Private Custom Botswana Safari
Prepared by: Megan Bryant
Private Custom Botswana Safari
A safari during the summer season, which happens to be winter in the northern hemisphere, reveals a vibrant profusion of life that few visitors are fortunate to discover. During the rains, riverbeds fill, wetlands sprawl, grass grows and animals nurture their newborn young. As herds are drawn to the water, predators follow, creating a thrilling natural spectacle. Explore the wonders by boat, on foot and by 4x4 day and night game drives through a striking range of habitats.
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Cosmopolitan Johannesburg is the jumping-off point for most South African safaris. The city of four million is a vibrant mélange of colors and cultures. Food and music are central to life in ‘Joburg,’ and its clubs and pubs are an integral part of the social fabric. Tour Soweto or visit the Apartheid Museum to gain a deeper understanding of Johannesburg’s history, travails and rich multicultural heritage.
Southern Sun Airport Hotel
The Southern Sun Airport Hotel enjoys an exceptionally convenient location next door to South Africa’s busiest airport, making it an ideal choice for layovers. A landmark hotel in the area, it has maintained an excellent reputation over the years, making it a consistent favorite among travelers passing through Johannesburg who appreciate its removed and relaxed setting in the midst of the busy airport environs.
Makgadikgadi / Kalahari
Days 2 & 3
In the legendary Kalahari, the only sound is the silence ringing in your ears. Though arid and austere, the desert abounds with wildlife. Explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where desert-adapted animals browse scrub-grass savanna. Or discover the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, an immense ancient lakebed that is an important habitat for migrating wildebeest and zebra. Herds follow seasonal rains, trailed by predators like cheetah and the famous black-maned Kalahari lions.
Kalahari Plains Camp
Kalahari Plains Camp, in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, offers one of the most remote safari experiences in Botswana today. This camp is beautifully placed within the Kalahari Desert biome, a place famed for its magnificent wildlife with vast herds of antelope followed by abundant predators - including cheetahs, leopards and the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions.
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.
Tubu Tree Camp
Tubu Tree Camp, surrounded by grasslands, lies within a setting that attracts many species of plains animals. It is located on Hunda Island, the largest area of permanently dry land in this region of the Okavango Delta. A range of diverse habitats, from dry Kalahari sandveld to mopane and riverine forest on the edge of the permanent waterways ensures spectacular wildlife viewing.
Linyanti / Savuti Reserves
Days 7 & 8
The Linyanti and Savuti region of northern Botswana is noted for its 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. The once-flowing Savute Channel, which experiences long, unpredictable intervals of drought, cuts through the reserve. Large prides of lion and other predators steal behind, making for exciting wildlife viewing. Elephant, zebra and giraffe are also abundant.
Duma Tau Camp
Located near the source of the Savute Channel in the western section of the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Duma Tau provides private and exclusive access to a multiplicity of active wildlife. Built under a grove of mangosteen trees, the camp overlooks a large hippo-filled lagoon where elephant herds and lion prides abound. Situated in an untouched 300,000-acre concession in northern Botswana, DumaTau offers relaxing solitude while providing direct access to incredible wildlife.
Victoria Falls (Zambia side)
Days 9 & 10
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.
Toka Leya Camp is hidden on the banks of the Zambezi River in the western sector of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, upstream from Victoria Falls. Surrounded by shady canopy trees and an ancient baobab, the camp enjoys a serene setting in view of the river and its islands. Wildlife is frequently in view, including noisy hippos, elephants and a wide array of birds.
Your safari adventure ends today in Livingstone, Zambia.
Travel Dates: Nov 10, 2015 - Mar 20, 2016
Trip Length: 11 days, 10 nights
Country: South Africa, Botswana, Zambia
Nov 10, 2015 - Mar 20, 2016*
From $7,595 per adult after $2,400 savings
From $4,625 per child ages 6-16**
*excludes travel during Dec 20 - Jan 10
**children must share with 2 parents in a family room, max 2 adults and 2 children per room
Single Supplement: Solo travelers pay a supplement of $195 for transfers