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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Botswana: Makgadikgadi, Okavango Delta & Chobe Explorer

9-day tailor-made holiday from £5,825 pp incl. flights


Short description

Stay in comfort as you track Botswana’s myriad wildlife


  • Explore Botswana's rich biodiversity across three national parks – Chobe, Okavango and Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Let included game drives and mokoro canoe glides bring you up close to the country's incredible array of wildlife
  • Return to gourmet dining and poolside relaxation at boutique safari camps and lodges chosen for their superb locations and service

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 2 Nights Okavango Delta
  • 2 Nights Savuti


Recommended for:
Independent tour | May holidays | Natural world | Safari | Wildlife

Botswana is Southern Africa at its iconic best. Sunset gradients silhouette whispering bush flora while meandering waterways pour life into vast plains. And it’s all animated with a richly diverse wildlife population; Botswana is host to more elephants than any other country. Explore it all with wildlife excursions from three all-inclusive lodges, linked by charter flight jumps. You’ll dodge hippos as you sail the storied waters of the Okavango Delta, track lions on bush walks in the Makgadikgadi Pans and map the zebra migration in Chobe National Park. Each evening, you’ll be pampered by fine dining, stunning views and poolside indulgence at your bijoux lodge.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

Enjoy included UK airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Botswana.

Days 2-3
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Changing at Johannesburg, you’ll fly to Maun where a charter flight will bring you 140 km to your safari lodge, set on the western banks of the Boteti River. Check into your thatched, glass-fronted suite set high above the Boteti River before making full use of the included wildlife activities to explore your national park surrounds. Whether it’s a day or night game drive, a walking tour, or, water levels permitting, a river cruise expedition, expert guides will get the most out of this stunning environment. And, although the lodge’s name translates to ‘lion’s paw’, you’ll be treated to much more than this big cat king; zebras, wildebeest, porcupine, hippos, leopard, cheetah, hyenas and impala are all regularly spotted. Optional cultural village tours can be arranged and for those staying for a minimum of three nights, a visit to Nxai pans, Baines Baobabs or Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Come the evening, return to poolside luxury, gourmet dining, an intimate bar and a riverside hide.

Stay: Leroo La Tau (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 4-5
Okavango Delta

Your next charter flight hop will see you to the Okavango Delta, a land where myriad waterways and green flood plains host one of Africa’s most diverse collections of wildlife. And your water-based camp – accommodating just 24 guests across twelve boutique suites-with-a-view – is positioned right in the centre of it all. Interconnected walkways bring you out to thatched lounges, fire pits, a library, a rim flow swimming pool and a self-service bar, all with stunning views. It’s the ideal base for activities that bring you through reed-lined channels and papyrus swamps in motorboats and mokoro dugout canoes. As you laze past, keep your eyes out for everything from hippos and crocodiles to hyenas and zebra. Get closer with guided bush walks that track the larger land-based species, including the African bush elephant.

Stay: Camp Okavango (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 6-7
Savute Channel

Fly out to your last lodge for more thatched, timber chalet luxury where private decks make the most of national park views. The cosy lounge, well-stocked library, cocktail bar and al fresco dining area round off amenities; it’s even possible to watch the resident elephants make their way to the river from the lodge's swimming pool or bar deck. You’ll also have the chance to explore the more human side of Botswana, with the ancient San Rock Paintings at the nearby Gubatsa Hills before 4WD, open-top safari excursions bring you back to the wildlife. A real highlight is the biannual zebra migration. As the second largest in Africa, the zebra move from the park’s northern rivers in search of rain-ripe grasslands and waterholes in the south. Plan ahead as it occurs roughly between November and December and again between February and April. The migration is followed by a large number of predators and you’ll also go out in search of big cats and Chobe’s elephant herds.

Stay: Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 8-9

Fly back to Maun to transfer to Johannesburg and your flight home. If you’re considering extending your stay, we recommend adding in a visit to Victoria Falls. A true natural wonder, its monumental cascades mark the meeting point of Zambia and Zimbabwe and form the largest waterfall in the world.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

9-day tailor-made holiday
from £5,825 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £5,825 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £62,965 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between London and Maun
  • Domestic flights on a seat in charter basis between camps/lodges
  • 6 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) lodges on a full-board basis including local spirits and wines
  • Shared safari drives, entrances and national park fees

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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