Botswana’s Secret Safari Season

13 Nights nights • 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.

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.

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London, England

“Vivienne’s Africa” is all about each sunrise bringing adventure. Vivienne has lived in Africa all her life and as an avid traveler has traversed 30 countries on the African continent and visited 65 countries worldwide. Over 20 years, Vivienne has led more than 100 Bushtracks trips and is at home managing aviation charters and complex expedition logistics. As an artist, photographer and cyclist, she shares her passion for adventure and hopes to inspire all who travel with her to embrace Africa.

Mboko Camp

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London, England

“Vivienne’s Africa” is all about each sunrise bringing adventure. Vivienne has lived in Africa all her life and as an avid traveler has traversed 30 countries on the African continent and visited 65 countries worldwide. Over 20 years, Vivienne has led more than 100 Bushtracks trips and is at home managing aviation charters and complex expedition logistics. As an artist, photographer and cyclist, she shares her passion for adventure and hopes to inspire all who travel with her to embrace Africa.

Mboko Camp

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London, England

“Vivienne’s Africa” is all about each sunrise bringing adventure. Vivienne has lived in Africa all her life and as an avid traveler has traversed 30 countries on the African continent and visited 65 countries worldwide. Over 20 years, Vivienne has led more than 100 Bushtracks trips and is at home managing aviation charters and complex expedition logistics. As an artist, photographer and cyclist, she shares her passion for adventure and hopes to inspire all who travel with her to embrace Africa.

Mboko Camp

1 Night

In Our Travelers' Words

The Peacock Family

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

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."

Tamar Sherer & Chris Cooper

Tamar Sherer & Chris Cooper

Active Safari

"This was our fourth trip to Africa, and by far the best. We keep going back because we love the whole experience: the people, the wildlife, their behavior, the environment, the accommodations, the music, everything. We chose Bushtracks for this custom adventure with two goals: to see the migration and to see the gorillas. Experiencing the migration was like witnessing a miracle in process. Could it get any better? Yes - the gorilla treks were the most exhausting thing we've ever done, but worth every exhilarating ache. Amazing!"

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

Botswana's Secret Safari Season Itinerary

Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Day 1

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

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

Day 2-4