• Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty 2/5
  • Group Size 10

Botswana

Private Group Safari


“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.”
Ernest Hemingway

The Okavango Delta, which seeps into the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert in the southern African country of Botswana, is the largest inland delta in the world. The water flows from the Angolan Heights and has no other recourse than to spread out thinly over the flat terrain to give birth to a lush area carrying abundant game. Today it has become a paradise of African wildlife, the last bastion of vintage Africa. There is no question that the Okavango is one of the greatest wild spectacles left on the planet. Every day, every game drive, from the well-appointed open vehicles, we witness a new stage on which a play develops. With expert guides, we set out at dawn, usually in search of predators, for where there are predators there is most likely to be classic African action. Over our 10-day safari, we will move between several different luxurious tented camps by light aircraft, each offering a magical and unique experience that will work its way under your skin and into your blood. We plan to end our sojourn at a point overlooking the mighty Victoria Falls.

The map is a visual representation of the locations included in this trip. Click over the image to zoom into the map. For more information, please refer to the itinerary for this expedition.

Trip Details

General Information


PRICE: US$14,650 PER PERSON SHARING


Single Supplement: N/A


Arrival: Maun Airport, Botswana


Arrival Time: The morning of the 9th May, 2024


Departure: Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe, 19 May, 2024


INCLUDED

  • 10 nights accommodation on a shared basis.
  • Victoria Falls Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis ONLY.
  • All meals, unless otherwise stated.
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
  • All internal airfares and ground transportation on the itinerary.
  • One Pete Oxford Expeditions trip leader.
  • All drinks in Botswana camps included.
  • Laundry at all camps.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round-trip international airfare Johannesburg/Cape Town to Botswana/Zimbabwe return.
  • Travel insurance is mandatory on this expedition and can be booked via this website.
  • Gratuities to local guides and camp staff.
  • Hotel in Maun on May 8th, 2024 if you choose to arrive one day early.
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, meals and beverages in Victoria Falls Hotel.

VIEW ITINERARY

Early arrival option: Arrive into Johannesburg or Cape Town on May 8th, 2024 for overnight in a hotel near the airport to catch the flight to Maun on May 9th, 2024 the following morning. If you can arrive into Johannesburg early enough it is possible to connect directly to Botswana. Stay one or two nights in Maun at the Thamalakane River Lodge before the trip officially starts.

A Day 1: May 9th, 2024: Arrive into Maun, Botswana & transfer to Tubu Tree.

Trip begins in Maun after a scheduled commercial flight to Botswana from South Africa which we should arrange to be on as a group. After clearing customs, we will board a light aircraft to transfer to Tubu Tree camp to arrive in time for an afternoon game drive. o/n Tubu Tree

B Days 2 – 3, May 10th – 11th, 2024: Tubu Tree

Tubu Tree camp Is a traditional style camp in the west of the Okavango Delta. The tents are raised above the ground and connected by an elevated walkway. Views are over the floodplain and offer spectacular wildlife viewing. The communal bar, sits under the shade of a large marula tree and is the perfect place to recap the days events. There are often large concentrations of game which can be viewed either from land or water. o/n Tubu Tree.

C Days: 4 – 5: May 12th & 13th, 2024: Little Vumbura

After a morning game drive we will fly by light aircraft to Little Vumbura camp which is situated on a beautiful island in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. As it is surrounded by water and lying close to large rivers, both water and land-based activities are offered. There are game drives by day but no night drives due to having to cross over the channel in the dark. Boat rides and mokoro (dug-out canoe) trips offer a chance to experience the delta. Both land based and water activities offer spectacular and diverse wildlife sightings. Wildlife includes cheetah, leopard, lion, red lechwe, a host of other plains game, an a plethora of diverse bird species. We also hope to see wild dogs at Little Vumbura.
Little Vumbura is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient forest. Each well-appointed tent has en-suite facilities and a deck with incredible vistas. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains while a star deck is reached by a bridge from the dining area.
In addition to helping to conserve the area, Little Vumbura is part of a community participation plan that brings the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live around the Okavango Delta.

D Day 6, May 14th, 2024: Little Vumbura to Chitabe Lediba

After a morning activity we will transfer by light aircraft to Chitabe Lediba to arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. o/n Chitabe Lediba.

D Days 7 & 8, May 15th & 16th, 2024 : Chitabe Lediba

Located in the south east of the delta Chitabe Lediba offers a different suite of habitats than our previous two stays. As such the wildlife is equally diverse. Both mammal and bird sightings are excellent and if we are lucky, the chances to see African wild dog and other top predators are good. The traditional Meru tents, dining area and pool overlook an animal rich lagoon. o/n Chitabe Lediba.

E Day 9, May, 17th, 2024: Chitabe Lediba to Victoria Falls

We will go via light aircraft to Kasane. After clearing customs and immigration we will continue by road to Victoria Falls.
o/n Victoria Falls Hotel.

E Day 10, May 18th, 2024: Victoria Falls Hotel

Your stay is on a bed and breakfast basis only. There are many dining options both in the hotel and in the town. There are also a wide choice of activities ranging from bungy jumping, white-water rafting, helicopter overflights, wonderful craft shopping and of course the incredible falls themselves. o/n Victoria Falls Hotel.

A Day 11, May 19th, 2024: Flights home.

Transfer from the Victoria Falls Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport for your international flights back to Johannesburg or Cape Town to connect to your flights home. Trip ends at Victoria Falls Airport.

Expedition Leaders

Discover the world with experienced travelers


Pete Oxford

Photographer | Owner | Trip Leader

Pete and and his wife Reneé are southern African experts. Recently, while they lived for 26 months within a national park in South Africa, they were directly involved in helping decide on managerial protocols. They have led trips and explored Africa scores of times and we live on the rocky shoreline of the Western Cape in South Africa. It is always with immense excitement that they look forward to their next African safari and with tremendous longing for more when it comes to an end. Pete has been the overall winner of South Africa’s well known Getaway magazine’s photographic competition and has also been regularly featured in South Africa’s photographic competitions. He has often written for the respected Africa Geographic Magazine and  was one of the magazine’s official bloggers. Reneé and Pete are well placed to design custom itineraries and would like nothing more than to share their passion and enthusiasm for the African bush with you. They have led more than 50 safaris to Botswana

Photo Gallery

Some of the amazing scenery, wildlife and cultures you will discover during this unforgettable experience


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