9 Day Best of Botswana Safari

DAY 1: Okavango Delta
On arrival at Maun Airport, a Mack Air representative will meet and assist you to your onward flight. Depart Maun on a shared light aircraft charter flight to Sanctuary Baines’ Camp. The flying time is approximately 15 minutes. Kindly note, however, that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time.

On arrival at the airstrip a representative will meet and transfer you to the camp. The transfer time is approximately 45 minutes.

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is located on the Boro River, set amongst the shady trees and water of the Okavango Delta, on a 260,000 acre private concession neighbouring the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp, named after the famous 19th century explorer Sir Thomas Baines, features five luxurious suites set on elevated platforms in the tree line with wooden decks that offer expansive views over the permanent water of the river and a lagoon teaming with life. The elevated suites feature a luxury bedroom, en-suite facilities and private viewing deck. The four-poster beds are fully mobile, giving guests the choice to slumber under star laden skies. Each room is equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe as well as a personally stocked minibar. Avid astronomers will delight in stargazing from the privacy of their own deck.

The main area features an oversized deck for outdoor dining and views over the permanent water of the lagoon. There is a rim flow swimming pool with two thatched salas on either side for refreshing sunbathing and relaxation. The camp offers informative walking safaris with an armed professional guide, wonderful game drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles as well as motorised boating and mokoro excursions, subject to water levels. The unique and educational elephant interaction is available where guests have the opportunity of interacting with a herd of three semi-habituated elephants in their natural environment.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Lunch and dinner are included.
Overnight: Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

DAY 2
This morning you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with three semi-habituated elephants – Jabu, Thembi and Marula on a morning walk. Observe them up close in their natural environment as they feed, take mud baths and swim, whilst learning about them and discovering their unique personalities. This activity includes a picnic lunch. You are invited to discover the elephants from the ends of their bristled tails to the tip of their powerful yet sensitive trunks. Explore the astonishing kinship between the elephants and their guardians. A delicate blink of Marula’s long lashes reveals her sensitive yet powerful personality. Jabu, takes you trunk in hand, with his bold and generous nature and together you slowly uncover the age old secrets of Africa’s elephants. Tembi, cute boisterous and impossible to ignore, infatuates you and transforms your understanding of elephants to a deeper and more personal level.
Overnight: Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

DAY 3
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer at Baines’. After breakfast a camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip where you will depart on a Mack Air shared light aircraft charter flight to Chief’s Camp. The flying time to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is approximately 15 minutes. Kindly note, however, that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is a luxury bush camp situated on Chief’s Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve. This region is known as the “predator capital” of Africa and is considered to have the finest game viewing in Botswana including the Big Five. Guest accommodation comprises of 12 secluded, permanent luxury bush pavilions. Each unit features a thatched roof, spacious seating area, en-suite facilities with indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a private game viewing deck with hammock and deck chairs. Each unit boasts a generous mosquito net on a four-poster bed, two wardrobes, a book shelf, writing desk and mini bar.

The main camp area, houses the dining area, open bar area, curio shop, library and reception area. This structure has been built into the existing landscape, under a heavy canopy of mature Jackalberry, Sausage and Rain trees. The main deck area is split-level and offers expansive views over the floodplain while the lower level of the deck houses an exquisite swimming pool. A range of spa treatments are offered in the treatment room. Activities include game drives & seasonal mokoro excursions, subject to water levels. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer.
Overnight: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

DAY 4
Today is at leisure to enjoy the many game viewing activities on offer at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.
Overnight: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

DAY 5
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer.

An optional extra activity – depart from Sanctuary Chief’s on a scenic 45 minute helicopter flight flying west of the game drive routes towards the permanent delta, showing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat. Experience the unforgettable views that the helicopter has to offer. Guests have the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. This is done with the utmost consideration for guest safety. The activity highlights the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta.
Overnight: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

DAY 6 – 8: Chobe National Park
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the airstrip for a shared light aircraft charter flight to Kasane. The flying time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Kindly note, however, that all inter-camp flights are subject to multiple pick ups and drop offs en route to your destination which could affect the flying time.

On arrival at Kasane Airport a Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero lodge representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge. The transfer time is approximately 10 minutes.

Deep in the heart of Botswana’s wilderness lies Chobe Chilwero Lodge, one of the most enchanting places on Earth. Enjoy thrilling guided game drives in open-sided 4X4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, as well as hippos, buffalos, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Or join one of the acclaimed guides on a wondrous water safari on specially adapted motorboats.

Accommodation is in 15 cottages and each cottage measures 61 square metres and has its own en-suite bathroom with a modern bath, indoor and outdoor showers, private garden with hammock, “sala” or private balcony, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, hairdryer, minibar as well as an in-room safe. The main public area includes a lounge, outside dining area, dining room and library which are linked to outdoor viewing patios. The wine cellar is temperature controlled and houses a large variety of the finest South African wines. The fully fledged spa offers a range of spa and hydrotherapy treatments from both the Thalgo and Africology ranges. The lodge also boasts a split-level swimming pool, library, curio shop and a communications centre, which offers telephone, fax and internet access.
Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

DAY 9: Departure
Enjoy a morning game viewing activity followed by breakfast. You will transfer via a ferry crossing to Livingstone in Zambia. The transfer time will be advised to you locally by the lodge management. Kindly note, that all road transfers are subject to multiple pick up and drop offs en-route to your destination which would affect the travelling time. Depart Livingstone on a scheduled flight for onward journey.


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