Remote Botswana

Duration: 10 days

Highlights: Immerse yourself in the expansive and completely off the beaten track Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, vast Okavango Delta and the remote Selinda Reserve.

Experience a few of Botswana’s lesser known and frequented areas while enjoying the contrasts of vast salt pans, delta channels and followed by a unique canoeing exploration of the Selinda spillway. 

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Day 1 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Depart O.R Tambo International Airport to Maun Airport in Botswana. The flying time is approximately two hours. On arrival in Maun you will be met by a representative who will assist you to your onward one hour flight to the heart of the Kalahari Desert. On arrival at the airstrip you will be met by a representative who will transfer you to the camp.

Jack’s Camp is an oasis of style and comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. A beautiful authentic, 1940’s style ten tented safari camp and includes a private museum, shop, drinks tent and a pool pavilion. Spectacular vistas, creative surprises, expert guiding, old-world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely different to any other.

The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. These include a meerkat interaction, spending time with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen, game drives, a visit to Chapman’s Baobab, the campsite of Livingstone & Selous and one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa. During the dry season (April to October) enjoy quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans, lie out on the pans as the sun sets and watch the planetarium show unfold with horizon-to-horizon stars. During green season (November to April) experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest – the second biggest in Africa and the last remaining in Southern Africa.

Overnight: Jack’s Camp

Meal Plan: L,D

Day 2 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. Enjoy a morning game drive to experience the unique desert wildlife such as the brown hyena.

Explore this wild, unspoiled area in the same way many of the earliest explorers, hunters and missionaries did, on horseback on a two hour horse riding activity across the pans with an expert horse riding guide (additional cost). 

Get unbelievably up close and personal with a group of habituated meerkats or spend time walking and interacting with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen and gain insight into their ancient culture.

Overnight: Jack’s Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 3 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer.

Overnight: Jack’s Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 4 - Okavango Delta

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to the Okavango Delta.  On arrival at the airstrip you will be met by a representative who will transfer you to the camp. The transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, a classic tented safari camp with just nine rooms sits amidst 260,000 acres of untamed African bush in a private concession in the renowned Okavango Delta. The main area, a large tented lounge and dining area affords magnificent views over the floodplain in front of the camp.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. These include morning and afternoon that lead into evening game drives, walking safaris, mokoro excursions (seasonal) and a unique elephant interaction activity (additional cost).

Overnight: Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 5 - Okavango Delta

The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Game drives are not typical here, as water crossings are part of the adventure and watching zebra standing belly-deep in water, grazing, is a sight to see. During higher water levels, game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. The camp is set in a private concession which means you can also venture out at night on exciting game drives to see the many nocturnal animals that live here. The evening drive starts after sundowner cocktails, using a spotlight to identify nocturnal creatures in the dark.

Overnight: Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 6 - Selinda Reserve

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Selinda Reserve. The Selinda Spillway is an ideal setting for a canoeing and walking safari. The best time of year for canoeing is generally June to end of August but water levels vary annually. All nights are spent in fly camps along the Selinda Spillway at pre-arranged sites.  Participants paddle their own canoes each day. No previous paddling, canoeing or walking safari experience is needed as tuition and safety briefings are given – but participants must be fit enough to paddle their own canoes and be prepared to walk between camps when water levels are not sufficiently high on the Selinda Spillway. When walking each guest will be supplied with a day backpack, which will include water and snacks.

An armed, qualified walking guide as well as an experienced tracker will be with you at all times as you explore the banks of the Spillway as well as the more remote areas of the Selinda Reserve. Walking is an integral component of the adventure and allows for access to new islands and lagoons. Even when you are on a canoe safari, each day includes walking experiences to investigate areas of regular predator activity or wildlife sightings.

The route begins downstream from the Selinda airstrip in the north-east of the Okavango Delta and migrates eastwards along the Selinda Spillway through the private 320 000-acre Selinda Reserve. On arrival at the starting point of the adventure trail along the spillway, your guide will brief the group, before taking guests on a short, late-afternoon walk or canoe paddle to acclimatize to your surroundings before arriving at your first night in camp, where the evening is spent around the fire discussing the adventures that lie ahead.

Overnight: Mobile Tented Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 7 - Selinda Reserve

After an early wake-up call, tea or coffee and a light breakfast is served, before heading off on a canoe along the Selinda Spillway enjoying the natural splendors of the Selinda Reserve. Dependent on water levels, most of the day will be spent canoeing, with a few stops. A lunch stop is served en route and if the water levels are too low, the group will then head “inland”, exploring on foot, before arriving at our second camp which will be your base for the next two nights.

Expect to see antelope a plenty and large herds of elephant and buffalo. The length of day is tailored around the wildlife in the areas, with cold refreshments and a lunch stop before heading back to camp.

Overnight: Mobile Tented Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 8 - Selinda Reserve

After an early wake-up call, tea or coffee and a light breakfast is served, before heading off on a canoe along the Selinda Spillway enjoying the natural splendors of the Selinda Reserve.

Overnight: Mobile Tented Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 9 - Selinda Reserve

After an early wake-up call, tea or coffee and a light breakfast is served, before heading off on a canoe along the Selinda Spillway enjoying the natural splendors of the Selinda Reserve.

Overnight: Mobile Tented Camp

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 10 - Day of Departure

On the last morning enjoy a final canoe or walk to the trail-end along the Selinda Spillway. From there take a slow paced game drive allowing you to see as much wildlife as possible before you get to the airstrip. Depart by light aircraft from the Selinda Reserve to Kasane Airport. Flying time is approximately 50 minutes. On arrival at Kasane Airport you will be assisted to your onward flight.

Overnight:

Meal Plan: B

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