On this thrilling safari, you will experience Botswana's incredible scenery and diverse wildlife by hopping on charter flights. From the air, you'll see the meandering waterways of the UNESCO-listed Okavango Delta and land to explore the wildlife wonders that inhabit its lush, grassy plains. Be amazed by dramatic animal encounters as you journey through spectacular wilderness parks and private game reserves including Chitabe Concession and Linyanti. After days of shadowing lion prides and zebra herds, and taking peaceful mokoro canoe rides, relax on private verandas of tented luxury camps. Extend your journey to the Kalahari Desert or to Victoria Falls - one of Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Experience the ox-bow waterways and magnificent wildlife of the Okavango Delta
Take to the skies for a bird's-eye view of Botswana's wilderness areas
Fall asleep to the sounds of wildlife from the comfort of tented luxury camps
After meeting your guide in Maun, board a small-plane flight together to the Chitabe Concession in the southeast region of the Okavango Delta — one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you embark on your first game drive en route to camp look out for a diverse range of species, including impala, tsessebe, red lechwe, elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard, spotted hyena, cheetah and wild dog.
Opt for a morning walking safari and view the region's wondrous large game on foot, with chances to observe the smaller creatures up close. Keep your eyes on the sky as well and perhaps catch the fluttering wings or distinct calls of the African hawk-eagle, ground hornbill, scarlet-chested sunbird, red-billed hornbill, gabar goshawk and red-billed francolin. After a midday rest and lunch at camp, head out on a game drive and move in closer to the larger animals than is possible on foot. After a glorious sunset and drinks in the bush, head back to camp with a short night drive before a dinner.
Set above a perennial lagoon, the water wonderland of Seba offers fantastic birding and game viewing. Enjoy a variety of exciting safari experiences from game drives and bush walks to fishing and boat rides.
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.
After breakfast, fly to Tubu Tree Camp located on Hunda Island in the floodplains of the delta. Make your way through Okavango marshlands to find some of its 200,000 wildlife residents. Try a variety of safari activities from seasonal mokoro boat rides and walking safaris to night drives, and much more!
Based at Tubu Tree Camp on Hunda Island, pair spectacular wildlife viewing on land with fun water rides for a complete delta adventure. Join 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 on your second day at Tuba Tree Camp.
Fly to Savute Camp in 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, roan, 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). Looking for more adventure? Extend your journey to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, or head to the breathtaking Kalahari Desert with its expansive views, thrilling game life, and fascinating history of Bushmen habitation.
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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.
This expertly crafted safari includes an immersive Okavango Delta experience and can easily be combined with Kalahari or Victoria Falls extensions.
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 in the 80°F. Rainy season from January to March and cooler temperatures May to September.
Yes, please contact us to ask about private or custom adventures 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.
Safari in Botswana is good year-round as each season brings its own special experience and highlights. There is no one "perfect time," and always keep in mind that animals are wild and unpredictable.
Although each year varies, floodwaters originating from Angola far to the north generally begin to spill into Botswana's Okavango Delta in late March and continue into May - bringing massive bio-diversity with it and boating safari activities abound! As waters recede, roughly in late May, newly exposed nutrient rich soil attract grazing herd animals and their predators are not far behind, making for exciting wildlife viewing through the rest of the year.
Botswana is a superb birding location with incredible diversity of 593 species. The Okavango Delta alone has 464 species. Birding is exceptional year round, but the Green Season from December to February, is the most spectacular time of year for birders as summer bird migrants appear, breeding begins, and reduced water levels mean fish of all sizes are up for grabs for birds of prey. Break out the binoculars and start checking off dozens of species each day!
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!
"Other than the wonderful animals and camps, everything was seamless - all of our flights worked out perfectly, and we were treated very well."
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