Trip To Kwando Lebala Camp, Nxai Pan & Okavango Delta Safari

10 Day Trip
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Per Day Budget $ 743
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$$$$ $750+
  • Visit Kwando Lebala Camp and discover Linyanti Swamps, west of Chobe National Park.
  • Experience Okavango Delta and enjoy an array of safari activities- game drives, game walks, mokoro excursions, boating, birding in the Godikwe heronry.
  • Explore Nxai Pan and its iconic natural beauty, part of the awe-inspiring Makgadikgadi pans area of the Kalahari Desert.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival in Maun

    On arrival in Maun, you clear immigration and customs and are met by our representative who will take you to the charter flight from Maun Airport to Kwando Lagoon or Lebala.

    Accommodation: Kwando Lebala Camp

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 02 & 03 : Kwando Lebala Camp

    Botswana is one of Africa's last pristine lands and offers its visitors beautiful scenery and prolific big game in equal measure. Most people know of the Okavango Delta, yet Botswana conjures up so many memorable images for those lucky enough to visit - the shimmering heat rising from the vast white salt pans of the Makgadikgadi pans; the flight of a fish eagle as it glides over the waterways of the delta; the majestic baobab trees rising out of the Kalahari grasslands; or the elephant family coming down to the Chobe River to drink as dusk falls. An enlightened program of conservation in this stable country has meant that vast areas, one sixth of the country, remain a sanctuary for magnificent herds of game.

    The Linyanti Swamps lie to the west of Chobe National Park, wilder than Chobe and also known for the large elephant herds. Huge African ebony and marula trees, favourite food for elephant, shade the rivers. This is big game country, with predators such as lion, cheetah, wild dog and hyena regularly sighted, as well as herds of impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, sable, roan, waterbuck and buffalo. The landscape is characterized by grassland vistas dotted with palm forest islands - all very picturesque and open. The three good private concessions here - Kwando, Selinda and Linyanti - offer a seasonal home to game migrating from the grasslands to the south, with the permanent water of the Linyanti/Kwando River drawing the animals during the dry season.

    Please note that it is Kwando Safaris policy to have open 4x4 game drive vehicle (winter and summer) as it enhances the game viewing experience.

    Lebala means 'wide open spaces' in Setswana and the scenery around the camp is dominated by vast plains scattered with Ilala palms backed by wooded savanna. The endless vistas and the excellent game-viewing here make Lebala one of the finest wilderness camps in Africa.

    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. The lions of Kwando are famous for their elephant, hippo and buffalo kills.

    The eight spacious tents are on a raised teak deck, laid out with maximum comfort and privacy in mind. The tents have an entrance foyer with a reading and writing area, en-suite bathrooms with Victorian ball and claw bathtubs, and double vanity. The bathrooms lead out to a reed enclosed open-air shower with hot and cold running water.

    Activities include bush walks and day and night drives. After dark, spotlights are switched on and the game drives focus on 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 the Natal nightjar, pennant-winged nightjar and a large variety of owls.

    Accommodation: Kwando Lebala Camp

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 04 to 06 : Kwando Kwara Camp

    After a final early morning game activity and breakfast you have a scheduled charter flight from Kwando Lebala or Lagoon Camp to your Okavango lodge.

    The Okavango Delta is exceedingly beautiful. A jewel in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis - an isolated, lush green paradise with some of the richest wildlife in the world. The maze of waterways, lagoons, vast grassy plains and palm-fringed and wooded islands is home to crocodile, hippo, elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wild dog, rare antelope and around 400 bird species. But wildlife is just one of many elements that combine to make the Delta a treasure house. It is the brooding quietness of the waterways, the plaintiff cry of the African fish eagle, the Malachite kingfisher reflected in the translucent waters, the scent of the water lilies and the Okavango's glorious sunsets, which will stay with you forever.

    The Okavango Delta is ever changing. Its source lies in the highlands of Angola, an extremely wet region known as the Benguela plateau. From here the Cubango River flows south, away from the sea, gathering ever more water until it reaches Botswana, where it is known as the Okavango. Here it forms a vast, fan-shaped, astonishingly luxuriant wilderness of flood plain and forest, stream and lagoon, with the occasional large expanse of open water - the ideal breeding ground for an incredible diversity of wildlife. With the influx of the annual flood, the delta's water levels rise steadily from May onwards, reaching further and further into the Kalahari

    Kwando Kwara Camp lies in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta within the private Kwara concession. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 1,750 square kilometers and lies on the edge of the permanent water of the Okavango Delta and backed by grasslands. The Kwara concession encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from clear delta waters with reed-lined lagoons and channels, to open grasslands, Mopane woodlands and palm-fringed islands.

    Kwando Kwara Camp has a true safari feel - relaxed and comfortably rustic. The central areas comprise a raised lounge and bar constructed around existing trees. There's an honesty bar so that you can help yourself to drinks whenever you want to. There's a dining room under thatch and outside canvas chairs surround a firepit which provides a convivial place for campfire drinks before and after dinner at Kwando Kwara Camp. To the side is a small plunge pool and pool deck with sun loungers as well as an interpretative center.

    The eight safari-style tents at Kwando Kwara Camp are built on raised teak decks, overlooking a vast floodplain within a grove of huge African Ebony trees. Each tent at Kwando Kwara Camp has its own viewing deck, private en suite facilities including hot and cold running showers and flush toilets. The honeymoon suite at Kwando Kwara Camp has its own special bathroom with antique ball & claw bath. Resident hippos provide a welcoming chorus from the floodplain in front of the camp.

    Guests at Kwando Kwara Camp can enjoy a diverse wildlife experience all year round, but with a focus on water activities given the close proximity to the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. Glide silently through crystal-clear waterways in a mokoro, enjoy bird watching, fishing, or walking on one of the many palm-fringed islands, head out on a spectacular safari night drive - the choices are endless. The Kwara concession is also home to lechwe, sitatunga, reedbuck, bushbuck, hippo, crocodiles, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and tsessebe. Lion, hyaena, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are regularly seen in this part of the Okavango Delta.

    Among the waterways there is an amazing number and variety of bird species, kingfishers, pygmy geese, fish eagles and the elusive Pel's fishing owl. Kwando Kwara Camp is one of the closest camps to the famous Godikwe lagoon where you will be surrounding by thousands of herons, storks and other nesting birds - stunning for keen photographers though the smell is somewhat strong until you get used to it.

    Accommodation: Kwando Kwara Camp

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 07 to 09 : Kwando Nxai Pan Camp

    After a final early morning game activity and breakfast you have a scheduled charter flight from your Delta lodge in the Okavango Delta to Nxai Camp.

    Nxai Pan camp lies in the heart of Nxai Pan just north of the more famous Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. The Nxai Pan itself is a fossil lake bed about 40 square kilometers in size. During the rains from November to April the pans become covered in nutritious grasses. Nxai pan is known for its huge springbok population and once the rains begin, gemsbok, elephant and zebras migrate to the region. Thousands of zebras come to drop their young at Nxai Pan. Extraordinarily large herds of giraffes - up to 30 in a group. These large herds of zebras, springbok, and wildebeest attract many predators - lion, cheetah, jackal and both spotted and the elusive brown hyena, as well as wild dog and the secretive leopard. There are also large numbers of bat-eared foxes and raptors. Once the rains have started the birdlife in the area is also excellent.   Thus Nxai Pan is unusual in Botswana in that the best time for game-viewing here is actually during and just after the summer rains from November onwards.

    Accommodation: Kwando Nxai Pan Camp

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Day 10 : Departure from Maun

    After a final early morning game activity and breakfast, you have a scheduled charter flight from your Kalahari camp back to Maun airport  for your departing flight.

    Meals: Meals Not Included

  • Duration
    10 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Wildlife
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    No
  • Comfort
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  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Jul to Oct $ 9,171 $ 917 per day
    High Season Apr to Jun $ 7,312 $ 731 per day
    High Season Nov to Nov $ 7,312 $ 731 per day
    Low Season Dec to Mar $ 5,688 $ 569 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Accommodation on double/twin sharing basis at hotels mentioned or in similar category.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B -Breakfast, L –Lunch, PL – Picnic Lunch & D -Dinner).
  • Services of air-conditioned vehicle for airport transfers & sightseeing and tour
  • Services of English-speaking local guide
  • Services of an expert wildlife guide during safaris/game drives.
  • Inclusive of all entrances as discussed in the proposal
  • Inclusive of government bed levies and VAT
Cost Excludes
  • Domestic and International flights – happy to recommend specific flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the meal basis
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Items of a personal nature, gratuities, curios
  • All services, meals & drinks not specified above
  • Surcharge for early/late pickups for road transfers between 21:00 and 06:00 (unless flight arrival/departure times are given at time of quotation)
  • Tipping at hotels/lodges, restaurants, porters, safaris guide/drivers, local guides
Day 01 : Arrival in Maun

On arrival in Maun, you clear immigration and customs and are met by our representative who will take you to the charter flight from Maun Airport to Kwando Lagoon or Lebala.

Accommodation: Kwando Lebala Camp

All Meals Included

Day 02 & 03 : Kwando Lebala Camp

Botswana is one of Africa's last pristine lands and offers its visitors beautiful scenery and prolific big game in equal measure. Most people know of the Okavango Delta, yet Botswana conjures up so many memorable images for those lucky enough to visit - the shimmering heat rising from the vast white salt pans of the Makgadikgadi pans; the flight of a fish eagle as it glides over the waterways of the delta; the majestic baobab trees rising out of the Kalahari grasslands; or the elephant family coming down to the Chobe River to drink as dusk falls. An enlightened program of conservation in this stable country has meant that vast areas, one sixth of the country, remain a sanctuary for magnificent herds of game.

The Linyanti Swamps lie to the west of Chobe National Park, wilder than Chobe and also known for the large elephant herds. Huge African ebony and marula trees, favourite food for elephant, shade the rivers. This is big game country, with predators such as lion, cheetah, wild dog and hyena regularly sighted, as well as herds of impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, sable, roan, waterbuck and buffalo. The landscape is characterized by grassland vistas dotted with palm forest islands - all very picturesque and open. The three good private concessions here - Kwando, Selinda and Linyanti - offer a seasonal home to game migrating from the grasslands to the south, with the permanent water of the Linyanti/Kwando River drawing the animals during the dry season.

Please note that it is Kwando Safaris policy to have open 4x4 game drive vehicle (winter and summer) as it enhances the game viewing experience.

Lebala means 'wide open spaces' in Setswana and the scenery around the camp is dominated by vast plains scattered with Ilala palms backed by wooded savanna. The endless vistas and the excellent game-viewing here make Lebala one of the finest wilderness camps in Africa.

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. The lions of Kwando are famous for their elephant, hippo and buffalo kills.

The eight spacious tents are on a raised teak deck, laid out with maximum comfort and privacy in mind. The tents have an entrance foyer with a reading and writing area, en-suite bathrooms with Victorian ball and claw bathtubs, and double vanity. The bathrooms lead out to a reed enclosed open-air shower with hot and cold running water.

Activities include bush walks and day and night drives. After dark, spotlights are switched on and the game drives focus on 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 the Natal nightjar, pennant-winged nightjar and a large variety of owls.

Accommodation: Kwando Lebala Camp

All Meals Included

 

Day 04 to 06 : Kwando Kwara Camp

After a final early morning game activity and breakfast you have a scheduled charter flight from Kwando Lebala or Lagoon Camp to your Okavango lodge.

The Okavango Delta is exceedingly beautiful. A jewel in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis - an isolated, lush green paradise with some of the richest wildlife in the world. The maze of waterways, lagoons, vast grassy plains and palm-fringed and wooded islands is home to crocodile, hippo, elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wild dog, rare antelope and around 400 bird species. But wildlife is just one of many elements that combine to make the Delta a treasure house. It is the brooding quietness of the waterways, the plaintiff cry of the African fish eagle, the Malachite kingfisher reflected in the translucent waters, the scent of the water lilies and the Okavango's glorious sunsets, which will stay with you forever.

The Okavango Delta is ever changing. Its source lies in the highlands of Angola, an extremely wet region known as the Benguela plateau. From here the Cubango River flows south, away from the sea, gathering ever more water until it reaches Botswana, where it is known as the Okavango. Here it forms a vast, fan-shaped, astonishingly luxuriant wilderness of flood plain and forest, stream and lagoon, with the occasional large expanse of open water - the ideal breeding ground for an incredible diversity of wildlife. With the influx of the annual flood, the delta's water levels rise steadily from May onwards, reaching further and further into the Kalahari

Kwando Kwara Camp lies in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta within the private Kwara concession. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 1,750 square kilometers and lies on the edge of the permanent water of the Okavango Delta and backed by grasslands. The Kwara concession encompasses a wide diversity of habitats, ranging from clear delta waters with reed-lined lagoons and channels, to open grasslands, Mopane woodlands and palm-fringed islands.

Kwando Kwara Camp has a true safari feel - relaxed and comfortably rustic. The central areas comprise a raised lounge and bar constructed around existing trees. There's an honesty bar so that you can help yourself to drinks whenever you want to. There's a dining room under thatch and outside canvas chairs surround a firepit which provides a convivial place for campfire drinks before and after dinner at Kwando Kwara Camp. To the side is a small plunge pool and pool deck with sun loungers as well as an interpretative center.

The eight safari-style tents at Kwando Kwara Camp are built on raised teak decks, overlooking a vast floodplain within a grove of huge African Ebony trees. Each tent at Kwando Kwara Camp has its own viewing deck, private en suite facilities including hot and cold running showers and flush toilets. The honeymoon suite at Kwando Kwara Camp has its own special bathroom with antique ball & claw bath. Resident hippos provide a welcoming chorus from the floodplain in front of the camp.

Guests at Kwando Kwara Camp can enjoy a diverse wildlife experience all year round, but with a focus on water activities given the close proximity to the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. Glide silently through crystal-clear waterways in a mokoro, enjoy bird watching, fishing, or walking on one of the many palm-fringed islands, head out on a spectacular safari night drive - the choices are endless. The Kwara concession is also home to lechwe, sitatunga, reedbuck, bushbuck, hippo, crocodiles, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and tsessebe. Lion, hyaena, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are regularly seen in this part of the Okavango Delta.

Among the waterways there is an amazing number and variety of bird species, kingfishers, pygmy geese, fish eagles and the elusive Pel's fishing owl. Kwando Kwara Camp is one of the closest camps to the famous Godikwe lagoon where you will be surrounding by thousands of herons, storks and other nesting birds - stunning for keen photographers though the smell is somewhat strong until you get used to it.

Accommodation: Kwando Kwara Camp

All Meals Included

Day 07 to 09 : Kwando Nxai Pan Camp

After a final early morning game activity and breakfast you have a scheduled charter flight from your Delta lodge in the Okavango Delta to Nxai Camp.

Nxai Pan camp lies in the heart of Nxai Pan just north of the more famous Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. The Nxai Pan itself is a fossil lake bed about 40 square kilometers in size. During the rains from November to April the pans become covered in nutritious grasses. Nxai pan is known for its huge springbok population and once the rains begin, gemsbok, elephant and zebras migrate to the region. Thousands of zebras come to drop their young at Nxai Pan. Extraordinarily large herds of giraffes - up to 30 in a group. These large herds of zebras, springbok, and wildebeest attract many predators - lion, cheetah, jackal and both spotted and the elusive brown hyena, as well as wild dog and the secretive leopard. There are also large numbers of bat-eared foxes and raptors. Once the rains have started the birdlife in the area is also excellent.   Thus Nxai Pan is unusual in Botswana in that the best time for game-viewing here is actually during and just after the summer rains from November onwards.

Accommodation: Kwando Nxai Pan Camp

All Meals Included

Day 10 : Departure from Maun

After a final early morning game activity and breakfast, you have a scheduled charter flight from your Kalahari camp back to Maun airport  for your departing flight.

Meals not included

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jul to Oct $ 9,171 $ 917 per day
High Season Apr to Jun $ 7,312 $ 731 per day
High Season Nov to Nov $ 7,312 $ 731 per day
Low Season Dec to Mar$ 5,688 $ 569 per day
Cost Includes
  • Accommodation on double/twin sharing basis at hotels mentioned or in similar category.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B -Breakfast, L –Lunch, PL – Picnic Lunch & D -Dinner).
  • Services of air-conditioned vehicle for airport transfers & sightseeing and tour
  • Services of English-speaking local guide
  • Services of an expert wildlife guide during safaris/game drives.
  • Inclusive of all entrances as discussed in the proposal
  • Inclusive of government bed levies and VAT
Cost Excludes
  • Domestic and International flights – happy to recommend specific flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the meal basis
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Items of a personal nature, gratuities, curios
  • All services, meals & drinks not specified above
  • Surcharge for early/late pickups for road transfers between 21:00 and 06:00 (unless flight arrival/departure times are given at time of quotation)
  • Tipping at hotels/lodges, restaurants, porters, safaris guide/drivers, local guides
Climate

Winter May-August when dry and cool.
Summer  September-April with rains December-March but average only 400mm per annum. Vegetation: Rivers, riverine forest, Kalahari thorn bush.
Wildlife: Giraffe, hippo, zebra, crocodile and many antelope species.

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