Encounter Botswana's wildlife icons amid its spectacular natural world
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- Stay at three standout safari lodges, part of the Desert & Delta group
- Explore the wildlife-rich waterways of the Okavango Delta
- Discover two amazing locations in Chobe National Park
- Enjoy guided game drives in the company of expert rangers
- Relax with gourmet dining, sundowners and stunning wilderness views
- 2 Nights Xugana Island Lodge
- 2 Nights Savute Channel
- 2 Nights Chobe National Park
Activity adventure | Natural world | Safari | Wildlife
Botswana offers some of the finest game viewing in Africa, and this itinerary, with Desert & Delta Safaris, takes in three of the country's wildlife hotspots – the Okavango Delta, the Savute Channel and the Chobe National Park. These remarkable locations, each one completely unique, offer the chance to come face to face with some of the continent's most iconic species, from big cats such as lion and leopard to roaming herds of buffalo as well as prolific elephant and rhino. You'll have the chance to spot them all throughout this unforgettable holiday, with stays at three superb safari lodges – Xugana Island Lodge, Savute Safari Lodge and Chobe Game Lodge. Expect first-class facilities, gourmet dining and game drives and river tours led by experienced, professional guides.
Day by day itinerary
Start your safari in style with included UK airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Botswana.
Arrive in Maun where you'll board a charter flight to Xugana Airstrip. From here it's a relaxing 20-minute motorboat transfer to Xugana Island Lodge, located on a private concession in the heart of Botswana's Okavango Delta, a region of waterways and lagoons that supports a quite astonishing array of flora and fauna. The lodge overlooks Xugana Lagoon, an area widely regarded as the Okavango's most spectacular permanent water site. Here, you'll enjoy a range of exciting safari activities, all in the company of experienced, professional guides. Take to the waters of the delta in a traditional wooden mokoro canoe and discover a wealth of plant, animal and bird life, including elephants, buffalos, hippos, lechwes, wildebeest, crocodiles, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, fish eagles, owls and cranes to name just a few. Back on dry land, experience nature up close and personal on a guided nature hike. There's even the chance to take it all in from above on an optional helicopter flight. Speak to our specialists for details. And, when the adventures are over, you'll return to the lodge to enjoy first-class dining and facilities, including a swimming pool and large deck with views across the lagoon and delta beyond
Stay: Xugana Island Lodge (Superior)
Meals: B L D
The next stage of your journey through Botswana takes you to the banks of the Savute Channel, a winding waterway that stretches from the Liyanti River to the western borders of the Chobe National Park. Check into the Savute Safari Lodge, a series of elegantly furnished chalets set along the banks of the Savute Channel, offering privacy, relaxation and the chance to marvel at the abundance of passing wildlife, which includes lions, giraffes, buffalos, leopards and zebras. In fact, the Savute has become known as one the best places in Botswana for leopard and lion sightings, while twice a year the channel also hosts the second largest zebra migration in Africa (usually between November and December, and again from February to April). Activities here are by 4x4 safari vehicles, which take you to all corners of the Savute Channel and surrounding Savute Marsh. Back at the lodge you'll enjoy a multitude of modern comforts, including a swimming pool and al fresco dining deck from where its possible to observe the local wildlife, including the resident elephants, drinking from and bathing in the waterhole in front.
Stay: Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park (Superior)
Meals: B L D
Chobe National Park
The final leg of your holiday sees you spend two memorable nights at the Chobe Game Lodge, the only permanent game lodge within the boundaries of the Chobe National Park. This remarkable luxury eco-lodge is the perfect base for exploring the spectacular landscapes and discovering the remarkable wildlife of one of Southern Africa's great game-viewing destinations. Enjoy early-morning and late afternoon game drives using mostly electric vehicles and silent, solar powered boat tours as you go in search of four of the fabled Big 5 (lion, buffalo, elephant and leopard – rhinos are rarely seen in Chobe), along with a host of other bird, animal and plant species. During the day you'll have time to relax at the lodge, enjoying a host of superb facilities, which include a large swimming pool, a gym, the services of an in-house beautician, two bars, six lounges and four restaurants.
Stay: Chobe Game Lodge (Deluxe)
Meals: B L D
Depart for UK
After a final delicious breakfast, check out and take your private transfer to Kasane Airport in time for your flight home, arriving in the UK the next day.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
9-day tailor-made holiday from £4,545 pp incl. flights
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