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Wings Over Botswana
Discover a land like no other – the masterpiece that is Botswana by flight. A haven for nature lovers, spot the ‘Big 5’ and some of the rarest birdlife. Indulge in delicious African cuisine while staying at some of the most exclusive safari lodges that the country has to offer.
Day One & Two: Maun – Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Upon arrival at Maun Airport, guests will be met and transferred by light aircraft (scheduled service) to Tau Pan. As the first semi-permanent camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, environmental sensitivity is a key focus.
The camp is 100% solar-powered and water is pumped from deep under the Kalahari sands. The beautiful camp is built overlooking a permanent waterhole and accommodates guests in 8 well-appointed en-suite tents on raised decks, all complete with comfortable beds and stunning views.
Thrilling wildlife is regularly seen from the comfort of the camp, but can be explored further on game drives. The Central Kalahari is host to an abundance of game including cheetah, leopard, ostrich, and giraffe. The ecosystems, wildlife and landscapes in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve differs very much to what guests would experience further north in the Okavango regions.
The Bushmen, or San, have inhabited the Kalahari lands for thousands of years since they roamed the area as nomadic hunters. To this day there are still some small tribes in the area and lodges are able to offer an insightful and educational walk with them as an activity. The Bushmen will teach guests about their traditional practices, such as finding water in dry and arid times, or medicinal purposes of plants.
January through to April is the best time to visit the Kalahari. During this rainy, ‘green season’ in Botswana, the beautiful interdune valley become lush with vegetation, attracting thousands of springboks and gemsbok (oryx), a good number of ostriches, herds of wildebeest as well as giraffe.
Overnight at Tau Pan Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day Three – Five: Central Kalahari – Okavango Delta
After breakfast, guests depart via scheduled transfer by light aircraft for a 3 night stay in the Okavango Delta. Pom Pom is built overlooking a lagoon in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, located on the western border of the game rich Moremi Game Reserve. Accommodation consists of nine luxury safari tents in true traditional safari style, furnished with en-suite, semi-open ablutions. The tents are uniquely positioned under the shade of the surrounding trees that overlook the Pom Pom lagoon.
The family safari tent, which is close to the main lodge, accommodates four (two adults and two children), with en-suite facilities. Guests explore the area through game drives, or alternatively, in a dugout canoe on the delta lagoons and channels. After an eventful day out in the wilderness, guests retire to the luxurious en-suite tents or head to the thatch and canvass main area for a cold drink from the bar before catching up with other guests over dinner in the boma.
Overnight at Pom Pom Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day Six – Eight: Okavango Delta – Kwando Concession
After breakfast and the morning game activity, guests make their way by air (scheduled transfer by light aircraft) to the Kwando Concession. Overlooking a picturesque lagoon, Lagoon Camp offers guests panoramic views of the wide plains and wildlife in front of camp. The main camp consists of a communal area and swimming pool overlooking the lagoon, and social fire-pit area for the evening’s tales. Fresh, home-made meals are served buffet style from the main area.
The Linyanti is situated north of Savuti in a corner of the Chobe National Park. The Linyanti Swamp is one of the most attractive areas in the park. Wildlife viewing in the Linyati region is excellent. It boasts large concentrations of elephant, lion, sable, roan, hippos, and wild dog, building to a peak in the dry winter months. Activities on offer include game drives, night drives, and nature walks (at the guide’s discretion due to the high volume of large herbivores such as elephant).
Overnight at Lagoon Camp – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day Nine & Ten: Kwando Concession – Chobe National Park
After breakfast, a scheduled transfer by light aircraft takes guests from Lagoon to Kasane Airport. They will be transferred by road to Muchenje Safari Lodge. Situated in the Chobe Forest Reserve on the western edge of the Chobe National Park, Muchenje Safari Lodge offers personalised service and a thrilling wildlife experience. Chobe Forest Reserve is an enclave largely surrounded by the Chobe National Park, which contains good populations of wildlife that are managed sustainably by local communities.
The benefit of Muchenje’s location is the fact that it is on the quieter side of Chobe, away from the busy bustling Kasane Town, but still just outside the national park which allows a greater variety of activities to take place including night drives and bush walks. In addition, guests can include exploring the diverse wildlife in the Chobe region through exciting game drives or a sunset boat cruise down the Chobe River.
Overnight at Muchenje Safari Lodge – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day Eleven: Chobe National Park – International Flight Home
After breakfast, guests are taken by scheduled transfer by road to Kasane Airport.
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