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Kalahari Bushman, Okavango Delta & Savuti Safari

Tour Length8 days
Priced from pps $3636 R49251 £2793 3122 A$4942 C$4824 NZ$5387 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 10 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Maun, Botswana
  • Accommodation Luxury Camping
  • Transport Fly-in Safari / 4x4 Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

A phenomenal journey into the wild habitats of northern Botswana, this budget lodge safari flies you from vast desert to untamed delta and on to game-rich plains. 

Some of the highlights on this diverse Botswana Safari include:

  • an authentic Bushman experience in the Kalahari Desert
  • mokoro (dugout canoe) trips in the watery Okavango Delta
  • bush walks on the remote islands of the Okavango Delta
  • game viewing in the Savuti Marsh region of Chobe National Park

The beauty of this affordable safari lies in the carefully selected lodges that offer something special and unique in each of the unforgettable wilderness destinations explored. An exciting range of activities, from cultural to wildlife and adventure excursions, also make this safari stand out from the rest, as well as the scenic flights between each natural gem.

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Itinerary for this Tour

  • Two nights at Grasslands Bushman Lodge in the Kalahari region
  • Three nights at Oddballs Enclave in the Okavango Delta
  • Two nights at Camp Savuti in Chobe National Park

Day 1 & 2: Maun to Grasslands Bushman Lodge - Central Kalahari Desert, Botswana

This Botswana safari adventure kicks off in Maun, where you are collected for your scenic flight into the Kalahari Desert region with Delta Air. The 50-minute flight by light aircraft brings you to a private airstrip near the western border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.

You are collected from the airstrip and transferred to the Grasslands Bushman Lodge, located in a private wilderness area close to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This family-friendly lodge offers an in-depth San (bushman) experience, as well as visits to the predator conservation program on site, nature drives in the Kalahari Desert, birding excursions and horse riding. Slow down and immerse yourself in the stillness of the desert, soaking up spectacular sunsets and starry night skies.

The focus at the lodge is on the intensive interactions with the fascinating Bushmen people. Accompany a whole clan of local San people on a real hunting and gathering trip in the bush, gaining rare insight into the social customs and ways of these ancient people. Tracking and foraging with the bushmen on foot allows you to witness the key roles played by men, women and children as the clan works together, giving you an understanding of how they survive in this arid region. You will see that every clan member brings his or her strengths to the group, contributing to the well-being of the clan from a young age. Guests also get to interact closely with the local San, seeing some of the traditional rituals, games and dances of southern Africa's oldest inhabitants.

Other activities include visiting the predator project at the lodge. This activity gives guests the chance to view wild dogs and other carnivores from the area, including leopards and the legendary Kalahari lion, at close range. The private wilderness area around the lodge is also a great place for bird watching, with the lodge offering a sandgrouse adventure.

If time allows, the lodge also offers nature drives that explore the arid Kalahari Desert environment. The drives are conducted in the private wilderness area, and provide an opportunity to appreciate the surprising diversity of flora and fauna found in the Kalahari. You may spot some antelopes and if you're lucky a predator, but during the first part of this safari the emphasis is primarily on the cultural encounters.

Horse riding is another activity on offer at the safari lodge. You can set off into the wild on horseback, exploring the desert habitat up close on exhilarating horse rides (pre-booking required).

  • Flight from Maun to the Central Kalahari region by light aircraft
  • Authentic Kalahari Bushman Interactions
  • Predator Rehabilitation Project Tour
  • Nature drives in private wilderness area
  • Horse Riding (to be pre-booked)
  • All meals and accommodation at Grasslands Bushman Lodge

About Grasslands Bushman Lodge

Grasslands Bushman Lodge is in a private wilderness area near the western border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. The lodge is unique in offering a genuine Kalahari Bushman experience, as it is run by a family that has built relationships with the local San over decades. The family-run lodge is located in an efficiently managed wilderness area, near a bushman village that welcomes visitors.

This laid-back Kalahari lodge accommodates 16 guests in spacious en-suite chalets, including two family units. The accommodation is comfortable and the tastefully decorated chalets are well-appointed. Families with children need to book private game drives (extra cost) and are welcome to join other activities.

The dining, bar and lounge areas look out over a floodlit watering hole frequented by Kalahari wildlife and numerous birds. The waterhole offers excellent game sightings with nocturnal visitors include porcupines, aardvark, hyenas and jackals. The lodge features a swimming pool, open-air boma and campfire, solar panels that power most facilities and a predator enclosure where the predator project is housed.

Day 3 to 5: Grasslands Bushman Lodge to Oddballs’ Enclave - Okavango Delta, Botswana

On day three of this Botswana Adventure a scenic flight takes you into the heart of the Okavango Delta, with Delta Air. Arriving at our delta camp, only accessible by air, your private safari guide meets you at the airstrip. This local guide is shared between two guests at most and is assigned to you for the duration of your stay at the remote delta camp.

Your base for exploring the Okavango Delta is Oddballs' Enclave, an authentic safari camp set on a secluded little island near Chief's Island. This delightful camp lies very close to the south-western tip of Chief’s Island, which borders on the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve.

From this bush camp deep in the Okavango Delta, we explore the intricate network of watery channels, tranquil lagoons and reed-fringed islands.

Take early morning and late afternoon mokoro trips, gliding along the winding channels in your guide's own traditional delta vessel, hand-crafted from wood. Mekoro are dug-out canoes used to navigate the narrow maze of waterways and estuaries in the delta. Your guide is a born-and-bred local who knows this part of the delta like the back of his hand. On mokoro rides your guide stands in the stern of his old-school canoe, propelling two passengers through the waters with a long pole - the African version of the Venetian gondola ride. This is the ideal way to explore the delta and encounter wildlife and birds, as you move slowly and quietly through the bush.

Drifting through this magical inland delta of Botswana, your guide stops at small islands where you can experience the wild bush on foot. On your nature walks in the delta you get up close to the marvels, big and small, of one of Africa's last truly wild places. Your experienced guide leads you into the unspoilt bush unarmed, helping you to spot wildlife and tune into the finer details of the delta. Sharing his in-depth knowledge your guide points out the fascinating insects, plants, animal tracks and other signs of animal activity in the bush. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure immerses you in the wilderness surrounding you by the pure beauty of the Okavango Delta.

If you would like to spend a full day out in the delta, you can request a picnic lunch to take out with you from the camp.

Back at camp, meals are served out on the spacious deck areas where you can keep an eye out for visiting wildlife and birds. At the end of the day you can put your feet up and admire a beautiful sunset over the wilderness, listening to the sounds of nature as the countless stars come out.

  • Flight from the Kalahari into the Okavango Delta by light aircraft
  • Guided Delta island walks
  • Mokoro trips into the Okavango Delta
  • All meals and accommodation at Oddballs' Enclave

About Oddballs' Enclave

A classical delta camp that accommodates at most ten guests and is only accessible by plane.

At this intimate Botswana camp you stay in one of five Meru-style tents set under canvas-roofs on raised wooden platforms. Each well-equipped tent is fitted with single twin or double beds and features a semi-detached en suite bathroom. Bathroom facilities include an open-air, yet private bucket shower with cold and hot running water. The comfortable tents are set on raised wooden platforms with viewing decks where you can sit back and soak up the pristine delta environment.

This remote tented camp features elevated decks with lounge areas opening out onto the bush and campfire, so that guests can take in the views in comfort and style. Sitting on one of the decks of the Enclave you look out over the delta grasslands and untamed woodlands beyond, catching sight of birds and even wildlife nearby. The delta is home to diverse species, ranging from elephants and big cats to baboons, hippos and antelopes.

One of the most outstanding features of this authentic camp is its beautiful location on a small island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. This family-friendly safari camp uses solar power to generate electricity and wherever possible to heat water too.​ Oddballs' Enclave offers a personal safari experience with private guides from the local area. The emphasis is on slowing down and taking in this magnificent wilderness setting and its wild inhabitants.

Day 6 to 7: Oddballs’ Enclave to Camp Savuti - Chobe, Botswana

Day six starts with breakfast at the peaceful Okavango Delta camp, before we set off for our next safari destination in Botswana, with Delta Air.

We fly northeast from Oddballs’ Enclave to Camp Savuti in a small plane, landing in the Savuti region of world-famous Chobe National Park. A 20 to 40 minute drive takes us through the bush to Camp Savuti, game viewing along the way.

Spend your early mornings and late afternoons on thrilling game drives in the Savuti Marsh area, going in search of the abundance of wildlife found here. We explore the outskirts of the marsh and drive along the edges of the once-dry channel in open-sided safari vehicles. This part of Chobe National Park is famous for its superb predator sightings, being considered one of the best places in the world to sight these hunters. The Savuti Channel began to flow again in 2010, after almost three decades of standing dry and today feeds the marsh which is now covered in sweet grasses, especially in the rainy season. The grassy floodplains attract a wide range of grazers and other herbivores, which in turn draw predators to the area, making it a prime predator watching hotspot.

Your safari guide points out the small and large wild animals and birds that you come across in the African bush, stopping to let you observe them in their natural habitat. Driving through the beautiful landscapes of Savuti, the open savannah surrounds you in its untamed glory. With some luck you will encounter Africa's predators in action, seeing wildlife scenes akin to those of award-winning documentaries about Savuti, in person.

In between your 4x4 game drives you have time to chill-out at Camp Savuti, looking out over the Savuti Channel with its wealth of wildlife and birds.

  • Flight to Savuti by light aircraft
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • All meals and accommodation at Savuti Camp

About Camp Savuti

This small safari camp consists of only five comfortable Meru-style tents, which means that the camp accommodates 10 guests at most.

These spacious tents, set on raised platforms, feature en suite bathrooms and private viewing decks that overlook the scenic Savuti Channel. The tents are set apart from each other to create private havens in the wilderness. The main camp facilities include a lounge and dining area with a bar, all opening out onto the campfire area and the surrounding bush.

Camp Savuti lies in the western part of Chobe National Park, known as Savuti, hosting one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. This region of Botswana is famous for its predator sightings, including endangered wild dogs and plenty of lions. The highlight here is viewing free-roaming wildlife and birds from the camp itself and on open vehicle game drives that are ideal for game watching and photography. Located a 20-40 minute drive from the Savuti airstrip the stylish camp lies in the thick of the wilderness, offering a real African safari adventure.

Day 8: Camp Savuti to Maun, Botswana

On day eight you have a chance to take one more early morning game drive into the wildlife-rich Savuti Marsh region of Chobe National Park, before tucking into a delicious breakfast back at Savuti Camp.

After breakfast you hop back onto a small plane and return to Maun, enjoying the views of northern Botswana as you fly.

  • Morning game drive
  • Breakfast
  • Flight to Maun by light aircraft
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