Dive into the Delta

The Highlights of Khwai

Botswana is bursting at the seams with must-do activities, and must-see places and wildlife. But which ones do you choose when planning a Natural Selection safari? Should you stay in a tented camp, a stylish lodge, or even sleep under the stars? Should you visit one special area, or venture further afield? Well, we’ve solved the dilemma for you with this six-day custom itinerary, Dive into the Delta…

The itinerary is based in community-run Khwai Private Reserve in the greater Okavango Delta region. But rather than limit you to just one camp and one area, we’ve included no less than three. Comfortable and cool Hyena Pan, stylish Sable Alley, and our fabulous Skybeds. Activities are no less diverse either, with game drives, mokoro safaris and nature walks in the green and grassy reserve.

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Price from:

$3,114

Duration:

6 days/5 nights

Departure Dates:

Departures on demand

Min / Max Group Size

Enquire with reservations

Trip Begins / Ends

Maun, Botswana / Maun, Botswana

Includes Mobile Camping:

No

Details, Details

Highlights

  • Experience the thrill of a night drive, spend a night in the Skybeds, and enjoy the comforts of a tented camp, all in one adventurous, six-day itinerary.
  • Look out for prowling predators, count endless processions of elephant, and distinguish your kudu from your tsessebe on game drives in the 495,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve.
  • Spend a magical night atop a five-metre high platform at the Skybeds, as the wild things roam beneath you.
  • Glide gently down the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a mokoro safari or by boat.
  • Spend an afternoon in the underground photography hide at Hyena Pan and get closer to the big mammals of Khwai than you ever thought possible.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From $3,114.00 per person sharing. A single supplement applies to single travellers. The price is dependent on actual travel dates.

Included: Travelling costs as per itinerary; activities (most!); entrance and park fees; accommodation as specified on a sharing basis; all meals and local drinks; road transfers; applicable tourism levies, taxes, and all relevant VAT.

Excluded: Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone expenses & shopping; premium brand drinks; tips and gratuities; additional activities; scheduled flights and related taxes; Visa fees where relevant; cancellation, baggage, medical, and evacuation insurance.

Child Policy: Please enquire with reservations.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is not available for the duration of this trip.

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

Extension ideas: Explore a different part of the Okavango Delta with two nights in the Uncharted Expedition Camp, a semi-permanent camp that will take you to the most wild and rugged corners of the region.

When to Go & What to Pack

The green season is from January until March; the high season runs from July until October, and the shoulder seasons are from April to June, and November through to January.

Whatever time of year you’re travelling, we suggest you pack cotton clothes in neutral colours, as well as trousers and long sleeved tops. A warm sweater, a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses are well worth having, and sun block, insect repellent and lip balm are also important. 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! During our summer months (November to March) you’ll want a lightweight rain jacket, and if you’re travelling through the winter don’t forget to pack a few bits of warm clothing, leggings to wear beneath trousers, and a good jacket (and maybe even a hat, gloves and a scarf). 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

  • Experience the thrill of a night drive, spend a night in the Skybeds, and enjoy the comforts of a tented camp, all in one adventurous, six-day itinerary.
  • Look out for prowling predators, count endless processions of elephant, and distinguish your kudu from your tsessebe on game drives in the 495,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve.
  • Spend a magical night atop a five-metre high platform at the Skybeds, as the wild things roam beneath you.
  • Glide gently down the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a mokoro safari or by boat.
  • Spend an afternoon in the underground photography hide at Hyena Pan and get closer to the big mammals of Khwai than you ever thought possible.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From $3,114.00 per person sharing. A single supplement applies to single travellers. The price is dependent on actual travel dates.

Included: Travelling costs as per itinerary; activities (most!); entrance and park fees; accommodation as specified on a sharing basis; all meals and local drinks; road transfers; applicable tourism levies, taxes, and all relevant VAT.

Excluded: Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone expenses & shopping; premium brand drinks; tips and gratuities; additional activities; scheduled flights and related taxes; Visa fees where relevant; cancellation, baggage, medical, and evacuation insurance.

Child Policy: Please enquire with reservations.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is not available for the duration of this trip.

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

Extension ideas: Explore a different part of the Okavango Delta with two nights in the Uncharted Expedition Camp, a semi-permanent camp that will take you to the most wild and rugged corners of the region.

When to Go & What to Pack

The green season is from January until March; the high season runs from July until October, and the shoulder seasons are from April to June, and November through to January.

Whatever time of year you’re travelling, we suggest you pack cotton clothes in neutral colours, as well as trousers and long sleeved tops. A warm sweater, a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses are well worth having, and sun block, insect repellent and lip balm are also important. 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! During our summer months (November to March) you’ll want a lightweight rain jacket, and if you’re travelling through the winter don’t forget to pack a few bits of warm clothing, leggings to wear beneath trousers, and a good jacket (and maybe even a hat, gloves and a scarf). 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 Hyena Pan, Khwai Private Reserve

You’ll be travelling for much of today, but there will still be time for a game drive when you arrive at Hyena Pan. Or, at the very least, a festive sundowner to toast the first night of your adventure.

Day 2: Hyena Pan, Khwai Private Reserve, Khwai Private Reserve

Ease in to the safari lifestyle with a gentle game drive through the emerald grasslands of Khwai, and see what you can find.

Day 3: Drive to Skybeds, Khwai Private Reserve

There’s not much that beats sleeping atop a five-metre platform, hippo splashing below, and giraffe peering in at you from the trees. Tonight’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about, at our fabulous Skybeds. 

Day 4: Drive to Sable Alley, Khwai Private Reserve

Leave your treehouse behind, and try out Sable Alley for size. If you really can’t bear to drag yourself away from the Skybeds, there’s also an option to stay for a second night.

Day 5: Sable Alley, Khwai Private Reserve

Today’s the day to try everything you haven’t had time for; a walking safari or a night drive perhaps, or maybe another game drive (or two)?

Day 6: Fly to Maun and depart

Rise with the sun and squeeze in one last morning activity in Khwai, before flying back to Maun for your onward flight.

 

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Accommodations

Our two camps in Khwai Private Reserve, Hyena Pan and Sable Alley, are unique in their own ways, but both offer total immersion into the spectacular surroundings. At Hyena Pan, the eight tents overlook the Hyena Pan waterhole (where there’s always a drama of some sort unfolding between the wildlife), and are cool, comfortable and quirky. At stylish Sable Alley, the views stretch from a peaceful lagoon right in front of camp, all the way to the Moremi Game Reserve. Gaze at them from your room, the swimming pool, or the spacious dining deck.

We guarantee that you won’t have slept anywhere quite like the Skybeds. Built from sturdy local hardwood and raised on stilts, your private bedroom to the stars is on the top floor, five-metres above the beasties at the waterhole below. The second floor contains a private changing area, loo and shower, and on the ground floor, home-cooked meals are served around the campfire.

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Wildlife

The 495,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve is part of the larger Okavango Delta World Heritage Site, and the entire region is buzzing with wildlife. Buffalo, zebra, reedbuck, wildebeest, and sable and roan antelope dot the plains, and there’s an extraordinary number of elephant plodding through the bush. On game drives, you’ll watch lion and cheetah on the prowl, and seek out elusive leopard and wild dog. 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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