Flight time from Johannesburg to Maun is 1.5 hours. Flight from Maun to Khwai airstrip is approximately 20 minutes. Game drives throughout the program are in open air, 4x4 vehicles and typically last 3 to 4 hours in the early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are most active.
Taken at the hotel, breakfast will be an expansive buffet featuring a variety of cold cereals, fresh fruit, cold meats and cheeses, pastries and hot items such as bacon, sausage, tomatoes and mushrooms. Omelettes, eggs and waffles will be cooked on demand. Fruit juices, coffee, tea, milk and water will be provided.
We will check out of the hotel and board the motorcoach, transferring to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo airport for our commercial flight to Maun, Botswana.
Snack in flight and snacks provided in camp upon arrival.
Upon an early afternoon arrival in Maun, we will clear Botswana border formalities. After immigration, we will be escorted to our small aircraft charter flight for the short flight into the Khwai Concession's dirt airstrip. From the airstrip, we will board our open-air, 4x4 safari vehicles for our drive through typical Botswana woodlands to our campsite; we will likely see wildlife along the way. Upon arrival at our private mobile tented camp, we will settle in. Later this afternoon, our Group Leader will give an overview on the history and culture of Botswana. Afterward, we will board our 4x4 safari vehicles for the first game drive of the program. Game drives throughout the program will be conducted in open-air safari vehicles, each vehicle with its own local safari specialist who provides insight on the flora and fauna seen. Located in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, the Khwai River area abounds with wildlife. It is particularly well-known for its predators, especially one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa, the wild dog. Lion and leopard are commonly found, as well as herds of buffalo, elephant and hippo. Game in Khwai is abundant and varied, and includes tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable and giraffe. We will return to camp at dusk with time to freshen up before dinner.
Our camp cook will prepare appetizers and a dinner feast that we will enjoy in the open air under the stars. Dinners at camp will be buffets with a starter, main entree with side dishes, and a dessert; bottled water and soft drinks will be included, with alcohol available for purchase.
Following dinner, we will have the opportunity to join together around a campfire.