Adventurous Botswana and Beach
- 12 nights
- from $16000
At a Glance
Gallop through the Delta on an adrenaline filled safari looking out for wildlife
Wild swim in the Savuti Channel an activity only found at Raw
Spend time in the floating hide at Meno a Kwena for a fantastic view of the action
Have a night sleeping under the stars in the pans with your food cooked over a fire
Visit the falls and spend an afternoon making the most of the activities on offer
Dive in the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi
On arrival in Maun, begin your safari with a light aircraft flight into the Selinda Reserve and enjoy three nights at Motswiri Raw. This authentic safari camp is located on the banks of the Selinda Spillway, a permanent water source north of the Okavango Delta which floods in years of high rain in Angola. The camp is made up of five authentic Meru Style tents, reminiscent of safaris from yesteryear offering incredible guiding and all round experiences. The camp offers the most comprehensive list of experiences of any other Delta camp. You can participate in horse riding, canoeing, mokoros, boat cruises, fishing, walking, game drives (night and day) as well as wild swimming in the Selinda Spillway. Spend a few days here trying out all of the activities they have on offer and really immerse yourself in the wilder side of safari again.
Next stop is Meno a Kweno, a lovely, laid back property located high up overlooking the Boteti River. This is a prime location to see the second biggest zebra migration in Africa, which draws in a lot of big predators including lion. Thousands of zebra congregate around the Boteti River, between May and September, after migrating back from the nutritious grasses that disappear due to the drying up of the water in the Salt Pans in the Makgadikgadi. There are plenty of other activities you can do such as walks with the Koi-San Bushmen, visits out to the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans for a sleep out under the stars and boat cruises down the Boteti River. The best time to visit this area is in the dry season when you can try all of the activities and see the hundreds of zebra scattered over the horizon. However, even going out of this season the guiding is so good that they bring the area to life – perfect for someone who has been on safari before and is looking at doing something very different with a real out of Africa feel.
Continuing the adventure from Botswana there will be a quick night in Stanley's Safari Lodge in Zambia's Livingstone. At only 3 km from Victoria Falls you can see the spray from the deck and visit it in no time at all. There are only 10 chalets in different styles, some open fronted and some closed depending on your preference. Spend the afternoon making the most the falls has to offer before flying to Malawi the following morning arriving in time for a late lunch and an afternoon on the beach.
Lake Malawi is better described as an inland sea rather than a lake. Stretching the length of London to Edinburgh and the width between London and Reading, it is an oasis formed in the Great Rift Valley. The Lake has endemic species of fish called chambo making it great for diving and snorkeling. Kaya Mawa is a beautiful small lodge with little houses dotted along the crystal, clear lake edge. You can do as little or as much as you want here with activities such as cultural visits, visiting St Peters Cathedral, quad biking around the island, mountain biking, lovely walking trails, plenty of water sports including kite surfing, sailing as well as diving and snorkeling. The style of the lodge compliments the natural surroundings, with half-open air bathrooms and the natural rock features of the cliffs integrated in to the structure of your room.
Leaving Lake Malwai you will return to Lilongwe in time for your return flight to Johannesburg for your international connection.
Location & Directions
When to go
Botswana and Malawi's winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain.