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.
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
Days 1-4, Apr 9-12, 2017
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, Apr 13-16, 2017
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 9-14, Apr 17-22, 2017
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. Transfer to Zimbabwe and depart on Day 14, or extend your stay at Victoria Falls.