Botswana is a beautiful landlocked country with natural wonders. This safari itinerary explores the wonderful highlights of Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, one of the largest salt pans in the world and home to Africa’s second largest zebra migration, experience exciting activities included at this destination as you explore the Salt Pan. Next you will explore the Okavango Delta known as “the river that never finds the sea”. The Delta is home to some of the best game viewing in Botswana, embark on endless adventure that will await you at this destination. Be captured by the wildlife scenery and game viewing on this amazing Botswana trip.
On arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met by an andBeyond representative and assisted onto a scheduled charter flight to Tsigaro Airstrip. Jack’s Camp is situated in Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, explore the surroundings of the pans while staying in an en suite tent.
Enjoy morning, afternoon and evening game drives and spot lions, elephants, leopards out in the wild, encounter habituated playful meerkats with your experienced guide. Go out on a bushman walk and learn about the culture while interacting with the local members of Zu/´hoasi. Head back to your tent after a long adventure and relax on your veranda savouring the view of Makgadikgadi.
Meet traditional bushmen and accompany them on a guided walk where you will learn about traditions which have been carried down by the Zu’hoasi Bushmen. Learn about Bushman heritage and culture, and experience traditional bushmen dances. Discover more about the fauna and flora of the harsh Makgadikgadi landscape from the experts who have known the importance of these plants for centuries.
Walking with Meerkats
Walk amongst the habituated meerkats that have made their homes around Jack’s Camp and watch these fun and quirky creatures as they scurry around on the hunt for scorpions and other tasty morsels. These friendly meerkats are used to human presence, and may even climb up and use you as a lookout point for watching for predators. Walks take place from sunrise and guests will be accompanied by one of the camp’s guides.
Travel across the Makgadikgadi Pans on a morning quad bike ride and get a sense of the true size of this immense landscape. Once the huge Makgadikgadi Lake, the salt pans are all that remain. During the dry season, the salt-crusted ground is unable to grow any vegetation, creating a large empty space where guests immerse themselves in the peaceful and quiet atmosphere. This is a seasonal activity and is only available during the dry season.
Embark on an exciting game drive and travel across the Kalahari Desert in a custom-made 4×4 safari vehicle. The safari vehicles are designed to seat a maximum of 6 guests at a time, ensuring everyone gets a full view of the incredible wildlife. Drive alongside thousands of zebras, wild dogs, hyenas and many more species as you explore the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Explore the untamed landscape of the Kalahari Desert just like the classic explorers did: on horseback. Enjoy the wind in your hair as you rush across the dramatic plains on the back of a gentle and well-trained horse, and lose yourself in the empty landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
Additional activities (may incur an additional cost):
- Spa treatments
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tsigaro airstrip in time for your scheduled transfer by light aircraft to Xaranna airstrip. Upon arrival at Xaranna will be transferred to Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp. From here you will spend 2 nights staying in a lovely safari tent.
Xaranna Okavango offers an exclusive 25,000 hectare wilderness concession, boasting an amazing view of the Delta. You can enjoy a variety of activities at the camp, such as game viewing allowing you to witness incredible game such as leopards, lions, elephants and more. Enjoy a mokoro ride across the river which is concluded by a drink. Indulge in a deep massage next to your private pool, a perfect way to end your day after a long adventure.
Day and Night Game Drives
Guided game drives provide the opportunity to traverse expansive delta lands in open 4×4 safari vehicles. Thriving game populations within the concession make for ample wildlife viewing potential as you travel across open landscapes and merging eco systems. Picturesque Okavango landscapes have more to offer than just the Big 5, with regular sightings of zebra, kudu, tsessebe, red lechwe, giraffe, and even the rare wild dogs and spotted hyenas that prowl the land in search of prey.
A private guide, experienced in the art of mokoro excursion will paddle you through tranquil delta channels in search of aquatic game and exotic bird species. There are few things more relaxing than calmly drifting through delta waters in a traditional style dug-out canoe, soaking in the atmosphere at the heart of the Okavango. Please note, mokoro excursions are water level dependant.
Motorised Boat Excursions
Traverse open waters in hard bottom aluminium boats as professionally licensed guides take you on a journey through the deeper channels of the Okavango Delta. Sightings are consistent throughout the delta channels as predator and prey alike converge on river waters to drink and feast on the reeds, ensuring a truly remarkable experience.
Guided Bush Walks
Lace-up for an adventure like no other as you embark on foot across immersive delta lands in the company of experienced guides and friends alike. Be sure to bring a camera, as you don’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph the expanse of exotic, meandering animals synonymous with authentic African Style safari game viewing. An area is chosen at the guide’s discretion, in keeping with safe distances from large herds of elephant and buffalo. Prepare for immersion with the scents of wild flora, the sounds of life around you and consistent game sightings.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a short game drive to Xaranna airstrip in time for your transfer by light aircraft to Chitabe Airstrip. Spend your final nights at Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge in a beautiful suite. The lodge is situated in a golden grassed floodplain populated by a staggering variety of wildlife in the heart of the Delta.
Sandibe offers extraordinary beauty and amazing grounds full of wonderful game. Enjoy the best game viewing that Sandibe has to offer. Whilst out on your game drive spot lions, leopards and hyenas in the wild. The best way to view the Delta is from high above. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight as you fly over rivers and pools as you watch animals in their natural habitat. There is no other experience like it.
Participate in game drives while you stay at Sandibe. No two game drives are the same, and journeying through a different part of the Okavango Delta is bound to bring you a different experience. Thriving game populations make for spectacular wildlife viewing, with the Big 5 present in the delta, as well as herds of zebras in the distance, wild dogs and hyenas stalking the land, and giraffes poking their heads through the treetops.
Embark on foot across immersive delta lands in the company of an experienced guide. Lace-up for an adventure like no other and be sure to bring a camera, as you don’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph the expanse of exotic, meandering animals synonymous with authentic African Style safari game viewing. An area is chosen at the guide’s discretion, in keeping with safe distances from large herds of elephant and buffalo. Prepare for immersion with the scents of wild flora, the sounds of life around you and consistent game sightings.
The Moremi Game Reserve – where the Okavango Delta is located – is home to over 450 species of idigenous birds which fill the air with their calls. Birding here is spectacular, especially during the spring and summer. Some of the rarer avian species include the elusive Pel’s fishing owl, endangered wattled crane and the majestic African fish eagle.
Experience the Okavango Delta like never before with this once in a lifetime Sandibe helicopter safari. View the breath-taking expanse of inaccessible lakes and islands – remote and otherwise unseen, as well as the abundance of roaming wildlife that can be seen passing beneath your feet. This experience will allow you to truly absorb the full magnitude and beauty of Okavango Delta from high above the sky, covering a considerably larger expanse than what is possible with conventional land-based safari. Scenic helicopter safaris are accessible via external location and come at additional fees.
After breakfast, you will enjoy a short game drive to Chitabe airstrip where a scheduled charter flight will be waiting to fly you to Maun International Airport for your onward arrangements.