7-night Botswana Fly-in Safari

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Travel Logistics

Starts: Maun
Ends: Maun


Duration: 7 nights
Price Guide

Price Guide

From USD $9,190
per person

Take a bite out of Bots 7-night Botswana Fly-in Safari

Exclusive Botswana safaris are famously… exclusive. So with this 7-night Botswana Fly-in Safari, we’re properly excited to bring you real savings, and flexibility. On this itinerary, you can explore the farthest-flung corners of this magical, even mythical, African safari destination, and choose your ideal sequence to boot. Think great value on the flight savings and included accommodation, yet still enjoy the type of experience Hidden Africa ardently believes in – tented camps that get you close up to the bush. With a little luxury tented treat thrown in at the end.

Two of the camps are mobile tented camps in wild areas that don’t allow for permanent structures. You’ll be off the grid, and off the map, with no Wi-Fi for a few days. But, hey, it’s about disconnecting to reconnect, right? Close to airstrips, it’s not entirely unchartered, but it will feel that way.

This 7-night Botswana Fly-in Safari begins in Chobe, in the north-eastern corner of Botswana. Do not forget your camera, even your mobile phone – the overall experience, the game-viewing, the birdwatching, on this famous river are unbeatable for a photographic safari. Then we’re off to the Savuti – famous for its prides of lion, known to prey on even an occasional unsuspecting elephant. Best for last is the phenomenal wetland that is the Okavango Delta – where we up the luxe too – you’ve earned it.

Our Hidden Africa travel alchemists love simple and authentic tented camps. The ones that make you feel like a child again, but that don’t forsake the luxuries you can’t live without. Like good food and wine.

This safari will leave you with a very good idea of the different areas that make up Botswana – from the Chobe riverfront to the wild and arid Savuti, and the Eden that is the Delta. It will hopefully leave you a little changed, and very inspired.

The most famous safari company you've (probably) never heard of Why book this Hidden Africa safari

Stargazing Monkey

Luxury is about
the experience

We've included a signature photographic boat cruise on the Chobe River, tons of predator action in Savuti and a magical mokoro adventure in the Delta.
Bathing Monkey

Style has a
wild side

We've found two mobile tented camps with a charming Out of Africa-feel. And, because you've earned it, we up the luxe at the end in the Delta's wetlands.
Champagne Monkey

We create fun and
a little mischief

Experience the warmest African hospitality in some of the most wild and remote places on the planet with other intrepid explorers.


  • Enjoy getting eye-level with elephants and other game on a specially-adapted photographic boat for the ultimate river safari on the Chobe
  • ‘Everything’ is included – all meals (and everybody knows safari cuisine is calorie-free), drinks and laundry
  • Eye-watering scenic flights between the camps over this vast and uninhabited wilderness
  • Exploring the vastly different areas with a knowledgeable, but never know-it-all, professional guide on daily game drives
  • Appreciating the minutiae of the Delta on a guided mokoro adventure (dugout canoe) by getting close to the tiny creatures that inhabit the channels

Cool & Unusual

Bring your wide-brimmed leather hat. You will feel like an explorer from a bygone era as you get close to nature in a traditional canvas safari tent. Then revel in the safari-chic comfort of a more contemporary tented suite – you’ve earned it.

Break it down Itinerary overview

The magic begins in Maun, where – as some of us believe – your flight in a light aircraft is arguably the best part of your safari. It will be in either a Caravan or smaller Cessna plane (we like to call them bush taxis) as you head to Chobe National Park for your first two nights. You arrive in Chobe just in time for a quick bite and your first thrilling game drive. Later, after a hearty meal and generous glass of wine, you’ll be tucked in under a warm duvet, your ears swivelling to catch all the eerie songs of the night.

Today’s highlight is a half-day photographic boat cruise on the world-famous Chobe River. This is an exceptional opportunity to take in the unique animals, most of them just getting on with their elephantly business in a truly amazing landscape, on one of the best boat safaris in Africa. In the dry season, the Chobe’s banks host the largest concentration of African elephants, anywhere on the planet. The highlight of this experience is getting to see elephants swim across the river to Angola – sometimes in water that’s so deep all that’s visible are their trunks (but then who doesn’t swim with their trunks?)…

Head out on your final early morning game drive here. Be sure to work up an appetite, because after a generous breakfast, it’s time to fly on to Savuti and the next part of your exciting Botswana adventure.

Settled in at Savute under Canvas, in the late afternoon you head out again to explore the Savuti Marsh and the famous Savuti Channel, which may or may not be flowing, in either direction, depending on geographical factors beyond comprehension. (We could mention the tectonic plate movement, but ain’t nobody got time for that).

Return to camp for a well-earned meal, and to recall stories of your day’s adventures around the fire over a judicious nightcap.

Today is devoted to game drives – a good few hours in the morning, and again in the late afternoon-evening. Explore this amazing Savuti area. Look for lions (they could be sleeping, or feeding, or even thrillingly, on the hunt), leopards (look up, as your guide will confirm), and wild dogs on the hunt. They’ll take a baby impala in summer (though really, it’s just a snack) or throw themselves at a larger antelope. Truly, this is as wild and remote as it gets.

Having had an elegant sufficiency of the Savuti wildlife banquet, after your final morning drive you’ll catch a bush taxi for your flight to Nxabega Tented Camp, on the western edge of the Okavango Delta. Here is where you you’ve earned the time to enjoy a little more luxury, with your last three nights spent in a more permanent safari tent, set on a raised wooden deck.

Head out in the late afternoon on your first game drive to discover why the Okavango’s famous inland delta is a World Heritage Site. Over the next few days, you’ll follow predator hunts, track leopards, sip on fine wines under the stars, and discover a love for birds you never knew you had. Blame your guide. His passion is palpable. Here, somebody must have waved a wand, because the Okavango is pure, thrilling enchantment.

Choose how you would like to explore the area today. If we may suggest, a water activity is highly recommended, either on a boat cruise or even better, take the chance to glide along the reed frog-lined waters in a mokoro (dugout canoe).

With so many activities to choose from, you could opt for a walking safari. This is when you can track animals on foot with your expert guide. He’ll read the morning ‘newspaper’ (spoor in a sandy track), then follow a herd, taking his direction from a broken branch, or teach you how to brush your teeth with a Salvadora twig. But also, take a well-deserved day off to do some birdwatching from your private veranda, or simply enjoy your book, lounging on your swing-bed. Do be warned though, some of the best sightings inevitably happen on the game drives you miss.

Deep breath. It’s your final day. Time for one last game drive. Imprint the fragrance of the wild sage. Then head back to camp for a hearty breakfast and freshen up before your flight back to Maun, fondly called Donkey Town by the locals. Hold on to the bustle, and the dust, because this is where your Botswana fly-in safari comes to an end.

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Your stay Hotels and lodges

7-night Botswana Fly-in Safari Dates & Rates

SeasonDatesPrice Guide
Shoulder SeasonApril, November and early December 2024from $9,190 per person sharing

Pricing intended as a guideline. Subject to availability, airfare and rate of exchange fluctuations. E&OE

Bang for your buck What’s included

2 nights’ accommodation at Chobe Under Canvas

2 nights’ accommodation at Savute Under Canvas

3 nights’ accommodation at Nxabega Lodge

All meals on safari including a sumptuous high tea

All wines, beers, local spirits, soft drinks and bottled water

Signature Pangolin photographic safari

Return charter flights from Maun to camps

All airport and lodge transfers

All game drives and standard lodge activities

Experienced guides on safari

Snacks and drinks during game drives

Conservation fees for game parks and reserves

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