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Botswana Secret Season Special

There are some great  deals to be found for Botwana's Green Season that allow you to explore the fabulous wildlife areas in the Linyanti, the Okavango and the Kalahari at stunning properties for an incredible price.

Days 1 / 2 / 3 ~ Linyanti/Selinda ~ Duma Tau Camp

After landing at the airport in Maun, Botswana you will be met and transferred to your scheduled light aircraft flight to Duma Tau Camp.

The Linyanti Reserve consists of 308,880 acres of diverse, prime wildlife countryside. Inland, there are enormous acacia and mopane forests that sustain large numbers of elephants in the winter months. Elephants are one of the area's biggest attractions along with red lechwe, antelope, zebra, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable, roan, eland as well as giraffe, baboon, monkey, warthog, crocodile and buffalo. 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.

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Duma Tau Camp was rebuilt in 2012 on an exquisite new site on the banks of the Linyanti River’s Osprey Lagoon. It is located close to the source of the Savute Channel in the western part of the Linyanti, between two elephant corridors, thus offering an exclusive combination of land and river experience.

The Camp’s ten en-suite tented units (8 twin and two family) are raised off the ground to overlook the Lagoon. The architecture evokes the age of the explorers along with a sense of space, thanks to the wraparound clear-storey window providing dramatic views of the river. The main areas include an expansive deck and dining and lounge areas all sporting the same vista.  DumaTau Camp operates completely on solar energy, for hot water, lighting and other energy needs, and is built of FSC-standard timber.

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View, firsthand and at close range, Africa's whole spectrum of diurnal and nocturnal creatures on day and night game drives. Nature walks allow for closer inspection of some of the smaller creatures while the camp's pontoon facilitates access to the Linyanti (water levels permitting).

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

Days 4 / 5 / 6 ~ Okavango Delta ~ Vumbura Plains

Today you will fly from Duma Tau in the Linyanti to Vumbura Plains in the world famous Okavango Delta.

Today you will fly over the Okavango Delta, the earth’s largest inland water system. Its headwaters start in Angola’s western highlands where numerous tributaries join to form the Cubango River. It then flows through Namibia where it is called the Kavango 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 support a vast array of animal and plant life, in what would have otherwise been dry Kalahari savannah.

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Vumbura stands out from other safari camps in it’s prime location on the north of the Okavango Delta, offering a wide variety of habitats and species that are a great representation of the the wildlife of the entire Okavango ecosystem. Your every comfort will be well looked after by the stellar staff at Vumbura.  You’ll delight in the views everywhere, as each of the tented suites are raised off the ground on wooden platforms with connecting walkways and offer full en-suite facilities, as well as an outdoor shower under the stars.  On your viewing deck you’ll find a sala, perfect for a relaxing nap.  The main area has a main dining, lounge and pub area tucked beneath a canopy of indigenous trees with a superb view across the floodplain.

Vumbura offers both water and land activities.  Mokoros (dug-out canoes) traverse the flood plains under the guidance of polers from the BaYei tribe, who have been using mokoros as their traditional form of transport for hundreds of years.  Boats take guests onto the larger and deeper areas of water (water levels permitting).  Open 4x4 Land Rovers allow close proximity to animals in the savannah areas. Walks on the islands give guests the opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective, and boating allows for views of hippo and crocodile, as well as a catch and release fishing expedition for those who are interested.   While you are exploring this amazing area with your guide you’ll have opportunity for viewing lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and buffalo, along with the accompanying plains game and wide abundance of bird life.

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Overnights at Vumbura Plains CampIncludes:  All meals, beverages (except premium brands), game viewing activities, laundry.

Days 7 / 8 / 9 ~ Central Kalahari Game Reserve ~ Kalahari Plains Camp

Today you will leave the Okavango and fly over dramatically changing scenery to the Central Kalahari and Kalahari Plains Camp.

Derived from the Tswana Khalagari, meaning "a waterless place" the Kalahari Desert is a semi-arid, sandy savannah extending 350,000square miles and covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. Despite its aridity, the Kalahari supports a wide variety of fauna and flora. As semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains, the Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert. Animals that live in the region include brown hyenas, lions, meerkats, giraffes, warthogs, jackals, several species of antelope (including the eland, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest, steenbok, kudu, and duiker), and many species of birds and reptiles.

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Kalahari Plains Camp is located in a private concession within a game rich and diverse area of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).  It offers the height of exclusivity with only ten spacious Meru-style tents perfectly situated on an immense pan just 20km from Deception Valley. But you will probably prefer to spend your nights outside your tent, using the sleep-out above each tent to savor the bright dessert night skies. The main area consists of a lounge, dining area and central bar - with a separate swimming pool and deck area. The tents and main area are all raised off the ground to catch the breeze and take in the sweeping, spacious views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides electricity and hot water, and the innovative insulated canvas walls and roof keep the temperatures inside the units comfortable.

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Thanks to the diversity of habitats, healthy game populations move through the area and are present to a greater or lesser degree all year round, but with the advent of the summer rains (end of November to April)  the desert truly comes to life. Short grasses sprout in the pan systems and fossil riverbeds. Plains game such as springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest converge in their hundreds and thousands to feed. This attracts predators such as the renowned Kalahari Black-Maned Lion and cheetah - which provide some of the most thrilling hunts to be seen. In addition, Kalahari Plains Camp is home to some of the world’s best cheetah viewing and good chances of seeing leopard, brown hyaena and even caracal. Small predators include meerkats (suricates), Cpe fox, honey badger, black-backed jackal and a myriad of mongoose species. This is a premium desert game location year round.

Between game drives, interaction with the San Bushmen offers guests life-changing insights into the unique culture of this fascinating people.

Overnights at Kalahari Plains CampIncludes: All meals daily, game viewing activities, local drinks

Day 10 ~ Depart

Today you will fly back to Maun to connect with your international flight home.

Price: The price for this adventure is $5950 per person (excluding international flights).

(This price is valid  November 1 -December 19, 2013 and January 11th, 2014-April 15, 2014)

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