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Central Kalahari + Okavango + Linyanti Wetlands


BRJ9B
9 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
International flights quoted separately
This spectacular flying safari starts in the arid Central Kalahari - home of the Bushman people, with its vast array of remarkable desert-adapted wildlife. Fly to the waterways of the famous Okavango Delta, a birders paradise where game viewing is by traditional mekoro. Finish at Linyanti to see huge pods of hippos & abundant elephant herds. Light aircraft flights, transfers & game viewing included.
Central Kalahari Okavango Delta Linyanti Flying Safari Botswana
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Okavango Delta
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Game Viewing
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Mekoro Canoes
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Bird Watching
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Photography
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Moremi Game Reserve
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Game Drives
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Linyanti Wetlands
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Elephants
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Hippos
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Okavango Delta
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Game Viewing
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Mekoro Canoes
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Bird Watching
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Photography
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Moremi Game Reserve
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Game Drives
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Linyanti Wetlands
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Elephants
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Hippos
Day 1
You will be met at Maun Airport and transferred to your light aircraft flight to Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
 
The Kalahari Desert is one of the world’s last unspoilt ecosystems and one of Africa’s greatest wilderness areas.  After checking in to your lodge, examine some of the amazing succulent desert plants and game which have adapted to survive in such harsh conditions in this land of far horizons.
Days 2 To 3
Today is devoted to game viewing in the Central Kalahari.  Rise early to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and you will see that wildlife is surprisingly plentiful in the semi-desert conditions of these red sand dunes.
 
Of the many species of mammals and reptiles that have successfully adapted to the harsh desert conditions, the most famous is the black-maned lion. Other predators include leopard, cheetah and hyena. You should also see water independent antelope such as oryx, eland, springbok and blue wildebeest.
 
The rest of the morning can be spent relaxing at your lodge, reading or bird watching, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. You can hope to see the brown and spotted hyena, black-backed jackals, the curious meerkats, yellow mongoose, porcupines, honey badgers, bat-eared foxes, Cape foxes, African wild cats and many other interesting animals. Bird life is also prolific (260 different species - including over 20 raptors).
 
There will also be the opportunity to interact with the Bushmen people and learn how they have managed to survive in these harsh conditions. In the evening relax and enjoy the wonderfully clear skies.
 
You will see some of Africa’s most unusual animals in the Kalahari and many of the “great cats” – lion, cheetah and leopard - but the vegetation does not support elephants, rhino or buffalo.
Day 4
After a final game drive in the Central Kalahari, transfer to the landing strip for your light aircraft flight to your game lodge in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
 
You will be met at the landing strip and transferred to your Okavango Delta game lodge. Settle in and relax in this pristine water wilderness and enjoy more game viewing under spectacular blue African skies before dinner.
Days 5 To 6
The seasonal Okavango Delta is flooded annually by the Okavango River, which flows inland from Angola into the dry sands of the vast Kalahari – never finding the sea, but instead forming a huge inland delta whose waters are absorbed by the desert.
 
Comprising 6,000 square miles of crystal clear channels, serene lagoons and a myriad of islands, the Okavango Delta forms a natural oasis that sustains a vast variety of wildlife and birds of all descriptions. The waters are at their height from July to October, forming an amazing wetlands ecosystem that is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
  
Activities at your lodge centre on early morning and late afternoon game viewing and bird watching, with experienced local guides. These include exploring the delta by mekoro canoe and river craft, as well as guided nature walks on the islands of the delta to track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness - including buffalo, hippo and elephants. Optional angling for tiger fish and wild bream is also available.
  
In the evening relax around a blazing fire under balmy African skies, whilst exchanging notes about your game sightings.
Day 7
Enjoy some final game viewing in the Okavango Delta, before your light aircraft flight to your lodge in the Linyanti Wetlands.
 
Comprising a secluded 900sq km flood plain in northern Botswana, bordered by the Kwando and Linyanti Rivers which flow from southern Angola, the Linyanti Wetlands combines a swampy river frontage with papyrus-lined lagoons, reed-beds and a towering canopy of trees. Wildlife is plentiful, especially in the dry winter months when great concentrations of elephant, buffalo and zebra congregate along the river. Bird life is diverse, including water birds such as pelican, and giraffe, impala and roan antelope can also be seen.
 
After settling in to your lodge, enjoy an afternoon game activity.
Days 8 To 9
Rise early, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to enjoy the wildlife and abundant game of the peaceful and secluded Linyanti Wetlands.
 
This vast pristine wilderness, which stretches from the Linyanti River to the Okavango Delta, is home to a wide variety of game and bird life including prides of lion, the elusive leopard and the rare wild dog. The entire area is superb for elephant but particularly along the Linyanti River, where huge breeding herds can be seen trumpeting their way through the papyrus to drink from the river. Herds of zebra, wildebeest and giraffe can also be seen on the wide open grasslands. In the afternoon enjoy another game activity before dinner.
 
Note: game drives are optional extras, if not included in your lodge package (see lodge details on quote).
Day 10
After some final game viewing in the Linyanti Wetlands, transfer to the landing strip for your light aircraft flight to Maun Airport for your flight home.
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