This luxury safari to Botswana takes you to 3 iconic wildlife hotspots and includes a night in a treehouse as well as a stay at one of the newest camps in the Okavango Delta.
The safari adventure begins (and ends) in the town of Maun – also known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. On your safari, you will be transported to 3 iconic destinations in Botswana: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Khwai Private Reserve, and the Okavango Delta. You will experience 3 treehouse-style sleep outs at Tuludi, Tuludi Sky Suite and the brand new, Duke’s Camp. Your first stop will be at Jack’s Camp located in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Jack’s Camp recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment and is considered one of the best camps in Botswana. It also happens to be in the path of the second biggest migration of zebra and wildebeest in Africa. The next location is Tuludi Camp in the Khwai Private Reserve, which ends with an overnight stay in a unique Sky Suite – a luxurious platform 4 meters above the ground. Your transfer from Tuludi to the Sky Suite is by helicopter, which in itself is special. The final camp, Duke’s, opened in mid-2022 and is a permanent camp in the north of the famous Okavango Delta – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This itinerary proudly includes the very best of culture, game viewing, exhilarating activities and unique accommodation.
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On arrival at Maun International Airport, you will enjoy a VIP meet & greet before embarking on a 50-minute light aircraft flight through to a local airstrip in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. There are very few other flights that arrive or depart from this intimate airstrip, so you are assured of an exclusive arrival. From the airstrip you will enjoy a short 20-minute 4WD scenic game drive into the heart of the Kalahari to Jack’s Camp. This camp is old-world safari glamor at its finest offering a unique safari experience from discovering local artifacts to learning about the region’s rare and rich geology. Upon arrival, you will be awestruck by the breathtaking views across the Salt Pan. After settling into your luxurious tent and helping yourself to a refreshing beverage from the well-stocked drinks chest, you can spend time exploring the renowned Natural History Museum or camp library. Over the next 2 nights you will enjoy a myriad of enriching activities. A highlight will surely be watching the playful colonies of meerkats surrounding the camp and the morning walks with the local Bushmen trackers. You can also spend your downtime relaxing in the swimming pool pavilion.
Jack’s Camp pays homage to the bygone era of the 1940s, with iconic interiors embellished with striking textiles from around the world. A private terrace leads out to a private plunge pool with incredible views of the natural surroundings. In the main areas, you can relax in the comfortable lounge area with a good book, play a game of pool on the antique pool table, or indulge in a tea ceremony in the iconic nomadic Persian tea tent.
This is one of the only camps with playful habituated meerkats allowing you to experience these fascinating creatures up close. Other activities include twice daily game drives, guided walking safaris with a Bushman tracker, horse riding for novice and experienced riders, quad biking, and cultural interactions with the local Zu’/hoasi tribe. You are also invited to indulge in beauty treatments at the in-house Spa tent.
After a hearty breakfast overlooking the salt pans from the main dining tent, you will embark on another scenic light aircraft flight to the Khwai River airstrip. You will be greeted by a local representative who will transport you from the private airstrip to the lodge. On arrival at Tuludi Camp – a truly luxurious Khwai safari experience – the lodge manager will show you around the raised central spaces that overlook the scenic floodplains. With the mighty Khwai River, seasonal floodplains and lily-covered lagoons on your doorstep, you will enjoy both water- and land-based activities. After returning from your evening game drives, you can enjoy wholesome meals which are served either in the communal areas or set up privately, before retiring for a night-cap beverage around the sunken fire-pit. We highly recommend relaxing in the elevated treehouse library which is 4 meters off the ground.
Tuludi Camp, opened in July 2019, occupies a large portion of the 200,000 hectare private reserve. There is a permanent waterhole in front of the lodge which attracts a diverse array of wildlife for you to enjoy. Accommodation comprises seven treehouse-style luxury tented suites with indoor and outdoor showers as well as private plunge pools. There is one larger tent suitable for groups or families that has a bigger private splash pool.
Enjoy armchair game viewing from the comfort of your terrace, enjoying the active waterhole that attracts a diverse selection of game right outside the camp. Activities with your dedicated ranger in this unique ecosystem include walking safaris, seasonal mokoro canoes, 4×4 game drives and seasonal motor boating. The area is renowned for its large concentrations of elephants, buffalo and many predators including lion and leopards.
Enjoy a morning game activity followed by a delicious breakfast in the dining room. In the late afternoon, you will be whisked away by helicopter for the ultimate scenic flight over leadwood trees and riverine forests to the romantic Tuludi Sky Suite. This helicopter flight will give you a unique and stunning perspective of the vast Khwai Private Reserve and the lagoons and plains below. You will arrive at the Sky Suite just in time for a sundowner as the sun sets. Dinner will be served as a delicious picnic with a wide variety of gourmet eats and refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages of your choice. After dinner, relax around your very own private fireplace before curling up with the warm blankets. Spend the night beneath a canopy of millions of stars blanketing the African sky. This is the epitome of unbridled romance and beauty.
Sleep in a comfortable 4-poster canopy king-size bed, with a private bathroom set on a spacious open platform with your own wooden deck for extensive views of the surrounding wildlife. You’ll have nothing but the sounds of nature and the slight breeze in the giant leadwood trees to lull you to sleep.
There is nothing quite like a sleepout under the African stars. Your afternoon will start off with a helicopter flight from Tuludi Camp to the unique custom-designed treehouse, Sky Suite. You will then drift off to sleep under the spectacular starry Okavango Delta sky – the perfect combination of luxurious adventure and romance.
In the morning, you will enjoy a coffee and light al-fresco breakfast before your private safari game drive to return back to Tuludi. Here, you will collect your luggage before boarding your light aircraft flight to a private concession in the northern Okavango Delta, renowned for its game-rich plains. The brand new and exclusive Duke’s Camp is located on the shores of a permanent lagoon so you are finishing on a high with unparalleled game viewing and extraordinary views between the camp’s indigenous leadwood and ebony trees. As the sun sets, flickering lanterns come alive to guide you along the raised wooden platform to your luxurious tent. Though Duke’s Camp is open all year round, you will only be able to partake in mokoro and boat activities from April to October. Exceptional land-based game viewing occurs all year with large herds of elephants and plains game making their way across the crystalline waters. During the warmer summer months we highly recommend guided bush walks, as well as spending some time enjoying the over 440 bird species that call this region of the Delta home. Night game drives are also on offer, allowing you to view remarkable nocturnal carnivores including serval and caracal. This is the ultimate lodge for this safari to Botswana.
Sister camp to Jack’s Camp, Duke’s camp is one of the newest camps to open in the Okavango Delta set on a vast concession rich in game and natural beauty. 8 luxurious safari tents are pitched on raised wooden decks overlooking the seasonal laoon and floodplains, offering an unforgettable under-canvas adventure. A further 4 tents will be built in March 2023. The main areas at Duke’s include a Persian tea-tent, communal dining tent and comfortable lounge.
Guided bush walks, mokoro safari excursions, twice daily game drives, fishing and sunset boat cruises in the crystal-clear channels of the Delta are on offer. Hot-air ballooning and rock art visits can also be arranged. All the guides have been trained by a top safari expert Ralph Bousfield of Jack’s Camp. Dinner is a formal affair with crystal glasses and antique silverware, so we suggest you bring some more formal attire.
Following your last game activity in this incredible safari destination, you will check out and wave goodbye to the friendly and professional staff at Duke’s Camp. Board your scheduled light aircraft flight back after the safari to Botswana, to Maun International Airport for your further onward journey home, armed with unforgettable memories of Africa.
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