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£8095

Botswana Explorer

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited dates/availability)

There really is a sense of African adventure on this enthralling expedition, which takes you off the beaten track to the Kalahari Desert camp of Nxai Pan, to the watery wilderness of isolated Pom Pom Island, and to the Big Five reserve of Moremi National Park

To create an authentic, ‘up-close’ experience of Botswana’s wildlife, this safari visits three reserves, each very different but all with a ‘life in the slow lane’ aura. Lauded as ‘the experience of a lifetime’, our first destination is the fly-in camp of Nxai Pan (pronounced Nai Pan). A desert in the dry season, it burgeons with greenery in the November-April rains, when animals come in their thousands in Southern Africa’s second-largest migration. Beside the salt pan, seven baobab trees stand as giant sentinels, immortalised in paintings by Thomas Baines, a member of Livingstone’s 1862 expedition. 160 years later, the ancient trees look unchanged, and are known as ‘Baines Baobabs’. From here, we fly to the wet and wonderful Okavango Delta, for land-based game drives, river cruises, and ‘mokoro’ canoe safaris. With its highest number of animals in May to October, when the delta is flooded by the Kavango River, Moremi National Park was created by local people to preserve the wildlife in their ancestral lands, and is now a birdlife paradise, and a Big Five and Big Cats reserve; while intimate Pom Pom Island, accessible only by air, accepts very few visitors, and has virtually none of the traffic or inevitable regulations of the large parks.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Nxai Pan  - 3 nights
  • Okavango Delta  - 2 nights
  • Pom Pom Island  - 3 nights
  • Flight  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Nxai Pan National Park's Springbok & Elephant Herds 
  • A Shadowed Picnic Under Nxai Pan's Baines Baobabs
  • Pom Pom Island's Clear Lagoon
  • Traditional 'Mokoro' Canoe Tour of Moremi National Park
  • Sunset Cruise Around Pom Pom Island 
  • Helicopter Flight Above Okavango

There really is a sense of African adventure on this enthralling expedition, which takes you off the beaten track to the Kalahari Desert camp of Nxai Pan, to the watery wilderness of isolated Pom Pom Island, and to the Big Five reserve of Moremi National Park

Notes:

Some travel is on unmade, bumpy roads and it is sometimes necessary to ‘climb’ into the safari vehicle.

A luggage allowance of 20kg per person in soft or small bags is applicable for internal flights.

Accommodation

Nxai Pan Camp - Nxai Pan National Park

This camp is located on the western edge of the fossil pan facing the open grasslands of the pan. The camp has a restaurant, bar and pool. The 9 rooms each have a verandah facing the permanent waterhole.

Pom Pom Camp - Okavango Delta

Located on Pom Pom Island in a private concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta offering superb Okavango scenery and consistent game viewing all year round. The camp has a restaurant, bar, pool and 9 tents with verandas overlooking the lagoon.

Moremi Crossing - Okavango Delta

An eco-friendly camp built on a palm fringed island surrounded by the Moremi's game-rich seasonal floodplains and overlooking Chief's Island. Guests have access to the elevated bar, lounge and dining room and swimming pool. 16 spacious tents on raised decks, each with their own veranda overlooking Chief's Island with en-suite bathrooms and outside private showers.

Extension Options

Pre-Tour Extension

Kalahari Extension

Enhance your safari experience at Tau Pan Camp, the first semi-permanent camp inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve with incredible views overlooking the beautiful Tau Pan. Kalahari species include oryx, desert-adapted springbok, jackals, hyena and wildebeest. Includes two activities per day and full board.

Tau Pan Camp - Central Kalahari

This is the first semi-permanent camp inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offering truly incredible views from the elevated ridge of an ancient sand dune. The camp has a restaurant, bar, pool and 9 tents, each with a viewing deck that has amazing views of the wide open spaces and beautiful big skies.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
2024 - Virgin Atlantic/Airlink from Heathrow
2025 - British Airways from Heathrow

November
November 1 (Friday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 8 dinners, drinks throughout the tour, laundry service, park fees, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2025: Apr, Nov

Tour Only
  • Save
  • £900
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • included with the group
Extension Options
  • Kalahari Extension - 2024 (3 nights)
  • 2024: Sep 01
  • £2245
  • 2024: Nov 10
  • £2045
  • 2025: Apr, Nov
  • £2395
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2024: Sep, Nov
  • 2025: Apr, Nov


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