Discover Botswana Safari at a glance :
3 nights at Kwando Lebala Camp – Linyanti Swamps
3 nights at kwando Kwara Camp – Okavango Delta
3 nights at Kwando Nxai Camp – Kalahari Desert (or Kwando Tau Pan if you prefer)
This relaxing short Discover Botswana safari doesn’t have you flying endlessly from one lodge to the next. Instead you spend a relaxing 9 nights in three prime safari areas – the elephant-studded Kwando concession in the Linyanti Swamps, the beautiful Okavango Delta and ending with the Nxai Pan.
You first fly from Maun into Kwando Lebala Camp (or Lagoon Camp if you prefer) for 3 nights in the Kwando concession of the Linyanti Swamps, west of Chobe National Park. Next you fly into the Okavango Delta for three nights at Kwando Kwara Camp where you enjoy the varied safari activities for which it is famous – game drives, game walks, mokoro excursions, boating, birding in the Godikwe heronry. Your final destination is Nxai Pan for three nights. Nxai Pan is part of the awe-inspiring Makgadikgadi pans area of the Kalahari Desert. Nxai Pan is part of the awe-inspiring Makgadikgadi pans area of the Kalahari Desert. If you prefer, you can change your final destination to the Kalahari Desert….
If you wish to end in Kasane, there would be an extra cost. But this allows you to connect by road to Victoria Falls. If you opt for this, we would change the safari routing to end with the Linyanti Swamps so as to minimize flying time. A variation of this Discover Botswana safari can be costed using other safari camps. Please contact us for a quotation.
Fly from Maun to Kwando Cancession, Linyanti Swamps, 3 nights Kwando Lebala Camp, Fully Inclusive
On arrival in Maun, you are met and transferred by light aircraft to the Kwando Concession.
The Linyanti Swamps lie to the west of Chobe National Park, wilder than Chobe and also known for their large elephant herds. Huge African ebony and marula trees, favourite food for elephant, shade the rivers. This is big game country, with predators such as lion, cheetah, wild dog and hyena regularly sighted, as well as herds of impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, sable, roan, waterbuck and buffalo. The landscape is characterized by grassland vistas dotted with palm forest islands – all very picturesque and open. The Kwando concession is one of three private concessions in this area and offers a seasonal home to game migrating from the grasslands to the south, with the permanent water of the Kwando River drawing the animals during the dry season.
The scenery around the Kwando Lebala Camp is dominated by vast plains scattered with Ilala palms and wooded savanna. You get a powerful sense of being in the middle of nowhere here and the excellent game-viewing makes Lebala one of the finest wilderness camps in Africa.
Accommodation: Kwando Lebala Camp
Located in: Botswana - Linyanti Swamps
Fly to Okavango Delta, 3 nights Kwando Kwara Camp, Fully Inclusive
This morning, after a final game activity, you are transferred by light charter flight to the northern part of the Okavango Delta to spend 3 nights at Kwando Kwara Camp
The Okavango Delta is Africa’s largest and most beautiful oasis – an isolated, lush green paradise with some of the richest wildlife in the world. It is a maze of waterways, lagoons, vast grassy plains and palm-fringed and wooded islands and is home to a wide array of animals and birds. At Camp Okavango, game viewing is predominantly by motorboat, as well as game walks with an experienced and armed guide on the delta’s islands. The evocative mokoro trips are in shallower waters, water levels permitting.
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Kwando Kwara Camp
Kwara Camp lies on the edge of the permanent water of the remote northern Okavango Delta but backed by grasslands. It encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, and thus is rich in wildlife, and offers water game-viewing activities throughout the year. It is also known for its excellent birding with Godikwe lagoon close by.
Accommodation: Kwando Kwara camp
Located in: Botswana - Mixed Activity Camps - Okavango Delta
Fly to Nxai Pan, Kalahari Desert, 3 nights Kwando Nxai Camp, Fully Inclusive
This morning, after a final game activity, you are transferred by light charter flight to Nxai Pan in the Kalahari Desert to spend 3 nights at Kwando Nxai Camp
The Nxai and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are the legacy of a great lake, larger than Lake Victoria, which once covered most of Southern Botswana about two million years ago. Vast shallow white pans make up an extraordinary landscape – deceptively animated by mirages that shimmer and dance in the heat-blasted air. However when the rains come in summer the pans are transformed into shallow lakes and attract spectacular bird life including thousands of flamingos, pelicans and cranes – a majestic spectacle. No visit to Botswana can be said to be truly complete without experiencing the desert as well as the delta. This truly is a magical place away from all the cares of the world.
At Nxai Camp you gain a unique appreciation of the Kalahari. The summer rains attract the last surviving migration of wildebeest and zebra in Southern Africa to the surrounding sweet summer grasses. In the dry season they move to the east returning to the pans in the rainy season. In addition there are rare brown hyenas as well as springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest and their attendant predators. Nxai Camp offer game drives in 4×4 vehicles, custom designed to suit this terrain.
If you prefer, you can change your final destination Kwando Tau Pan in the Kalahari Desert….
Accommodation: Kwando Nxai Pan Camp
Located in: Botswana - Makgadikgadi Pans
Accommodation: Kwando Tau Pan Camp
Located in: Botswana - Central Kalahari
Onward travel arrangements
After a final early morning safari activity followed by brunch, you return to Maun Airport for your onward travel arrangements.
Kwando Lebala Camp
The scenery around the Kwando Lebala Camp is dominated by vast plains scattered with Ilala palms and wooded savanna. You get a powerful sense of being in the middle of nowhere here and the excellent game-viewing makes Lebala one of the finest wilderness camps in Africa
Kwando Kwara camp
Kwando Kwara Camp lies on the edge of the permanent water of the remote northern Okavango Delta but backed by grasslands. It encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, and thus is rich in wildlife, and offers water game-viewing activities throughout the year. It is also known for its excellent birding with Godikwe lagoon closeby.
Kwando Nxai Pan Camp
Kwando Nxai Pan camp lies in the heart of Nxai Pan National Park. During the summer rains from November to April – the pans become covered in nutritious grasses. Nxai pan is known for its huge springbok population and once the rains begin, gemsbok, elephant and zebras migrate to the region. Thousands of zebras come to drop their young at Nxai Pan. Stay at this intimate desert-adapted camp to witness this migration. The Nxai Pans were once part of the great lake that covered the whole of central Botswana. The Nxai Pan itself is fossil lake bed about 40 sq km in size.
Kwando Tau Pan Camp
Kwando Tau Pan camp is one of only two camps inside the world famous Central Kalahari Game Reserve and lies on the edge of the beautiful Tau Pan. After the summer rains the Central Kalahari completely transforms as the plains burst with sweet grasses. This is one of the best game viewing areas in Botswana yet visitor numbers remain low.
To the west of Chobe lie the Linyanti camps in the Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando private concessions – wilder & much quieter than Chobe, yet also famed for their elephant concentrations.Read More
Mixed Activity Camps
Mixed activity safari camps offer a variety of safari activities all year – open 4×4 game drives, bush walks, boating and mokoro trips on the water.Read More
The Okavango Delta is Africa’s largest and most beautiful oasis – an isolated, verdant green paradise with some of the richest wildlife in the world.Read More
The Makgadikgadi Pans & Boteti river offer a wilderness like no other – vast shimmering pans are an oasis for migrating animals.Read More
The Kalahari Desert offer a wilderness like no other – a place where you can see the curvature of the earth and listen to the still small voice inside you. It has its own breath-taking beauty. At certain times game-viewing can be amazing, but it is unpredictable depending on the rains and migration patterns.Read More