- Okavango Delta
- Game Drives
- Big 5
- Rustic Safari
- Tented Camps
- Mokoro Trips
Tammy has helped me some years ago to organise two trips to South Africa that I was very happy with. I wanted to come back, but to botswana this time, for a safari trip with my mother. We were very happy with what Tammy was able to do for us in such a short space of time and to fit our budget also. It was a great trip and we loved it! All went well and we had a really wonderful experience. We will recommend Tammy to anyone.
Tour Consultant's OverviewI had helped Liza with two previous trips to South Africa, but this time she wanted to visit Botswana and the Okavango Delta in particular. She contacted me a little over a month before arrival and had a set budget in mind. The rates for safaris in the Okavango Delta are generally pricier than those in South Africa, but I was able to come up withe a really fantastic trip which suited their budget well. They loved the rustic camping feel of the trip as they felt this added to the authentic safari experience.
Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport you will be met by a representative. They will be waiting for you as you disembark from the plane and will hand over your documents before assisting you through customs and to your onward flight to Maun. Upon arrival at Maun you will be met by your host from Tuskers Bush Camp. They will meet you and transfer you by road to the lodge, which is about 1½ hours away.
Settle in and enjoy the view with some refreshments before departing on an evening game drive via the private road network. Enjoy sundowners at a scenic spot in the bush and a short night drive back to camp where a campfire will be waiting to welcome you. Dinner will be served in the dining tent, followed by your first night in the Botswana wilderness
The world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve covers part of the Delta and is known as the 'predator capital of Africa'. It is also home to the Big Five and large herds of elephant and buffalo. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades. Watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains.
Sharing unfenced borders with the Moremi, the Tuskers concession is home to resident lions, leopards, cheetah and wild dogs, among others. Hyenas are often discovered lurking around carcasses, while the great Nile crocodile lies low in the deeper waters. Elephants populate this area of Botswana in such great numbers and can be seen ambling contently through the lodge grounds, at the pan in front of the lodge, or bulldozing through the mopane woodlands. The varying habitat is a birder’s delight, from water bird species, which are abundant around the pans and lagoons, to grassland birds, raptors, and ground fowls that send a shrieking chorus into the first morning light.
You have an early start. After breakfast you are transferred by road through the Moremi Game Reserve to Xobega Island Camp. This road transfer is is essentially your morning game drive as it takes you from Tuskers into the Moremi Game reserve, along the Khwai Riverfront and onto the Xakanaxa Boat station. Here your guide from Xobega Island Camp will pick you up in a motorboat. (you enjoy a picnic lunch en route)
Climb aboard and enjoy a boat cruise through the Delta waterways to Xobega Island. You arrive to welcome drinks and receive a briefing by the camp host before being shown to your classic canvas safari tent under the trees.
After some refreshments it’s time for your sunset boat cruise. Your guide will pack a cooler box with your choice of drinks and you will depart the island and cruise into the sunset.
Enjoy the Delta’s beauty and birdlife for a couple of hours before returning to camp for dinner and your first night on Xobega Island
The Okavango Delta in Botswana with its richly diverse wildlife species is one of the premium destinations in the world for a dynamic safari experience. This 22,000 square kilometre area offers a truly unique wilderness safari in Africa. The Delta forms where the Okavango River disappears beneath the sands of Botswana. Although the periphery is semi-arid, the Okavango Delta itself is a patchwork of cool clear streams, lagoons, floodplains and forested islands. In the dry winter season vast numbers of wildlife flock to where the floodwaters infiltrate the delta, providing one of the world’s most spectacular sights.
Xobega Island Camp is a piece of paradise in the great water wonderland that is the Okavango Delta. Just off the mainland of Moremi Game Reserve the area is dominated by hippos and is a true water safari experience in Africa’s greatest wetland.
This morning you enjoy an early breakfast before you check out and head back onto the water. You have a boat cruise to Xakanaxa boat station where you board a game viewing vehicle and are transferred to Xakanaxa airstrip for your light air transfer to Saile airstrip. From here you enjoy a short land transfer to the camp.
You have time to freshen up and settle in before you embark on a sunset game drive, after which you return to the camp for dinner.
The 125 000 hectare (308 000 acre) private Linyanti Concession borders Botswana’s Chobe National Park and is an enormous, wildlife-rich area. The three main features of the Linyanti Concession are the Linyanti River, the woodlands of the interior and the well-known Savute Channel, famous as a sporadic and unusual watercourse. This is where Africa goes to hide in the dry, winter season. The unpredictable waterways of the Linyanti rivers and lagoons, floodplains and marshlands create a paradise for thirsty herbivores and hungry predators alike. This is a quiet nook of the Chobe National Park and is said to attract one of the largest populations of elephants worldwide.
The Linyanti region of Chobe is undiscovered in comparison to other safari hotspots, and holds as much, if not more, value as a wildlife destination. The secluded location and the subsequent privacy of the experience at Camp Linyanti translate to memorable, impactful understanding of Africa.
This morning you enjoy breakfast at your lodge before departing. You are transferred by road to the airstrip where you will connect with your light air transfer to Kasane. Upon arrival at Kasane airport you check in for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport you head to international departures to check in for your flight home
Tuskers Bush Camp takes its guests to a bygone era of adventure in the African wild where old-world canvas Meru safari tents add comfort and style to this traditional 'under-canvas' experience. Tuskers is nestled in the vast Kwatale Conservancy on the eastern border of Moremi Game Reserve. There are no fences in this wild area, allowing animals of all sorts to wander as they please. The pan in front of Tuskers Bush Camp is frequented by plains game and the Big 5, all of which can be seen from the main area of the camp.
6 Meru-style canvas safari tents are located between the evergreen mopane trees, looking out into the veld and offering guests seclusion and privacy during their stay. En suite bathrooms comply with the sustainable construction of the camp, with heated bucket showers and eco bush toilets.
The main dining tent, boma, and bar overlook a waterhole, and the free-flow of animals around the unfenced camp creates a wild and untamed ambience throughout. Tuskers is a true canvas bush camp with added luxuries and an emphasis on its sublime location.
Xobega (pronounced Gcobega) Island, is a secluded, tree-filled island in the waters of the Okavango. Located on the Island, is the unique Tented camp, Xobega Island Camp. Ten Meru-style safari tents are inconspicuously located among the chaos of trees growing on Xobega Island. Each tent sleeps two people and has an en suite open-air bathroom with bucket shower and eco-friendly chemical loo.
The tents are situated short distances from the main area of the camp, and pathways lead between lush green vegetation, hanging vines, and tall trees creating a mysteriously beautiful African Eden. Xobega Island Camp is unfenced in an area where wildlife abounds. It is a thoroughly wild paradise with canvas guest tents, a dining tent, and two lounge gazebos containing wicker furniture, perfect for outdoor relaxation.
The dining tent houses a coffee station, and a long family-style dining table. There is an open boma, which is essentially a fire pit under the trees surrounded by canvas chairs, creating an excellent spot for evening gatherings. A small wooden jetty is the ‘doorway’ to the island and where guests are received by their Xobega host and staff as they step off the boat and are directed along tree-lined pathways to their tents.
Far up in the north west of Botswana's Chobe National Park, in the Linyanti marshlands is one of Botswana's Hidden Secrets. Camp Linyanti is a charming, comfortable and authentic safari camp located in its own private area on the Linyanti River. This is a water-filled wilderness and Camp Linyanti focuses on the sheer beauty of this game-rich area.
There are 5 individual Meru-style tents that sleep 2 people each. The main area of Camp Linyanti is all about the views with wide, wooden decks built overlooking the lagoons and waterways, all the way to the Caprivi Strip.
Camp Linyanti, offers a bar, lounge, and dining area in prime positioning for unending views all the way to Namibia. The main lodge has extensive wooden decks that overlook the bulging Linyanti River and the floodplains beyond it. Meals can be served on the deck for a dining experience with the birds and whatever animals happen to be passing by.
Relax on comfortable couches and gaze at the endless horizon, or pick up a pair of binoculars and scan the water's edge for interesting birds and animals.
The lodge offers morning and afternoon game drives, as well as night drives in the concession, Birdwatching from the camp, sundowners at various waterholes and pans in the concession and exclusive walking safaris in the private concession. Exclusive walking safaris are offered at manager’s discretion during the months of May and September when the surrounding bush is not dense.
Botswana is a wildlife paradise, with elephants roaming in high numbers, hippos occupying every waterway, buffalo gathering en masse to drink from the waterholes, zebra migrations, red lechwe bounding through rivers, giraffe touching the tree tops, and warthogs shovelling the earth. Moremi is a known wildlife hotspot, and is a protected area of the Okavango Delta. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and spotted and brown hyena, are some of the top predator species that are frequently seen. The birdlife in Botswana is no exception to the fantastic collection of wild creatures that call this country home. The many waterways of the Okavango Delta and Moremi create a habitat for many water birds, while raptors soar overhead, and melodious larks disguise themselves in the scrub.
Xobega Island Camp is a remote destination that is only accessed via boat, which becomes the primary game viewing activity. There are no game drives on the island; but mokoro excursions are offered into the lagoons at the boat station.
Morning and afternoon boat cruises around the Delta islands and through the hippo-filled channels, Birdwatching from the camp and boat – Pel’s fishing owls are known to nest on Xobega Island, giving avid birder’s something very special to look forward to. Sundowners on the water – Guests can enjoy icy refreshments at the most beautiful time of day as the boating safari continues, or a stop off at an island for sundowners. Mokoro safaris – Optional at boat station on transfers in and out of Xobega Island.
The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta are locally referred to as 'melapo' and offer seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and Cape buffalo. Encounters with hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Predators include the African Wild Dog, several resident prides of lion, leopard, cheetah and the African wildcat. The birding in the Okavango is as varied as it is exceptional all year round. In the summer many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw.
General game viewing at Camp Linyanti is conducted in open-air 4x4 vehicles, which traverse the riverine forests and lush terrain. Currently the water levels are too low for boat trips, which are no longer offered. This is subject to change when the Linyanti begins to flow again.
Mornings at Camp Linyanti begin with an early wake up call and optional tea and coffee before heading out on a game drive, which follows the floodplains and riverbanks. After the first game drive, guests will be served breakfast at the lodge and spend midday relaxing on the deck, in the lounge, at the bar or in their rooms. Guests eat lunch at the lodge and then embark on their second game drive in the late afternoon. There will be a drinks stop during the evening game drive when guests can enjoy a refreshment (pre-ordered and packed by the guide) and spend a quiet moment in the Linyanti bushveld watching the sun go down. After the game drive, dinner is served and then guests have the freedom to go to bed or head to the bar.