Botswana fly-in safari holiday
Price varies according to season.
High season from £3590.
Internal flights included.
International flights excluded but can be arranged.
Meals and tours as specified.
Victoria Falls add-on option from £490pp.
Description of Botswana fly-in safari holiday
Taking you to three luxurious safari camps and lodges, this fly-in safari gives you a comprehensive, yet affordable, Botswana experience.
Botswana has several world-famous safari destinations. Each one is a unique and distinct experience. By flying between them, you have plenty of time to explore and catch sight of Botswana’s wildlife rich area. There are the life-giving waterways of the Okavango Delta and the wildlife-rich Chobe National Park, adjacent to the magnificent Victoria Falls, where your safari ends.
The Okavango, your first stop on your trip, offers the chance to see lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, hippo, crocodile, plains of zebra and a variety of buck and the area is renowned as being a bird-watchers paradise. Consisting of a vast river which never meets the sea, the Delta spreads across the Kalahari Desert to create a wetland paradise.
Next is Chobe National Park which boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa along with countless other game and bird life. All of the areas are pristine and under strict conservation policies to ensure the continuation of wildlife here.
At the end of your trip, you could opt to spend a day exploring one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the dramatic sights of Victoria Falls, where a curtain of water 1708m wide plunges 103m in to the Zambezi Gorge below.
Throughout your trip you will stay in luxurious lodges and camps which are away from the main tourist trail and you will be accompanied by an expert, English speaking guide and meals, game drives and other activities are included where specified.
|Day 1:||Pom Pom Camp. On arrival in Maun you will be transferred to the airstrip for your first internal flight into Moremi Game Reserve and your safari camp. Overlooking the reed-fringed lagoon, your camp will enjoy regular visitations from local wildlife, in particular the resident herd of hippos. Your accommodation is in one of nine luxurious en-suite safari tents, each uniquely positioned under the shade of the acacia trees and with views into the surrounding woodland. (L, D)|
|Day 2:||Game Drives. Spend the day exploring the vast Okavango region – Africa’s largest wetland wonder which creates a haven for wildlife. You day will be spent on game drives (morning and evening) where qualified guides will show you the best that the park has to offer. Other activities include a Mokoro fishing trip into the Delta or relaxing at the camp and enjoying its facilities which include a swimming pool, lounge and bar area. (B, L, D)|
|Day 3-4:||Gunns Camp. Board your plane for your next flight which takes you further into the Okavango Delta to Gunns Camp. Set under leafy palms, Gunns Camp is a luxurious, vintage safari camp offering 6 fully furnished tents each with standalone baths, outside private showers and unrivalled views across the Delta. The camp offers a range of optional activities from ‘mokoro’canoe excursions, bush walks, and sunset cruises. (B, L, D)|
|Day 5-6:||Chobe Bush Lodge. Your third flight of the trip brings you to Kasane and Chobe Bush Lodge, which sits in the heart of Chobe National Park. Your final stop is a luxury lodge with 38 beautiful rooms with unbeatable views over the National Park, plus air-conditioning, spcious en-suite bathrooms and balconies. Make use of the cocktail bars, or indulge in a dinner cruise along the Chobe River (optional extra) or pamper yourself at the health spa. After your morning and evening game drives, you can escape the heat and relax by the large outdoor pool. (B, L, D)|
|Day 7:||Depart. Transfer for the airport for your return flight home. (B)|
|Day 8:||OPTIONAL EXTRA Victoria Falls. An early transfer to Victoria Falls and your charming, Edwardian-style hotel where world-class service and top-end facilties mark the end of your incredible Botswana safari adventure. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Victoria Falls, taking in the Devils Cataract, Main Falls and Horseshoe Falls before enjoying a sunset cruise down the Zambezi River in the late afternoon. (B)|
|Day 9:||OPTIONAL EXTRA Depart. Transfer for the airport for your return flight home. (B)|
1 Reviews of Botswana fly-in safari holiday
Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019 by Jerry Teh
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Chobe national park upclose to all the animals.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Make absolutely sure the travel company delivers what has been promised or
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Only for the last three, not so much for the local people only the larger companies benefitted.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
The camping at the Okavango Delta was really an experience so was the wine trail at Stellenbosch.The rest was a big rush on the safaris, not enough time at Victoria Falls.
Read the operator's response here:
PlanetOur ground operators have been working in Botswana for many years and understand the need to ensure that they give back to the local communities and leave as small an impact on the environment as possible.
Each of the lodges you stay in actively ensure that they offer an eco-friendly experience to help maintain the habitat that both they and the wildlife around them rely on. The latest solar panel technology is installed in each of the lodges as waste is recycled where possible. This means that all glass, plastic tin and paper products are separated and delivered to a collection depot in Maun where they are sent for recycling.
Driving is a key part of any safari so they ensure that all their used engine oil is collected by Champs Botswana where it is either recycled or responsibly disposed of, helping to minimise the impact of the vehicles on the environment. By choosing a fly-in safari and flying into the various camps you considerably shorten the amount of driving needed and time spent travelling, allowing guests more time in the wilderness. Spare seats and extra hold space are used by the camps to transport their staff and freight – ensuring no extra vehicles are unnecessarily sent through the park.
Park fees, which are covered in the price you pay, go to the individual national parks you are visiting to help ensure that they are maintained and conservation practices are developed.
Our ground agents and camps only employ local, skilled guides who know the areas well and are able to sympathetically show guests around without disturbing the wildlife. The camps also help to continue traditional ways of life – for example by employing traditional ‘mokoro’ canoe polers to take guests down the waterways in the Okavango Delta – a practice that has been a way of life for many years.
Pom Pom Camp is a well known bird lovers paradise and is home to Giant Eagle Owls and the rare Pels Fishing Owl. The campe takes great care to protect and allow these bird residents to thrive in their natural environment.
PeopleThe lodges you stay at very involved with the local community. For example, Chobe Bush Lodge have adopted a school for children with special needs in the nearby town of Kachikau. They have supported this school since 2013 and send equipment and food to help it.
They also have a community development initiative in place where youth from the Chobe Youth Council are chosen by the lodge to go on a three month internship programme where they are given an overall experience of the hotel. They are given a schedule to follow and are exposed to each department of the hotel, they are mentored and guided by the existing employees.
Since June 2006 to date (132) youngsters have been through the programme and 39.5% of them have been employed permanently by the hotel. This project allows youngsters to obtain a skill, a certificate and a reference letter and takes them away from crime and off the streets. The lodge’s request that employees go every two weeks on a clean-up campaign of an allocated stretch of road within the parks, and assist regularly with keeping the river frontage free of litter.
All of the lodges hire local guides for the various activities they offer. For example the morning and evening game drives are conducted by knowledgeable guides from a jeep. However the camps also offer guided bush walks where guests will have a chance to explore the wilderness on foot, accompanied by a local guide who will share their knowledge and love of the area and help guests to minimise their impact on the environment they are exploring.