Botswana Private

Botswana Private

DURATION

11 DAYS

WHEN

Sept – Oct

DESTINATION

Botswana

TYPE

PRIVATE 

Botswana Private Safari

Landlocked by Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, Botswana is considered one of the best African safari destinations. Here we find one of the most unique habitats in the world: the Okavango Delta, considered the largest wetland in the world.

At the Delta of the Okavango -UNESCO World Heritage Site,  you will travel through the Delta’s winding canals, palm and papyrus-lined islands, dense woods, lush vegetation, and other ecosystems that are home to abundant wildlife: All of Africa’s big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and the rare rhino) can be spotted in the Okavango Delta.

A visit to Botswana wouldn’t be complete without exploring the Moremi Game Reserve. It is the first reserve in Africa created by locals. Concerned about the imminent extinction of wildlife in their ancestral territories due to unrestricted hunting and cattle invasion, the Batawana people of Ngamiland, led by the late Chief Moremi III’s wife, Mrs. Moremi, declared Moremi a game reserve in 1963. It is the Okavango Delta’s only officially protected area. As a result, it is essential in science, the environment, and conservation. Moremi is still considered one of Africa’s most beautiful reserves, if not in the world!

Our expedition takes you to the most pristine areas of the Okavango, using small planes, speed boats, safari vehicles, and even canoes while enjoying upscale small safari camps.

WHAT MAKES THIS SAFARI IN BOTSWANA EXTRAORDINARY:

  • Enjoy high-quality sightings of all ‘Big-5”
  • Small plane flights over outstanding landscapes
  • Explore the deepest areas of the Okavango Delta by boat and canoe.
  • Enjoy the best, most secluded, and small upscale safari camps.
  • Kanana afternoon and night game drives
  • Explore the Moremi Game Reserve with two game drives a day.
  • Superb NPE Naturalist Guides

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path

-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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Botswana Safari Itinerary

This is a detailed Botswana Safari expedition itinerary crafted for previous New Paths Expeditions travelers. To prepare the ideal experience for you, please get in touch with our destination specialist.

Day 1 
Arrive in Johannesburg:

On arrival, you will be met and greeted by an NPE representative at the airport. Our representative will assist you through immigration, baggage collection, customs, and on to your hotel. 

Overnight at Intercontinental Hotel OR Tambo. No Meals

Day 2
Flight Johannesburg to Maun, and Flight to Kanana.

Fly from Johannesburg to Maun. Once you land in Maun, our representatives will help you board the flight to Kanana Airstrip. This afternoon you will enjoy one safari excursion.

Kanana is a luxury safari camp, property of Ker & Downey, an organization that pioneered the luxury safari camp concept back in 1968.

Kanana Safari Camp is a hidden jewel on the Xudum River. It is located southwest of the Okavango Delta. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony, and knob thorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants, and animals. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta.

Overnight at Kanana Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 3 & 4

The South of the Okavango from Kanana

Today, enjoy the safari activities available at Kanana. They include afternoon & night game drives, bush walks, boat and mokoro excursions, spectacular birding at a nearby heronry, and fishing. The lodge manager and the camp guides will help you plan each day. Enjoy two safari excursions each day.

Overnight at Kanana Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 5

To Okuti

Today you will enjoy a beautiful small aircraft flight over the Okavango Kanana to Okuti.

The Maunachira River, which flows right in front of the camp, influences Okuti. Its plentiful birds, fish, and sandy riverbanks remain a tranquil haven. Okuti is nestled in the Moremi Game Reserve, one of Botswana’s best game viewing areas.

Overnight at Okuti Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 6 & 7
Moremi Game Reserve

Today, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, boat excursions, and birding.

Located amid the world-renowned Moremi Wildlife Reserve, guests can enjoy game drives in specially-designed safari vehicles with unobstructed views.

The Moremi Game Reserve is abundant in wildlife, and its year-round game viewing makes it perfect for both recurrent and first-time Botswana tourists.

Motorboat tours of the Okavango Delta are also available. The area’s broad lagoons and twisting waterways attract various birds, including herons and storks, during the breeding season.

Overnight at Okuti Safari Camp (B, L, D).

Day 8

To Shinde Enclave

Shinde Enclave is a private ‘camp within a camp,’ catering to six people and providing the highest level of personal attention and a fantastic wilderness experience. With a secluded main space that includes a bar, lounge, dining room, little library, outside fire deck, and sun lounger area, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of activities. A personal waiter-housekeeper, a professional guide, and a game drive vehicle are available to guests at this tiny refuge.

All meals, selected local brand beverages, private waiter, housekeeper, guide, and car, two daily safari activities, park fees, all transfers, and laundry are included in your stay at Shinde Enclave.

Overnight at Shinde Enclave (B, L, D).

Day 9 & 10

Shinde Private Concession

Enjoy morning, afternoon, and night game drives, bush walks, boat and mokoro excursions, and fishing during your stay at the camp.

The Shinde Enclave, located in the Shinde Private Concession, offers a variety of land and water-based sports as well as a large population of predators, including the leopard. Morning and afternoon wildlife drives in open safari vehicles are offered, with night drives following the evening dinner. Alternatively, go on a Mokoro with a ‘poler’ and cruise through the Okavango Delta’s serene waterways. Other possible activities include motorboat tours, strolling, and fishing, all of which should be scheduled and undertaken with the assistance of your individual, expert guide.

Overnight at Shinde Enclave (B, L, D).

Day 11

To Maun and flight back home

Shinde Enclave is a private ‘camp within a camp,’ catering to six people and providing the highest level of personal attention and a fantastic wilderness experience. With a secluded main space that includes a bar, lounge, dining room, little library, outside fire deck, and sun lounger area, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of activities. A personal waiter-housekeeper, a professional guide, and a game drive vehicle are available to guests at this tiny refuge.

All meals, selected local brand beverages, private waiter, housekeeper, guide, and car, two daily safari activities, park fees, all transfers, and laundry are included in your stay at Shinde Enclave.

Overnight at Shinde Enclave (B, L, D).

Lodgings

Intercontinental Hotel OR Tambo

InterContinental Hotel OR Tambo is a 5-star hotel located by Johannesburg International Airport. Its location will work perfectly for us, especially after a long flight. This hotel has all the amenities we need to relax and recharge our energies before our expedition starts.

Kanana Safari Camp

Kanana Camp is located on the Xudum River in southwest Okavango. Because of its location, we consider this camp a hidden gem and the best spot to start our expedition in Botswana. Kanana is a magnificent tented camp with year-round water and land activities and exceptional wildlife viewing. The area has a string of islands lined with palms, figs, ebony, and knobthorn trees and a diverse range of birds, plants, and animals. Located in a private concession, Kanana offers a wide variety of activities such as game drives, trekking, boating, and mokoro outings.

Okuti Safari Camp

Okuti Camp is a charming camp located beside the Maunachira River. It flows through Xakanaxa Lagoon in the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve, known for its year-round big game watching. With seven reed rooms placed along the riverbed, Okuti has a distinct charm.

Morning and afternoon 4×4 game drives exploring this particularly picturesque region of the Moremi, as well as boating along the quiet canals.

When to go

The dry season, which lasts from May to October, is the ideal time to visit Botswana since you can expect bright, sunny days (between 22°C and 35°C), as well as cool evenings. At this time, the Okavango Delta’s water levels are also at their peak, resulting in the country’s iconic rivers and channels.

If you don’t mind the occasional precipitation, the green season (November to April) is a terrific time to travel. Prices and visitor numbers are down, lush vegetation brightens the landscape, and animals are giving birth to new life.

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

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