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Great Wilderness Journey

Botswana, Africa

Contact provider for price 12 Days Year-round
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Uncharted Outposts 12 people max
  • Maun airport, maun, botswana
  • Active & Adventure trips
At the turn of the century, explorers and adventurers made their way leisurely across the dusty paths of Africa, allowing the great continent to seep into their souls. Our guided mobile safaris takes time to experience and explore Botswana's contrasts and extremes: from the waterless and strange landscape of the Kalahari Desert to the lushly vegetated wetlands of the Okavango Delta. The style of accommodation takes you back to the long-gone era of Africa's exploration - on the ultimate Safari. Flowing linen of heavy, pure cottons, brass bucket showers and basins, separate flushing toilets and shower areas all add to the atmosphere, while luxury comforts and amenities are available, including a bush laundry service. Many areas in which we travel are private concessions. All camps and lodges are private and for the use of our Safari adventurers only.

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Botswana, Africa

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Day 1-3 — Okavango Delta

Upon your morning arrival in Maun, fly by light aircraft to Jacana Camp. The Okavango Delta represents survival at the other extreme: abundant water, sunlight and soil combine to form a paradise bursting with life. The contrast becomes amazingly clear as we move from desert to delta, from dry sand to water world. We fly by light aircraft charter from the arid Kalahari Desert to lush Jacana Camp, situated in a permanently flood region of the private Jao concession of the Okavango Delta. A true water camp, it represents the essence of the Delta, with year-round mokoro safaris as well as island bush walks and water level permitting, motorboat cruises. The camp is set in one of the most densely populated wetland areas for Sitatunga and Red Lechwe. Game concentrations all depend on the flow of the water.

Day 3-4 — Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta represents survival at the other extreme: abundant water, sunlight and soil combine to form a paradise bursting with life. The contrast becomes amazingly clear as we move from desert to delta, from dry sand to water world. We fly by light aircraft charter from the arid Kalahari Desert to lush Jacana Camp, situated in a permanently flood region of the private Jao concession of the Okavango Delta. A true water camp, it represents the essence of the Delta, with year-round mokoro safaris as well as island bush walks and water level permitting, motorboat cruises. The camp is set in one of the most densely populated wetland areas for Sitatunga and Red Lechwe. Game concentrations all depend on the flow of the water.

Day 4-6 — Okavango Delta

Transfer from the water world of Jacana Camp to the game-rich plains of Abu’s concession. This transfer itself becomes an adventure - depending on the Okavango’s flood level, a combination of mokoro, motor boat and Land Rover create a unique extended game experience. Activities concentrate on the open herd-filled plains surrounding "lechwe world," where the seasonal congregations of wildlife make the perfect setting for exclusive game drives, night drives and bush walks.

Day 7-9 — Linyanti Concession

After a light breakfast, we fly by light aircraft to the private Linyanti Concession; upon arrival driving to our private Explorer campsite, which is elegantly set up under massive African ebony and knobthorn acacia trees overlooking panoramic vistas of the Linyanti Swamps. The landscape changes from the Okavango floodplains to savannah habitat with sweeping views, creating a paradise for a high diversity of wildlife and bird species. The first afternoon activity concentrates on exposure to different plains game, such as roan and sable antelope and their predators, the lion and leopard - with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus. Activities include game drives in the private northern sector of the Concession, exploring a range of habitats, from riverbanks to scrub and forest, which reveal a myriad of game en route to slake their thirst from the river. The seldom seen sitatunga can also be spotted in the waterways. There’s also a game drive to a private deck for lunch, then a siesta in hammocks and an afternoon canoe trip - all before taking an evening drive back to camp! We canoe on the Linyanti River fro an amazing close-up view of the elephant herds. To complete the experience, on the third day we enjoy a full activity to the Savuti Channel, with lunch at a private hide overlooking a waterhole. The spectacular zebra migration moves between Linyanti and the Savuti Marsh through this area, as well as an impressive diversity of mammals, including large elephant herds. This day is specifically tailored to enjoy the seasonal and migratory movements of wildlife within the Linyanti and Savuti systems.

Day 10 — Victoria Falls
Toka Leya

Today, you’ll be transferred to Toka Leya Tented Camp, tucked under a shady canopy of Jackalberry and Waterberry trees, overlooking the mighty Zambezi River. The camp is located within the eastern sector of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, 12km from Victoria Falls. There are 12 wonderful safari-style tents with en-suite bathrooms and each offers an incredible view of the Zambezi River and adjacent islands. The dining and bar area are set beneath a lush canopy of trees overlooking the River and an inviting swimming pool. Activities abound, including amazing game drives within the National Park, a tour of the astounding Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, guided walks through the rainforest where you will see bushbuck, banded mongoose and velvet monkeys and baboons, and guests can also do canoeing, jet boating, white water rafting and fishing. There is also great birding in and around the camp.

Day 12 — Departure Day
Toka Leya

Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 metres wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Transfer to Livingstone Airport to bid farewell to the adventure.

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