8 Days
Kerry’s Okavango Delta, Chobe & Victoria Falls adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Mokoro
  • Chobe River Safari
  • Elephants
  • Game Drives
  • Bush walks
  • Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Giraffes
  • Fireside Tales

Client Review

I worked with Kerry to plan our family holiday in Botswana and Zambia. I cannot compliment Kerry highly enough. I had seen the Classic Botswana and Victoria Falls itinerary and liked this tour. As we only had 7 days for the holiday, but wanted more safari, she adjusted this to suit us. It was myself, my wife and our son traveling together. Kerry’s suggestions on the lodges was spot on and we loved both lodges in Botswana. For the last night, we stayed in Victoria Falls and the lodge here was great. All of our transfers went smoothly, the lodges went above and beyond our expectations and every detail of our trip was so well coordinated that we felt like we had personal handlers the whole time. I highly recommend booking a safari through Kerry and Pembury tours.

Mike, Katy & Stewart

Tour Consultant's Overview

Mike was keen to add on a short 7 night holiday after his work commitments in Cape Town. He contacted me, as he had seen our Classic Botswana and Victoria Falls itinerary, which he liked. Mike was also keen to add a night in Chobe, as they wanted to add more game drives to their itinerary. Sanctuary Retreats offers great specials during the low season and also do not charge a single supplement, so this worked perfectly for the 3 of them, as their son was 21 and could then have his own room. A night at Victoria Falls, with a Sunset River Cruise and a guided tour of the Falls was the perfect way to end their holiday. With 6 nights in Botswana, they got to go on game drives in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, mokoro and motor boat safaris, plus bush walks. Fireside tales told around the campfire at night, magnificent African Sunsets..... what more could you ask for!!!
Kerry Ririe
Day 1 Arrival in Botswana

This morning you fly to Maun, Botswana. Upon arrival at Maun Airport, you will be welcomed by the representative from Sanctuary Retreats and they will assist you to your onward light aircraft transfer to the private airstrip belonging to the Camp. The airstrip is located between 45 - 60 minutes from the camp depending on water levels.
During higher water levels, you will be greeted at the airstrip and transferred by vehicle to the boating station, five minutes from the airstrip, before being transferred by boat to the camp. The boat transfer is about 50 minutes. During lower water levels, you will be transferred by vehicle to the Camp.

Day 1 to 4 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. 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

Day 4 Okavango Delta to Chobe

After your morning activity & breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Kasane Airport. On arrival in Kasane, you will be met by the driver from the lodge, who will transfer you to Chobe Chilwero, where you spend 3 nights. This afternoon you are taken on a river safari on the Chobe River.

Day 4 to 7 Chobe National Park (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.

Day 7 Chobe to Victoria Falls (1 night)

After your last safari activity & breakfast, your driver will meet you at reception and transfer you across to the Kazangula Border, where you cross into Zimbabwe. You are transferred by road to your lodge at the Victoria Falls, where you spend the night.
The afternoon you meet in reception at 16h00 for your Sunset Cruise. You will be transferred to the Jetty and here you board the Ra-Ikane.
Enjoy a brief history of the river with a cocktail in hand as you set out on the Sunset Cruise. Snack on delicacies from the high tea selection, as well as other delectable snacks, and be treated to any of the thirst-quenching beverages from the fully-stocked bar, while you take in the wild Zambezi.

Day 8 Victoria Falls and home

After a hearty breakfast, your guide will meet you in reception for your tour of the Victoria Falls. Prepare to be drenched from the Spray of the magnificent Victoria Falls. 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. After this tour, you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.
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.

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Baines’ Camp is a small, intimate camp and has only five luxurious suites.

With star baths and sky beds on your private deck, this is a romantic oasis. The eco-friendly camp has been built using commercially grown wood and recycled tin cans. The local community in Maun was encouraged to collect empty tin cans, with a fee paid for every can, which were recycled to form the backbone of the camp’s structures. The five suites at Sanctuary Baines' are opulent and luxurious, with ensuite facilities and four-poster beds. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River where hippo can often be spotted. Or take an indulgent soak under the stars on your own private viewing deck in our opulent star bath. At Baines' Camp, the sky's the limit.

There is a communal swimming pool, and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present here. See prowling lions looking for prey at the edge of the lagoon that the camp overlooks, or watch one of the many elephants who live in the area.

In addition to offering game drives and mokoro trips, Baines’ is also one of only two camps to offer you the opportunity to walk with elephants.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush on the edge of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to the world's largest remaining population of elephants. Sitting above the Chobe River, the lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far away as Namibia.

This is an incredibly luxurious lodge with just 15 guest cottages, as well as the only full spa on the Botswana safari circuit. Relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa’s treetop treatment room or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.

Each of the air-conditioned thatched guest cottages has two showers, one inside and one outside. The en suite bathroom also has a large free-standing bath. After a day of game viewing, what better way to relax than in your own private garden with a cocktail? Or if the fancy takes you, why not have your gourmet dinner served right here under the African sky.

Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge offers distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The decor evokes a bygone era of adventure and the quest of discovery in Africa. This hotel is ideally situated and is the closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. The Victoria Falls National Park borders the front of property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.

Ilala Lodge offers 56 rooms and suites. The rooms are all spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either open lawn or a balcony where you are afforded a view of the spray of the falls from the upper level rooms. All standard rooms at Ilala Lodge have got 2 x ¾ beds, an ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning and an overhead fan. The deluxe suites have a king-size bed and have room for a child’s bed.

The in-house Palm Restaurant is recognised as one of the finest at the 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.

Daily Safari Programme - Okavango – Sanctuary Camps

Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Okavango Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. At Baines' Camp, you have the opportunity to see animals up close with your expert guide on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles.

A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of the nocturnal animals one wouldn't see during the day time. During higher water levels game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. (Night drives are seasonal, depending on water levels.)

Because the camp is set in a private concession, there is the opportunity to get very close on foot in perfect safety with one of our guides. Find out how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango.

One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary Baines' Camp is in one of the locally made dugout canoes, known as mokoros. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the delta, looking for hippos and crocodiles in the water, but also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle.

For the less intrepid, the camp also has motorised speedboats that can be used when the rivers are in flood.

Daily Safari Programme - Chobe - Sanctuary Lodges

Elephants feature largely on any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water's edge in their boisterous herds.

Thrilling game drives lead by our qualified professional guides bring you close to hippos, buffalos, puku and other animals that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.

The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of the lodge’s specially designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river.

Chobe is renowned for its abundance of dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas - antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps - are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.

Boat trip on the Zambezi River / Ra-Ikane

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.

When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 3,923
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