An exclusive walking safari in one of Africa’s best wildlife areas – the Okavango Delta, Botswana. This safari trip includes two nights at a luxury lodge, Gunn’s Camp, while three nights will be spent at a fully catered, very comfortable mobile tented camp.
Departure Dates for 2016
Per person sharing
20 – 25 June
2 min. and 4 max.
5 – 10 July
2 min. and 6 max.
5 – 10 August
2 min. and 4 max.
1 – 6 September
2 min. and 4 max.
Escape the city rush and travel to Botswana’s Okavango Delta for a walking safari experience. We trek and boat this true African wilderness in pursuit of the big five and the many smaller animals found in the Okavango. Safe in the hands of our experienced safari guides you may encounter elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards, rhino, wild dogs, hippos and many other species in your daily walking safaris through the stunning African bushveld.
Birdwatchers will be rewarded with splendid sightings of dancing wattled and crowned cranes and possibly even a highly prized glimpse of a Pel’s fishing owl – among the more than 400 species that occur in the paradise that is Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Experienced African safari travellers will enjoy the challenge of tracking while on the safari walks by using sounds, spoors, scats and the many clues and evidence of recent wildlife activities.
Our experienced safari guides will lead the way and share their secrets by day while our cook and waiter will pamper you during your 3 very comfortable nights in a rustic mobile tented camp. You will spend a night at either end in luxury lodge, Gunn’s Camp.
Day 1: Arrival in Maun and transfer to your luxury lodge
On arrival in Maun, Botswana’s safari frontier town, you will be met by an Africa Geographic Travel representative and escorted through to your departing chartered flight and the start of your Botswana travel adventure. The flight is spectacular – expect wonderful views of the Okavango Delta’s shimmering waterways and lagoons and your first sightings of some of the big five.
On landing in the delta you will enjoy a smooth boat trip to your luxury lodge. This is your first “game drive” so have your camera ready for the many hippos, crocodiles and elephants along the way and darting kingfishers and bee-eaters amongst the papyrus.
Once at the lodge you will have time to freshen up, enjoy a cool drink and light lunch and perhaps take a short siesta before heading out for another safari – this time by boat. You’ll be searching hidden channels and islands for more of the big five as well as hippo, red lechwe, wildebeest, impala, monitor lizards and the elusive sitatunga. Birdwatchers will be ticking off species like fish eagles, black crakes, pygmy geese and bateleur eagles and you will all enjoy the countless butterflies, dragon flies and water lilies, particularly after a few sundowner drinks and snacks.
Return to camp where you will be given a short briefing on what to expect over the coming days of walking safaris and mobile tented camp living.
That night, after a sumptuous supper, you will sleep peacefully – serenaded by frogs, scops owls and distant lions.
Overnight at Gunn’s Camp
Days 2 – 4: Mokoro rides, safari walks and overnight at a mobile tented camp
After early morning coffee and breakfast you will board your mokoro (open canoe used by locals to navigate the waterways) for a silent water-level cruise along the Okavango Delta’s waterways. Your route will then open up as you travel across the lazy Boro River towards Chief’s Island, a wilderness wildlife haven in the centre of Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.
Along the way will be numerous chances to beach the mokoro and walk on smaller islands, under huge jackal berry and nyala trees teaming with parrots, hornbills and starlings, whose calls mingle with barking bushbuck and snorting hippos. You’ll be taught to watch baboons and monkeys for signs of stress (predators could be lurking) and to listen out for oxpeckers (a sure sign of nearby buffalo). You’ll learn to always know which way the breeze is blowing and to watch for twitching tails and ears.
As the sun climbs and the heat sets in its time to travel to your mobile tented camp – you’ll arrive to a beaming welcome, wet face-towels and a refreshing cooldrink, and your tent will be kitted out with your luggage.
This remote mobile tented camp, set under shady mangosteen trees, is rustic but comfortable. See Camp details below.
After a scrumptious light lunch you will be free to do as you please – most settle down to read or snooze in the cool shade. As soon as the heat relents you will set off on the first of many safari walks on Chief’s Island. Afternoon walks tend to be more sedate than morning walks, with less ground covered. The safari walks are unstructured but generally with a specific mission – often to follow up on lion or leopard calls heard earlier, or recently made spoor. The agenda is whatever African has planned for you that day.
If you are luckily you could see some of the big five – lions on a kill, a breeding herd of elephants or a leopard hunting vervet monkeys. It could also be less dramatic but equally rewarding, like stumbling across bumbling honey badgers, a cute dwarf mongoose family or sleeping rock python. Your safari guide will be continually interpreting the sights, sounds and evidence to bring to you the greatest show on Earth – Africa’s wildlife.
The Botswana evenings are for warm showers, fireside drinks, and recalling the adventures of the Okavango Delta. Dinners from the simple tented camp kitchen will astound you – from locally caught pan-fried bream (local fish species) to lamb stew and fresh homemade bread.
Every night you sleep well on a comfortable bed and crisp bedding, surrounded by the many calls of the African bush.
Day 5: Your last walking safari
Enjoy your last morning safari walk before you return to your mobile tented camp (reluctantly) for showers, a change of clothes and brunch before heading out once more in your mokoro for travel back to your luxury lodge. That afternoon will be spent relaxing and boat-based game viewing before your final dinner and drinks in Botswana’s Okavango delta.
Day 6: Charter transfer back to Maun
Your flight to Maun will be timed to fit in with your international flight or other arrangements and so after breakfast your last morning in the Okavango Delta will be spent relaxing and preparing for your travels.
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Climate: June is an excellent time of year to visit the Okavango Delta as it makes the start of Botswana’s dry season. Nights can be cold, however daytime temperatures rise up to a very comfortable 25oC ideal for walking safaris in the Okavango Delta. By mid July the bush is dry and dusty, yet the waterways of the Delta remain full. Visibility for game viewing is EXCELLENT as game is concentrated and so are predators, allowing for great big five sightings. Access to the safari walk starting points is mostly done via mekoro. By August the bulk of water has filtered through the system, flooded areas throughout the Okavango Delta are draining and temperatures remain warm. September sees winter coming to a dramatic end, with nighttime temperatures rising steadily and rapidly, and day temperatures comfortably amidst the 30’soC. The skies are clearer than ever and brilliant sunshine is experienced, the water levels in the delta have slowly and noticeably started to drop.
Difficulty: This is a walking safari, you will hike on average 6-8 kilometers each day across country that is flat. An good level of fitness is required. We recommend that you undertake some moderate aerobic activities (hiking, jogging, fast-walking, bicycling) for at least 30 minutes a session three or four times a week for at least a month before you come.
Accommodation: On an island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, lays our exclusive mobile tented camp. Facing a quiet and tranquil waterway, each tent has been strategically positioned to offer splendid views across the snaking waterways, floodplains, lush islands and open grasslands fringing Chief’s Island. Its idyllic setting was carefully chosen to provide the best possible base camp from which to start the daily safari walks.
The mobile tented camp features an open kitchen, showers and long drops and twin-bedded 2m x 2m domed safari tents, each one endowed with comfortable cots with duvets and fleece blankets, towels, mozzie repellant, and both a torch and an outside paraffin lamp plus a bassinette to wash your hands or splash your face when needed. Hot or cold water for your shower is provided on request, ready for you on your return from a safari walk. These are gravity showers with an easy to use showerhead. Long drops are endowed with comfortable seated thrones, toilet paper and as expected the best view in the house.
All the mobile tented camp meals are cooked in camp by the resident chef. A cooler box with ice and an assortment of cool drinks, spirits and beers is run on a trust basis. Comfortable camping chairs surrounding the campfire are an enticement to sit and relax, share, ponder and recount the daily experiences.
Price Includes: Charter flights to Gunn’s Camp from and back to Maun, all transfers to and from airports/airstrips on landing in Maun, safari accommodation with fully equipped mobile tented camps and two luxury lodge nights at Gunn’s Camp. Two motorised boat game viewing safaris, unlimited use of mekoros, services of professional walking safari guides, a camp chef, all meals, a trust-bar in camp replete with sodas, mineral water, beers and evening wines, snacks, access to the concession and park, camping and permit fees. 24/7 office support.
Price Excludes: International flights, visas, excess baggage charges, telephone calls, laundry, items of personal nature, travel and medical insurance, tips, and any activities not specified in the itinerary.
Booking and payment details: Once you have decided to join one of our safaris, you will need to contact us for a booking form, which will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc. As our groups are small they fill up quickly.
Maximum of 2 singles allowed per departure (single supplement applies)
Departures can run with 1 person if you are willing to pay for 2
No children under the age of 12 years