11 days, 10 nights
Price Range: $6,853 – $20,702
(all-inclusive price per person, depending on dates & camps selected)
Botswana is so rich with wildlife in such a varied collage of habitats that no two days on safari are ever the same. This diverse route includes generous multi-day stays in Botswana’s most thrilling wildlife destinations. Spend five days in two different locations in the sprawling Okavango Delta, three days in the remote Linyanti/Savuti region, famed for its lions and elephants, and two days at Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
Our Expert Says
This comprehensive itinerary offers a well-rounded exploration of Botswana’s abundant wildlife, as well as a visit to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls. You'll marvel at some of the largest populations of elephant in the world in the Linyanti region, experience the serenity of a mokoro ride through the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango Delta and return home awestruck by Botswana’s fantastic birding, stunning scenery and the opportunity for up-close safari encounters with plentiful wildlife and predators like leopard, cheetah and lion.
– Kelly Dellinger
Days 1-2: Victoria Falls (Zambia)
You'll see the spray first, visible for miles, called Mosi-oa-Tunya – the “smoke that thunders” – by the local people. The roar of the cataract follows, as the Zambezi River plunges 350 feet over a basalt cliff into the gorge below. View Victoria Falls on rainforest trails, from the famous bridge, or via an exhilarating helicopter or ultralight flight – activities abound in Livingstone, including whitewater rafting, canoeing and sunset cruises.
Days 3-5: Linyanti / Selinda Reserves
These adjacent wildlife reserves in northern Botswana are noted for their shifting landscapes, from riverine to dry pans, woodlands to plains. Perennial water attracts great herds of animals that come to slake their thirst in the dry season. Large prides of lion and other predators steal behind, making for exciting wildlife viewing. Previously dry for 30 years, the Savuti Channel is once again a hippo-filled stream. Elephant, zebra and giraffe are also abundant.
Days 6-7: Okavango Delta
Where the Okavango River meets the Kalahari Desert, a green oasis sprawls amid the sands and parched savanna. The maze of channels sustains a profusion of wildlife in permanently flooded lagoons and on land. Explore the marsh by poled mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, and wildlife drives on higher ground. Islands and wetlands are home to prolific birdlife, hippo and red lechwe, while elephant, lion, leopard, zebra and more thrive beyond the water’s reach.
Days 8-10: Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, a vast and varied wilderness mosaic that encompasses a range of habitats from papyrus-fringed waterways to mopane and acacia woodlands dotted with pans. The delta’s reach varies dramatically depending on seasonal rains and flooding, creating a constantly changing set of environments. Such diverse ecosystems nurture an enormous collection of animals, making a second stop in a different region of the delta essential on any comprehensive safari itinerary.
Day 11: Maun/Home
Your safari adventure ends today in Maun, Botswana.