Botswana’s Secret Season Itinerary
Day 1 – Nxai Pan Camp: Arrive in Maun, Botswana on international flight from Johannesburg, South Africa. From Maun, you will be greeted by Kwando Safaris and board a bush flight to Nxai Pan National Park. Settle in for 3 nights at Nxai Pan Camp. Activities include game drives, bush walks with San Bushmen, and a visit to the famed Baines Baobabs.
Day 2 and 3 – Nxai Pan Camp: Enjoy the beautiful landscape. Vast, vibrant, and green. Great opportunities to see lion and cheetah as well as gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, zebra, aardwolf, brown hyena, and bat-eared fox. During this time of year, Nxai Pan experiences the second largest animal migration in southern Africa. 10,000+ zebra pass through this area to take advantage of the bounty of grasses that emerge during this time of year.
Day 4 – Splash Camp: Enjoy your final morning in Nxai Pan National Park. Afterwards, you will board a bush flight to the Kwara Concession of the Okavango Delta where a game drive awaits to transfer you to Little Kwara Camp. Activities over the next 3 nights include day and night game drives, bush walks, quiet boat cruises, and mokoro (dugout canoe) trips.
Day 5 and 6 – Splash Camp: Enjoy the diverse and abundant wildlife and birdlife of this world renown safari destination. All of Botswana’s magnificent wildlife will be on full display including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, a number of different antelope species, spotted hyena, and a colorful array of birds in breeding plumage.
Day 7 – Lebala Camp: Enjoy a final morning safari at Little Kwara before boarding a bush flight to the Linyanti region. You will arrive in the private Kwando Concession and enjoy a game drive transfer to Lebala Camp. Activities over the next 3 nights include day and night game drives and bush walks.
Day 8 and 9 – Lebala Camp: This region near the headwaters of the Linyanti River sees an incredible amount of predator activity, including the endangered African wild dog. Lebala (and its sister camp, Lagoon) is known for consistent wild dog sightings. Other incredible wildlife in addition to the “usual” game include wildebeest, lechwe, tsessebe, and sitatunga.
Day 10 – Lagoon Camp: Enjoy a final morning safari at Lebala before embarking on a game drive transfer to Lagoon Camp. Lagoon Camp overlooks the Kwando River in the Kwando Concession. Activities over the next 3 nights include day and night game drives, bush walks and evening boat cruises.
Day 11 and 12 – Lagoon Camp: Round out your safari with world class wildlife viewing. Continued great sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, elephant, buffalo, roan antelope, impala, and much more.
Day 13: Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Wake up one last time to the sounds of the bush. You will take a bush flight back to Maun where you will connect with your international flight home.
- Game drives, walking safaris, cultural excursion with San Bushmen, canoe trips, and boat cruises
- All meals and accommodations at Kwando Safaris camps.
- Drinks with some exceptions
- All domestic flights within Botswana
- World class wildlife viewing
- International airfare to and from Maun, Botswana
- Travel and trip cancellation insurance
- Tips – Recommended $20 a day ($10 to guide, $5 to tracker, and $5 to staff)o visa is required to enter Botswana from the United States
- Must possess a passport with at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least 6 months beyond your final day in Botswana
- Some premium liquor and bottled wine
Considered the best safari destination in Africa with great game viewing year-round.
Considered one of the safest and most politically stable countries in Africa. Botswana is also one of the few African countries that has banned trophy hunting.
Is refuge to 1/3 of the remaining elephants in Africa.
Nxai Pan is home to the second largest migration of ungulates in southern Africa with over 10,000 zebra passing through the park from January to March. It is a peak time as herds of herbivores graze the greening landscape and give birth to their young. As a result, the opportunities to see the big cats hunt is very good.
The expanse of the Okavango Delta covers 6,000 square miles of a rich and diverse landscape teaming with life. It is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world.
The Linyanti/Kwando region is one of the best places in Africa to see wild predators; lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, and the endangered African wild dog.