This flexible eight-day safari is a study in Botswanian diversity, transporting guests from the legendary magnificence of the Okavango Delta to the indomitable yet bountiful Kalahari Desert. The boundaries of the desert would extend much further if not for the Okavango River flowing down from the Angola highlands and turning the northern Kalahari into the world’s largest inland river delta.
Nights in the Okavango will be spent at the luxurious Banoka Bush Camp. Built on raised platforms on the banks of the Khwai River, the lodge is surrounded by astounding concentrations of wildlife. From hippo to lion to waterbuck, crocodile, antelope, and hyaena, this particular corner of the delta cannot be topped. The 450 species of fowl make the region a bird-watcher’s nirvana. The landscape and animals can be experienced by foot or traditional mokoro (dug out canoe).
It is difficult to imagine a more dissimilar terrain to the Okavango than the seasonal savannas of the semi-arid Kalahari Desert. Even in the dry season, but especially with the summer rains, the grasslands support plains game in breathtaking numbers—the largest migrations in southern Africa occur here. Kalahari Plains Camp will house guests for their time in the area. Each resident tent has a top level “sleep-out” affording sweeping views of the savanna by day and awe-inspiring panoramas of the African star-scape by night. Daily game drives promise sightings of the fabled black-maned lion, dense concentrations of cheetah, hyeana, and even wild dog.