HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ITINERARY:
The crystal-clear lagoons and winding waterways of the Okavango Delta, a lush oasis in a desert
The opportunity to explore outside your vehicle by boat, traditional canoe or on foot
The high numbers of lion and endangered African wild dog in the Selinda Reserve
Large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as river cruises, in the Chobe National Park
Exceptional birding destinations
The thundering waters of Victoria Falls, Africa’s largest waterfall
Variety of adrenalin adventures at Victoria Falls
Ends: Victoria Falls
Destinations: Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls
Duration: 11 Days
From: USD 6573 per person (subject to change based on season of travel)
On arrival at Maun Airport you will be warmly welcomed by a representative, who will assist you onto your light aircraft flight to the camp or lodge of your choice in the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta and is often referred to as a miracle of nature. A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as the river that never finds the sea, the Delta’s crystal-clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Guided dugout canoe (mokoro) trips take you into the heart of the delta and provide excellent up-close game viewing and bird watching.
Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo.Hippos inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers may be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounds are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose.
This remarkable region is a Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR site) due to its unique ecosystem. In terms of pristine beauty, remote location and rich diversity of animal and bird life, the Okavango Delta is unbeatable.
Overnight: Okavango Delta
Experience the dawn in the famed Okavango Delta. Watch the distinctive shapes of the tall palms emerge from the grey haze. Glide silently between tall avenues of papyrus and river reeds, sprawled comfortably on the flat wooden wedge of a traditional dugout canoe, or mokoro. Dig your bare toes into the golden sand, cooled by the clear Delta waters, fishing rod or ice-cold drink in hand. Peer into the savage jaws of the tiger fish or marvel at the dazzling colours of the lilac-breasted roller. End the day admiring the multi-coloured spectacle of the African sunset.
Overnight: Okavango Delta
Moremi Game Reserve
After breakfast in the Okavango Delta, you will board a light aircraft flight to the camp or lodge of your choice in the Moremi Game Reserve.
Spreading across the magnificent Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve boasts the most diverse habitat and animal populations in Botswana. The landscape comprises a stunning combination of forests, lagoons, floodplains and islands. Tall mopane woodlands and spreading floodplains fringed with majestic palms make Moremi one of Africa’s most scenic wildlife areas. The combination of habitats makes Moremi the ideal place to combine typical savanna game viewing with leisurely cruises along lagoons and channels and rich bird watching.
Dense riverine forests are home to shy leopard and deep lagoons are inhabited by hippo, while the semi-aquatic red lechwe and sitatunga antelope can be seen wading the shallows. Buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal can all be spotted on the floodplains and among the Moremi’s drier areas. A birdwatcher’s paradise, the rich and diverse habitat of the reserve is home to a surprising diversity of birds, with almost 500 species, from water birds to forest dwellers. The area is also well known for regular sightings of the endangered African wild dog.
Overnight: Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve
Explore the golden grasslands in search of wildlife, keeping an eye out for a pride of lion picking their way through a shallow water crossing or a graceful leopard lounging in the boughs of a riverside tree. Follow a pack of endangered African wild dog on the hunt. Set out on foot to discover the minute wonders of the African bush, stopping to examine buffalo tracks and learning the traditional uses of the Okavango’s many bushes, trees and grasses. Meander through the clear lagoons and channels in a motorboat, watching wildlife from a different perspective and admiring a multitude of colourful bird species. Visit a local village and experience a traditional way of life that is in tune with this magical environment.
After breakfast, yet another short flight will take you to the camp or lodge of your choice in the Selinda Reserve.
The Selinda Reserve is a 320 000 acre (129 500 hectare) private wildlife sanctuary in northern Botswana. The famous Selinda Spillway, which links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando wetlands and rivers, meanders through the area. Abundant wildlife is attracted to the vast floodplains and grasslands along the river, with large numbers of elephant and vast herds of buffalo congregating around the Zibadianja Lagoon in the dry winters. Predator viewing is exceptional, including lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.
Due to its remoteness, the Linyanti is a gorgeous, unspoiled region of waterways and lagoons, riverine forests, huge trees and palm tree islands. Game viewing is superlative in both the wet and dry season and the birding is exceptional.
Overnight: Selinda Reserve
Stretch, yawn and listen to the morning chorus of birdcalls before easing into a new day. Hop into the vehicle like a seasoned safari veteran and set out in search of the perfect sighting. Hear nothing but the grass swish-swishing against your trouser leg as you walk through the tranquil bush. Crouch down around a fresh animal track as your guide deciphers the clues it has to offer. If the water levels allow, glide along the river on a tranquil canoe safari. Back at camp, let the aches and pains of the day melt away under the expert care of the camp masseuse. In the evening, warm your toes around a blazing campfire and join in stories of the day’s adventures.
Enjoy your last game drive, bush walk or canoe trip before returning to the airstrip, where you will hop abroad a light aircraft for a flight to Kasane Airport.A vehicle will be waiting to take you to the camp or lodge of your choice in Chobe National Park.
Located in the north of Botswana, with the Chobe River forming the country’s northern border, Chobe National Park is flanked in the south west by the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. Towards the south of the Chobe River lie flat floodplains that form a broad sweep of open grassland and woodland. A myriad pans and waterholes dot the plains.
The Chobe River and its floodplains provide an irresistible attraction for wildlife, which congregates there during the dry season. Vast herds of elephant abound, with between 500 and 5 000 elephant frequently seen on the floodplains. Watching the elephant families drink and bathe in the river is an unforgettable sight, all the more impressive when herds of buffalo, rafts of hippo and gigantic Nile crocodile are part of the scene. Lion and spotted hyena are frequently seen on the floodplains, where red lechwe, puku, zebra, sable and roan come out to graze.
Awaken to a chorus of birdlife welcoming the dawn and warm up with a steaming cup of coffee. As the day heats up, sway with the motion of your 4×4 vehicle, keeping an eager eye out for what the next bend in the road may reveal. Follow the flashes of colour as birds flit between the trees along the river. Listen enthralled to the rumbling, trumpeting, rustling symphony of some of the world’s largest elephant herds. Step onto the low deck of a river boat and feel the current tug you onward. Pause in reverent stillness as the riverbank slowly fills up with elephant and then share their delight as the whole herd piles in for a swim.
Indulge in an early morning game drive and breakfast before being driven to Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zimbabwe, clearing customs and immigration en route.
One of the world’s greatest natural spectacles, Victoria Falls is a massive curtain of water that tumbles over steep cliffs into the sheer drop of Batoka Falls. Shrouded in legend, romance and myth, long before the Scottish missionary and explorer, Dr David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Falls in 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’.
Apart from its exceptional scenery, Victoria Falls boast a rich historical heritage that includes the landmark Victoria Falls Bridge, commission by Cecil John Rhodes as part of his dream of building a railway across Africa from Cape Town to Cairo.
Today, the little town of Victoria Falls claims the title of Adrenaline Capital of Africa, combining its spectacular scenery with a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports from bungee jumping to canoeing and white water rafting.
Overnight: Victoria Falls
Choose from a multitude of activities to add on to your stay. Daredevils will not lack for options, with white water rafting, bungee jumping, river boarding, jet boating, abseiling and a host of other activities available in the gorges below Victoria Falls. If you are in search of some gentler adventure, you can try canoeing the calmer waters above the Falls or take to the skies for a spectacular micro light or helicopter flight above the chasm. Indulge in a close encounter with nature with a one-on-one elephant interaction or choose to immerse yourself in history on a classical steam train or in a traditional local village.
Today you will be driven to Victoria Falls International Airport, where your adventure with us will end.