Botswana in the Green Season

Elephants in the  Okavango Wilderness Safaris

It is most commonly held that the best time to visit Botswana is between July to October because when it is dry the animals are forced to concentrate near available water, providing some great wildlife viewing opportunities. The predators simply wait for the prey animals to come to drink. However, the green season (December through March) should not be overlooked. Yes the “Green Season” is also the “Rainy Season” but this phrase really doesn’t do the time between November and March justice. Photographically and aesthetically, the colors of the Delta are richer during the rains with the lush green growth and dramatic and stormy skies in the background. In addition many grazing animals have their babies during the rainy season to take advantage of the abundance of grass and this means more predator activity. Last but not least, during the Green Season there are some great deals to be found. This itinerary which includes the Okavango and the Linyanti regios of Botswana is one example of the great deals that can be found:

Day 1/ 2/ 3 ~ Okavango Delta ~ Little Vumbura Camp

Upon arrival in Maun, you will be met by an Extraordinary Journeys representative and guided to your shuttle flight to the famed Okavango Delta. A transfer will be waiting to take you to Little Vumbura, an island oasis boasting both wetland and savannah species.

Little Vumbura is comprised of five tents under an enormous canopy of the ancient Okavango forest dominated by ebony, marula, knobthorn, garcinia and fig trees. Attractive palms give the island a wonderful tropical feel and bring the elephants onto the island, especially towards the end of winter. Each tent is large and roomy and has en suite facilities, as well as an outside shower for those who want to be even closer to nature. The dining room and pub are under canvas and have been built in and around the existing trees. There is a pool for relaxing in the quiet of the day. One of the camp’s attractions is the outdoor dining area. Wooden decks have been built on the floodplains and dinners under the stars are a wonderful experience.

Little Vumbura has both the wetland and savannah species of wildlife – red lechwe, waterbuck, hippo, crocodile, as well as sable, kudu, wildebeest and tsessebe, who roam the open plains. On game drives one often sees more sable than impala. Herds of buffalo
and elephant occur here, along with the predators – lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. Guests who enjoy birding will love the combination of all the Okavango water “specials” along with acacia and dry woodland species. This camp offers activities in boats and mokoros, walks, drives and fishing. Game drives are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles with experienced guides. Night drives are possible nearly all year, but may be restricted for a few months in the middle of each year if there are extremely high flood levels. The variety of wildlife here is stunning. Guests can go out by boat in the morning and see hippo, crocodile, red lechwe and all the aquatic wildlife – and then travel out by Land Rover in the afternoon to see elephant, sable and all the dry savannah game.

Overnights at Little Vumbura CampIncludes: All meals daily.

Days 4/ 5/ 6 ~ Linyanti Game Reserve ~ Duma Tau Camp

Today you will fly to Linyanti, where an Extraordinary Journeys will be waiting to take you to Duma Tau in the Linyanti Reserve.

The Linyanti Reserve consists of 308,880 acres of diverse, prime wildlife countryside. Inland, there are enormous acacia and mopane
forests that sustain large numbers of elephants in the winter months. Elephants are one of the area’s biggest attractions along with red lechwe, antelope, zebra, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable, roan, eland as well as giraffe, baboon, monkey, warthog, crocodile and buffalo. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena. On night game drives look for bushbabies, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, genet, pangolin and the smaller predators.

View, firsthand and at close range, Africa’s whole spectrum of diurnal and nocturnal creatures on day and night game drives. Nature walks allow for closer inspection of some of the smaller creatures while the camp’s pontoon facilitates access to the Linyanti. Wait in a hide to snap photographs of the animals at close range. The Savute area is famous for its lions which have been well-documented in National Geographic films.

DumaTau Camp is built under a shady grove of mangosteen trees overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon within the Linyanti
waterway system. Its large, luxurious rooms are raised off the ground on polished wooden decks. They are set under thatch with canvas walls, inviting you to enjoy the night sounds of Africa from the comfort of your bed.

Bathrooms are en-suite, and each room has an outdoor shower. There is a dining room, living room, bar area and plunge pool, also raised on wooden decks, with fabulous views.

Overnights at the Duma Tau CampIncludes:  All meals, beverages (except premium brands), game viewing activities, laundry, emergency evacuation insurance and transfers.       

(Thank you to Dana Allen, Mike Myers and Wilderness Safaris for the photos).                                                                                                                                             

Day 6 ~ Depart

Bid farewell to Africa today; fly back to Maun where you will connect with a flight to Johannesburg for your international departure.

The price for this adventure is $3400 per person which is an incredible deal for 6 nights in Botswana (excluding international flights).

If you have a few more days here is another option which uses these two camps plus another in the Delta which is also a great deal.

For more information email info@ejafrica.com

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