Tailor-Made

Ultimate Botswana Big Cat Safari

A stunning 10 day tailor-made journey taking in wild dogs, black maned lions, huge elephant herds and the stunning lions of Duba Plains.

Duration 10 days
Price From $9,973
When May - Nov
Destination Botswana

Safari Overview

Experience the highlights of Botswana in 10 short days. Starting in the Kalahari Game Reserve you maximise your chances of seeing cheetah in their element as well as spending time with the native Bushmen - a truly inspirational experience. Moving onto the Delta you enjoy time at two of the most rewarding camps, Duma Tau and Duba Expedition Camp.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Visit Linyanti Concession, one of the best places to see African leopards in the wild.
  • Spot the infamous black-maned lions of the Kalahari.
  • Excellent chances of seeing wild dog and large herds of elephant.
  • Lion action at Duba Expedition Camp.

The best locations to see Botswana's incredible big cat population.

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Day by day

Day 1

Maun - Central Kalahari

On arrival into Maun International Airport you will be met by one of our representatives who will assist you with your onward flight south. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Kalahari Plains Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, one of the largest reserves in Africa. This afternoon enjoy your first game drive in search of the wildlife.

Overnight: Kalahari Plains Camp D

Days 2-3

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

You have two full days to explore this vast region with morning and afternoon game drives. The area is home to specialised wildlife including oryx, springbok, red hartebeest, honey badgers, ground squirrels and steenbok as well as numerous birds. This is also one of the best areas to see cheetah who take advantage of the open spaces to hunt springbok, wildebeest, steenbok and on occasions, oryx. If you are lucky you may get to see the famous black maned lions which are larger than their cousins in the rest of the country. One of the highlights of Kalahari Plains Camp is the Bushman walk where you get to learn more about their fascinating culture.

Overnight: Kalahari Plains Camp B, L, D

Day 4

Central Kalahari - Linyanti

Today you will fly north to the Linyanti Marsh area of northern Botswana. This afternoon you will be able to enjoy a game drive with your guide as you go in search of the plentiful wildlife of this area.

Overnight: Duma Tau Camp B, L, D

Days 5-6

Linyanti Concession

Duma Tau is one of the best areas in Botswana to see leopards in the wild. The area along the river is the ideal habitat for these elusive cats so sightings are usually good, although they are never guaranteed. During the dry season this area attracts large herds of breeding elephants and on our last visit we spent three days with a pack of wild dogs who had recently moved into the area.

Overnight: Duma Tau Camp B, L, D

Day 7

Linyanti - Kwedi Concession

From Duma Tau you will fly west to the Duba Expedition Camp for the final leg of your safari. Duba Expedition Camp is renowned for its lion and buffalo interaction and there have been many documentaries made about this ongoing “war”.

Overnight: Duba Explorers Camp B, L, D

Days 8-9

Kwedi Concession

After an exciting drive across the river (with the water coming over the bonnet of the Land Rover) you will arrive at the brand new Duba Expedition Camp; the large open plains with marshes, rivers, anthills and forested islands. Wildlife encounters are intimate with large herds of elephants, tssebbe, impala and red lechwe. It is also a fantastic destination for birds with many different habitats attracting a wide range of species. On the morning game drive you will locate the herd of about 1,000 buffalo to see where the lions are. If they are in tow, you are in for some exciting game viewing that day!

Overnight: Duba Explorers Camp B, L, D

Day 10

Kwedi Concession - Maun

From the Okavango Delta you will fly back to Maun in time for your onward flight.

Trip Details

Tailor Made

This is a tailor made wildlife safari with a focus on seeing Botswana’s big cats. The safari can be edited or restructured to suit your needs; your time of travel, interests and budget. We have chosen the accommodation based on being in the right place at the right time to maximise your wildlife opportunities. All accommodation is of a very high standard throughout the trip.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safaris is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you

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