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Botswana ReQuest 2020 – An outstanding safari adventure

Experience an unbeatable safari adventure in a country oozing with magic – Botswana! The wildlife here is exquisite, with elephants, lions, giraffes, leopards and cheetahs in the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. Throughout our stay we fly with small planes between four small and luxurious lodges, all with great locations offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the African nature and wildlife.

  • A 5-star safari adventure
  • Maximum of 12 participants
  • See the big cats of Africa
  • Stay at luxurious wilderness lodges
  • Explore the untamed Kalahari
  • Experience the magical Okavango
  • Travel by small Cessna airplanes
  • Climate compensated trip
Accommodation: Lodges. Transport: Small airplanes, Toyota Land Cruiser, boat/mokoro. Participants: Min 10 and max 12 participants. Length: 11 days. Price: USD 12 990. Departure: 24 March 2020

Itinerary

On Kalahari’s eternal savannah, we search for the endemic Kalahari lion with its characteristic black mane. We also hope to encounter exciting animals such as cheetahs, oryxes, jackals and perhaps wild dogs. The adventure continues in the wild and untouched Okavango Delta. This time of the year the delta is lush and green and teems with wildlife. We will explore this oasis in traditional mokoro canoes and enjoy the charming hippos and amazing bird life. During game drives in the Okavango we have a great chance of spotting several of Africa’s most famous characters – leopards, lions, giraffes, elephants or maybe buffalos and hyenas? On this unique trip you will be accompanied by one PolarQuest guide and local guides with in-depth knowledge of the area.

Day 1: Towards Maun, Botswana

We fly over night and arrive in Johannesburg the next morning.

Day 2 – 3: Kalahari, Botswana

Our trip continues towards Maun in Botswana, where we change over to a smaller plane. A short flight takes us to the untamed Kalahari! The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world and one of the least visited. The landscape is dominated by sand veld, acacias-trees, and Kalahari apple-leaf-trees, interspersed with grasslands and dotted with occasional pans and fossil river valleys. While the reserve is home to an impressive variety of wildlife, there is one animal that is rather obviously absent – the human being. This is a part of Botswana that is virtually untouched by man.

At our comfortable lodge, Kalahari Plains, we relax and enjoy Africa’s scents, sounds and atmosphere. We enjoy a nice dinner and toast for our adventure to come. Our lodge sits on the edge of an immense pan. Large herds of gemsbok and springbok attract the attention of cheetah and black-maned Kalahari lions. Authentic San Bushman cultural experiences give insights into an ancient yet sustainable way of life.  

Day 4 – 5: From desert to delta

We continue by a small plane to the Okavango Delta, an oasis in this dry country, and world-renowned for its huge concentrations of wildlife. Situated in the north-western corner of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site as it is the largest inland delta in the world, stretching over 15000 square kilometres. We will experience a sharp contrast as we move from desert to delta, from dry sand to a wonderful water world – with countless meandering waterways and crystal-clear lagoons studded with water lilies, as well as fertile floodplains and reeded islands inhabited with abundant wildlife.

For two nights we stay at Qorokwe, a charming, eco-style lodge with 100% solar-generated power. The name Qorokwe means “the place where the buffalo broke through the bush into the water", evoking the high-density game area in which this camp is situated. Here, we can enjoy mokoro canoe trips along quiet waterways, flanked by elegant reeds and an abundance of birds such as kingfishers and African jacana, while crocodiles rest on the shore. The magnificent African fish eagle is also a common sight.

Day 6 – 7: Tubu Tree Camp, Okavango

Once more we experience the delta from above as a short flight takes us to Tubu Tree Camp, located on a small island in the delta. This traditional style camp is built on raised wooden platforms with beautiful views over the floodplains and surrounding landscape. We rise early to explore parts of the 60 000-hectare Jao Reserve from our Jeeps. Here we have a good chance to see elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, tsessebe and wildebeest as well as kudu, impala and bushbuck. This is also one of the best places in southern Africa to see the elusive leopard and we are constantly on the lookout. In the evening we enjoy a drink at Tubu’s famous open-air bar under the shade of a marula tree.

Day 8 – 9: Savuti Camp, Linyanti Concessions

Our small planes take us to Savuti Camp. Perched high on the banks of the Savuti Channel, the camp looks down on a miraculous ribbon of territory that has been both savannah and river over the last years. Savuti provides front-row seats to amazing wildlife viewing and the mysteries of the ebb and flow of the Savuti Channel waters. It holds a magnetic attraction for elephants, amongst other plains game and predators. Several packs of wild dog can be found in the area and lion, leopard and cheetah are frequently sighted. Night safaris allow for the discovery of nocturnal creatures such as civets, genets, honey badgers and spring hares. This vast, untamed wilderness is the perfect location for those seeking a unique African adventure in an exclusive and remote big game habitat.

Day 10: Savuti – Maun

After a morning safari, we fly towards Maun in our small aircraft, where we connect with our international flights taking us back home.

Day 11: Arriving home

After an overnight flight we arrive in the morning.

Please note: Our exact itinerary and planned activities depend on weather and wildlife encounters. We always strive to maximise your experience!

Accommodation

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Exquisite lodges – high quality and comfort yet one with nature

On this trip we stay in four different small and exclusive lodges, with excellent service and the best possible location for 5-star wildlife and nature experiences. Two of the lodges are fully run on solar power and all lodges have solar heated water. They all have an unspoilt atmosphere, yet all the comforts of a hotel, private verandas and private bathrooms. They are designed to delicately balance luxury and an African ambience. At night you can feel the pulse of Africa and listen to the sounds of its remarkable wildlife.

 

Prices

Room category Price per person
Double room USD 12 990

Price includes

  • International economy flights London – Maun round trip
  • All five domestic flights with small Cessna aircrafts (Maun – Kalahari Plains – Qorokwe – Tubu Tree – Savuti – Maun)
  • All other transports
  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Beverages including wine/beer (local drinks)
  • All activities
  • All entrances
  • Airport taxes
  • All gratuities
  • A PolarQuest guide
  • Experienced local guides
  • Comprehensive information material

Not included

  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Any eventual visa cost

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Departure Return
24 March 2020 4 April 2020