Livingstone, Chobe & Delta Escape

Duration: 9 days

Highlights: Livingstone, Kasane, Okavango Delta

Enjoy an incredible eight night safari exploring Livingstone, Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve with Sanctuary Retreats Camps

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Livingstone

On arrival at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, a representative will meet and transfer you to Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma. The transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, 12 kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls.

Named after Dr. David Livingstone's faithful friends Sussi and Chuma, the lodge is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi amidst Jackalberry trees and Phoenix palms, providing unrivalled views and exclusivity. Accommodation is in twelve Sussi tree-houses, connected by wooden walkways. There are also two private Chuma houses, each with two bedrooms.

Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the activities offered by the lodge.

Overnight: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

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Day 2 - Livingstone

Your day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. 

Game Drives: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is set on the edge of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Here the highly trained safari guides take guests on game drives in custom-built 4 x 4 safari vehicles to experience the land as it was when Livingstone first made his way across the ridge and beheld the smoke that thunders. The park has elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds, including some Southern African specials like Peters Finfoot. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dog that on occasion pass through the park.

Tour of the Victoria Falls: Just a short drive away from the world-famous Victoria Falls, the lodge offers guests a walking tour of The Falls. Excluded in the rate is the Heritage Fee which is payable by guests directly at the lodge when doing a Tour of the Falls.

Sundowner Cruise: A Zambezi River cruise is a great way to spend a few hours before drifting back to the lodge, a warm shower and delicious dinner. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the majestic Zambezi River is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Overnight: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma

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Day 3 - Livingstone to Kasane

Time permitting you will enjoy an early morning game viewing activity. After breakfast a representative will transfer you to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. The transfer time is approximately one hour and 30 minutes. 

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush on the edge of Chobe National Park, home to the world's largest remaining population of elephants. Sitting above the Chobe River, the lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far across as Namibia. This is an incredibly luxurious lodge with just 15 guest cottages, as well as the only full spa on the Botswana safari circuit. Relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the activities offered by the lodge.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

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Day 4 - Kasane

The day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. 

Game Drives: Elephants feature largely on any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water's edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives led by qualified professional guides bring you close to hippos, buffalos, puku and other animals that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.

Sundowner Cruise: The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of one of the specially designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river.  Sitatungas - antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps - are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

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Day 5 - Kasane to Moremi Game Reserve

Time permitting you will enjoy an early morning game viewing activity. After breakfast a camp representative will transfer you to Kasane airport for your shared light aircraft flight to Sanctuary Stanley's Camp. On arrival at the airstrip a representative will meet and transfer you to the camp. 

Sanctuary Stanley Camp is located on a 260,000 acre private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The intimate camp features only ten safari canvas tents, each individually designed, furnished with African antiques that exude a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century. Each tent has a large wooden deck providing private areas where you can relax in a hammock while soaking in the surrounding sights and sounds or enjoy cocktails, before dinner is served in the spectacular dining mess.

Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the activities offered by the lodge.

Overnight: Sanctuary Stanley's Camp

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Day 6 - Moremi Game Reserve - Stanley's Camp

The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer.

Game Drives: Enjoy up close game viewing with your expert guide on morning and evening game drives in 4 x 4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of the nocturnal animals one wouldn't see during the day time. During higher water levels game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. (Night drives are seasonal, depending on water levels.

Walking Safaris: Find out how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango. With the camp being set in a private concession, there is the opportunity to get very close on foot in perfect safety with one of the guides.

Mokoro Excursions: One of the best ways to see the wildlife is in one of the locally made dugout canoes, known as mokoros. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the delta. This gentle and informative mode of safari is unique to the river Bushmen.

 

Overnight: Sanctuary Stanley's Camp

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Day 7 - Stanley's Camp to Chief's Camp

Today you fly to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp located on Chief's Island in the Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve. 

This area is known as the "Predator Capital of Africa" and is ideal for game viewing. The seasonal water of the delta ensures that the area in front of the camp is always changing - from a dry flood plain teeming with wildlife to a lush and tranquil lagoon. 

The twelve guest pavilions are nestled in a jackal berry and sausage tree woodland that is characteristic of the area. Each guest pavilion boasts an indoor and outdoor shower, a spacious seating area and a private game viewing deck overlooking the surrounding floodplains of the Okavango Delta. 

The split-level main deck offers expansive views over the floodplain while the lower level of the deck houses an exquisite swimming pool to cool off after a day of exciting game viewing. The main area houses a bar, curio shop, library reception and dining area. For a rejuvenating pampering session, choose from a range of treatments at the camp's treatment room. 

Game viewing opportunities include daily excursions in open safari vehicles and quiet mokoro trips along narrow delta channels during the flood season. Expert guides are always on hand to offer guests a wealth of wildlife knowledge.

Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer.

Overnight: Sanctuary Chiefs Camp

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Day 8 - Moremi Game Reserve - Chief's Camp

Your day is at leisure to enjoy the available activities.

Game-viewing in the Delta area is nothing short of spectacular at any given time.  This area is renowned for its large concentrations of elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, giraffe, impala and of course predators, such as leopard, cheetah, painted wild dog, spotted hyena and a large resident pride of lion.  Add to that the 400 species of bird life and you have the best gaming experience that Botswana can offer.  

Apart from its predators, the area is also renowned for its large concentrations of
plains-game, elephant and buffalo. Both white and black rhino were introduced in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

Game-drives are conducted in custom built open 4 X 4 vehicles, which offer individual seating. Game drives are conducted early morning and late afternoon or as otherwise requested (subject to availability). The accompanying professional guides are among the best in Botswana. 

Mokoro (dug-out canoe) activities - explore water safaris at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro (this excursion is offered in high season only, subject to water levels).

Overnight: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

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Day 9 - Day Of Departure

The morning is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activity on offer. After breakfast, a camp representative will transfer you to the airstrip. Depart by shared light aircraft to Maun Airport for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg.

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