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Botswana Private Classic Safari

Okavango Delta, Chobe & Nxai Pan

9 days, 8 nights | Safari from $5,898 per person
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Overview

Wild Botswana, from Desert to Delta

After flying deep into the heart of Botswana, your pulse thrills as you set foot on this vast and mysterious landscape—the last stronghold for many endangered species. These are the lands where safari legends were born. Limitless space opens to night skies of unsurpassed brilliance, sunsets of unimaginable beauty, and astoundingly rich wildlife viewing.

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Glide back in time in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) through swaying walls of papyrus, past crocodile-guarded islands into the unspoiled wilderness of Okavango Delta. Experience heart-racing excitement as you track animals on foot in Moremi Game Reserve. Enjoy thrilling game drives, day and night. Light-aircraft flights maximize your time in each unique camp, for a journey rich in travel adventures.

Safari Style: Private Classic Safari
Activities: Game drives, day trips to Baines’ Baobabs and Khama Khama Pan, exceptional stargazing, nature walks with Bushmen trackers
Accommodation: Premium tented camps, safari lodge
Getting Around: Light aircraft, 4x4 safari vehicle, motorized boat, traditional canoe
When to Visit: For birding Nov–Mar; botany Dec–May; mammals Jul–Oct; diversity May–Jun. Meeting & Departure Point: Maun, Botswana / Kasane, Botswana. Read More
Meeting & Departure Point: Maun, Botswana / Kasane, Botswana

Tour Highlights:

  • Marvel at the spectacle of Africa’s largest elephant herds, seen from air, land, and water
  • Thrill to the otherworldly beauty of Nxai Pan’s baobabs and infinite white salt flats
  • On a walk with a Bushman tracker, discover ancient secrets of celestial navigation through the desert
  • Paddle through the Okavango Delta, serenaded by birdsong
  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides
  • All meals and drinks included
  • Safari lodges and premium tented camps (with private baths)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flights
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    The guides were so attuned to the animals we were seeing that the experiences, in a way, were surreal. Made the experiences seem so safe, yet there we were, close to wild animals. The camps were spectacular and all personnel at the camps were welcoming and did all they could to make our experiences complete.
    G. Criss & G. Mallory, North Carolina, June 2014

Dates & Prices

Private Classic Safari 2015 Pricing

Seasons Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Jan 5 - Mar 31 $5,898 $5,898 $5,898 $5,898 $5,898 -
Apr 1 - Jun 30 $7,698 $7,698 $7,698 $7,698 $7,698 $2,115
Jul 1 - Oct 31 $9,998 $9,998 $9,998 $9,998 $9,998 $2,825
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*Pricing based on double occupancy. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Itinerary & Accommodations
Days 1 & 2 Nxai Pan

On arrival to Maun Airport, swiftly transfer by light aircraft to Nxai Pan. This massive salt pan—once a prehistoric lake that covered central Botswana—is covered with grasslands and scattered with islands of acacia trees and pockets of water during the rainy season, providing rich resources for wildlife. Species commonly sighted include zebra, wildebeest, springbok, impala, gemsbok, hartebeest, giraffe, lion, cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, bat-eared fox, and the occasional elephant or buffalo. Baines’ Baobabs are another highlight. These huge, gnarled baobab trees, named after a 19th-century explorer, sit on a promontory surrounded by the white Kudiakam Pan. It is an unforgettable and otherworldly scene.

Included: All activities and internal flight / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 45 minutes (flight)

Days 3 & 4 Okavango Delta

After breakfast, fly by light aircraft from Nxai Pan to Kwara. Here you will experience the spellbinding natural beauty of the world’s largest intact inland delta—the Okavango. In this world-renowned wilderness, the heart-stopping excitement of big-game viewing meets the supreme tranquility of an untouched delta, creating extraordinarily evocative perspectives on wild Africa. Deep within its desert basin, this “jewel of the Kalahari” is fed by millennia of sand deposits carried from Angola by the Okavango River. Game viewing, walking safaris, birding, and boating, often in the traditional mokoro, give visitors a glimpse of the staggering diversity of wildlife: 122 species of mammals, 71 of fish, 444 of birds, 64 of reptiles, and 1,300 unique species of flowering plants.

Included: All activities and internal flight / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 45 minutes (flight)

Days 5 & 6 Kwando Concession

A scheduled flight by light aircraft wings you from Kwara to Kwando Lagoon, a teeming wildlife preserve situated in the northern section of the enormous 573,000-acre Kwando concession. The Kwando concession offers exclusive access to one of the most remote and unexplored wildlife strongholds left in Botswana, including 50 miles of river frontage. It incorporates the Linyanti wetlands, huge tracts of mopane forest, and vast open plains.

Here, in classic big-game country, herds of buffalo and elephant attain legendary proportions rivaled only by large prides of lions. During migration season, great herds of zebra and wildebeest are shadowed by their predators. Almost immediately on your arrival, enthralling big-game sightings begin—with once-in-a-lifetime animal encounters and rare opportunities for close-up photography. Beyond the big game, African wild-dog viewing here is considered the best in Africa.

Activities focus on open-vehicle game drives day and night, and boat cruises on the river that are ideal for birding. Walks are offered at the guide’s discretion, depending upon proximity of elephant.

Included: All activities and internal flight / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 30 minutes (flight)

Days 7 & 8 Chobe National Park

Once again you are swept by light aircraft from Kwando Lagoon to Kasane Airport. You will be greeted on arrival and accompanied by your guide on a road safari to Muchenje, on the western side of Chobe National Park.

Safari activities in this extensive preserve—called “the last Eden in Chobe”—are many and varied. Cruise by boat along the lush Chobe River, enlivened by pods of hippo; take thrilling game drives in open safari vehicles by day or night; get up close to nature and explore the habitat in detail on walks in the company of experienced guides. Sightings may include large herds of elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, impala, and the elusive leopard, as well as many species of native and migratory birds. If you have a passion for local culture, participate in an excursion to a nearby village and school where you will gain insights into traditional tribal life. Fishing safaris and excursions deeper into Chobe National Park may also be arranged.

Included: All activities and internal flight / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 40 minutes (flight)

Day 9 Kasane

Bid farewell to your hosts and travel by road transfer to Kasane Airport. Continue on with your own arrangements for your return home or further travels.

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Guides

Our Guides

Guests who travel frequently with CW Safaris know that our guides truly set us apart from other adventure-travel companies. All CW Safaris guides are locally based and fluent in English, with exceptional knowledge of the region where you’ll be traveling. Their expertise in wildlife and natural history and their keen, deeply rooted understanding of life in the African bush will ensure your safety, well-being, and enjoyment throughout every safari. You could not be in better hands!

Here is a sampling of our extraordinary guides in Botswana:

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson is a professional safari guide, ecotourism consultant, and professional photographer. He is qualified as a microbiologist and has studied conservation in South Africa. Having lived and worked throughout the continent’s Great Rift Valley, he has come to know some of Africa’s greatest wildlife destinations, from South Africa all the way to Egypt. As a photographer, Ian has received several Southern African and international awards for his wildlife and natural-history photography.

He is also a freelance cameraman for the BBC Natural History Unit and has worked on a number of documentaries, including Big Cat Diaries in the Masai Mara. Through his eco-consulting business, he has taught and worked with guides, trackers, and wardens from the forests and gorillas of Uganda, the vast Serengeti/Mara, along the entire East African coast, the Okavango Delta and Linyanti ecosystems, and the Sabi Sands reserves. Ian believes in adventure and thrills, and this is what he has been doing for the last 16 years – by constantly striving to spread the magic of Africa!

Spencer Mathambo

Spencer was born near Francistown into a wide extended family, and has four brothers and two sisters. He speaks three languages (English, Setswana, and Kalanga) and has been guiding for the last 10 years. Spencer’s personal interests include videography, educational lecturing to local wildlife clubs, reading, listening to music, hiking, and herding cattle when he goes home on his leave. Spencer has traveled throughout Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, and is popular with camp staff and guests alike. Spencer has a quiet confidence that comes from years of bush experience.

Dux Mareja

Dux Mareja was born in 1979 in Sankoyo, a small village in the northeastern corner of the famous Moremi Game Reserve. Born into the Bayei—a tribe of river bushmen that farms the delta—he grew up as the oldest son in a family of five. After completing his primary education in the village, he moved to Maun for junior and high school and his studies with a focus on office administration.

He spent the first part of his career responsible for accounts and reservations until his real talent was identified. Before changing professions, he assisted in mobilizing the Community Based Natural Resources Department in his village, an organization that strives to alleviate poaching and wildlife conflict in the area. This inspired him to attend a Professional Guiding and Wildlife Conservation Course with Botswana Wildlife Training Institute, and then to complete a longer course in South Africa.

He strives to create authentic relationships with guests, and to nurture and maintain them for a memorable and highly rated unique wildlife experience. He says, “The wilderness is where I originate and where I belong.”

Mothusi Kebusitswe

Mothusi Kebusitswe is a Maun local who spent much of his childhood in Sepupa, a fishing village on the panhandle of the Okavango Delta. Mothusi has four sisters, and comes from the Bayei tribe, the original inhabitants of the Okavango Delta. His interests and hobbies include traveling, music, board games, and photography.

He has traveled to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Mothusi’s ambition is “to see the outside world before getting too old!” He visited South Africa in order to broaden his outlook and knowledge of the guiding profession. He has guided for mobile safaris and lodges since 1998. His sunny personality, broad smile, and wealth of knowledge make him a well-respected and popular guide.

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