8 Days – andBeyond Botswana

Drift off to sleep under the lush forest canopies of world renowned Chobe National Park & Okavango Delta, and view Botswana from a different perspective on an open-door helicopter safari ride! This package perfect for those who want to experience the beauty of Botswana within a shorter time frame.

  • Luxury package for an intimate experience of Botswana.
  • Designed for discerning travellers who want to see the best in a shorter time frame.
  • Visit world-renowned Chobe National Park & Okavango Delta.
  • Helicopter photo safari – heli-doors are removed specially for photography.

Day 1 – Arrival in Maun

Upon arrival in Maun, you will be greeted by our representative and be transported to your accommodation, Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp. Alternatively, you can choose to be transported by helicopter, at an extra nominal fee.

The scenic flight will take you right into the heart of the famous Okavango Delta – known as the river that never finds the sea. The delta’s crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari Desert, with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands.

Upon arrival at Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, you will check-in to your suite tent for a short rest.

Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp boasts luxurious solitude on its own felta island within a 272 000 hectare exclusive wildlife concession. Taking its inspiration from the water lily, Xaranna is a delightful camp with just nine en-suite safari tents that combine canvas and bleached timber.

At 4 pm, you will embark on your first Botswana safari. Experience a breath-taking Mokoro (dug out canoe) ride (seasonal), which is a must try in the delta. The Mokoro ride is concluded with a “wet leg” drink stop in the middle of the delta. Alternatively, if you prefer to seek out the resident wildlife, a game drive would also be possible.

Head back to camp and enjoy dinner under the star-studded African skies.

Overnight: Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

 

Day 2 – Okavango Delta

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before setting out for a game drive in the morning. Xaranna is perfectly positioned in the midst of abundant wildlife, you will have a chance to come across elephant, large buffalo herds, tsessebe, hippo, lion, leopard, African wild dog and roan antelope. You will have the opportunity to walk with the indigenous Bushmen people, and gain an in-depth know-how on their ancient survival skills.

Lunch will be served back at the lodge. You will be spoilt with award-winning cuisines, and a good range of house drinks. Relax after lunch or go for a dip in your private pool, before heading out in midafternoon for your next adventure.

If the seasonal conditions permit, a motorised boat adventure awaits you next. Alternatively, your personal game ranger can also bring you on another drive, or a bush-walk to explore the intimate details of this unique habitat. You will be back for drinks and dinner while enjoying a beautiful sunset.

Overnight: Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

 

Day 3 – Okavango Delta

After an early breakfast, your helicopter will pick you up for a very unique, “No Doors” helicopter photo safari, specially arranged for you. Enjoy a half hour thrill ride as you fly around the delta photographing the land from a different perspective.

The morning continues with a game drive before heading back for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will set out with your guide on a motorised boat, to observe and photograph the wildlife in the delta ecosystem. Enjoy a well-deserved drink in the wild before you head back to camp, concluding another fantastic day.

Overnight: Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

 

Day 4 – Chobe National Park

After breakfast, bid farewell to Xaranna camp and you’ll be on your way to Chobe National Park. You will be transported to the nearest air-strip for your scheduled flight. Alternatively, you can choose to be transported by helicopter, at an extra nominal fee.

Among the great game reserves of the world, Chobe National Park is particularly well known for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as the two antelope species which cannot be encountered anywhere else in Botswana, the puku and Chobe bushbuck.

You will spend the next two nights in the wild in a luxury canvas tent, build purposefully with an en-suite bathroom complete with a bucket shower system.

The guest area comprises of spacious tents for dining, pre-dinner drinks or simply whiling away the time between game drives with a good book and a chilled drink.

After lunch, enjoy some free time and laze around until the day gets cooler. Your guide will lead you for a game drive in the National Park.

Overnight: Chobe Under Canvas

 

Day 5 – Chobe National Park

Start your day with a delicious home-cooked breakfast, before heading out for a morning safari. Chobe is a park that is famous for its animal interaction, and you would be in the care of some of the best rangers to ensure that you get the most out of the experience.

You will have the opportunity to see a thriving ecosystem at work. Photograph families of elephants as they drink and bathe in the river, herds of buffalo, rafts of hippo and gigantic Nile crocodiles. Lion and spotted hyena are frequently seen on the floodplains, where red lechwe, puku, zebra, sable and roan come out to graze.

Return to the Lodge for lunch and a short nap, before heading out again in the afternoon for another safari experience.

Overnight: Chobe Under Canvas

 

Day 6 – Okavango Delta

After breakfast, you will take a scheduled flight back to the delta. Alternatively, you can choose to be transported by helicopter, at an extra nominal fee.

Your next accommodation will be at the legendary Okavango Safari Lodge. This beautiful lodge is set in a cool forest canopy of wild palms and gnarled fig trees, and looks out over spectacular delta views.  Situated on a private concession, Sandibe has exclusive traversing rights spanning 22 500 hectares of wildlife land adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve.

Twelve elegant and intimate suites are raised above the papyrus like the nests of golden weaver birds and feature magnificent delta views, as well as private plunge pools, cosy fireplaces and secluded nooks.

Upon arrival, you will have time for a little rest or a dip in your private pool before having lunch and setting off again for an evening safari experience.

Dinner will be served back at the lodge.

Overnight: Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

 

Day 7 – Okavango Delta

Another day of amazing safari experiences await you. Speak to your assigned ranger about your preferred activities for today.

Overnight: Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

 

Day 8 – Departure

After a hearty breakfast, you will proceed for your internal flight transfer to Maun for your onward journey. Alternatively, you can choose to be transported by helicopter, at an extra nominal fee.

 

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  • Package price is based on per person, on twin-sharing basis.
  • We have flexible and set departure dates for this program but would require a minimum of 2 persons to travel.
  • VISA entry fees for Madagascar may be required according to nationality, and is not included in the quotation.
  • Single room supplement is subject to additional fees and availability.

 

What’s included

  • All accommodation and meals indicated in the itinerary.
  • Airport assistance and transfers throughout. (Optional helicopter transfer is also available at an extra nominal fee)
  • All transport in 4x4 vehicles.
  • A half hour scenic helicopter flight in the Delta.
  • A Botswana bushmen experience,
  • Private scheduled bush flights between destinations.
  • All inclusive of meals & drinks as indicated in itinerary (excluding premium, imported wines & spirits).
  • All excursions indicated in the itinerary, park fees and community/environmental levies.
  • Botswana Tourist Development levy.

 

& What’s NOT:

  • All international flights and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified.
  • All tips, other drinks and personal expenses.
  • High end premium wines and champagnes.
  • Helicopter transfers between destination.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.

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