Okavango Delta tailor made safari in Botswana

“This sample itinerary gives a glimpse of your fantasy vacation in Botswana - pick and choose your accommodation and activities to really fulfil your wildest African dreams.”

Highlights

Moremi Reserve | Cruise on the Okavango Delta | Walking safaris | Day and nighttime game drives | Flight in light aircraft over delta | Linyanti floodplains | Livingstone | Victoria Falls | Optional: fishing, white water rafting, Livingstone Island, bungee jump

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary.
Our top tip:
If you're after good wildlife shots, a long lens is vital - as well as waterproof and dustproof covers to protect your camera from both the delta and the desert.
Trip type:
Private, tailor made safari.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Flexible - tented camps, cottages and lodges.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome; a surcharge applies.
Included:
Accommodation, all meals, driver guide, transport, transfers, listed activities.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Big cat specialist

Typically trips are expertly guided by a leading specialist with a good knowledge of the area to be visited. The Big Cats and other resident wildlife are the main focus of attention however most trips also incorporate other fauna and flora highlights of the destination as well. Our trips use local guides and experts and contribute to local conservation projects whenever possible.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Okavango Delta tailor made safari in Botswana

We feel it is important to use local guides on all safaris, both for you the traveler and for the local community. The local guides know the area better than anyone else does and so you get the most out of your experience. The guides and staff have regular employment, thus minimizing poverty in the area. They see the importance of tourism and will help promote the conservation of the wildlife to rest of their village. This helps combat poaching in these large tracts of land.

Botswana imposes a minimal impact strategy to their lodge structure. Most camps that we use are tented camps with little damage done to the environment. All camps are designed so that when they are removed the bush will return to its normal state after just 5 years. We use the Kwando concession on this trip which is over a million acres in total, but there are only 4 camps with a maximum of 28 tents in total so the impact on the environment is minimal.

We aim to minimise our impact on the environment as much in the UK as we would do in any of our destination countries. We do this through recycling of any office waste including, paper, plastic, cans, glass, refuse, in partnership with the Borough of Brighton and Hove. The purpose of our safaris is to contribute to local populations, communities and projects. We give our travelers advice on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the “thing to do”; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures, society and standard of living.

2 Reviews of Okavango Delta tailor made safari in Botswana

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Reviewed on 17 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our Botswana safari, arranged through the tour operator surpassed our wildest expectations. Wildlife everywhere up close and personal and we were usually the only humans around. We took our seven member family, ranging from my wife and I (both active 70+ grandparents) to our 7 1/2 year old granddaughter. The 11-day tenting itinary was perfect for us. Our guide, Sam Mopalo, was amazingly knowledgeable about the history, wildlife and especially bird-life. Our younger son, Dave, is a bird biologist who also does wildlife guiding in the Alaska Arctic and elsewhere. He was in awe of Sam. Son Dave would point out a bird he didn't recognize, Sam would immediately identify it and direct Dave to page 321 in "Birds of Southern Africa". Whatever the bird,Sam never got a page number wrong. Dave added over 300 bird species to his life list. Our other son, Kurt and his wife Rita live in Brazil and run an NGO that works with children in indigenous communities using film. Sam arranged for us to visit a small indigenous San village to meet, film and interview many kids. It was a great success. Sam and the four other camp staff were wonderful with our granddaughter (and indeed all 7 of us). More than a few tears were shed on both sides our last night together. Our Botswana safari was truly the trip of a lifetime.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for "roughing it". While a tenting safari, they were large cabin tents with comfortable cots and an attached "room" with a long drop toilet and a shower which the staff would supply with warm water if desired. We moved camp 4 times (1 night, 3 nights, three nights, 2 nights). Our final night was in a beautiful lodge in Maun. Our safari viewing vehicle was on a Toyota Land Cruiser frame and the passenger area consisted of three rows of shaded seats with a cooler that was kept cold for water, soft drinks and juices and other beverages. There is no air-conditioning. Only a few mile of our route was paved with most being rough sand tracks that allowed us to get way of the beaten path and experience thousands upon thousands of lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffalo, antelope of all kinds, african wild dogs, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs and of course unimaginably large numbers of birds. This beauty comes with a price-- the tracks are often rough and very bouncy. The going is usually slow sometimes brushing along beside Camel Thorn bushes you remain watchful for, and it is hot. We would usually do a morning game drive of 4-5 hours starting at 5;30 AM, return to camp to rest during the height of the midday heat, and then a late afternoon-evening game drive. Also, expect animals such as elephants, antelope and monkeys to pass through the camp.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


A trip that respected cultural, environmental, local economic and conservation sensitivities was a high priority in selecting Botswana and this particular itinerary.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


As one would deduce from the above comments, for our family and our particular interests it gets my highest rating, but I have to point out it would not be the trip for everyone.

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Up close and personal with the wild animals on safari

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Can be cold on the morning game drives and take DEET insect repellent. Don't have too high expectations of animal sightings and then everything is a real treat.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Very eco friendly, solar power and recycling etc. All staff were locals and seemed to really enjoy their work.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Not cheap but we didn't need to spend any extra money except for tips and all food and drinks were good quality not cheap alternatives.

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