The best of Botswana takes you through all the best of Northern Botswana’s wildlife destinations and offers an all-encompassing Botswana safari. Visits to vastly different ecosystems and environments expands the knowledge of the traveller and affords unrivalled opportunities and exposure to many species of wildlife and completely different experiences, resulting in an authentic and complete Botswana safari that makes memories to last a lifetime.
**Please note, prices are based on 2 people sharing and single supplements apply.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Arrival in Maun to meet charter flight to Leroo La Tau airstrip, then short road transfer to the Leroo La Tau lodge, on the western bank of the Boteti River, where you will be staying for 2 nights on an all-inclusive basis.
Translated as ‘foot print of the lion’, Leroo La Tau and it’s surrounds features abundant wildlife including lion, brown and spotted hyena, jackal, caracal, porcupine as well as good populations of general game species such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu and impala. The Boteti River plays a vital role in the annual zebra migration making Leroo La Tau the ideal place from which to witness Africa’s second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest.
During your time here you can enjoy morning and afternoon game drives conducted in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park as well as optional night drives within the Leroo La Tau private concession. Depending on water levels, boating safaris may be offered on the Boteti River and for guests interested in cultural interactions and experiencing daily life in a Botswana community, excursions to the nearby Khumaga Village can be arranged. Scenic Helicopter flights over the Makgadigadi National Park and Nxai Pan Day Trips can also be arranged for an additional cost.
Delicious meals will be served throughout the day and there will be time to relax and simply soak up the lodge's beautiful surroundings from the comfort of your luxury thatched chalet.
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In the morning of day 3 we will take a short charter flight to the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve and Camp Xakanaxa where you will be staying for 2 nights on an all-inclusive basis.
The prime location of Camp Xakanaxa on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, makes it one of the very few safari camps that offers guests an authentic, year-round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. Staying in classic Meru-style luxury safari tents situated around the fringe of the lagoon this classic tented camp manages to offer an authentic safari experience whilst maintaining the luxurious feel of your tour.
Throughout the day you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives to explore the many different eco-systems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer, as well as guided motorised boat safaris through the deep channels and lagoons of the Okavango Delta. Expect to experience prolific sightings of Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Kudu, Lechwe, Lion and Leopard, among many others. Birding here is quite spectacular and can be enjoyed from the beautiful surroundings of your camp where delicious meals and tasty snacks will be provided throughout the day.
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On the morning of day 5 we will take a short charter flight into the heart of the Okavango and Xugana Island Lodge where you will be staying for 2 nights on an all-inclusive basis.
Xugana Lagoon, beside which Xugana Island Lodge is located, is widely recognised as the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta, which itself is Africa’s largest and most awe-inspiring oasis. Owing to its remote delta location, Xugana Island Lodge is a year round water paradise offering guests the chance to experience the beauty of the Okavango Delta with its myriad of deep waterways, open floodplains and diverse wildlife inhabitants.
A wide range of activities are offered here throughout the day including motorised boat safaris, through the deep channels and lagoons of the Okavango Delta, guided mokoro excursions in traditional dug out canoes, guided bush walks and game drives in open 4WD vehicles to explore the varied ecosystems on the islands within the private concession. Optional night drives are also available. Optional fishing excursions are also available and birdwatching here is absolutely spectacular. Scenic helicopter flights over the Okavango Delta are also available at an additional charge.
After a long day of exploring return to the comfort of this delightful lodge for dinner before enjoying a great night's sleep in your beautiful lagoon-facing chalet.
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On the morning of day 7 we will take a charter flight across Northern Botswana to the Chobe National Park and Chobe Game Lodge where you will spend your final 2 nights on an all-inclusive basis.
A typical day here will involve an early start and a light snack before joining an early morning guided game drive through Chobe National Park in search of an abundance of wildlife including elephants, lions and giraffes.
Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast then take an early-afternoon Chobe River Safari. Aboard comfortable, flat decked safari boats or electric powered boats you will travel down the river in style, searching for the wildlife that frequent the waters-edge.
After lunch you will have time to relax and enjoy the lodge's beautiful surroundings and facilities before afternoon tea and a further game drive or river safari to search for wildlife you may not have spotted previously in the day. Each night a delicious dinner will be served in the lodge and guests can enjoy an evening drink along the banks of the river taking in the sights and sounds that surround this wonderful area.
Today signals the end of your Botswana safari adventure. After breakfast at the camp you will transfer to Kasane airport for your flights home or onward travel.See All Itinerary