(Central Kalahari, Okavango, Linyanti)
Your safari starts with a flight from Maun to the Central Kalhari Reserve where you'll spend three nights at the first lodge actually inside the reserve. This area is known to be a hotspot for cheetah, black-maned Kalahari lion along with meerkats as well as 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. Renowned for its mokoro (dugout canoes) trips which offer you close encounters with lechwe, sitatunga and an incredible range of birdlife. You will then board another charter plane as you fly into Linvanti, offering a vastly different landscape where you will discover the vast grassland plains which are famed for its lion and wild dog population. Being in this private concession allows you to go on night drives to search for nocturnal creatures such as the aardwolf.
NOTE: 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 South Africa you will be met inside the airport and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).
Airport transfer to/from your hotel with private vehicle
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.
Take your flight from Johannesburg to Maun today. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.
This flight departs from Maun and travels to the Central Kalahari, Botswana.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve gets animals such springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest in their thousands and is quite a sight to behold. Predators abound with plentiful Lions – especially the famous Kalahari black-maned Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and Jackals. Brown Hyenas and Wild Dogs are also found in the area. Several species of antelopes make the trip to the sweet grasses of the CKGR which include the Eland, Springbok, Steenbok, Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Kudu and Duiker. Honey Badgers are regular visitors as well as Ground Squirrels and Meerkats and many an hour can be wiled away watching these fascinating animals.
Tau Pan Camp is situated inside the world famous Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) right on the edge of the beautiful Tau Pan. "Kalahari' is derived from the Tswana word Kgala meaning “great thirst” – and it has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent water. The Kalahari Desert is the largest sand basin in the world stretching 2,500 kms from the northern regions of South Africa through to Namibia/Angola and ending in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is the largest game reserve in the world (52,800 sq km’s) and for many years was closed to the public, hence it is known for being one of Africa’s last true wild areas.
At first light you'll meet up with others at the lodge for your morning game drive in open 4X4's. Please note that Tau Pan is in a national park and an ecological sensitive area – for this reason we cannot drive off road or at night!
You'll also have the opportunity to have a guided walk with a San who will explain and entertain you by answering all your questions from birth to marriage to bush survival.
This flight departs the Deception Valley airstrip in the Central Kalahari and arrives in Maun, Botswana.
This flight departs from Maun and travels to Okavango, Botswana.
Here in the Okavango Delta lives some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife on Earth. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. You'll have the opportunity to see animals up close when expert guides accompany you on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. The park also boasts a diversity of landscape with desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps in close proximity – cheetah, crocodile and elephant can also be seen on a game drive.
This well known camp is set overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta. This region offers a contrasting experience, as its location allows access to the permanent waterways of the Delta as well as expansive dry land areas, admired for their quality game viewing. The camp fronts onto a huge floodplain, adjacent to the permanent water of the Delta and is backed by extensive bush. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 1,700 square kilometres, bordering the Moremi Reserve.
The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, you can experience serene silence at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow Delta channels. Just sit back and relax as they glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while they get eye to eye with a buffalo as it laps water from the river, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks or cruise past a pod of hippos as they lie in a pool. Fish eagles, frogs and fabulous lilies form much of this experience, but more frequently it is the quietness and gentle pace that makes its impression on you after a mokoro morning.
After a leisurely lunch and perhaps a siesta, afternoon drives in the Okavango are typically done at around 4pm when the animals are 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.
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).
This flight departs the Okavango airstrip and arrives in Linyanti.
Later this afternoon you will meet up with others from the lodge for your game drive.
Selinda Camp was completely rebuilt and re-opened in 2007 to acclaim. It is a small, wonderful, luxury tented safari camp that is situated on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway - a waterway that links Botswana's Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando marshes, rivers and floodplains. The shaded camp is raised a meter or so off the ground and offers extraordinary views over the floodplains, waterways and wide open savannas which are only broken by attractive palm islands. It is these views that are one of Selinda's most compelling features. Sit on your verandas while enjoying meals and gaze pensively over the floodplains of the Selinda, enjoy the passing wildlife as it has done for millennia. There is hardly a moment which goes by without animals in front of camp.
The Linyanti Wildlife Management Area is truly a hidden gem, here you can enjoy truly untouched game viewing. Linyanti is an absolutely superb safari area, completely comparable to nearby Okavango. It is renowned as one of the best game viewing areas in the region with a wide range and diversity of wildlife, with large herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra. This is truly a gorgeous, unspoiled region of waterways and lagoons, riverine forests, huge trees and palm tree islands.
During the dry season, Jun-Oct, game gathers around watering holes and rivers in large numbers, most notably elephant, buffalo, lion and wilddog. During the Linyanti green season, Nov-May, the game expand their range and you have the opportunity to see the park as the bush comes into bloom.
Enjoy daily game drives in the morning and evenings with others from your lodges as you seek out game each day. Game viewing is superb in both the wet and dry seasons, and the birding is exceptional.
Whether you enjoy game drives or wish to rest at your camp, there are several other activities available. Depending on where you are staying, optional activities could include: day and night game dives, nature walks, boat cruises and canoe or "mokoro" game viewing.
During your time in the Selinda Reserve you'll have the choice of Game Drives in open 4X4's and also the chance to explore the area by boat.
This flight travels from Linyanti to Maun, Botswana.
Take your flight from Maun to Johannesburg today via Gaborone. The flight duration is approximately 1 and a half hour.
Depart from Johannesburg international airport - End of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required. U.S. and Canadian citizens are permitted to stay up to 90 days without a visa.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often. For additional information on entry requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/botswana.aspx
COUNTRY INFOCAPITAL: Gaborone.GOVERNMENT: Republic since 1966.LANGUAGES: English is the official language. Setswana is the national language, with minorities speaking Kalanga and Sekgalagadi.RELIGION: Christian 78%; Badimo 6%; other 2%; none 20%TIME: UTC/GMT + 2.ELECTRICITY: 230 Volts AC, 50Hz. 15- and 13-amp plug sockets are in use. Plugs used are British-style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade, or South African/Indian-style with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin.TELEPHONE: Country code +267. There are very few public phone boxes.MOBILE TELEPHONE: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average.INTERNET: Available in large cities and resorts.CURRENCY: Pula (BWP). Denominations: P5, P10, P50 AND P100. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted payment but to a limited extent. Most hotels and lodges will accept major foreign currency or travellers cheques with US or Euros widely accepted.
CLIMATE: Dry, semi-arid land (rainfall is unpredictable and droughts occur often) with warm winters and hot summers. Humidity raises summer temperatures into the 40’s C (over 100’ F).
Summer Season is: September to April. Winter Season is: May to July.
During summer short thunderstorms are frequent, expect hot days and cool nights as the air cools off after short rain spells. During the winter, the days are dry and warm, with night time temperatures dropping with cool to cold nights and early mornings.
VISA/PASSPORTVisitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. We recommend that the passports of all travelers to South Africa contain at least two completely blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages (as many as four) at the back of the passport. While South African statutes require only one completely blank visa page, this rule has been applied inconsistently by South African immigration officials. In addition, any trip to a neighboring country would necessitate another blank page upon return.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of South Africa for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/south-africa.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Pretoria (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1910. Language: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion: Most inhabitants profess Christianity. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC; 250 volts AC (Pretoria), 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +27. Area codes are used even if you are making a call in the same area. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except in the very remote areas. Internet: Internet cafes are present around the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels.
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