Kwando Five Rivers

7 days
FROM £ 2,595
Countries Visited: Botswana
Safari on a Shoestring

Kwando Five Rivers

Guests can safari at Kwando camps year-round but the Five Rivers offer is special - it runs 15 November - 31 March annually (during the 'Green Season') and offers greatly discounted nightly rates at eight Kwando camps/lodges as follows:

Nxai Pan – Makgadikgadi
Tau Pan – Makgadikgadi
Kwara Camp – Okavango Delta
Pom Pom Camp – Okavango Delta
Lebala Camp – Kwando/Linyanti Concession
Lagoon Camp – Kwando/Linyanti Concession
Stanley’s Safari Lodge – Livingstone (Zambian side of Victoria Falls)
Elephant Camp – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls)

The Green Season is a time of plenty in Botswana - summer migrants arrive, many young animals are born and the landscape is lush and green with many flowers in bloom. The afternoons can see dramatic downpours which make for beautiful skies and sunsets - great for photography. Predator sightings, particularly at Lebala, are excellent during the green season as the big cats and wild dogs prey on the vulnerable young and newly born animals.

The Green Season months of November to March are hotter than the cool winter months of May to October. There are far fewer visitors during the Green Season and rates across all open camps/lodges are significantly lower than in the dry season months.

The desert salt pans are at their best during the Green Season months. Early in the season large herds of elephants gather at waterholes to quench their thirst. These then tend to disperse being replaced by grazers. Lion are seen nearly every day at this time of year - with the lionesses giving birth in around mid January (usually) - and there are regular sightings of cheetah. The annual zebra migration brings thousands of animals into the area. While some zebras have migrated with their small foals, others are being born on the Nxai Pan plains. One of the most incredible things about a new born foal is the gangly length of their legs. A foals is born with such long legs that when it stands next to its mother its under belly is just about the same height as its mothers under belly. This, coupled with the disruptive colouration of the zebra stripes makes it incredibly difficult for a predator to target the young during an attack. It is easy to see why a group of zebras is sometimes called a ‘dazzle’.

The birdlife at Nxai Pan is also very rewarding with plentiful sightings of Adbim’s Stork, Pale Chanting Goshawks, Yellow-billed Kites, Carmine Bee-eaters and Open-billed Storks. Nxai Pan is also home to the Kori Bustard, the largest flying bird in the world and the national bird of Botswana.

We've put together a sample Green Season Safari below, using some of our favourite Kwando 'Five Rivers' camps but you can choose from eight different camps/lodges to make an itinerary to suit you - just ask us to price up your preferred routing for you.

On behalf of all clients travelling with us The Real Africa Trust fund-raises and donates to charity Save the Elephants . Kwando itself is a 100% citizen owned with 97% being Botswana citizens. By investing in wildlife areas and pioneering renewable energy they ensure that guests leave only footprints behind...

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1-2

Maun to Nxai Pan
Fly from Maun to the airstrip at Nxai Pan where you will be met and transferred to the lodge. Nxai Pan National Park lies just north of the Maun-Nata road and adjoins Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on its northern border. Nxai Pan was originally state land and an area of 1676 sq. km was declared a game reserve in 1970, and then in 1992 the boundaries were extended to include Baines Baobabs to give the present total area of 2578 sq km and National Park Status was granted. The Nxai Pans were once part of the great lake that covered central Botswana – which included The Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi and Lake Ngami to name a few. The Pan itself is a fossil lakebed about 40 sq km in size. The landscape is largely covered by grassland and dotted with clusters of umbrella acacia trees and mopane woodland in the north. During the rains from November to April – the pans become covered in grass which is a landscape very similar to the Kalahari. Nxai pan is well known for its huge springbok population and once the rains have started, gemsbok, elephant and zebra migrate to the region. At this time zebra come in their thousands to drop their young at Nxai Pan. Extraordinarily large herds of giraffes can be seen with up to 30 in a group. These large herds of zebra, springbok, and wildebeest attract many predators – lion, cheetah, jackal and both spotted and the elusive brown hyena, as well as the endangered wild dog and the secretive leopard. There are large numbers of bat-eared fox and raptors that prey on the rodents and reptiles. At times, rhino have also been sighted.

DAY 3-4

Nxai Pan to Linyanti
This morning after breakfast you will leave Nxai Pan and fly by light aircraft to the famous Linyanti concession in western Chobe. Apart from its sheer size, the most remarkable feature of the Linyanti Reserve is the diverse range of habitats that it encompasses. The Linyanti River is bordered by floodplains very similar to those of the Okavango Delta, as well as extensive grasslands, while the interior of the concession consists of vast mopane forests and acacia bushveld. This diversity of habitat in turn supports a wide array of wildlife, and this area is particularly well known for its huge herds of elephants (probably the largest herds in Africa), and the lions of the Savuti Channel (featured in National Geographic documentaries).

DAY 5-6

Linyanti
This morning you have an exciting game drive 30km south to Lebala Camp where you will spend the next 2 nights. The scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree clumps backed by wooded savannas. Open grasslands scattered with Illala Palms stretch to the south and west of Lebala. The perennial and southerly flowing Kwando river disappears into the vast marshes before emerging as the Linyanti river, flowing in a north easterly direction. The wetlands and flood plains around Lebala offer a wonderful variety of wildlife. Enjoy game drives in open safari vehicles. After dark, spotlights are switched on and the game drives expose you to nocturnal sightings of rare and elusive species including leopard, mongoose and aardwolf. The combination of marshes, seasonal floodplains, savannah and wooded mopane scrubland make this an ideal assortment of terrain for a wide range of animals. Species such as lechwe, impala, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and buffalo attract Lion and endangered Wild Dog. You can also expect to see a lot of elephants, giraffe, hippo and crocodile.
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Includes

  • all domestic flights within Botswana and departure taxes
  • accommodation and board basis as specified
  • all detailed transfers
  • charter flights in Botswana (20kgs luggage in soft bags including hand luggage)
  • all game activities and park fees on safari in Botswana
  • laundry
  • local & house beverages on safari (South African wines and spirits)
  • park entrance fees
  • the services of our offices in Botswana & the U.K. with 24/7 contact details
Not Included: international flights, travel insurance, driver/guide tips, gratuities and porterage, any items of a personal nature

Price Guide

  • The cost is £2,595.00 per person sharing based on the Five Rivers 2017/18 special offer for travel in Botswana's Green Season (15 November to 31 March). 

This is based on the accommodation and transfers as listed. Should these not be available, the price will increase. For an exact quotation and itinerary for the dates you require, please do get in touch.

Flight costs from the UK range between £1,400.00 - £1,920.00 per person depending on the time of year you travel. We can easily arrange international flights for you if required - our airline partners offer special rates throughout the year so please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates and preferences. 

The Five Rivers special offers eight lodges/camps and the itinerary can be amended to include any of the following:

  • Nxai Pan – Makgadikgadi
  • Tau Pan – Makgadikgadi
  • Kwara Camp – Okavango Delta
  • Pom Pom Camp – Okavango Delta
  • Lebala Camp – Kwando/Linyanti Concession
  • Lagoon Camp – Kwando/Linyanti Concession
  • Stanley’s Safari Lodge – Livingstone (Zambian side of Victoria Falls)
  • Elephant Camp – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls)

 

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