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Botswana & Victoria Falls
Botswana & Victoria Falls
Explore Botswana's contrasts and extremes on a custom safari to prime areas where few people travel. Experience a nostalgic camping and boutique lodge safari that recreates the sense of a game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the great African explorers. Marvel at the famed Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River and explore Botswana's scenic northern areas: from the blue-green wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the diverse and wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems. Accommodation throughout your Botswana safari is in private concession areas.
Your Botswana Travel Guide: Explorations are led by highly skilled and qualified professional guides with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in. Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby. Many of our guides are also skilled photographers and can assist you in taking away amazing wildlife photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.
Zebra and Foal
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Depart / Johannesburg
Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Intercontinental airport hotel for an overnight stay.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Livingstone, Zambia)
Fly to Livingstone and transfer to Victoria Falls for a guided tour. The park offers good wildlife viewing, including buffalo, giraffe, zebra, impala and white rhino, and the prolific birdlife includes the African Finfoot, a rarity elsewhere. Check-in at Toka Leya Camp. Set on the western sector of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Toka Leya Camp perches on the banks of the precipitating Zambezi River. Limiting our footprint on this pristine land, wooden walkways snake between the 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents. Enjoy tastefully decorated room with an expansive wooden deck looking out at the mighty river – often presenting the sight of rambling elephants, grunting pods of hippo and idle crocodiles. Under a canopy of shady trees, the camp's dining, lounge and bar areas plus infinity pool, offer ample space for you to relax. (B,L,D
Chobe National Park: Linyanti Discoverer Camp, Linyanti Concession
Fly to Kasane over the Kazangula border, a point where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet. Enjoy a river cruise along the Chobe River. Our African river cruise is the ideal opportunity to observe puku, enormous herds of elephant, numerous pods of hippo and large crocodiles, as well as diverse birdlife. After our cruise, continue our flight to the private Linyanti concession and check into Linyanti Discoverer Camp.
The habitats, from floodplains to open dry-land savannah and woodland, make Linyanti a paradise for an incredible diversity of wildlife and bird species. Wildlife includes the seldom-seen sitatunga that can be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare roan and sable antelope, plains game and of course their predators, the lion and leopard – with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus. Activities include game drives in the private northern sector of the concession, exploring a range of habitats, from riverbanks to scrub and forest as well as a full-day excursion with lunch at a remote scenic setting. Set in the 125 000-hectare Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park, Linyanti Discoverer Camp is your base in this enormous wildlife-rich area. Unrivalled in its remoteness and space, the concession is bisected by an ancient watercourse – the now-flowing Savute Channel. Your innovative accommodation is in 20.67 feet x 11.48 feet walk-in wooden framed canvas sided tents. The tents are airy and designed to recreate the accommodation style of the early explorers, with richly colored teak director chairs and minimalist interiors.
Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, canvas and wood wardrobes, bathrobes, comfortable beds and mirrors are provided. Private, en-suite separate toilet and showers form part of the structure. Paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the ambience in the evening, while fresh, sumptuous meals are usually prepared around a fire by warm and friendly camp staff. (B,L,D Daily)
Okavango Delta: Gomoti Tented Camp
Fly aboard light aircraft to the Santawani Concession for a deeper exploration of the varied Okavango Delta. Spend three nights enjoying gamed drives and nature walks while at the semi-permanent Gomoti Tented Camp. The alluvial sands in these areas are very fertile, resulting in good grass growth, which attracts a multitude of grazing animal species. Wildlife is plentiful and includes leopard, lion, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, elephant and masses of general game.
Gomoti Tented Camp lies in the center of the private 6,000-hectare Santawani Concession, in the southeast corner of the Okavango Delta. The camp is nestled under large acacia trees in a diverse game-rich area. Most of the concession area comprises a mixed woodland habitat that gives way to open grasslands which can transform into floodplains in years of plentiful water.
Accommodation is in five canvas tents, which are spacious and comfortable, designed to recreate the style of the early explorers, with richly-colored teak director chairs and comfortable interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, wooden-framed wardrobes, comfortable twin beds and mirrors are provided. A private, en-suite toilet and shower forms part of the structure. Enjoy the midday view from your director chairs, set under the shade of your veranda. An after-dinner cocktail may be enjoyed around the fire or taken in the cozy lounge adjacent to the dining area. (B,L,D Daily)
Fly over the shimmering water-world of the Okavango Delta, where you can enjoy quintessential Delta activities such as poling on a mokoro or motorboat outings. Mammal sightings during this portion of our Botswana safari include the water-loving red lechwe, spotted-necked otter, elephant and tsessebe along with the elusive sitatunga. Predators include leopard and spotted hyena. Birdwatchers can expect to see Pel’s Fishing-Owl, African Skimmer, Greater Swamp Warbler and Wattled Crane. (B,L,D Daily)
Xigera Camp, Xigera Concession
Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera Camp embodies the essence of the Okavango Delta. The camp is found on the aptly-named “Paradise Island,” surrounded by year-round water and lush vegetation. We invite you to stay in one of the ten beautifully furnished en-suite tented rooms offering views over a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. You will enjoy meals and drinks in the lounge and dining area overlooking the flowing channel or under the stars in our traditional African boma. During long lazy afternoons, take a plunge in the pool or soak up the sun on a lounger. Surrounded by spectacular wilderness, Xigera Camp will give you a feeling of well-being far from the hubbub of modern living. Xigera Camp donates a portion of the proceeds from your stay to Motswe Wa Tsholofelo Orphan Day-Care Centre in Maun.
Jacana Camp, Jao Concession
Located on a beautiful island in the Jao Concession on the Moremi Game Reserve, Jacana Camp is a typical Delta camp. Surrounded by seasonally-inundated floodplains and papyrus swamps, Jacana Camp has five en-suite Meru-style tents, including a family tent, built on raised wooden decks to facilitate its panoramic views of the Okavango Delta. The main dining area is on an elevated platform between two magnificent sycamore fig trees and surrounded by dense wild date palms. Jacana Camp also has a cozy lounge with an area for an open fire under the stars; and a plunge pool for cooling off in the midday sun.
Jacana Camp is a true wetland area, ideal for the rare sitatunga and abundant red lechwe. In the summer months when the inundation has receded, lechwe, tsessebe and elephant are prevalent, while lion, and occasionally leopard, may be seen. Wildlife concentrations in this area of the Delta depend on water flow and volume, changing from season to season.
Transfer by light aircraft from Xigera to Maun Airport for the scheduled flight to Johannesburg where you will connect with the international flight to the U.S. (B)