Kalahari Desert, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta

Repertory Trip: Next Offered March 2-18, 2017

The WT Difference in Botswana

  • Perfect mix of private tented camps and intimate lodges, close to the action and away from the crowds.
  • Extensive variety of habitats and wildlife, from the Okavango and Moremi to the Kalahari.
  • Game viewing by 4WD vehicle, bush walks, private riverboat, canoe, and a scenic charter flight over the Okavango Delta.
  • Expert naturalist guides with you from start to finish, and a staff-to-guest ratio of 1-1!
  • Guaranteed window seats—only 5 guests per vehicle, roof hatches with 360-degree views.

Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  It will be several years before this journey is offered again. Now is the time to go!

Overview

This unique expedition brings us deep into the fabled Kalahari to meet the San people, the skilled hunter-gatherers whose African heritage dates back 30,000 years. To sit around the fire in the evening and listen to their songs, and perhaps witness a trance dance, is to travel back in time to the dawn of humankind. In our three days with the San, we stay in full-service tented camps. After our cultural expedition, we head out for a superb gameviewing safari on the jewel-green waterways of the Okavango Delta in Moremi Game Reserve, with its high game densities, in ethereal Xugana Lagoon, the quintessential Delta setting, and in the great Central Kalahari Game Reserve of Cry of the Kalahari fame. On safari, we track game by open vehicle and by dugout canoe in a spectacular array of Botswana’s richest gamelands.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
San Tribe / Xai Xai Camp

In very remote Xai Xai village in the Kalahari, our extended stay with the San people of the Ju/’hoansi and Babanderu tribes offers an exclusive chance for a glimpse into the life of hunter-gatherers in the beautiful setting of the Aha Hills. We enjoy dinners around our campfire under the starry sky.

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Days 5-7
Nxamaseri / Tsodilo Hills

We travel to the Okavango River and overnight at the intimate Nxamaseri Lodge, then head out to experience the mystery and wonder of Tsodilo, a World Heritage Site. Here thousands of exquisite San rock paintings adorn the stone faces of the hills, chronicling a human presence tens of thousands of years old. The San consider Tsodilo a place of worship and home of their ancestral spirits.

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Days 8-9
Okavango Delta / Xugana Lagoon

A spectacular charter flight over a green patchwork of islands brings us to delightful Xugana Lodge, with its comfortable en-suite chalets, open-air dining overlooking the lagoon, and setting sun. It has a perfect locale deep in the Okavango for our game walks and mokoro explorations as we savor the rich Delta ecosystem.

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Days 10-12
Moremi Game Reserve / Xakanaxa Camp

We journey by boat to our remote private camp in Moremi, an ornithologist's delight. Moremi hosts almost every species of central and southern Africa’s famous birds, along with game including tsessebe and Burchell's zebra and predators such as lion, wild dog, and spotted hyena.

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Days 13
Makgadikgadi National Park

From Laroo Le Tau Bush Lodge, we explore the spectacular desert environment of Makgadikgadi National Park.

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Days 14-17
Central Kalahari Game Reserve

We head to this remote and spectacular reserve for splendid gameviewing over dunes and fossil pans, and a chance to see some rare desert species. Depart via Maun on Day 17.

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Highlights

Highlights

Encounter the San people in one of the last remote areas of the Kalahari
Enjoy incredible gameviewing in the prime habitats of Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta
Explore Botswana's dramatic Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Details

Length: 17 days
Cost From: $11,595  
Arrive: Maun, Botswana
Depart: Maun, Botswana
Lodging: 16 nights in beautifully located game lodges and private tented camps
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural adventure with optional hikes, game walks and game tracking by open 4WD vehicle and mokoro (dugout canoe)

Special Seasonal Departures

Botswana has so much to offer that we’ve created several special safaris to fully experience its wonders.

Botswana Wildlife Safari

11 days: Apr 29-May 9, 2017, May 20-30, 2017, Jun 10-20, 2017, Aug 19-29, 2017, Sep 2-12, 2017, Sep 16-26, 2017
Incredible "under canvas" safari with extraordinary wildlife from the game-rich savannas of Chobe and Moremi to the lagoons of Okavango, plus Victoria Falls.

Botswana: Kalahari Explorer

14 days: Apr 9-22, 2017
Safari in the spectacular Central Kalahari, a World Heritage Site and home to the San people, in the lagoons and islands of Okavango, and in elephant-thronged Chobe.

Botswana: Okavango Explorer

14 days: Jun 25-Jul 8, 2017, Aug 5-18, 2017
In-depth game viewing in the wilderness of Okavango, where lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog abound, plus explore the teeming savannas of Moremi and Chobe.

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