Wilderness Safaris

November – March: Season of Life

Sweltering summer has arrived in Botswana…and along with it comes low season. Not only are there some incredible deals on offer, summer also offers its own unique perks.

the famous black maned lion

the famous black maned lion

Crimson-breasted Shrike

Crimson-breasted Shrike

the unique honey badger

the unique honey badger

• Rates are 30% lower, providing a more affordable period to experience Botswana, its wildlife and outstanding wilderness reserves.

• In summer, Botswana becomes a productive paradise interspersed with vibrant floral displays and a kaleidoscope of colours. To experience the summer highlights is to experience a special time in southern Africa.

• There’s an explosion of new life: many species give birth to their young and areas like the Central Kalahari are at their wildlife viewing peak.

• Predator sightings are frequent as they take full advantage of the abundance of inexperienced younger prey.

• Best season for birding. Several bird species display their splendid breeding plumage and many migratory species are present.

• Receding water levels in the Okavango Delta reveal more open areas, ideal conditions for seeing the grazing game species.

• In the Okavango Delta, receding floodwaters mean that it is also possible to explore the islands and plains either on foot or in a safari vehicle.

• The now-flowing Savute Channel affords year-round game viewing opportunities in the Linyanti.

• Summer mornings are exceptional. The temperature is perfect for warm pre-dawn starts to the day, happy in the knowledge that, like the animals, you can doze off in the hotter midday.

• More personal experience on offer because of fewer travellers.

• The Kalahari offers some of the best cheetah viewing in southern Africa, often with cubs at this time, and is famous for its immense black-maned male lions and their prides of females.

Children of all ages welcome…

Jacana Camp

Just a reminder that both Jacana and Seba camps welcome children of all ages and are ready to share the delights of the Okavango with family travelers.
Herewith an excerpt from the Seba family programme: “One of the biggest dilemmas facing families who want to go on safari is judging the best age to bring their children. If they are too young, you risk them not appreciating the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in this fascinating world. In addition, trying to keep their attention might simultaneously detract from the parents’ and other guests’ experience. But wait too long and you could miss that magical expression of wonderment when a child sees their first elephant in the wild. In an age where wilderness areas and the multitude of wildlife that inhabits them are constantly at threat, we believe that the next generation holds the key to environmental conservation in the future. Consequently, unlike many camps, we do not have a minimum age restriction for our younger guests (nor do we have a maximum either!).”
Fantastic news indeed – and an opportunity to experience the magic of the Okavango Delta in the company of your children – a family holiday of a lifetime!!!

Seba Camp

Wilderness Safaris in colaboration with Gunotsoga Village:

Guests are now able to take part in a village tour from Vumbura Plains, Little Vumbura or Duba Plains, travelling by helicopter on a 15-minute scenic flight each way. Gunotsoga is a small community village and has a population of about 750 people. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Okavango Community Trust (OCT) and is one of the five villages from which Wilderness Safaris leases the Kwedi Concession, on which the Vumbura camps are situated.

The economic base of the village is subsistence farming and fishing, and the village has also started a Community Development Fund whereby 20% of the money generated from these tours will be invested in community projects. The tour will include many facets including being met by the chief, seeing the primary school and local clinic and visiting the local ironmonger and see how various implements are forged. The approximate 3-hour trip is sure to enhance guests’ understanding of local Setswana life and culture.

Vumbura Plains Camp

Vumbura Plains camp

Kalahari Plains Camp – Response to Continued Allegations of Wilderness Safaris’ involvement in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) by controversial NGO Survival International.
In response to press releases and postings in the social media space containing allegations regarding Wilderness Safaris presence in the northern Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Wilderness Safaris has prepared a briefing that addresses the concerns and allegations made. To view this briefing, please refer to the press release posted on the website here.
This is what Wildreness Safaris has to say about these allegations: “There is nothing untoward about our involvement at Kalahari Plains. Survival International seeks only to apply pressure on the tourism industry in order to exert pressure on the Botswana Government. The involvement of this organization has ironically been the single biggest obstacle to progress in the CKGR.”
Images of this newly built Kalahari Plains Camp in Central Kalahari Game Reserve:

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Offer Open To Southern African Residents:

3 nights Maun – Okavango – Maun package, From P 7,000.00 per person sharing

3 nights Maun – Linyanti – Maun package, From P 7,750.00 per person sharing

Fully inclusive of scheduled light aircraft transfers from Maun / Camp / Maun, all meals, selected beverages including game viewing activities.

On the 29th of April 2010 I sent a post to remind everyone of the Wilderness Safaris special offer that was valid until the 15th of May 2010.

Good news to the safari enthusiasts is that the special offer has now been extended to 15 July 2010! This is some good news looking at the fact that guests will be able to make use of the offer to travel at a time when there is great game viewing opportunities and the temperatures are a bit cooler. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity  to visit some of the best lodges at reasonable prices open to the Southern African market.

Wilderness Safaris is a specialist in luxury ecotourism based Safaris and Lodges and visiting o ne OR  some of their lodges located in Botswana at these remarkably reduced rates is a bonus.

The given rates apply to a three night stay in one of the following Classic Camps: Chitabe, Chitabe Lediba, Jacana, Tubu Tree, Seba, Kwetsani, Little Vumbura, Xigera, DumaTau, Savuti and Selinda. A surcharge will apply for bookings at these Premier camps: Vumbura Plains, Zarafa and Jao.


Offer open to Southern African Residents!

Valid Until 15 May 2010

3 nights Maun – Okavango – Maun package, From P 7,000.00 per person sharing

3 nights Maun – Linyanti – Maun package, From P 7,750.00 per person sharing

Fully inclusive of scheduled light aircraft transfers from Maun / Camp / Maun, all meals, selected beverages including game viewing activities.


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