing international flights.

    Activity: 4x4 game drive

    Transportation: 1-hour helicopter flight

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • 2023
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Jun 19 - 27, 2023
    $26,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$2,750 single supplement
    Available
  • Jul 08 - 16, 2023
    $26,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$2,750 single supplement
    Available

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When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Kyle MacIntyre

Kyle MacIntyre

Kyle has a unique perspective when taking guests on safari around Botswana as he grew up in Maun and the Okavango Delta. His parents are renowned wildlife safari guides and former guides for MT Sobek. Always active, Kyle climbed Kilimanjaro at the age of 11 and recently played international rugby for Botswana's national rugby team. His eagerness to explore continued with his father Chris as they pioneered unique cycle routes within the Okavango by following century old elephant trails. In 2020, Kyle completed a 1500km 50-day horse expedition for charity from the Okavango to the Chobe River and circumnavigated the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans following the Boteti River back up to Maun. Kyle's has a special affinity for family groups and kids, sharing his world in an out of the ordinary way.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 2. This exploratory, safari trip includes game viewing by 4x4 vehicles, bush walks and boats. Multiple scenic helicopter rides will be used to visit unexplored terrain and ecosystems.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

Scenic helicopter flight and 3-hour boat safari

Day 2

Scenic helicopter tour

Day 3

Full-day exploration

Day 4

Full-day exploration

Day 5

Scenic helicopter flight and 4x4 nature drive or bush walk

Day 6

3-to-4-hour bush walks, 3-to-4-hour 4x4 nature drive

Day 7

Scenic helicopter flight and 3-hour 4x4 game drive

Day 8

3-to-4-hour 4x4 game drive morning and afternoon

Day 9

4x4 game drive

Accommodations


Expedition-style mobile camps with simple amenities and campfire dining, punctuated by luxury wilderness lodges at the journey\'s beginning and end.

MT Sobek Mobile Camp Source Lakes
MT Sobek Mobile Camp Source Lakes

Set along the shores of one of the twelve Okavango Delta's Source Lakes, these simple expedition-style, two-meter x two-meter dome tents have comfortable beds, bucket showers (heating on-demand) and long-drop toilets-a functional and modest base for exploring the unknown. Meals will be hearty, homemade and shared around the campfire.

MT Sobek Camp – Cuatir Conservation Reserve
MT Sobek Camp – Cuatir Conservation Reserve

Comfortable thatched bungalows with simple and modest amenities including en suite bathrooms, perfect for exploring the Cubango River by boat, tracking native wildlife with local tribesmen or embarking on 4x4 game drives.

Little Sable Camp
Little Sable Camp
Xaro Lodge
Xaro Lodge

Nestled amongst giant mangosteen trees and accessible only by boat, the luxury Xaro Lodge is a tropical paradise for bird lovers. Rest well in one of the lodge's beautiful Meru tents, situated on the banks of the Okavango River. Sip sundowners as you watch a breathtaking sunset before dinner. Then sit around the campfire reliving your day, listening out for the call of the wild or marveling at the splendor of the night sky!

Weather


Hot summer from October to April with temperatures averaging 80°F. January to March and May September bring cooler temperatures and sporadic rains.

 
Jun
Cuito Cuanavale 
High
Low
Cuito Cuanavale
77
48
Maun 
High
Low
Maun
80
47

FAQs


What will the day-to-day activities be like?

As an exploratory safari, the guides will meet with the guests every evening to plan the following day\'s activities according to wildlife movement. Each day may have multiple activities and the duration will depend on the conditions in the field. Typically, there will be a morning game drive and an afternoon game drive each day.

What are the accommodations like in Angola?

The accommodations will be modest, expedition-styled mobile camps. There will be comfortable beds, hot bucket showers and hearty meals shared around campfires.

What will the wildlife be like in Angola?

Angola is teeming with wildlife that has yet to grow accustom to humans. You will follow the trails of the sitatungas and roan in the Cubango Reserve. The Bico area has high concentrations of sable, roan, buffalo and elephants. And scientists are still discovering new species of fauna and flora in the Source Lakes. But as some of the first visitors to these areas, you will need to have an adventurous spirit to find these still timid animals.

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Guest Reviews


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