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Exploring Botswana

10 Days
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$5095
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Luxury Camp & Lodge
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Your trip begins at Grasslands Bushman Lodge where you can enjoy a truly authentic bushman experience as you forage and hunt with these local desert people as well as going out on daily game drives and the option of a horseback adventure. From Grasslands you will go to Oddballs Enclave, deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta, where you can enjoy daily excursions with your private guide to explore the water ways and islands that make up the delta's surrounding area. Finally on to Camp Savuti where on your twice daily game drives you will see just why the Savuti region has built a reputation as being one of the world's premier predator viewing areas. 

You will visit: Grasslands Bushman Lodge, Oddballs Enclave, Camp Savuti

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Itinerary & Activities

  • 1MAUN TO GRASSLANDS BUSHMAN LODGEOpen or Close

    Upon arrival in Maun you will be met by Delta Air who will assist you to the light aircraft and onwards to Grasslands Bushman Lodge. The lodge is set on the western boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, on private land. The range of activities available at this desert lodge are what truly set it apart. Grasslands can accommodate up to 16 guests in comfortable thatched chalets with en-suite bathrooms including 2 family suites.

  • 2GRASSLANDS BUSHMAN LODGEOpen or Close

    At Grasslands Bushman Lodge the focus is on four main activities:

    • A comprehensive San (Bushman) experience. Distinct from most lodge-based activities, the San experience at Grasslands is truly authentic as you go out with an entire clan on a genuine foraging expedition. There is an immediate awareness of the important role every member of the clan plays, how the tasks are performed and the opportunities exploited by the different age and gender groups within the clan. Fascinating to western eyes, it is a privilege to witness a culture in which people become responsible and make real contributions to the common wealth from a very young age.
    • Day and afternoon drives. The desert flora and fauna is very different to that of Chobe and the Okavango. Driving across the vast plains of the Kalahari by both day and in the afternoon reveals the richness of this extraordinary environment, in which water is plentiful but always hidden beneath the earth’s surface.
    • The unique predator rehabilitation program. Surrounding ranchers experience conflict with the Kalahari’s many predators. Grasslands offers an alternative to the traditional response of shooting predators on sight – they will capture them and bring them into their 10 – acre enclosure behind the lodge. Consequently, the enclosure offers guests the unique opportunity to walk with African Wild Dogs and experience first-hand these fascinating creatures’ expression of curiosity. It also allows superb viewing of the legendry large Kalahari Lion in their natural habitat.
    • Horse riding. Perfect for those who fancy a thrilling ride in the wilderness. Please note prior notice is required for this activity as the horses are brought up from Ghanzi.
  • 3GRASSLANDS BUSHMAN LODGEOpen or Close
  • 4GRASSLANDS BUSHMAN LODGE TO ODDBALLS ENCLAVEOpen or Close

    After breakfast at Grasslands Bushman Lodge you will depart via light aircraft for Oddballs Enclave. The camp is set on a small island deep in the heart of the Okavango and is only accessible by light aircraft. Oddballs Enclave pays tribute to a time when a safari was a true adventure and all activities are conducted by your own private guide. The Enclave is a small and intimate hideaway with majestic views over the floodplain that lies before it.

  • 5ODDBALLS ENCLAVEOpen or Close

    The camp offers only walking and mekoro (a traditional dugout canoe) activities. Your private guide, who was born and raised in the area, owns his mokoro and will take you out in it in the early mornings and afternoons to the nearby islands where you will walk with him to view game and the magnificent landscape that is the Okavango. If you wish to stay out the whole day, a picnic lunch can be arranged. There is comfortable seating in the guest areas as well as an elevated viewing deck offering a sweeping view of the Delta. This is the perfect places to watch the wildlife or magnificent African sunset. The spectacular expanse of the floodplains and distant island forests will be your view as you enjoy your meals at the Enclave.


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  • 7ODDBALLS ENCLAVE TO CAMP SAVUTIOpen or Close

    After breakfast at Oddballs Enclave you will depart by light aircraft to Camp Savuti. The camp is a twenty-minute game drive from the airstrip through Chobe National Park. The Savuti Marsh, which is fed by the Savuti Channel has over the years developed a reputation as one of the world’s premier predator viewing areas and boasting one of the highest concentration of wildlife on the African continent. There have been a number of documentary films shot in Savuti that has helped cement this reputation. Camp Savuti is an intimate camp that can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests in comfort and style in 5 Meru tents. The tents sit on platforms and are positioned to ensure privacy and a modest level of exclusivity throughout the camp. The tents are large and spacious, each with an en-suite bathroom and deck with views over the Savuti Channel.


  • 8CAMP SAVUTIOpen or Close

    Camp Savuti offers morning and afternoon game drives through the park and along the fringes of the channel and marsh. The open safari vehicles are ideal for game watching and photography and your guide will delight in showing you the beauty and diversity of Savuti’s natural wonders. While in camp you can enjoy comfortable guest areas that include an intimate lounge, bar and dining area all of which have views of the Savuti Chanel.

     


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  • 10CAMP SAVUTI TO MAUNOpen or Close

    Enjoy an early morning safari, after which breakfast will be served. Depart Camp Savuti via light aircraft to Maun for your onward journey.

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What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Light aircraft transfers
  • Government taxes & levies except as mentioned below
  • Park fees
  • All meals
  • Tea/coffee/snacks
  • Drinks (soft drinks, water, beer, select wines, select spirits)
  • Laundry
  • Activities

What's Excluded

  • Visa costs
  • Premium brand drinks (imported beers, wines & spirits)
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Government wilderness fee of $30 pppd on the Oddballs Mokoro trail

Trip Start & End

Maun - Maun

Highlights

  • Foraging with San Bushmen
  • Experience the predator project at Grasslands Bushman Lodge
  • Guided walking on Chief Island
  • Mokoro excursions through the Okavango Delta
  • Twice daily game drives from Camp Savuti

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