Best of Botswana Safari
Days 1, 2 and 3 – Makgadikgadi Pans
After arriving in Maun, Botswana, you will fly east in a light aircraft to the expansive Makgadikgadi Pans. This surreal landscape is something completely different to the rest of Botswana (and Africa for that matter) and offers some of the best experiences for wildlife lovers and adventurers. Although the Makgadikgadi Pans is home to herds of zebra, wildebeest, oryx, elephants and prides of lion, the experiences here are not your traditional safari experience. Highlights of the Makgadikgadi Pans include learning more about the traditions and customs of the San Bushmen who call the deserts of Botswana home. Head out on an educational walk with a family and learn how they survive in this harsh environment finding food and water in a seemingly desolate place. The Makgadikgadi Pans is also home to the inquisitive and mischievous habituated meerkats. The camp offers a unique experience to spend time with them as they go about their day foraging for bugs, scorpions and anything else they can dig up. The real highlight of the Makgadikgadi Pans is heading out into the vast salt pans on quad bikes and having the opportunity to sleep out under the stars. There is no light pollution offering some of the best star gazing in the world.
Days 4, 5 and 6 – Selinda Private Reserve
The Selinda Reserve is one of the largest private wildlife reserves in northern Botswana. The 130,000-hectare reserve has just 3 camps on it, thus ensuring the utmost in exclusive safari experiences. Explore the grasslands, woodlands, floodplains and lagoons on walking safaris or from the comfort of a 4×4 in search of the abundant wildlife which includes large herds of elephants and buffalo, prides of lions, leopards, cheetah and the highly endangered wild dog. This is one of our favourite reserves in Botswana due to the exclusive safari experience and incredible wildlife sightings. The camp is situated on a bend in the Selinda Spillway and is designed in a traditional East African explorer style. Each of the 4 guest tents has an ensuite bathroom with flush loo and bucket shower. After a day on safari, why not relax in one of the hummocks under the Jackelberry trees and watch Africa pass you by.
Days 7, 8 and 9 – Duba Plains
From Selinda, you fly further north to Duba Plains Camp, one of the most dramatic wildlife reserves in Botswana and location of the National Geographic documentary “Relentless Enemies” which shows the constant battle between lions and buffalo. The huge grasslands are teeming with red lechwe, elephant, Tsessebe, buffalo and rhino. What makes Duba Plains so dramatic is that the 2 prides of lions that dominate the area are constantly hunting the large herds of buffalo that move from one island to the next. We love Duba Plains as it is one of the best areas in Africa to see lions. Because of the habitat of waterways, lagoons and grasslands the lions here tend to be much larger than other areas of Africa. Duba Plains is a luxury camp overlooking a lagoon. Each of the huge tents has a large veranda, private plunge pool and Sala where you can rest between safari activities. Guests staying at Duba Plains can explore the area on walking safaris, getting closer to nature and seeing the smaller things that you would miss whilst on a vehicle. For those guests wanting to get closer to the action, Duba Plains offers day and night game drives as well as boating along the rivers and channels of the Okavango Delta.
Days 10 and 11 – Victoria Falls
After the excitement of your safaris in Botswana, head to one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls. There is so much to do in Victoria Falls that can be tailored to suit everyone. Whether you are looking for a heart pumping bungee jump, gorge swing or white-water rafting or looking for something a little more relaxing like an afternoon sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi, we can design your itinerary around your interests and needs. One thing we highly recommend is the scenic helicopter flight over the falls. Our top tip for visiting the falls, is to go as early as possible to avoid the crowds and heat, but it also offers the best light for photographs. The sun rises over Zambia, so it is possible to take photos with a beautiful pink hue in the sky.