14 Days from$44250 p/p in USD
Welcome to Beautiful Botswana! This super-luxury privately guided safari, from 17-30 Sept 2021, takes you into the heart of Botswana’s spectacular Okavango Delta – proving time and time again the miraculous power of nature at her very best as she shares her glory in this incredible desert to oasis transformation. Experience the pristine wilderness, rich wildlife and prolific birdlife of Moremi Game Reserve, Duba Plains Private Reserve and Selinda Reserve, exploring on game drives, boat trips and night drives in the company of your expert knowledgeable guide.
Safari types:Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Selinda Reserve, Duba Plains Private Reserve
Wildlife:Birds, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Wild Dog, Red Lechwe, Tsessebe, Impala, Roan, Sable
Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Boat Cruise, Optional Activities, Birding, Well Being
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle, Helicopter, Flight
Start/end:Start/end in Johannesburg
Specialist Guide - Sid Hayes
Sid Hayes, your personal Specialist Guide, will accompany you on this luxury safari. Having him guide a safari is a great benefit that we feel adds incomparable value to the overall experience. His wealth of knowledge in the various areas allows him to highlight relevant information, add continuity and adapt a safari to meet the guest’s specific needs and interests, as well as meeting and exceeding their expectations. He also takes care of all the nitty gritty travel issues behind the scenes, making cross border transfers and light aircraft charter hops seamless and easy for the guests.
Sid has a good knowledge of photography and will always be willing to take photographs on behalf of the guests with their own cameras, but he also carries his own equipment and will put together an album of digital images at the end of the safari to send home with the guests. Birding is one of Sid’s other skills, which can turn most guests into avid ornithologists by the end of the trip.
Being a father of two and having brought them up in the bush environment, Sid’s rapport with kids of any age on safari is excellent. Not only does he teach them about the bush and wildlife, his sense of humour captures the kids attention and they end up having a lot of fun whilst learning things as well.
Sid has had the privilege of guiding repeat families and guests over the many years – he has witnessed kids having grown up between their different trips, he has visited many of the guests back home in their own environment when he has gone on marketing trips, and above all he has formed some amazing friendships in all corners of the world which is the main reason he loves this job so much. He is without a doubt a people person who is the backbone of Exclusive Touch Africa and everything it stands for. Personalised, professional and unforgettable.
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 44,250 per person
- All accommodation on a shared basis
- Meals & drinks as specified (drink inclusions may differ between camps/lodges)
- Activities (most safari camps/lodges include two game activities per day in their rate – one in the morning and the other in the afternoon)
- Services of the camp/lodge guides and staff
- Air transfers as specified, including departure taxes on Wilderness Air charter flights
- Park fees and entrance fees
- Laundry can be done at most camps/lodges and hotels
- Accommodation taxes, tourism levies, Value Added Tax (VAT), Government Sales Tax (GST)
- Any scheduled commercial flights (current fare is approx $ 850 return JNB / Maun / JNB)
- Meals not specified such as lunch and dinner in city hotels
- Any drinks, park fees, activities and transfers not specified
- Staff gratuities
- Visa fees
- Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
- Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Exclusive Touch Africa‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Exclusive Touch Africa‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
You will be met airside at O.R. Tambo International Airport and assisted through Immigration and Customs. Your specialist guide, Sid Hayes, will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall where he will take you across to the ORT Intercontinental Hotel for check in and overnight. A much needed breather after your long flight and a chance to relax, unwind and catch up on the hours and sleep lost with your international flight. Your safari begins the minute you change your watches to Africa Time. A quiet evening before your flight to Maun the next morning.
InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport
A safe, easy walk from the international arrivals hall, the 5-Star InterContinental offers the most sophisticated airport accommodation. Enjoy unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, quiet soundproofed rooms, quick check-in and a host of services designed to meet the needs of the modern traveller.
Bed & Breakfast
This morning, after a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, you will be met once again and chaperoned to the regional flights section of ORT. A scheduled commercial flight taking 90 minutes out of ORT Johannesburg will have you arriving in Maun, Botswana. You may be interested to know that this little airport is the busiest light aircraft airport in Africa!
The cost of the commercial flight from Johannesburg to Maun is approximately US$850.00 per person return. This is an estimate and the fare is not included in the costing but we can certainly book it for you should you wish.
Following customs and immigration, your pilot will meet and assist you to your private charter flight out of Maun, over the Delta to Mombo Airstrip, greeted with a much needed welcome drink and a game drive transfer to Mombo Private Reserve on Chiefs Island – home for the next four nights and arguably the best big game viewing in all of Africa with a bountiful hunting ground for large prides of lion and leopard.
Moremi Game Reserve
Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest. This diverse ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offers visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.
On Mombo Island, just off the northern tip of Chief’s Island, Mombo Camp is built under large shady trees and overlooks a wonderful floodplain teeming with wildlife. Accommodation comprises eight spacious suites raised off the ground, all built to maximise the vistas over the plains. Each tent is elegantly furnished, complete with en-suite bathroom, a dressing area, indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a bathtub that creates a sense of indulgence. The expanded deck includes a sala and plunge pool. A large living and dining area looks out over that same view, while Mombo’s famous traditional dinners are hosted in the nearby boma. Mombo shares a Safari Boutique, spa, gym and lap pool with Little Mombo. Large concentrations of plains game often occur in front of camp; you may see a variety of animals without even leaving the veranda.
Fully Inclusive – All meals & drinks, fees and activities are included
Fond farewells and check out for Part Two! A short charter flight out of Mombo Airstrip to Odop Airstrip and a short transfer onward to Duba Plains Camp. Check in to another luxurious tent that you can lay your hat, unpack your toothbrush and get to call home.
Duba Plains Private Reserve
Idyllically set in the Okavango Delta, the landscape of Duba Plains Private Reserve is characterised by vast expansive savannah plains dotted with fig, ebony, and garcinia trees and traversed by a network of pristine waterways. Visitors can look forward to leisurely boating excursions down the tranquil rivers of the Delta, thrilling game drives and mystical night drives in the African bush to spot a wealth of nocturnal wildlife. Commonly spotted species include hippo, blue wildebeest, hyena, giraffe, elephant, lechwe, buffalo, tsessebe, and warthog. Visitors can also look forward to viewing over 200 species of bird, horse riding safaris through the untouched grasslands, and enjoy a glass of wine under the Africa night sky after a wonderful day of animal sightings in the wild.
Duba Plains Camp
Renowned, and now totally rebuilt, Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart the Okavango Delta on a 77,000-acre private concession that typifies the region’s unique landscape. With five bespoke tents and a 2-bedroom Duba Plains Suite, the camp sits on raised decking, with views of the surrounding floodplain; designed by Dereck Joubert to fit into the landscape and evoke the classic African safari style of the 1920’s. Each tent has a lounge area, a private verandah with private plunge pool and outdoor covered sala. The main area has a raised dining room, comfortable lounge with private dining areas, wine cellar and library. Guests staying at the Duba Plains Suite enjoy a private game drive vehicle and guide as well as private butler and chef. Many consider Duba Plains to be the Okavango’s Maasai Mara because of the sheer volume of wildlife. Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary and intimate wildlife experiences. This is the place that owners, and National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert chose for their home base. Great Plains Conservation is the only operator on the concession, thereby offering guests the ultimate in exclusivity.
Fully Inclusive – All meals & drinks (excl premium brands), fees and activities are included
A complimentary helicopter transfer will have you at Zarafa Camp for Part Three of your Safari. Zarafa means “the beloved one” in Arabic and comes from a giraffe that was presented to Charles X of France in 1826 by the Viceroy of Egypt. Located on the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve, at the world famous source of the Savuti at Zibadjana lagoon, this camp has been named one of the greatest game viewing regions in southern Africa. Check into your luxurious tented accommodation for the next four days.
Situated in northern Botswana, the Selinda Reserve is a 130 000 hectare private wildlife reserve. Sandwiched between the Savute Channel, Chobe National Park and the sensational Okavango Delta, this sanctuary is well off the beaten track and offers visitors an exclusive wildlife viewing experience. This varied landscape hosts a wide selection of species in diverse habitats. Visitors can enjoy eco-friendly safaris including guided bush walks, 4×4 game drives and boat safaris. Spot an array of magnificent of wildlife such as the rare roan and sable antelopes, lion, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, African wild dog, and large elephant herds.
An intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the 330,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. Its villa, the Dhow Suites, consist of two tents and private main area and operates entirely independently of main camp. Few camps rival the location of this little gem, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property. Overlooking the crystal waters Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savute Channel, every area of camp has a magnificent view. The lagoon is also the water source for a tremendous population of wildlife – dry season sightings boast buffalo and elephant by the hundreds. Zarafa Camp and Dhow Suites are the brainchild of the founders of Great Plains Conservation, who pooled their collective experience on safari to create what they deemed to be the best and most environmentally innovative camp. Zarafa has succeeded in successfully in retaining a clearly African feel, while balancing that delicate relationship between personal and informal and romance and adventure. Zarafa Camp has no equal in terms of its environmental credentials and its careful appointments.
Time to pack away the camera, dust off your hat and shoes, a sad “tsamaya sentle’ to the Mombo staff and charter out of paradise to Maun airport for onward travel to civilization. Here you will bid farewell to Sid as he heads back up north to regale his family with stories of his safari with you all. Fly from Maun to ORT Johannesburg for your long haul flight that connects you back home. You will be met airside, assisted and escorted to the International Terminal. When you get home, the next few weeks will be spent downloading hundreds of photographs and sharing your stories with your friends and family.
There is an option on a pre-safari or post-safari trip to the majestic Victoria Falls for a few nights – if you have come all this way it would be a crime not to see one of the most amazing Seven Wonders of the World!! An ideal trip would 2 nights at the beginning of the safari which will also afford you to deal with your jetlag and prepare for your safari. Victoria Falls is Sid’s home and base, so you will get to meet his family and he will then continue on his trip with you from there!! This option is an extra cost.