Botswana: Trans-Okavango Safari
Botswana: Trans-Okavango Safari
Take an iconic safari traversing the Okavango to exclusive new heights as you enjoy walking safaris, game drives, mokoro trips and even helicopter excursions in the “Jewel of the Kalahari.”
This Botswana safari is led by highly skilled, qualified guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Having one guide throughout your safari ensures a sense of continuity together with a consistent and detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interest. Many of our guides are skilled photographers – from making sure that the safari vehicle is situated in the best location to checking your camera settings where necessary, they are on hand to ensure you capture the best possible images.
Exploring the Okavango Delta by boat
Lions by Simon Hartinger
Chitabe Camp by Caroline Culbert
Trans-Okavango Safari Itinerary
Depart US / Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Depart the U.S. en-route to Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to the O.R. Tambo Intercontinental Airport Hotel for an overnight stay.
Johannesburg / Maun / Okavango Delta, Tubu Tree Camp
Return to the airport terminal and check in for the scheduled flight to Maun International Airport. Here you will be met by the Explorations guide who will assist you in boarding a light aircraft for your flight to Hunda Island, situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta. After a short road transfer, you will arrive at Tubu Tree Camp in the early afternoon in time for your first safari activity. Early morning and afternoon game drives. Hunda Island is the largest stretch of dry land in this water-inundated area, affording diverse game viewing opportunities. The area’s high concentrations of zebra and wildebeest attract the big predators such as lion, leopard and spotted hyena. While birding, look for impressive with species such as crimson-breasted shrike, Dickinson’s kestrel and Meyer’s parrot. (B,L,D daily)
Okavango Delta: Jao Concession, Pelo Camp
After a light breakfast at Tubu Tree, depart on foot for the Tubu Boat Station arriving in the late morning. From here transfer by boat and mokoro to the intimate and remote island that is Pelo Camp. A true water camp, Pelo is all about mokoro and boating. The nights are spent ‘sleeping wild’ in basic dome tents, allowing for an authentic sense of immersion into the wildness of the Okavango Delta. Pelo means ‘heart’ – a fitting name indeed, given the island’s heart shape and location deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta. While poling quietly around the channels, guests have the chance to see elephant, hippo, crocodile and lechwe, as well as the exciting and rare sitatunga. Birding is outstanding, with specials like lesser jacana, slaty egret and wattled crane readily spotted. (B,L,D daily)
Okavango Delta: Xigera Concession, Xigera Camp
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic and thrilling helicopter ride over the shimmering landscape to Xigera, arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon safari activity. The camp is 100% solar powered. Your activities at Xigera typically include mokoro and motorboat outings. Game drives are seasonal, dependent on the water levels. Mammal sightings include the water-loving red lechwe, spotted-necked otter, elephant and tsessebe along with the elusive sitatunga. Predators include leopard and spotted hyena. Xigera is a delight for birdwatchers with specials such as Pel’s fishing-owl, African skimmer, greater swamp warbler and wattled crane occurring here. (B,L,D)
Okavango Delta: Mombo Concession, Mombo Camp
After breakfast at Xigera, transfer by boat to Chief’s Island. On arrival a vehicle will meet you and take you to the much revered Mombo Camp. Spend the next two days exploring the wildlife-rich area. Mombo is the site of Botswana’s reintroduction to the wild of both black and white rhino. The relocations, combined with recent hydrological changes in the area have seen both species expand their range and settle down well in the area. The concession is attractive, productive and diverse with floodplains, wooded islands, acacia woodland and Okavango waterways. Herbivore densities – especially of red lechwe, plains zebra, giraffe and impala – are extremely high and this supports one of Africa’s highest density of lion populations. Spotted hyena and leopard are other frequently seen carnivores. Birding is excellent with a great mix of water birds (wattled crane, long-toed lapwing) as well as some species associated with Kalahari thornveld such as crimson-breasted shrike and southern pied babbler. (B,L,D daily)
Okavango Delta: Chitabe Concession: Chitabe Camp
After a morning safari at Mombo, transfer by light aircraft to Chitabe Camp. Spend your final two days on safari enjoying the classic Delta scenery and diverse wildlife of Chitabe. Chitabe Concession is a diverse mix of Okavango waterways and marshlands and the dryer Kalahari habitats. Due to its prime location, Chitabe’s wildlife sightings include giraffe, buffalo, red lechwe, elephant and great opportunities to see large predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and wild dog. Birds abound in this area, and while exploring you can expect to see specials such as southern pied babbler as well as rufous-bellied heron. (B,L,D daily)
Chitabe / Maun / Johannesburg / Depart
After a morning safari at Chitabe Camp, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun. Connect with the scheduled flight to Johannesburg and check in for the international flight to the U.S. (B)
Please Note: As we rely on nature for many of our activities and transfers, at times the exact routing of the itinerary are subject to change.
Tubu Tree Camp – Jao Concession
In the midst of the Delta waters, located on the iconic Hunda Island, Tubu Tree Camp offers some of the most diverse wildlife viewing in Botswana. Surrounded by palatable grasses and productive mopane and acacia woodlands, the vegetation lures many species of plains game. Built in traditional safari style, we will welcome you into one of our eight raised en-suite tents. The surrounding views are magnificent and you will enjoy watching the passing game from the privacy of your deck. The main dining and lounge areas as well as the swimming pool are also raised on wooden platforms. An outdoor pub area lies under the canopy of a large marula tree where you can order a drink and reflect over the day’s activities.
Pelo Camp – Jao Concession
Pelo Camp is a tented camp in the heart of the Jao Concession in the Okavango Delta. Given its situation on a small island surrounded by permanent water, the area is perfect for mokoro activities in the open, shallow floodplains. The main area of the camp comprises a tented dining area and lounge situated under impressive wild date palms, jackalberry and Natal mahogany trees. Five spacious guest tents have en-suite bathrooms and a covered front veranda.
Xigera Camp – Xigera Concession
Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera Camp embodies the essence of the Okavango Delta. The camp is found on the aptly-named ‘Paradise Island’, surrounded by almost year-round water and lush vegetation. We invite you to stay in one of the nine beautifully furnished, en-suite tented rooms offering views over a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. You will enjoy meals and drinks in the lounge and dining area overlooking the flowing channel or under the stars in our traditional African boma. During long lazy afternoons, take a plunge in the pool or soak up the sun on a lounger. Surrounded by spectacular wilderness, Xigera Camp will give you a feeling of well-being far from the hubbub of modern living.
Mombo Camp – Mombo Concession
Situated in arguably one of the best game-viewing areas in the world, Mombo Camp offers you the ultimate experience combining wildlife and luxury. The entire camp has been built to maximize the continuous views of ever-present game on the floodplain. Your elegantly furnished and spacious tent – one of nine – has an outdoor sala and an en-suite bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower. A living and dining area, small library and plunge pool form the main area as well as a boma where you will enjoy our traditional dinners.
Chitabe Camp – Chitabe Concession
Prepare yourself for an extraordinary experience in the beautiful Chitabe Concession. Classic Delta scenery, diverse wildlife, remoteness and a sense of place depicts what Chitabe Camp has to offer. Settle into one of the eight spacious en-suite Meru-style tents built on elevated wooden decks with incredible views. The magnificent scenery is also evident from the main area – a thatched dining and lounge area complete with a great viewing deck and plunge pool. Be it on a game drive or relaxing in camp, you will never be far from the roaming plains game, the prowling predator and the vibrant birdlife.