Day one – British Airways – London Heathrow to Johannesburg
Day two – Selinda Camp, The Selinda Reserve
Four nights – full board
Morning arrival into Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo Airport and connect with the Air Botswana flight northwest to Maun, Botswana. On arrival into Maun you will clear customs and be met and transferred by a shared light aircraft transfer to the beautiful Selinda Reserve. Transfer to Selinda Camp for four nights in a double/twin tent.
Game-viewing activities are undertaken daily.
Selinda Camp is located in the northeast section of the vast Selinda Reserve. Accommodation, for a maximum of 20 guests, is in nine large and comfortable living tents (built onto a raised wooden plinth and covered with a thatched roof), each furnished with proper beds, chairs and having adjacent bathroom facilities comprising toilet, shower and freestanding bath, all enclosed within the tent. To the fore is a spacious furnished veranda with picturesque views out over the floodplains. One of the tents is ideal for families or two sets of friends travelling together, and consists of two separate sleeping areas with en suite bathrooms (one side does have a slightly larger bathroom with bath and shower while the other room has a smaller bathroom with shower and no bath).
The main dining room and lounge is open-plan with flexibility to dine both indoors or outside on the veranda. Water is solar-heated and power is provided by the same means. There is a curio shop, small library and wine cellar. There is a small swimming pool also located in the main area. There is wi-fi in all the tents.
Game-viewing activities concentrate on day and night game drives and walks. Boat cruises are available subject to water levels. Canoeing trails operate on the Selinda Spillway in times of good rain.
The private concession, covering some 1,300 square kilometres, is owned and managed by Great Plains Conservation and contains four small tented camps – the original Selinda Camp (18 beds), the flagship luxury lodge Zarafa (eight beds) with its private Dhow Suite (four beds), Selinda Explorer (eight beds), which are all located in the northeastern corner and owned/run by Great Plains. The fourth camp, Motswiri, is situated on the western edge near the Okavango and is owned/operated by a separate company.
Day six – Vumbura Plains, northern Okavango Delta
Three nights – full board
Early morning at leisure before you transfer to the airstrip and connect with the shared air transfer service to the northern Okavango. Arrive and transfer to Vumbura Plains for three nights in a double/twin suite.
Game-viewing activities are undertaken daily.
Vumbura Plains is divided into two sections, North and South, which are ‘self-contained’ units. North Camp caters for 18 guests in seven suites, two of which are family suites, while South Camp accommodates up to 10 guests in five suites. All the solid framed open-plan accommodation suites are very similar, being raised off the ground on wooden platforms and linked by walkways through to the main reception areas. Accommodation is well appointed and furnished to a high standard, with en suite facilities, including double vanity, and both indoor and outside showers. The beds are centrally placed and have wonderful views. Fans help during the hotter months. Outside, an extensive veranda and plunge pool complete the accommodation suite. The main reception areas are open-plan (also under canvas on decking) and have a sitting room, covered dining area, and extensive deck. There is also a lodge pool at each section. The curio shop is situated half-way between the two lodge units.
The Vumbura private concession is in the remote northern region of the Okavango delta, and is home to just three lodges. It covers an area of some 600 square kilometres (230 square miles) and offers fantastic all-round game viewing. There are three lodges on the concession, which accommodate up to 48 guests between them. During your stay, you have a selection of game-viewing activities including walks, local mekoro safaris (dugouts), boating trips, fishing and game drives by open four-wheel drive vehicles. Late afternoon drives are often extended after dark when you will have the opportunity to see some of the many nocturnally active species of wildlife – honey badger, leopard, civet, serval, genet, aardvark, pangolin, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, and hyaena – under spotlight.
Day nine – British Airways – Johannesburg to London Heathrow
Morning at leisure for game-viewing before you are transferred to the local airstrip in order to connect with a shared air transfer south to Maun, arriving in time to connect with the early afternoon Air Botswana scheduled flight south to Johannesburg. In Johannesburg, you will connect with the evening British Airways scheduled flight to London. Depart Johannesburg, overnight in flight.
Day 10 – British Airways – early arrival into London Heathrow
Early morning arrival into London Heathrow Terminal 5.
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