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African Luxury Safari

9 Day African Waters in Botswana & Vic Falls

Zimbabwe Botswana
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS ITINERARY… Standing in awe of the majestic Victoria Falls. Exceptional game viewing opportunities in the pristine Matetsi Private Game Reserve. Getting up-close to Africa’s sublime wilderness in beautifully appointed tents at Savute Under Canvas. High concentration of lion and African wild dog in the Savute. The winding waterways and crystal-clear lagoons of the renowned Okavango Delta.
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Safari Itinerary
Day 1 - 2

Victoria Falls

This adventure begins at Victoria Falls Airport, in Zimbabwe and ends at Maun Airport in Botswana.

Upon your arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met by a member from the team who will drive you to Matetsi River Lodge. Victoria Falls is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles. Declared a World Heritage Site, the Falls are the stuff of legends, 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’ Today, the village rightly claims the title of Adrenaline Capital of Africa, home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports from bungee jumping to canoeing and white water rafting.

Spend two nights at Matetsi River Lodge. Accommodation is in a spacious suite with private deck, plunge pool and a magnificent view of the Zambezi River. Your stay includes three meals daily, refreshments on game drives, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include twice-daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, daily nature walks on the reserve (led by professional rangers), exciting spotlit night drives, morning and afternoon riverboat cruises, guided canoe excursions along the Zambezi River and fishing.

At the Victoria Falls, you can enjoy various adventures such as a helicopter flight over the Falls, bungee jumping, white water rafting and scenic tours of Victoria Falls and surrounding areas - these adventures are at an additional cost.

Insider’s Tips:

  • Grab a Zambezi Larger and a fishing rod and have a ranger to take you on to the Zambezi River for an exhilarating session of tiger fishing - nothing can beat fishing with a cold Zambezi.
  • Enjoy a private poolside lunch - put your platter on the edge of the pool and laze the afternoon away, whilst savouring the mouth-watering delights the chefs have prepared for you.
Day 3 - 4

Savute

Today you will be driven to Kasane Airport where you will be met by a representative who will assist and direct you to your light aircraft flight to the Savute or Khwai Airstrip, depending on which of our Under Canvas camps is open at that time of year. Savute Under Canvas is operational from March to September and Moremi Under Canvas is open from September to January.

Some of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Southern Africa are found in the Savute (sometimes spelled Savuti) area. Situated in the famous Chobe National Park on the border of the Okavango Delta, Savute is best known for its channel, which mysteriously fills up and dries up periodically, seemingly unrelated to the rainfall. Savute supports the greatest concentration of the king of all beasts - the lion. The landscape of Savute is strikingly different from the lush Chobe riverfront, with an almost desert-like feeling.

As the only proclaimed wildlife reserve in the Okavango Delta, Moremi contains about a quarter of the Okavango’s breathtaking waterways, islands and lagoons - widely regarded as one of Botswana’s most beautiful reserves. Game viewing is excellent year-round.

Spend two nights at Savute Under Canvas or Moremi Under Canvas.

Accommodation is in a spacious tent, with attached bathroom that features a separate w.c. and an al fresco bucket shower (hot water delivered on request). Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include twice-daily game drives in semi-open 4x4 vehicles with guaranteed window seat and uninterrupted views.

Insider’s Tips:

  • Feast on breakfast platters laden with toast, jams and marmalades, homemade muesli, fresh fruits and assorted cheeses or enjoy a hot breakfasts prepared on the open fire, with eggs, omelettes, frittatas and freshly cooked pot breads.
  • Swap stories of the day’s adventures, around the campfire, with your fellow guests and ranger, while you sip on a cognac or nightcap of your choice.
Day 5 - 6

Okavago Delta

Today, after a scrumptious breakfast, you will be flown by light aircraft to Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp or Sandibe Safari Lodge.

A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, the Okavango Delta likes like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of the water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, leopard, cheetah and African wild dog, share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. Hippos inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounts are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose. Experience the delicate details of the glistening waterways on a mokoro ride, where iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the papyrus-lined banks.

Option 1: Spend two nights at Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp. Accommodation is in an East African-style safari tent, raised on a wooden platform with a private deck overlooking a floodplain. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include meandering along the floodplains of the Delta by mokoro (dugout canoe), exploring the deeper channels by motor boat, nature walks accompanied by a professional guide or tracking game in an open 4x4-safari vehicle, in the mopane forests and open grasslands. The added highlight of an early evening, spotlit game drive assures you of an unforgettable wildlife experience in Botswana.

Insider’s Tips:

  • Ask the choir to sing you one of the songs that won them the “Sing for Life, Southern Africa” competition.
  • Surprise your poling tracker on your mokoro trip by grabbing a water lily and squeezing the end at him - it shoots like a water pistol.

Option 2: Spend two nights at Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. Accommodation is in an African-inspired cottage, with all windows covered in gauze to maximise views of the forest. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include twice-daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicle, bush walks, boating and mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions in the Delta, birdwatching and stargazing. For relaxation there is a hammock, which sways in the trees on the upper deck of the guest area and a shaded plunge pool.

Insider’s Tips:

  • Ask your ranger to take you on a early morning cruise on Lily (the electric boat) with a bottle of bubbly to toast the rising sun - a peaceful way to start the day.
  • Ask your butler to leave all the blinds open when they do a turndown, so that you can enjoy the cool night breezes and moon shining through the trees.
  • Become a creature of the night - lie in for the afternoon and head out on a drive after dinner. Enjoy a spectacular evening of stargazing and search for unusual nocturnal creatures on the plains and in the woodland.
  • Indulge in a full day picnic with your guide, tracker and butler - unwind with a morning of fishing, take a siesta under the of large jackal berry and fig trees or take a guided walk through the bush - an absolutely magical experience!
Day 7 - 8

Okavango Delta

Today, after a delicious breakfast you will be flown by light aircraft to Xudum Airstrip.

A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, the Okavango Delta likes like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of the water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, leopard, cheetah and African wild dog, share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. Hippos inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounts are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose. Experience the delicate details of the glistening waterways on a mokoro ride, where iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the papyrus-lined banks.

Option 1: Spend two nights at Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge. Accommodation is in a playfully crafted safari suite, in handsome tones of chocolate and ebony that features a large bathtub and romantic al fresco shower. Each suite boasts a lofty hide out with magnificent views. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include an irresistible combination of water and wildlife on twice-daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, boating and mokoro (dugout canoe) adventures in the Delta and guided walks. A scenic helicopter flight and transfers are available at an additional cost.

Insider’s Tips:

  • Ask you ranger to give you a wake-up call 45 minutes before the sun has risen, take a cup of delicious tea or coffee and sit quietly on your roof top sala as you listen to the sounds of night turn to day in the Delta.
  • Get yourself into the interactive kitchen with the chefs and choose a dish of your choice to learn and create.

Option 2: Spend two nights at Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp. Accommodation is in a sleek ensuite safari tent, which boasts a romantic sala that offers breathtaking views over the channel. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, emergency medical evacuation insurance, laundry, daily lodge activities and park fees.

Adventures include a combination of water and wildlife on twice-daily game drives in open 4 x 4 safari vehicles, guided walks, spotlit night game drives, boating and mokoro (dugout canoe) adventures in the Delta, guided walks and excellent birdwatching. A scenic helicopter flight and transfers are available at an additional cost.

Insider’s Tips:

  • Ask your ranger to take you swimming (or even snorkelling) in the Delta - there are numerous quiet spots where the hippos and crocs will leave you to cool off in peace.
  • Go on a full day mekoro trip - Have an early breakfast at the lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch on a quiet island in the Delta. At the end of an exhilarating day you will head back to the lodge for romantic sundowners in your sala.
Day 9

Departure

After a tantalising breakfast, we wave a fond farewell as you board a light aircraft for your flight to Maun Airport.

African Safari Destinations

that will be included on this Safari
Matetsi Private Game Reserve
Matetsi Private Game Reserve
The Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
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African Safari Accommodation

that will be included on this African Safari
Matetsi River Lodge
Matetsi River Lodge
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge
Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge
Savute Under Canvas
Savute Under Canvas
Inclusions
  • Twin / single accommodation.
  • Personalised Travel Journal.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Scheduled light aircraft transfers as specified in the itinerary.
  • Waterborne / game viewing activities as offered by the lodges / camps.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Local brand drinks (premier brands to own account).
  • Laundry
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature.
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary.
  • National Park fee of USD 15-00 per person, per stay at Matetsi Water Lodge. Fee to be paid directly to the lodge in USD.
  • Visas (please thoroughly check requirements, for the countries being visited, prior to travel).
  • Scheduled flights.
General
  • Rates are subject to a minimum of 2 guests travelling.
  • Rates are based on no single supplement at properties (with the exception of Savute Under Canvas) for the first two single rooms booked per reservation. Thereafter single supplement will apply.
  • Single supplement only refers to the single room supplement. Single traveller supplement will be quoted on request.
  • Savute Under Canvas is closed 01 January to 28 February 2010.
  • The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this quote.

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