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FROM US$4,660-US$8,320

Mopane Squirrel Safari

Visit two wildlife-rich private reserves in an exploration of the Okavango and Kwando regions. Sister-camps Splash and Lagoon camp provide a range of immersive activities, and their long-stay discounts make for an excellent-value safari.

Mopane Squirrel Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Mopane Squirrel Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Maun Airport

Day 1

Light aircraft & 4WD from Maun to Splash Camp

On arrival in Maun, you'll be guided to your light aircraft waiting on the tarmac for a scenic 25-minute flight, affording a first glimpse of the Okavango Delta's wilderness. After touching down, meet your guide and enjoy your first safari drive, a transfer to camp taking about 45 minutes.

Splash Camp
Days 1-4

Splash Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesOkavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana

Overlooking a significant waterhole within a private reserve of the Okavango Delta, Splash puts the ‘luxury’ into safari. Within the treeline in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Splash Camp arises like a crescent-shaped oasis in the wilderness.

Splash Camp

Overlooking a significant waterhole within a private reserve of the Okavango Delta, Splash puts the ‘luxury’ into safari. Within the treeline in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Splash Camp arises like a crescent-shaped oasis in the wilderness.

Right in front of this substantial camp, and visible from almost every angle – tented chalets, lounge, plunge pool, firepit – is an extensive waterhole that is a magnet for animals big and small, especially as the dry season progresses.

It’s an alluring prospect, a haven of luxury that retains an outdoors feel. Largely constructed of wood, with stretched canvas walls, the airy buildings are mellowed by thatched roofs. Their wide frontage makes the most of the aspect, while admitting plenty of light.

Bedrooms are smart and well appointed, with views from veranda and bed alike. Light-coloured sofas invite relaxation in the contemporary lounge. And in the open-sided dining area, ceiling fans rotate lazily above the long table while you tuck into substantial yet interesting meals.

"we had a great experience"

Mr R.fromMalmesbury

Arrived 3 Nov 2019, 3 nights

You’ll explore this exclusive area by 4x4 – no more than six guests to a vehicle – with guides who are particularly experienced in tracking predators. In season, slip into a mokoro and glide almost silently along the shallow waterways or – towards the end of the year – take a motorboat to a nearby heronry: a particular bonus for birdwatchers and photographers. See our full report on Splash Camp

95%
37 reviews of Splash Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Fishing

Guided walking safari

Helicopter

Mokoro

Night drive

Day 4

Splash to Lagoon Camp: light aircraft & 4WD

After a last activity at Splash Camp, bid your guide farewell at the airstrip. On board the light aircraft, you'll fly over remote woodlands crisscrossed by animal trails, before landing about 30 minutes later at Lagoon's Kwando airstrip. It's then a 4WD transfer to camp of about 25 minutes.

Lagoon Camp
Days 4-7

Lagoon Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesKwando-Linyanti area, Botswana

Mention wild dogs and it’s not long before Lagoon Camp, in the vast private Kwando Reserve, comes into the frame. On the banks of the Kwando River – and at the heart of the action – the camp takes safaris seriously.

Lagoon Camp

Mention wild dogs and it’s not long before Lagoon Camp, in the vast private Kwando Reserve, comes into the frame. On the banks of the Kwando River – and at the heart of the action – the camp takes safaris seriously.

To maximise sightings, game drives through the riverine forest onto the open plains are led by both a guide and a tracker, while river trips on a double-decker boat give elevated views over the reeds.

Wildlife watching from camp is pretty good, too, with numerous vantage points. Start in the early hours from your bed, raised above the lounge area in front, or from a deck chair on your private veranda, before moving to the campfire for breakfast.

At lunchtime, keep watch from the dining table; in the afternoon from the free-form pool, the swing seat, or the cosy tree-level lounge.

Both chalets and central area are spacious and airy, their stretched canvas walls and open sides – or huge mesh windows – accentuating the openness of the environment.

"...highest concentrations and greatest variety of wildlife on our trip."

Mr FfromDalston

Arrived 31 Oct 2019, 3 nights

Décor is generally muted and uncluttered; thatched roofs blend into the surroundings; and linking it all are expanses of wooden decking, gleaming in the sun. No wonder an air of comfort and relaxed efficiency prevails. See our full report on Lagoon Camp

95%
223 reviews of Lagoon Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Fishing

Guided walking safari

Helicopter

Night drive

Day 7

4WD & light aircraft from Lagoon to Maun

There's usually time for a final game drive before your guide takes you to the airstrip for your scenic 50-minute flight back to Maun Airport. The transfer will be timed to connect with your onward international flights.

Day 7

Ends: Maun Airport

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