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Botswana: Linyanti and Okavango

This itinerary is part of a great series of specials that offers great value for money. We started with this great match-up because the newly renovated Duma Tau was our Property of the Week last week (check out the photos here) but there dozens of other options!

Days 1 / 2 ~ Linyanti Game Reserve ~ Duma Tau Camp

The Linyanti Reserve is 308,880 acres of wild and diverse countryside. Its acacia and mopane forests sustain large numbers of elephants in the winter months while the Savuti area is famous for its lions, documented in National Geographic films. While elephants are one of the area's biggest attractions, red lechwe, antelope, zebra, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable, roan, eland, giraffe, baboon, monkey, warthog, crocodile and buffalo also abound. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena. On night game drives look for bushbabies, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, genet, pangolin and the smaller predators.

Duma Tau Camp is perfect base from which to view the wide range of species which call the Linyant home. Day and night game drives give guests the chance to take in the landscape and see a huge number of animals. Nature walks allow for closer inspection of some of the smaller creatures, while the camp's pontoon boat provides access to the Linyanti River and a different perspective on animals as they come to the river to drink. One of the most exciting things to do here is to wait in the hides, where you can view and photograph animals at close range without disturbing them.

The camp itself is built under a shady grove of mangosteen trees overlooking a hippo-filled lagoon within. Its large, luxurious rooms are raised off the ground on polished wooden decks. They are set under thatch with canvas walls, inviting you to enjoy the night sounds of Africa from the comfort of your bed. Bathrooms are en-suite with indoor and outdoor showers. Common areas include a dining room, living room, bar area and plunge pool on a raised on wooden deck with fabulous views.

Overnights at the Duma Tau Camp. Includes: All meals, beverages (except premium brands), game viewing activities, laundry and transfers.

Days 3/4 ~ Okavango Delta ~ Little Vumbura Camp

The Okavango Delta is the earth’s largest inland water system. Its headwaters start in Angola’s western highlands where tributaries join to form the Cubango River. It then flows through Namibia as the Kavango River and finally enters Botswana, where it becomes the Okavango. Millions of years ago the Okavango River flowed into a large inland lake called Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans). Tectonic shifts interrupted the flow of the river forming what is now the Okavango Delta, a unique system of waterways that supports a vast array of animal and plant life, in what would have otherwise been dry Kalahari savannah.

While in the Delta you will stay at Little Vumbura a camp set on its own small island under an enormous canopy of ancient Okavango forest of ebony, marula, garcinia and fig trees. The palms that dot the island give it a wonderful tropical feel and attract elephants. Each of the camp’s five tents is large and roomy with en suite facilities and outside shower. The dining room and pub are under canvas, built in and around the existing trees. There is a pool for relaxing in the heat of the day and wooden decks built on the floodplains allow for dinners under the stars.

Little Vumbura has both the wetland and savannah species and the variety of wildlife is stunning. Guests can go out by boat in the morning and see hippo, crocodile, red lechwe and all the aquatic wildlife, and then travel out in a 4 wheel-drive vehicle in the afternoon to see elephant, sable and all the dry savannah game. Guests who enjoy birding will love the prolific birdlife of the Delta.

Overnights at Little Vumbura Camp. Includes: All meals, daily activities, laundry and drinks (excluding premium import brands).

Days 5/6 ~ Okavango Delta ~ Chitabe Camp

Fly to the southern reaches of the delta today to Chitabe Camp where classic Okavango scenery meets the comfort of a luxury tented camp.

Chitabe Camp borders the famous Moremi Game Reserve. The reserve’s boundary in the east is the Gomoti Channel and in the west the Santantadibe River. Located in an area made up of a variety of habitats, Chitabe offers the classic Okavango scenery and a great wildlife experience. It is particularly famous for the enormous herds of buffalo, and for sightings of the rare African painted wolf ('wild dog'). Accommodations at Chitabe are in eight luxurious tents built on elevated teak decks, situated under a lush canopy of indigenous trees. Each tent is well decorated with comfortable beds, en-suite facilities and a lovely balcony overlooking the open flood plain in front of the camp. A separate thatched dining room and living area, also attractively decorated, is linked to the tents by raised teak walkways. Prolific wildlife often moves through camp and can be safely viewed from the walkway.

Walking on safari has always been regarded as one of the finest ways to really get a feel for the African wilderness. Accompanied by an armed guard, you’ll go on informative and adventurous walks through the different habitats of the Okavanga Delta. At night, sleep under the stars on a specially built platform covered with mosquito netting. The silence, punctuated by nocturnal sounds, the roaring of lions and whoopings calls of hyenas, is magical and one the highlights of any safari.

Overnights at Chitabe Camp Includes: All meals, beverages (except premium brands), game viewing activities, laundry, transfers

Day 7 ~ Depart

Bid farewell to Africa as you board the flight back to Maun where you will connect to your international flight home.

Between now and March 15th, 2013 the price for this trip is per person (excluding international flights) which is an incredible deal!

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