Elephant Safari in Botswana: Sample Itinerary
If you’re looking to go on an elephant safari in Botswana, we can custom tailor a trip that completely meets your needs. Contact us to learn your options in Botswana for safaris that feature elephants.
Northern Botswana is considered by many to be the premier safari destination. Astounding wildlife sightings – including elephants – and a large variety of other animals are plentiful. Camps are set in magical locations, service is supreme and the standard of guiding is very high.
Due to the remote and wild nature of the camps you will have short flights between locations, an incredibly scenic way to change camps as you take in the scenery and can often spot wildlife below.
This safari is customized to take advantage of the best opportunities for the season to observe the diverse wildlife in extremely rich habitat areas.
Camps in Private Concessions
Your camps are in private concession areas where you have access to exclusive wilderness, off-road driving, night drives, walking, and boating.
These areas have a small number of guests traversing extremely large areas ensuring exclusive game viewing without the interference of hordes of other vehicles. The ability to go off-road creates opportunities for incredibly close viewing of predators.
The camps selected enhance the game-viewing experience through their emphasis on top quality guides and trackers, which greatly increases your chance of finding unique wildlife sightings. The areas are beautiful with great variety of habitats and species. You’ll get to see elephants and much more – in fact you will likely see between 30 and 35 different mammal species along with a spectacular array of birds and other wildlife.
Elephant Safari Day 1
1 NIGHT – JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport provides the most convenient accommodation for those who just need a night in Johannesburg between flights. There’s no need to shuttle as you have the ultimate ease of travel by staying right at the Airport. City Lodge is a well known value chain in South Africa that delivers a comfortable and secure stay for a good price making it perfect as an airport pass through hotel.
O.R. Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it’s a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport’s facilities have everything you need all in easy walking distance. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop. The hotel also serves an excellent full English breakfast that is included.
• Spacious air-conditioned room with queen or twin beds
• Flat screen Television (MNet and DSTV) – Satellite channels
offering exciting sports, breaking news and great movies.
• En-Suite Bathroom with bath and separate shower.
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Wireless Internet Access available in all rooms
• Electronic safe large enough to accommodate a laptop
• Desk with great lighting and plugs for easy connectivity
Elephant Safari Day 2 and 3
2 NIGHTS – OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Stanley’s Camp is an 8 tent classic canvas camp nestled in the Okavango Delta. It offers prime elephant viewing territory and has quality game drives and walks.
The highlight of a stay here is to do the Grey Matters Elephant Encounter, from the Living With Elephants Foundation The experience surely ranks among the best animal encounter experiences in the world.
Orphaned elephants have been raised here and they help their guardians to promote education through amazing intimate experiences. Participants are able to touch the elephants’ ears, trunks, and the bottom of their feet, learn about their behaviors and sounds, and take a long walk through the bush holding their trunks and behaving as part of an elephant herd.
This is a breathtaking experience, one that truly allows for connection with elephants: one of the most intelligent and soulful species on the planet.
Stanley’s Camp is a small luxury camp with classic styled safari tents raised on wooden decking. The tents feature handcrafted beds dressed with fine linens and antique furniture along with oriental carpets that transport you to early 19th century Africa. Each unit offers en-suite facilities, a private balcony and a ceiling fan. Hammocks and Morris chairs on the decks are perfect for relaxation in the African sunshine.
Stanley’s is located in a very scenic area with a good diversity of wildlife. It shares a private concession area with its sister Baines Camp (both offering great elephant viewing), and thus can do off road and night game drives in open vehicles, along with bush walking if requested. When water levels are high (usually June-Sept) the camp can also offer mokoro (local dugout canoe poled like a gondola).
Elephant Safari Days 4, 5, and 6
KWANDO CONCESSION, BOTSWANA
The renowned Kwando concession is over half a million acres yet contains just two small camps that are 30 kilometers apart. Lagoon Camp has built its reputation on action packed game viewing with dedicated tracking and tremendous guiding; the pursuit of wildlife sightings the priority. Here it is common to follow tracks of predators and once found, proceeding off road to follow predators on exciting hunts; this sometime being the fantastic African wild dogs.
In addition to plentiful elephant sightings, you’ll be treated to lots of predator viewing. Predators are diverse with lion, wild dog, hyena, leopard and cheetah all frequently seen. Night drives can be particularly productive with lots of smaller carnivores in the area such as serval, caracal, honey badger, African wildcat, genet and civet. In areas of open grasslands and pan systems there is a plentiful variety of game with impala, red lechwe, steenbok, reedbuck, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, tsessebe, kudu, zebra, waterbuck, sable, and roan in the area.
Kwando Lagoon Camp was rebuilt in March 2011 and comprises 8 spaciously designed tents with views over the private lagoon formed by the ever-changing Kwando River. Each tent comprises a bedroom area with a spacious bathroom en suite. The bathroom has a double basin set in an indigenous Mukwa wood stand and a flush loo. The spacious outdoor reeded showers capture the essence of Africa that is Kwando.
The tents are furnished in the best teak furniture created by Zimbabwean master craftsmen. The shady cool interiors are produced by a canvas flysheet under shade cloth, Tents are also set under massive Ebony and Marula trees with shady lawns. A small plunge pool is available to cool off during the long summer days. The resident hippos entertain our guests as they sit in the deck chairs in front of their tents.
There is a wonderful communal area to relax during the mid-day including a plunge pool. From this area, one might see an elephants approach. Food is hearty and the staff provides a very welcoming atmosphere at this camp. Activities here focus on game drives and boat cruises. Their guide and tracker system providing the guest with the maximum wildlife experience.
Elephant Safari Days 7, and 8
VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
THE ELEPHANT CAMP
Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi Gorges, the Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray as well as the Batoka Gorge, which separates Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Elephant Camp is a luxurious and intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls town and all of its attractions. The camp is 15 kilometers from VFA and 10 kilometers from Victoria Falls town.
This all-inclusive camp features 12 tents with private indoor-outdoor hower and bath, plunge pool, gorgefacing private decks, and private lounge. The tents are equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fans.
Wild Horizons Elephant Encounter
All guests staying at the Elephant Camp will have an opportunity to meet the Wild Horizons elephants. This is an elephant encounter that typically lasts up to three hours. You get to interact with elephants in as natural a way as possible at the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and orphanage.