The Last Refuge - Luxury
9 days from $12,265 per person
* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.
The Highlights of The Last Refuge
Botswana serves up a pristine wilderness adventure in comfortable and secluded tented camps. From the thriving elephants and hippos of the Okavango Delta to the Kalahari's meerkats and desert adapted wildlife, this is Africa at its best.
Explore the bush from your intimate camps, whose locations and gracious staff welcome you in authentic African style.
Discover the varied terrain and wildlife of the Okavango Delta, by traditional mokoro canoes and open-sided safari vehicles.
Experience the thrill of small bush plane flights between camps — a chance to view game from the air. (Flights between camps are included.)
Enjoy the antics of amusing meerkats as they forage and cautiously watch out for predators.
1. InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport
South Africa, Johannesburg
The Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo is conveniently located within Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International airport and a safe and easy walk from the international arrivals hall. The beautifully furnished en-suite rooms feature a writing desk, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, mini-bar, television with DSTV and DVD player, electronic safe, 24-room service, porter service and wakeup facility. Complimentary luggage storage is available for guest use while on safari. Services and facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a uniquely African dining experience at the popular Quills Restaurant, which serves a range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options as well as light meals and drinks.
2. DumaTau Camp
Botswana, Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
DumaTau Camp, meaning “roar of the lion”, is a ten-roomed luxury tented camp located in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve that borders the Chobe National Park. Set on a lagoon on the Linyanti River between two “elephant highways,” the camp is raised off the ground to take advantage of the sweeping dramatic river views. Each en-suite tent is spacious, spreading out under a canvas roof, with a clear-storey window. There is an airy, expansive dining and lounge area, and a pool, all overlooking the lagoon. The camp is situated close to the confluence of the Savuti Channel and the Linyanti waterways and the wide variety of terrain, allows for a diverse range of activities. Guests will spend time on the water, on land and on foot, and on day and night game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles along the Savuti and Linyanti.
3. Jao Camp
Botswana, Okavango Delta
Jao Camp is situated in the heart of Botswana's Okavango Delta, on a densely wooded, oval-shaped island. Shaded by a canopy of trees, the spacious and beautifully designed tents, feature indoor and outdoor showers, a bath, flush toilet, double basins and a "sala" for midday siestas with wonderful views. Raised walkways connect the rooms to the main lodge areas. In addition to the main lounge and dining area, there are two plunge pools, a wine cellar, and a boma for dining under the stars. The camp has a gym for guests who wish to stay active and a spa offering a range of massage therapies. A raised hide located about 20 minutes from camp, is a great place to watch wildlife. The hide can also be used for sleep-outs for a maximum of four people. Jao offers both land and water activities, depending on the fluctuating levels of the Okavango's floodwater. Activities include morning and evening game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, boating and traditional mokoro rides (dug-out canoes). Fishing is also possible, and the guides will be happy to take you to their secret spots to try for Pike and a variety of Bream species.
4. Jack's Camp
Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans
Jack's Camp is at the edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park. Set into a palm grove, the camp has endless vistas of the rolling grasslands and huge salt pans. The ten roomy and stylish canvas tents are fashioned in classical 1940’s style. Complete with Persian rugs, en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, the tents are an oasis of civilization in striking contrast with the rugged wilderness. Jack’s Camp is renowned for menus that emphasize fresh tastes and originality. Three course meals include such treats as fresh tomato and basil soup, ostrich piccata, roast Botswana beef, delectable orange tarts and impossibly rich, but light, chocolate puddings. The guides at Jack's Camp are often fully qualified Zoologists/Biologists, working on Ph.D. research. Together they team up with the Zu/'hoasi Bushmen to guide guests on morning walks and game drives.
Day 1. Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg where you’ll be warmly welcomed and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Intercontinental O.R. Tambo
Day 2. Johannesburg / Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Meet your bush pilot and take flight to your first camp in an area known for its large number of elephants, predators and diverse variety of water birds. This afternoon, board a small boat for a wildlife cruise and look out for submerging hippos and varied wildlife coming down to drink along the river. (BLD)
Day 3. Linyanti Reserve
Awake with the animals as you climb into an open safari vehicle for a game drive to photograph the abundant wildlife, as they hunt, graze and simply laze. After lunch, be ready for more action on a late afternoon game drive. Upon your return, enjoy a refreshing sundowner before a starlit dinner. (BLD)
Day 4. Linyanti Reserve / Okavango Delta
Get ready for some incredible aerial views as you fly over the pristine Okavango Delta. Join your ranger to explore the wetlands aboard a mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe. Poling quietly through the wetlands and water lilies, he’ll point out the abundant birdlife and perhaps a tiny reed frog. (BLD)
Day 5. Okavango Delta
Grab your binoculars and get back out on the channels with your ranger to resume your wildlife viewing. Watch for the prized appearance of the Pel’s Fishing-owl, red lechwe or spotted hyena. (BLD)
Day 6. Okavango Delta
Set out for your morning game drive. Watch for the subtle familiar interaction of a herd of elephants and listen for the distinctive lion’s roar. Zoom in on the curious buffalo or catch a glimpse of a cheetah grooming her cubs. (BLD)
Day 7. Okavango Delta / Makgadikgadi Pans
Take flight to your camp deep into the Kalahari Desert and the boundless lunar landscape of Makgadikgadi. You’re sure to see many unique desert species. Perhaps you'll spot the rare brown hyena or bat-eared fox during game drives and walks near your camp. Enjoy a sundowner as you dine on Pan-African cuisine. (BLD)
Day 8. Makgadikgadi Pans
As the sun rises, watch the pixie-faced meerkats emerging from their burrows and take a walk with the Kalahari bushmen. After dinner, head out into the middle of nowhere for a 360-degree view of the stars. (BLD)
Day 9. Makgadikgadi Pans / Depart
Relax and enjoy this special place before flying back to Johannesburg via Maun for your onward arrangements. (B)
Land Arrangements (Price per person)
**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-10, Dec 20-31.
Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)
Johannesburg - Maun - Johannesburg