(Makgadikgadi, Okavango, Savute, Chobe)
You’ll feel like you’re witnessing a scene out of The Lion King as all manner of wildlife gather around the watering holes of Savute Wildlife Reserve.
But this is not a movie – it’s brilliant Botswana and the tour of your lifetime. Your safari starts with a flight from Maun to the Makgadikgadi pans where you'll spend three nights at the first lodge actually inside the reserve. This area is known to be a hotspot for cheetah, zebra migration along with large herds of springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest. You will have the chance to explore the area on foot with the San Bushmen. From desert to delta you will next explore one of the most pristine areas on the planet, the Okavango Delta. This area offers you the opportunity to track game both by water and land. Savute is a unspoiled sanctuary of savanaah, water wholes, forests, hills and ancient, towering trees. It’s here that large numbers of elephants, buffalos and lions call home, and you’ll experience it all with the help of experienced local trackers and guides. You’ll end the safari by exploring the majestic Chobe River region by boat, open 4x4 and on foot during the daylight hours and when the sun goes down.
This tour will introduce you to some of Africa’s most stirring natural wonders while never skimping on the luxury. Accommodation is a mixture of great hotels, luxury lagoon lodges, and exclusive safari camps in secluded locations. Of course, experienced trackers and tour guides are on-hand to help you draw the best from this natural paradise and bring you up-close encounters with Africa’s most iconic wild animals.
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NOTE: Travel befor 1st of December and save over 1000$pp. Due to capacity constraints in Botswana, there is a 20% non-refundable booking fee. This booking fee is paid to the lodges directly to secure reservations. This will be paid upon confirmation of your booking.
Upon arrival into Johannesburg-South Africa, you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs.
You will receive the necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, with pick up and drop off times.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.
Take your flight from Johannesburg to Maun today. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg (18lb) and maximum dimension of 56cm (L) 36cm (W) 23cm (H). Checked luggage: One piece not exceeding 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches).
This short charter hop flight departs Maun and travels to Makgadikgadi, Botswana.
Passengers weighing over 120kg will need to purchase an additional seat.Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 20kg (44lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Luggage dimensions must not exceed 25cm (10 inches) wide, 30 cm (12 inches) high and 62 cm (24 inches) long. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.
This afternoon you will meet up with the other guests from the lodge for your game drive in Makgadikgadi. The Makgadikgadi Pan is a series of large salt pans in the middle of the dry savannah of Northeastern Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world and interspersed between the pans are sand dunes, rocky islands and peninsulas, and desert terrain. The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up several thousand years ago. The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve has an area of 3 900 sq. km and is the scene of large migrations. In the wet season, this reserve can offer good wildlife viewing, particularly when large herds of zebra and wildebeest begin their westward migration to the Boteti region. Other species that can be spotted here include gemsbok, eland and red hartebeest, as well as kudu, bushbuck, duiker, giraffe, springbok, steenbok, and even elephant, with all the accompanying predators, as well as the rare brown hyena. Your afternoon is guaranteed to be full of excitement, spectacular views and amazing experiences.
In the early morning, you will meet up with the other guests from the lodge for your game drive in Makgadikgadi. The Makgadikgadi Pan is a series of large salt pans in the middle of the dry savannah of Northeastern Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world and interspersed between the pans are sand dunes, rocky islands and peninsulas, and desert terrain. The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up several thousand years ago. The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve has an area of 3 900 sq. km and is the scene of large migrations. In the wet season, this reserve can offer good wildlife viewing, particularly when large herds of zebra and wildebeest begin their westward migration to the Boteti region. Other species that can be spotted here include gemsbok, eland and red hartebeest, as well as kudu, bushbuck, duiker, giraffe, springbok, steenbok, and even elephant, with all the accompanying predators, as well as the rare brown hyena. Your afternoon is guaranteed to be full of excitement, spectacular views and amazing experiences.
This flight departs from Makgadikgadi and travels to the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
Your stay at Camp Moremi is inclusive of land and water activities.
Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, both in the morning and late afternoons, offer frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog. Alternatively, guest can explore the Xaxanaka Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat.
The Okavango Delta features some of the best game viewing in all of Africa. Drives are typically done very early in the morning and last for a few hours, after which you return to the lodge for breakfast. (shared with other guests at the lodge).
After a leisurely lunch and perhaps a siesta, head out on an afternoon game drive, which in the Okavango are typically done at around 4pm when the wildlife is most active. They usually last for a few hours and you will be back at the lodge in time for dinner. This activity is shared with other guests of the lodge in the lodge's 4x4 vehicles.
This flight travels from the Okavango airstrip to Savuti.
Game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles are conducted in the Savute area, including the Savute Marsh, and a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills. You will most likely see nearly all the major species in the area, such as giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, tsessebe, roan, sable, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, eland, as well as predators including lion, hyena, jackal, cheetah and possibly wild dog.
Activities are centred around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Many trips will incorporate a visit to the Savute Marsh for your chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a teeming backdrop of wildlife. Guests will 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.
Savute lays claim to the second biggest summer zebra migration in Africa, which is determined by the rains but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the southeast of the park. Often followed by a myriad of predators, the zebra migration is a must for visitors.
You'll meet up with others from the lodge for your Game Drive.
Early morning game drives take you out in search of game, when the first rays of sun are sneaking over the horizon. This morning game drives take place when all of the wildlife starts to move around in search of food and water, it is a fascinating spectacle and a new beginning every day.
Evening drives take place when the skies start to turn red, animals will emerge from their afternoon siestas and you will be amidst all of it when the bush becomes alive with wild sights and sounds.
This flight departs form Savuti and travels to Kasane, Botswana.
The lodge's staff will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip.
Chobe Game Lodge game drives are conducted in open sided 4x4 vehicles ensuring maximum visibility. You can also enjoy a romantic sunset cruise down the Chobe River. Cruises on small boats or aboard the Mosi-oa-Tunya, afford spectacular wildlife viewing and enable you to experience unforgettable African sunsets. Game viewing on the Chobe River is conducted by small, shallow draft and highly manoeuvrable boats piloted by expert boatmen. Your resident professional guides offer slide shows, star gazing presentations, garden and river walks as well as walking safaris in the nearby Kasane forests.
Gliding across the picturesque Chobe River is considered by many as one of the finest game viewing experiences in all of Africa. Boasting some 80000 plus elephants in the park alone provides visitors with very frequent sightings of these majestic creatures along the waterways and flood plain-lands. Other African wildlife including hippos, buffalo, crocodiles, and water fowl are also often seen on these dynamic waters.
Game viewing in the Chobe National Park with your skilled guide. You'll have a great chance to view the abundant elephant and other big game species up close.
Airstrip transfer with private vehicle and guide.
Fly today between Kasane and Johannesburg with Air Botswana.
The pristine four-star Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport is set in the heart of Kempton Park, minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa’s largest airport. Themed around an aircraft hangar, the industrial ambiance of the hotel is felt in the polished concrete floors, steel finishes, chrome lighting and top to bottom windows that overlook the aeroplanes as they dock and take off. Protea Hotel OR Tambo boasts 213 superbly appointed bedrooms. Elegant furnishings are complimented by wooden flooring and cool finishes while soundproof windows ensure a peaceful stay.
Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River some 140 kilometres south east of Maun. The river’s eastern bank forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The Park stretches away from the banks of the Boteti River, through its interior of scrubland and grasslands. The western boundary supports mineral rich grass lands, which, along with the River supplies the much needed sustenance for the herds which inhabit the park. As Leroo La Tau is built on cliffs over 10 metres high, guests can enjoy an extensive vista. The main reception and lounge area is also located on top of these cliffs; this raised vantage point ensures unsurpassed views of the river and the Makgadikgadi to the east.
The combination the vital Okavango Delta waters source and the great grasslands of Kalahari Desert attract a vast amount of wildlife. The meeting point of the waters and plains support forests, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, creating a true paradise for lions, Elephants, Sable and Roan Antelopes, Hippos, Giraffes, Hyenas, Zebras, Kudus, Lechwes and Buffalos. Wild Dogs, Cheetahs and Leopards also inhabit the area. Situated under a remote woodland canopy, Camp Moremi, in the area of Moremi Game Reserve, provides guests with spectacular views of the open plains. The Moremi Camp offers its guests besides its superb game viewing location, 22 safari styled tents, of which each is located on a elevated wooden stands featuring a private viewing deck. Special touches include towel robes. The onsite restaurant serves regional African dishes, while the cocktail bar offers splendid views. The luxurious lodge Camp Moremi is built on an elevated platform providing splendid views over the plains. Guests may make use of the lodging’s wildlife reference library, choose form a selection of local dishes consisting of grilled meat and fresh produce in the restaurant or relax in the shade of the Ebony trees in the cocktail bar while enjoying the spectacular vista overlooking the Okavango Delta’s Xakanaxa Lagoon.
Situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, Savute Safari Lodge is a traditional thatched safari lodge in a setting of singular beauty. But just as awe-inspiring is the decades old story of how the river was stolen… and in an unexpected twist, how it was given back. To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just 24 guests in 12 local timber and thatched chalets. The chalets have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to compliment the natural environment and feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area plus en-suite facilities. The signature expansive glass sliding doors and viewing decks at Savute Safari Lodge were inspired by the striking panorama, and have been further complemented by the Savute Channel which now flows just 50 metres from the lodge. The Lodge provides a rare chance to see Savuti as few people other have. After another extended hiatus, the channel began flowing again and by January 2010 had spilled into the Savute Marsh for the first time in three decades. No-one knows how long the water will remain…
Situated In the remote and unspoiled northern extremity of Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is the only lodge within the Park that offers every luxury and comfort needed for your sojourn into the wilds. The Game Lodge is decorated in a dramatic Moorish style along the banks of the Chobe River. Offering a quintessential African flavor, this game lodge overlooks timeless vistas of Africa. Enjoy superb international cuisine served on the terrace as you take in the sound of buffalo and elephant herds on open green plains, hear the cry of the Chobe Eagle, and bask in the glow of golden red sunsets. This is the perfect setting for your exploration of this incredible place where time stands still. Chobe's wildlife roams in profusion and diversity. It is home to the largest concentration of Elephant in Africa. During the dry season the herds assemble on the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River along with large herds of Buffalo. Other major species such as Lion, Wild Dog, Puku, Red Lechwe, Sable and Roan Antelope may be encountered in many areas of the reserve.
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We all agree that Kensington has first class staff working for them in Africa. All the camps that we stayed at were absolutely beautiful except perhaps for the one in Lake Manyara. All in all it was a spectacular trip!"
Janine Chey ,
April 21, 2014
"Our trip to Masai Mara via Kensington ran very smoothly. We stayed at the Mara West Lodge. Beautiful location atop a ridge overlooking the Masai Mara plains. Our luxury tents were quite comfortable and the staff/service at the lodge were great. Meals were very nice especially the daily soups. Our guide, Steve, was also great...so knowledgeable and eager to show us many interesting things. He planned our daily game drives and took us on a nature hike one afternoon. He clearly knows and understands this ecosystem. He has an amazing eye, finding animals in fields of tall grasses. Our entire family had an amazing time, trip of a lifetime...would love to go back!"
Justin Yax ,
April 21, 2014
"Once again, a perfect trip. From Elizabeth's planning to Godfrey's guiding, we could not have asked for a more thorough and well planned safari. I can't wait to come back and do it again, this time with a Kilimanjaro climb added onto the trip!"
Nancy Frierson ,
April 21, 2014
"The entire trip was superb - all the transfers, the lodging and the food, the safari experience and the knowledgeable guides. The guide's ability to spot an animal and identify it at a great distance allowed us to see and photograph all the animals on our list and then some. The lodgings were even better than we had hoped and the staff could not possibly have been better. Our trip of a lifetime turned out to be just that."
Avi J.Moskovitz ,
February 03, 2014
"We finally returned from the most magical vacation in Morocco and we cannot thank Lily and Kensington Tours enough!! This trip was beyond amazing and we are so appreciative for everything done to make this trip happen last minute for us!
We had a spectacular tour guide that spoke 8 languages, Ismail, and the friendliest and warmest driver, Said, whom made the experience absolutely phenomenal! Not only did we learn and see, but we laughed, danced, ate like pigs, kissed camels and snakes, ran in the Sahara desert under the stars, and enjoyed life - the best gift of all!
Ebony Hoskins ,
October 18, 2013
"I am so happy that I used Kensington Tours to help with my dream trip to Cape Town South Africa. I was looking for a well respected tour company that planned private guided tours that was not going to cause me my leg, lol. I begin searching companies by reputation and value. I narrowed it down to Kensington Tours because of the quality and value. I felt taken care of prior to my departure due to the detailed itinerary.
From the time of got off the plane to the time I headed back to the states, I was in excellent hands. The service was EXCELLENT! I will definitely use Kensington again. Certainly, a trip of a lifetime!"
Hanne Jones ,
October 24, 2013
"I have travelled all my life. I've combed much of Europe, from The arctic north in Norway to the streets of Seville in Spain, the beaches of Cannes and Nice in France and the medieval heart of Bologna in Italy. I've been on two African safaris (one tented, one not), both "luxurious." I've been on more than a dozen jaunts to India, some guided, others not. Over the years I have discovered that I had rather be lost and disoriented in a foreign country than submit once again to the unbending schedule of a guided tour. Hence I had given up tours of any kind, until Molly Kelly, an American Express travel agent, suggested I might want simply to list the places my friends and I wished to see in Morocco then let Kensington Tours make accessing them in an orderly way not only possible but thoroughly enjoyable as well. And this Kensington Tours did. They pulled our disparate destinations together and designed a far, far better route than we could ever have done on our own. They satisfied all our requests and threw in delicious additions, areas of interest we had never considered or even heard of. Our accommodations were well within our means and wonderful. Our guide and driver, not to mention our Mercedes SUV, could not have pleased us more. In other words, thanks to Molly and her recommending Kensington Tours, we had a sensational holiday. "
Anthoula Korina ,
September 05, 2013
"Africa had always been a myth in mind since I was child that was up until a week ago. I just returned from an epic safari adventure! Kenya, Tanzania and the Maasai are sorely missed.
Words cannot fully express the magic of this ever-flowing journey. It was awe-inspiring, breathtaking, free and powerful. My mind keeps playing tricks on me; thinking rather hoping that I'm going to see a giraffe cross a busy NYC street :)
The memories will resonate for a lifetime. To boot, I went on this trip solo; female traveler. Not sure any of it would have been possible w/out Kensington Tours!!! Thank you..."
July 12, 2013
"I had a wonderful trip visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda. We were able to get really close to the gorillas and watched their interactions with each other. The local people are so gracious and made every minute a delight. The accomodations were great. I loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of the forest. The added luxury of a massage was a great way to end the trip!"
July 26, 2013
"Our family of 6 traveled to Morocco for a 9 day Imperial cities discovery, I was absolutely amazing. Our guide Lahcen Zaaim was the best guide we have EVER had and we have traveled to many countries. There was not one subject that he was not knowledgeable about. He made the trip sooooo memorable. He was so flexible and when he picked us up in the mornings to head out, he was talking nonstop to tell us soo much about everything we were seeing. There was soooo much to see in Morocco and he made sure we saw it all.. He truly has a gift in the touring business, you feel as if your leaving your best friend when the trip is over. When we got to the airport in casablanca, he spotted us before we saw him and of course, we asked him, how did you recognize us? He even went as far as to get the King of Moroccos artist to meet us at our riad the night before we left to return home late to do our names in moroccan arabic to frame, They were beautiful, He showed us a picture of the Kings Face he had done for the Palace! Lily Baffour from Kensington planned our trip and she was amazing, planning everything as she thought we would like based on what I told her. She did an Outstanding job and literally sent our Iteniaries by next day air in a beautifully done spiral bound personally book for each family that was going on the trip, SOOOOOO IMPRESSED and she even got the guide we requested!!!! I cant say enough about this trip and Kensington, we will definitely use again!!! We experienced a VERY different culture in going to Morocco and thats what we wanted, a Very different exotic trip and thats what we got!!!! Again our accomodations we Top Notch, staying in the TRuly authenic Riads, they were SOOOOO Luxurious, Plan on taking another suitcase or buying one there because you will buy more things to bring home than any other trip because of all the Handicrafts there, especially in Fes!!!
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