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