Botswana Safari – 1 night Victoria Falls | 3 nights Chobe | 3 nights Okavango Delta
We have been to Africa three times with Kerry from Pembury Tours arranging every last detail for us and our fourth trip was no different. At the top of our list for this trip was definitely Botswana as we were travelling to visit family and knew we could end off our trip with them in South Africa after our safari. Kerry recommended staying on a houseboat on the Chobe river and this was an incredible experience. We then moved on to the breathtaking Okavango Delta where we were provided with fantastic service, accommodation and wildlife viewing. As always out trip went seamlessly and we had a wonderful time. Thanks again to Kerry for her continuously outstanding service. We will be back!
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you fly up to Livingstone and begin your exciting tour. Upon arrival in Livingstone you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel, where they spend the night. This afternoon you can visit the Victoria Falls and the evening is at leisure.
Dr David Livingstone was paddled in a dug-out canoe through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the Zambezi River plunged. The Makololo paddlers skilfully landed him on ‘Goat Island’ (now Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest and, on the 16th November 1855, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (The Smoke that Thunders) which he named after his Queen as The Victoria Falls.
This morning your driver will meet you in reception. From here you are transferred across the border into Botswana. You will be dropped off at the Immigration office in Botswana and after clearing through here, you are transferred to the Namibian Immigration desk. From here you are transferred via tender boat to the Chobe Princess, where you check in and spend three nights on this luxurious houseboat.
Experience the tranquil sights and quiet sounds of river life aboard the Chobe Princess – a luxury houseboat that takes small groups of guests along the Chobe River, docking each night at a unique location. Sleep soundly as the water gently laps at the boat, and listen for the faint sounds of grumbling hippo or elephant, and the occasional roar of a far-off lion.
Water-based game viewing in Chobe National Park has never been more luxurious or comfortable – sip on a drink in the plunge pool while nature passes by, and have the pleasure of viewing elephants, hippo, crocodiles and birdlife from large glass windows in the comfort of your own suite. After finding the perfect location to spend the night, you are invited to embark on angling, game viewing or sunset cruises on one of the smaller tender boats tethered to the Chobe Princess, before returning in the evening for a 3-course meal.
The Chobe River is flanked by Botswana on one side and Namibia on the other, and is also close to the Zambian and Zimbabwean border, allowing easy access to the Chobe Princess from a variety of destinations, including the nearby Victoria Falls.
After your morning leisure activity and breakfast, you are transferred back to Kasane via tender boat to both Namibian and Botswana Immigration. From here you are dropped off at Kasane Airport, where you are met by a representative and assisted through to the area for your light aircraft flight into the Okavango Delta.
Upon arrival at the airstrip, you are met by your ranger and transferred to Shinde Camp, where you spend three 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.
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 a delicious final breakfast and your last morning game drive activity in the Okavango Delta, you bid farewell to Botswana. You are transferred to the nearby airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Maun Airport. Upon arrival in Maun; you make your way to the check in counter for your flight to Cape Town where you join your family for a further few nights in the Western Cape.