Botswana Private Luxury Safaris

Private Luxury Botswana Safari

LUXURY BOTSWANA SAFARI: AFRICAN IDYLL

PRIVATE CLASSIC JOURNEY


JOHANNESBURG | OKAVANGO DELTA | MOREMI GAME RESERVE | CHOBE NATIONAL PARK | VIC FALLS


Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg

Upon  your arrival at Johannesburg's O.R Tambo International Airport you will  be given a warm welcome by our representative and provided with your  travel documents before being assisted to your complimentary transfer  provided by the Intercontinental O.R Tambo International Airport Hotel.  Settle in before spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure.  

Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport- Standard Room or Similar; Meals: B


Day 2: Depart Johannesburg / Arrive Maun / Stanley’s Camp

This morning after breakfast you will be collected and transferred back to O.R Tambo International Airport for your onward flight to Maun (Flight not included). We meet you at Maun Airport and ensure a smooth transition by light aircraft to your camp over the majestic Okavango Delta. Once you have arrived at Stanley‟s Airstrip, the lodges representatives will be there to meet you and assist you to your game vehicle transfer back to the lodge. The Okavango Delta, also known as “the river that never finds the sea”, has crystal clear channels spread over the thirst lands 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.


Hippos inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounds are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose. Experience the delicate details of the glistening waterways on a mokoro (dugout canoe) ride, where iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the papyrus-lined banks Check in and settle into your room before embarking on a unique safari activity this afternoon.

Stanley’s Camp; Meals: B L D


Day 3: Stanley’s Camp

Set among ebony and sausage trees, Sanctuary Stanley‟s Camp is located on a 260,000 acre private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The natural wonders of the area constantly change over the seasons from lush green when the rain flows down the Angolan highlands, to dry savannah when the neighboring Kalahari Desert tightens its grip on the terrain. The camp is the home of our unique Living with Elephants interaction. Walking with a trio of orphaned elephants is an uplifting experience and one that will remain with you long after you've left.


Game drives are not typical here, as water crossings are part of the adventure, and watching zebra standing belly-deep in water, grazing, is a sight to see. Even giraffe will cross water up to their hocks. During higher water levels, game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is set in a private concession which means guests can also venture out at night on exciting game drives to see the many nocturnal animals that live here. See the Delta from a different perspective, one that is up close and personal with the surrounding environment. Walks allow you to read the news of the night in the smooth sand of the road. Lion, leopard, elephants, genets and even millipedes are all part of the signs, each with their story to tell. A walking safari is about seeing the small five and the various flora in the area.


The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, guests can experience serene silence at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow channels. Sit back and relax as you glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while seeing eye to eye with a buffalo as it laps water from the river, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks or cruise past a pod of hippos as they lie in a pool.

Stanley’s Camp; Meals: B L D


Day 4: Stanley’s Camp – Chiefs Camp

This morning after a lengthy breakfast you depart Stanley‟s Camp in style as you are flown through to Chiefs Camp located in the Moremi Game Reserve where you will be spending the next two evenings. Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief‟s island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent. This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Both Black and White Rhino have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a "Big Five‟ destination. Settle into your room before heading off into the bush on a 4x4 safari vehicle for your afternoon game drive.

Chiefs Camp; Meals: B L D


Day 5: Chiefs Camp

Sanctuary Chief‟s Camp is located on Chief's Island in the Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve. This area is known as the "Predator Capital of Africa" and is ideal for game viewing. The seasonal water of the delta ensures that the area in front of the camp is always changing - from a dry flood plain teeming with wildlife to a lush and tranquil lagoon. The game viewing opportunities at Sanctuary Chief's Camp are awe-inspiring. On the plains one may find the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round. There are also healthy populations of wild dog. These extremely rare predators have been hunted to the point of extinction in most areas of Africa and this is one of their last strongholds. There are several local lion prides and leopards, genet cats and hyena are in abundance.


Mokoros, local dugout canoes, offer a different perspective of the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Each June the whole area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle. As a change from a game drive, the quiet, gentle pace of a mokoro is a real introduction to a way of transport still used in the Delta by the 'river bushmen' or BaYei people.
Chiefs Camp; Meals: B L D


Day 6: Chiefs Camp – Kasane Airport / Zambezi Queen

Today we switch over to something a little different. All your accommodation is usually based on land but today we make our way by light aircraft to Kasane Airport where you will be transferred to the departure point for the Zambezi Queen, your floating accommodation for the next two nights.


You will enter through the reception of the Chobe Marina Lodge and look out for the Zambezi Queen sign pointing you to the Riverside Lounge. The boats Meet & Greet staff will meet you and assist you with your immigration forms. Your luggage will be taken by the Zambezi staff and transferred to your Zambezi Queen suite.

Kasane Immigration Office & Namibia Immigration Office closes at 16h30 thus all passengers must arrive before 16h00 at Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe River


At about 7:30pm you will be treated to a three course dinner before later settling in for the night and enjoying the quiet of the African night.

Zambezi Queen; Meals: B L D


Day 7: Zambezi Queen

This morning after breakfast, you have an option of doing one of the following activities;

  • Water based game viewing on tender boat
  • Fishing from fishing boat
  • Local Village Tour in Namibia

After arriving back from you chosen activity, enjoy a lunch served on board the Zambezi Queen. Take some time and enjoy the pool deck or spend time in the lounge as you view the river and the wildlife around you. This afternoon you will once again have a choice of one activity to enjoy before the sun sets. Choose from the following;

  • Water based game viewing on tender boat
  • Fishing from fishing boat

At approximately 7:30pm you will be experiencing a traditional African dinner which will include some unique and vibrant live African musical performances.

Zambezi Queen; Meals: B L D


Day 8: Disembark Zambezi Queen / Kasane – Toka Leya

This morning after breakfast the Zambezi Queen will make its way back to the Kasane Immigration office where you will be disembarking and making your way via road transfer to Toka Leya, a lodge located in Zambia just on the outskirts of Livingstone. Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya Camp is situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Twelve spacious en-suite safari-style tents with expansive decks soak up the dramatic views and active wildlife. Check in and settle into your room before embarking on an afternoon safari activity

Toka Leya Camp; Meals: B L D


Day 9: Toka Leya Camp

Toka Leya overlooks the mighty Zambezi River where hippo, crocodile and elephant are often seen, as well as an incredible diversity of birdlife. It is also centrally located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park which hosts species such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino. The occasional predator is also seen. Several sought-after bird species are found, including African finfoot, half-collared kingfisher, African skimmer (seasonal), Schalow's turaco and rock pratincole (seasonal). 


Game drives into Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park offer sightings of general game species such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe and white rhino. There is also rich birdlife, including sought-after species such as half-collared kingfisher and Schalow‟s turaco.
Toka Leya; Meals: B L D


Day 10: Depart Livingstone

After a delicious breakfast you will be transferred to Livingstone International Airport to prepare for your onward journey home.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Tiger and bream fishing in season
  • On board the Zambezi Queen
  • Elephant Activities at Stanley‟s Camp
  • Guided tour of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls
  • Sunset river cruise
  • Experience Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on foot
  • Track the endangered rhino with the local wildlife scouts


PRICING:


Starting from: $7,498.00 per person. Please contact us for detailed pricing.


LENGTH: 10 Days/9 Nights


MEAL PLAN: AS NOTED: B- Breakfast; L- Lunch; D- Dinner

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Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy, please contact us for Single Supplement or Sole Traveler pricing.


Due to limited availability, it is highly recommended that you book your journey months in advance.


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