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Gemsbok of the Kalahari, Botswana

Our Kalahari Explorer safari includes an exploration of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and is timed right at the end of the rainy season, when the desert wildlife is most abundant and the gameviewing most rewarding.

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Botswana: Kalahari Explorer

The Legendary Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Chobe, and Historic Victoria Falls

Botswana: Kalahari Explorer route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $8195  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Maun, Botswana
Depart: Livingstone, Zambia
Lodging: 8 nights private camps, 5 nights hotels and game lodges
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, boat, and mokoro (canoe)
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Highlights

  • Gameviewing in the salt pans and dunescapes of the Kalahari Desert
  • Delightful private wilderness camps set in the famed Okavango Delta
  • Exciting game tracking by 4WD vehicle and boat in Chobe National Park
  • Extend your trip at Victoria Falls, one of the world’s great natural spectacles


It was a great trip. The Trip Leader excellent in every way possible. His passion for the animals and the environment added so much to our appreciation.Susan M.—Keswick, VA

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Botswana is renowned for its wildly varied environments, and the epic Kalahari is arguably one of the most intriguing, with its mysterious beauty and unending sense of space. We’ve created a special safari that explores the wonders of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, with its unique desert wildlife (including enchanting meerkats!) and diverse habitats from salt pans and ancient riverbeds to fossil river valleys. We also explore Botswana’s renowned destinations of the game-rich Okavango Delta and magnificent Chobe National Park. Our safari is timed for ideal gameviewing in the Kalahari—right at the end of the summer rainy season, when thousands of grazing animals—gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, and more—and their attendant predators roam the grassy plains.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Kalahari Desert: Central Kalahari Game Reserve

We enter the wild world of the Kalahari, known in the San tongue as “The Great Thirstland.” Originally created as a refuge for the San hunter-gatherers, the vast and spectacular Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest and most remote wildlife reserve in Africa. We enjoy splendid gameviewing over the dunes and fossil pans, and overnights in our private mobile camp.

Days 5-8
Okavango Delta / Moremi Game Reserve

A charter flight brings us to the Okavango Delta, a remarkable maze of solitary islands, tranquil lagoons, and meandering waterways. On foot and by motorboat and mokoro (dugout canoe), we search for elephant, giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest, and should see lechwe and sitatunga, antelopes that are at home in and around the water. In the Moremi Game Reserve, an extraordinary location for birding, we seek out predators such as lion, leopard, hyena, and wild dog.

Days 9-13
Chobe National Park

Our 4WD explorations in Chobe bring us close to huge concentrations of wildlife, including throngs of elephants, buffalo, and a variety of birdlife. Here we also find the puku, an antelope not found in other parts of Botswana.

Day 14
Livingstone / Victoria Falls

We end our safari with a quick stop at Victoria Falls, where the mile-wide Zambezi plunges into swirling mists, and depart on homeward-bound flights.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate. It is a vehicle-based camping safari, with ten nights camping in the bush, and three nights in basic bungalows. It will enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. Although the trip is not rigorous, it does involve some long driving days over rough roads and game tracks. We recommend you undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Our mobile tented camping safaris in Botswana provide a true bush experience without sacrificing comfort. Our comfortable walk-in tents feature canvas beds, linens, mirror, tent lamps, chairs, and washbasins. Behind each tent are separate toilet and hot water shower tents. Our crew sets up camp and prepares all meals. Delicious food is served in a comfortable dining tent. You’ll find camping delight­ful and very comfortable, and you will appreci­ate how close to nature you feel.

We travel by Toyota 4WD Land Cruiser “go-anywhere” safari vehicles equipped with a refrigerator for cold drinks and a reference library on flora, fauna, and avifauna. They carry five trip members per vehicle, with guaranteed window seating­.

During drives and walks, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no trip can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2016
Apr 10-23, 2016
2017
Apr 9-22, 2017

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$8195 (8-10 members)
$8595 (4-7 members)
Single supplement: $1250
Forced single supplement: $1050
Internal airfare: $470 (subject to change)
Park Fees: $270
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Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1595
Sossusvlei Dunes Extension
   from: $3795

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included
  • Safari camp staff
  • Chobe River sunset cruise
  • Land and boat transportation, airport transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • Zambia visa at border

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to/from Africa; flight from Johannesburg to Maun and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg; internal charter flights; any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure; airport departure taxes; optional excursions at Victoria Falls; optional gratuities to leaders or staff; additional hotel nights necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any); travel insurance, passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation, arriving to Maun, Botswana and departing from Livingstone, Zambia. For more detailed information, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers.

Arrival: 
Maun, Botswana 
Date: Day 1 
Suggested arrival time: before 5:00 pm

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Maun, Botswana (airport code MUB) via Johannesburg, South Africa (airport code JNB)

Departure:
Livingstone, Zambia
Date: Day 14
Suggested departure time: after 1:00 pm

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Livingstone, Zambia (airport code LVI)

Royal Tree Lodge

Royal Tree Lodge

Day 1 (1 night), Maun, Botswana

Royal Tree Lodge, set on a game farm outside Maun, features seven spacious, tastefully furnished tents on raised decks, complete with en suite ...
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Botswana—Kalahari Explorer—Mobile Safari Camping

Botswana—Kalahari Explorer—Mobile Safari Camping

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Central Kalahari Game Reserve,
Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Moremi Game Reserve,
Days 9 to 11 (3 nights), Savuti Channel, Chobe National Park,
Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Serondella, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Our private campsites offer relaxing solitude and an authentic bush atmosphere while still maintaining a great deal of comfort. We sleep in walk-in ...
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Xugana Island Lodge

Xugana Island Lodge

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Okavango Delta, Botswana

Set deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta on the edge of a lovely lagoon, Xugana is the perfect base for exploring Okavango’s ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Namibia

namibia sossusvlei sand dunes

Sossusvlei Dunes Extension

Explore a Legendary Landscape from a Beautiful Wilderness Lodge

Safaris, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South Africa

cape town table mountain south africa

Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

south africa vineyards winelands

Cape Winelands Extension

Explore South Africa’s Celebrated Wine Country

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

johannesburg city skyline south africa

Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

It was a great trip. The Trip Leader excellent in every way possible. His passion for the animals and the environment added so much to our appreciation. Susan M., Keswick, VA Our Trip Leaders and crew provided all of the adventure and discovery one could hope for while treating us to first-class service and comfort and giving us a sense of absolute safety. Ellen B., St. Louise, MO Feel I received more than I bargained for. A trip of a lifetime! George R., Los Altos, CA
My 3rd trip with WT and I was once again extremely pleased. Needless to say lots of folks will hear about my adventure with WT. Susan C., Colorado Springs, CO Wow! I am so glad we decided on the Kalahari Explorer and mobile tent camping. I am NOT a camper, and truthfully, didn't realize exactly what it meant to be in a mobile tent camp. But I can honestly say I am so glad to have had this experience. I feel the richer for it. Vicky L., San Rafael, CA