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Platinum Botswana

Botswana

11 days

1 night Johannesburg 3 nights Makgadikgadi Pans 3 nights Selinda Reserve 3 nights Okavango Delta

Discover a front row seat to nature’s theatre at luxury tented camps that draw on decades of safari heritage. For real adventure in unreal style, this ultra-lux African safari is made for those for whom attention to detail matters, privacy is paramount, and style and sustainability perfectly intersects. Book now and receive an additional complimentary night at Xigera Safari Lodge and Zarafa Camp, for travel between January - April 30, 2023. Solo travelers will enjoy no single supplements.


How Your Trip Matters

Embrace the call of the wild at stylish camps that are passionate about sustainability and hospitality. Recharge at Xigera Safari Lodge, delight in the Magic of the Makgadikgadi and take a walk with the Kalahari bushmen.


Highlights

Explore the Selinda Reserve, one of Botswana’s most prolific wildlife areas boasting staggering wildlife populations year-round. Home to leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, zebra and giraffe, it is also a refuge for some of the more uncommon species such as African wild dog, roan and sable.

Discover the Makgadikgadi Pans, a landscape of space and otherworldly vistas in search of unique desert wildlife. Enjoy a blockbuster of activities including quad biking, bushman walks, traditional game drives and meerkat encounters.

Experience exclusive, unrivaled flexibility at Xigera Safari Lodge in the heart of the incredible Okavango Delta, with no set times, no itineraries, just the unique chance of exploring the bush at a personalized pace.

 

 

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences are conscious travel experiences chosen with great care based on the positive social or environmental impact they have both on their communities, and on those who experience them: our guests. You can identify these experiences across our trips by locating the MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience seal.

Accommodations

1. The Saxon

South Africa, Johannesburg

The enchanting Saxon Hotel is the perfect blend of rich cultural history and contemporary five-star service. As a guest of the Saxon you may choose to stay in one of the luxuriously elegant suites in the main hotel, or you may prefer the sense of quiet retreat of the more private villa suites. The tranquil suites feature a king size bed, separate bathroom with bath and walk-in shower. The open plan layout includes a lounge and dining area with business desk and iPod docking station. In room amenities include complimentary full mini bar and snacks, high speed Wi-Fi, in suite entertainment, a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival and 24 hour butler service. While at The Saxon, join the chefs on an experiential, culinary adventure at one of the hotel’s many restaurants. A fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment and is available 24 hours, while the spa is an oasis of calm, complete with hydro facilities, water features, outdoor stones and gardens.

2. Jack's Camp

Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans

Jack’s Camp is one of Africa's most storied and iconic camps and just one of three in a one million acre private wildlife reserve. Located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the 100% solar powered camp is fashioned in classical 1940’s style. The stylish canvas tents feature en suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, an overhead bed cooling system to ward off the desert heat, and a wood burning stove for the chilly morning and evenings. Each tent has a private veranda with a plunge pool. The main tent houses a library with an antique pool table, a nomadic Persian tea tent, a dedicated spa tent and a Natural History Museum with one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient artefacts in Botswana. A swimming pool pavilion, the only one of its kind in Africa, has views of the glittering landscape. An oasis in striking contrast with the rugged wilderness, Jack’s Camp promises Real Adventure in Unreal Style.

 

 

 

3. Zarafa Camp

Botswana, Selinda Reserve

Zarafa Camp is an intimate tented camp located on the private Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. The perfect balance between luxury, romance and adventure, the tents are set on raised decking, under flowing canvas. Entering through a heavy wood Lamu door guests are transported into a lavish space. Each bedroom is connected to a full lounge with gas fireplace, and open layout bathroom complete with cooper claw-foot bath and indoor shower. Decking around the tent leads to the private plunge pool and outdoor shower. The camp’s main lounge includes a library, dining area, bush boutique and an outdoor gym. In-room massages are available. Only recycled hardwoods and canvas were used in the construction. All the camp’s electricity comes from its solar farm and a bio-gas system converts vegetable waste into usable cooking gas. Few camps rival the location of this little gem, overlooking the crystal waters of Zibadianja Lagoon.

4. Xigera Safari Lodge

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Xigera is a bold new safari lodge set in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana's iconic Moremi Game Reserve. Meticulously designed to frame the breathtaking floodplains and riverine forests, the lodge is in complete synergy with its surroundings. Spacious suites look out onto lily-filled lagoons, providing a front-row seat to the theatre of the African bush. Each suite floats delicately above the water, allowing wildlife to pass uninterruptedly beneath. The interiors are filled with exceptional one-off works of art and design created by 76 of Africa’s most globally acclaimed designers. The lodge is 100% solar powered, with a dedicated focus on sustainability. Defined by Red Carnation’s passion and art of hospitality the lodge offers an exclusive experience of unrivalled flexibility. There are no set times, no itineraries, just the unique chance of exploring the bush at a personalized pace. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa

With a warm welcome upon your arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa’s “City of Gold,” you will be transferred to the enchanting Saxon Hotel. A perfect blend of rich cultural history and contemporary five-star service, the Saxon is situated on ten acres of magnificent indigenous gardens, providing a private and peaceful retreat like no other.

The Saxon

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Day 2. Johannesburg, South Africa / Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

Fly to the otherworldly vistas and discover the Magic of the Makgadikgadi. The old-world glamour of Jack’s Camp is a Kalahari legend with stunning touches like the nomadic tea tent and Natural History Museum cabinets. (BLD)

During your stay you will be immersed in learning about the ancient culture and wildlife, including one of the second largest mammal migration routes in Africa. The camp also celebrates the local culture and has one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient artefacts in Botswana.

Jack's Camp

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Day 3. Makgadikgadi Pans

As the sun rises, meet the pixie-faced meerkats then learn about the secrets of the desert on a walk with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen. On game drives, keep your eyes peeled for the elusive brown hyena or Kalahari lion. After dinner, enjoy a 360-degree view of the stars (BLD)

The ancient artifacts in the Natural History Museum are brought to life when you take a walk with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen. Gain insight into their ancient culture, the Kalahari land they inhabit and the traditions important to their community.

Jack's Camp

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Day 4. Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi is a place of unpredictable spectacles. During the dry season, a shimmering whiteness envelops the scorched landscape. This is the time of year for a thrilling quad bike ride or sleeping under the stars. When the rains fall, the pans are transformed into a layer of emerald-green grass that stretches out in every direction. Witness the second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest in Africa. (BLD)

Jack's Camp

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Day 5. Makgadikgadi Pans / Selinda Reserve

Fly to Zarafa, in the private 130,000 hectare Selinda Reserve, known for its staggering wildlife populations year-round. Home to leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, zebra and giraffe, it is also a refuge for some of the more uncommon species such as African wild dog, roan and sable antelope. (BLD)

Zarafa Camp

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Day 6. Selinda Reserve

Explore the nearby forests and grasslands. Bring the provided Swarovski binoculars on guided walks and game drives to spy the elusive leopard, regal cheetah or the endangered African wild dog. After a busy day on safari be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa. (BLD)

Zarafa Camp

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Day 7. Selinda Reserve

Water levels permitting, Zarafa’s special pontoon boat is an utterly unique experience, complete with couches, a dining area and bar. Enjoy a floating brunch or sundowners while watching hippos and elephants in the water. It is also an exceptional platform for birding. (BLD)

Zarafa Camp

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Day 8. Selinda Reserve / Okavango Delta

Enjoy incredible aerial views as you fly over the Okavango Delta to Xigera Safari Lodge. The 100% solar powered lodge sits within a stunning mix of palm-filled islands, riverine forests and expansive floodplains. Each year floodwaters flow from Angola to create this spectacular wetland habitat and Xigera is dedicated to guarding this precious jewel. Admire the stunning views and delve deeper into the living gallery of African art before enjoying a unique culinary safari tonight. (BLD)

In partnership with the Treadright Foundation, Xigera is fully solar-powered, single-use plastic-free and guests are encouraged to join on a conservation journey to safeguard this precious landscape for generations to come.

Xigera Safari Lodge

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Day 9. Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most incredible eco-systems, a wetlands paradise where the ebb and flow of the seasons paints an ever-changing vista. At Xigera, your safari experience is entirely flexible, take a walk on the wild side, enjoy high tea in the bush, glide through the waterways in a glass-bottomed boat, or stop for a ‘feet-in-the-water’ sundowner. (BLD)

Xigera Safari Lodge

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Day 10. Okavango Delta

Each safari experience with your private guide is an opportunity to explore a wonderland teeming with creatures from crocodiles who glide stealthily among the lilies to the agile monkeys in their palm tree playground. Looking for a complete immersive nature experience? Book an additional night and enjoy the seclusion of the sculptural Baobab Treehouse suite. Rising almost 32 feet above the floodplain, the treehouse offers expansive 360-degree views from each of its three levels. (BLD)

In partnership with Wild Entrust Africa, help record wildlife movements and habitat during your walks and land and water safaris.

Xigera Safari Lodge

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Day 11. Okavango Delta / Depart

Enjoy one last magical morning before you bid farewell to one of Africa's finest jewels, the Okavango Delta. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 16, 2023 - Jan 31, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $23,300
Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request
Departure Dates Feb 1, 2023 - Feb 28, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $23,300
Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request
Departure Dates Mar 1, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $23,300
Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request
Departure Dates Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $27,800
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $5,800
Departure Dates May 1, 2023 - May 31, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $27,800
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $5,900
Departure Dates Jun 1, 2023 - Jun 14, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $33,900
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $7,900
Departure Dates Jun 15, 2023 - Jun 30, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $37,900
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $12,700
Departure Dates Jul 1, 2023 - Aug 31, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $38,900
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $13,000
Departure Dates Sep 1, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $37,900
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $13,000
Departure Dates Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $34,400
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $9,000
Departure Dates Nov 1, 2023 - Nov 30, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $27,900
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $5,900
Departure Dates Dec 1, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023
Share Twin/Double From $27,900
Single Room Supplement Starting From: $5,900

**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-15, Dec 20 - 31.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

Johannesburg - Maun - Johannesburg

Economy $570

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