Deception Valley Lodge lies some 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Maun adjoining the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Lodge is situated on a private 20 000-hectare (49 420 acre) reserve through which Deception Valley runs. Early travellers named Deception Valley after being deceived, from a distance, into believing that the valley contained water pans, only to find on arrival that it was completely arid. Accommodation consists of five thatched chalets, each with a bedroom, lounge and Victorian-style bathroom with a claw-foot bath and outside shower. The bedrooms have twin beds and are equipped with overhead fans and mosquito nets. Each chalet has a deck where you can sit and gaze at the vastness of the Kalahari bush, which stretches for miles in front of you. The main lodge, which houses a separate lounge, dining room and bar, has an ethnic African theme which blends into the surrounding landscape. A pool and sundeck provide for relaxation and cooling down during midday hours and hot evenings. To feel the pulse of Africa, guests can enjoy game drives and track desert wildlife in open four-wheel drive vehicles with experienced guides. One of the highlights of Deception Valley Lodge is meeting local San (Bushman) who share the art of survival in this arid land. Wildlife in the area ranges from oryx and kudu to cheetah, leopard and the evasive brown hyena. Enjoy an exciting night game-drive where you will have a good chance of encountering some fascinating nocturnal wildlife. Birdlife is prolific and there are hundreds of species ranging from small finches to huge vultures.
Road transfer from Deception Valley to Central Kalahari
Enjoy a unique morning walk led by a San tracker before continuing into the Reserve where you will be met by your warm and friendly camp staff. Spend the days exploring the desert environment on extensive and interpretive game drives.
Shared charter flight Central Kalahari – Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp
Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp is located on the edge of the Okavango Delta in a 7 000-hectare (17 300 acre) exclusive wildlife concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Meaning “Place of the Giraffe”, Nxabega is ideally positioned to explore the magnificence of the Okavango – the largest inland delta in the world. A wetland wilderness of looping channels, islands forested with palms and wide grassy floodplains, the Delta is home to a magnificent array of wild animals and exceptional birdlife. Guests are able to experience this irresistible combination of water and wildlife on twice-daily game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, mokoro (dugout canoe) and powerboat excursions. The Lodge’s nine exclusive and elegant tented suites are nestled under a canopy of African ebony trees and feature stylish en suite facilities, and private decks overlooking the reeded molapo (floodplain). Nxabega is an intimate camp, offering the height of sophistication and style within the heart of the Okavango Delta.
Shared charter flight Nxabega – Moremi Wildlife Reserve (North Gate – Khwai region)
After an early morning game-drive and delicious breakfast, proceed by charter aircraft to the North Gate (Khwai) region of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Moremi Mobile Camp features spacious East African safari tents equipped with comfortable linen-clad camp beds with down duvets, pillows and thick mattresses, teak furniture and sophisticated accessories, including canvas wardrobes and bedside lamps. There will be a full complement of staff to cater to you. Enjoy two days of exciting game viewing, and spend two overnights in this fully serviced mobile safari camp.
Continue by road from Moremi to Savute (approximately 5 – 6 hours overland game drive)
Located on the Savute Channel in Chobe National Park is in the rugged, semi-arid wilderness region of far northern Botswana. Savute Elephant Camp is a luxurious tented camp in true African style. Spacious en-suite facilities have a 'his and hers vanity unit' and a dressing room area. Comfortable accommodation is in 12 luxurious twin bedded tents with private timber decks. Each Savute tent is equipped with air conditioning and mosquito net. One of the features of Elephant Camp is its specially constructed ‘Elephant proof', heated swimming pool that is built into the riverbed. Game, which includes a resident pride of Lion and rare Wild Dog, may be viewed from the large deck of the airy central lounge and dining area or from open safari vehicles during morning and afternoon drives. In the early morning and afternoon, on your 4x4 drive safari vehicle come close and personal - within close viewing range, with impassively grazing African herds of Impala, Tsessebe, Giraffe, and Zebra as well as within close focus range of the powerful predators.
Proceed by road from Savute to Serondela (approximately 4 – 5 hours overland game drive)
Serondela is in the northern reaches of Chobe National Park, which offers exceptional game-viewing and birding, and you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River. Chobe Mobile Camp features spacious East African safari tents equipped with comfortable linen-clad camp beds with down duvets, pillows and thick mattresses, teak furniture and sophisticated accessories, including canvas wardrobes and bedside lamps. There will be a full complement of staff to cater to you.