Ultimate Botswana
April 28 – May 13, 2019

Overview:

Explore a variety of habitats on this comprehensive itinerary as you travel in open 4×4 vehicles to search for the symbols of this untamed territory—lions, elephants, hippos, and vast herds of plains antelopes. Discover a variety of birdlife, with over 380 recorded species, such as the scarce black egret, rufous-bellied heron, pygmy goose, and wattled crane.
Glide through the ecologically-unique Okavango Delta in a mokoro (dugout canoe) to seek out the elusive sitatunga, a delta antelope. Photograph the stunning scenery of diverse habitats, from the stark beauty of the Kalahari Desert to the lushly vegetated oasis of the Okavango Delta.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 01: Depart USA
Day 02: Johannesburg, South Africa
Day 03: Johannesburg / Maun, Botswana / Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Day 04: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Day 05: Makgadikgadi /Okavango Delta (Xigera)
Day 06: Okavango Delta (Xigera)
Day 07: Okavango Delta (Chitabe Camp)
Day 08: Okavango Delta (Chitabe Camp)
Day 09: Okavango Delta (Chitabe Camp)
Day 10: Linyanti Wildlife Reserve (DumaTau)
Day 11: Linyanti Wildlife Reserve (DumaTau)
Day 12: Linyanti Wildlife Reserve (DumaTau)
Day 13: Okavango Delta (Mombo)
Day 14: Okavango Delta (Mombo)
Day 15: Okavango Delta (Mombo)
Day 16: Okavango Delta / Maun / Johannesburg, South Africa

Interested in more information? Please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

Ultimate Botswana
April 28 – May 13, 2019

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 01 – Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Depart USA
Board your independent overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 02 – Monday, April 29, 2019 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to the InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport for dinner and overnight.

Day 03 – Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – Johannesburg / Maun, Botswana / Makadikgadi Pans National Park
Transfer to the airport early this morning for your flight to Maun. Then transfer to chartered bush planes for the flight to Camp Kalahari, located on the edge of an ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park.

Day 04 – Wednesday, May 1, 2019 – Makadikgadi Pans National Park
Search for the desert-adapted wildlife that survives in this harsh environment; oryx, meerkats, aardwolves, and springbok among them. This is also your only opportunity to spot the rare brown hyena. The birdlife here is varied as well, and the species we hope to spy include white-backed and lappet-faced vultures; ant-eating chats; acacia pied barbets; namaqua sandgrouses; double-banded coursers; tawny and martial eagles; ostriches; lanner and red-footed falcons; and red-crested and northern black korhaans. In addition to your guided game safaris in open 4×4 vehicles, weather permitting you have the chance to accompany bushman trackers on foot to learn about their folklore and way of life. There will also be an opportunity to observe habituated meerkats at close range.

Day 05 – Thursday, May 2, 2019 – Makgadikgadi / Okavango Delta (Xigera)
Board our charter flight to Xigera, situated in the central Okavango Delta within the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. After settling in, embark on a game-watching activity.

Day 06 – Friday, May 3, 2019 – Okavango Delta (Xigera)
Water surrounds the camp year-round, and many islands are home to large concentrations of wildlife. A paradise for avid birders, the area is home to Pel’s fishing owls, African skimmers, slaty egrets, lesser jacanas, and a host of eagles, vultures, and kingfishers. A unique feature of the camp is a wooden footbridge that connects Xigera to the neighboring island. You are treated to views of lions, hyenas, or leopards padding across the bridge as they move between islands. Xigera also boasts the Okavango’s highest density of the rare sitatunga antelope, as well as hippos and crocodiles.

Day 07-09 – Saturday – Monday, May 4 – 6, 2019 – Okavango Delta (Chitabe Camp)
Chitabe is situated on one of the most beautiful of the Okavango Delta’s islands. During your time here explore the region, a combination of open floodplains, wooded islands, and lagoons harboring an outstanding assortment of African wildlife. Game viewing is excellent and, accompanied by local guides, ride in open 4×4 vehicles or go on foot in search of buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards, reedbucks, lechwe, zebras, and hippos. Wild dogs are also a possibility here. In addition to the customary morning and afternoon game drives and walks, you may also have the option of night safaris, using spotlights to seek out rare nocturnal species.

Day 10 – 12 – Sunday – Tuesday, May 7 – 9, 2019 – Linyanti Wildlife Reserve (DumaTau)
The private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The camp is built on raised boardwalks overlooking a large lagoon on the Linyanti waterways. The source of the Savuti Channel is close to DumaTau, and game drives along it are one of the highlights here. The Linyanti Reserve consists of 1,250 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness and is totally uninhabited by humans. It supports a wide variety of species, but it is most noted for its very large elephant population. Herds of elephants congregate near the waterways and lagoons, and at the water holes located along the Savuti Marsh. The area is also home to large numbers of impalas, lechwes, kudus, zebras, giraffes, sitatungas, and buffalo. With such diverse prey, all of the major predators—lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas—can regularly be seen here. Nocturnal species include bush babies, spring hare, aardwolf, and serval. The birding is spectacular with such Okavango specialties as slaty egrets, white-rumped babblers, and wattled cranes, in addition to the bushveld species. Activities are varied as you explore by water, 4×4 vehicles, and occasionally on foot. The hides along the Savuti Channel and the banks of the Linyanti River also provide a chance to enjoy wildlife viewing close up and away from a vehicle.

Day 13-15 – Wednesday – Friday, May 10 -12, 2019 – Okavango Delta (Mombo)
Mombo is located on Chief’s Island, one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango. Explore the area’s wide, expansive plains, which are famous for their concentration of wildlife. All the major predators—lions, leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs—can be seen close to camp. Elephants are abundant here, and large herds of impala, zebra, wildebeest, and buffalo are common. You’ll see profuse birdlife, including pelicans, storks, and cranes, as well as Dickinson’s kestrels, pink-throated longclaws, and Meyer’s parrots.

Day 16 – Saturday, May 13, 2019 – Okavango Delta / Maun / Johannesburg, South Africa
On your last day here, time permitting, embark on one final game drive before returning to Maun to catch your flight to Johannesburg and connect to your independent flight.

Note: The above itinerary and arranged sightseeing is subject to change. Please contact us with your preferred travel dates and goals to confirm your trip.

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Ultimate Botswana
April 28 – May 13, 2019

Rates:

April 28 – May 13, 2019

Safari Package Rate:

Double – $22,980 approx. per person sharing

Single – $28, 960 approx. per person

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

International Airfare:
International air is not included. Africa Easy does not book international flights into and out of Africa, however we can put you in touch with our airline partner at if you would like assistance booking your international air.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

Air transportation within Botswana; all excursions in the company of a world-class expedition leader and local guides; all gratuities; all accommodations; all group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

Airfare from your home city/Johannesburg/Maun and Maun/Johannesburg/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Africa Easy Reservation Form, along with your 20% safari package deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Africa Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Africa Easy website, please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

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Wild South Africa
August 24 – September 7, 2019

Lex Hes

Lex Hes, a naturalist and wildlife photographer, was born and educated in Johannesburg and has been involved in the world of wildlife for the past 30 years. Previously a guide at the world-famous Londolozi Game Reserve, Lex is now a popular freelance nature guide who imparts his wealth of knowledge of Africa’s ecosystems in an easygoing and friendly manner. He is an author and nature photographer with five books to his credit – the highly acclaimed Leopards of Londolozi; a children’s book called Bushschool; Attracting Birds to Your Garden in Southern Africa; The Complete Book of Southern African Mammals; and Wild South Africa, about the biomes of his native country. In addition to time spent in the Mpumalanga Lowveld and guiding visitors around South Africa, Lex has been involved with biological work on the sub-Antarctic islands of Amsterdam and Marion and has led tours to Kenya, Botswana, and Namibia.


April 28 - May 13, 2019