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8 Days Adventurous Gourmet Holidays in Botswana

8 Days Adventurous Gourmet Holidays in Botswana

  • Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Botswana Delta Safari and Gourmet Vacations

This remarkable adventure includes three superb lodges set in three exceptional locations, allowing you to explore the best of Botswanas wild attractions. You will try delicious local food and will have an opportunity to interact with the chef. The lodges are handpicked for their superb settings, friendly staff, and authentic safari ambience. Glide silently along papyrus-lined waterways in a traditional canoe, cruising past elegant African jacana as they hunt among the water lilies. Then, explore the deeper channels by motorboat, slipping past huffing hippos and primeval crocodiles on sand banks.

Highlights

  • Delicious local dishes
  • Interacting with the chef while hes cooking
  • Mokoro (traditional canoes) and motor boat excursions
  • Night drives with a rare opportunity to spot nocturnal creatures
  • Delightful folk entertainment prepared by the staff
  • 3 superb lodges in the exceptional locations
  • Game drives with guided nature walks
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During this vacation, you will be placed in the most luxurious lodges of Savuti. Please find the description of them below.

Nxabega Okavango Lodge

Remote and luxurious, Nxabegas nine safari-style tents are raised on timber platforms overlooking the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta. Spacious and inviting, your tent features an en suite shower and tranquil dcor. The main lodge overlooks the floodplains from its expansive viewing decks and sparkling pool.

Savute Under Canvas

Savute Under Canvas is home to just six guest tents. The camp relocates every few days, providing a truly authentic and richly rewarding African experience. A huge wildlife experience waits at this classic tented camp, set in the legendary Savute region of Botswanas Chobe National Park.

Xudum Delta Lodge

Xudum features nine sophisticated suites with rooftop decks, private plunge pools and breathtaking views. The lodge is situated in a private concession area, allowing you to explore on both day and night game drives. Offering uncompromised style and sophistication, Xudum is an award-winning, family-friendly waterside lodge in the heart of Botswanas Okavango Delta.

Days 1 and 2 - Your adventure begins!

Arrive at Maun Airport - reputedly the busiest little airport in Africa - and board a light aircraft transfer to Nxabega Okavango, an exclusive camp nestling under a canopy of mature ebony trees

Explore the land, home to elephant, leopard, and antelope, on game drives and guided nature walks

Discover the waters on both mokoro (traditional canoes) and motor boat excursions. You will float dreamily along papyrus-lined waterways, encountering the rich diversity of birdlife, serenaded by fish eagles and caresses by water lilies

You will be taken by motor boat to the deeper channels, past harrumphing hippo in the peaceful lagoons, finding the perfect place to salute the close of day with refreshing sundowners

Days 3 and 4 - Thrilling night drives

A light aircraft transfer whisks you away from Nxabega to Xudum Delta Lodge in the south-eastern Okavango

Go on a gently guided cruise, experiencing the waterways at eye-level in a traditional canoe

Pass stony-faced saddle-billed storks and perhaps catch a glimpse of the rare, semi-aquatic red lechwe antelope

See the sparkles of the gorgeous kingfishers as they hover above the water, diving suddenly to snatch small fishes in their powerful beaks. If you keep a sharp look-out, you may even spot an elusive Cape clawless otter

You will be invited to interact with the chef as he prepares a delicious Xudums dinner

After that, you will enjoy the delightful folk entertainment provided by the staff

Spot nocturnal creatures during the night drives. Enjoy the sounds of the night - the deep cough of a roaming lion, the sullen snorts of dozing buffalo, and the mad cackle of hyena. Expect to encounter a rich variety of species, from busy porcupine to lithe-bodied civets and stripy genets

Days 5 to 7 - Intimate encounters in Savuti

Leave the jewel of the Kalahari behind for the rugged plains of a wild and remote corner of the Chobe National Park. You will be taken by an air transfer

You will encounter the Big 5, plenty of predators on the drives twice a day

After a thrilling day on the savannah, you will return to the simple comfort of a mobile camp - a steaming hot shower and delectable dinner served by your private butler

Beneath the vast, inky arch of star-studded sky, you gather with your fellow adventurers around a crackling campfire to listen to the nocturnal symphony of the Savuti

Day 8

Transfer to Maun Airport for your onward flight home, reflecting on the time youve spent in Botswanas wild paradise - the scent of wild basil, the warm-hearted people, the call of the fish eagle, and the thrill of watching lions hunt

Carry home a treasure of memories and photographs, newfound friends, and insights gained into both this unspoiled wilderness and your own untamed heart

Game-viewing drives and guided nature walks 2 times a day

Excursion to the Savuti Channel

Night drives

The gently guided cruise

Visit to the Chobe National Park

Famous as the stage upon which lion prides compete with hyena clans for food and territory, Savuti has long been the destination of choice for safari aficionados. A remote area of the Chobe National Park has earned its international reputation of dramatic game viewing thanks to its open landscapes, abundant wildlife, and the full cast of predators. Usually accessed by air, Savuti nicely complements Botswanas other iconic destinations - the Chobe River and sprawling Okavango Delta wetlands. Its open woodlands provide habitat for large antelope and buffalo herds, preyed on by big cats and wild dogs, while permanent waterholes ensure elephants remain in Savuti all year.

But its the clear waters of the Savuti Channel, now flowing after nearly 30 years that make the Savuti safari so rewarding. Its banks crowded with animals and birds, the river winds its way south from the Linyanti Swamps to flood the famous Savuti Marsh - a landscape of ghostly dead trees and now teeming with wildlife. Lying in ambush at water sources, Savutis lions are notorious for their ability to pull down Africas biggest mammals - buffalo, giraffe, and even elephants.

Fly to the haunting grasslands of the Savuti - the rugged wilderness renowned for its dense herds of plains game and feuding lion prides. Each November, a migration spectacle unfolds as vast herds of zebra move south from the permanent waters of the Linyanti to foal in the Savuti ahead of the summer rains (December to March). The herds thrive here, feasting on tender grass shoots and raising stout foals ahead of the return journey to the Lynyanti in autumn. This abundance of browsers provides a banquet for predators.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport departure taxes at Maun and Kasane Airports (subject to change)
  • All excursions and rides described in the itinerary
  • All inter-camp flights
  • All food during the trip
  • Meeting and greeting at Maun Airport on arrival
  • Park fees at Savute Under Canvas
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities

Arrival by airplane

The most convenient airport to arrive at is Maun Airport (MUB). In this airport, there are regular flights from Johannesburg and Windhoek (via Victoria Falls) with the easy access to the Okavango Deltas gateway airport. Youll be transferred to a light charter aircraft for your flight to the Delta.