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The Elephant Trail Experience

Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Linyanti

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This example itinerary

from £7,650 $9,805 pp

10 days

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Highlights

  • Follow the route of the elephant trails that make their way up from the dry Kalahari all the way to the lush Linyanti, as the elephants migrate to search for water
  • Spend time with the San Bushmen who know the Kalahari better than anyone
  • Explore tranquil waterways of the Okavango by boat and mokoro canoe
  • Enjoy the untamed wilderness of the Linyanti, best known for its high concentrations of elephant
  • This fantastic combination highlights Botswana’s contrasting landscapes

This example itinerary

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10 days

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What’s Included

  • 9 nights fully inclusive 
  • Safari Activities: game drives, night drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, fishing 
  • Mokoro canoe excursion
  • International Economy class flights
  • All domestic transfers and flights

Example Itinerary

Day 1-4

THE KALAHARI, Botswana

  • Discover the kings of the Kalahari, the legendary Kalahari black-maned lions
  • Spend the night on the sleep-out deck and fall asleep under star-studded skies

Each year, elephants migrate across the Kalahari desert – and the landscape is the perfect contrast to the better known wilderness areas in the north. The views sweeping out over an immense pan are quite extraordinary.

Your elephant trail experience begins in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve at Kalahari Plains Camp, which will be your home for the next three nights. This is the land of San Bushmen, and although it’s a desert, is home to a surprising variety of wildlife. From the Kalahari black-maned lions to the more unusual aardvolf, honey badgers and brown hyena, there is so much to be seen. Aside from discovering new species, much can be learned from the San Bushmen who can provide insight into their unique culture. Although you may find a few lonesome bull elephants here, the herds will be moving across these lands and continuing their journey further north in search of water.

Day 4-7

OKAVANGO DELTA, Botswana

Tubu Tree
  • Enjoy spectacular game viewing on land and tranquil adventures on water
  • The location of this camp on Hunda Island offers guests the most diverse game viewing in the Jao Concession

The Okavango and its many waterways offer a complete oasis to elephants. Guests can glide through the channels of the delta by mokoro or boat for a different kind of safari experience.

From the Kalahari, the elephants make their way up to the Okavango Delta, where water is readily available following the flooding of the delta which arrives into Botswana in the dry season. You will spend your three nights here at Tubu Tree Camp, located on Hunda Island in the 60,000 hectare Jao Concession. The island offers the most diverse game viewing in the concession and wildlife can be spotted on game drives, boat safaris, or whilst gliding between lily pads on mokoro canoes – and is likely to include the magnificent elephants themselves.

Day 7-10

THE LINYANTI, Botswana

Savuti Camp
  • This is true elephant country – there is no where better to see these gentle giants in Botswana
  • The land based safaris in the Linyanti are on par with its better known neighbour, the Okavango Delta

Sitting north of the Okavango Delta, the Linyanti is one of the finest safari areas in Africa, renowned for huge herds of elephant and intense predator action.

Our elephant trail ends at Savuti Camp, situated in the private Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel. A natural phenomenon occurs here, where the waters of the Savute either flow strongly (attracting thirsty animals) or recede to leave behind a rich grassland where plains game and therefore predators thrive. This creates fantastic game viewing opportunities, particularly in the dry season when there are regular sightings to be had at the camp’s watering hole – a favourite spot for their elephant herd!

The Pitchers

We had the most amazing time! John Barclay and his team were very special and the mobile safari exclusive and superb. Moremi was very quiet with few other tourists – no more than a dozen other vehicles seen in four days. Macatoo was also excellent with good riding and game. We were so grateful for the help that you offered when our BA flights went wrong. Many thanks again for the superb service and recommendations which made for a great holiday.

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