On this thrilling safari, take in Botswana's incredible scenery and diverse wildlife by hopping on charter flights. Explore spectacular wilderness parks and game reserves - such as the Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta, Moremi, and Linyanti - on mokoro canoe rides and four-wheel drives. After days of shadowing lion prides and zebra herds, relax on private verandas of tented luxury camps. Relish in hikes through tropical vegetation, rafting on the Zambezi River, elephant-back rides, and micro-flights over pristine cascades. Extend your journey to Victoria Falls - one of Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Arrive at Maun airport by 1:30pm, grab your luggage and meet MT Sobek staff after customs. Together, board a small-plane flight to Central Kalahari Game Reserve, for the first game drive to the camp, delight in endless scrub-covered dunes and ancient river valley scenery, and look out for first glimpses of desert wildlife: black-maned lions, brown hyenas, and honey badgers. Cap the day off with a hot shower, then step out on the veranda for night views of the Kalahari Plains.
After breakfast, opt for a full-day Deception Valley safari adventure across fossil riverbeds crucial to the Kalahari ecosystem. Look out for stunning herds of herbivores - the golden springbok, antelope, gemsbok, red hartebeest, eland, and kudu. Sit still for a session of cheetahs hunting wild dogs or join a half-day trace of local wildlife by four-wheel drive. Dive into indigenous customs on a half-mile bush walk led by camp staff originally from San Bushman tribes.
After breakfast, fly to Tubu Tree Camp in the southeast of the swampy Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make your way through Okavango marshlands to find some of the 200,000 wildlife residents. Don't miss the world's most endangered large mammal species: cheetahs, white and black rhinoceros, African wild dogs, and lions.
Based at Tubu Tree Camp on Hunda Island, pair spectacular wildlife viewing on land with fun water rides for a complete Delta adventure. Join in thrilling day and night safari drives to find elephants, lions, Burchell's zebras, red lechwe, southern giraffe, and blue wildebeest, or board a peaceful river glide by mokoro, taking in the impressive variety of birdlife.
Fly into the interior of the Okavango Delta where the magnificent fish eagle, storks, herons, ibises, and other water birds inhabit the crystal-clear water channels speckled with water lilies. Expert boatmen meander through the waterways in eco-friendly fiberglass canoes, modeled after the traditional mokoro. Relax on a long ride through narrow channels, cutting through mats of floating papyrus across deep-water lagoons.
Leave Xigera Camp for another day of exploration. Look out for magnificent wildlife such as elephants, hippo, crocodiles, hyenas, lions, and leopards - all common species in the Okavango. Watch lechwe antelopes stamp through the grassy Delta shallows and notice the elusive sitatunga shelter between reeds. To end a long day outdoors, plunge into the camp's intimate pool, then enjoy dinner on raised wooden platforms overlooking the floodplains.
Fly to Duma Tau Camp in the Linyanti Game Reserve - aka 'elephant country' - to enjoy the sight of large elephant herds drinking and bathing at the riverside. Seek out lions, leopard, kudu, giraffe, zebra, and warthog along the Savuti Marsh. Don't miss the abundance of bird life at Linyanti: watch storks catching thermal currents and spot herons, hornbills, kingfishers, and lilac-breasted rollers.
Start the day with a search for predators: the African wildcat, civet, and long-legged serval cat. During lunch, enjoy elevated views of hippo-filled lagoons from the shady grove of mangosteen trees. Should water levels permit, head out for game viewing at night. Look out for the big cats - come nightfall, lions and leopards are on the prowl.
Depart for a late-morning flight back to Maun airport to transfer to your international flight back home (plan your departure after 1pm), or extend your journey to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. A visit to Victoria Falls includes strolling through tropical vegetation, rafting on the Zambezi River, elephant-back safaris, micro-flights over the falls, bungee jumping, and more.
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MT Sobek was one of the first American outfitters operating Botswana safaris, providing expeditions since 1982.
Luxury camps in Botswana's finest private concessions and National Parks have cool features like roof decks for sleeping beneath the stars.
On this safari, extend your journey to visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Flights by small plane, day and nighttime game drives, leisurely rides in traditional mokoro canoes and motorboats, and short wilderness walks.
Luxury wilderness camps, with comfortable elevated tents featuring en-suite bathrooms. Communal dining, lounge and pool areas showcase wildlife views.
Hot summer from October to April with average temperatures of 86°F. Rainy season from January to March and cooler temperatures May to September.
Yes, please contact us if you are not able to travel on the set departure dates listed. Most safaris can be arranged on alternative departure dates for a minimum of one traveler as long as camps are available.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa to enter Botswana.
We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. At present, certain areas of Botswana are affected by malaria.
You will receive a detailed packing list specific to your safari. Due to weight restrictions on the charter flights within Botswana, there are strict limitations on the combined weight (44lbs) of your safari duffel and carry-on bag/daypack.
Botswana is known to be one of the safest countries to visit in Africa. However, travelers should take the same precautions that they would in a major city in the US.
Yes, solo travelers are welcome to join any departure date for the safaris.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"We saw lions twice during the day and we had elephants just outside our tent at DumaTau. We also saw a leopard close up."
MT Sobek Traveler, Botswana Flying Safari
"The camps are beautiful, the service impeccable, and the guides are phenomenal! Botswana is an amazing country-the natural beauty, inviting people, and commitment to conservation is like no other!"
MT Sobek Traveler, Botswana Flying Safari