SADC special – valid until 30 April 2023. The Okavango Delta & Kwando Private Reserve Fly-In Lodge Safari offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for South Africans to visit some of the most iconic safari areas in Botswana at unbelievably reduced prices. The serene Okavango Delta and the massive wilderness area of the Kwando Private Reserve will make this a trip to remember!
Safari can be run in reverse.
Day 1, 2 & 3: OKAVANGO DELTA (Moremi Crossing – click here)
Upon arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met by a representative and escorted to your light aircraft for a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta & Moremi Crossing.
Flying over the delta by light aircraft gives you a unique perspective and it will allow you to see how vast the delta is and how the system of channels, lagoons and islands combine to make this one of the world’s last true wilderness areas.
One of the largest Inland water systems in the world, the Okavango Delta covers an approximate area of 16 000 square km of the Kalahari and rates as one of the most spectacular travel destinations in the world. The Kavango river rises in Angola’s highlands and flows through Namibia, before flooding onto the soft sands of the Kalahari creating the world’s largest inland delta. The flood waters of Angola take approximately three months to reach the borders of Botswana and may only reach the southern end of the Delta in June. This creates a unique source of water in this region during the dry season – as the surrounding game reserves are drying out, the Okavango’s waters are rising and attracting a huge array of wildlife which remains in the area from May to October.
Time slows down at Moremi Crossing, whilst on foot or silently moving through the Delta’s waterways on a mokoro, in search of game. Through the provision of high-quality guiding services and custom-made boats, Moremi Crossing offers a more personalized wildlife experience. Activities on offer are half or full-day mokoro trips with game walks on Chief’s Island, bush walks with picnic lunch, wilderness camping, sunset motorboat cruises, and game drives in low-water periods.
For the more adventurous we offer wilderness camping. This involves packing up a mokoro with camping equipment and going with a professional guide out into the Delta for 1 or 2 nights. It is a magical experience and a good way to get close to the birds and animals of the Delta. Please contact us for additional information.
Moremi Crossing combines simplicity with luxury and is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature at its best, whether via boat cruises on the Boro River or from the relaxed atmosphere of the camp’s facilities.
Moremi Crossing being a water-based camp allows for the chance to view a wide variety of animal and bird species, best viewed on our walks on Chief’s Island. Lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, red lechwe and more have been spotted on walks. On a mokoro, you have the opportunity to see waterfowl like African Jacana, African Fish Eagle, Malachite Kingfisher, or the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl.
Since this area normally receives floods last it contains some of the closest dry season watering points for the game that spreads out towards Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans during the rains. Around this, there is a high density of game in the dry season but since quite a lot of the reserve is mopane woodlands (a favourite location for animals during the rains and early dry season) good game viewing is expected all year round.
This river system attracts a wide variety of game. Familiar favourites include elephant, buffalo, giraffe, kudu, impala, tsessebe, hippo, crocodile, genet, honey badger and a host of plains game. Rare antelope breeds including roan, sable and eland, not normally seen in the Okavango region, occur here. As the Gomoti is the main water source in the area, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog come down to the riverside to drink and hunt, of course!
Day 4, 5 & 6: KWANDO PRIVATE RESERVE (Lagoon Camp – click here)
After an early morning game viewing activity and breakfast, you will be taken to the nearby airstrip for your transfer to the far north of Botswana and Lagoon Camp.
The Linyanti/Selinda/Kwando system is an area of over 2,600 sq km (1,000 sq mi) that juts out into the Chobe National Park to the eastern side, with the Okavango to the south. This is real African big game country, and during the dry season, the permanent waters of both the Kwando and Linyanti Rivers serve as important migration points for wildlife from much of northern Botswana, including large herds of buffalo and elephant, wildebeest and zebra. The extensive Kwando, Selinda, and Linyanti concessions offer superb wildlife viewing and terrain to rival the physical beauty of the Okavango.
The swamps that fan out from the rivers carry the same magnificent natural history as the Okavango: picturesque channels, lagoons, papyrus stands and reedbeds. Riparian forest lines the waterways, giving rise to magnificent, towering trees. Virtually all naturally occurring antelope and predators can be seen in these concessions, depending, of course, on the season, and food and water availability. Over the years African hunting dogs have frequently denned in these concessions and prides of lion have taken to predating on large herbivores that concentrate here.
Lagoon Camp is perched on the banks of the wild Kwando River, nestled beneath towering ebony and marula trees. The heavily forested site is home to a wide variety of birds and mammals, while elephants and hippos are normally visible from the camp. The stunning views and close proximity of wildlife all contribute to the pervading sense of calm at Lagoon. Lagoon’s area in the Kwando Reserve has a well-earned reputation for big game and large herds of elephants and buffalo, especially in the winter months, when herds of up to a thousand are not uncommon. This vast concentration of game attracts the attention of large predators. The Lagoon wild dog pack regularly den close to the camp and the excellent viewing opportunities have led to Lagoon’s reputation as the place to see wild dogs in Botswana. Seasonally large herds of elephant drink at the river bank near to the camp in full view of the main deck, while pods of hippos are commonly seen languidly sunbathing in the water in front of camp.
In addition to offering bush walks and game drives (morning, afternoon & night), the unique double-deck boat allows several guests the opportunity to drift along the river while enjoying spectacular views, mammal and bird life, while sipping at your ‘sundowner’ of choice. For those guests who enjoy fishing, there is ample room to throw a line in the water while the boat meanders along.
Lagoon Camp accommodates up to 18 guests in nine expansive tents. Each tent’s private deck, living area, and bathroom all afford picturesque views over the river. Likewise, these views are also perfect to wake up to, in bed. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a bathtub for an enjoyable afternoon soak.
This is vintage big game Africa and not to be missed.
Day 7: MAUN – (Safari Ends)
There is time for one last morning activity before or you can enjoy a relaxed morning in camp as you get ready to end your amazing safari to the Okavango Delta and the Kwando Private Reserve
Leaving Lagoon Camp by light aircraft, you’ll arrive at Maun Airport in time to catch your onward flight.
NORMAL PRICE: US$ 7 450.00 per person sharing
SPECIAL SADC PRICE: (valid for travel by SADC residents or citizens until 30Apr23)
BWP 25 990.00 per person sharing
BWP 4 750.00 single supplement
BWP 17 135.00 per child (6 – 15 years old)
BWP 26 550.00 per person sharing
BWP 4 750.00 single supplement
BWP 17 420.00 per child (6 – 15 years old)
BWP 27 500.00 per person sharing
BWP 4 750.00 single supplement
BWP 17 635.00 per child (6 – 15 years old)
* International flights to/from Maun
* Items of a personal nature, gratuities & curio shop purchases
* Travel Insurance
Booking conditions for SADC special:
* These rates are valid until 30 April 2023, subject to booking 30days prior to your first nights stay in the camp.
* These rates are applicable for Botswana and SADC residents or citizens. Proof of Botswana and SADC residency or citizenship must be shown upon reservation for these rates to apply.
* Due to the “last-minute” nature of these bookings, full payment must be made within 48 hours of confirmation, failing which the reservation will be cancelled.
* Invoice cost is in Botswana Pula (BWP). Payment can be made in South African Rand (ZAR), at the current exchange rate on the day of payment.
* Should the Botswana government impose an alcohol ban, prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in camps, there will be no refund or reduction on the rates.
* All rates are subject to changes beyond control due to VAT, Currency fluctuations, National Park Fees etc – in such cases, rates will be reissued.
* Festive season surcharge of BWP 1200.00 per person per night (20Dec22 – 04Jan23)
* Private vehicles are compulsory for families with children under 12 years except at Moremi Crossing
BWP 25 990 pps
- Fully inclusive fly-in lodge safari at fraction of the cost
- Okavango Delta
- Kwando Private Reserve
- Guided game viewing activities
- World renowned wilderness areas
- Fully inclusive lodge experience
- Tranquil water-ways of the Okavango Delta
- Big game country in the far north of Botswana – Kwando Private Reserve
- All inter-camp light aircraft and road transfers
- 3 nights at Moremi Crossing on a fully inclusive basis
- 3 nights at Lagoon Camp on a fully inclusive basis
- Guides and trackers on all game viewing activities
- Daily Laundry
- Emergency medical evacuation cover
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