Kwando: Elephant and Family Safari

9 days
FROM £ 4130
Countries Visited: Botswana
Family Holidays

Kwando: Elephant and Family Safari

A fabulous family safari visiting contrasting wildlife areas in the Okavango and Linyanti, combined with a stay in the Kalahari Salt Pans and an opportunity to track with San Bushmen.

The family guide price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children aged between 6 and 15 years old).

You can do this trip all year-round with the Easter, summer and half term holidays in May & October the best times to go for families, depending what you want to see.

The peak time to be in the Okavango and Linyanti perfectly co-incides with the long school summer holidays offering a combination of great weather and wildlife densities (July/August). The October and May half-term holidays would also work really well - October offers very high animal densities right at the end of the dry season, although temperatures soar well in to the 30s, with the rains arriving in November. May's weather is beautiful with clear blue skies after the long rains (December to March), the Okavango starts to fill up and wildlife turns north from the Kalarhari salt pans back to the Delta.

April (Easter holidays) is a transition month as the rain clears - there are many baby animals to see, dramatic sunsets and increasingly clear skies - a great time for a desert and delta holiday. April is our favourite month to be in the Kalahari. April is seen as the start of the season in the Okavango so visitor numbers are lower and prices are competitive.

The Real World Conservation Trust (formerly Real Africa Trust) works with leading conservation organisations to raise awareness as well as raising funds for specific projects. Partners include Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino, The Sheldrick Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana and Animals saving Animals. You can find out more on our Conservation pages. On behalf of every client travelling, Real Africa makes a donation to the Trust. Our aim is to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species and to promote sustainable, socially responsible travel which benefits the wildlife and communities you choose to visit. The Trust's current campaign, Explorers against Extinction has successfully raised enough money to fund a brand new canine unit for RCB. Two pups were trained with Animals saving Animals and deployed to Botswana in summer 2018 as rhino protection dogs. Visit our News and Conservation pages for more info! 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

Nxai Pan National Park
On arrival at Maun you will be met and assisted to your onward flight to the Nxai Pan National Park . You then fly by light aircraft to Nxai Pan Airstrip where you will be met by a camp driver/guide. You then enjoy a short transfer to camp. On arrival, enjoy afternoon tea before departing on your afternoon/evening game drive. Spend the next few days enjoying daily game drives and safari activities. Activities offered at Nxai Pan are game drives, day trips to the famous Baines’ Baobabs and Khama Khama Pan, star gazing, as well as nature walks with Bushman trackers.

DAY 3 - 5

Kwara Concession, Okavango Delta
After breakfast you will be transferred by light aircraft to your camp in the Okavango Delta. On arrival at Kwando Splash Camp Airstrip you will be met by a camp driver/guide and will enjoy a short transfer to camp. The private Kwara Concession, on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta, is huge occupying an area of 175 000 hectares. With a considerable water boundary of 30 kms with the world famous Moremi Game Reserve allowing free movement of wildlife between these areas the concession has the advantage of the wildlife of the reserve without the restrictions on activities experienced within the reserve. In addition to game drives and motorboat excursions the concession offers night walks, fishing and mokoro excursions. The Kwara Concession is particularly well known for wild dog, although lions, leopard and Cheetah are also found here. With both floodplains and a dry hinterland, the concession is well equipped for a wide variety of antelope. Plentiful game is found in the dry hinterland with impala, tsessebe, kudu and giraffe common.

DAY 6 - 8

Linyanti Reserve
After breakfast you will be transferred by light aircraft to your camp in the Linyanti Reserve. Morning and night game drives are conducted by specialist guides and trackers in open safari vehicles. This area is home to huge herds of elephants and buffalo. There are few places in Africa where such concentrated numbers of these animals exist, especially in the dry season. The predators are also well represented by lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. Among the great variety of antelope species found at Lagoon, the endangered Sable and Roan are often seen. Seasonally, large herds of elephant drink almost daily at the river bank in front of the camp, in full view of the guests. The big herds attract big predators. The lions of Kwando are famous for their elephant, hippo and buffalo kills. Playful spotted necked otters are commonly seen performing in the Lagoon right in front of the tents. You will also have the opportunity to cruise along the Kwando River which provides excellent opportunities for bird watching.
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  • All 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
  • Park entrance fees
  • Contribution to local charities within Botswana
  • ATOL protection
  • 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

  • Per family sharing: from £16,520 (low season) - based on 2 adults and 2 children aged between 6 and 15 years old
  • This trip is available all year round
  • The price guide is based on the accommodation, safaris and transfers as listed above and is subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • For an exact quotation and itinerary based on your requirements please do get in touch.

International Flights  

We are ATOL bonded and can easily arrange international flights for you as required. Please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates, availability, cabin/route/airline preferences and special offers.

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