2 nights Southern Okavango Delta | 2 nights Northern Okavango Delta | 3 nights Chobe | 2 nights Victoria Falls
We have arrived home safely and we are trying to adjust to normality again. We would like to thank you most sincerely for your part in organising our ‘once in a lifetime ‘ African Safari experience. Each lodge we stayed at had something different to offer us and were very comfortable and well presented. It was very nice to have everything arranged which meant we could all relax and enjoy each other’s company which is important for us as we don’t get that many opportunities to share time with Kevin and D. We must say that every detail of our time was superb.
Upon arrival at Maun Airport, you will be assisted to your onward light aircraft transfer to the Okavango Delta. You land at an airstrip near your camp and you are transferred by game viewing vehicle from the airstrip to your camp along the Gomoti River.
There is time to settle into your camp before departing on your first afternoon game activity.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana with its richly diverse wildlife species is one of the premium destinations in the world for a dynamic safari experience. This 22,000 square kilometre area offers a truly unique wilderness safari in Africa. The Delta forms where the Okavango River disappears beneath the sands of Botswana. Although the periphery is semi-arid, the Okavango Delta itself is a patchwork of cool clear streams, lagoons, floodplains and forested islands. In the dry winter season vast numbers of wildlife flock to where the floodwaters infiltrate the delta, providing one of the world’s most spectacular sights.
After breakfast and your morning game activity, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to the Vumbura airstrip located in the northern section of the Okavango Delta. You land at the Vumbura airstrip near your camp and you are transferred by the game viewing vehicle to your next lodge.
Upon arrival at your lodge, you have time to settle in before departing on your first afternoon and late evening game drive in the Okavango Delta.
The world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve covers part of the Delta and is known as the ‘predator capital of Africa’. It is also home to the Big Five and large herds of elephant and buffalo. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades. Watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains. Wide grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent array of wild animals, including the specially adapted sitatunga and lechwe antelopes. Within this lacework of channels, game viewing and bird watching is frequently guided from mokoro (dugout canoes) or more commonly, environmentally-friendly fibreglass replicas. In these slender flat-bottomed craft, guests are propelled by expert polers, many of whom were born in the Okavango Delta and know the winding waterways and their inhabitants intimately.
After breakfast and your game activity, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Kasane Airport. On arrival at Kasane Airport, you will be met by a lodge member and will be transferred by road to your lodge in the western area of the Chobe National Park.
There is time to settle into your new lodge before you depart on your afternoon game activity.
Chobe National Park on Botswana’s north-west border is a pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains and is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent. One of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe River forms the Park’s northern boundary. The Chobe riverfront area is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which come down to the river in huge herds to drink during the dry winter months. During this season, one may see hundreds of elephants at one time. Other species include waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying Predators: lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.
After your morning game activity and breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Kasane Airport. Here you will be met by your driver who will transfer you by road through the Kazungula Border to your lodge along the Zambezi River.
There is time to settle into your riverside lodge and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available.
At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature’s forces are evident throughout.
The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders” – more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the “splash zone”, so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.
This morning is at leisure to enjoy any last minute activities at your lodge. You are met by your driver and transferred by road to the Livingstone Airport. Upon arrival at Livingstone Airport, you check in for your connecting flight home.
You bid farewell to this African Wonderland.