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Duba & Selinda Luxury Expedition Safari

Explore northern Botswana by land, air and water as you travel through two of the country’s most wildlife-rich reserves, watching lions tackle buffalo in the Okavango Delta and elephants roam across the Linyanti.

Duration 7 days
Price From $6,916
When Year-Round
Destination Botswana

Safari Overview

This trip lets you experience the beauty of Botswana without compromising on luxury. You’ll spend six nights in the country, staying in two open-air tented camps set in the wilderness that provide the perfect starting-off point for your wildlife safari. You’ll be walking, driving, flying and sailing through Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Linyanti regions, home to both predator and prey. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Africa’s “Big Five” - lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo – as well as giraffes, crocodiles, hippos, baboons, antelope, wildebeest and wild dogs, to name but a few species.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Witness prides of lions battling buffalo in the Duba Concession.
  • Embark on day and night game drives through the wilds of Botswana.
  • Explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro boat.
  • Stay in two luxury tented camps far from civilisation.
  • Experience Botswana from the air as you board a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft to travel between camps.
  • Go in search of the diverse wildlife of the Linyanti region’s Selinda Reserve, from towering giraffes to packs of wild dogs.
  • Free helicopter flights and no single supplements on select dates!
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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Duba Concession

Today you’ll arrive at your tented expedition camp in the Okavango Delta, an immense waterlogged oasis alive with elephants and birdlife, adrift in the Kalahari sands. The real magic of the Delta lies in its water, trickling through from far-away highlands, and spreading across the channels and floodplains that stretch away as far as the eye can see. Duba Expedition Camp takes its name from the Duba Concession, home to Botswana’s largest herds of buffalo and one of the highest concentrations of lions in all of Africa. Your next three nights will be spent in one of the six expedition-style tents at your riverbank camp, where the sounds of the current will drift in through your veranda and send you off to sleep as you prepare for game drives, walking safaris and boating excursions in the coming days.

Overnight: Duba Explorers Camp B, L, D

Days 2-3

Duba Concession

Now you can enjoy two full days immersing yourself in the wonders of the Okavango Delta. The Okavango has many faces, which change throughout the year, prompted by the whims of the weather. Islands shrink and expand as water levels rise and fall, while animals move where the life is easiest and the grass greenest. In a few days, a sandy road accessible by vehicle can become a waterway, prompting a safari by boat instead. When this happens, the delta’s watery heart is best discovered by traditional mokoro boat, winding through shallow channels and floodplains. As well as clashes between the four resident lion prides and the concession’s thousands of buffalo, the land’s lattice of vast open grasslands and deep waterways are often plied by herds of hulking hippos and elephants, which can be spotted during game drives or while out on the water.

Overnight: Duba Explorers Camp B, L, D

Day 4

Duba Concession – Selinda Reserve

Today you’ll embark on a flight across the wilds of Botswana, leaving your first tented camp for the next. From the plains of Duba you’ll cross into the Linyanti, a pristine wilderness that can lay claim to being one of the most remote and exclusive pockets of Botswana. Made up exclusively of private concessions, this is not somewhere open to crowds, which is good news for the travellers who are able to stay here. As well as big game, the Linyanti is also home to rarer and less famed wildlife, like the bush pig and African wild dog. Your home in the Linyanti over the next few days will be the Selinda Reserve, home to an intimate tented camp situated on the eastern banks of the Selinda Spillway. From here you’ll be able to take in extraordinary views over floodplains, waterways, palm islands and wide-open savannahs.

Overnight: Selinda Explorers Camp B, L, D

Days 5-6

Selinda Reserve

Day and night game drives are the focus of safari activities at Selinda Camp, but guided walks are also offered and boat excursions may be available dependent on water levels. The Linyanti is home to one of the highest densities of elephants in all of Africa, as well as a wealth of other wildlife. Here giraffes, wildebeest and sable antelope can be found grazing on the Linyanti’s vegetation, while lions, cheetahs and crocodiles lie in wait to pick off the weakest of the herd. From your open-top 4x4 vehicle you may also be able to catch a glimpse of the more elusive residents of the Linyanti, from packs of black-backed jackal to the infamous honey badger, whose ferocity belies its relatively small size. With 300,000 acres to range across, there’ll be no shortage of wildlife and wilderness to discover during your stay in the Selinda Reserve.

Overnight: Selinda Explorers Camp B, L, D

Day 7

Depart Selinda Reserve

After six days spent exploring some of the most picturesque corners of Botswana, it’s now time to depart the country and catch your international flight home.

Trip Details

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safari is one designed according to your specific requirements, including budget, dates, personal interests, the number of people travelling, and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and altered to make it perfect for you.

Dates and Prices

2018 Departures

Dates Price Inter-camp Flight Arrangements Single Supplement
1 April - 14 June £5,200 Free helicopter flight No single supplement
15 June - 30 September £8,485 Free helicopter flight £4,000 single supplement
1 - 31 October £8,666 Paid fixed-wing aircraft flight £4,000 single supplement
1 November - 19 December £5,380 Paid fixed-wing aircraft flight No single supplement
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