Example Trip Itinerary
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
On arrival at Johannesburg airport you will be met airside by a Jacada representative as you enter the terminal building. You will be fast-tracked through immigration, assisted with baggage collection and assisted to your onward arrangements.
Flight from Johannesburg to Maun
Light aircraft flight from Maun to the Kalahari Plains airstrip
Lodges and Camps in the Kalahari Plains
- Ten canvas units with en-suite and sleep out areas
- Lounge, dining area and bar
- Swimming pool
- Open campfire area
Overlooking the wilderness of the northern Kalahari plains, this desert based camp promises unique rooftop sleep-out areas alongside Botswana’s finest summer game viewing. Morning and afternoon game drives or day trips to Deception Valley give you the chance to spot the wildlife highlights of Kalahari lions, cheetah and gemsbok among other plains game and predators. Early morning guided nature walks are a good way to spot the smaller creatures and birdlife at a slower, more peaceful pace, plus walks with the local San bushmen lets you into the nomadic and traditional way of life unique this Kalahari tribe. Between breath-taking safari activities you will have the comfort of your canvas guestroom to enjoy. Providing plenty of space, each unit has its own amazing sleep-out deck on the roof, an unmissable highlight which offers the perfect spot to take in the African night sky. While two rooms cater for families, all have en-suite facilities including a shower and a veranda to soak up the scenic views. Besides comfortable accommodation, Kalahari Plains Camp also boasts impressive eco credentials being run completely on solar panels. What’s more, the deck and swimming pool offer other spaces to relax, while a lounge, dining area and bar are also provided.
Spend your days here in the remote wilderness of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve on amazing safari activities. Look out for unusual animals such as honey badgers, take a visit to Deception Valley and learn the traditions of the resident Bushmen.
Experience the astonishing wildlife of the Kalahari semi-arid sandy savannah with a game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle lead by an expert guide. You'll be on the look out for the area's star attraction, the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion and will have the chance to see black rhinos, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, giraffes and warthogs as well as other smaller mammals and migratory birds.
Start the day early for an exceptional experience: an interpretive Bushman walk. This unique excursion is lead by camp staff members who hail from an ancient Bushman clan and will give you an insight into their daily life with a fascinating walk in the immediate camp area, their tribal home. You'll come away with an understanding of traditional Bushman dress, hunting techniques using bows and poisoned arrows and explanations of the various uses of the plants and animals found in the area, revealing their long standing culture and connection with the wild bush.
Light aircraft flight from Kalahari Plains airstrip to Maun
Light aircraft flight from Maun to your next camp in the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta
Lodges and Camps in the Okavango Delta
- Eight suites with private plunge pools
- Dining room
- Candle-lit boma
- Spacious deck
- Massage sala
Organic and hand-woven, private and intimate, Sandibe is an architecturally unique hideaway deep in the mighty Delta. Dressed in shades of copper and wood, the lodge’s grand and high interiors open out to even grander views, with spacious decks offering a spectacular spot to drink in the resident wildlife. Emerging among riverside trees in a private concession come the eight elegant suites, each exuding a sense of laid-back luxury. Filled with giant king-sized beds, outdoor showers and sparkling private plunge pools, they provide the perfect comfort after a day of spotting the Big Five on exhilarating game drives. An alfresco banquet of Pan-African cuisine is then cooked up by expert chefs, while the relaxed but attentive butlers ensure you enjoy an entirely seamless stay.
- 14 enormous rooms (including 2 family rooms) split into 2 seperate camps of 7 each.
- Private plunge pools
- Lounge and Dining Area
Vumbura is one of the most comfortable and stylish lodges in the Okavango Delta. It’s set inside a large private concession of 60,000 hectares in the far north of the Delta. What’s special about this area is the diversity of habitats and species that it encompasses, two of particular note are the Red Lechwe and the Sable antelope, which are particularly rare and beautiful animals. Rooms at the lodge are amongst the biggest in the delta, all open plan, with a sunken seating area, private shaded deck and swimming pool outside as well as indoor and outdoor showers. There is an amazing sense of space here, in keeping with the wide-open plains that the rooms face onto. The rooms are open on three sides (with netting) giving a feeling of being closer to the nature and wildlife whilst still remaining is absolute comfort. Activities here are a mixture of game drives and water activities which will vary according to the level of the water and the time of the year. The lodge is actually set into two almost identical camps of seven rooms each. Both camps (and all rooms) are connected by a wooden walkway that runs north to south. Each of the two camps is served by its own communal lounge and dining area.
- 12 Luxury Suites with air conditioning
- Private plunge pools on tent decks
- Heated Swimming Pool
Africa’s ultimate water-focused safari has recently reopened with a new look and feel, allowing guests to discover a unique and dramatic ecosystem in total luxury. Hidden from the world, deep within Botswana’s Okavango Delta this lodge is located on one of the Delta’s most pristine natural locations with a myriad of waterways, palm-treed islands, and vast flood plains. Ideal for simply relaxing in a beautiful area, Eagle Island Lodge offers you the chance to experience some beautiful tranquillity in a quiet and mildly wild corner of the Delta. Between November and December the water levels are low enough for you to experience the surrounding areas in game vehicles. April through to October is best for water activities and although game is harder to find, the birdlife is magnificent during this time of the year. Each of the luxury air conditioned tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy. The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom and a four poster bed complete with mosquito netting. Each of the lodge’s spacious Deluxe Tented Rooms now boasts its own plunge pool.
- Nine tents with en-suite shower and W.C
- Dining room and sitting room
- Safari shop
Nature meets comfort at Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp to create a unique safari experience of both land and water game activities. Set on the edge of the beautifully remote Okavango Delta, this rustic camp boasts just nine tents with a maximum of only eighteen guests staying here at one time. Each tent provides a large en-suite with shower and w/c facilities, while a private deck offers stunning floodplain views. The rest of the camp includes a dining room, sitting room, pool and safari shop. With a wildlife wealthy location, watch out for the impressive animals that reside in this area including buffalo, elephants and hippos plus the big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. The varying range of land and water based excursions on offer consist of bush walks, exciting mokoro and power boat trips plus day and night safaris in 4×4 vehicles.
- Five stilted en-suite tents
- Dining area & lounge with open fire
- Plunge pool
On an island in the Okavango Delta, Jacana Camp is the ideal river camp for travellers who want to explore this rich area of Botswana from the water. Five tented en-suite rooms are perched on stilts above the water; there’s a refreshing plunge pool overlooking the river; and the dining area is located on a platform surrounded by wild date palms and two grand sycamore fig trees. After dinner, there’s an open-air lounge with a fire pit around which guests can sit and reflect on the sightings of the day. From the camp, you can explore the floodplains and papyrus swamps by mokoro (dug-out canoe). You might spot all sorts of wildlife, from crocodiles to the rare spotted-neck otter. Birdlife is also prevalent, including waterfowl and Pel’s fishing owl. Without even having to leave the camp, you can often see elephant and hippo drinking and cooling off in the water. Aside from river safaris, you can go on game drives in the dry season, or spend an afternoon – or even the night – in one of the camp’s raised ‘hides’, from which you can spot Okavango wildlife.
The Okavango Delta is rightly known as one of the premier wildlife habitats in the world, home to an enormous density and diversity of wildlife. There’s something quite magical about the Delta, with its amazing sunsets, the sound of the frogs at night, and the elephants wading through the reeds, all combining to make an unforgettable stay.
One of nature’s great spectacles, the flooding of the Delta, brings water from thousands of miles upstream in Angola, arriving into Botswana in the dry season where it spills out into the desert creating an incredible network of channels and lagoons. Huge herds of animals flock to take advantage of the ready supply of water and flourishing grasses, and their predators follow.
The Okavango Delta is known as one of the premier wildlife habitats in the world, home to an enormous density and diversity of wildlife. The flooding of the Delta brings water from thousands of miles upstream on the Okavango river, arriving into Botswana in the dry season. Huge herds of animals flock to take advantage of the ready supply of water and nutrients, and their predators follow. You'll have the opportunity to witness this spectacle as you ride through the reeds as the sun goes down in a ‘mokoro’ - a traditional dug-out canoe - or in a speed boat. Your Okavango-born guide and poler will help you to spot tiny frogs, hippo, crocodile, the elusive sitatunga and colourful waterbirds such as Pel's Fishing-Owl, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane and a host of raptors, other waterbirds and colourful kingfishers.
Light aircraft flight to your next camp in Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve
Lodges and Camps in the Moremi Reserve
- 15 Luxury tents
- 1 Private Suite with a private plunge pool
- Fitness facility
- Spa treatments
- Internet access
- Air conditioning
- Swimming pool
- Laundry services
- Curio shop
- Reference library
Overlooking the vast and lively floodplains of the Moremi Game Reserve, this exclusive lodge is composed of 15 luxury tents seated on raised wooden platforms with traditional African thatch roof. Private decks with easy chairs and hammocks provide panoramic views and rooms are equipped with opulent, four-poster beds. Inside the main area you’ll find a comfortable lounge stocked with chess sets, a TV with a library of wildlife videos, comfy couches, a fireplace and a bar. There’s also a 20 meter pool, a stylish dining area with wooden tables, a small reference library and a curio shop. A raised observation deck houses a small telescope for relaxed game viewing from the comfort of the lodge across the river where hippos often congregate and other species such as lion and antelope come to drink.
- 10 Luxury tents
- Swimming pool and loungers
- Tented main area
Nestled in the dense treeline of the Khwai River, the ten luxury tents of the Machaba Camp sit overlooking the Moremi Game Reserve. Faithfully reproducing the original style of a 1950s safari, this camp provides an authentic experience of the African bush. Machaba is perhaps more simple than other luxury safari camps in Botswana, but in many ways the straightforward, yet elegant design only adds to its appeal. Rooms are equipped with comfortable twin beds and a cloud of inviting cushions, featuring homemade rugs and large armchairs also – you won’t lack for comfort here. All tents are en-suite with large, private outdoor showers. The two family tents are perfect for those wanting a bit extra space or bringing children along for the trip. During your time at Machaba spend your days out on safari, tracking big game, and your nights around the communal fire, swapping stories of your adventures.
- Five mosasa tents
- Two family tents
- Swimming pool
- Dining tent and boma area
Alongside the Maunachira River which flows through Xakanaxa Lagoon within the world renowned Moremi Game Reserve, Okuti Camp sits right in the middle of one of Botswana’s prime game viewing regions. Okuti comprises of five twin-bedded mosasa (an ancient tribal word for house of reeds) on raised teak decks with river views, each with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers with hot and cold running water. The honeymoon unit features a double bed, bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower. An additional two family units consist of two bedrooms which share spacious bathroom facilities – ideal for families in this child-friendly camp. With water flowing in front of the camp, guests can also explore the Delta’s waterways by motorboat, its open lagoons and winding channels a real birder’s paradise. The Moremi Game Reserve itself is rich in wildlife with consistent year-round game viewing, ripe for an action packed safari aboard specially designed vehicles.
- 10 rooms
- Plunge Pool
Caught on a riverine island in the Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, Xigera is a truly excellent camp amidst the wetlands for its dynamic and varied activities, altered slightly according to the season so guests get the most out of the wildlife and terrain. It’s also the only camp in the area, giving you total privacy and where it doesn’t get much wilder. Ten simple, standalone, and sublimely comfortable stilted tent rooms are shrouded in the riverine forest, and its main areas are typically and tastefully African: thatch roofs, wooden floors and furniture, warm lantern light, bonfire, a traditional boma and a plunge pool to cool off in. Xigera’s (pronounced Keejera) position amidst permanent water all year round means you can embark on the area’s signature mokoro (canoe) safari, game drives and motorboat outings. The camp is also a good choice for keen birdwatchers, with Pel’s Fishing-Owl, African Skimmer, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane and a host of raptors, other waterbirds and colourful kingfishers to be seen.
Although just under 5,000 square kilometres, Moremi is a surprisingly diverse reserve, combining a patchwork of lagoons, shallow flooded pans, plains and forests. It is one of Africa's finest areas for wildlife, with particularly high game densities. The reserve is a sanctuary for many animals and known for its large herds of plains game such as buffalo, zebra and wildebeest, as well as being home to many predators including lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and hyenas.
Today, you'll go on a game drive in the game rich Khwai-Moremi area on the eastern tongue of the Okavango Delta in an open 4x4 vehicle lead by an expert guide. You'll be on the look out for big game such as elephants lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffe, hyaena, jackal, African Wild dog, impala and red lechwe.
Enjoy your last day on a thrilling safari in the Moremi Game Reserve. This pristine wilderness is packed with more animal species than anywhere else in Africa. Your expert guide will bring you to the best locations within the reserve for spotting predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hippo and rare sitatunga.
Light aircraft flight to Maun airport
Flight from Maun to Johannesburg