1 night Johannesburg | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 2 nights Chobe | 4 nights Okavango Delta
- Victoria Falls
- The Boma - Dinner & Drum Show
- Chobe National Park
- Elephants at Chobe
- Mokoro Safari
- Wild Dogs
- Starlight nights in Africa
- Game drives in the Okavango
A big thanks to Kerry for arranging this amazing vacation for us!
Our top priority was SAFARI and this itinerary was exactly that. We got to experience some of the most amazing animal sightings, from Elephant crossing the river in Chobe to a mom and 3 cheetah cubs playing on an anthill in the Okavango Delta. The rangers were experienced and told us so many interesting facts and stories about the animals and the local people and their way of life in Botswana.
We had morning and evening game drives, bush walks, river safaris, motor boat safaris, dugout canoe safaris, together with wonderful meals at all the lodges.
Kerry arranged the perfect tour for us and we would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to visit Africa! Our next trip is already being talked about and Kerry will be the person we contact for this.
Tour Consultant's OverviewMike contacted us about arranging a tour for him and his lovely wife. They were keen on a tour in Botswana with a stopover to see the amazing Victoria Falls. Also included on the wishlist was the Okavango Delta, and a few other locations, as they also wanted to stay at lodges that offered walking safaris and mokoro trips. With this, the itinerary worked out to two nights at the Victoria Falls, two nights in Chobe, which includes game drives and river safaris. Then onto the Okavango Delta for four nights, split over two different camps - a water based camp that offers mokoro and walking safaris and then a different lodge that offers game drives, motor boat safaris, walking safaris and mokoro. With a few tweaks to their tour, we came up with a great safari that suited them.
Upon arrival at OR Tambo Airport, you will be met in the arrivals hall by our representative from Wilro Tours, who will hand over your travel documents and transfer you to Melrose Arch, African Pride Hotel, where you spend the night. The day is at leisure and you can explore the Melrose Arch Precinct.
Transfer time: OR Tambo Airport to your hotel – 25 to 45 minutes
This morning you make your way to OR Tambo Airport. You make your way to International Departures and check in for your flight, to Victoria Falls. On arrival, your driver will meet you in reception for your transfer to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, where you spend two nights.
Flight time: Johannesburg to Victoria Falls - ± 1½ hours
Transfer time: Victoria Falls Airport to your lodge – ± 30 to 40 minutes
Today is at leisure and you can enjoy the day at Victoria Falls.
The wide, basalt cliff of the falls transforms the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent, cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. This allows for a multitude of adventures from aerial to death-defying, or up-close-and-personal.
Peak flood season is around March and April when the full power of the falls can be experienced in all its glory.
This morning your driver will meet you in reception for your transfer across the border to Botswana. You are transferred by road to Kasane. Here you will meet up with the driver from Ngoma Safari Lodge, who will transfer you to the lodge. You check into your lodge and have time to relax before the afternoon safari activity.
Transfer time: Victoria Falls to your lodge in Chobe - ± 2 to 2½ hours (depends on border crossing times)
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 last game activity and breakfast you will be transferred to Kasane Airport for your light aircraft transfer to the Okavango Delta. On arrival at airstrip, you will be met by your ranger and transferred to your lodge, where you spend 2 nights at Gunns Camp.
Transfer time: Ngoma to Kasane Airport – ± 45 minutes
Flight time: Kasane to Gunns Camp - ± 1 hours
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 last game activity and breakfast you will be transferred to airstrip for your short flight hop to Kanana Camp. On arrival at airstrip, you will be met by your ranger and transferred to your lodge, where you spend 2 nights. This afternoon you are taken on a game safari and return to the lodge for dinner.
Flight time: Gunns Camp to Kanana Camp - ± 10 to 15 minutes
Explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro, on foot or on game drive. A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo.
After your last game activity and breakfast, you bid farewell to this African Wonderland. Your game ranger will transfer you to the airstrip for your small plane flight to Maun. On arrival in Maun, you check in for your flight to Johannesburg. Here you make your way through customs and immigration and check in for your flight home.
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Simply out of this world
From cappuccino on the Square at daybreak to Peroni on the Piazza at dusk, the open-air environment is dramatically dressed to accentuate its curved streets and make every eating, shopping, living or working moment memorable.
Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just 4 km from the thundering Victoria Falls. Enjoy uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and the on-site waterhole, frequented by buffalo, elephant, warthog, various antelope and an endless stream of colourful African birds.
The rooms at the lodge all have private decks and views of the waterhole or surrounding bush. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has two restaurants. The award-winning MaKuwa-Kuwa is a split-level open-air à la carte restaurant with impeccable service, mouth-watering meals, a wide selection of fine South African wines and incredible views of the waterhole. The Boma is an outdoor fireside restaurant specialising in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes and is renowned for its warthog fillet. Sample local delicacies such as Mopani worms and venison stews, as well as more conventional Western fare, and then enjoy an evening filled with entertainment from Amakwezi traditional dancers to a local story teller and a fortune teller, followed by a drumming extravaganza. The open-plan Buffalo Bar has its own game-viewing platform overlooking the waterhole. Each day at 1 pm the Buffalo Bar offers a free vulture feeding display. Meat is put out just below the decks of the bar and hotel and you can witness the incredible spectacle of hundreds of vultures and other birds of prey descending on this free picnic while you sit and enjoy your own lunch or drink. There is a swimming pool and sun deck.
A complimentary shuttle service transports guests to the Victoria Falls and town centre on an hourly basis throughout the day.
Situated in northern Chobe, Botswana, within the Chobe Forest Reserve, Ngoma Safari Lodge is 55 km from Kasane and 135 km from the magnificent Natural Wonder of Victoria Falls. The lodge has magnificent views of the legendary Chobe river, giving you the opportunity to see the famous Chobe elephants, migrating zebra or buffalo grazing on the Caprivi floodplain below, depending on the season.
Ngoma Safari Lodge is a traditional safari lodge, with a thatched main guest and six thatched guest suites. The lodge incorporates rustic and ethnic styles, with natural finishes and an emphasis on space and comfort. The central area includes a sitting room, dining room, bar area, game viewing deck, pool deck and a plunge pool with a striking water feature. Spend evenings around the fire looking out at the floodlit waterhole.
Your own exclusive river-facing suite offers a quiet refuge and includes an indoor bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and a private outdoor sanctuary. Wide glass windows let in soft natural light and give you panoramic views of the bushveld.
Enjoy afternoons by the pool followed by candlelit dinners. Take your pick from river cruises and picnics to guided walks and game drives.
Overlooking Chiefs Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Gunns Camp is one of the few remaining vintage safari camps in Africa. The camp blends in seamlessly with the beautiful leafy palms and African Ebony that surround it. The camp strives for comfort without isolating you from the experience of the Okavango Delta – something it definitely succeeds in. Gunns Camp boasts some of the best views of the Okavango Delta – a huge and beautiful oasis amidst vast stretches of desert. The delta is well known as one of the best places to see Africa’s most notable wildlife.
Gunns Camp has 6 deluxe Kenya-style meru tents with superb views. The rooms all have en-suite bathrooms, private verandas, outdoor showers, and are all set on raised platforms amidst the dense and beautiful forest. The rooms are connected to the main camp by raised wooden walkways that cross the wetlands and are lit up magically by fairylike lanterns. Meals are all the more delicious for the view seen from the dining room, and the high level of service excellence will leave you feeling like royalty.
Cool off in the pool, relax at the bar, or do some of the amazing activities Gunns Camp has to offer. Tour the Delta in traditional mokoro canoes, experience the delta at sunset by motor-boat, enjoy bush-walks through the Delta, or set up camp on an island with your own personal guide – Gunns Camp is definitely the experience of a lifetime.
Situated within the Botswana’s Okavango Delta, this delightful camp is lies alongside the Xudum River, in the south west. . Offering a welcome touch of comfort, Kanana Camp is built amidst the wilderness of one of Botswana's prime game viewing regions.
The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants and animals. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta.
Guests are accommodated in seven spacious twin and double-bedded safari tents and one family tent, each with en-suite bathrooms with shower, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. The tents are well spaced, affording privacy whilst remaining within comfortable distance from the main camp area.
The annual floods transform parts of this concession into a true water paradise, offering guests the best of both worlds. At certain times of the year guests may actually enjoy the breath-taking spectacle of the water visibly rising around the camp’s raised teak decks. Experience magnificent game sightings during drives as well as the unique experience of exploring the delta’s beautiful waterways by boat. There is also a Sleep Out Deck that offers guests the opportunity to spend the night under the splendid African night sky.
Situated in the Kanana Concession, the focus of activities at Kanana varies with the rising and falling levels of the Okavango Delta. Activities include morning and late afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, with afternoon game drives often continuing into the evening. Alternatively you may explore the crystal clear waterways by Mokoro or motorboat, and enjoy the magnificent variety of birds, plant and reptile species found in the area. Birding is spectacular, and Kanana hosts a seasonal heronry that teems with activity, a Kanana highlight which converts all visitors to avid ‘twitchers’. Guided bush walks are highly recommended as is fishing for tilapia, African pike and sharptooth catfish.
Sit back, relax and soak up the last rays of the African sun as you gently drift along the Zambezi River above the Falls with a gin and tonic in hand and enjoying delicious snacks. Look out for elephant, hippo, crocodile, magnificent birds and other wildlife.
The finale of the cruise is the unforgettable sight of the sun setting over the Zambezi River, turning the sky into a myriad of reds, oranges and pinks and casting shadows and silhouettes all around.
The cruise boats pick up at the Zambezi River Cruise Terminal and takes guests around the islands of the upper section of the river. As with other cruise operators, the cruise boat stays well away from the Falls themselves, 4kms (2.49miles) away. During the sunset cruise, animals come from around to drink the water from the Zambezi River, and you may see elephants crossing the river to get to the vegetation on the islands or on the other side of the river. You have the opportunity to see hippos and crocodiles, along with a wide variety of bird species.
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.
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.
75% of the Falls are seen from the Zimbabwean side, with a variety of 16 viewpoints bisecting the rainforest. A network of paths allows you to thoroughly see the Falls from every angle. It is a true rainforest, where it rains 24hrs, 365 days of the year, from the falling spray created by these powerful Falls. In Zimbabwe the Falls never dry up even at the height of the dry season in October and November, Main Falls and Devils cataract will still have impressive water flow.
Famous for its large elephant herds, Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana covering some 11 700 square kilometres, has some of the largest concentrations of game found on the continent of Africa. Game drives in this park are legendary, with sightings of herds of more than 100 elephants at any one time being the norm. You may also see up to 15 different species of animals on any one game drive, including all the antelope, warthog, monkeys and baboons, as well as predators like lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. The Park provides a kaleidoscope of species for bird enthusiasts, in what is one of Africa’s finest birding safari locations. Day drives are into Chobe National Park and night drives are on the concession.
Located within the Chobe Forest Reserve, the lodges offer guided walks with their team of experienced professional guides who will escort you on an enthralling walk in this game-rich enclave. Walks depart early morning and return for breakfast.
At Chobe you enjoy a scenic cruise along the Chobe River, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and many water birds. You also get really close to any animals that come down to the river, especially elephants and buffalo.
Become part of the bustling river life by easing between the papyrus clad banks on traditional 'mokoro' canoes. These are propelled from the stern by skilled 'poler' guides, allowing the guests to sit back and absorb the scenery. For full day trips, Gunn's Camp prepares delicious picnic lunches which can be enjoyed on a Delta island after an exhilarating bush walk.
Explore the wilderness on foot under the guidance and education of your own personal guide. Feel your senses ignite as you become part of life in the bush and encounter game without the parameters of a vehicle.
Motor-Boat Sunset Cruises
A great way to explore the crystal clear channels of the Boro River. Motor-boat cruises are organised in time to toast the unprecedented African sunsets while drifting on a lagoon in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Watch as the mutating colours are reflected in the smooth waters, disturbed only by dipping swallows or curious hippos. (Gunn's Main Camp only, unless by prior arrangement and subject to delta water levels)
Moremi Game Reserve is rich in wildlife, and its consistent year-round game viewing makes it ideal for the first time visitors to Botswana. At Kanana Camp guests can experience twice daily game drives with unhindered views in specially-designed 4x4 safari vehicles. Moremi Game Reserve supports the most diverse habitat and animal populations in Botswana. Resident species include wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, hyena, zebra, kudu, lechwe, sable and roan antelope. Guests can also explore the Okavango Delta waterways by motorboat & mokoro (dug out canoes). The area’s open lagoons and winding channels make it a birder's paradise, complete with herons and storks in the breeding season.
Start the day with a delectable meal consisting of a full English and continental breakfast, before departing for your morning game drive. Elegant high teas are served in the afternoon just before departing for your afternoon game activity. On return, relax at the pool or sip a cocktail on the deck before dinner.