Fly to the Okavango Delta for an incredible bush break in the pristine wilderness of Botswana. The Okavango River forms the heart of this African oasis, rising from the highlands in Angola, spilling into the Okavango Delta and forming watery channels, lagoons and islands, before eventually emptying out into the dry sands of the Kalahari.
Spend two nights each at two prime lodges in different regions of the Okavango Delta, namely Xugana Island and Savute. Experience mokoro trips, game drives and nature walks in this spectacular game rich area where elephants swim, big cats roam and reed frogs hang out. The enchanting watery paradise of Xugana allows one to fully explore the winding channels and reeds in search of wildlife and birds as professional guides paddle you in a mokoro (dugout canoe). There is also a chance of bream and tiger fishing.
Savute, well known for its seasonal zebra migration, predator interactions and ancient San rock paintings, compliments your delta experience. The diverse habitat of riverine forest, palm-filled islands and seasonal floodplains ensure incredible game sightings of species such as elephant, hippo, crocodile, lechwe, lion, wild dog and leopard. Birding is sensational with raptors, waterbirds and migrants making an appearance.
Your African safari will finish with two nights on the banks of the Chobe River, home to the largest concentration of elephant. The Chobe National Park and surrounding area flourishes with wildlife as crocodiles, hippos, buffalo, elephant and big cats provide plenty of photographic opportunities.
Stay in exclusive wilderness areas for an authentic safari experience
Go on game drives, mokoro (canoe) trips, boat cruises and nature walks
Relish the predator-rich Savute
See big cats like lion and leopard
Get a bird’s eye view of the Delta with scenic charter flights
Spectacular birding with over 450 species
Experience large herds of elephant in Chobe
Kick off your African safari with two nights at the gorgeous Xugana Island Lodge set deep within the Okavango Delta. After arriving in Maun, take a shared light aircraft flight into the delta where you’ll be met by your guide. A short boat transfer of approximately 20 minutes will land you at the lodge, set amongst majestic riverine trees. Xugana Island Lodge is a permanent water site with exciting water-based game activities such as mokoro (dugout canoe) trips and boat safaris getting you up close to wildlife. Tiger and bream fishing is also a great choice to get hooked on the outdoors, so to speak! Guided nature walks on the islands will give you the opportunity to track larger species on foot. Resident animals like elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra, Red Lechwe and Sitatunga are plentiful. Predators like lion, cheetah, wild dog, leopard and hyena are often seen on the hunt keeping game, as well as guests, on their toes.
Set on an island and raised above the water, the lodge takes on a charming character of peace and tranquility. With generous viewing decks over the lagoons, al fresco dining and secluded chalets, it’s a great base to unwind and explore the surrounding area for the next two nights.
Overnight: Xugana Island Lodge / similar
Next, you are off to the wild luxury of Savute Safari Lodge, within the Savute area of the Chobe National Park. Your short charter flight will allow you to get an aerial view of the Savute Channel, which snakes its way all the way from the Linyanti.
Daily game drives in open 4x4 vehicles are used to search out predators and game that roam the area. Whether you have an interest in birds, big cats, geology or even culture and folklore, your guides will focus their efforts on fulfilling your daily requests. Guests can also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills, a small hilly outcrop which forms a remarkable landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.
Back at the lodge, each suite has been raised to provide expansive views over the Savute plains. Elegant rooms flow onto private wooden decks; a great vantage point from which to watch game and spot bird species. You will have a chance to unwind and relax in your room or next to the pool overlooking the waterhole between morning and afternoon game drives. Evenings are spent around the campfire with the calls of the wild adding to the ambiance.
Overnight: Savute Safari Lodge / similar
Continue your adventure by taking an inter-camp charter flight from Savute into Kasane before being collected for your short road transfer to the premier 5-star Chobe Game Lodge. Set on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana, the lodge and boasts panoramic views of the river from the rooms and main lodge areas. With six viewing decks with comfortable chairs and loungers, you are ensured prime views of the fertile floodplains where vast herds of buffalos and elephant are often seen feeding and drinking. It is not unusual to see lion, African wild dog, puku, crocodile, hippo and fish eagle from the lodge.
To ensure that you get the most out of the rich wildlife and game action in the area, the professional guiding team will take you out on land and water-based activities each day. Early morning and late afternoon game drives in open-sided 4x4 vehicles into the Chobe National Park are a thrilling way to see and photograph birds and animals. Out on the river, small and highly manoeuvrable boats are used to explore the channels and lush floodplains and get the best views.
Back at the lodge you are sure to find a secluded place to unwind. You have a choice of six lounges, the riverside boma, two bars and four dining areas. A favourite spot on hot days is by the swimming pool, where a waiter it ready to place a refreshment in your hand. Gourmet meals served on the decks and in private settings, rooms with generous furnishings and tentative staff will ensure your safari ends off on a high note.
Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge / similar
After breakfast and your morning game activity (time allowing) you will be transferred to Kasane International Airport in time for your onward arrangements or flight.
Dates And Rates
Rates per person sharing
01 March 2018 - 31 March 2018
01 April 2018 - 30 June 2018
01 July 2018 - 31 October 2018
01 November 2018 - 30 November 2018
01 December 2018 - 31 December 2018
• Shared inter-camp charter flights
• Airport taxes
• Airport transfers
• 2 nights at Xugana Island Lodge, in a thatched chalet
• 2 nights at Savute Safari Lodge, in a thatched chalet
• 2 nights at Chobe Game Lodge, in a river facing suite
• All-inclusive basis
• Scheduled game activities
• National park fees and levies
• Emergency medical evacuation
• International flights (can be arranged on request)
• Airport taxes
• All meals and drinks not mentioned
• All activities not mentioned
• Visas and health inoculations
• Travel insurance (highly recommended)
• Items of a personal nature
•The itinerary may be done in reverse based on availability
•Alternative accommodation can be suggested based on budget and availability
•The itinerary can be tailor-made to suit your preferred number of days, budget, dates of travel and standard of lodges
•Visas may be necessary and holiday insurance is essential
•Accommodation is per person sharing, unless otherwise specified
•Age restriction may apply to children
•Xugana Island Lodge is closed from 1 Feb-1 March (annual shutdown)
•Savute Safari Lodge is closed from 1 Feb-1 March (annual shutdown)
•Single supplement rates may apply
•Prices may change due to seasonal and exchange rate fluctuations
•Prices may change based on intineray arrangements
•National park and nightly fees are subject to change
•This offer is subject to availability
•International flight prices can be added to the package on request
•Charter flights have a limit of 20kg per person in a soft bag. Excess luggage can be arranged at an extra cost.