Botswana and Livingstone Safari

8 Nights Botswana and Livingstone Safari

SAFARI SUMMARY

Starts Victoria Falls / Ends Maun

Seat in vehicle from Victoria Falls Airport to A’Zambezi River Lodge
2 Nights A’Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls (Bed & Breakfast Basis)

Seat in vehicle from A’Zambezi River Lodge to Chobe Bush Lodge
2 Nights Chobe Bush Lodge, Kasane (Full Board, 3 x Park Entry Fee, 4 x Activities)

(Optional upgrade to Pangolin Photographic Safaris- Activities (Includes 3 activities, park fees and the use of Nikon D7000 camera with a Sigma 120-400 or 150-500 lens, SD card)

Seat in vehicle Chobe Bush Lodge to Kasane Airport
Seat in charter Kasane Airport to Ntswi Airstrip
2 Nights Moremi Crossing, Okavango Delta (Fully Inclusive)

Seat in charter Ntswi Airstrip to Khwai Airstrip
2 Nights Sango Safari Camp, Khwai - bordering Moremi Game Reserve (Fully Inclusive)

Seat in charter from Khwai Airstrip to Maun Airport

Road transfer from A’zambezi Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 & 2: A’ZAMBEZI RIVER LODGE, Victoria Falls

Upon guests’ arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, they will be transferred to A’Zambezi River Lodge.

Located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, just 4 km upstream of the Victoria Falls and 25 km from the airport. The A’Zambezi River Lodge nestles on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lush green lawns. A’Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wild life and nature, whilst enjoying renowned services. The A’Zambezi is the only town hotel with direct river frontage and jetty site in Victoria Falls.
A’Zambezi River Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in 88 rooms that all have air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, complimentary tea/coffee facilities, a telephone and satellite television. A’Zambezi River Lodge also has 4 executive suites with a bar, lounge and spa bath and 2 inter-leading rooms for families. The lodge is built in under a large thatched roof and guests have a fantastic view of the majestic Zambezi River. Secure parking is also offered.
There are 2 restaurants to cater for all dietary requirements. “Amulonga” is a buffet and à la carte restaurant where guests can enjoy authentic open-air dining, garden breakfasts and riverside lunches. Live African music and dancing keeps guests entertained while dining al fresco. Facilities and activities include a swimming pool, bars, barbecue areas, children’s playground and indoor games (table tennis and darts). Boats can be hired for a cruise down the Zambezi River.
A courtesy bus runs on an hourly basis between A’Zambezi River Lodge and the town centre. Guests can go curio shopping in the town centre or participate in activities such as game and bird watching, play golf, go for a nature walk, visit the crocodile and snake farm (300m away) and, for the more adventurous, white water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant back riding, horseback riding or going for a walk with lions. Activities can be booked at reception.

Area Description - VICTORIA FALLS

Victoria Falls town lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the eastern end of the Victoria Falls. It is a lovely tourist town which is easy to explore on foot and which offers a wide range of activities from the challenge of white water rafting and bungy jumping, to the awe-inspiring elephant back safaris and sunset cruises. It has something for everyone.
The Victoria Falls are one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World and is the largest sheet of falling water on earth - a spellbinding and mesmerising spectacle. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100m drop across nearly 2km makes  a thunderous roar and creates a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles - hence the local name 'mosi oa tunya' meaning 'the smoke that thunders'.

Access to Victoria Falls is within easy walking distance from the town centre. Water flow over the Falls varies throughout the year. The river's annual flood season is February to May when the spray can reach a height of over 400m, this is spectacular from above but it makes it very difficult to see the Falls at ground level as it is under a heavy shower/mist. Water levels start dropping in August and are at their lowest October - December when much of the rocky face becomes dry. At times of low water, the falls are best viewed from the Zimbabwe side or from Livingstone Island.

DAY 3 & 4: CHOBE BUSH LODGE, Chobe National Park

After breakfast, guests will be transferred by road from A’Zambezi River Lodge to Chobe Bush Lodge, where they will stay for 2 nights.

Chobe Bush Lodge is the new smaller sister lodge to Chobe Safari Lodge due for completion in December 2013.  The lodge is situated directly on the border with Chobe National Park near the meeting point of four countries (Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe & Zambia).

Once completed, the lodge will feature 38 luxury en-suite rooms with air-conditioning, TV, safe and open plan bathroom with bath and shower.  The lodge will also offer 4 large family rooms consisting of two bedrooms, each with their own en-suite.  Guide/tour leader accommodation will also be available.  The lodge’s main area will be semi-enclosed and built to overlook the lodge’s bush surrounds of Chobe National Park.  Rooms on the upper level of the lodge will have balconies with views out over the Chobe floodplains in the far distance, whereas lower level rooms will have verandas with views over Chobe National Park.

Lodge facilities will include the Bush Restaurant, serving a combination of buffet and a la carte style meals, swimming pool, secluded viewing platforms overlooking the Chobe National Park, cocktail bar, lounge areas with wi-fi spots and curio shop.

Activities included in this package include two boat cruises and two game drives with 3 x park fees.  Activities charged at an additional rate include specialised photographic boat cruises and game drives as well as fishing, nature walks and cultural activities.

Optional upgrade to Pangolin Activities (see end of document)

Area Description – CHOBE

The Chobe River Front is a remarkable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. However its accessibility from Kasane and neighbouring towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone has created quite a busy tourist area with larger hotels and lodges than you find in the more remote Okavango Delta.

The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water's edge is one to behold, particularly in the dry season (May - Oct) where water is scarce away from the river. It is an area famous for its abundance of elephants, a variety of predators and, in addition, you are likely to see herds of buffalo and possibly even roan and sable antelope. In the rainy season (Nov - Apr) the game is much less concentrated at the river as the wildlife spread throughout the greater area of Chobe National Park due to availability of surface water from nearby pans. This assists the vegetation on the river banks in recovering from the massive herds that are attracted to the area in the dry months. The summer rains bring beautiful wild flowers, exquisite scenery, impressive bird life and an abundance of young animals usually born around November/December. The spectacular Chobe sunsets alone are worth a visit to the area. Please note that activities are restricted within the national park in accordance with government rules and regulations: these include no driving off-road, no walking and no driving after dark.

DAY 5 & 6: MOREMI CROSSING, Okavango Delta

Following breakfast, guests will be transferred to Kasane Airport for a light aircraft transfer to Moremi Crossing where they will stay for 2 nights.

Moremi Crossing is located on an Island called Ntswi near the most southern part of Chief’s Island. As you fly over the Delta you can see the intricate twisting and turning of the waterways and the ever-changing colours where dry land meets Delta. The channels around Moremi Crossing offer far-reaching vistas of the Moremi floodplain, grasslands and marginal woodlands interspersed with Mokolwane palm islands.

Moremi Crossing provides comfortable accommodation in 16 vintage en-suite safari tents, each with its own private wooden deck and magical views over the Boro River and Chief’s Island. All tents are large and airy with en-suite bathrooms consisting of shower and toilet. The main area consists of a large open plan deck that has a spectacular view over the River onto the largest island in the Delta – Chief’s Island. The half-moon shaped area is built on different levels to give you the feeling of space. Dining room, bar and lounge is covered by a large thatched roof that hugs the tree line and accentuates its most beautiful assets. Various small private lounge areas are created for comfort, privacy and spaciousness. Within the tree line the guests find various nicely shaded decked areas that lead towards the pool. The camp has 24-hour solar powered electricity/lighting.

As Moremi Crossing is a water based camp, they have a wide variety of animal and bird species and the guests arrive at the camp either by mokoro or boat. Moremi Crossing offers different activities in the form of mokoro trips, game and bird walks, sunset motorboat cruises and island camping. All these activities give the guests a chance to experience the Okavango Delta and its wildlife from a very different, slower and closer perspective.

On Chief’s Island the guests have the opportunity to get a closer view of the animals. Lions, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, red lechwes and many more animals have been spotted there.

Area Description - OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest inland deltas situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world - the Kalahari basin. This oasis in the middle of the desert is a rich yet fragile ecosystem, providing a life source for an incredible variety of wildlife. A wealth of species have adapted to the contrasting conditions created by living in the harsh Kalahari desert which is transformed annually with the arrival of the delta flood waters originating in Angola.

The Okavango wetland encompasses Moremi Game Reserve and surrounding regions divided into areas known as Private Concessions. These concessions are wildlife management areas, carefully administrated to balance the growing community’s development and conservation, whilst empowering citizens through sustainable tourism. Many of the exclusive lodges in Botswana are situated within these concessions in the delta, providing an unparalleled wildlife experience - exclusive and remote, avoiding mass tourism and exploitation.

Flood levels fluctuate dramatically throughout the year, with high water levels peaking in the central Okavango during the dry winter months and water levels at their lowest during the later summer months, contrary to the seasonal rainfall.  The landscape, activities and game viewing vary considerably throughout the delta depending on your location, the season and flood levels. Some areas have larger tracts of permanent dry land which generally means there is more focus on land based activities (game drives) and big game viewing. Lodges situated on islands deep in the delta concentrate more on water activities such as mokoro excursions, walking, boating, fishing and bird watching. Those lodges situated on the outer fringes of the delta, referred to as the 'seasonal' delta, offer varied experiences at different times of the year - more water based during high flood levels and more land based as the flood recedes. 

Game is more concentrated around the permanent water during the dry season (Apr - Oct) with it becoming very hot in the later months. The heronries become active as the migrant birds return to Botswana from September through November, and general bird watching is excellent throughout the summer months. The rainy season (Nov - Apr) invigorates the lush scenery with wild flowers, dramatic thundershowers, spectacular sunsets and the birthing season brings great predator and prey interaction.

DAY 7 & 8: SANGO SAFARI CAMP, Okavango Delta

After breakfast and morning activity (time permitting), guests will be transferred to Sango Safari Camp by light aircraft, where they will stay for 2 nights.

Sango Safari Camp is nestled in the shade of the trees overlooking the Khwai River. Situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, the camp offers guests the perfect base from which to explore the wildlife and culture of this unique habitat.

This intimate safari camp is named for the Sango Family, some of the original inhabitants of the Khwai area, and now part owners of the camp. Guests will have the chance to learn first-hand about the unique lifestyle and experiences that come from living and growing up in one of the most wildlife rich areas of Botswana.

Accommodating 12 guests in 6 en-suite meru tents, Sango Safari Camp is designed in the style of the classic tented safari camp of days gone by. Hand crafted furnishings and classic styling Sango Safari Camp aims to rekindle the atmosphere of the luxury mobile safari camp, successfully blending the rustic with the luxurious.

With the Khwai River forming a natural border between the world famous Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession, animals can travel freely through this vast unfenced wilderness. Situated on the river overlooking the Moremi and with access to both these magnificent wildlife areas, Sango Safari Camp is focused on delivering an exceptional wildlife experience to our guests. The camp’s location allows guests to take advantage of a host of wildlife activities which include open vehicle game drives both in the Moremi and in the Khwai concession area, guided bush walks, night drives and mokoro trips. 

With a combination of permanent water, seasonal floodplains, open grasslands, riverine forests, and dry woodlands this incredibly rich habitat supports a diversity and abundance of mammals and birds rarely matched in northern Botswana. Sango Safari Camp invites you to share in this bounty.

Area Description – KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA

Moremi Game Reserve is surrounded by wildlife management areas of the Okavango, with no boundaries between the concessions and the reserve allowing wildlife to move between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The prior inhabitants in the area (the River Bushmen) were moved to the periphery of the reserve, establishing Khwai village near the North Gate exit of the park. The Khwai area is managed by the community through the Khwai Development Trust. This area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve itself. A key advantage of being outside the reserve is the freedom to do walking safaris and night drives as the area is not governed by the same rules.
The vegetation is varied, with dry land complemented by permanent and seasonal swamplands, resulting in an excellent diversity of both wildlife and birdlife. Game is more concentrated around the permanent water during the dry season (Apr - Oct) with it becoming very hot in the later months. The rainy season (Nov - Apr) invigorates the lush scenery with wild flowers, dramatic thundershowers, spectacular sunsets and the birthing season brings great predator and prey interaction.

DAY 9: SAFARI ENDS IN MAUN

After the morning activity (time permitting) guests will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun Airport for onward arrangements.

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9 DAYS, 8 NIGHTS BOTSWANA AND LIVINGSTONE SAFARI: PRICES INUS$ [MINIMUM 2 PAX]

PROPERTISE USED: 2 nights A’Zambezi River Lodge (Victoria Falls), 2 nights Chobe Safari Lodge (Kasane), 2 nights Moremi Crossing (Okavango Delta) & 2 nights Sango Safari Camp (Khwai Area Bordering Moremi Game Reserve).

 

PRICES INCLUDE: Fly to Victoria Falls Airport, met and transferred to A’Zambezi River Lodge for 2 nights on bed and breakfast. Activities can be booked at reception. Road transfer from A’Zambezi River Lodge to Chobe Bush Lodge, where you will stay for 2 nights on full board with two game drives, two boat cruises. Transferred to the Kasane Airport and fly to Nstwi Airstrip; met and transferred to Moremi Crossing for 2 nights on full board. Activities here are in the form of mokoro trips, game and bird walks, sunset motorboat cruises and island camping which give one a chance to experience the Okavango Delta and its wildlife from a very different, slower and closer perspective. Fly to the Khwai Airstrip and transferred to the Sango Safari Camp for 2 nights on full board. With camp’s location near the river forms a border between the Moremi Game reserve and Khwai Concession– game drives in open vehicles. Last day, fly back to Maun airport. END OF SAFARI

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DATES FROMDATES TOPER PERSON SHARING, PACKAGESINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGECHILD SHARING WITH 2 ADULTS, PACKAGE
01-Jul-1431-Oct-143850 USD1155 USD3080 USD
01-Nov-1430-Nov-143360 USD1010 USD2690 USD
01-Dec-1431-Dec-143040 USD915 USD2435 USD
01-Jan-1531-Mar-153160 USD950 USD2530 USD
01-Apr-1530-Jun-153785 USD1135 USD3030 USD
01-Jul-1531-Oct-154210 USD1265 USD3370 USD
01-Nov-1530-Nov-153785 USD1135 USD3030 USD

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