Lilies & Dust

Botswana 12 Days

Green Season (Jan - May / Nov & Dec) @USD6305-00 per person sharing
Peak Season   (June - October)            @USD7000-00 per person sharing


COMBINATION SAFARI WITH 4 NIGHTS MOBILE CAMPING AND 2 NIGHTS COMFORT HOUSEBOAT AND 5 NIGHTS COMFORT TENTED LODGE ACCOMMODATION

The Lilies & Dust Safari is an exploration of Botswana’s world famous Okavango Delta and the magic of the vast Kalahari.
The Okavango Delta, largest and most pristine inland delta, represents a timeless Eden that is home to thousands of Elephant, Buffalo, many antelope species and the predators that follow them. The time we spend in this area places us at the heart of this watery wonderland.  
The Central Kalahari, one of the world’s most remote places is in contrast to the Okavango with its dry, vast, magical beauty. Home to a variety of birds and animals not found in the delta, animals that have adapted to the arid desert conditions of the Kalahari. Here the large herds of Oryx, Springbok, Zebra and Wildebeest have the big Black Mane Kalahari Lions to contend with.

This is a safari of contrast, of Comfort and Adventure. Discover the “Real Africa” with us!

Day 1: Gcadikwe Island Camp - Okavango area of Moremi
On arrival in Maun we are hosted at a local restaurant for a light lunch.  An air transfer then takes us from Maun into Moremi where we are met by our guide and road transferred to Xakanaxa boat station having the opportunity to view the wildlife en-route. A boat excursion takes us into the Okavango channels and lagoon areas en-route to our pre-erected mobile camp on an Island. Here we have the chance of seeing hippos, crocodiles and the birdlife endemic to the area. A delicious three-course dinner is served with the sounds of the African night as our serenade. Mobile camping (Light Lunch & Dinner).
 
Day 2: Gcadikwe Island Camp – Okavango area of Moremi
Today we have the opportunity to further explore the channels and waterways of the Okavango Delta by boat, with lunch being enjoyed either back at camp or at a shady stop on one of the Islands.
Mobile Camping (All meals)

Day 3: Hyena Pan Camp   Khwai concession area
After a hearty breakfast expertly cooked on an open fire we are boated back to the boat station to our game vehicle. Lunch is enjoyed picnic style en-route to our concession comfort tented camp situated outside the gates of the Moremi Game Reserve, voted the best Game Reserve in the World. There are no fences between the Park and the private concession making our night drive even more fantastic…
Hyena Pan Camp (or similar accommodation) (All meals).

Day 4: Hyena Pan Camp – Khwai concession area
This morning our guide takes us exploring the Khwai floodplains and the serenity of the surrounding wilderness is overpowering. (Optional activity at own expense – 2 hour Mokoro excursion). Hyena Pan Camp (or similar accommodation) (All meals)

Day 5: Crocodile Camp - Maun
An early morning breakfast before our road transfer / game drive takes us into Maun and onto our lodge accommodation. This lodge is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane river, 12km outside of Maun. This camp hosts an abundance of bird life with the occasional hippo or crocodile visitor. A sundowner boat cruise on the river rounds off our day. Crocodile Camp (or similar accommodation) (All meals)

Day 6 : Ngwesi Houseboat – Okavango River
We are road transferred to Maun airport, where we meet our charter flight for the onward journey into the panhandle of the Okavango. Capture the rhythms of the Delta and feel the heartbeat of the mighty Okavango in Botswana as you journey on the Ngwesi Houseboat. Once on board we will up anchor and move out onto the river, dropping anchor in the late afternoon. Sundowners are served as we marvel at the African sunset. Ngwesi Houseboat (or similar accommodation) (All meals)


Day 7: Ngwesi Houseboat – Okavango River
En suite accommodation is offered in cabins on the lower deck. Activities include birding - with over 400 species of birds this area is one of the top bird watching spots in the world. Try your hand at the sport of Tiger and Bream fishing - excursions are offered on tender boats to explore the Delta with its countless water channels.  Ngwesi Houseboat (or similar accommodation) (All Meals)


Day 8 & 9: Central Kalahari Game Reserve - Deception Valley
Early morning the Ngwesi pulls up anchor and meanders back to its mooring, with breakfast being served en route. We are then taken back to the airstrip where a charter flight takes us to the unique and untamed Central Kalahari Reserve. Here we will explore the area around Deception Valley, looking for the large herds of antelope that inhabit this desert terrain.  Sightings of predators are common as they lie in wait, watching the antelope. Standard Comfort Mobile Safari (All meals)

Day 10: Haina Kalahari Lodge – northern border of Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Today we are road transferred by our guide to our lodge, a classically African, relaxed and informal safari tented lodge. Enjoy sundowners and dinner before taking a night drive to explore the magic of the nocturnal creatures in the area. Haina Kalahari Lodge (or similar accommodation) (All meals)


Day 11: Haina Kalahari Lodge – northern border of Central Kalahari Game Reserve
A guided walk with our experienced guide unfolds the tracks and signs of the wilderness. We also get to experience the magic and culture of the Bushman as they show us their world of survival in the desert. Haina Kalahari Lodge (or similar accommodation) (All meals)


Day 12: Maun
An early rise will take us on our last memorable game drive, before breakfast. A scenic flight transfers us back to Maun airport. (Breakfast)

The itinerary will depend on local conditions.
 
Transfers Included:
Charter flights on Day 1, Day 6, Day 8 and Day 12
Road transfer on Day 3, Day 5 and Day 10
TOUR CODE:  LD – Maun to Maun 
 

Includes: 4 nights mobile safari in spacious dome tents with comfortable camp bed, mattress, bed linen, separate bush shower & toilet tent, all meals when in camp, mineral water, wine served during evening meals, Botswana park fees, island overnight camping fees, boat excursion, 2 night houseboat accommodation with all meals, water activities, 5 night comfort lodge accommodation & all meals, scheduled morning & afternoon game drives, guided morning walk, and specified Kalahari activities.

Excludes: International/regional flights, airport taxes, visa costs, drinks, mokoro excursion, optional activities, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

*Please view our Product Concept page for the full details of "What to Expect" on a Standard Comfort Mobile portion of this combination safari


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Departure Dates:

LD3*
TUE
2014/03/04
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SAT
2014/03/15
LD3A*
TUE
2014/03/18
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SAT
2014/03/29
LD4
TUE
2014/04/08
-
SAT
2014/04/19
LD4A
TUE
2014/04/15
-
SAT
2014/04/26
LD5
TUE
2014/05/13
-
SAT
2014/05/24
LD5A
TUE
2014/05/20
-
SAT
2014/05/31
LD6
TUE
2014/05/03
-
SAT
2014/06/14
LD6A
TUE
2014/06/17
-
SAT
2014/06/28
LD7
TUE
2014/07/01
-
SAT
2014/07/12
LD8
TUE
2014/08/05
-
SAT
2014/08/16
LD9
TUE
2014/09/02
-
SAT
2014/09/13
LD9A
TUE
2014/09/16
-
SAT
2014/09/27
LD10
TUE
2014/10/07
-
SAT
2014/10/18
LD11*
TUE
2014/11/11
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SAT
2014/11/22
LD11A*
TUE
2014/11/18
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SAT
2014/11/29
 
* THESE ITINERARIES WILL DEPEND ON THE ROAD CONDITIONS IN THE MOREMI WILDLIFE RESERVE.

GROUP SIZE: MINIMUM 4 – MAXIMUM 8 PASSENGERS