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A journey through…. Northern Botswana

| 18 Sep 2016

Cox & Kings’ senior tour consultant Jonathan Fitzsimmonds recently returned from a spectacular trip to Botswana, visiting luxury camps, drifting down the Chobe river, and spotting wildlife at every turn. Here he sums up his itinerary, accompanied by photographs he took along the way.

Lillies-OkavangoAbove: A lily floating in the Okavango delta

Jonathan flew into Johannesburg, and then transferred to a flight to Kasane airport, the most northerly airport in Botswana. Upon landing, he was transferred to the Chobe Princess – a small, luxury houseboat that drifts languidly in the Namibian waters of the Chobe river. The Chobe Princess offers water-based wildlife viewing in tender boats, fishing trips and village visits, or you can just relax, catch the breeze and enjoy the scenery.

Below: Sunset on the Chobe river, aboard the Chobe Princess houseboatChobe-Princess-houseboat

 Next on the itinerary was the Chobe Elephant Camp, a comfortable safari lodge with amazing views of the Chobe river floodplains and across to Namibia.

Below: Jonathan’s guide, Joel, at the Chobe Elephant Camp.Guide-at-Chobe-Elephant-camp

Heading further south, Jonathan stayed at the Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge, set high in the Ghoha Hills and offering 180-degree views. The Savuti area is famous for its high concentration of wildlife, especially the elephants that gather at a nearby waterhole during sunset (below).

Elephants-at-sunset-Ghoha-Hills

Below: The surrounding landscape, with twin baobabsbaobabs-ghoha-hills

The next stop was the Okavango delta, home to a wide variety of wildlife and famous for its wetlands. For the first few nights, Jonathan stayed at the luxurious Sandibe Safari Lodge (below).

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Below: Playing lionsplaying-lions-sandibe-lodge

Next was the Kwara Concession staying at Little Kwara, in another part of the Okavango delta, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.

Below: A stalking cheetahcheetah-kwando-kwara-concession

Moving on to the Khwai Community Concession, Jonathan spent two nights with Letaka, this time on the north-eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve. Letaka have absolutely superb guiding and offer a range of small-group mobile tented camping safaris.

Below: Mokoro excursionmokoro

Below: Wild dog and wildebeestwild-dog-and-wildebeest

Nearby was the Sango safari camp, where Jonathan was greeted with a singing welcome (below). Sango is an intimate little bush camp in a lovely setting and prides itself on a fantastic team. Game drives are offered in both the Khwai Concession and Moremi Game Reserve.
singing-welcome-sango-safari-camp

Below: Leopard in the Moremi game reserve
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Further up the Khwai river and to the east of Sango camp is Machaba camp. Machaba offers classic yet luxurious and supremely spacious safari-style tents, elegantly furnished and with indoor and outdoor showers (below).

luxury-tent-at-machaba-camp

The final stop was the luxury Pom Pom camp, positioned in the south of the Okavango delta. Pom Pom offers a mix and land and water-based wildlife viewing activities; Jonathan spotted these waterbuck (below).

waterbuck-pom-pom-camp

Cox & Kings are able to organise tailor-made and private holidays to northern Botswana, as well as a group tour mobile camping safari, in the Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai Concession area. Read more here >



2 Responses

  1. Marion Ridout says:

    This looks fabulous

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