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Angola Expedition

Blazing Trails in the Angolan Wilderness

 

Join MT Sobek co-founder Richard Bangs to make history at the UNESCO-listed Okavango Delta in our first-ever safari to Angola. 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.

  • 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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With Richard Bangs

Arrive:

Maun, Botswana

Depart:

Maun, Botswana

Price: from $19,995

Duration:

9 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-8 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

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.
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  • Arrive in Maun & Fly to the Okavango Delta

    Day 1

    Arrive in Maun and embark on a helicopter tour over the expansive 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 Nxamaseri Camp in the secluded heart of the main Okavango River. Boat safari in the evening for the region's best birdwatching, from Pel's fishing owls to white-backed night herons, and fall asleep to the rapturous rhythms of Africa's wild.

    Accommodation: Nxamseri Lodge

    Located on a secluded island in the heart of the Okavango Delta's panhandle, this exclusive riverside lodge - one of the region's oldest - boasts seven intimate chalets surrounded by native forest and private decks overlooking the water. With original artwork, warm teak woods and handcrafted décor by local artisans, this luxurious space is owner-run, with personalized service and a tranquil charm.

    Activity: Scenic helicopter tour and bird encounters on a 3-hour boat safari

    Transportation: 1-hour-20-minute helicopter flight

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Angola & the Source Lakes

    Day 2

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

    Accommodation: 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.

    Activity: Scenic helicopter tour

    Transportation: 2-hour-45-minute helicopter flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover the Angolan Bush

    Day 3

    Spend the day venturing into the unexplored Angolan bush with our local team, whose conservation initiative, the Okavango Wilderness Project, has been documenting the fragile region for years, discovering 130 species previously unknown to Angola, 26 species new to science and 75 species potentially new to science.

    Accommodation: 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.

    Activity: 1 to 3 hour exploratory nature walks, scenic helicopter tours

    Transportation: Up to 1.5-hour helicopter flights

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Further Explore the Source Lakes

    Day 4

    Embed deeper with our local team, immersed in the beauty of the Okavango-Zambezi Water Tower and its complex ecosystem. Marvel at the native flora and fauna, spotting some of its 200,000 wildlife residents.

    Accommodation: 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.

    Activity: 1 to 3 hour exploratory nature walks, scenic helicopter tours

    Transportation: Up to 1.5-hour helicopter flights

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head to the Prime Angolan Civil War Battlefields - Then Onwards to the Cubango Region

    Day 5

    Journey to the historic battlefields of the Angolan Civil War by helicopter, where the plains along the Lombo River are strewn with the remains of tanks and armored personnel carriers. Fly onwards to the Cubango region, where a protected 500,000-acre reserve straddles the two major Cubango and Cuatir rivers responsible for the Okavango's pulse floods. 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 thrilling boat safari, bush walk or game drive.

    Accommodation: 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.

    Activity: 4x4 nature drive or bush walk

    Transportation: 2.5 hour helicopter flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Bush Walk the Cubango Reserve

    Day 6

    Begin your morning with a riveting bush walk guided by local 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

    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.

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Botswana and the Eastern Okavango

    Day 7

    Fly onwards to Botswana, touring the northern floodplains of the Okavango Delta on a stunning game viewing safari by helicopter. Arrive to our tented accommodations overlooking biodiverse floodplains and lagoons and set off on a leisurely game drive before sunset

    Accommodation: Jackal & Hide Camp – Khwai Private Reserve

    Located in the Khwai Private Reserve, each tented chalet is raised to overlook the surrounding grassland and decorated in traditional Meru style with en sutie bathrooms. Enjoy a sundowner on your own private deck, around the camp fire or the ground's lounge & bar area.

    Activity: 3-to-4-hour 4x4 game drive

    Transportation: 3.5-hour helicopter flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • 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 Jackal & Hide Camp in the heart of the 440,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve. 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: Jackal & Hide Camp – Khwai Private Reserve

    Located in the Khwai Private Reserve, each tented chalet is raised to overlook the surrounding grassland and decorated in traditional Meru style with en sutie bathrooms. Enjoy a sundowner on your own private deck, around the camp fire or the ground's lounge & bar area.

    Activity: 3-to-4-hour 4x4 game drive

    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: Morning 4x4 game drive, scenic helicopter tour

    Transportation: 3.5-hour helicopter flight

    Meals: Breakfast

Angola Expedition

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

On this exclusive itinerary, join MT Sobek as one of the first "outsiders" to ever visit Angola, a pioneering achievement.

Reason #02

Learn about the Okavango Wilderness Project's groundbreaking work.

Reason #03

This trip expertly combines exploration, safaris, history, and conservation, journeying into the wilderness of the world's most important inland delta.

Meet your guides

Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs has often been called the father of modern adventure travel since co-founding Sobek Expeditions (now MT Sobek) in 1973. He has spent 50 years exploring the globe and led the first descents of 35 rivers, including the Yangtze and the Zambezi. Richard still loves to lead exciting "out there" adventures and is heading to Iraqi Kurdistan with MT Sobek in Fall 2021. Richard is an accomplished storyteller, best known for his popular PBS series "Richard Bangs' Adventures with Purpose," and was a 2019 PURE Awards finalist for his contribution to experiential travel.

Activities

Scenic helicopter tours, safaris by boat and 4x4, bush walks and swimming in remote lakes.

Lodging

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

Climate

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

FAQ

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.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 04 - 12, 2022
    $19,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
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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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