Day 1 & 2: Victoria Falls
Upon arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to your choice of lodge for a two night stay. Standard Option: Ilala Lodge. Superior Option: Victoria Falls Safari Club. Deluxe Option: Victoria Falls Hotel (Central Deluxe Room)
*NB Private road transfer for Superior and Deluxe Options. Transfer may be shared for Standard Option.
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’.
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.
Established in 1904, the Victoria Falls Hotel is set in the Victoria Falls National Park with a private path to the Victoria Falls. Overlooking the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorge, it is one of the most famous hotels in Africa and is renowned for its elegance and charm. The en suite rooms and suites are well appointed and are furnished in traditional Edwardian style with every modern amenity.
Day 3 & 4: Chobe / Linyanti
After breakfast, you will be transferred to your next destination in Chobe:
Standard Option: shared road transfer to Chobe Elephant Camp for 2 nights.
Superior Option: private road transfer to Chobe Game Lodge for 2 nights.
Deluxe Option: private road transfer to Chobe Chilwero for 2 nights.
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, 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.
Located high on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the famous Chobe River is Chobe Elephant Camp. This uniquely designed lodge has been built to take advantage of the incredible views overlooking the sweeping floodplains. The lodge has just ten rooms and offers a variety of activities that include viewing the region’s spectacular wildlife from open safari vehicles, by boat on the Chobe River or experiencing life in the local village.
Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent lodge situated within the boundaries of Chobe National Park. It is built along the riverbank with spectacular views of the Chobe River and floodplains. The 48 en suite rooms are river facing and have private terraces. Facilities at the lodge include a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma area, beauty salon, stylish bar with terrace. Activities include 4×4 game drives and boat cruises.
DAY 5 & 6: Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve
Following the morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred to your next choice of accommodation:
Standard Option: lodge transfer to Kasane Airport for charter flight to Mapula Lodge Or Bushman Plains Camp for 2 nights.
Superior Option: lodge transfer to Kasane Airport for charter flight to Sable Alley for 2 nights.
Deluxe Option: transfer to airstrip for charter flight to Baines Camp for 2 nights.
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.
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.
Bushman Plains Camp is is an authentic, intimate camp, with the ability to move between exclusive campsites within a large wilderness area. The camp is operated and owned by Bushmen. Accommodation consists of four classic Hemingway meru tents. Each tent is 8m x 4m, and features comfortable beds, a dressing area with a wardrobe and a sink with running water, as well as a separate, private bucket shower and toilet. A solar inverter system provides electricity for tent lighting and battery charging. The central area of the camp includes a mess tent with veranda and central to Bushman culture is the campfire area where stories are shared.
Sable Alley lies along the Khwai River, in the north of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where a multiplicity of habitats – from forest to riverine – is home to a plethora of wildlife. The Khwai Channel offers fantastic game viewing opportunities and is home to hippo, crocodile, red lechwe, roan and sable antelope species as well as zebra, kudu and blue wildebeest. Predators include lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyena. Accommodation consists of twelve tented units with en-suite bathrooms as well as outdoor showers. The main camp area boasts a lounge as well as a dining area and plunge pool, offering beautiful views.
Baines Camp is located on the Boro River, in a 260000 acre private concession in the Okavango Delta that neighbours the Moremi Game Reserve. Set amongst the shady trees and water of the delta, this small and intimate camp has just five luxurious suites set on elevated platforms in the tree line giving extensive views over the lagoon. Guests can take the unique opportunity to have the four-poster bed rolled out on the private deck to sleep under the stars. The main area features an oversized deck for outdoor dining and views over the beautiful lagoon. There is a swimming pool with two thatched salas. Guests can explore the area by day and night in open-sided 4×4 vehicles, on walking safaris and with water safaris at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro. Safari motorboats are also available (subject to water levels).
DAY 7: SAFARI ENDS IN MAUN
After a morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun Airport to connect to your onward travel arrangements.