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Feline Fields, Kalahari Desert

Delta and Desert in Style

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

8 Days

Prices Start from

£7,650 ex. flights

Combine two elegant lodges, each located in starkly different environments. Begin with Sandibe and the Okavango Delta’s wetland landscapes, before flying by helicopter to Feline Fields, a beautiful retreat in the heart of the arid Kalahari.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Malachite Kingfisher, Okavango Delta, Botswana 1

Okavango Delta Wildlife

Discover the diversity of the delta, with its abundance of wildlife.

Bushmen, Makgadikgadi, Botswana 2

Kalahari Bushmen

Meet the Bushmen of the Kalahari – the original inhabitants of this great desert.

Veranda and infinity pool, Feline Fields, Kalahari Desert 3

Stylish Lodges

Stay at two beautiful lodges in contrasting landscapes.

View from the air, Okavango Delta, Botswana 4

Private Helicopter

Fly over the delta and into the Kalahari by private helicopter.

Why we like it

This safari showcases not just two of Botswana’s most fascinating areas, but also two of the greatest contemporary-styled lodges that the country has to offer. Mixing wildlife with culture and relaxation, it offers a true diversity of experiences.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Maun - Okavango Delta
  • Day 2
    Okavango Delta
  • Day 3
    Okavango Delta
  • Day 4
    Okavango Delta - Kalahari Desert
  • Day 5
    Kalahari Desert
  • Day 6
    Kalahari Desert
  • Day 7
    Kalahari Desert
  • Day 8
    Kalahari Desert - Maun
Dining, Sandibe, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta

Begin in the Okavango Delta, staying at Sandibe Lodge. Very different from the more traditional tented camps, this pangolin-inspired lodge stands out for its remarkable architectural designs. Spacious and comfortable, it features dramatic wooden arches that curve upwards, supporting a shell-like roof.

With service to match the inspired design, Sandibe provides a wonderful place to relax at the heart of Botswana’s greatest wetland wilderness. However, morning and late afternoons are inevitably spent away from camp, in search of the Okavango’s incredible wildlife.

Explore in total seclusion, in a private concession that is rich with wildlife. Encounter prides of lions stalking antelopes, watch elephants bathing in rich mud and spot kingfishers as they flit low across the waterways.

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Top deck of the suite, Feline Fields, Kalahari Desert
Feline Fields, Kalahari Desert, Botswana

The Kalahari Desert

After several days, leave the watery landscapes of the delta behind, flying by private helicopter across some of its most dramatic terrains. Watch as the greens give way to browns, as the Kalahari reclaims the verdant floodplains.

Deep in the western Kalahari, on private land, Feline Fields looks out over the dry bush. Here, stay in a beautiful two-storey suite, with views across the desert landscape. Owner-run and aimed at total escape, this beautifully isolated lodge is completely immersed in the Kalahari.

Venture out on foot or by vehicle, exploring the desert. Wildlife is relatively scarce, but species that thrive here are specially adapted to the harsh conditions. Also explore by fatbike – ideal for the sandy terrain – with two of these provided with each suite.

The highlight of any stay at Feline Fields is time spent with the local Bushmen. These hunter gatherer people were the original inhabitants of the Kalahari and their culture survives, relatively intact, in the modern era. Visit for an afternoon and learn about their way of life, or spend a night fly camping beside a Bushmen settlement.

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Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Feline Fields £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Wilderness

Uniquely designed and wonderfully remote, Feline Fields is a pioneering new lodge that is almost lost amongst the emptiness of the western Kalahari. Found outside of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the lodge offers a place of relaxation and isolation, with the opportunity to meet some of the Kalahari’s remarkable Bushmen.

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

This striking lodge is a world away from the traditional tented camp. Sculpted from beautifully pale wood, it mimics a pangolin’s scales and curves with its contemporary design. Despite this eye-catching architecture, there is little doubt that Sandibe Safari Lodge is fully immersed in the delta, with trees erupting through its decks and wildlife wandering between the suites. Located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, it sits within a private concession that borders the renowned Moremi Game Reserve. The 11 spacious suites look out over a clear-water channel, behind which the landscape is dotted with palm islands and eroded termite mounds. With permanent water close by, as well as drier plains, the area is perfect for exploration on land and by boat.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £7,650 Per person

When to travel

Botswana in January

A hot time of year, with thunderstorms periodically clearing the air. The peak of the wet season brings lush grass and the chance to spot newborn animals and birds.

Botswana in February

It remains hot and wet throughout the country, with the Central Kalahari turning into lush grasslands. Fruit sweetens and many different species scour the trees for a tasty meal.

Botswana in March

The high temperatures continue but the rains start to abate as the rainy season draws to a close.

Botswana in April

Temperatures start to drop, and days become drier. Antelope are breeding at this time, and are visible trying to flaunt themselves to their respective females.

Botswana in May

The start of the dry season. A good time of year to travel with pleasant temperatures, before the peak season.

Botswana in June

The winter brings warm days but chillier nights, so it is worth bringing a jacket. There is very little rainfall now, so wildlife is easier to spot around watering holes.

Botswana in July

The driest and coolest month across the country, with almost no rainfall at all. The waters of the Okavango rise as the rains finally filter down from the mountains of Angola. The aridity means that there are fewer mosquitoes at this time of year.

Botswana in August

Temperatures rise again, meaning less chilly nights and hot days, still with very little rainfall. A great time to spot wildlife in the Okavango delta as the waters reach peak levels.

Botswana in September

Continued rising temperatures and clear blue skies make for hot days and pleasantly warm evenings. Much of the country becomes dry and dusty as it has now been many months since any significant rains. Wildlife can be spotted easily around receding watering holes.

Botswana in October

The hottest month with some temperatures close to 40C, and the first signs of rain approaching. Water levels fall in the Okavango delta, causing catfish to migrate upstream, feeding on smaller fish along the way.

Botswana in November

The heat continues, as the rainy season begins. Greenery starts to return to the plains, and it is possible to spot some newborns.

Botswana in December

The rains return in full swing, with regular thunderstorms providing some relief from the heat. Grass carpets many of the landscapes, providing plenty of food for the young.

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