Botswana’s Secret Safari Season

from $15,990 per person

Deserts, Deltas, & Victoria Falls

This is a sample itinerary and the price is an estimate, used for rough planning purposes only and is subject to change. Actual prices and availability must be finalized by one of our trip planners who will contact and confirm pricing with all accommodations and operators.

from $15,990 per person

2+ Guests
14 Days
2 Countries

Don’t miss out on Botswana’s Secret Season...

...code for Africa’s green savannas when the bushveld comes alive. Newborn animals of all species take over the bush, and dry landscapes like the Kalahari Desert transform into verdant seas. The Secret Season encompasses Africa’s warm summer from December to May, so you can escape from the cold of the northern hemisphere. Safaris in these months offer considerable savings, as well as less crowded wildlife reserves, which means an exclusive and personal game viewing experience.
Beyond offering great value, Secret Season safaris in Botswana offer exceptional game viewing, a productive paradise of vibrant floral displays, and a kaleidoscope of colors which draws wildlife enthusiasts, and hobbyist and professional photographers alike. Summer mornings are exquisite. The temperature is perfect for pre-dawn starts to the day; like the animals, you can use the warmer midday for a siesta. Light for photography is at its best all year, while afternoon cloud formations add mood and contrast.

Botswana's Secret Safari Season Itinerary

Johannesburg, South Africa Day 1

Known as Joburg, Jozi, or Egoli 'the City of Gold '; Johannesburg serves as the main international airport when arriving in southern Africa. Spend a night on arrival to acclimate, and as South Africa's economic capital, there are plenty of upmarket hotels. While here, do a tour of Soweto, where Mandela and Tutu both lived. Johannesburg is the hub for travel within Southern Africa, and this convenient airport hotel provides rest and relaxation before onward travel, with blackout curtains and soundproof rooms, early and late checkouts and a 24-hour restaurant and bar with outside terrace.

InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport
1 Night

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana Day 2-4

There's nothing quite like walking in the Kalahari. Experience it from the bushman's perspective by learning how to forage in this unforgiving wilderness while simultaneously being infected by fun. After summer rains fall in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the vast plains burst with sweet grasses and thousands of gemsbok, springbok, and wildebeest arrive, with lion, cheetah, and jackal in attendance. A pioneer in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Tau Pan is the first semi-permanent camp to be established on the reserve. Take a deep dive into bush-life, featuring the exquisite Kalahari black-maned lion among other plains life and predators. Get lost in the view of the Tau Pan water hole and the Kalahari horizon. Settle into game drives, walking safaris with Bushman trackers, and cultural experiences. Brush up on your astronomy in one of the most magical star-gazing locations in the world.

Kwando Tau Pan
3 Nights

Okavango Delta, Botswana Day 5-7

The allure of the Okavango is its range of habitats, turned into a magical water wonderland by annual floodwaters. This swirl of green on saturated Kalahari sand can be seen from space, and creates an idyllic environment for animals. Incomparable game-viewing options vary from boat, mokoro canoe, 4X4, on foot, and an aerial overview from the light aircraft to your lodge. Kwara overlooks a secluded lagoon in the northern part of the Okavango Delta, within the magnificent 1,700 sq.km Kwara concession which borders the Moremi Game Reserve. With access to both the permanent waterways of the Delta and expansive dry land areas, a range of activities are available including game drives, night drives, mokoro and motor boat excursions, nature walks, and seasonal fishing. Kwara is admired for its quality game viewing with consistent sightings of predators, including lion, cheetah, and leopard. Herds of elephants frequent the area, as well as giraffe, zebra, sitatunga, lechwe, impala, and hippos. The lagoon is known for its abundant varieties of birdlife.

Kwara Camp
3 Nights

Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana Day 8-10

Experience vast plains life amidst scattered palms and wooded savannas. Witness the majesty of elephants, fierceness of lions, cleverness of wild dogs, and striking beauty of leopards on the breathtaking plains of Africa. Lebala Camp resides near Botswana's Linyanti Wetlands making for diverse activities. Set on the floodplains of the Kwando River, Lebala has an unmatched ecosystem which is home to many species of Africa’s plains game including zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, and tsessebe. It is also home to several predators such as lion, cheetah and hyena. Enjoy the majesty of elephant, hippo, and buffalo who also call this diverse ecosystem home.

Kwando Lebala Camp
3 Nights

Livingstone, Zambia Day 11-13

Witnessing the magnificence of Victoria Falls is one of those must-sees, made even more appealing by staying in beautiful Zambezi riverside lodges. View Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'The Smoke That Thunders', by sunset cruises, steam train, or on foot. Your quirky craft-chic room overlooking the Zambezi 12 miles upstream of Victoria Falls, comes with a valet, who soon becomes indispensable! Over the next three days experience Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River from every angle including a 25-minute scenic helicopter flight, an escorted walking tour, sunrise and sunset river cruises, and a luxurious steam train dinner on the Victoria Falls Bridge aboard the Royal Livingstone Express.

Tongabezi Lodge
3 Nights

Livingstone, Zambia Day 14

Depart on your international flight home.

In Our Travelers' Words

At the end of the day our travelers are most qualified to describe the African safari experience, and they certainly say it best.

The Peacock Family
Multi-Generational Safari

"Our youngest, Emily is almost 7. And mom and dad are in their late 70's. And the rest of us fall somewhere in between - and I can tell you we ALL just had the best time! It's tricky to have a plan that appeals to everyone. The thought of our daily adventure was so exciting, that no one minded the early morning wake-ups - not even the teenagers! They were often the first ones on the jeep - as they couldn't wait to start the drive each day."

The Ousterhout Family
Family Safari

"My father-in-law had always wanted to go to Africa, and invited us all to go with him to celebrate his 80th birthday. We went with no expectations, and the trip was beyond anything we could have imagined. In each camp we were exhilarated to be so unbelievably close to animals. Our guides really turned the safari into an educational experience for the girls with in-depth discussions on not just the wildlife, but also history, culture, and the relationship between tourism and the environment. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip – but we hope to return."

Pat & Art Hoeft
Photographic Safari

"This was our first Africa visit; we'd thought about it for years and then in my husband's semi-retirement we thought that if we didn't do it NOW it would never happen. We arranged to travel with my husband's brother and wife. The photographic opportunities were myriad and truly stupendous. We were up and out in the Land Cruiser before sunrise each day to catch photos of wildebeests and, one morning, elephants, silhouetted with acacias on a ridge line as the sun rose. We ended our days with late-night nibbles with a choice of "one more for the road" and new friends from across the English-speaking world."

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