What a better way to experience 2 distinct and comparatively different areas of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and Okavango Delta:

Camp Kalahari which is adjacent to Makgadikgadi National Park, is the best way to experience Makgadikgadi and Kalahari and is home to annual zebra and wildebeest migration. 

Xakanaxa Camp located in Moremi which is rated as one of Africa’s finest game-viewing areas, offering sanctuary to abundant herds of elephant, sable, giraffe, tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala and waterbuck. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena complete the picture. 

 

THE SERENE MOONSCAPE OF THE MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS

THE PRISTINE WATERWAYS OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA

4 NIGHT / 5 DAYS PACKAGE RATE:

FROM ONLY USD 2 105.00 PER PERSON SHARING!

Camp Kalahari        Xakanaxa Camp

Rates Include: Four nights Accommodation (two nights at each camp), all meals, activities, drinks (except premium brands), park fees, charter flights (seat in plane basis, min. 2 passengers) Maun / CK / Xak / Maun or v.v.

(Laundry & emergency evacuation insurance at Xakanaxa.)

 Rates Exclude: International flights, personal  travel insurance, visas, gratuities.

(Laundry and evacuation insurance at Camp Kalahari.)

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Family Room At Banoka Bush Camp

The family suite at Banoka Bush Camp consists of two separate canvas tents on elevated platforms. Both rooms have separate entrances and their own bathrooms, with the children’s tent being a little smaller.

Since the camp’s opening, wildlife sightings have been excellent, including: pack of 14 African wild dogs with pups (a regular sight at the moment), herd of approximately 1 000 Cape buffalo, leopard chasing and catching a squirrel, pride of seven lion feeding on a young buffalo carcass, common waterbuck in camp, elephant and general game such as southern giraffe, red lechwe, spotted hyaena, common reedbuck and impala.

The camp also recently ran its first cultural village trip for enthusiastic guests.

 

Rhino Sightings In Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve

For four days around 16th August this year, Rhino tracks were found along the road at Jessie’s Pools near Xakanaxa Camp! Guests staying at Xakanaxa Camp said they had seen it as they flew into the camp the day before. This comes as very exciting news and shows that the Rhino release efforts are bearing fruit and the animals are spreading around the Okavango Delta area.

In 2001 the first four white Rhino were released into the Moremi Game Reserve with funding from Tusk Trust. A further 22 Rhino arrived as a result of a swap between South Africa and Botswana called ‘rhino-for-roan’. Unfortunately in 2003 the project suffered a setback when two rhino were killed by poachers. Within a week security was upgraded, the poachers were caught and three new rhino were released. Since then more than 23 calves were born in the reserve since 2001 and there have been no further losses. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks’ Anti-Poaching Unit has been providing security and monitoring the rhino on a daily basis, as well as recording GPS positions through a radio transmitter which is implanted in the horn of the animal.

Currently the focus of the project is to bring in more black rhino in order to form a healthy founder population in the Okavango Delta. The team hopes that the rhino will begin reproducing and expanding their range into parts of Botswana where they have not been seen in many years!

Rhino distribution is largely influenced by the availability of water, food and vegetational cover. During the rainy season they are often in areas which are difficult to reach, due to flooding. With more rhino sightings, game viewing should be very exciting in Xakanaxa!!

Xakanaxa Camp has special rates for SADC residents which are available upon request. 

  

Banoka Bush Camp Now Open

The much-anticipated opening of Banoka Bush Camp took place on 20th September, and was met with very positive feedback from guests that have already paid a visit. The site for Banoka is situated on the banks of the Khwai River, which forms a natural border between the Khwai wildlife reserve to the north and Moremi Game Reserve to the south.

Banoka, apart from being 100% solar powered, features a spacious main area overlooking a tranquil lagoon and 10 comfortable tents built along the tree line. Twice daily guided game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, explore the Khwai Concession, and adjoining Moremi Game Reserve. Ecologically, the area is very diverse; wildlife to be seen include elephant, hippo, roan, lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyaena, to name a few. Spectacular birding opportunities also abound, with some 450 species recorded. Other activities include seasonal boating and mekoro excursions, nature walks, catch-and-release fishing and a cultural experience. For more images please see: Banoka Bush Camp

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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Selected Top Luxury Accommodation

Botswana is undoubtedly a very beautiful country with a lot to offer to the tourist market. There are so many lodges to choose from. Whatever you are looking for, there is something for the discerning traveller.

People travel for various reasons. Some travel simply for the sake of travelling and mainly look for a place to rough it a bit, as long as they are guaranteed to see a lot of game! – after all that’s what they came for. While on the other hand, others look for exclusive luxury accommodation. To them, it doesn’t really matter if they see wildlife as long as the level of luxury comprises things like real beds, down pillows, pure cotton sheets, Persian rugs, bone-handled silver cutlery, damask table linen, private plunge pool, to name just a few. A bonus will be if the comfortable and tasteful spacious luxurious safari tents are tucked away amongst trees, each with a private terrace and veranda from which animals are viewed.

A good question might be ‘what does an upmarket lodge really mean?’ On a personal note, luxury accommodation should comprise the following:

 – yes, good location where there is amazing wildlife all year round

 – exclusive luxury accommodation

 – excellent service

 – value for money, there is no point in forking out a lot of money only to be disappointed with the results!

Below is a list that I have compiled on some of the most beautiful and fascinating lodges/camps in some of the most breathtaking, picturesque parts of Botswana. There are still so many lodges to mention but, for now, these will do. Please note that they are not arranged in order of preference.

CHOBE GAME LODGE

Situated within the Chobe National Park, in the extreme northeast of the park commonly known as Chobe River Front. The only lodge situated within the Chobe National park. Lodge in an area home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. Accommodates up to 94 people. 47 river-facing rooms, air conditioned with overhead fans, en-suite bathrooms. 4 river view suites, each with own plunge pool and lounge area. All rooms have complimentary stocked mini bars and tea and coffee making facilities. Large swimming pool with terrace. In-house beautician. Gym. Morning/afternoon game drives. Boat cruises. Fishing. Golf Course in close proximity to the lodge. Victoria Falls 1.5hrs drive away from the Lodge.

JACK’S CAMP

Located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Area has the elusive and rare brown hyaena. Spacious and stylish canvas tents. 10 tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring indoor and outdoor showers. Mess Tent with Natural History Museum, Library, antique pool table. Plunge pool and a larger swimming pool housed in a beautiful tent. Walk with a gang of habituated, yet wild meerkats. Walk with Bushmen Trackers for a cultural experience. Morning/afternoon game drives. A visit to Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of Livingstone & Selous: one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa.Quad biking across the pans. In summer, experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest  – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.

 KALAHARI PLAINS CAMP

 Situated in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Located in the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. The area is well known for the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the world’s best cheetah viewing. Offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Unique topography. 10 en-suite canvas units with a sleep-out above each. Private en-suite facilities.100% solar powered. Swimming pool. Game drives. Interpretive Bushman walks. Visits to Deception Valley or even further afield for more game viewing opportunities.

 KHWAI RIVER LODGE

 Overlooks the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.  Predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. Spa body treatments on offer. 14 super luxury tents set on raised deck, with en-suite facilities. Each tent air-conditioned with ceiling fan, mini bar, private viewing deck. One of the tents is a private suite with private plunge pool, private guide and game drive vehicle. Large swimming pool, with deck. Small gym. Morning and afternoon game drives. Guided walks. Optional cultural tour of local village.

 KING’S POOL CAMP

 The camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon and the Linyanti River to the north. Area famed for its large herds of elephant. 9 well-appointed tented rooms with thatched roof bathrooms. Plunge pool and sala in each unit. Each en-suite bathroom is tiled with separate toilet, double vanity and basin, shower – and an outside shower.Lounge, dining room and pub areas. Communal Pool.Day and night game drives. Game walks. Seasonal boat cruises. Game viewing hides.

 MOMBO CAMP

 Situated on Mombo Island, adjoining the northern tip of Chief’s Island, within the Moremi Game Reserve. It is one of the camps in Botswana that lives up to its ‘six paw’ status again and again. The game and birdlife is prolific all year round. Large concentrations of plains game occur in front of the camp. Resident massage therapist available. 9 luxuriously furnished tents, raised off the ground. Well appointed canvas rooms with en-suite facilities, additional outdoor shower. Plunge pool.Morning and afternoon game drives.

 NITANI PRIVATE GAME LODGE

 In the northern reaches of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, on the banks of the Majali River. Meals prepared in open view for individualised menus.
Special wedding sites. Permanent water holes where one can watch animals from comfort of their room. 5 luxury suites. Private en-suite facilities with private plunge pool. Wellness Centre. Fully stocked safari boutique. Game drives. Astronomy. Bush dinner. Bush walk. Private dinner or lunch.

 VUMBURA PLAINS CAMP

Vumbura concession north of Mombo, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. One of the few areas in the Delta where one can spot the rare Red Lechwe and Sable Antelope on same game drive. Resident massage therapist available. 2 x 14 bedded satellite camps linked by raised walkways. Each camp has its own dining and bar area. Each suite has spacious bedroom with en-suite facilities, shower, flush toilet and outside shower. Each suite has its own plunge pool and sala. Day and night game drives. Nature walks. Mokoro trips. Boat excursions. Great birding opportunities.

 

RE-OPENING SPECIAL OFFER!

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Sanctuary Chief’s Camp will re-open on 21 April 2010 after an extensive upgrade and extension of the camp’s main lounge and dining area. 

The lounge and dining area decking was extended and decorated with new furniture and covered by a new thatch roof. The boma area offers incredible views over the flood plain, perfect for evening dining and barbeque nights. In addition to this, the bar area and gift shop area have also been refurbished and extended.

The Okavango Delta flood waters have already reached Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offering guests the opportunity to experience the hugely popular mokoro excursion activity in the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta…

In celebration of this the lodge is offering an exclusive special offer saving of $1840.00 per couple!

STAY 4 NIGHTS AND ONLY PAY FOR 3!!

Stay a minimum of 4 nights at the newly upgraded Sanctuary Chief’s Camp,

 in the exclusive Mombo Concession and only pay for 3 nights!!

 Valid for travel between: 1 May 2010 – 30 June 2010.