Days 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
On arrival at the airport you will be transferred to the luxurious Safari Club – a 20-room lodge set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing the lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just four kms from the thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa's foremost attraction.
With uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year round game at its on-site waterhole, this lodge offers the most discerning traveller a taste of Africa at its best.
This afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise on the magnificent upper Zambezi River.
Day 2: Victoria Falls
Morning tour of Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
‘Flight of the Angels’ - a Helicopter sightseeing flight of Victoria Falls
Elephant-back Safari - a ride on the largest animal in Africa
Victoria Falls Bridge Tour – a wonder of Victorian engineering from 1904
not to mention White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, and more...
This evening enjoy dinner at the Boma - a ‘must do’ experience, with exuberant cultural songs, dances and an extraordinary traditional meal!
Days 3,4 & 5: Chobe National Park, Botswana
Morning transfer by road to Chobe National Park in Botswana for 3 nights at the deluxe Chilwero Lodge. Sitting above the Chobe River, the lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far across as Namibia. This is an luxurious 15 cottage lodge has the only full spa on the Botswana safari circuit. Each cottage has a free-standing bath, indoor and outdoor shower, air-conditioning and a terrace with a hammock.
Enjoy 2 days of game viewing activities in Chobe National Park or take a river cruise – and you’ll experience the park, and the animals, from another vantage point. Here you’ll get up close and personal with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds.
Days 6,7 & 8: Savuti Marsh
Transfer by light aircraft to the luxurious Elephant Camp located on the banks of the Savute channel and your home for the next 3 nights.
Housed on raised wooden platforms, the luxury Hemingway-style tents feature sliding glass doors that bring the outside in, allowing you to observe the abundant wildlife from the comfort of your room. Step outside onto your large private deck—furnished with easy chairs and a hammock—ideal for admiring the beautiful plains, or for enjoying a romantic dinner in complete privacy.
The camp has its own traditional boma, where guests can relax in the evening and swap safari experiences while marvelling at the stars in the vast African night sky.
Enjoy the next 2 days on safari in the Savuti area, renowned for its population of bull elephant and for the unique interaction of the resident predator species.
Days 9,10 & 11: Moremi Game Reserve
Morning transfer by light aircraft to Khwai River Lodge nestled on the edge of a forest overlooking the vast floodplains of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.
Housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, these luxury tents feature sliding glass doors that bring the outside in. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy.
Shaded by a traditional African thatch roof, each tent's interior offers a luxurious en-suite bathroom, a fully-stocked mini-bar, a four-poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as a discreet air conditioning.
Enjoy 3 nights here with 2 days of game activities, including day and night game drives, walking safaris and a visit to a San Bushman village.
Conducted in open 4x4 safari vehicles, the exhilarating game drives provide the chance to track wildlife in the beautiful surroundings of Moremi Game Reserve, a protected area renowned for frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah. African Wild Dog sightings are also regularly reported, an endangered species whose numbers are rapidly dwindling in other areas.
Days 12 & 13: Okavango Delta
Transfer by light aircraft to Eagle Island Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, your home for the next 2 nights and the ultimate luxury safari paradise. Situated on a remote island among a web of waterways and lush vegetation, it overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds.
All luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views from large private decks, and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. The interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en-suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, four-poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as a discreet air conditioning.
Explore the Okavango Delta by Mokoro (dug-out canoe), set out on a game drive or roam on foot. All game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced guides. Fishing and birdwatching is also available.
Helicopter Safari - this is the Okavango Delta as you have never experienced it before: remote, inaccessible lakes and islands seen from the sky.
Helicopter flights over Botswana are one of life’s big adventures and the animals are unperturbed by aircraft. Surprisingly, you may hover just a few feet over great herds of zebra as they continue to graze, completely unconcerned.
Even more exciting, you may be able to touch down on an island far away from human habitation and stand in a spot that for thousands of years has been cut off from the world beyond. A speed boat may appear bearing coffee or a celebratory glass of sparkling wine: sip at leisure as you gaze on lush, riverine scenery—one of the world’s last wildernesses.
Days 14 & 15: Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Transfer by light aircraft to Tau Pan Camp, offering truly incredible views from the ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana,
Overlooking the famous Tau Pan with its stark beauty and remoteness, this camp accommodates up to eighteen guests in specially designed thatched units on raised decks. This, the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), is a model of environmental sensitivity, having been constructed with the delicate ecologies in mind. Using only solar power for the generation of electricity, heating of water and pumping of water from deep under the Kalahari sands, the waste water is treated in a state-of-the-art treatment plant and the fully treated water is returned to the sands from whence it came.
Activities offered at Tau Pan are game drives, day trips to the well-known Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passarge Pans, star gazing, bush brunches on Tau Pan, and nature walks with Bushman trackers.
Enjoy 2 nights and a full day in this remote area. The Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world, stretching 1,560 miles (2,500km) from the northern part of South Africa, through Namibia and Angola and ending in the DRC (Congo). It may have no permanent surface water, but unlike the image of most deserts, the Kalahari is well vegetated with a wide variety of habitats including acacia trees and areas of flat grasslands that seem to stretch forever.
The CKGR is also the largest game reserve in the world, and has until recently been closed to the public. Its remoteness, unforgiving climate and harsh terrain have kept it pristine and only the fully self-sufficient traveller would venture into the reserve alone. Those that do are rewarded with untamed Africa at its best.
The CKGR was originally created as a refuge for the San Bushmen - the inhabitants of the Kalahari for the past 30,000 years. They lived in nomadic hunter-gatherer family groups only taking what they needed to survive - which is an art form in the Kalahari. Their simple lifestyle became anathema to the sophisticated Europeans who colonized Southern Africa and the Bushmen found themselves the hunted rather than the hunter.
Bushmen survival became an issue in 1961 when Botswana was still a British Protectorate, and the CKGR was formed as their homeland. Most have now intermixed with other tribes such as the Bakgalagadi, and live in villages at the southern end of this reserve. Their traditional lifestyle is all but gone but some bush survival knowledge is still passed down from generation to generation.
Day 16: Depart Africa
Spend your last morning enjoying the uninterrupted views of the spectacular African before you are transferred by light aircraft to Maun airport in time for onward flight.