Day 0: Fly to Botswana
Days 1–3: Leroo La Tau Camp, Makgadikagadi, Boteti River
Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, northwest of Khumaga Village and about 140 kilometres southeast of Maun. The eastern bank of the Boteti River forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral rich grasslands. The Boteti River is the main outflow of the Okavango Delta, collecting the water that flows past Maun, and stretching about 250 kilometres southeast to Lake Xau on the extreme south western edge of the great Makgadikgadi salt pans. In the mid 1980s the flood waters of the Okavango Delta started to decline as the region entered a cycle of low rainfall and consequently the Boteti River began to recede. The river stopped reaching as far as Leroo La Tau in 1988, and by the mid 1990s had dried up completely. Leroo La Tau was left with a few waterholes in the riverbed which remained home to a small pod of landlocked hippo, together with crocodiles which became completely terrestrial, making dens in riverbank ‘caves’ opposite the lodge. In 2009, two decades after the Boteti River stopped flowing at Leroo La Tau, record rainfall resulted in the highest Okavango flood levels for 25 years. The Boteti River began flowing again and is present at Leroo La Tau once more.
The lodge offers both scheduled guided day and night game drives. Depending on the water levels of the Boteti River, boat activities can also be provided. Optional cultural excursions can be arranged to visit Khumaga Village, as can guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge. The area boasts Chobe bushbuck, leopard, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupine, genet and caracal, to name but a few. In addition, there is also the possibility of seeing the rare white rhinoceros. Large quantities of zebra and wildebeest continued to graze the rich grass plains, migrating to the Boteti River at the end of winter to access the remaining waterholes.
Accommodation: With just 12 thatched chalets, each with en-suite bathroom, a dining room, reading room and bar in the main lodge, expansive wooden decks and a plunge pool, guests can immerse themselves seamlessly into the ultimate wildlife experience in Botswana. The views from the room are incredible as they look over the river and into the wilderness, beautifully blending into the environment.
Meal Plan: Fully Inclusive
Activities: Game drives and boating
Days 4–6: Camp Moremi, Moremi Game Reserve
Camp Moremi is one of three permanent, well-established camps located on the tip of the Mopane Tongue, in Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. Shaded by a variety of riverine trees, including leadwood and jackalberry, it is set in pleasant grounds directly overlooking the peaceful Xakanaxa Lagoon, in an area well known for its spectacular game-viewing opportunities. Activities at Camp Moremi include morning and afternoon game drives in open 4WD safari vehicles and boat cruises on the lagoon. Those heading out on boat cruises will depart from the camp’s on-site boat dock, where three canvas-shaded boats, seating between seven and nine guests, are moored. Game can include wild dog, kudu, zebra, waterbuck, banded mongoose, leopard, elephants, hippo, crocodile, Cape buffalo, reedbuck and baboons. Particularly welcome in the heat of the day is a large swimming pool, which is raised on a wooden deck and kept in excellent condition. Shade is provided for the surrounding sun loungers by large canvas umbrellas.
Accommodation: Guests will enjoy the luxurious seclusion of East African-style safari tents, each one set on a raised teak deck and featuring an en suite bathroom. Accommodating a maximum of 24 guests, Camp Moremi ensures exclusivity and privacy in a tranquil environment.
Meal Plan: Fully Inclusive
Activities: Game drives and motorized boat trips
Days 7–9: Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park
Situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, Savute Safari Lodge is a traditional thatched safari lodge in a setting of singular beauty. But just as awe-inspiring is the decades old story of how the river was stolen… and in an unexpected twist, how it was given back. Stretching from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. But this fickle and unpredictable channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere - a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years. In 2009 the channel began flowing again and by January 2010 had spilled into the Savute Marsh for the first time in three decades. No-one knows how long the water will remain…
Sink into one of the numerous comfortable leather, wood or wicker sofas in the lounge and library, or sip a cocktail in the stylish bar, all of which are situated in a beautiful two-storey thatch and timber main building. Savute Safari Lodge boasts a shaded viewing deck, al fresco dining area and swimming pool with spectacular pool loungers - ideal for watching the varied wildlife, and the resident elephants, as they make their way to the Savute Channel to drink, bathe and play.
Accommodation: To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just 24 guests in 12 local timber and thatched chalets. The chalets have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to compliment the natural environment and feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area plus en-suite facilities.
Meal Plan: Fully Inclusive
Activities: Game drives
Day 10: End of safari
You will be transferred back to the airport for your onward flight.