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The Botswana Wildlife Safari

with

photographer and Artist Judy LaNier

and

Photographer and author david anderson

 

23 March - 10 April 2016


 

This itinerary has been designed to provide the photographer and nature enthusiast with an opportunity to explore two different habitats in northern Botswana.

Our adventure begins in the heart of the Okavango Delta, which offers one of the finest nature and game photo opportunities in Africa. We also visit the Linyanti area, where we will photograph during early morning, late afternoon, and evening game drives. Besides your normal plains game, these areas have Roan and Sable antelope, lion, leopard, cheetah, elephants, and wild dog. The birds are incredible.

Our safari will include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks, and excursions on the scenic waterways of the Okavango Delta.

There will be four photographers in a safari Land Rover in addition to your photographer escort who will rotate between the vehicles on game drives.

You have the pre-safari option to visit Cape Town and the Cape Pennsula as well as a post-safari option to view the World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls and photograph elephants on the Chobe River.

Maximum Participants: 16

Photographer Leaders: Judy LaNier and David Anderson

 

Our Itinerary

 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Johannesburg

We will arrive in Johannesburg today where we will be met and transferred to our hotel. Those that decide to take the pre-safari option to experience Cape Town will join the expedition in Botswana today. We recommend that travellers spend three weeks in Africa on safari.

The Safari Club (B)

Thursday – Sunday, 24 - 27 March 2016

Johannesburg – Maun - The Okavango Delta

We depart today on our flight to  Maun, the safari gateway for Botswana.  We will continue on our chartered flight to the heart of the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is formed from rains that fall over 600 miles away in northern Angola. This life-giving moisture travels down the Okavango River and spills out onto the Kalahari Desert creating the world's largest inland delta. A rich tapestry of channels flowing with crystal-clear water, the Okavango Delta stands as an oasis within a surrounding desert landscape. Over 1100 species exist in this beautiful and exceptional wilderness. We have four days to photograph in the Okavango Delta.

The camp we have selected is located in the remote northern part of the stunning Okavango Delta within the private Kwara concession. The camp fronts onto a huge floodplain, adjacent to the permanent water of the Delta and is backed by extensive bush. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 650 square miles, bordering the Moremi Reserve. No trip to Botswana is complete without a visit to the Delta, the shimmering and unique watery jewel in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Kwara encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from the clear Delta waters with reed-lined lagoons and channels, to open grasslands, mopane woodlands and palm-fringed islands.

Our eight luxury safari-style tents are built on raised decks, within a grove of huge and ancient African Ebony trees. Resident hippos will generally serenade you year round from the water on the floodplain in front of the camp. Each tent has its own viewing deck, private en-suite facilities including hot and cold running showers, flush toilets and modern amenities.

The forested island on which the camp sits is typical of those encountered throughout the vast 4 million acres of the Okavango Delta. At Kwara, we will discover why the Okavango is considered one of the ecological wonders of Africa and indeed the world. It is mysterious, calming, unpredictable and  wild.

Kwara Camp (BLD)

Monday - Wednesday, 4 - 6 April 2016

Okavango Delta - Linyanti

This morning, we will fly north to our next safari camp. This area is best known for herds of Elephant, which move down to the Kwando River. Sable and Roan Antelope occur, as well as lion, leopard and wild dog. The marshes are home to Red Lechwe, sitatunga, hippo, crocodiles and wonderful bird life. Moving along the fringes of the waterways, guests can see Kudu, Zebra, Buffalo, Waterbuck and Impala.

Lebala Camp (BLD)

 

Thursday - Saturday, 7 - 9 April 2016

Linyanti

This morning, we will take a morning game drive ending at our next camp. This area is best known for its pack of wild dogs, although there are no guarantees on safari! One never knows what to expect.

Lagoon Camp lies on the shady banks of the Kwando River among tall and ancient African Ebony and Marula trees, under the watchful gaze of the resident hippos. Over the years, many of guests have commented that Lagoon Camp stands out as one of the most beautiful settings of any safari camp. Morning and night game drives are conducted by specialist guides and trackers in open safari vehicles. This area is home to large herds of elephants and buffalo. There are few places in Africa where such concentrated numbers of these animals exist.

The environment of the camp hosts a great variety of birds and squirrels that visit daily. A family of hippo and an elephant or three are regularly sighted from the tents. This contributes to the relaxed calm that prevails at Lagoon. The predators are also well represented by lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. These animals are generally very relaxed in the presence of vehicles, meaning the sightings are usually at close range. Among the great variety of antelope species found at Lagoon, the endangered Sable and Roan are often seen. Often large herds of elephant drink at the river bank in front of the camp, in full view of the guests. The big herds attract big predators. Playful spotted necked otters are commonly seen performing in the lagoon in front of the tents. Boat cruises along the Kwando River provide excellent opportunities for birding. The camp also offers specialist fly fishing and spinner fishing for Tiger fish and Bream. Lagoon Camp staff are there to look after you quietly and efficiently, so as to ensure a relaxing and peaceful experience.

Lagoon Camp (BLD)

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Linyanti – Kasane - Victoria Falls or Johannesburg

Today, you have the option to fly to Johannesburg to connect with your flight home. Or, you can continue on your safari adventure by traveling on to Victoria Falls. You can fly to Kasane and transfer by road and cross the border into Zimbabwe, where you can spend two days photographing Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is also known as "the adventure capital of Africa."

 

Expedition Price

 

The Price of Your Photographic Adventure

(Per Person, Double Occupancy)

$8,955.00 Retail Price

Photographers Price

$6,795.00 per person

Single Room Supplement: $1,200.00

Optional Safari Additions

Pre Safari - Cape Town & Cape Peninsula

Post Safari - African Rivers and Victoria Falls


Safari Price Includes:

Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
Transportation in custom built safari open Land Rover.
Services of a English-speaking safari driver/guide.
Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary.
All Government taxes and levies.
All meals and beverages on safari as indicated.
Mineral water during game drives.
Charter flights as indicated in the itinerary.

Not Included:

Not included is international airfare from our home city to Johannesburg, as well as the international flights within the continent of Africa. Chartered flights that are part of your safari are included. David Anderson Safaris can recommend a travel agent that can book your international flights.

Also, not included are personal expenses such as travel insurance, personal insurance, excess baggage fees, phone calls, airport departure taxes (none currently), visa fees (none currently for Botswana) and any additional nights not noted in the itinerary.

Carbon Offsets:
David Anderson Safaris understands that air travel contributes to increased green house gases and global warming. Therefore, we encourage our expedition participants to assist us in making each David Anderson Safaris expedition carbon neutral. You can offset your air transportation carbon impact by purchasing carbon off-sets. To offset the emissions from your flights go to Carbon Off-Set Calculator.

International Air Transportation:
You are responsible for booking your own international air transportation. To assist you, we have provided you with the airport codes and the dates you need to arrive or depart.


David Anderson Safaris does not arrange domestic or international air transportation. David Anderson Safaris specializes in the design and planning of safaris.  If you need assistance in booking your international air to Africa, or your air from Johannesburg to Maun, many of our clients have been very satisfied with the services provided by Shannon Sullivan at ()818)578-8638, travelagentshannon@gmail.com .

To assist you, we have provided you with the airport codes and the dates you will need to arrive and depart.

Arrival Airport Code: (JNB) by 27 March 2013
Departure Airport Code: (JNB) on 28 March 2013
Arrival Airport Code: (MUB) on 28 March 2013
Departure Airport Code: (MUB) on 7 April 2013
Departure Airport Code: (JNB) on 7 April 2013 for home





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