Africa

Best of Botswana

9
day excursion

A Botswana safari is the pièce de ré·sis·tance! The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, creating a diverse ecosystem that supports an abundance of wildlife year-round. Unlike other deltas that empty into the sea, the Okavango Delta's waters disperse into the Kalahari Desert, creating a lush oasis that attracts a staggering array of wildlife.

Visitors to the Okavango Delta can expect to see a remarkable variety of animals, including the Big Five; lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and so much more! 

Embark on the ultimate Botswana adventure with our 10-day luxury safari. Fly into the heart of the Okavango Delta for unparalleled wildlife encounters at Okavango Explorers Camp. From thrilling game drives to serene canoe trips, each day promises new discoveries. Continue to Duba Plains for more safari magic, including a scenic helicopter ride over the Delta. Finally, retreat to Sitatunga Private Reserve for tranquil days amid breathtaking landscapes. Your journey concludes with a private helicopter transfer, leaving you with unforgettable memories of Africa's wild heart.

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Starting Price
$20,000
*All packages are designed for double occupancy. Pricing is subject to change based on availability, dates, inclusions, and any customization
suggested trip length
10 days, 9 nights
Best time to travel
March - October
Other dates available on request
best for
Honeymooners, Couples, Wildlife Lovers
Impact

Your trip to Botswana will not only be completely carbon neutral, but in fact carbon negative from regenerative conservation projects on Botswana lands.

Your journey

  1. Johannesburg, South Africa 
  2. Okavango Delta, Botswana
  3. Duba Plains, Botswana
  4. Sitatunga Private Reserve, Botswana

Itinerary at a glance

Arrival
Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to Africa! Upon your arrival to Johannesburg, you’ll be met by a private driver who will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy your evening in the city before heading out to the bush!

Accommodations
The Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa
Optional add-ons
Visit the Apartheid Museum
Day 2
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Today, take a light flight right to the heart of the Okavango Delta and begin your journey in the bush. At the intersection of the upper Okavango Delta water system and the famed Selinda Spillway, the camp’s location is a unique combination of two iconic ecosystems. Lion, leopard and wild dogs hunt these parts regularly. There are good densities of giraffe, buffalo, and rare antelope like roan, sable and eland. This reserve is home to over 9,000 elephants, frequent visitors along the river systems.

Accommodations
Okavango Explorers Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Meals included
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
Day 3
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Enjoy an early morning game drive or a walking game drive and take in your first sights of the wildlife in the Delta. Try your hand at fishing on the Selinda Spillway, or enjoy a casual canoe through the channels, spotting wildlife along the way.

Accommodations
Okavango Explorers Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Meals included
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
Day 4
Duba Plains, Botswana

A helicopter transfer will take you west to Kakoro and the Duba Plains. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 33 000-hectare private reserve is typical of the region’s unique landscape. It is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the flood plains. Suites are raised on recycled railway sleeper decking and offer amazing views of the surrounding floodplain and the steady stream of wildlife parading past.

Accommodations
Duba Plains Camp, Botswana
Meals included
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
Day 5
Duba Plains, Botswana

Every day is different on safari. Safari drives often start at sunrise, returning to camp for a late breakfast and departing again mid-afternoon after tea before returning just after sunset. However, guests can often spend the entire day out in the veld with a packed breakfast, lunch, and beverages if they wish. Safaris will often continue into the night in search of nocturnal species. Night drives are incredibly prolific, and while they take patience, sightings commonly include lesser-known nocturnal mammals and even lion and hyena hunts.

Accommodations
Duba Plains Camp, Botswana
Meals included
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
Day 6
Duba Plains, Botswana

Today, take to the skies and enjoy a safari viewing experience from the sky with great scenery across the northern part of the Okavango Delta. Enjoy a magical pit- stop on palm island with a champagne toast!

Accommodations
Duba Plains Camp, Botswana
Meals included
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
Day 7
Sitatunga Private Reserve, Botswana

A helicopter transfer will take you to your final stop, Sitatunga Private Reserve. You’ll arrive to the private island by boat. Sitatunga is a camp surrounded by water, providing rare views to the sitatunga aquatic antelope from your raised tent. This location is deep in the Okavango Delta, rich with birds and a perfect location to slow down, relax, and enjoy the final days on safari.

Accommodations
Sitatunga Private Island, Botswana
Meals included
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
Day 8
Sitatunga Private Reserve, Botswana

With your private guide, explore the Okavango Delta's permanent channels by mokoro (when water levels allow). This is truly a refreshing yet peaceful experience allowing for wildlife and bird viewing from a unique perspective.

Accommodations
Sitatunga Private Island, Botswana
Meals included
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
Day 9
Sitatunga Private Reserve, Botswana

Start your morning with a water based safari by boat - enjoy bird watching and keep your eyes peeled for a sitatunga. Afterwards, take to land and enjoy walking with your guide and spotting the wildlife up close. In the afternoon, relax by your private plunge pool or enjoy a massage on your desk in the shade of the trees.

Accommodations
Sitatunga Private Island, Botswana
Meals included
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
Day 10
Departures

Your journey through Botswana has come to an end. Enjoy a private helicopter transfer to Omdop airstrip and a light flight to Maun airport for your journey home.

Meals included
Breakfast
Female Rangers

These all-female units act as natural resource monitors, gathering essential data about the areas they patrol and will act as early detection forces against illegal wildlife crime. The inaugural all-women unit began their training in 2022 in Botswana and additional teams will be trained and activated in both Botswana and Zimbabwe going forward.

Conservation Roots

Through Conservation Roots the Great Plains Foundation is partnering with local communities to restore indigenous trees to landscapes across Kenya, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Working with local communities, partner organizations and school systems Conservation Roots plants indigenous trees and teaches their value and critical role in functioning ecosystems.

The World's Top 100 Sustainable Destinations

Botswana's Selinda Reserve was named one of the world’s top 100 sustainable destinations for it’s commitment to sustainable conservation tourism. A formula of conservation of land, wildlife, communities and hyper-conscience hospitality practices brings this reserve to the list.

Trip summary

Trip summary

Trip Inclusions

Accommodations

  • 1 night accommodations at The Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2 nights accommodation at Okavango Explorers Camp, Okavango Delta, Nwanaeanoka, Botswana
  • 3 nights accommodation at Duba Plains Camp, Kakoro, Botswana
  • 3 nights accommodation at Sitatunga Private Island, Sitatunga Private Reserve, Botswana

Flights & Airport Transfers

  • Arrival airport transfer to The Residence on arrival day 
  • Flight to Maun, Botswana from Johannesburg, South Africa on day 2
  • Flight from Maun, Botswana from Johannesburg, South Africa on departure day
  • Helicopter transfer from Okavango Explorers Camp to Duba Plains on day 4
  • Helicopter transfer from Duba Plains to Sitatunga Private Island on day 7
  • Departure airport transfer to Maun International Airport (MUB)  on departure day

Meals

  • All meals and drinks during your stay at Okavango Explorers Camp, X, Botswana
  • All meals and drinks during your stay at Duba Plains, X, Botswana
  • All meals and drinks during your stay at Sitatunga Private Island, X, Botswana

Fees

  • Carbon off-set fee per traveler 
  • Conservation levys
Trip EXClusions
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Emergency medical insurance 
  • Gratuities 
  • Inbound flight  on arrival day
  • Outbound flight on departure day
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary or outlined in the inclusions list
  • Additional sightseeings, tours, and admissions not specified in the itinerary 
  • Flights and transfers not specified in the itinerary

Things to know
  • Each itinerary can be tailored to you.
  • Starting price is an average for this itinerary and is subject to change based on availability, dates, inclusions, and any customization.
  • Currency Information: Botswana Pula (BWP)
  • Climate: Botswana's climate is semi-arid, featuring a distinct wet season from November to March with hot temperatures and sporadic heavy rainfall. The dry season, from April to October, is cooler with clear skies, making it an ideal time for safaris as wildlife gathers around water sources.
  • Passports are required and must be valid for six months after your departure. 
  • Please consult your physician for any required or suggested vaccinations for this region.
  • Should any visas be required for travel to this region, it is the travelers responsibility to obtain and have available when necessary the appropriate valid travel documents. 

booking terms

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Sustainability Efforts

Female Rangers:  

Conservation areas need boots (and eyes and ears) on the ground. At the same time, a central mission within the Great Plains Foundation is empowering women. These were the inspirations behind Great Plains’ Female Ranger Units. These all-female units will act as natural resource monitors, gathering essential data about the areas they patrol and will act as early detection forces against illegal wildlife crime.Hiring female wildlife and natural resource monitors builds their capacity as individuals and empowers the communities they represent. Great Plains’ Female Ranger Units also offer opportunities to shift gender stereotypes, empower vulnerable women, and establish strong female role models for young girls. The long-term conservation impact of this project is equally powerful; female rangers will help foster the community buy-in necessary to preserve Africa’s most precious biodiversity. The inaugural all-women unit began their training in 2022 in Botswana and additional teams will be trained and activated in both Botswana and Zimbabwe going forward.

School Support: Great Plains supports a range of education-focused projects in the communities where we operate  that  are  aimed  at  addressing  a  locally-specific  need.  Great  Plains  has  long-term  relationships  with  the  schools  in  the  regions  they  support  with  a  deep  understanding  of  the challenges faced and barriers to progress in education. This support varies from school supplies,  specific  needs  such  as  school  desks,  water  access  and  the  ongoing  support  of  34  teachers  salaries  to  boost  the  educational  experience  for  students  to  meet  their  full  potential. There are also often larger project needs.The  drought  of  2022  in  Kenya  ignited  the  Great  Plains  School  Food  Program  supporting  over 12,000 school kids with nutritious meals daily to support their attendance to schools as well as their attention and health. Often remote communities are unable to reach regional medical facilities so Great Plains has been running the Mobile School Clinic initiative in both Kenya and Botswana, so far having focused on Optometry, transporting the regional specialists  around  the  schools  (and  also  international  pediatric  optometrist  experts)  to  help those in need.These projects are driven by community needs. Projects in the pipeline include additional bridges, continuing our support for mobile medical needs, and infrastructure support for a Special Needs Unit at a primary school on the Mbirikani Group Ranch in Kenya

Building Bridges: Great Plains’ focus on boosting education in rural communities brings with it a constant and diverse awareness of the challenges communities are facing. There are many barriers a young person may face to get to school and fulfil their education. During the rainy season,the  rivers  in  Kenya’s  Maasai  Mara  become  fast-flowing  and  dangerous.  These  swollen rivers often wash away wooden bridges, becoming unpassable. Without access across the river,  communities  face  challenges  in  reaching  schools,  markets,  clinics  and  more.  The  Great  Plains  Foundation  has  built  four  steel  bridges  to  support  year-round  safe  access for communities to access these facilities, focusing on ensuring kids can get to school to progress in their education.

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