Travellers save 40 per cent by travelling during Botswana’s “green season”Botswana is the ultimate safari destination but the luxury of private reserves, superb accommodation and immense concentrations of game comes with a price-tag to match. However, specialist tour operator Gane and Marshall is offering wildlife fans the opportunity to visit Botswana in the “Green Season”, from November to March, when the landscape transforms from arid to stunning verdant and savings of up to 40 per cent can be made on a luxury safari holiday.
“A Botswana safari is a mesmerising and unforgettable experience but it can be prohibitively expensive for many UK holidaymakers,” said Jeremy Gane, Managing Director of Gane and Marshall. “We have therefore created the Botswana’s Green Season itinerary, which takes holidaymakers to this beautiful country during a less busy period which is, arguably, a more picturesque time to visit than the expensive peak months of July to October; there is some rain which comes in short, sharp, bursts often accompanied by dramatic thunderstorms and visitors will be able to witness huge herds giving birth to their young which in turn attracts the big cat predators.”
Prices for Gane and Marshall’s six-night, luxury Botswana’s Green Season which runs from 15 November 2014 until 31 March 2015, start from £2,783 per person. This represents a saving of £1,838 per person compared with a Botswana safari in peak season, from July to October.
Botswana’s Green Season - itinerary: After a night flight to South Africa and a regional flight to Livingstone, travellers head for Stanley’s Safari Lodge, 3kms from Victoria Falls and bordering the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. A guided tour of Victoria Falls and an evening cruise on the Zambezi are included.
Next comes a short drive to Botswana and a light aircraft transfer to Lebala Camp, set in the grasslands and seasonal flood plains of the Linyanti marshes, within the private Kwando concession famous for its outstanding game viewing. Lebala offers regular sightings of elephant, lion, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, kudu, lechwe, impala, wildebeest and waterbuck and has excellent birding. Activities include day and night game drives.
Two nights in the famous Okavango Delta follow, via a transfer by light aircraft to Kwara Camp. The region is famed for the waterways of the Delta as well as the expansive dry land areas known for their superior game viewing. In addition to daytime and night-time game drives, the camp offers game walks, mokoro trips, power boating and fishing.
Breakfast is enjoyed at Kwara Camp on the final morning, before a transfer to Maun and an onward flight to Johannesburg, where travellers take an evening flight back to the UK.
The price quoted is per person, based on two adults sharing, and applies to travel between 15 November 2014 and 31 March 2015. The price includes return flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg and all internal flights with South African Airways, six nights’ full-board accommodation in four and five-star safari lodges, local drinks (excluding champagne and premium brands), experienced guide and driver, transfers, all park and concession fees.
Gane and Marshall offers tailor-made holidays and small group itineraries to Africa, Antarctica, Indo-China, the Galapagos, India, Costa Rica, Scandinavia, Indian Ocean Islands and Canada.