Botswana Wet & Wild

AN ADVENTURE IN THE DELTA

Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The very name conjures up visions of quintessential African wildlife, bounding across grassy plains, lily-filled waterways, mokoro (canoe) safaris, and a medley of snorting hippos. Well, this Natural Selection custom itinerary gives you all of that – and a little more.

Over the seven days, we’ll take you to two locations within the Delta, each one offering a unique experience in the pristine wilderness. First on the agenda is a stay at Mapula Lodge where you’ll be surrounded by the most quintessential of Delta scenery from floodplains to forested islands to sparkling waterways. Then it’s off to the 220,000-hectare Khwai Private Reserve, and three nights at the bright and breezy Sable Alley. From your tented base, you’ll game drive through herds of majestic elephant, spot the predators that hide in the shadows, and meander along the Khwai River on a walking safari.

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Price from:

From $4,204

Duration:

6 nights / 7 days

Departure Dates:

Year round

Min / Max Group Size

Enquire with reservations

Trip Begins / Ends

Maun / Maun, Botswana

Includes Mobile Camping:

No

Details, Details

Highlights

  • Game drive through the unique Khwai Game Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for lion, leopard and wild dog as you go.
  • Gaze at the incredible views from the deck of your bedroom at Sable Alley (G&T in hand!)
  • Feast your eyes on huge herds of elephant. Botswana has one of the largest concentrations of pachyderms in Africa, and we know just where to find them.
  • Stay in the heart of the Okavango Delta at Mapula Lodge and float into unexplored areas on a mokoro or boat safari.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From $4,204 per person sharing (based on a minimum of 2 people travelling). Single supplements apply for groups of 3 and above. Please contact reservations for single traveller pricing, as rates will vary. Please note that the price is dependent on actual travel dates. Prices are valid until 31 December 2019.

Included: Accommodation, all meals & local beverages, all light aircraft and road transfers to and from Maun, all light aircraft and road transfers between camps, guest laundry, daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT.

Excluded: Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive travel insurance.

Child Policy: Children aged 6 years and older are welcome. Please contact reservations for child pricing and policies.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Limited Wifi is available at Sable Alley but not at Mapula Lodge.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.

Extension ideas: Discover your inner adventurer with a night under the stars atop a five-metre high platform in the heart of the Khwai Private Reserve – the Skybeds! Please contact us for details about adding a night at the Skybeds to your itinerary.

When to Go & What to Pack

Each month of the year in the Greater Okavango region has its own quirks and charms. Water-based safaris are better in the dry season months of April to October, but birding is magnificent in the summer months of November to March. The Skybeds are only open during the dry season months of April to October – there’s no roof to keep you dry! – but if you’d like to travel at a different time of year, this itinerary can most certainly be tailored to suit.

Whatever time of year you’re travelling, we suggest you pack loose, cotton clothes in neutral colours, a sweater or jacket, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent and lip balm. For footwear, bring sturdy, closed walking shoes and socks (but no need to bring heavy hiking boots). Binoculars, cameras and reference books are a must, and of course, bring your swimming kit! All your luggage must be packed into a soft bag, so it can be squeezed into tight corners in small aircraft and vehicles.

Our Guides

As guides ourselves, we are only too aware of the importance of great guiding on safari. At Natural Selection, our guides live and breathe the bush. They know its rhythms, its beats and its quirks. They can spot a leopard’s whisker from around a corner, and they have an innate ability to expect the unexpected. Most importantly, they love to share their knowledge and delight for all aspects of Africa’s ecosystems, from the smallest plant to the hairiest mammal, and everything in between. Many of our guides are from the local communities, and they are always happy to discuss their cultures, backgrounds and upbringings. After all, understanding the way of life of the local people can bring a whole new perspective to the land you’re exploring. And did we mention that they are all fantastic company, with some of the biggest personalities in the business? But we can’t vouch for their jokes…

Highlights

  • Game drive through the unique Khwai Game Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for lion, leopard and wild dog as you go.
  • Gaze at the incredible views from the deck of your bedroom at Sable Alley (G&T in hand!)
  • Feast your eyes on huge herds of elephant. Botswana has one of the largest concentrations of pachyderms in Africa, and we know just where to find them.
  • Stay in the heart of the Okavango Delta at Mapula Lodge and float into unexplored areas on a mokoro or boat safari.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From $4,204 per person sharing (based on a minimum of 2 people travelling). Single supplements apply for groups of 3 and above. Please contact reservations for single traveller pricing, as rates will vary. Please note that the price is dependent on actual travel dates. Prices are valid until 31 December 2019.

Included: Accommodation, all meals & local beverages, all light aircraft and road transfers to and from Maun, all light aircraft and road transfers between camps, guest laundry, daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT.

Excluded: Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive travel insurance.

Child Policy: Children aged 6 years and older are welcome. Please contact reservations for child pricing and policies.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Limited Wifi is available at Sable Alley but not at Mapula Lodge.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.

Extension ideas: Discover your inner adventurer with a night under the stars atop a five-metre high platform in the heart of the Khwai Private Reserve – the Skybeds! Please contact us for details about adding a night at the Skybeds to your itinerary.

When to Go & What to Pack

Each month of the year in the Greater Okavango region has its own quirks and charms. Water-based safaris are better in the dry season months of April to October, but birding is magnificent in the summer months of November to March. The Skybeds are only open during the dry season months of April to October – there’s no roof to keep you dry! – but if you’d like to travel at a different time of year, this itinerary can most certainly be tailored to suit.

Whatever time of year you’re travelling, we suggest you pack loose, cotton clothes in neutral colours, a sweater or jacket, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent and lip balm. For footwear, bring sturdy, closed walking shoes and socks (but no need to bring heavy hiking boots). Binoculars, cameras and reference books are a must, and of course, bring your swimming kit! All your luggage must be packed into a soft bag, so it can be squeezed into tight corners in small aircraft and vehicles.

Our Guides

As guides ourselves, we are only too aware of the importance of great guiding on safari. At Natural Selection, our guides live and breathe the bush. They know its rhythms, its beats and its quirks. They can spot a leopard’s whisker from around a corner, and they have an innate ability to expect the unexpected. Most importantly, they love to share their knowledge and delight for all aspects of Africa’s ecosystems, from the smallest plant to the hairiest mammal, and everything in between. Many of our guides are from the local communities, and they are always happy to discuss their cultures, backgrounds and upbringings. After all, understanding the way of life of the local people can bring a whole new perspective to the land you’re exploring. And did we mention that they are all fantastic company, with some of the biggest personalities in the business? But we can’t vouch for their jokes…

Itinerary & Map

Day 1: Arrive in Maun, and fly to Mapula Lodge, Okavango Delta

Your first day on safari is always a good one, and when you arrive at Mapula, you won’t be disappointed. Leap into action on a game drive, or settle into your surroundings with a crisp G&T in camp as the sun goes down.

Day 2 & 3: Mapula Lodge, Okavango Delta

Follow the wildlife on an all-day game drive, or park at a waterhole and let the animals meander around you. The next day, float around the watery wonderland on a boat safari watch hippo jousting for territory and crocodile basking in the sun.

Day 4: Fly to Sable Alley, Khwai Private Reserve

A short flight will take you to Khwai Private Reserve where you’ll settle into your bright and breezy tent at Sable Alley.

Days 5 & 6: Sable Alley, Khwai Private Reserve

Game drive along the Khwai River, watching the comings and goings of the wildlife, or lace up your walking boots and explore the reserve on two feet.

Day 7: Fly back to Maun and depart

All good things must come to an end, and today, it’s time to fly back to Maun for your flight home.

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Accommodations

At Mapula Lodge, you’ll find nine canvas-and-thatch bedroom tents, replete with king size metal four-posters and feather-filled pillows. Ensuite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers, and fabulous views across the Delta. There’s also a swimming pool surrounded by shaded sun loungers, a vast outdoor deck and a ‘chill pit’ overlooking the lagoon for lazy afternoons and evenings.

Sable Alley will be your home in Khwai. The camp was established to create a meaningful bridge between the tourism industry and local villagers, and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far. Sable overlooks a peaceful lagoon (in fact, sometimes it’s not so peaceful with all the wildlife action), and you can enjoy the views from one of the 12, ensuite tents, the swimming pool, or the stylish main area.

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Wildlife

The Okavango Delta region is particularly well-known for its diverse and staggeringly high quantities of game and during your stay at both Mapula and Sable Alley you’re more than likely to sight zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo, reedbuck, and sable and roan antelope on the plains. On game drives, you’ll watch lion and cheetah on the prowl, and seek out elusive leopard and wild dog – and don’t forget the many elephants that are seemingly ever-present. Then there’s the unique aquatic antelope (sitatunga and lechwe) and the seemingly endless stream of water birds. And that’s just the beginning…

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