Luxury Safari Odyssey – 1 night Johannesburg | 2 nights Kruger | 3 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night Johannesburg | 3 nights Okavango Delta | 2 nights Chobe | 3 nights Victoria Falls
Thank You for all your help in making our African Experience a truly excellent time. Melissa and I thoroughly enjoyed our itinerary but if we had not wanted to go on the Walk with the Elephants we would probably have preferred to stay at Chief’s Camp which was highly recommended by a couple we met at Baines and Chobe Chilwero. Our favorite camps were Sabi Sabi Selati, which we luckily got upgraded to the Ivory Presidential Suite, and Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. The Residence hotel in Johannesburg was superb and of course our stay at the Royal Livingstone with the intimate Monkey Tree dinner was excellent along with Helicopter ride over the falls.
We were happy to refer Cheryl D. to you for help on their trip. Knowing Cheryl and her husband they would not be interested in the Elephant walk and would probably prefer staying at Chief’s Camp instead of Baines’ Camp.. We have several other couples who are interested in our itinerary and if it is not too much trouble could you please forward me several of your business cards.
Thanks again for all your help and looking forward to our next trip to Africa with our teenage sons.
Upon arrival at Johannesburg Airport, you are met by our representative and are transferred to The Residence in the leafy suburb of Houghton for an overnight stay.
Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work.
Transfer time – Johannesburg Airport approx. 45 minutes
This morning you are collected from The Residence and are transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Nelspruit. You are met at Nelspruit Airport and are transferred to your lodge in the Kruger National Park. There is time to settle in before you depart on your first game drive.
The Kruger National Park was established in 1898 and is the oldest National Park in Africa. The 2-million hectare Park provides sanctuary to 147 mammal species, including the Big Five, as well as over 500 bird species. The Kruger National Park has more than its fair share of the Big Five, with an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino. Cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog and many antelope species are also regularly seen on game drives. Boundary fences have been dropped between Kruger and its neighbouring private game reserves, such as Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Klaserie and Manyaleti, meaning that the animals are free-roaming over an area the size of Switzerland, resulting in an immense gene pool. Kruger is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
In addition to National Parks rest camps, there are several private concessions where sections of the Park are rented by private safari lodges, who have exclusive access to their area, ensuring superb game viewing with the level of luxury expected at a private lodge. One of these private concessions is operated by Ngala Tented Camp. The area of Kruger around Ngala Tented Camp is remarkable and is known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives – visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
After your morning game drive, you are collected from your lodge and are transferred by road southwards to the Sabi Sand, also part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your new lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive in the Sabi Sand.
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives – visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
Today you bid farewell to this African wonderland. At a time to be announced by the Lodge Manager, you are transferred to the Sabi Sabi airstrip for your shuttle flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you are transferred back to The Residence for a 1-night stay.
This morning you are transferred back to Johannesburg Airport, where you check in for your flight to Maun. Upon arrival at Maun, you are met by the Sanctuary representative who will assist you to the Mack Air counter to hand them the suitcase which is to be couriered to Kasane. You are then assisted to the light aircraft which will take you into the Delta. Once in the Delta, you will be met at the airstrip and will be transferred to your lodge.
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 breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Kasane Airport. On arrival at Kasane, you will be met by the Sanctuary representative, who will transfer you to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. You will arrive in time for the afternoon game-viewing boat trip on the Chobe River.
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 game drive in Chobe National Park, you are collected from your accommodation and are transferred by road and river ferry over the border to the Victoria Falls in Zambia. You check in at the Royal Livingstone. The rest of the day is at leisure to view the 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.
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.
Today is at leisure to catch a last glimpse of the Falls until you are transferred to Livingstone Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you connect with your international flight home.