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BOTSWANA

okavango delta & makgadigadi pans 

HIGHLIGHTS

Embark on a captivating 7-day adventure through the beauty of Botswana in a private helicopter. Be enchanted by an intimate journey of extraordinary experiences, perfectly complemented by exquisite sole-use accommodation. Immerse yourself in the wild on the most unusual of safaris

Take to the air. With many of Botswana’s very remote areas being generally inaccessible, an aerial perspective is one of the best ways to get a true feeling for this country's vast open spaces. Enthusiastic photographers can choose to have the doors removed for unrestricted views of the spectacular panorama below.

 

Discover Botswana’s incredible wildlife in the Okavango Delta on horseback, in a traditional dugout canoe or by hot air balloon.

 

Paddle right up to a lodge’s riverside bar or boma for a sundowner or evening of celebrations under the clear African night sky.

Indulge in some of Africa’s most exclusive and safari lodges and safari camps

Be surrounded by thousands of Wildebeest and Zebra on the second largest migration in Africa as they travel over the vast Makgadikgadi Pans and Central Kalahari game reserves.

 

Spend time walking and interacting with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen gaining insight into their ancient culture

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MAKGADIGADI PANS

DAYS 1-3

Day 1:

At Maun International Airport a private charter awaits us for our journey to the centre of the vast and enigmatic Makgadikgadi Pans. Expect spectacular scenery as we soar across the vast central Kalahari desert region arriving at Jack's Camp, one of the most iconic camps in Africa. Here we will enjoy the ultimate in space and exclusivity; the camp is one of just three in a one million-acre private wildlife reserve.

 

We will arrive in time for a lunch, thereafter the afternoon is filled with quiet leisure time, an hour massage in the privacy of your room, followed by a late afternoon game drive if guests so wish.

Day 2: 

After a leisurely breakfast, experience the Makgadikgadi from the air, a breath-taking journey. Enjoy a private 1 hour scenic helicopter flight over the vast herds of wildebeest and zebra to be found on the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans and the strange Baobab studded islands so unique to this desert world.

 

Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the remnants of an enormous super-lake that used to cover most of Southern Africa. It has been described as the “savage beauty of a forgotten Africa”, and truly, the Makgadikgadi is like nowhere on earth.

 

It’s a landscape of space and remoteness, and the spectacular, otherworldly vistas, unique desert wildlife all come together to create an experience that is unlike any other on the continent.

Day3: 

Enjoy the day and immerse yourself in one of the many activities on offer;

  • Get up close and personal with our habituated meerkats.

  • Discover the secrets of the pans with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen on a fascinating bush walk.

  • Take early morning game drives and night drives in custom built 4x4s to see the unique desert wildlife.

  • Embark on an adventurous two-hour horseback safari

  • Enjoy a spot of R&R with a spa treatment – we guarantee that it will be the most unique massage you’ve ever had

 

Accommodation options: Jacks Camp | San Camp| or similar depending on availability

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THE OKAVANGO DELTA

DAYS 4-6

After breakfast enjoy an early morning game drive before we depart via private helicopter charter to the heart of the Okavango Delta where for the following three days you will immerse yourself in a sumptuously appointed private camp nestled within one of the most pristine wildernesses on earth renowned for its high concentrations of plains game and predators, including all the big cats.

The Okavango Delta is a maze of meandering water channels, papyrus-fringed banks and floating islands teeming with wildlife: known as the river that never finds the sea, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the jewel of the Kalahari. Here we will learn the ways of the wild under the care of expert interpretive guides and trackers either.

Here we will immerse ourselves in a myriad of activities on offer:

 

The rest of the day is spent at your leisure, you can enjoy a bush picnic, or a late afternoon game drive or just lounge at the pool.

  • Take early morning and late afternoon game drives in custom built 4x4's. Afternoon drives continue after sunset, with the chance of seeing those elusive species like leopard and serval that are active after dark.

  • Glide along the Delta’s reed-lined network of channels and lagoons in a mokoro (dugout canoe) and come within a breath of resident and visiting wildlife; alternatively, you may opt for the different perspective of game viewing in a motorised boat.

  • Take to the air in a one hour scenic helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta’s mosaic of islands, plains, channels and lagoons and spot vast herds of buffalo, elephant and plains game from above. Landing on a sandbank between the water channels enjoy the most unusual picnic you will ever experience.

  • If you’re looking for a thrilling view-from-the-ground, a guided walking safari is your chance to discover a multitude of natural wonders in the company of your experienced safari guide. Tread in the tracks of the Delta wildlife, breathe in the scent of crushed wild grasses, and feel your senses come alive.

  • Dine beneath a blanket of stars in an African boma

Accommodation options: Abu Camp | Xaranna Camp| or similar depending on availability

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A Photographers Dream

With our privately chartered helicopter that stays with us for the duration of the safari

you can elect to travel with the doors on or have them removed as it pleases you.

Your wilderness and photographic guides, Jay and Jan Roode will accompany you in the aircraft to ensure you get

to the best locations to get the best shot

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Price Guide for the Okavango Delta & Makgadigadi Aerial Safari

$USD 1,400 - 5,350

Per person, per day

Safari camps or hotels, regional flights, ground transfers, guided excursions,

most meals. Seasonality affects the price of accommodation and travelling in

low season may reduce the price. Single supplements may also apply.

Taylor make your journey...

 

This unforgettable journey showcases just a few of our favorite experience combinations in this iconic destination. 

It is merely an example from which you can use to start dreaming and creating your own adventure.

We build the itinerary around you. The time you have available and the things you want to experience dictate how we plan and execute your bespoke safari. All expeditions are personally guided by one of our top professionals. Our network of specialist guides, photographers, chefs, animal behaviorists, wildlife researchers and local guides are on hand to help build your personal safari experience.

Various accommodation options are available at the different locations.

Choice of accommodation depends on availability and budget.

 

We have provided a price range for each safari, however the final price is dependent

on your choice of accommodation options.

 

We will recommend options depending on your requirements, budget and availability.