Botswana Summer Encounter – Comfortable Mobile
- In Detail
Botswana Summer Encounter – is an 11 day guided comfortable mobile safari that operates during Botswana’s summer, from mid-January through to April and from mid-November to mid- December annually. It visits some of the more remote regions of this beautiful and varied countryside that Botswana has to offer.
The safari begins in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where sporadic summer rains bring plains game (especially zebra), into the desert valleys in large numbers, followed by their predators.
It then moves through into Santowani concession close through which the Khwai River flows leading to a game rich area on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and then into the water enviroment of the central Okavango Delta, where both game viewing and methods of travel are diverse.
It finishes on the edge of the mighty Zambezi, close to Victoria Falls in Zambia.
The always-fertile green islands of the Okavango and its crystal-clear waterways are one of the most fascinating ecosystems on the planet while the diverse and wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems are essential compliments to the Delta.
The Botswana Summer Encounter starts at Maun, Botswana and ends in Livingstone, Zambia.
Maun / LivingstonePrices:
per person sharing
The Botswana Summer Encounter mobile safari has set departure dates during its operating season (mid-January to April and November to mid-December) and has a maximum participation of eight guests and a minimum of just two.
- Day 1
Met on arrival in Maun (most probably from Johannesburg) with a light aircraft flight to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and onwards by game drive vehicle to the Kalahari Plains Camp, a Classic grade of camp with just eight en-suite safari tents, each overlooking a huge pan with seemingly endless horizons. Each of the rooms has a roof-top viewing deck built to take in the sweeping views which can also be set up to allow you to sleep-out under the immense African night skies. The Milky Way, Scorpio and the Southern Cross are often seen. Activities at Kalahari Plains Camp consist of 4×4 drives in open sided safaris vehicles and guided bush walks usually with a San Bushman as your guide – the walk is fascinating as you learn about how the Bushmen survive in such a harsh environment; you’ll learn some of their skills. Making fire is not as easy as it looks.
- Days 2 & 3
Game viewing in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Some of the more unusual creatures you may see in the Kalahari include aardwolf, bat eared foxes and honey-badgers.
- Day 4
Road transfer (+/- 5 hours) back to Maun Airport in time to catch your light aircraft flight to Gomoti Tented Camp in the Santawani Concession of the Kwhai region. Gomoti is a relatively new Exploration grade of camp that sits lightly within its environment and offers just five en-suite safari tents over looking an open shrubbed area. Your meals are often taken in the open allowing you to see what’s around; and there’s plenty. During a recent visit our group saw cheetah, lion, leopard, a pack of wild dog and numerous and various breeds of plains game. Bird life was also prolific.
- Day 5 & 6
Game viewing around Gomoti – the region around the camp offers a mix of savannah grasslands, broken up by areas of thick bush and some more wooded areas. All the safari activities are in 4×4 safari vehicles.
- Day 7
Light aircraft flight to the central Okavango Delta and Xigera Camp. Xigera sits beautifully in its environment on a small island with a permanent water channel on one side and a seasonally flooded plain on the other – it’s one of our favourite camps offering a Classic grade of accommodation and good game viewing for a reasonable price (for Botswana). Each of the ten en-suite tented safari rooms, which include a family unit, are sited on raised walkways and have decks with views either over the channel or the flood plain, Game viewing activities are varied with (water levels dependent) 4×4 safari drives, boating and mokoro trips. Catch and release fishing is also offered with catfish in abundance.
- Days 8 & 9
Game viewing in the central Okavango Delta. Game viewing here is always excellent but if you’re lucky you might get to see the rare sitatunga antelope as well as elephants, kudu, waterbuck and giraffe.
- Day 10
Enjoy a light aircraft flight over the Chobe National Park to Kasane, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you to the landing stage for a Chobe River boat cruise. Whilst on board you’ll have a light lunch perhaps watching as an elephant snorkels its way over the Chobe into Botswana. Road transfer over the mighty Zambezi into Zambia, clearing immigration en-route and onwards to Toka Leya Camp on the edge of the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls, Toka Leya sits on a raised bank within the Mosi-oa-Tunya (the ‘smoke that thunders’) National Park about a twenty minute drive from central Livingstone. The park is small but its inhabitants include a small crash of (heavily guarded) rhino. Activities here are incredibly varied from a visit to the Victoria Falls, boat trips, catch and release fishing, walks into the park to see the rhino as well as a range of adrenaline filled activities such as bungee jumping.
- Day 11
Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls before a road transfer to Livingstone in time for your onward flight.
Starts at Maun, Botswana and ends in Livingstone, Zambia
19 January to 30 April 2017 and 17 November to 19 December 2017: £5,495
Prices based on two sharing twin/double accommodation throughout. Single supplement (if applicable) on request.
Flights for both the long-haul and short-haul international sectors can be arranged on your behalf. Please call us with your preferred airline and choice of cabin and we’ll provide you with our best price.