Botswana Classic Safari
A CLASSIC LUXURY SAFARI
Featuring three ‘Classic’ Camps, two in the Okavango and one in the Linyanti area. Excellent accommodation, fabulous wildlife on a 9 night safari, this trip will take you to some of the best private wildlife areas Botswana has to offer with all the activities you would expect on this luxury adventure.
3 x nights
A classic Okavango game-viewing destination
Chitabe Camp is situated in a private concession area on an island in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. Playing host to a breathtaking mosaic of open floodplains, waterways, marshlands, dry acacia and mopane woodland, riverine forest and open grasslands, the area is famed for its incredible numbers and diversity of wildlife, in particular predators.
The camp’s eight spacious Meru-style tents are built on elevated wooden decks amongst trees. Each tent has twin beds, en-suite facilities and an indoor as well as an outdoor shower. The thatched dining, pub and lounge areas are built on raised decks to provide superb views across the floodplain, and a pool allows you to cool off in the heat of the day.
A mix of different habitats means an abundance of African wildlife
Wild dogs are often the stars of the show at Chitabe
Each tent has its own character, enhanced by superb wildlife photographs
Wildlife at Chitabe Camp
Chitabe Camp is located in the Chitabe Concession, which covers 22 000 hectares of pristine Okavango Delta wilderness. This unique area harbours a massive variety of habitats within close proximity giving rise to a surprising diversity of species. The mix of Okavango and Kalahari makes for an excellent home to an abundant array of herbivores: giraffe, buffalo, red lechwe, tsessebe, impala and elephant, which in turn support the larger predators: lion, leopard, spotted hyaena, cheetah and wild dog.
Things to do at Chitabe Camp
Activities at Chitabe revolve around day and night game drives and guided nature walks.
Game drives reveal the rich wildlife of the area from predators to prey. Our open 4x4 vehicles accommodate a maximum of seven guests allowing each a ‘window’ seat.
Afternoon to evening drives provide opportunities for you to see nocturnal mammals such as civet, genet and bushbabies, as well as owls and perhaps leopard.
Walking safaris (dependant on qualified guide availability) with skilled guides offers you the exciting opportunity of coming across big game on foot as well as observing the smaller things you miss when travelling by vehicle.
The birdlife is excellent and varies throughout the year, depending on water levels and season. They include African hawk-eagle, ground hornbill, scarlet-chested sunbird, red-billed hornbill, gabar goshawk and red-billed francolin.
3 x nights
Little Vumbura Camp
Okavango island camp with great game
Little Vumbura is situated on a beautiful island in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. Surrounded as it is by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are just as popular as those on land, both offering spectacular and diverse wildlife sightings.
Little Vumbura is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient forest. Each well-appointed tent has en-suite facilities and a deck with incredible vistas. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains and a star deck leads off over the water from the dining area.
The habitat mix means that just about every species found in the Okavango can be seen
Excellent predator sightings are possible all year round
Epitomising island living, this intimate camp is accessible only by boat
Wildlife at Little Vumbura
The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta surrounding Vumbura Plains are locally referred to as 'melapo' and offer good seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and Cape buffalo. Hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Predators include the African wild dog, several resident prides of lion, as well as leopard, cheetah and African wildcat. Birding is exceptional all year round.
Things to do at Little Vumbura
Due to its location, Little Vumbura offers a number of ways to observe the spectacular wildlife of this diverse concession.
Morning and afternoon game drives allow you to get close to animals in the savannah areas where lion, leopard, elephant, sable and buffalo along with extensive plains game roam. Our open 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodate a maximum of seven people allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat.
Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see during the day. Porcupine, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and lesser bushbaby are just some of these.
There is no better way of viewing game and exploring the Okavango than by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) often providing up close and personal sightings of tiny frogs and exciting birdlife.
Water-level dependent, boating is another idyllic form of water wildlife viewing. Sights of hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways.
On request and dependent on the availability of a qualified walking guide, nature walks with skilled, armed guides are wonderful ways of getting close to nature and observing the smaller creatures and plants you miss when travelling by vehicle.
The birding around Little Vumbura is exceptional all year round, with migrant species present in the summer. Pel's fishing-owl is regularly seen, as well as other specials like wattled crane and slaty egret.
3 x nights
Experience “the Vanishing River” that reappeared!
Savuti Camp is situated in the private Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel, famous for the fact that between 1980 and 2008 it stopped flowing altogether, creating an unusual ribbon of grassland. Surprisingly, the Channel began to flow once more, becoming a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life while wildlife had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it brought with it.
This intimate camp's en-suite accommodation is in seven large walk-in tents that are raised off the ground and face onto the Channel. From the camp's thatched dining area, a small pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks, providing a wonderful view of the water and its wildlife.
Savuti Camp has front row seats to watch all the drama that unfolds on the Channel
The Savute area harbours one of the densest dry-season concentrations of elephant in Africa
With two-thirds of the Savute Channel located in the concession, guests have exclusive access to abundant game and geological marvels
Wildlife at Savuti Camp
The Linyanti has diverse and prolific wildlife, but is most noted for its very large elephant population which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months. Other game concentrations are also high, and apart from abundant plains game, species such as roan and sable antelope, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal and wild dog may also be encountered. This area can also be excellent for the rarely-seen aardvark and aardwolf. Birding is spectacular.
Things to do at Savuti Camp
Due to our location on the Savute Channel and in the Linyanti Concession, Savuti has spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. Game viewing tops the agenda here.
Morning and afternoon game drives reveal the rich wildlife of the area where predators and elephant are often the highlight. Plains game and the diverse birdlife also offer fantastic sightings. The open 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven people, allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat.
Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see during the day. These often include the lesser bushbaby, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and, if you are extremely lucky, the elusive pangolin!
On request and subject to the availability of a qualified walking guide, nature walks with skilled, armed guides are wonderful ways of getting close to nature and observing the smaller details you miss when travelling by vehicle.
Hide and Star Bed
The Savuti hide is an elevated platform from which to view and photograph animals and birds. Sleep-outs are also possible here, as it is equipped with bed rolls, mosquito nets and a long-drop toilet to become a star bed.
Exploring the waters by boat can be undertaken in the morning, during midday, or as an afternoon activity. Note that boating is a seasonal activity, dependent on water levels.
Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis.
With the Linyanti Concession being an internationally recognised Important Bird Area (IBA), birding is understandably outstanding at Savuti Camp, from slaty egret in the water to kori bustard in the dry areas.
RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND £STERLING RATES ARE BASED ON THE CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE TO THE US$. A PREMIUM APPLIES FOR THE HOLIDAY PERIOD FROM 20TH DECEMBER TO 5TH JANUARY.
Includes Flights from Maun, in between camps and back to Maun.
All accommodation, all activities, all meals, all drinks, laundry and national park fees
US$9,400 OR £7,700 PER PERSON SHARING
Mid - Season
US$12,350 OR £10,125 PER PERSON SHARING
US$17,710 OR £14,520 PER PERSON SHARING
US$9,975 OR £8,200 PER PERSON SHARING
EVERYTHING FOR THE TRAVELER
INCLUDING FLIGHTS, ROAD TRANSFERS AND AIRSTRIP TRANSFERS
All Meals & Drinks
INCLUDING DRINKING WATER, LOCAL BEERS, WINES AND SPIRITS & SOFT DRINKS
Laundry and National Park Fees