12 Days
Anya’s Ultimate Botswana Safari from Moremi to The Okavango Delta to Chobe with Victoria Falls Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Ultimate Botswana Experience
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park
  • Big Five Safari Experiences
  • Night Game Drives
  • Mokoro & Motor Boat Safaris
  • Classic Victoria Falls

Client Review

We have returned to Sydney having had the most exciting holiday we have ever done.

Thank you for organising everything for us and it worked perfectly.

From the time Yolanda met us to our drop off at Livingstone for our return flight, we did not have to worry one bit everything worked according to the itinerary. The lodges were fabulous with wonderful staff looking after us so well. Sitting for dinner with managers, guides and other fellow travellers made dinner very special. The food was excellent and we have definitely put on a few kilos. The game viewing was exciting and most of all the effort that guides put in to tracking the animals and finding them was remarkable.

Lastly, we miss the people we have come across learning about the country, the animals and their lifestyle has left a remarkable impression on us.

We would love to visit Cape Town sometime and we will be in touch with you.

I will also pass on your details to any of our friends in Sydney that want to travel to Africa.

Lastly a big thank you for organising our trip to Africa

Prasanna & Sharmila

Tour Consultant's Overview

Sharmila contacted me in February 2018. She was interested in a safari to Botswana and a visit to Victoria Falls. She wanted to focus on a safari in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park which would cover a wide variety of safari activities, water and land based. The only concern Sharmila had with the safari in Botswana was the light aircraft transfers between the various lodges. The lodges in the Okavango Delta and Moremi can only be accessed by air due to the location of each lodge.   I explained to Sharmila that we only use reliable aircrafts and she had nothing to worry about. Along with additional information, I sent Sharmila her tailor made itinerary which included the various safari destinations and Victoria Falls. Once Sharmila and her husband reviewed the proposed itinerary, they provided exact dates for the tour and we were all set!   The tour was for a special occasion for the couple as well as a first time visit to Southern Africa. To ensure they had one of the most memorable adventures to Southern Africa, I provided the couple with a complimentary Hot Air Balloon excursion over the Okavango Delta!   Needless to say, it was a once in a lifetime experience and tour for the couple and they had an amazing time, even with the small aircrafts between lodges!
Anya Visser
Day 1 Arrival in Moremi Game Reserve

This morning you will make your way to OR Tambo International Airport for your direct flight to Maun.

Upon arrival at Maun Airport, you will be assisted by a representative from Desert & Delta Safaris to your onward light aircraft transfer to the Moremi Game Reserve. You land at an airstrip near your camp and you are transferred by game-viewing vehicle from the airstrip to your camp.

Day 1 to 4 Moremi Game Reserve (3 nights)

Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango and includes permanent dry land such as Chief’s Island and the peninsula known as Moremi Tongue. This means that areas of dry woodland and savannah lie next to picturesque floodplains and lagoons. This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching. Over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered, have been recorded in the reserve. Both black and white rhino have recently been re-introduced and elephant herds numbering in their thousands take refuge in the beautiful Mopane forests in the dry winter months. 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. Watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains.

Day 4 Moremi Game Reserve to Okavango Delta

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to the Okavango Delta. You land at an airstrip near your camp and you are transferred by game-viewing vehicle or by boat (depending on water levels) from the airstrip to your camp.

Upon arrival at your lodge, you have time to settle in before departing on your first afternoon game activity in the Okavango Delta.

Day 4 to 7 Okavango Delta (3 nights)

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.

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.

Day 7 Okavango Delta to Chobe Game Reserve

After breakfast 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 from Muchenje Safari Lodge and will be transferred by road to your lodge in the western area of the Chobe Game Reserve.

There is time to settle into your new lodge before you depart on your afternoon game activity.

Day 7 to 10 Chobe Game Reserve (3 nights)

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.

Day 10 Chobe Game Reserve to Victoria Falls

After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Kasane Airport. Here you will be met by your driver who will take you through the Kazungula Border to your hotel in the Victoria Falls Town.

Upon arrival at your hotel, you have time to settle in before you are met by our representative for your Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls. Upon returning to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Transfer time: Muchenje Safari Lodge & Kasane Airport to Victoria Falls – approx. 1 ½ hours

Day 10 to 12 Victoria Falls (2 nights)

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.

Day 12 Victoria Falls & Departure

This morning is at leisure. You are collected from your hotel and transferred to Livingstone Airport for your direct flight to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you make your way to the International Departures Terminal to connect with your flight to Sydney.

You bid farewell to Africa.

Moremi Game Reserve: Camp Moremi

For the classic African safari experience, look no further than Camp Moremi in Botswana’s world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. Camp Moremi is situated on the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoon in an area well known for its spectacular game-viewing opportunities.

At the main camp, there are two dining areas serve buffet-style food. Breakfast, brunch and high tea are served in the thatched boma; dinner is savoured under an ebony canopy in the dining room and nightcaps are enjoyed beside the warmth of the glowing fire pit. Guests can also relax by the secluded swimming pool, marvel at spectacular sunsets from the lagoon-side viewing deck, or enjoy the wildlife reference library, lounge and cocktail bar in the elevated thatch and timber main building.

There are 11 tents, and one family room with an En-suite bathroom comprising of a shower, vanity and toilet, and second bathroom with shower, vanity and toilet. Guests will enjoy the luxurious seclusion of East African-style safari tents, each one set on a raised teak deck, each featuring an en suite bathroom. Camp Moremi ensures exclusivity and privacy in a tranquil environment.

Okavango Delta: Kadizora Camp

Kadizora Camp truly offers the ultimate Okavango Delta experience, with a wide range of activities, a beautiful location, diverse wildlife and warm, local hospitality. Kadizora Camp is situated between the Vumbura River and Selinda Spillway. It lies in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta over-looking a panoramic seasonal floodplain. Giant Marulas, Sycamore figs, Jackalberries and Rain trees provide a canopy of shade throughout the camp.

The bar, lounge, reception and dining area form a horse-shoe shape around the sandy fire pit. From there, a decked walkway leads you to an inviting swimming pool with a view over the floodplain. The Camp's accommodation consists of eight luxury tents and four standard tents’ with either twin or a conversion to a double bed. Each tent is well-positioned for ultimate privacy and seclusion. All tents feature a luxurious en-suite bathroom and outdoor decking, with spectacular views for a true ‘out of Africa’ experience.

Kadizora Camp also facilitates open vehicle safaris, walking safaris and boating. Mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions provide a fabulous and traditional way to explore the meandering water channels. Float quietly amongst the water-lilies and experience a spectacular bird lovers’ paradise. Meru-style tents form the common area and open onto a central deck and fire pit.

The bar at Kadizora Camp is on a raised deck with a panoramic view of the floodplain. Enjoy a picturesque Delta sunset, with your favourite sundowner, watching the colours intensify long after the sun has set. The inviting camp fire is the focal point from dawn to dusk, and it is the perfect place to chat about the day’s adventures.

Chobe National Park: Muchenje Safari Lodge

Muchenje Safari Lodge enjoys a unique position to the west of Botswana’s famed Chobe National Park. Muchenje sits on an escarpment with wonderful views of the Chobe River, and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and seasonal flood plains. Unusual for a Botswana Lodge, Muchenje is owner run and managed, which allows for a more personalised style of hospitality. Muchenje Safari Lodge’s position means that it is far away from the bustle in Kasane, and guests enjoy extensive game drives and boat trips in a rarely visited section of the Chobe National Park. In addition, as the Lodge is located in the Chobe Forest Reserve, game walks and night drives are also available, which add immeasurably to the wildlife experience. The lodge is easily accessed from Kasane, Victoria Falls and Livingstone,

The main Lodge area is extensive, and has been built to allow for excellent vistas, comfort and charm. Guests can relax in its many quiet areas: from the viewing platforms and decks to the dining area and bar. Close by is the swimming pool, complete with deck and more excellent views – where better to relax in the afternoon, and soak up the sun and atmosphere? Guests can therefore enjoy game viewing from the convenience of their private veranda, the pool deck or one of the viewing decks.

The lodge has just 11 guest rooms giving an exclusive feel to the property. Accommodation is in newly refurbished thatched safari bungalows, each being beautifully appointed and each with its own unique view of the Chobe River. The bathroom is a good size with shower, toilet and his/ hers hand-basins. Each bungalow has a ceiling fan, wardrobe, electric safe and writing table. You also have a private, shaded veranda, from which to take in the sights and sounds. There is one family bungalow, which accommodates four guests. There is a double bed and full bathroom downstairs, and a loft area with two single beds upstairs. This unit also works well for a small group of friends travelling together.

Victoria Falls: The Victoria Falls Hotel

The Victoria Falls Hotel was built in 1904 when the Cape to Cairo railway reached the Falls. This historic hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. The charm and atmosphere of the hotel has earned international acclaim and it is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World association. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs and the Livingstone room with its superb cuisine. All the hotel's bedrooms have been refurbished to provide a perfect balance of modern amenities without losing the grand Edwardian architecture.

Dining at the Victoria Falls Hotel provides some of the finest cuisine in the country. Enjoy dinner in the elegant Livingstone Room, with a classic a la carte or 7 course degustation menu and award-winning wine list. Dining at the Jungle Junction offers an unforgettable experience with a fusion of African flavours.

Traditional high tea is served every afternoon on Stanley’s Terrace, with spectacular views of The Victoria Falls Bridge and the Victoria Falls themselves. Stanley’s Terrace is also the ideal location for sundowner drinks. The hotel has a spa offering a range of beauty and wellness treatments. They also offer some in-room treatments. Guests can cool off in the hotel’s large swimming pool. Set in acres of lush lawns and exotic flora, the hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Victoria Falls Town and it is a ten minute walk along the hotel's private path to the actual Falls.

Included in price Moremi Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Camp Moremi

Camp Moremi is located in the heart of The Moremi Game Reserve, rated as one of Africa’s most beautiful game reserves. Covering one third of the Okavango Delta, it is one of the finest wildlife reserves in Africa. Moremi consists of a network of waterways surrounding two large islands; Chiefs Island in the west and Mopane Tongue in the east. The mix of Okavango Delta wetland and Kalahari Desert make Moremi Game Reserve a diverse habitat for a large variety of animal, bird and plant life. The ancient riverine forests, open savannah, serpentine channels and seasonal floodplains that surround the camp make for a varied habitat of exceptional fauna and flora.

The camp is one of few offering a year-round land and water game-viewing experience, in open 4x4 safari vehicles or powerboats. The diverse habitat ensures prolific sightings of Elephant, Buffalo, Hyena, Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Kudu, Lechwe, Lion and Leopard, among many others. Birding is spectacular, especially in the spring and summer months when the migrants are breeding. Please note that mokoro trips and walking safaris are not offered at Camp Xakanaxa.

Included in price Okavango Delta: Daily Safari Programme at Kadizora Camp

Awake to a gentle tap on your cottage door at dawn. After tea or coffee and a few biscuits or rusks, your guide will be on hand to discuss your game activity hopes in eager anticipation of taking you on an adventure of a lifetime. Hop into an awaiting safari vehicle or motor boat and set off on an enthralling morning game drive.

The Okavango Delta is home to a large number of species adapted to the semi-aquatic lifestyle, such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog may be encountered, while families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons. The area supports the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope roam the open woodlands.

Upon your return to your Lodge, a delicious breakfast is ready to be served. Enjoy a leisurely walk near the camp with an armed guide or simply savour the sights and sounds of the lodge and surrounds in the comfort of your exclusively luxurious cottage ahead of a scrumptious lunch. Indulge in a refreshing dip in the lodge pool or treat yourself to an afternoon siesta. Late afternoon tea will then be served ahead of another enthralling game drive experience where you can observe the wildlife of the area and their habits as the day begins to end.

Alternatively an afternoon boat ride adventure can be enjoyed on a mokoro dug-out canoe or a motorised boat, allowing you the opportunity to explore the Delta at eye level. Upon your return a mouth-watering dinner will be served under a canopy of stars and the African velvet sky above.

Included in price Chobe Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Muchenje Safari Lodge

Chobe's wildlife roams in abundance and diversity and it is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season these large herds, as well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River where they come to drink, bathe and play. Sightings of lion, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe and roan antelope are frequent reported in the area.

Muchenje prides itself on the variety and quality of the Safari experiences, and interactions that it offers. With a maximum of 22 guests in camp, you have a wide choice of activities, without ever feeling that you are part of a big group. Enjoy open vehicle game drives with our knowledgeable and friendly professionally qualified guides – either early morning, afternoon or even the full day. Muchenje also offers game viewing by boat on the Chobe River – a wonderful chance to see huge herds of elephants, as well as many other mammals and birds attracted to the water’s edge, not to mention those animals which also live in the River like crocodiles and hippos. Bush walking-safaris allow you to learn about the intricacies of the bush where your guide teaches you about the spoor, trees, plants and insects that make for such exciting and interesting additions to the wildlife experience. On ‘Night eyes’ game drives in the lodge’s own concession, the guide uses a spotlight to show the local ‘night life’, which can range from the small mammals, to buffalo and elephant. Muchenje also offers visits to their local village for a cultural experience and to meet the people that make Botswana the delightful country that it is.

Included in price Victoria Falls: View The Falls

As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and why the explorer David Livingstone exclaimed that a scene “so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow. Because the Victoria Falls fall into a chasm, rather than falling down an escarpment, it is possible to walk along the opposite side of the chasm, at the same height as the top of the Falls. From the unique walking trails the magnificence and glory of the Falls are head on and only about 60 metres (200 feet) away. The spray falls on the trails like soft rain, feeding the lush vegetation.

Included in price Victoria Falls: Zunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat that is out-fitted to suggest, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era. This cruise boat is exclusive (14 guests only) and personalised - period decor, historic memorabilia, fine cuisine and refreshments offer a level of comfort and grace unsurpassed on the Zambezi. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.

Suggested Victoria Falls: Adventure Activities

Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best:

Tiger fishing:
Spend a half day on the Zambezi River fishing for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. These powerful, swift predators are truly thrilling to catch.

Canoeing:
Paddle slowly down the Zambezi River in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa and enjoy the beauty, peace and wildlife of this unique place. Explore islands and waterways and learn about the birds and animals you come across along the route.

Flight of Angels Helicopter Flip over the Falls:
At ground level you can feel the enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into the chasm below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle.

Bungi Jumping:
Bungi jump off the 111 metre high railway bridge into the Zambezi gorge, stopping just metres from the rushing water of the Zambezi River. This is a wild jump! There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner.

White Water Rafting:
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is acclaimed as the best one day white water rafting trip available in the world. There are different options for rafting depending on the time of year and the level of water in the river.

Jet Boat Extreme:
Speedboats powered by huge jet engines shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. Enjoy a thrilling half hour spent “flying” over the water.

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This itinerary started on 30 June 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 8,405
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