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Kerry’s Classic Cape Town, Comprehensive Botswana Safari and Vibrant Victoria Falls Extravanganza

Kerry’s Classic Cape Town, Comprehensive Botswana Safari and Vibrant Victoria Falls Extravanganza

14 Days

Botswana Safari And Vibrant Victoria Falls – 2 nights Cape Town | 3 nights Okavango Delta | 3 nights Savuti | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 2 nights Chobe | 1 night Johannesburg


These guests had a basic itinerary in mind and wanted to cover quite an extensive area for a fun family holiday. They have three young girls and were celebrating the youngest one’s birthday while on tour. We set about planning their trip and settled on a self drive route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth including a number of stops. They then embarked on a wonderful safari experience in Hluhluwe and later in the Northern Kruger National Park where they had special wildlife experiences. All in all they had a beautiful family holiday together and loved their African adventure.

Trip Highlights

  • Cape Town Luxury
  • De Hoop Nature Reserve
  • Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Big Cat Sanctuary Interaction
  • Big Cat Sanctuary Interaction
  • Garden Route
  • Northern Kruger National Park
  • Abundant Birdlife
  • Self Drive Holiday


Upon arrival at Cape Town Harbour off the Cunard, you will be met by your driver, who will transfer you to your hotel, where you spend two nights. You can leave your bags at reception and then join the Hop On Hop Off City Bus Tour.

Day 1-3 :
Cape Town

Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.

After breakfast, you check out and your driver will meet you in reception. From here you are transferred to the Cape Town Airport for your flight to Maun, Botswana.

Here you will be met by our representative, who will assist you to your light aircraft for your flight into the Okavango Delta. On arrival at the airstrip, you are met by your ranger and transferred to Shinde Camp, where you spend three nights.

Flight time: Cape Town to Maun – ± 2½ hours
Flight time: Maun to Shinde Camp – ± 20 minutes

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 your morning game activity and breakfast, your ranger will transfer you to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Savute airstrip. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be by your ranger and transferred to the lodge, where you spend three nights. You have time to settle into your room, enjoy High Tea and then depart for your afternoon game activity.

Flight time: Okavango Delta to Savute – ± 30 to 45 minutes
Transfer time: Savute Airstrip to your lodge – ± 20 minutes

The Savuti area forms part of the southern section of the Chobe National Park on Botswana’s North West border and links up to the Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve.

This pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains, is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent.

The Savuti Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere – a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years. It is generally believed that tectonic activity deep below the Kalahari’s sand bed is responsible. Others argue that its flow is primarily dependent upon the rainfall in the Angolan highlands which feeds the Okavango and Chobe River basins and the channel.

In 2008, the Savuti Channel, having been dry for many years, once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring Hippo and other aquatic life with a large variety of waterbirds.

Wildlife, from plains game to predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it. How long will it be before the water dries up again? Judging from historical records it could be more than a hundred years or less than ten.

The dead Camelthorn trees on the Savuti Marsh have become one of the most prominent features of the landscape – skeletons of trees drowned in the flood-waters at least 40 years ago. The shallow basin of the Mababe Depression is now the waterless bed of an ancient lake and the marsh itself is grassland that is home to large numbers of animals. The western edge of Savuti is formed by the Magwikhwe sand ridge, which is approximately 100 km long and 20 m high. This is the ancient shoreline of a super-lake that once covered most of Northern Botswana. It is hard to imagine that this harsh, dry landscape was once submerged under an enormous inland sea. Another part of the Savuti is characterised by the Gubatsa Hills, which were formed millions of years ago during volcanic movement. These hills rise to a height of about 90 meters out of an otherwise completely flat landscape.

Birdlife is also amazing, with Secretary Birds and Kori Bustards often seen around the Savuti Marsh. Summer migrants and water birds include Abdim’s Storks, Carmine Bee-eaters, Fish Eagles. Red-billed Queleas, which gather in their thousands, are a spectacular sight as they wheel and turn in unison.

After breakfast and your morning activity, you will be transferred to the Savute Airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kasane Airport. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by your driver and from here transferred across the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you spend two nights. The afternoon is at leisure.

Flight time: Savute to Kasane – ± 30 to 45 minutes
Transfer time: Kasane to Victoria Falls – ± 2 hours

Day 9-11 :
Victoria Falls

Today is at leisure and you can explore the Victoria Falls. You can also take a walk into the village and shop for a few local curios.

The Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. See the mighty Zambezi River as it thunders over the 1700 metre wide Victoria Falls and plunges 100 metres into a narrow gorge below. 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.

The Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and travellers can access the falls through either the town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side or from Livingstone in Zambia.
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.

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. From here you are transferred via tender boat to the Chobe Princess, where you check in and spend two nights on the 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 three 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.

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 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 connect with your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg, you are met by your driver and from here transferred to your hotel, where you spend the night.

Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and 2nd largest city in Africa, with more than 3 million people, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. It was established as a small village controlled by a Health Committee in 1886 with the discovery of an outcrop of a gold reef on the farm Langlaagte. The population of the city grew rapidly, becoming a municipality in 1897. In 1928 it became a city making Johannesburg the largest city in South Africa. Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself.

Today is at leisure. Your driver will meet you in reception for your transfer to OR Tambo Airport, where you connect with your flight home.

Cape Town: Winchester Mansions

Winchester Mansions Hotel is an iconic Cape Dutch building and is the leading sea front hotel on Sea Point’s Promenade facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is two minutes’ drive from the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is unique amongst Cape Town hotels for its spectacular seaside location. This charming and gracious hotel offers its guests grace, style and contemporary flair. It is a multiple winner of the “Best Luxury Hotel” category at the annual AA Travel Guide Awards.

The rooms are spacious and elegant and all of them have either sea or mountain views. There are 51 classic or contemporary loft style rooms and 25 suites, including one presidential suite.

Sip sundowners on the terrace whilst viewing the spectacular ocean sunsets and enjoy signature dishes from Harvey’s Restaurant. The Winchester’s beautiful colonnaded Courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza, is a tranquil oasis. Encircled by palm trees and water fountains, it makes a perfect setting for a romantic dinner under the stars. You can relax around the decked heated swimming pool and there is an in-house spa offering health and beauty treatments.

Okavango Delta: Ker & Downey Shinde Camp

Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, Shinde is an intimate, classic camp located on the edge of Shinde Lagoon, which simply teems with animal and birdlife. The camps unique main area comprises a multi-tiered dining room and lounge which is set under canvas under the shade of ebony and mangosteen trees.

Shinde was refurbished in 2015. The elegance and historical charm of the iconic Shinde camp has been enhanced by enlarging the eight classic safari guest tents to incorporate a spacious bathroom with a large walk in shower and luxurious fittings. The larger bedroom with new linen and furniture in tasteful colours provide the perfect retreat. Wide sliding doors leading onto the extended front decks afford breath-taking views over the open floodplains or the mysterious waterways of the Delta.

Accommodation is generally twin share on comfortable three quarter beds, however double accommodation is available on request. Every possible comfort has been catered for – from generated electricity and a private viewing deck through to a handy flashlight! Each tent is strategically positioned to offer splendid views, whether across the Okavango Deltas mysterious waterways or open grasslands.

Savuti National Park: Savuti Safari Lodge

Savuti Safari Lodge is located overlooking the Savuti Channel. The channel feeds the Savuti Marsh from the Linyanti River. To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savuti Safari Lodge accommodates just twenty four guests in eleven thatched chalets built of local timber and one family room which consists of two double bedrooms.

The chalets, which have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to blend with the natural environment, feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area and en suite facilities. Sink into one of the numerous comfortable leather, wood or wicker sofas in the lounge – and library – or sip a cocktail in the stylish bar. All these facilities are situated in a beautiful two-storey thatch-and-timber main building.

Savuti Safari Lodge offers a shaded viewing deck, an al fresco dining area and swimming pool with spectacular pool loungers – ideal for watching the varied wildlife – including the resident Elephants – as they make their way to the Channel to drink, bathe and play.

Victoria Falls; Zimbabwe: 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. The Victoria Falls Hotel is graded five star.

Chobe National Park: Chobe Princess

With only a small number of guests per boat staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat. As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience.

Each houseboat has a minimum of two smaller “tender” boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy: mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa’s unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests. Alternatively, simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand as you soak up the tranquillity that surrounds you.

Each cabin on board the Chobe Princesses is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond. As you lie on your king-sized bed, spot an elephant grazing on the riverbank nearby, or see a fish eagle diving for its prey. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip. After a day spent doing as you please, fall asleep with the calls of hyena or even a lion drifting through the open doors of your cabin.

Johannesburg: Michelangelo Hotel

Set in the heart of trendy Nelson Mandela Square, this Legacy Hotels flagship is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and elegant hotels in the country and exudes class, luxury and style. Full of renaissance elegance, the 5-star Michelangelo is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World.

The hotel features 242 en-suite rooms and suites (2 wheelchair accessible rooms). All of the beautifully appointed rooms have a spacious lounge. There is also a heated swimming pool and health and fitness centre.
The residents’ lounge has shower and change room facilities for early arrivals and late departures. The in-house restaurant Piccolo Mondo offers fine dining, and the cocktail lounge Il Ritrovo offers a more informal setting. There is 24-hour room service, too.

The Michelangelo has direct access to both Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square, South Africa’s pre-eminent shopping precincts. They offer guests a range of the finest restaurants, shops and boutiques, as well as cinemas and theatres. The Michelangelo is also situated adjacent to the Gautrain station and there is a complimentary shuttle between the airport and the hotel.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Town: Hop-on-Hop-off City Tour

Take advantage of the “hop-on-hop-off bus which departs from outside the Winchester Mansions Hotel. The “red route” takes you from the hotel past Green point and the famous soccer stadium and onto the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (stopping at The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Clock Tower), to Cape Town Tourism centre in downtown Cape Town, to the Castle of Good Hope, the museums and galleries in the City Bowl area, up to the Cable Car station at Table Mountain, over Kloof Nek to Camps Bay and then to Seapoint and the Winchester Mansions stop.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Cape Town: Full Day Cape Point Tour

This morning your guide will collect you at 09h00 for a Full Day Cape Peninsular Tour. We depart from your hotel and travel along the spectacular Atlantic Seaboard. We drive through the coastal suburbs of Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. We will stop for a photo opportunity of Table Mountain’s impressive Twelve Apostles. We then travel on past Bakoven and Llandudno which are marked by shipwrecks which fell foul to the infamous Cape winter storms, then on to the scenic fishing village of Hout Bay.

You will also head over the 600m heights of Chapman’s Peak Drive, which is without a doubt one of the world’s most spectacular mountain passes. You will also have a chance to watch Southern Right Whales frolicking just offshore from June to November.

Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique birdlife such as African Black Oystercatchers and Cape Sugarbirds amongst others. The opportunity is also there to view small animals such as the Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok, ostrich and Baboon as we enter the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Climb to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay, and stop at the south western most point of Africa – the fabled Cape of Good Hope.

Lunch will be at one of the restaurants of your choice after having been giving suggestions by your guide. We will visit Boulders Beach for an exciting close up encounter with African Penguins. Drive through the historical naval village of Simons town and over yet another spectacular mountain pass; Boyes Drive, where you will take in views of the quaint fishing harbour at Kalk Bay as well as the seaside villages of St James and Muizenberg. Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – with time to browse these magnificent gardens set on the slopes of Table Mountain before returning to the city.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Okavango Delta: Daily Safari Activities at Ker & Downey Shinde 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 Savuti National Park: Daily Safari Activities at Savuti Safari Lodge

The Savuti Marsh, fed by the Savuti Channel, has developed a reputation over the years as one of the world’s premier predator viewing areas, boasting one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent. A number of award-winning documentary films shot in Savuti have cemented its reputation.

The activities on offer are morning and afternoon game drives through the park and along the fringes of the Channel and Marsh. The game-viewing vehicles are open to facilitate game-watching and photography, and your guide will delight in showing you the beauty and diversity of Savuti’s natural wonders. This area offers superb game and birding-viewing in the open areas of Savuti within Chobe National Park.

This is a rough schedule of how a typical day on safari looks like. This is always scheduled to change due to weather and other factors. You will need to be flexible – rangers and guides will focus on where there is wildlife and the best method of viewing the best of what Botswana has to offer.

A simple early morning snack of cereals, yoghurts and fruit is served before departing on the game drive. Upon Return from your game drive, enjoy a full breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure. Lunch is served around 14h00 followed by afternoon tea before the afternoon game drive which normally departs at 16:00. You return from your game drive and enjoy a boma dinner.

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.

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.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Victoria Falls: Sunset Cruise on The Zambezi River

This afternoon your driver will meet you at reception for your transfer to the boat jetty. You enjoy a sundowner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.

During the two hour guided luxury Sunset cruise, departing daily from the Wild Horizons Jetty Site, guests can look forward to 5-star service on board, consisting of imported wines and spirits, gourmet hot & cold canapés. A variety of game is consistently spotted, such as elephant, hippo, crocodiles, as well as a vast plethora of bird species.
The Zambezi Royal is the optimum way to view the beautiful stunning scenery and surrounds of the upper Zambezi River. The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. Clients may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species.

INCLUDED IN PRICE Chobe National Park: Daily Activities on The Chobe Princess

Game Viewing:
Whether you’re a guest on the ever-elegant Zambezi Queen houseboat, one of her three Chobe Princesses, or at the secluded tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, you’ll be able to experience unique water-based safaris on the Chobe River that borders Namibia and Botswana.

Each day, you’ll venture out by tender boat to get up close and personal with huge herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, crocodile, zebra and more that are drawn to the water. You’ll also see a huge variety of birdlife and plant life as you breathe in African air around you.

Game viewing on the Chobe River is at its most exceptional from March to November when the weather is drier and the animals are more mobile as they search for food and water. Summer and spring also offer unique opportunities as you witness the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season.

With over 450 species, a mix of terrains and a dramatic African backdrop, the Chobe River is the perfect setting for a highly rewarding birdwatching safari. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population by up to 20% compared to the winter months.

Whether you’re a guest on the Zambezi Queen, on one of her three Chobe Princesses or at the tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, you’ll have access to your own knowledgeable guide and tender boat for your birding safari. This will mean many hours spotting birds such as African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African finfoot as well as cattle egrets, fish eagles, open-billed storks, lesser-striped swallows, pied kingfishers and the striking carmine bee-eater.

Photographic Safaris:
Uninterrupted access to wild animals. Absolute silence. Golden light. The Chobe River is an unforgettable photographic safari destination, and one of the wildlife photographers’ hotspots in Africa. And, because this is a water-based safari, you’ll be able to take unique shots in a safe environment.

As a guest on board the luxurious Zambezi Queen, one of her three Chobe Princesses or at the tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge means you’ll have access to our custom-designed photographic safari boats that cater for 6 clients in individual photographic seats. The boat contains custom-designed swivel chairs that give you greater stability and 360-degree views for a wider range of subject matter. Every seat is equipped with a mounting for resting SLR cameras of all types and you’ll get your own experienced safari guide who’ll help you find that perfect shot.

Chobe Princess or Ichingo Chobe River Lodge guests can also go on a walking tour to a 2000-year-old baobab tree where you’ll learn more about the medicinal and spiritual value of Impalila Island’s flora. For our more adventurous guests, if you have the inclination to climb the tree, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the meeting place of two rivers and four countries.

Vogelle Family, Switzerland, 29th October 2019

Thank you Melanie for all of your work and support in planning this trip for us. We had the most wonderful time together on this special holiday. We loved seeing South Africa by road and our safaris were absolutely amazing. We saw so much more than we could have imagined and our children were completely fascinated by all of the animals and never ran out of questions for our very patient guides. We hope to be back as soon as we can for more adventures.

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