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Untamed Wilderness

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If you're hoping to see Wild Dog, this is a great tour. Kwando Concession has a large concentration of wild dog and sighting probability is very high.
Day 1  Arrive Johannesburg
Welcome to South Africa. After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in nearby Sandton. The remainder of the day is free. You might want to wander the shops or perhaps indulge in a massage or other spa treatment.
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Day 2  Johannesburg-Maun-Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) (BLD)
A hotel transfer brings you back to the airport for your flight to Maun where you will be met and introduced to your pilot for the light aircraft flight into the Central Kalahari. Your camp is the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and is a model of environmental sensitivity. The camp uses only solar power for the generation of electricity, heating of water and pumping of water from deep under the Kalahari sands. Waste water is treated in a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant and the fully treated water is returned to the sands.
The schedule is up to you during your stay. Your game drives are guided by a two person team of professional guide and tracker - a special feature of this tour. The two person team enables the guide to communicate points of interest and the complex interrelations that exist throughout the natural world, while the tracker ensures no sightings or tracks are missed.
Tau Pan

Tau Pan

Tau Pan accommodates up to eighteen guests in specially designed thatched units on raised decks. The camp offers truly incredible views from the ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana, and overlooks the famous Tau Pan - recognized for its stark beauty and remoteness.

This, the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is a model of environmental sensitivity. As with its sister camp, Nxai Pan, Tau Pan has been constructed with the delicate ecologies in mind. Both utilize only solar power for the generation of electricity, heating of water and pumping of water from deep under the Kalahari sands. Waste water is treated in a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant and the fully treated water is returned to the sands from whence it came.

Activities offered at Tau Pan are game drives, day trips to the well-known Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passarge Pans, star gazing, bush brunches on Tau Pan, and nature walks with Bushman trackers.

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Day 3  Central Kalahari Game Reserve (BLD)
Choose from a variety of activities today. You might want to begin the day with a game drive. Or, perhaps spend the whole day at Deception Valley. Or, why not take a game walk? A game walk is not a hike; it is a slow comfortable stroll that gives you an opportunity to experience the wilderness. You can get much closer to animals on foot and also appreciate the many small species of plants and insects that are all an integral part of the eco-system. Any walk can be adjusted to suit your level of fitness. (Walks are always at the discretion of the camp manager.)
Tau Pan

Tau Pan

Tau Pan accommodates up to eighteen guests in specially designed thatched units on raised decks. The camp offers truly incredible views from the ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana, and overlooks the famous Tau Pan - recognized for its stark beauty and remoteness.

This, the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is a model of environmental sensitivity. As with its sister camp, Nxai Pan, Tau Pan has been constructed with the delicate ecologies in mind. Both utilize only solar power for the generation of electricity, heating of water and pumping of water from deep under the Kalahari sands. Waste water is treated in a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant and the fully treated water is returned to the sands from whence it came.

Activities offered at Tau Pan are game drives, day trips to the well-known Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passarge Pans, star gazing, bush brunches on Tau Pan, and nature walks with Bushman trackers.

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Day 4  Central Kalahari-Okavango Delta (BLD)
A light aircraft flight takes you deep into the Okavango Delta today to Kwara, which fronts onto a huge floodplain, adjacent to the permanent water of the Delta. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 1,700 square kilometres, bordering the Moremi Reserve. Kwara offers both game drives as well as water-based activities. After you've settled in, you and your Ranger will set an activity plan for your stay.
Kwara Camp

Kwara Camp

Kwara is located in the remote northern part of the stunning Okavango Delta within the private Kwara concession. The camp fronts onto a huge floodplain, adjacent to the permanent water of the Delta and is backed by extensive bush. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 1,700 square kilometres, bordering the Moremi Reserve. No trip to Botswana is complete without a visit to the Delta, the shimmering and unique watery jewel in the middle of the Kalahari desert. Kwara encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from the clear Delta waters with reed-lined lagoons and channels, to open grasslands, mopane woodlands and palm-fringed islands.

The eight luxury safari-style tents are built on raised decks, within a grove of huge and ancient African Ebony trees. Resident hippos will generally serenade you year round from the water on the floodplain in front of the camp. Each tent has its own viewing deck, private en-suite facilities including hot and cold running showers, flush toilets and modern amenities.

The forested island on which the camp sits is typical of those encountered throughout the vast 1.6 million hectares of the Okavango Delta. At Kwara, you will discover why the Okavango is considered one of the ecological wonders of Africa and indeed the world. It is mysterious, calming, unpredictable and very wild.

Kwara also boast a honeymoon suite with its own special bathroom with an antique slipper bath with the traditional ball and claw feet. Hire a private vehicle and have the wilderness almost to your selves - enhanced by your own guide and tracker who will cater to your interests unobtrusively. The memory will live forever.

Like the other Kwando camps, Kwara offers exclusive and private traverse for all its varied activities.

Here our guests can enjoy a diverse wildlife experience all year-round, but the focus is definitely on the water. Whether gliding along in the special silence of a mekoro dug out canoe through crystal-clear waters or visiting the famous Godikwe lagoon, where you can stand on a boat literally eye to eye with thousands of herons, storks and other nesting birds. Kwara is the nearest camp to this famous spectacle in Moremi Game Reserve.

Other species you can encounter through the channels and rivers are kingfishers, pygmy geese, fish eagles, jacanas, darters and if you're really fortunate, the elusive Pels Fishing Owl.

Along with the bird watching, we're able to offer fishing (spinner fishing, but please feel free to bring your own equipment should you want to fly fish), walks with a guide on one of the many palm-fringed islands and also spectacular night drives on top of our morning and afternoon drives. The beauty and charm of Kwara will captivate you.

The Kwara area is also home to a variety of wild animals including, lechwe, sitatunga, reedbuck, bushbuck, hippo, crocodiles, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and tsessebe. Lion, hyaena, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are abundant in this part of the Delta and regularly seen.

Our highly skilled chefs prepare delicious meals, to round off a perfect day in Kwara's watery wonderland.

* Camp open all year round

* Permanent Okavango Delta water

* Maximum 16 guests in 8 luxury tents

* En-suite, his & hers basins, inside outside showers and flush toilets

* Mekoro dug out canoes

* Boat cruises

* Fishing

* Guided walks

* Guest orientations

* Morning and night game drives

* Guide and tracker system for enhanced game viewing

* Maximum 6 guests per vehicle in individual seating

* Double deck powerboat for best viewing

* Guest swimming pool

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Day 5  Okavango Delta (BLD)
Whether gliding along in the special silence of a mekoro dug out canoe through crystal-clear waters or visiting the famous Godikwe lagoon, where you can stand on a boat literally eye to eye with thousands of herons, storks and other nesting birds. Kwara is the nearest camp to this famous spectacle in Moremi Game Reserve. The Kwara area is also home to a variety of wild animals including, lechwe, sitatunga, reedbuck, bushbuck, hippo, crocodiles, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and tsessebe. Lion, hyaena, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are abundant in this part of the Delta and regularly seen.
Kwara Camp

Kwara Camp

Kwara is located in the remote northern part of the stunning Okavango Delta within the private Kwara concession. The camp fronts onto a huge floodplain, adjacent to the permanent water of the Delta and is backed by extensive bush. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 1,700 square kilometres, bordering the Moremi Reserve. No trip to Botswana is complete without a visit to the Delta, the shimmering and unique watery jewel in the middle of the Kalahari desert. Kwara encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from the clear Delta waters with reed-lined lagoons and channels, to open grasslands, mopane woodlands and palm-fringed islands.

The eight luxury safari-style tents are built on raised decks, within a grove of huge and ancient African Ebony trees. Resident hippos will generally serenade you year round from the water on the floodplain in front of the camp. Each tent has its own viewing deck, private en-suite facilities including hot and cold running showers, flush toilets and modern amenities.

The forested island on which the camp sits is typical of those encountered throughout the vast 1.6 million hectares of the Okavango Delta. At Kwara, you will discover why the Okavango is considered one of the ecological wonders of Africa and indeed the world. It is mysterious, calming, unpredictable and very wild.

Kwara also boast a honeymoon suite with its own special bathroom with an antique slipper bath with the traditional ball and claw feet. Hire a private vehicle and have the wilderness almost to your selves - enhanced by your own guide and tracker who will cater to your interests unobtrusively. The memory will live forever.

Like the other Kwando camps, Kwara offers exclusive and private traverse for all its varied activities.

Here our guests can enjoy a diverse wildlife experience all year-round, but the focus is definitely on the water. Whether gliding along in the special silence of a mekoro dug out canoe through crystal-clear waters or visiting the famous Godikwe lagoon, where you can stand on a boat literally eye to eye with thousands of herons, storks and other nesting birds. Kwara is the nearest camp to this famous spectacle in Moremi Game Reserve.

Other species you can encounter through the channels and rivers are kingfishers, pygmy geese, fish eagles, jacanas, darters and if you're really fortunate, the elusive Pels Fishing Owl.

Along with the bird watching, we're able to offer fishing (spinner fishing, but please feel free to bring your own equipment should you want to fly fish), walks with a guide on one of the many palm-fringed islands and also spectacular night drives on top of our morning and afternoon drives. The beauty and charm of Kwara will captivate you.

The Kwara area is also home to a variety of wild animals including, lechwe, sitatunga, reedbuck, bushbuck, hippo, crocodiles, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and tsessebe. Lion, hyaena, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are abundant in this part of the Delta and regularly seen.

Our highly skilled chefs prepare delicious meals, to round off a perfect day in Kwara's watery wonderland.

* Camp open all year round

* Permanent Okavango Delta water

* Maximum 16 guests in 8 luxury tents

* En-suite, his & hers basins, inside outside showers and flush toilets

* Mekoro dug out canoes

* Boat cruises

* Fishing

* Guided walks

* Guest orientations

* Morning and night game drives

* Guide and tracker system for enhanced game viewing

* Maximum 6 guests per vehicle in individual seating

* Double deck powerboat for best viewing

* Guest swimming pool

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Day 6  Kwara-Lebala Camp (BLD)
Enjoy a final game activity this morning before a light aircraft flight transfer to to Lebala, which fronts onto the Linyanti Wetlands. Lebala means wide open spaces in Setswana and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree clumps backed by wooded savannas. The area is a labyrinth of waterways, reed beds, islands and floodplains with herds of animals scattered throughout. In fact, the Kwando concession is home to more elephant than in all of South Africa.

(Lebala is closed from March 1-April 15th, during which time the tour stays at Lagoon Camp.)
Lagoon Camp on the shady banks of the Kwando River. Lagoon is famous as one of the best places for wild dog viewing as fortunately, dogs have denned near the camp every year since Lagoon opened. As a result, the wild dogs are very relaxed in the presence of vehicles, meaning the sightings are usually at close range. The other predators like lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena are also find nearby, making game drives in this part of the Delta quite exciting.
Lebala Camp

Lebala Camp

One of finest tented camps in Africa. Lebala in the

Setswana language, means "open plains" which aptly

describes the extensive grasslands and seasonal flood plains of the Linyanti marshes - fed by the Kwando River. Lebala tents are well known by experienced travellers for their old world charm and modern comforts. At times the camp becomes an island when the floods arrive.

The 8 luxurious tents have a view onto the surrounding plains from their teak decks. The spacious bedroom, intimate lounge, dressing room and en suite bathrooms with Victorian ball-and-claw bath tubs, double basins and outside showers complete the picture. The camp has a plunge pool, lounge, bar, dinning room, game viewing hide, gift shop and fire place area. The game viewing at Lebala is amongst the best in Africa due both to the concentrations of game and the excellent visibility on the plains. Lebala focuses on the excellent game drives, both off road and at night. Bush walks are at guides discretion due to seasonal high elephant concentrations.

There are no water activities offered due to the presence of large numbers of hippo and elephant in the channels.

Lebala has a simple formula - the grass on the plains is grazed short by abundant prey species resulting in concentrations of large predators. Lebala, like Lagoon, has a reputation for predator action with the lions known for their ability to hunt and kill mega fauna like buffalo, hippo and elephant. Lebala airstrip is 6km from the camp.

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Day 7  Lebala Camp (BLD)
The wetlands and flood plains around Lebala offer a wonderful variety of wildlife with excellent sightings of elephant, hippo, lechwe, zebra, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, kudu, tsessebe, roan, sable, buffalo and the ever present predators; wild dog, lion, cheetah and hyena. After dark, spotlights are switched on and the game drives reveal nocturnal sightings of rare and elusive species such as, leopard, Selous Mongoose, small spotted genet, and aardwolf, to name a few. Nocturnal bird species that are encountered include Natal Nightjar, Pennantwinged Nightjar and a large variety of owls.
(Lebala is closed from March 1-April 15th, during which time the tour stays at Lagoon Camp.)

Lagoon Camp (BLD)
Among the great variety of antelope species found at Lagoon, the endangered Sable and Roan are often seen. Seasonally, large herds of elephant drink almost daily at the river bank in front of the camp. The big herds attract big predators. The lions of Kwando are famous for their elephant, hippo and buffalo kills. Playful spotted necked otters are commonly seen performing in the Lagoon right in front of the tents. Boat cruises along the Kwando River provide excellent opportunities for birding. You might also want to try your hand at spinner fishing for Tiger fish and Bream (catch and release only please).
Lebala Camp

Lebala Camp

One of finest tented camps in Africa. Lebala in the

Setswana language, means "open plains" which aptly

describes the extensive grasslands and seasonal flood plains of the Linyanti marshes - fed by the Kwando River. Lebala tents are well known by experienced travellers for their old world charm and modern comforts. At times the camp becomes an island when the floods arrive.

The 8 luxurious tents have a view onto the surrounding plains from their teak decks. The spacious bedroom, intimate lounge, dressing room and en suite bathrooms with Victorian ball-and-claw bath tubs, double basins and outside showers complete the picture. The camp has a plunge pool, lounge, bar, dinning room, game viewing hide, gift shop and fire place area. The game viewing at Lebala is amongst the best in Africa due both to the concentrations of game and the excellent visibility on the plains. Lebala focuses on the excellent game drives, both off road and at night. Bush walks are at guides discretion due to seasonal high elephant concentrations.

There are no water activities offered due to the presence of large numbers of hippo and elephant in the channels.

Lebala has a simple formula - the grass on the plains is grazed short by abundant prey species resulting in concentrations of large predators. Lebala, like Lagoon, has a reputation for predator action with the lions known for their ability to hunt and kill mega fauna like buffalo, hippo and elephant. Lebala airstrip is 6km from the camp.

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Day 8  Lebala-Victoria Falls (BLD)
After a final game drive this morning, your journey takes you out of the bush and into Zambia and Victoria Falls. Your lodge borders the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and sits on a hill overlooking the bush, with the spray of the bush often visible in the distance. After settling in, a quiet boat trip on the mighty Zambezi gives you a chance to soak in the sunset.
Stanley Safari Lodge

Stanley Safari Lodge

Set on a hill bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and overlooking unspoilt bush, Stanley Safari Lodge is only 3km from the Victoria Falls. The views are splendid: the spray of the Falls in the distance, the mighty Zambezi river and on top of that yet another beautiful African sunset. From either our main garden, our infinity pool or from the privacy of your room, views are unmatched.

The open-sided Main House has been designed with space and views in mind and has a truly African feel. Enjoy sundowners in the African style lounge, a 3 course dinner in the dining room or spend some quiet time in the library or upper deck discovering the secrets of Africa.

Our private table set-up ensures you can enjoy your dinner from any place you desire. Just pick a spot: on our upper deck, in our wine cellar, outdoors under the stars or in our infinity pool? Or maybe you would like to have a romantic private dinner in the room? It's all possible at Stanley Safari Lodge. And our European-style cuisine with an African twist will make sure it will meet your appetite.

The atmosphere at Stanley Safari Lodge is tranquil and intimate, and with only 10 private cottages or suites we are able to give you an unmatched level of entirely personalized service.

Each and every cottage is individually designed. But what makes Stanley Safari Lodge really special is the open design of many of our rooms: the optimal way to experience the real Africa. Just like Stanley must have done centuries ago...And if you really want to indulge yourself, ask for one of our suites with private plunge pool.

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Day 9  Victoria Falls (BLD)
David Livingstone was in awe of Victoria Falls and you will be too once you set eyes on what could be the largest curtain of water in the world! After you've had time to visit the Falls, visit a local village where you'll experience the local way of life. Then it's back to the lodge for the night.
Stanley Safari Lodge

Stanley Safari Lodge

Set on a hill bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and overlooking unspoilt bush, Stanley Safari Lodge is only 3km from the Victoria Falls. The views are splendid: the spray of the Falls in the distance, the mighty Zambezi river and on top of that yet another beautiful African sunset. From either our main garden, our infinity pool or from the privacy of your room, views are unmatched.

The open-sided Main House has been designed with space and views in mind and has a truly African feel. Enjoy sundowners in the African style lounge, a 3 course dinner in the dining room or spend some quiet time in the library or upper deck discovering the secrets of Africa.

Our private table set-up ensures you can enjoy your dinner from any place you desire. Just pick a spot: on our upper deck, in our wine cellar, outdoors under the stars or in our infinity pool? Or maybe you would like to have a romantic private dinner in the room? It's all possible at Stanley Safari Lodge. And our European-style cuisine with an African twist will make sure it will meet your appetite.

The atmosphere at Stanley Safari Lodge is tranquil and intimate, and with only 10 private cottages or suites we are able to give you an unmatched level of entirely personalized service.

Each and every cottage is individually designed. But what makes Stanley Safari Lodge really special is the open design of many of our rooms: the optimal way to experience the real Africa. Just like Stanley must have done centuries ago...And if you really want to indulge yourself, ask for one of our suites with private plunge pool.

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Day 10  Victoria Falls-Depart (B)
Sadly, your journey comes to an end today as you transfer to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg where you connect to your flight home.

Land Only Per Person Prices in US Dollars
Departs every Daily on Request
  Per Person Sharing a Twin Bedded Room Per Person in a Single Bedded Room
01 DEC 12 - 15 JAN 13$4,995$5,095
16 JAN 13 - 23 MAR 13$5,095$5,795
All prices are based on a minimum of 2 people traveling together. We are happy to quote published airfare for this program. Holiday supplement of $65 per night per person applies for travel between December 22-January 5 and March 26-April 2.
Airfare Johannesburg-Maun; Livingstone-Johannesburg is not included in the Land Only Tour Price.
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