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) or Tongabezi Cottage (Deluxe 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.
Tongabezi Lodge is an exclusive lodge away from the crowds on the banks of the Zambezi River, 15 km upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls. It is a small and secluded lodge, set in a tranquil grove of African ebony trees on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River. The lodge accommodates 18 guests and consists of five cottages and four spacious, open-planned stone and thatch houses. All rooms have fabulous river views and en-suite bathrooms. The four houses – Honeymoon House, Tree House, Bird House and the Dog House – are uniquely designed and constructed using local materials with an open-plan bedroom featuring a four poster double bed sheltered by a large airy mosquito canopy .The quirky and open-plan design of the houses ensures that guests have the best views in Africa. Each house and cottage at Tongabezi has valet service for the duration of the guests’ stay to ensure a comfortable experience and each valet has in-depth knowledge of Tongabezi and the surrounding area. The camp’s swimming pool is landscaped into a natural cliff and meals are served in the large dining room or on the deck overlooking the river
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) or Selinda Camp (Deluxe 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.
Selinda camp is an intimate camp offering understated luxury on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway – a waterway that links Botswana’s Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando marshes, rivers and floodplains. The shaded camp is raised a metre or so off the ground and offers extraordinary views over the floodplains, waterways and wide-open savannas which are only broken by attractive palm islands. It is these views that are one of Selinda’s most compelling features. Selinda camp is an intimate camp offering understated luxury on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway – a waterway that links Botswana’s Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando marshes, rivers and floodplains. The shaded camp is raised a metre or so off the ground and offers extraordinary views over the floodplains, waterways and wide-open savannas which are only broken by attractive palm islands. It is these views that are one of Selinda’s most compelling features.
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) or Sandibe Okavango Delta Lodge (Deluxe 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.
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is positioned between permanent water and grass-swept plains on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. The lodge is surrounded by an abundant array of wildlife.
Drawing their inspiration directly from nature, the suites at &Beyond Sandibe are elevated above their surroundings, gazing out onto the Okavango Delta. Uncluttered and elegant, the lodge features a copper palette, with natural rusty tones. Copper-clad mekoro, sculpted wooden tables and intricate baskets celebrate the very best of Botswana craft. At night, the rooms become private cocoons, with fireplaces providing warmth and light in winter. The twelve guest cottages (including a family cottage) with en-suite bathrooms each feature a private plunge pool.
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) or Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp (Deluxe 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.
Xaranna Tented Camp is set in pristine wilderness that is shared by only 18 guests. It consists of nine contemporary safari tents, each with breathtaking views, a romantic sala and private plunge pool. All guest areas are carefully positioned to maximise the sweeping view across the water. The intimate guest seating lounge boasts a spacious reading and games area, geared towards gentle relaxation. An al fresco dining deck ensures the perfect backdrop for all meals. Guests can also choose to have their refreshments served while lounging on the plump cushions in the comfort of their own tent.
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.