DAY 1 & 2: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Upon your arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred by shared road transfer to Bayete Guest House (Budget Option), Ilala Lodge (Standard Option), The Elephant Camp (Superior Option) for two nights.
Bayete Guest Lodge offers 25 en-suite rooms nestled among a beautiful garden, all decorated in a rustic, chic style and fitted with air-conditioning. The lodge can accommodate up to 55 guests at a time. The Caldecott Boma is home to the dining room, which offers breakfast (included in the rate) as well as lunch and dinner on request. The Ngwezi Bridge Pub with a swimming pool offer guests the perfect place to relax. Bayete also has a small outdoor gym area.
Ilala Lodge is situated close to Victoria Falls as well as to the town centre. Wild animals are often seen grazing the hotel lawns as the National Park borders the front of the property. The Lodge offers 32 en-suite rooms each with access to the lawns or a balcony with good views of the Victoria Falls. There is an à la carte restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a comprehensive wine list and cocktails.
The Elephant Camp is set on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and Zambezi gorges with breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray. This luxurious and intimate lodge has exclusive accommodation in just 12 luxury tented suites. All suites face the gorge and offer a private viewing deck, plunge pool and private lounge area.
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.
DAY 3 & 4: Chobe National Park
After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Chobe Bakwena Lodge (Budget Option), Chobe Elephant Camp (Standard Option), Chobe Game Lodge (Superior Option) for two nights. (NB private transfer for Superior Option – transfer may be shared on Standard Option).
Bakwena Lodge is an eco-luxury retreat near the Chobe National Park on the banks of the Chobe River near the village of Kazangula. The name Bakwena embraces the surrounding culture of Botswana, meaning ‘people of the crocodile’ and is also one of the largest tribes in Botswana. Activities include game drives or river cruises in the Chobe. Bird watching, nature walks, cultural tours and visiting Impalila Island. Fishing trips can be arranged at an additional cost.
Located high on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the famous Chobe River is the newly developed Chobe Elephant Camp. This uniquely designed lodge has been built to take advantage of the incredible views overlooking the sweeping floodplains while offering a comfortable refuge from the harsh African conditions. With a variety of activities that include viewing the regions spectacular wildlife from open safari vehicles, by boat on the Chobe River or experiencing life in the village, a visit to Chobe Elephant Camp offers a wide range of experiences to our guests.
Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent lodge situated within the boundaries of Chobe National Park. Built along the riverbanks with spectacular views of the Chobe River and floodplains, this well-established lodge is a prime venue for guests to explore the Chobe National Park. Guests are accommodated in a relaxed and luxurious environment in tune with a timeless Africa. Chobe Game Lodge has forty eight rooms which are river facing, offering air conditioning and overhead fans, a complimentary mini bar, en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms have a private terrace.
The Chobe River Front is a remarkable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water’s edge is one to behold. 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.
Day 5 & 6: Khwai Community Area or Okavango Delta
After a morning activity (time permitting) and an early breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Kasane Airport for the charter flight to Moremi Crossing (Budget Option), Khwai Tented Camp (Standard Option), Kanana Camp (Superior Option) 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.
Khwai Tented Camp is currently undergoing a complete rebuild to a more modernised and spacious camp. The camp will comprise of six modern style tents built on raised decking, with open views of the lagoon in front of camp, and 180 degree views of the bush around them. Guests can enjoy spacious and comfortable tents with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and flush toilets. The main area will include a large decking overlooking the lagoon with a sunken fire pit and an infinity pool, as well as several comfortable areas from which to enjoy the stunning views over the water. The new camp will include a full solar power farm and a sewerage purity system to ensure that 80% of all the water used in camp is recyclable.
Kanana Camp is set in the south western delta amongst grass covered islands formed by fertile eroded termite hills dotted with fig, palm and jackal berry trees. This traditional camp has an intimate and personal atmosphere with just 8 tents built among spectacular shady trees of ebony, acacia and sausage tree. The main lodge area is on raised decking encircling the trees and offers a dining and sitting area, a cocktail bar and a refreshing plunge pool. Activities at Kanana include day and night game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, game viewing on mokoro excursions, guided walks, fishing, motor boating and sunset cruises. The waterways are lined with reeds and dotted with papyrus and tree islands in this picturesque and tranquil part of the delta.
Day 7 & 8: Okavango Delta
After an early morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for the charter flight to Sango Safari Camp (Budget Option), Pelo Camp (Standard Option), Shinde Camp (Superior Option) for 2 nights.
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 successfully blend the rustic with the luxurious to recreate the atmosphere of the luxury mobile safari camp. Each guest tent has its own private outdoor shower with solar heated geysers for piping hot water. The main area comprises a dining and lounge area where guests can relax and enjoy meals, as well as a viewing deck and plunge pool for whiling away the hours during siesta.
Pelo means heart – a fitting name as from the air this island is heart shaped and it is situated as deep into the heart of the delta as is possible. The camp is completely eco-friendly and is ideal for the adventurous traveller wanting a classic, traditional Okavango Delta experience. The camp’s main area consists of a dining area, lounge and bar with an extended deck overlooking the floodplains beyond. Small and intimate, the five spacious guest tents have en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor shower and private decks with views out onto the delta.
Shinde is a magical hideaway in the wildlife abundant Shinde private concession, nestled within the shade of ancient jackal berries, water figs and knob thorns and built in a remote and exclusive setting on the edge of the permanent waters of the northern Okavango Delta. It is surrounded by clear waterways teeming with birdlife and game, and offering a wide variety of activities all year round. The camp consists of eight large en-suite safari style tents on timber decking furnished in elegant African style. Shinde also features a dining area, boma and a swimming pool. Activities include game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles which offer some of the finest dry land game viewing in Botswana with regular sightings of lion and leopard, exploring the water ways in mokoro, guided nature walks, night drives, motor boating and sunset cruises.
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.
DAY 9: Travel to Maun
After an early morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for the charter flight to Maun Airport.