Best Of Botswana and Victoria Falls

Duration: 9 days

Highlights: Botswana is one of the premium safari destinations offering a unique and dynamic wilderness experience and see first hand why Victoria Falls is called Mosi-Oa-Tunya, "the smoke that thunders".

Experience the Okavango Delta with its vast and diverse wildlife species. Chobe National Park has an abundance of wildlife throughout the year and is famous for its large herds of elephants. Hear the roar of the thundering Victoria Falls. A World Heritage Site and the tourist capital of Zimbabwe, the Falls are steeped in legends, romance and myth and long before the Dr David Livingstone, ‘discovered’ The Falls, the local Batonga people named it Mosi-Oa-Tunya, the smoke that thunders.

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Day 1 - Okavango Delta

On arrival at Maun Airport, a Mackair representative will meet and assist you to your shared flight aircraft flight to Camp Okavango. The flying time is approximately 25 minutes and subject to multiple pick-ups and drop-offs.

Camp Okavango, is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. This ensures guests a year-round water wilderness experience. The Lethaka main building houses a cocktail bar, lounge and dining room, while the expansive open-air patio caters for al fresco meals and evenings around a blazing fire. Shaded hammocks, reading benches, a delightful sun-deck and plunge pool provide relief during the hot midday hours. An elevated observation platform affords guests stunning views of the expansive floodplains. The camp accommodates 24 guests in exclusive East African-style safari tents. The tents are individually sited on raised teak platforms with en-suite ablution facilities and private sun decks.

The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer.

Overnight: Camp Okavango

Meal Plan: L,D

 

Day 2 - Okavango Delta

Your day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Water-based activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will expertly navigate guests through the many meandering, reed-lined waterways. Roam the vast expanses of water from the comfort of a modern motorboat or explore the intricacies of the Okavango Delta the quiet old-fashioned way, in the traditional mokoro (dugout canoe).

For those wanting to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness. Birding opportunities are outstanding and anglers may put their skill against bream and tiger fish.  Camp Okavango is a water-based camp and game-drive activities, using safari vehicles, are not possible.

Overnight: Camp Okavango

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 3 - Moremi Game Reserve

Time permitting you will enjoy an early morning game viewing activity. After breakfast a camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip for your shared light aircraft flight to Camp Moremi. The flying time is approximately 15 minutes and subject to multiple pick-ups and drop-offs. On arrival at the airstrip a camp representative will meet and transfer you to the camp.

Camp Moremi is situated on the Xakanaxa Lagoon in the heart of the Okavango Delta, in the Moremi Game Reserve. Xakanaxa is known as one of the best game-viewing areas in Botswana. Shaded by giant ebony trees, the magnificent Moremi Tree Lodge is an elegant, elevated thatch-and-timber structure. It consists of a main lounge, a wildlife reference library, a dining room and a stylish cocktail bar. The large sun deck affords guests a great view of the Xakanaxa Lagoon. A raised-deck swimming pool, covered boma and elevated observation platform assure Camp Moremi of its status as one of Botswana's finest safari lodges. Camp Moremi accommodates 22 safari guests in beautifully furnished East African-style safari tents with private facilities.

The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. A late afternoon guided game drive in open 4x4 vehicles might offer sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog.

Overnight: Camp Moremi

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 4 - Moremi Game Reserve

Your day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Explore the Delta by setting out on morning and late afternoon guided game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, where there are frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog, or explore the Xaxanaka Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat

Overnight: Camp Moremi

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 5 - Chobe National Park

Time permitting you will enjoy an early morning game viewing activity. After breakfast a camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip for your shared light aircraft flight to Kasane Airport. The flying time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and subject to multiple pick-ups and drop-offs. On arrival at the Airport a representative will meet and transfer you to Chobe Game Lodge. The transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

Situated in the remote and unspoilt northern extremity of the Chobe National Park in Botswana, overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains, Chobe Game Lodge is tastefully decorated with hand crafted Rhodesian teak furniture and walls decorated with original African carvings and paintings. The lodge exudes luxury, and all rooms are river-facing with private terraces granting you access to exquisite views. Situated under Mahogany trees on the banks of the Chobe River sits the boma, furnished in teak and leather. Enjoy delectable cuisine in the lodge's restaurant which is set within the tranquil garden.

The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer.  Alternatively, you can view game from the elevated boardwalk around the lodge that is designed to showcase the neighboring rivers, islands and floodplains.

Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 6 - Chobe National Park

Your day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Take advantage of the area's natural wealth and embark on game drives conducted in open sided 4X4 vehicles or view game on highly maneuverable boats piloted by expert boatmen on the Chobe River, or join guides as they offer star gazing presentations, garden and river walks as well as walking safaris in the nearby Kasane forests.

Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L,D

 

Day 7 - Victoria Falls

Time permitting you will enjoy an early morning game viewing activity.  After breakfast a representative will transfer you to Kasane Border where you will change vehicles for your onward transfer to Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Ilala Lodge offers distinguished accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The decor evokes a bygone era of adventure and the quest of discovery in Africa. The hotel is ideally situated and is the closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. The National Park borders the front of the property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. Check in time at the lodge is at 14:00. An early check in has been requested but this cannot be guaranteed. You may leave your luggage with the concierge until your room is ready for occupation. Ilala Lodge offers 32 rooms. All rooms have en suite bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan and satellite TV and are served early morning tea / coffee and fruit basket. The rooms are spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either open lawn or a balcony where you are afforded a view of the spray of the falls from the upper level rooms.

The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge

Meal Plan: B

 

Day 8 - Victoria Falls

Your day is at leisure to enjoy a variety of activities available at an additional cost. The Ra-Ikane, the only one of its kind in Victoria Falls, is a small luxury cruise boat that is outfitted to suggest the elegant ambiance of a bygone era. The vessel was built to replicate the 'Ma-Robert', Dr David Livingstone’s boat. This cruise boat is exclusive, personalised and designed to complement your stay.

You can either take a 2 hour guided tour of the Victoria Falls to learn about the history from an experienced local guide, or you can opt to walk to the town and explore what it has to offer on your own or view the spectacular falls from the air with either a short, or extended, flight over the Victoria Falls and Batoka Gorges.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge

Meal Plan: B

 

Day 9 - Departure

Time permitting you will enjoy an early morning activity.  After breakfast a representative will transfer you to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward journey.

Meal Plan: B

 

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