Botswana Exclusive Safari

Full Name*
Email Address*
Your Enquiry*
* I agree with Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.
Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step
Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account


Why Book With Us?

  • No Hidden Fees
  • Customization Available
  • Eco-certified Tours
  • Travel Insurance Available

Got a Question?

We are experts in sustainable travel and are happy to give you the details. Contact us today!

11 Days
Availability : Flexible Dates
Livingstone, Zambia
Maun, Botswana
Min Age : 10+

A Greenloons exclusive safari encompassing Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta as well as a guided visit to the famed Victoria Falls in Zambia.  This journey takes the time to explore the contrasts and extremes of Botswana in prime areas where few people travel.

Experience a nostalgic lodge safari that recreates the sense of a game viewing adventure reminiscent of the times of the great African explorers. The Great Wilderness Exploration takes time to experience the world-famous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River and explores the scenic northern areas of Botswana from the blue-green wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the diverse and wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems. Accommodation includes a combination of eco-certified camps and fully serviced luxury camping, all in private areas.

The style of accommodation in the private, luxury camps takes you back to the era of exploration. Pure linens of heavy cotton, separate flushing toilets and shower areas all add to the atmosphere, while simplistic comforts and amenities are elegantly provided.

Explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history, and culture are their professions and personal hobby. Years of experience in the field and a depth of understanding of animal behavior and the environment will leave you with a sense of complete wonder.

Many of the guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking amazing wildlife photographs.


Toka Leya Camp has a number of systems in place that aims to rehabilitate indigenous flora in the area. The systems include a greenhouse and nursery project to grow seedlings, an environmentally friendly wastewater treatment plant, and a worm farm. The fertilizer created by the worms is then placed in the greenhouse and nursery to start the cycle once more. Toka Leya Camp also pioneered the use of innovative energy-saving systems, which are being used as a model to lower the environmental footprint across the region.

One of the most innovative ideas yet is the Elephant Chilli Pepper Project, where farmers of Simonga and other villages are being encouraged to plant a chili patch around their food crops! The chilies are used to prevent elephants destroying food crops as well as earning the farmer extra cash. This idea, which helps farmers protect their food crops and generate income, is run by the Elephant Pepper Development Trust, which also advises farmers on natural resources conservation and sustainable utilization of such resources in relation to the management of conflict with wildlife. Community involvement is vital in the greater Livingstone area and one of the projects of Toka Leya is cultural visits to a nearby village, where guests interact with villagers. Projects are focused particularly on assisting children via schooling and include those that help the inhabitants, in general, generate an income and therefore help the entire community.

Perhaps the most topical issue for Botswana at present is its very large elephant population and the possible impact on vegetation and other animal species. As a result and in recognition of the fact that in the Selinda and Linyanti Concessions, there is responsibility for one of the two highest density elephant concentrations in the country. The company has facilitated and partially funded two MSc studies examining vegetation impact and are currently hosting a Ph.D. and further MSc researcher examining additional elements of this puzzle. Botswana has a well-developed network of protected areas, and these include concessions that allow hunting as well as photographic safaris. There has been a choice not to hunt in the concessions and forfeit approximately 1.2 million dollars per year in hunting quotas in preference for photographic safaris.

Finally, Xigera Camp donates a portion of each bed-night charge to the Motswe Wa Tsholofelo Orphan daycare center in Maun which provides education and food to orphans living with extended family members.
Xigera Camp also supports the Bana Ba Metsi School in Shakawe which takes in problem or delinquent school dropouts and encourages them to go back to school to get an education and thus a better chance in life.
Added to this, Xigera Camp also donates the time of certain camp staff and money to the Maun Council Centre which is an AIDS counseling center.

Day 1Arrival at Lodge, Tosi oa Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia

After arrival in Livingstone, you will be met by a representative and transferred directly for a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 meters or 5604 feet wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops 103 meters or 338 feet into the basalt depths of the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Toka Leya Camp is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the eastern sector of the Mosi oa Tunya National Park, some 12 kms or 7.46 miles up from the Victoria Falls. The camp consists of 12 safari-style tents, each en-suite with a view of the magnificent Zambezi River and some of its islands. The dining and bar area is set beneath a shaded canopy of trees overlooking the river and a swimming pool.

Days 2-4Chobe River Boat Cruise, Chobe National Park

After a full breakfast, we leave Toka Leya and transfer by road to Livingstone Airport. On leaving Zambia, we fly over the Kazangula border, a point where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet. Enjoy a leisurely shaded boat cruise along the Chobe River, with a light lunch. This boat cruise offers a unique opportunity to observe puku, large herds of elephant, numerous pods of hippo and large crocodiles, as well as enjoying fantastic views of other general game and diverse birdlife. We then depart by light aircraft transfer to the private Linyanti Camp. After a short game drive, we arrive at our private camp, which is elegantly set up under African ebony and knobthorn trees overlooking panoramic vistas of the Linyanti Swamps.

The landscape of the Linyanti varies from floodplains to open dry land savannah and forest with sweeping views, creating a paradise for a high diversity of wildlife and bird species. Activities include game drives in the private northern sector of the concession, exploring a range of habitats, from riverbanks to scrub and forest, which reveal a myriad of wildlife en route to slake their thirst from the river. The seldom seen sitatunga can also be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare roan and sable antelope, plains game and of course their predators, the lion, and leopard with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus. A wild dog pack of three which broke away from the Zib Pack a few months ago has started denning east of Linyanti Tented Camp. The denning pack was discovered by the wild dog researchers in the area. The LTC Pack was seen hunting regularly and often came close to camp. To complete the experience, it is possible to enjoy a full day excursion to the Savute Channel, with lunch at a scenic setting. This spectacular day gives guests a real understanding of the geology of Northern Botswana, the relationship with the Great African Rift Valley and the chink in the faultline, where the Savute Channel begins. This channel, now flowing for the first time in three decades has resulted in water reaching into the heart of Chobe National Park through the Linyanti Reserve and game viewing is, as a result, both diverse and abundant.

Days 5-7Khwai Discoverer Camp, Okavango Delta

Depart by light aircraft to Khwai Discoverer Camp, located in a private concession just north of the Khwai River above the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai Camp is one of the most diverse areas in northern Botswana which seldom disappoints when it comes to producing extraordinary wildlife experiences. The life source for this area is the Khwai River, which the northernmost area of the Okavango Delta alluvial fan, which provides vital sustenance to numerous animals. Over time, the Khwai area has metamorphosed into a wide range of exciting wildlife habitats. Some of the most varied to be found in the entire Okavango Delta including a blend of forests, floodplain, wetland, and grasslands. The narrow Khwai Channel is home to large mammals such as hippo and crocodile with buffalo and red lechwe often seen grazing along the fringe. The beautiful gallery riverine woodland found along the river provides further sanctuary to birds, primates, and leopard. Elusive roan antelope often come to the river to drink. Activities focus on day and night game drives, nature walks and seasonal mokoro excursions. Away from the river, there is a wonderful mix of acacia and leadwood trees of varying sizes that abuts into mopane woodland. The latter, together with the permanent presence of water, attracts large numbers of elephant to the area. Larger predators include lion, wild dog and spotted hyena, while birdlife found here is just as varied thanks to the colorful palette of habitats.

Accommodation is in 6.3m x 3.5m or 20.67 ft x 11.48 ft walk-in canvas tents. There is a maximum of two guests per tent. The tents are airy and designed to recreate the accommodation style of the early explorers, with richly colored teak director chairs and minimalist interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12v reading lamps, canvas and wood wardrobes, bathrobes, comfortable beds, and mirrors are provided. Camp amenities such as conditioning shampoo, soap, shower gel and body lotion are elegantly displayed for use and private, en-suite separate toilet and shower areas are part of the main structure. Activities focus on day and night game drives, nature walks and seasonal mokoro excursions. You can also enjoy a guided walk in Khwai village. Guests are taken to a homestead where they have lunch with the family and participate in craft production, as well as visiting the house of the Chief.

Days 8-10Xigera Camp, Okavango Delta

After breakfast, we fly by light aircraft over the shimmering water world of the Okavango Delta which represents life at its most fertile. Xigera Camp, which is pronounced Keejera, is a luxury tented camp situated in the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Xigera has something for everyone, in an area where there are no other Moremi camps and where permanent water all year round allows one to enjoy a variety of activities. Enjoy a true Delta experience while you sit back in a mokoro, or dugout canoe, and silently glide through the tranquil Okavango waterways or watch the sunset and birds gliding home to roost from a motorboat on the Xigera Lagoon. When water levels permit, game drives which usually run September to May, allow the opportunity to observe wildlife and the unique Delta scenery from the comfort of a Land Rover.

Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera consists of 10 luxuriously furnished tented rooms with en-suite facilities and outdoor shower. Xigera has been operating on solar energy for a full year now and the standby generator has not even reached its service hours yet. Each room is raised off the ground on a wooden deck offering superb views of the seasonal floodplain and waterhole. Meals and drinks are enjoyed under the thatch of the raised lounge, pub and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel. A traditional boma offers alternative dining under the African stars. Wooden walkways wind through the forest connecting the rooms to the main area. There is a plunge pool for cooling off and relaxation. The wooden footbridge, a unique feature to Xigera, connects Xigera Island to the next one and is often used by Lion and Leopard moving between the islands allowing guests great viewing opportunities. Birding in the area is excellent, with Pels Fishing Owl, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, African Skimmers and a host of eagles, vultures, raptors, and kingfishers to be found. The area has the highest density of the rare Sitatunga antelope found anywhere in the Okavango Delta.

Day 11Departure

Bid farewell to the adventure as we transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport.

Tour Details

This tour is for a maximum of 8 people.  

International air connection onto the safari: If arrival is planned for the day of departure, please ensure that this arrival is with the earliest possible flight from Johannesburg. It is important that all guests are ready to depart with the guide by no later than 1 pm or 13h00. Arrival on a later flight may necessitate additional road or air transfers as the departure for the first lodge will already have taken place, subject to extra cost.

International air connections leaving the safari: Please ensure that your departure flight is booked for after 12h30 from Maun. For earlier international departure flights, an additional transfer will be required to arrive for this connection, subject to an extra cost.

Flashlights or torches
Please ensure that a minimum 2D cell flashlight is brought on safari, with spare batteries. Headlamps are also useful.

Camera battery charging facilities
Please note that a 12V cigarette lighter adaptor will be required that is compatible with camera make on this safari for charging batteries while on game drive or transfer drives. 110 or 220V outlets are available Toka Leya Camp; however Linyanti Discoverer and Khwai Discoverer Camp have 12V electricity only.

Price Includes

  • Luxury Accommodations
  • All Meals
  • Activities
  • Air Transfers as Indicated
  • Laundry

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses

Optional Activities

  • Tailored Explorations Available