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Explore two of the wildest places in Southern Africa - flying to the remote Central Kalahari and then the pristine Okavango Delta of Botswana.
First, you stay at Deception Valley Lodge which is set in a 15000-hectare private reserve on the northern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Explore the unique Kalahari ecosystem on walks with the San Bushmen, finding out about desert plants traditionally used in rituals, or as medicines and foods, as well as discovering more about the strange animals of the desert. Embark on day and night game drives venturing off-road in search of leopards, lions and other creatures. Next, you fly to the intimate Oddballs’ Enclave, set on a small island deep in the Okavango Delta. In this watery habitat, you can set off on bush walks and mokoro canoe trips with your own private guide, discovering the diverse flora and fauna of this unspoilt wilderness area.
Experience real cultural interactions, exceptional lodge accommodation, unique safari activities and diverse wildlife on this scenic journey into the vast Kalahari Desert and watery Okavango Delta.
Our adventure begins in the bustling town of Maun, located in northern Botswana. A Delta Air representative is there to meet you at the airport and assist you with boarding the light aircraft for the flight into the Central Kalahari Region.
We fly to Deception Valley Lodge, set on a private game reserve along the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Southern Africa's largest wildlife reserve. This secluded semi-desert region is a land of faded sandveld grasses dotted with acacias and shrubs stretching out endlessly under wide blue skies. Deception Valley Lodge is located on 15000 hectares of privately owned wild land, with guest areas overlooking a watering hole visited by a variety of animals and birds.
The lodge offers authentic San cultural experiences and nature drives. Walk with the local San guides, foraging in the bush and finding out how these remarkable nomadic people have survived in harsh conditions for thousands of years. Embark on game drives in the Central Kalahari, home to a surprising diversity of animals and small creatures, plants and even birds. At night there are the countless bright stars of the Kalahari skies to keep you in awe.
Deception Valley Lodge is located inside a private reserve on the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This remote lodge with a swimming pool overlooks a waterhole making it like an oasis in the semi-desert region. Deception Valley has its own airstrip, 15 minutes drive from the lodge. The comfortable lodge accommodates up to 16 guests at a time. Facilities include various lounge and dining areas and eight spacious suites. Each suite has a lounge area, bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a Victorian-style bath and outdoor shower. The lodge has a wireless internet connection via satellite.
The lodge offers afternoon and night game drives in custom-built safari vehicles. The guides are able to drive off-road in the private reserve enabling them to track wildlife more successfully. The private reserve hosts Kalahari lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, kudus, brown hyenas and more. On night drives elusive nocturnal species are spotted and during the day the bird watching is rewarding.
The most unique experience at Deception Valley Lodge is spending time with the Naru-speaking San (Bushmen) of the Kalahari. Guests have the chance to interact with the ancient hunter-gatherer tribe of Southern Africa joining local guides on nature walks. Find out how the San have survived in the inhospitable deserts of Southern Africa for thousands of years. The guides share insights into their hunting and foraging techniques, as well as the traditional rituals, crafts and culture of the Kalahari San. Walking with the San, you will also learn about the surprisingly diverse flora and fauna of this semi-desert habitat, discovering their culinary, ceremonial and medicinal uses.
On day four we have breakfast at Deception Valley Lodge, before flying to Oddballs’ Enclave in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Touching down at the airstrip in the small plane, you are welcomed by your private guide from Oddballs’ Enclave. The guide transfers you to the remote camp and takes care of you (two guests per guide) throughout your stay in the delta.
Oddballs’ Enclave is located on a little island to the south-west of Chief’s Island and is only accessible by light aircraft. We spend the next few days exploring this wild area, bordering on the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Your guide takes you on bush walks and mokoro trips in his own hand-carved wooden canoe, early in the mornings or in the afternoons.
Standing in the back of his traditional dug-out canoe your guide poles you and one other guest along the winding waterways and across tranquil, reed-lined lagoons. Sit back and watch the scenery, spotting birds and wild creatures in this unspoilt habitat as your guide poles you to secluded islands where you enjoy nature walks. Your guide - born and raised in the Delta - shows you the small miracles of this wild place and shares his in-depth knowledge as you explore on foot. You may come across big game on your walks in the pristine wilderness with your guide, making for thrilling encounters. You also have the option of setting off on an unforgettable full day exploration with your unarmed guide, taking a picnic lunch with you from camp.
The main lodge areas and decks of this classic camp are ideal spots for watching sun or moon rise, looking out over the pristine delta of Botswana and spotting birds and animals roaming nearby.
Oddballs' Enclave is set on a small island deep in the watery delta - a remote location that can only be reached by plane. This is an intimate delta camp offering classical safari accommodation for up to ten guests at a time.
At this secluded delta camp, accommodation is in five Meru-style tents on raised wooden platforms. These permanent tents are erected under canvas and have semi-detached en-suite bathrooms. The bathrooms are semi open-air, with private bucket showers providing hot and cold running water. Each walk-in tent is fitted with either twin single beds or a double bed along with basic furniture and fittings. These comfortable and spacious tents also have small viewing decks where guests can relax and enjoy the unspoilt bush surroundings. Main areas of the tented camp include elevated decks with lounge areas opening onto the bush and campfire area. The lounge and deck areas offer comfortable places for guests to soak up the views over the delta grasslands and woods beyond. A rich variety of birds and some wildlife species can be sighted at the camp with delta species, including elephants, big cats, baboons, hippos and antelopes.
Oddballs' Enclave camp uses solar power to generate electricity and wherever possible to heat the water too, reducing its environmental impact. The tented camp is family-friendly, catering for families with children. This beautiful camp offers a personal safari experience with private guides from the local area. The emphasis at this remote spot is on slowing down and taking in the pristine wilderness setting and its wild inhabitants.
This Budget Kalahari & Okavango Lodge Safari ends when we reach Maun in our light aircraft.
This tour does take children.
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