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Botswana’s world-famous Okavango Delta, and the less well-known but equally alluring Linyanti region are intensely beautiful wetlands attracting a diversity of wildlife that is breathtaking to behold – lion, leopard, cheetah, numerous plains animals, and one of the largest elephant populations in Africa.
Boundless Journeys’ Okavango Delta & Linyanti Flying Safari is timed for the peak season for wildlife excitement in Botswana. Bush flights efficiently whisk us off to the most remote regions of these areas, allowing us a Botswana safari experience shared by few others. In private reserves bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, and deep in the watery wilderness of the Okavango Delta, you’ll be immersed in wildlife-rich areas in almost complete solitude.
Along the way, we’ll enjoy traditional safari activities such as game drives, nature walks, and mokoro canoeing, followed by restful evenings at some of the most luxurious and exclusive permanent safari camps in Botswana.
For those looking to experience more in this region, optional extensions to your Boundless Journeys adventure are offered to Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – or to Cape Town, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and more.
Why Trust Your Botswana Safari to Boundless Journeys?To develop a collection of truly unique safaris, Boundless Journeys has partnered with some of the best safari outfitters in Southern and Eastern Africa. In addition to experienced guides, first-class vehicles, and a diverse selection of camp and lodge options, our partners’ conservation efforts and community-mindedness are great matches for Boundless Journeys’ core philosophy.
Moremi Game Reserve
Upon arrival in Maun, you will be met by your guide and flown by light aircraft over the shimmering waters of the Okavango Delta. This initial flight provides a remarkable and beautifully scenic introduction to one of the world's most unusual ecosystems. The Delta represents life at its most fertile - abundant water, sunlight, and rich soil combine to form a paradise bursting with life and a landscape of indescribable beauty.
By early afternoon, we arrive at our home for the next three nights, an intimate, five-room luxury tented camp located in the private Chitabe reserve to the southeast of the renowned Moremi Game Reserve.
While here, our guide introduces us to the wilderness on day and night game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles, as well as on nature walks. Chitabe's variety of habitats ensures diverse and interesting wildlife viewing, including elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, tsessebe, and impala, as well as the very special possible sighting of wild dogs.
Chitabe LedibaPrivate Chitabe Concession, Botswana
Chitabe Lediba Camp is an intimate Okavango Delta camp ideal for small groups or families. Five spacious tents, including two family tents, are built on raised decks and feature ensuite bathrooms with outdoor showers and panoramic views of the Delta. The dining area, lounge and pool have a glorious vantage over the water hole where wildlife comes to drink. The camp’s wide range of habitats makes for amazing wildlife sightings on day and night game drives and nature walks.
After a final morning game drive and brunch at our camp on Day 4, a late morning bush flight brings us to our next camp, situated deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta. This area's abundant water allows for the Delta's most sublime experiences, and activities over the next two days will likely include mokoroing (Africa's answer to the Venetian gondola) and motorboat outings, complemented by nature walks.
Wildlife here includes water-loving species, such as elephant, hippo, lechwe, reed buck, sitatunga and crocodiles, not to mention spectacular birding, with some 450 species recorded. All of this in complete solitude with only a few other camp visitors exploring the area; a huge advantage of staying in a private reserve.
Pelo CampPrivate Jao Concession, Botswana
Set on a small heart-shaped island (pelo means ‘heart’) in one of the most remote areas of the Okavango Delta, Pelo Camp is an intimate, unpretentious five-roomed camp. Each spacious tented room offers two full or one king-sized bed with ensuite facilities. A lounge and dining area under canvas are complemented by a traditional African ‘boma’, and there is also a plunge pool. A true "water camp," Pelo offers mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions, guided nature walks, and game-viewing by motorboat.
After breakfast on Day 6 we fly northeast, departing the Okavango Delta and entering the renowned Linyanti Concession. After a short game drive we arrive at our final deluxe camp, which is elegantly set up overlooking the famed Savute Channel. Our final three nights are spent exploring this vast, wildlife-filled wilderness.
The landscape of the Linyanti region varies from floodplains to open, dry savannah and forest with sweeping views, creating a paradise for a high diversity of wildlife and bird species. During our days here, our activities will include game drives in the private northern region of the concession. Here we explore a range of habitats, from riverbanks to scrub and forest, which reveal a myriad of wildlife en route to slake their thirst from the river. In particular, the world's largest densities of elephants can be found in this region during the dry season from May to October. Impressive even in small family groups, when these animals gather together in numbers, it becomes an awe-inspiring sight you won't soon forget. In addition to the elephants, seldom-seen sitatunga can often be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare plains game such as roan and sable antelope, and of course their predators, lion and leopard, with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus.
Savuti CampPrivate Linyanti Concession, Botswana
Savuti Camp is situated in the private Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel, a deep, clear waterway that harbors hippo and aquatic life, and draws elephant, zebra, and others to be refreshed by its waters. This intimate camp offers ensuite accommodation in seven spacious tents that are raised off the ground and face the channel. From the camp’s thatched lounge area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend on wooden decks towards the channel.
Departure or Extend to Victoria Falls
On the morning of Day 9, our final scenic bush flight returns us to Maun, where we say goodbye to each other and the shimmering waters of the Okavango Delta, in time for departure on early afternoon flights.
Alternatively, you may wish to extend your trip to visit other regions; from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, Boundless Journeys offers a wide variety of extensions to help you make the most of your African safari experience. Please call 1-800-941-8010 to discuss the possibilities.
Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.
Aug 13-21, 2019
Sep 22-30, 2019
Take over a date for your group! See "Make It Private" on Dates & Prices tab.
From $9,895 Per Person
$950 Per Person
Light Air Transfers (Maun-Maun)
First two reserved:$1,635
See single supplement policy below.
6+ Guests: $12,895 per person
5 or Fewer: from $13,795 per person
Make it Private price is based on Land Cost only, and a guarantee of the specified number of guests in double occupancy. For groups smaller than the numbers shown, or those requiring single occupancy, we reserve the right to adjust the per person price. Additionally, some trips have minimum group sizes. Please call 1-800-941-8010 for details.
2019 SEASONAL PRICING DETAILS
Pricing shown above is for May 2019 only. June-October 2019 departures are priced as follows: Land Cost: $12,895 per person | Single Supplement (first two reserved): $2,735; Additional: $3,235 | Internal Airfare: $950
Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!
*This may not apply to certain trips with unique accommodation arrangements. Please see specific trip information for more details.
Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Okavango Delta & Linyanti Flying Safari is rated 1, easy, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). Our primary activities require little aerobic fitness, but some agility for getting in and out of vehicles and mokoro canoes, and walking through uneven terrain.
This trip can be enjoyed by anyone who is in reasonably good health. We will walk where possible, but this is often determined by the local area and country regulations. NOTE: These optional walks are at your own risk, and can take you close to potentially dangerous wild animals.
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Meeting Time and Place: 1:15 p.m., Maun Airport, Maun Botswana
Departure Time and Place: 12:35 p.m., Maun Airport, Maun Botswana
Summer is from November to the end of March and usually brings very high temperatures. It is also the rainy season and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down, although usually for a short period of time.
The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night temperatures can drop below freezing in some areas. Please be prepared for cold weather in the evening/night/morning and bring plenty of warm clothing, including a hat, gloves, long pants, fleece/wool top, and a windbreaker jacket. Camps are not heated, though the public areas do have fire pits, and beds are warmed with hot water bottles on cold nights. Ponchos are available for use in the safari vehicles.
The in-between periods -- April/early May and September/October -- still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter.
You may obtain other regional weather information on www.weatherbase.com.
There are excellent reasons to visit Botswana at any time of year. May-October is "peak season" when the floodwaters arrive, attracting an enormous diversity of animals. In one of nature's great ironies, the landscape is more arid in appearance although the floodwaters remain high, and the animals congregate in large numbers near the remaining watering holes. Predator and prey are often in close proximity in their intense need for water, leading to some memorable encounters.
No matter when you choose to go, you will see more elephants, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, buffaloes, hippos, and lions than you can keep track of. Traveling during peak season ensures a wide variety of animal sightings with relative ease and more comfortable temperatures.
A variety of activities are included on this safari, but the primary activity is game driving. The wildlife is typically most active early in the morning and late in the afternoon (these times also provide the best light for photography), and therefore we plan our activities accordingly.
Typically, one of the camp staff will knock at your tent door early in the morning, and the group will gather for a quick, light breakfast and coffee or tea before departing camp as the sun rises. We move slowly, and even when animals are not present, the landscape and sounds of the bush are entrancing. We spend a few hours exploring and observing animals at watering holes or on the move from one region to another.
As we come upon groups of animals, we allow plenty of time to simply observe and also take photographs. Our guides are experienced naturalists and will add greatly to your understanding of the animals. We keep a respectful distance — although the same cannot always be said about the animals, and it is not unusual to come nose-to-car with baboons, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and elephants. By mid-late morning, we return to camp where a delicious brunch awaits.
After brunch, we enjoy a few hours of down time, enjoying the amenities of camp, resting, birdwatching, photographing, or perhaps reading about the region you are visiting.
In the afternoon, we gather for hors d'oeuvres and drinks, before heading out for the afternoon activity. Some days this will be another game drive, while other times we may board mokoros for a quiet exploration of the waterways near camp or explore the area on foot in the company of our guide and a ranger.
"Sundowners", a light snack and cocktails in the bush, are an African safari tradition, and a great way to enjoy unforgettable African sunsets. We then make our way back to camp, sometimes driving with a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals.
In the evenings, dinner is enjoyed as a group, and will vary from seated meals ordered from the daily menu, to dining in the camp boma (a traditional style protected outdoor dining area) with a feast of traditional African foods and entertainment by the camp staff. These are joyful performances where it is often difficult to tell who is having more fun — the staff or the camp guests!
In the camps, the food is healthy, varied, and delicious, a feat when considering the logistics involved in servicing these remote areas with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and meats. To accommodate our morning and late afternoon activity schedule, several small meals and a few large ones are served daily. The pre-game drive early breakfast typically includes porridge, cereals, yogurt, fruit, coffee and tea; brunch includes typical breakfast fare accompanied by more savory items like sausage tarts, spring rolls, light lasagnas, and other eclectic choices; afternoon tea offers cakes, cookies, and savory items; "sundowners" are light appetizers and cocktails often taken at a scenic spot in the bush; and finally, dinner, ordered from a menu with two or three daily choices. Beef, pork, and chicken are the basis of most main dishes, with occasional opportunities to try indigenous meats like farm-raised springbok.
Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited.
Brooks is a member of Botswana’s Bayei tribe, the people who introduced mokoros to the Okavango Delta, and grew up in a small village on the banks of one of the main channels of the Okavango Delta. Being “born in the bush,” as he says, he had a fascination with Botswana’s wild areas from a young age.
Working in safari lodges, Brooks soon realized his heart was pulling him to the bush and started as a tracker before becoming a guide in 2000. With the combination of his friendly personality, superlative bush knowledge, and interests in astronomy, birding, and the diverse cultures of Botswana, Brooks helps guests truly see all Botswana has to offer.
Olebogile (known to all as Ollie) was born and raised in Maun, Botswana. He comes from a long line of subsistence farmers, and his passion for and appreciation of nature and wildlife stems from his days as a small boy herding goats and cattle in the bush.
After completing school, Ollie did his national service in the Department of Customary Law, and then enrolled in a professional guiding course at The Botswana Wildlife Training Institute.
With over a decade of guiding experience all around the Okavango Delta, Ollie brings a depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for his homeland that is contagious.
Andy, as he is known to all, was born at a remote cattle post in Shorobe, Botswana, about 20 miles from Maun. As a young boy, Andy would explore the bush with his grandfather, who taught him about the native fauna and flora as well as local history.
In the 1980s, under the tutelage of the skilled guide, Colin Bell, Andy learned every aspect of running a mobile safari expedition. Armed with years of practical experience, Andy qualified as a professional guide in 1996, and has been guiding expeditions in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia ever since.
Andy’s chief interest was initially mammals, but after more than two decades of leading safaris, his interests have expanded and developed. Andy now enjoys both the larger and smaller things that the bush has to offer--from elephants to kingfishers. His love of teaching travellers about the magnificent ecosystems, history, and culture of his native country make Andy a much sought-after guide.
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.
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