Botswana: Wet and 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 the 495,000 acre 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. Then it’s off to the Uncharted Expedition Camp. It’s a semi-permanent camp with all the perks of a mobile expedition, and a variety of activities that just aren’t possible anywhere else in the Delta…

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Price from:

$4,205.00

Duration:

7 days/6 nights

Departure Dates:

Departures on demand

Min / Max Group Size

Enquire with reservations

Trip Begins / Ends

Maun, Botswana / Maun, Botswana

Includes Mobile Camping:

Yes

Details, Details

Highlights

  • Game drive through the contrasting landscapes of 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.
  • Enjoy the freedom, flexibility and fabulous range of activities at the Uncharted Expedition Camp, a semi-permanent camp that offers all the excitement of a mobile expedition.
  • Satisfy your inner explorer and sleep under the stars (feather bedding and hot water bottles included), in a mobile camp on a private island in the Delta.
  • Boat along the gin-clear waterways of the Delta, and visit areas that are inaccessible by vehicle.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From $4,205.00 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: Round off your trip at the iconic Makgadikgadi Pans for a rugged, desert experience. Try Jack’s Camp, San Camp, or Camp Kalahari for size.

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

  • Game drive through the contrasting landscapes of 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.
  • Enjoy the freedom, flexibility and fabulous range of activities at the Uncharted Expedition Camp, a semi-permanent camp that offers all the excitement of a mobile expedition.
  • Satisfy your inner explorer and sleep under the stars (feather bedding and hot water bottles included), in a mobile camp on a private island in the Delta.
  • Boat along the gin-clear waterways of the Delta, and visit areas that are inaccessible by vehicle.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From $4,205.00 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: Round off your trip at the iconic Makgadikgadi Pans for a rugged, desert experience. Try Jack’s Camp, San Camp, or Camp Kalahari for size.

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 Sable Alley, Khwai Private Reserve

Your first day on safari is always a good one, and when you arrive in Khwai Private Reserve, 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: 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 4: Fly to the Uncharted Expedition Camp, Okavango Delta Region

Today, you’ll meet your guide and crew, and head deep into the Delta to the Uncharted Expedition Camp.

Day 5: Uncharted Expedition Camp, Okavango Delta Region

Today, you have the option to boat into the heart of the Delta and spend the night on a lantern-lit, private island, surrounded by nature at her very best.

Day 6: Uncharted Expedition Camp, Okavango Delta Region

On the way back to camp, picnic under the shade of the trees, swim in secret spots that only we know about, and watch water birds, crocodile and hippo.

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

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.

The Unchartered Expedition Camp is a unique, semi-permanent camp in the heart of the Delta. If you thought mobile camping was all soggy toast and cold showers, think again. The 1920s-style bedroom tents come complete with real beds, feather pillows, flushing loos and hot buckets showers. When it’s time to eat, expect bone-handled silver cutlery, white linen tablecloths, and food that looks as good as it tastes.

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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…

The Okavango Delta is particularly well-known for its diverse and staggeringly high quantities of game. During your stay at the Expedition Camp, you’re more than likely to sight zebra, wildebeest, impala, and the elusive predators. There will also be the chance to sit back and watch super-herds of elephant as they splish and splash by the water – and watch out for crocodile lurking in the shallows, and hippo jostling for territory.

 

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