Botswana - Best of Selinda and Okavango Delta
Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Cape buffalo, Iconic landscapes, Giraffe, Zebra
ALL OUR ‘BEST OF SELINDA AND OKAVANGO DELTA’ SAFARIS ARE CUSTOMIZED AND BOOKED ON DEMAND ONLY. ORYX DOES NOT CURRENTLY OFFER ANY SCHEDULED SAFARIS FOR THIS ITINERARY, BUT WILL INSTEAD HAPPILY DESIGN A TAILOR-MADE PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI TO THIS DESTINATION ACCORDING TO YOUR SPECIFIC REQUESTS AND REQUIREMENTS!
Day 1: Maun to Selinda Reserve
Upon arrival at Maun International Airport and after clearing customs and passport control you will be met by the local representive of ORYX and be transferred to Zarafa Camp on light aircraft.
At Zarafa Camp there is no set routine: the region’s wildlife knows the most forgiving times of day, and we will take their lead. Early morning, late afternoon and evenings are the prime game viewing times, as this is when the colors are most vibrant, the sun is low, and spirits are at their highest! Selinda Reserve is famous for its elephants, lions, wild dogs, hippos, buffalo and giraffe. Some days we will spend hours with a single herd of elephants; other days we may track cheetah, or wait in a hide for the likes of the lovely Slaty Egret to arrive and fish.
Overnight Zarafa Camp
Days 2 & 3: Selinda Reserve
Made famous by Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s National Geographic films (Ultimate Enemies, Hunting with the Moon, The African Diaries), the Selinda Reserve is home to the famous hippo-killing lions. The hunting of large prey by lions is legendary and certainly a highlight but is of course random and never guaranteed.
This is wild Africa, after all: unpredictable and magical, where each day is thankfully different and brimming with endless possibilities! The open plains here are an ideal habitat for Cheetah, while the thicker woodlands provide refuge for Leopard. One of Africa’s most endangered predators, the African Wild Dog, is usually resident and the Selinda pack frequently dens in close proximity to the camp. Other common species include large herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, hyena, waterbuck, kudu, steenbuck, lechwe and, of course, the ubiquitous impala.
Nocturnal species include civet, serval, wildcat, honey badger, springhares, aardvark and aardwolf.
Overnight Zarafa Camp
Day 4: Selinda Reserve to Okavango Delta
After breakfast and at a time to be advised you will depart on small aircraft to the legendary Duba Plains. The Duba Plains Camp is a private 77,000-acre reserve located in the northern reaches of Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta. It is situated just north of the Moremi Game Reserve. Inaccessible for most of the year by any means other than aircraft, it is this remoteness that solidifies Duba Plains as the soul of ‘wild Africa’!
Complemented by permanent channels and a number of larger wooded islands, a diverse array of wildlife is guaranteed, affording some spectacular photographic opportunities. This camp prides itself as a ‘home away from home’, with all the touches of personal service and superb safari experiences.
Overnight Duba Plains Camp
Days 5 & 6: Okavango Delta
Whether it be summer, winter, autumn or spring, Duba Plains is a year-round delight, offering large concentrations of game that congregate on the open plains, while predators lurk in the denser forests on the edge preparing to launch into a hunt. The permanent waterways provide extraordinary bird watching and a steady supply of water for passing elephant herds. Red lechwe, the consummate Botswana wetland antelope, dash through the Delta waters by the hundreds.
Made famous in Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s National Geographic film, Relentless Enemies, the Duba Reserve is home to extraordinary daytime lion versus buffalo interactions. Whilst the hunting of large prey by lions is legendary, please note that it is never guaranteed, so patience is therefore required.
The lions, renowned for their pursuits of the buffalo herds, are a formidable force. It’s a perfect recipe: the open plains’ nutritious grasses, coupled with the Delta’s clean, clear waters, combine to create the perfect habitat for buffalo; and, where such herds abound, the lions are never far behind. Contrary to usual behavior, the Duba lions are most often active during the day hours, with many of their famous buffalo hunts occurring in broad daylight.
The prides occur in extraordinary concentrations and in all combinations of ages and sexes – from playful young cubs to old, wise parents and relatives. While Duba Plains is most famous for its large elephant herds and lion and buffalo interactions, the plains game, birds, leopards and other sightings complete the experience.
Some days we will spend hours with a single pride of lions, watching the tiny cubs playing with their mother, aunts and siblings; other days we may roam the plains absorbing the splendor of a large herd of Red Lechwe running through the channels, or perhaps photographing the area’s fantastic birdlife, including the rare Slaty Egret and regal Wattled Crane.
Overnight Duba Plains
Day 7: Okavango Delta to Maun and Depart for Final Destination of Choice
After your final morning safari and breakfast, you will depart Duba Plains by scheduled light aircraft back to Maun where this amazing safari sadly comes to an end