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)
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)
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)
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)
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."