Botswana: 5 Rivers Safari Special
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Choose from a 7 to 10-night Itinerary

Includes accommodation, meals, scheduled game activities, local branded drinks, laundry and park fees where applicable.
 

Trip Overview

7 to 10-Night Safari in Botswana's wild areas. The 5 Rivers Safari is a strategic alliance between five companies offering an affordable range of safari camps, covering all major wildlife locations that occur around the five major rivers in the region.

Please find below a suggested itinerary.  Contact us for information about options.

 

Points of Interest

Okavango

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering 17 000 square km.  There are an estimated 200 000 large mammals in and around the Okavango Delta, and over 400 bird species, allowing visitors some of the best game viewing in the world.  
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Linyanti

On the southern banks of the Linyanti River, is the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.  Linyanti is an absolutely superb safari area, whose dry gameviewing is on a par with that of the Okavango.  The area is renowned for its predators and game which migrate to the Linyanti River during dry winter months and disperse into the vast wilderness after the first rains.

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Itinerary

  1. On arrival in Maun Airport, you will be met by a Kwando/Moremi Air representative who will introduce you to your pilot and show you to your light aircraft for a departure out of Maun.

    Your first stop is Kwara, deep in the clear permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. Time at Kwara will reveal why the Delta, with all its remarkable plant, bird and animal life, is so unique in the world.

  2. Kwara camp is situated on the edge of the permanent waters of the world renowned Okavango Delta in Botswana, and shares a common boundary with Moremi Game Reserve. Due to the specific location of the camp, Kwara is able to offer power boating, mokoro (dug out canoe) trips, walks and game drives – all year round.
     

  3. After a morning activity and a leisurely breakfast on the day of departure from Kwara – you will board another light aircraft for your transfer to Lebala.

    Lebala is hidden in the southern portion of the extensive Kwando wilderness of 232, 000 hectares.  The word Lebala means wide open spaces, the area is a labyrinth of waterways, reed beds, islands, floodplains, bush, scrub and trees. Excellent general game abounds the broad plains creating spectacular scenery, adorned with herds of plains game and the ever-attendant predators. The Kwando concession is home to more elephant than the entire country of South Africa. This is hardcore game-viewing country with game drives and walking safaris (seasonal) being offered.As we are in a private concession it is possible to drive off-road in search of that perfect photo opportunity, it is also possible to drive at night and spot some animals that are not active during the daylight hours.

  4. The spacious and beautifully decorated tents will be a home away from home. Access to the room is via a sliding door on the private veranda. This leads into the sleeping area with a writing desk to one side and a small lounge area on the other. The bathroom has a free standing bathtub, double sinks and this leads out to double outdoor showers. All tents have views over the surrounding floodplain. The tasteful yet subtle décor makes this the perfect place to relax when not out enjoying the wildlife activities.

  5. As part of your morning activity on your last day, your game drive will take you in a northerly direction – a welcome stop off for refreshments by a hippo filled lagoon is where you will transfer vehicles and continue your game drive in a northerly direction to Lagoon, your next destination.

    Set on the banks of an oxbow of the Kwando River, is Lagoon – the setting is both remote and beautiful. For many months of the year you’ll see elephant drinking from the water next to the camp and witness the huge herds of buffalo that keep close proximity to the Kwando River.

  6. Wild dogs, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena are all never far away from their food sources. Over the years, many of our guests have been fortunate enough to see some of the incredible interactions between predator and prey - sometimes, even predator against predator. These are ancient struggles that very few people in the world are privileged to witness.


    As we are in this vast private concession our game drives are allowed to operate both off road and at night. Many mammals are only active after dark.  This gives an opportunity to see some of them using a spotlight operated by the tracker. In addition to the game drives we also offer walking safaris (seasonal) and evening boat cruises. You can watch the sunset from the comfort of the double deck boat as you head slowly along the winding Kwando river.

  7. On the morning of departure from Lagoon, after a hearty brunch you will be transferred by boat to Lianshulu.

    Lianshulu is located in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, on the Kwando River. This beautiful lodge is located on an 800 hectare private concession within the borders of the Mudumu National Park. Here we offer early morning and afternoon game drives as well as guided walks in the lodge vicinity and selected areas of the park.

  8. Boat cruises are also on offer morning and afternoon which is another great opportunity to view animals and birdlife. For those with a passion for fishing, or even beginners we offer fishing on a catch and release basis. The area is a lush wilderness of riverine forest, marsh and open woodland, providing a home for an abundance of wildlife.
     

  9. After a magical 2 nights at Lianshulu you will be transferred by boat and road to your final destination, Susuwe Island Lodge.

    The final two nights of your stay will be spent at the luxurious Susuwe Island Lodge, located in the Bwabwata National Park in the Caprivi strip. The lodge is built on an island along the perennial river banks and has traversing rights in excess of 300,000 hectares, through pristine, unspoiled natural wildlife areas. The Kwando River is a permanent water source that nourishes delicate ecosystems and provides for this glorious natural habitat.
     

  10. The lodge is located on the banks of the Kwando River – a permanent water source which sustains varied game and birdlife. The birds and game in the area can be viewed from the water on a boat cruise or via game drive vehicle – either way you will be able to enjoy this beautiful and remote area and all it has to offer.
     

  11. After your morning activity on your last day, you will transfer to Maun (via Kasane) by light aircraft for onward connection.

Accommodations

Kwara Camp

This well known camp is set overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta. This region offers a contrasting experience, as its location allows access to the permanent waterways of the Delta as well as expansive dry land areas, admired for their quality game viewing.

Kwara offers, within the exclusive concession in which it is located, a wide variety of activities. In addition to game drives, both day and night, the camp offers game walks and mokoro trips, as well as power boating and fishing (spinning equipment is provided but fly fisherman need to bring their own equipment).

Little Kwara

This exclusive camp is located within the game rich Kwara concession, which borders the Moremi Game Reserve on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta. This is an intimate camp, accommodating no more than 10 guests, and is consistent with Kwando Safaris promise to provide intimate camps with personal service - vintage Africa.

Little Kwara offers all the activities one expects in an exclusive concession in the Okavango Delta - day and night drives, game walks, power boating, mokoro trips and fishing (spinning equipment is provided but fly fishermen need to bring their own equipment).

Nxai Pan

Nxai Pan is located on the western edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name. The camp faces east over the open grasslands of the pans and accommodates a maximum of eighteen guests in thatched units specially designed to provide a constant and comfortable temperature throughout the year, when seasonal temperatures can fluctuate from below freezing to well over 45 degrees Celsius. Excellent game viewing is possible from the comfort of your rooms as the water hole in front of the camp draws a multitude of mammal species.

Activities offered at Nxai Pan are game drives, day trips to the famous Baines’ Baobabs and Khama Khama Pan, star gazing, as well as nature walks with Bushman trackers.

Tau Pan

This, the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is a model of environmental sensitivity. As with its sister camp, Nxai Pan, Tau Pan has been constructed with the delicate ecologies in mind.

The camp offers truly incredible views from the ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana, and overlooks the famous Tau Pan - recognised for its stark beauty and remoteness.

Lagoon Camp

Lagoon is perched on the banks of the wild Kwando River, overlooking the Mudumu National Park in the Namibian Caprivi Strip. The camp is nestled beneath towering ebony and marula trees and accommodates up to 16 guests in eight traditionally styled 'tents.' The heavily forested site is home to a wide variety of birds and mammals, while elephant and hippo are normally visible from the camp. The stunning views and close proximity of wildlife all contribute to the pervading sense of calm at Lagoon.

Lagoon has a well-earned reputation for big game and large herds of elephant and buffalo, especially in the winter months, when herds of up to a thousand are not uncommon. This vast concentration of game attracts the attention of large predators. The Lagoon wild dog pack regularly den close to the camp and the excellent viewing opportunities have led to Lagoon's reputation as the place to see wild dog in Botswana.

Another special feature of the camp is the afternoon river cruise. The unique double deck boat allows several guests the opportunity to drift along the river while enjoying spectacular views, mammal and bird life while sipping at your 'sundowner' of choice. For those guests who enjoy fishing, there is ample room to throw a line in the water while the boat meanders along.

Lebala Camp

Lebala is situated in the south of the Kwando concession, adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia. The southerly flowing Kwando river disappears into the vast marshland before emerging as the Linyanti river. The triangle formed by this vast wetland is home to the Mamili National Park in Namibia.

Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree islands backed by wooded savannahs. This wild expanse contrasts with the casual understated elegance and luxury of the camp itself.

This special ecosystem is home to a wide variety of Africa’s plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe and tsessebe and also provides refuge to lechwe, waterbuck and the shy sitatunga.

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