Best Botswana Safari Tour

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The Best of Botswana Tour safari package provides the perfect introduction to the breathtaking country of Botswana in Southern Arica with stays at two of the Sanctuary Okavango Delta camps, followed by a visit at the Sanctuary lodge bordering the wildlife-rich Chobe National Park.

Tour information:

  • Duration: 9 days & 8 nights
  • Departure location: Maun, Botswana
  • Arrival location: Livingstone, Zambia

Tour accommodation:

  • Sanctuary Baines' Camp, Botswana
  • Sanctuary Chief's Camp, Botswana
  • Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Safari Lodge, Botswana

Day 01 - Arrive Maun, Botswana: On arrival at Maun Airport, a Mack Air representative will meet and assist you to your onward flight. Depart Maun on a shared light aircraft charter flight to Baines' Camp. The flying time is approximately 16 minutes. Kindly note, however, that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time. On arrival at the airstrip, a representative will meet and transfer you to the camp. The transfer time is approximately 45 minutes.

The camp is on a river, set amongst the shady trees and water of the Okavango Delta, on thousands of acres of private concession neighbouring the Moremi Reserve. The camp, named after the famous 19th-century explorer Sir Baine, features five luxurious suites set on elevated platforms in the tree line with wooden decks that offer expansive views over the permanent water of the river and a lagoon teeming with life.

The raised suites feature a luxury bedroom, en-suite facilities and private viewing deck. The four-poster beds are fully mobile, giving guests a choice to slumber under star-laden skies. Each room is equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe as well as a personally stocked mini bar. Avid astronomers will delight in stargazing from the privacy of their deck.

The central area of Baines lodge features an oversized deck for outdoor dining and views over the permanent water of the lagoon. There is a rim flow swimming pool with two thatched sales on either side for refreshing sunbathing and relaxation. The camp offers informative walking safaris with an armed professional guide, incredible safari drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles as well as motorised boating and mokoro excursions, subject to water levels. The unique and educational elephant interaction is available where guests have the opportunity of interacting with a herd of three semi-habituated elephants in their natural environment. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the wildlife viewing activities on offer. Lunch and dinner are included.

Overnight: Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Day 02 - Sanctuary Baines' Camp: This morning you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with three live in elephants - Jabu, Thembi and Marula and join them for a walk. Witness them up close to their native environment as they feed, take mud baths and swim. This activity includes a picnic lunch. You are invited to find out the elephants from the ends of their tail to the tip of their sturdy yet delicate trunks.

Overnight: Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Day 03 - Botswana
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the wildlife viewing activities on offer at camp. After breakfast, a camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip where you will depart on a Mack Air shared light aircraft charter flight to Chief's Camp. The flying time to Sanctuary Chief's Camp is approximately 16 minutes. Kindly note, however, that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time.

The Camp is a luxury bush camp situated on Chief Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession of the Moremi Reserve. This region is known as the “predator capital” of Africa and is considered to have the most beautiful wildlife viewing in Botswana including the Big Five. Guest accommodation comprises 14 secluded, permanent luxury bush pavilions. Each unit features a thatched roof, spacious seating area, en-suite facilities with indoor & outdoor showers, as well as a private wildlife viewing deck with hammock and chairs. Each unit boasts a free mosquito net on a four-poster bed, wardrobes, writing desk and mini bar. The central camp area, houses the dining area, open bar area, curio shop, library and reception area. This structure has been built into the existing landscape, under a dense canopy of mature Jackalberry, Sausage and Rain trees. The central deck area is split-level and offers expansive views of the floodplain while the lower level of the deck houses an exquisite swimming pool. A range of spa treatments is provided in the treatment room. Activities include safari drives & seasonal mokoro excursions, subject to water levels. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the wildlife viewing activities on offer.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Day 04 - Sanctuary Chief's Camp: Today is at leisure to enjoy the many wildlife viewing activities on offer at Sanctuary Chief's Camp.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Day 05 - Sanctuary Chief's Camp: The morning is at leisure to enjoy the wildlife viewing activities on offer.
An optional extra activity - depart from Sanctuary Chief's on a scenic 45-minute helicopter flight flying west of the safari drive routes towards the permanent delta, showing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat. Experience the unforgettable views that the helicopter has to offer. Guests have the option of the doors being removed for unlimited photographic opportunities. This is done with the utmost consideration for guest safety. The activity highlights the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Day 06 - Botswana, Chobe: After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the airstrip for a shared light aircraft charter flight to Kasane. The flying time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Kindly note, however, that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time. On arrival at Kasane Airport, a Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero lodge representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge. The transfer time is approximately 10 minutes.

Deep in the heart of Botswana's wilderness lies Chobe Chilwero Lodge, one of the most enchanting places on Earth. Enjoy thrilling guided safari drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa's largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Or join one of the acclaimed guides on a wondrous water safari on specially adapted motorboats.

Accommodation is in 15 cottages, and each cabin measures 61 square metres and has its en-suite bathroom with a modern bath, indoor and outdoor showers, private garden with hammock, “sala” or private balcony, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, hairdryer, minibar as well as an in-room safe. The central public area includes a lounge, outside dining area, dining room and library which are linked to outdoor viewing patios. The wine cellar is temperature controlled and houses a large variety of the most beautiful South African wines. The fully fledged spa offers a range of spa and hydrotherapy treatments from both the Thalgo and Africology ranges. The lodge also boasts a split-level swimming pool, library, curio shop and a communications centre, which offers telephone, fax and internet access.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Day 07 -Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero: Spend the day at leisure.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Day 08 - Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero: Spend the day at leisure.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Day 09 - Depart Livingstone, Zambia

Enjoy a morning wildlife viewing activity followed by breakfast. You will transfer via a ferry crossing to Livingstone in Zambia. The transfer time will be advised to you locally by the lodge management. Depart Livingstone and bringing the Best of your Botswana Tour to end.

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