Botswana Safari – nights Moremi | 3 nights Okavango Delta | 3 nights Chobe | 2 nights Victoria Falls
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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. 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.