Botswana: Kalahari Explorer

The Legendary Kalahari, Okavango Delta, and Chobe National Park

The WT Difference in Botswana

Explore Africa the way few travelers ever do with private mobile camps and boutique lodges that get you close to the wildlife and away from the crowds.

Expert naturalist guides lead your entire safari (no handing you off from lodge to lodge); and in camp a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:1. The camaraderie and fun on these trips is legendary!

Epic game viewing and great variety: 4WD vehicle, bush walks, private riverboat, canoe, and scenic charter flights.

Custom-built 4WD safari vehicles with guaranteed window seats and roof hatches with 360-degree views.

Experience Botswana’s phenomenal landscapes: the Okavango Delta, a World Heritage Site, exquisite Moremi Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park, with its massive herds of elephant.

We offer a safari for every season, from our classic 11-day journey that includes Victoria Falls to our 14-day in-depth adventures in the Okavango Delta or the Kalahari Desert.


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 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

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.

Thamo Telele
Maun, Botswana
Day 1 (1 night)
Botswana Mobile Safari Camping
Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Moremi Game Reserve, Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Savuti Channel, Chobe National Park, Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Serondella, Chobe National Park
Days 5-9
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.

Xugana Island Lodge
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Camp Okavango
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Botswana Mobile Safari Camping
Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Moremi Game Reserve, Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Savuti Channel, Chobe National Park, Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Serondella, Chobe National Park
Days 10-14
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 Kasane and depart on Day 14, or extend your stay at Victoria Falls.

Botswana Mobile Safari Camping
Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Savuti Channel, Chobe National Park, Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Serondella, Chobe National Park



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


Length: 14 days
Cost From: $10,895  
Arrive: Maun, Botswana
Depart: Kasane, Botswana
Lodging: 10 nights private camps, 3 nights hotels and game lodges
Meals: All meals included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife and Natural History
Trip Level:

Gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, boat, and mokoro (canoe)

Special Seasonal Departures

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

botswana lion cub sunset
Botswana Wildlife Safari

11 days from: $9795
2023: May 10-20, May 25-Jun 4, Jun 9-19, Jul 13-23, Aug 30-Sep 9, Sep 22-Oct 2
2024: May 9-19, May 24-Jun 3, Jun 8-18, Jul 12-22, Aug 29-Sep 8, Sep 11-21, Sep 24-Oct 4
Enjoy our classic Botswana mobile safari for the best wildlife access in game-rich savannas of Chobe and Moremi, lagoons of Okavango, plus Victoria Falls.

botswana elephant safari moonrise evening
Botswana: Okavango Explorer

14 days from: $11,295
2023: Jun 24-Jul 7, Jul 27-Aug 9, Aug 14-27
2024: Jun 24-Jul 7, Jul 27-Aug 9, Aug 14-27
Discover the Okavango when high water attracts fantastic birdlife, lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog. Explore the savannas of Moremi and Chobe in comfort.

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