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BOTSWANA SAFARI

The varied habitats within the Moremi, Chobe & Linyanti regions has created the perfect place for wildlife to flourish, from predators large and small to Africa’s largest population of elephants. The breath taking views and chance to see some fascinating wild animals in their natural habitat are just a few of the reasons that the Moremi, Chobe & Linyanti regions are home to some of the most spectacular lodges and camps in Africa, perfect for a once in a lifetime safari holiday.

 

Savute Safari Lodge

The Savute is a stunning safari lodge situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River. Savute enjoys the second biggest summer zebra migration in Africa. Determined by the rain, they’re usually commonplace between November – December and again between February – April when the zebras are in search of the rain-ripe grasslands.

The Savute area is also renowned for its high population of bull elephant and for the unique interaction of predator species. This nearby wildlife is reflected in the modern African décor in the luxury lodges.

Inspired by the striking panoramic views the lodges’ signature expansive glass sliding doors and viewing decks are not to be missed. Whether you visit during the dry season, when it can appear desert-like or after the rain with crystal clear views of the green grass it never fails to impress. You can also take a drive on an open 4×4 in the Savute area to see the famous Savute Marsh and the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills.

Not only do the luxury suites offer spectacular views of the Savute Channel, the Savute Safari lodge has a mouth-watering menu, fantastic swimming pool and guests can experience a great selection of game watching. Bird watchers can also revel in the variety of species the area has to offer.

The suites are built with local timber and glass and each has a private veranda. What’s more you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail in the cocktail bar housed in a stunning thatch and timber main building. The al-fresco dining area and watering hole viewing deck mean you can watch many African predators and species in their natural setting and this is what really sets the lodge apart from other safaris.

Kwando Lebala Camp

Lebala, meaning ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana, is set in the wide open plains of the Linyanti Marshes. The Kwando Lebala Camp is located near vast plains and wooded savannah offering regular sightings of predators, elephant, lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah as well as wildebeest and waterbuck. Lebala is situated in the south of the Kwando region right next to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia. The Kwando River flows south and disappears into the vast marshland before emerging as the Linyanti River. This triangle formed by this vast wetland is home to the Mamili National Park in Namibia.

This open expanse contrasts with the understated luxury feel of the camp itself. Kwando Lebala is an intimate tented camp offering a friendly and personalised service. Made up of eight spacious and unique custom designed tents, which each have their own viewing deck, bathroom and not forgetting the spectacular double open air showers with hot and cold running water. For your safety and comfort all tents have mosquito net walls which allow a cool breeze and unobstructed views. Built on raised decks the tents are laid out with privacy in mind with their own sun decks and set back among the trees. The tents not only have en-suite bathrooms but stunning Victorian claw foot bathtubs, “his and hers” washbasins and flush toilets.

Activities include walks and game drives to see the range of predators and the high concentration of elephants both during the day and at night. You can enjoy endless views across the vast plains and this makes Lebala one of the best camps in Africa.

Dumatau Camp

Rebuilt at the beginning of 2012 the tented DumaTau Camp overlooks a lagoon and expansive swamps within the private Linyanti Reserve, providing year round wildlife viewing. The camp borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana and is close by to the Osprey Lagoon, one of the many lagoons within the Linyanti Swamp system. What’s more it lies between two elephant ‘corridors’ and has a surplus of wildlife providing rich pickings for game drives along the Savute.

The DumaTau Camp, housing ten-roomed (eight twin and two family) luxury tents, is raised off the ground with wraparound clear-story windows to take advantage of the panoramic river views. The spacious tents have a large dining and lounge area, guest bathroom and, as with the entire camp, run entirely off solar energy. The camp also has water-wise waste removal and uses environmentally friendly thermal insulating materials so is the perfect retreat for the green conscious.

The region has perfect habitat to make it a regular haunt for elephants as they congregate along the waterways and lagoons during the dry winter months. General wildlife viewing is fantastic year round including impala, wildebeest, red lechwe, Burchell’s zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, chacma baboon, vervet monkey, and warthog. You’ll also be in luck if you want to see predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog.

Game drives are available day and night on foot and one the water (weather and levels permitting. You can go off on your own mini adventure on one of the short nature walks along the Linyanti River and Savute Channel, while the camp’s barge ferries visitors along the waters of the Linyanti, with hippo and waterfowl ready to greet you! Once again bird lovers are more than catered for with platforms providing the perfect vantage point for the many species of birdlife.

Kings Pool

Kings Pool Camp is located in a private reserve in the Linyanti / Savuti region of Botswana on the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The camp overlooks the Linyanti River and the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon, apparently named after a Scandinavian monarch who, long before the camp was built there, used to spend night after night camping out on the banks of the river.

With nine luxury tented suites you’ll be overlooking the hippo filled lagoon. The suits have a spacious bedroom, reading lounge, private plunge pool and outdoor day bed gazebo. There’s even an outdoor shower for those who want to shower al fresco! The lounge, dining room and pub areas are on sprawling raised decks.

The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve has a plentiful supply of wildlife to observe but is most commonly known for its enormous elephant population. Along with the elephants you can see lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and bushbuck, not forgetting their predators – lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and spotted hyena. During the dry season rarer species such as sable and roan antelope can also be spotted emerging from the woodlands.

Not only can you watch the elephants at the water’s edge from the luxury of the Kings Pool camp raised decks, you can also venture out on day and night game drives and walks and seasonal barge cruises along the Linyanti River.

Kings Pool Camp is full of the sounds of wildlife all around and for this reason the camp has two areas. The western end of the camp provides an oasis for watching game come down to drink at the watering hole, the other is an original underground area with eye level water where elephants are almost close enough to touch providing a once in a life time opportunity to safely get up close and personal with these beautiful giants.

As already mentioned, these three regions are home to some of the most amazing lodges and camps in Africa and if you’re looking for a once in a lifetime trip then look no further than Spoilt for Choice Travel.

EXAMPLE ITINERARY

Botswana & Mozambique

DAY 1

Fly Heathrow/Jo’burg – overnight, direct flight

DAY 2

Connect with a direct flight to Maun. You will be met at the airport and assisted onto the scheduled charter to Camp Moremi where you will receive 3 meals, scheduled game drives, guided walks, local brand drinks and laundry included daily.

DAY 3

Camp Moremi – full board etc.

DAY 4

Camp Moremi – full board etc.

DAY 5

Transfer by light aircraft to Savute Safari Lodge and spend 3 nights on Safari in the southern region of the Chobe National Park – famous for it’s elephant herds.

DAY 6

Savute Safari Lodge – full board etc.

DAY 7

Savute Safari Lodge – full board etc.

DAY 8

Morning at leisure. Early afternoon take a charter flight back to Maun, connecting with a flight to Jo’burg.You will be met at the airport and transferred to a nearby airport hotel (as you do not have enough time today to get to Mozambique) – bed and breakfast accommodation.

DAY 9

Early transfer back to the airport. Fly from Jo’burg to Vilanculos – clear customs and immigration formalities and transfer by light aircraft to Bazaruto Island and spend the next 5 nights at the stunning Indigo Bay Resort – on a full board basis

DAY 10

Indigo Bay – full board

DAY 11

Indigo Bay – full board

DAY 12

Indigo Bay – full board

DAY 13

Indigo Bay – full board

DAY 14

Morning at leisure on the island. Afternoon transfer back to Vilanculos and take the direct flight to Jo’burg, connecting with the direct, overnight flight on to UK.

DAY 15

Arrive London early AM

Camp Moremi is situated on the beautiful Xakanaxa Lagoon on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve. The accommodation is East African-style safari tents with en suite facilities on raised teak platforms. Lodge facilities include a raised deck swimming pool, covered boma and elevated observation platform & dining area with cocktail bar.

ACTIVITIES

Game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles in the Moremi Game Reserve, explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat.

It is on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, that you will find Savute Safari Lodge in a setting of remarkable beauty. The now dry Savute channel is part of the dynamic Savute eco system renowned for its large concentration of elephant and lion and their troubled relationship.

It is on the banks of the dry Savuti channel that Savute Safari Lodge peers out from amongst the beauty of gnarled acacia camel thorn trees. This channel has a bizarre history of drying up during good rains and reaching flood levels at other times. The beauty of this area, created by the silhouettes of the many dead trees which relied on sustenance from the water supply of past years, combined with the congregations of old bull Elephants, diversity of animals and abundance of predators makes Savute Safari Lodge a highlight destination for any safari traveller to Botswana. The Savuti Marsh, is a remnant of a vast inland lake, cut off from its traditional supply of water many years ago by the same movement of the earth`s tectonic plates that brought the Okavango Delta into existence.

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