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Delta to Victoria Falls
Transport - Minibus/safari truck, mokoro canoe, 4WD, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotel (1nt), camping (11nts), wild camping (2nts).
Meals - 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners
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Fly to Johannesburg
Overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Johannesburg; free day
After your flight you transfer (approx. 30 minutes) to your first night’s accommodation and check in. Johannesburg lies at the centre of the Witwatersrand, literally meaning ‘ridge of white waters’. It was on this ridge that the world’s richest gold reef was discovered little more than 100 years ago. Your first day is free to relax, with the option of visiting the fascinating township of Soweto in the afternoon, on an excursion with a local guide. Shops and restaurants are all within easy reach although you’ll need a taxi after dark. Hotel - 1 night
Please make sure that if you explore Johannesburg on your own that you take advice of where it is safe to walk, especially in the evening. There have been isolated attempts of robbery in recent times and although unpredictable the risk of these can be minimised by taking local advice.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary; Botswana
Please meet your tour leader in the hotel reception at 06:30. An early start today as you head north across the rolling high veldt. Passing farming communities and game reserves, you cross the Limpopo River into Botswana (650km, approx. 9 hours). Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a reserve situated in the Kalahari sandveld with several natural waterholes providing prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest. The reserve is run by a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the rhino from vanishing in Botswana, and also to restore an area previously teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state. The project also provides benefits to the local Batswana community. After exploring the park, you’ll make camp in the bush and begin to adapt to life under canvas. Camp - 1 night (LD)
Skirting the northern boundaries of the Central Kalahari Desert and the huge diamond mines at Orapa and Lelfhakane, you arrive in Maun and set up camp (575km, approx. 7 hours). Maun meaning, "place of short reeds" is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and northern parks of Botswana. After preparing for your journey into the delta tomorrow, the rest of the day is free to relax and settle in. Take a stroll along the riverside or relax in the pool and recover from the journey. Camp - 1 night (BL)
Okavango Delta; mokoro game viewing
The Okavango Delta, which encompasses most of north-western Botswana, offers a unique wilderness habitat – a freshwater paradise of vegetation and wildlife. Today you journey (approx. 2 hours) into the heart of this wildlife sanctuary by 4WD vehicle. On reaching your pick-up point, you familiarise yourself with the ‘mokoro’ – the traditional dugout canoe of the delta. Originally cut by hand from a single log, nowadays many are moulded from fibreglass to conserve the precious stock of local hardwoods. Although a mokoro looks anything but stable, in fact it is an extremely safe and reliable craft.
You set off, two people to a mokoro, poled by a skilled Tswana guide who will act as your eyes and ears until you attune to this unfamiliar watery environment. You navigate the maze of creeks and narrow channels, slipping silently through the beds of reed and beautiful papyrus fronds, past islands covered with palm trees. As you travel, you will see numerous birds and may encounter red lechwe (a rare type of antelope) or even elephant browsing in the water. The delta area is populated with hippos but you will journey through shallow waterways to avoid contact. Please advise your guide if you cannot swim. After pitching camp, you set off on a short walk and learn more about this unique habitat. For the next two nights you camp wild on a remote island in the delta, enjoying the seclusion and the sense of escape. You fall asleep to the sounds of frogs croaking and may hear the distinctive sound of hippos or hyenas ‘laughing’ in the distance. Wild camp – 2 nights (BLD)
Please note: Our local guides are wildlife experts and it is important to pay close attention to their requests in terms of safety. The delta is an exciting place to explore, but it needs to be understood and respected. Also Wild camping is a wonderful experience but to ensure your safety you must be aware of the dangers and following the guide's advice is paramount.
Okavango Delta; mokoro game viewing
The unique Kavango River flows not into the sea but into the Kalahari Desert. The river was blocked from its original course by a series of geological shifts and flows from its mountain source in Angola to meet the desert. The waters spill out over the sandy ground to produce a vast aquatic wetland amid vast areas of aridity - a true wonder of the natural world and a unique accident of nature, which occurs nowhere else. The area is rich in bird life and home to abundant wildlife including hippo, warthog and monkey. Depending on the season lion, hyena, elephant, giraffe and buffalo are all prevalent.
The day unfolds with an early awakening to catch the dawn. This is a magical time of day - cool and still, with the merest rustle of breeze - although the cacophony of birdcalls can be almost deafening! During the heat of the day there is a chance to relax in the camp or swim in the beautiful clear waters. Later in the afternoon you continue to explore the vast expanses of this watery environment, spotting an abundance of bird species which include heron, egret, ibis, stork, several species of kingfisher, hornbill and a selection of brightly coloured bee-eaters. Many live here because of the rich diet of fish they are able to find. (BLD)
Your final day in the Okavango Delta allows more wildlife viewing by mokoro as you return to your pick-up point for the vehicles.You journey back to Maun arriving early afternoon. There is time for an optional flight over the Okavango River where views from the air of this enormous water wonderland are quite spectacular. Camping – 1 night (BL)
Moremi Game Reserve; 4WD game viewing
The big game aspect of your safari begins as you enter Moremi Game Reserve - one of the finest wilderness areas in Botswana. Proclaimed a wildlife reserve by the Batswana people in 1963, it was the first wildlife sanctuary to be created by an African tribe in their own area, and as such it is unique. The act was described at the time as a shining mark in African tribal history. It is a rich and fascinating area, which is an intricate part of the Delta, comprising of permanently swamped areas, lily-covered wetlands, seasonally swamped area and also dryland. You drive for about two hours to the reserve and then take a game drive through the park until you reach your evening camp (+/-40-100km / anything from 1½ - 5 hours depending on which campsite you have in the reserve). During the entire six days spent in Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park you will be travelling by open 4WD game viewing vehicle. En route you search for giraffe, hyena, kudu, elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, lion and leopard. At sunset there is plenty of time to relax and absorb the sounds and beauty of this region. Later you will dine under the stars and no doubt exchange stories around the blazing camp fire! Wild Camping - 2 nights (BLD)
Moremi Game Reserve; 4WD game viewing
Rising early you continue your game viewing by 4WD. Bird life is excellent both in the Delta and the dryland sections with over 500 species being recorded. You may see kingfishers, fish eagles, Pel’s fishing owls, bee-eaters and stork. During the dry season a congregation of all species along permanent rivers makes Moremi Game Reserve one of the most unforgettable experiences in Africa whilst the giant mopane trees form a canopy woodland to protect many more species. At the end of the day you return to camp. (BLD)
Savuti; game drives
An early morning wake up call heralds another morning game drive as you travel north, over the sand ridge and into the Mababe depression to arrive at Savuti Marsh in the central Chobe National park. The roads through the national parks are rough and sometimes sandy as such for 4WD only. The distance is not great but the pace you travel at is determined by the conditions of the roads which are subject to the seasons (approx. 125km/5-7hrs). Chobe National Park is a compelling wilderness packed with game. The park was created in 1968, and named after the river that defines its northern boundary. The entire park encompasses an area of 11,000 square kilometres and provides sanctuary for the great herds of game that follow the ebb and flow of water. Wild Camping – 2 nights (BLD)
Savuti; game drives
This open grassland area attracts herds of zebra and wildebeest which in turn draw the large lion prides which Savuti is most famous for. Many extraordinary wildlife documentaries have been filmed in this area including “Eternal Enemies” by Dereck and Beverly Joubert depicting the struggle between lions and hyenas. The waterhole near camp is a favourite drinking point for elephant and attracts large herds from the surrounding wilderness. This evening prepare for a fantastic sunset to end your day. (BLD)
Chobe National Park; game viewing
This morning you take an early morning open 4WD game drive through the park to the north western boundary. From this point you travel through the neighbouring forest reserve and then back into the Chobe National Park at Ngoma and down to the Chobe River front (200km approx. 5-7hours). The flood plains, with their different vegetation types that include thickets of bush, open grassland and riverine forest, are ideal for spotting an abundance of animals. Besides herds of elephant and buffalo, there’s a good chance of seeing other game, such as wildebeest, tsessebe, waterbuck, roan, sable antelope, eland, giraffe, hyena, kudu and the indigenous Chobe bushbuck. Tonight you camp within the National Park. Wild Camping – 1 nights (BLD)
Kasane; Chobe River cruise
The reserve is a paradise for a medley of African birds and common sightings include jacanas, skimmers and the beautiful carmine bee-eater. The principal aim of your morning drive is to spot some of the park’s big cats and there are viewing sites en route to stretch your legs and enjoy the early morning sunshine. After packing up camp, we slowly drive out of the park and set up camp next to the Chobe River in the town of Kasane. In the late afternoon, you explore more of this wildlife paradise by boat. Afternoons are the favoured time for elephant herds to make their way to the river, and Chobe's population is legendary. In the river launch you are able to approach hippo, crocodiles, buffalo and hopefully elephant for excellent viewing. After watching the sunset from the river, the boat will deliver you to a jetty in Kasane, from where a short transfer by vehicle will bring you to your campsite in Kasane for the night. Here you can have a restaurant meal and a refreshing swim in the pool! Camp 1 night (BL)
Livingstone; explore Victoria Falls
Crossing the Zambezi River on the Kasungula Ferry into Zambia, you make your way downstream along the north bank to Livingstone (approx. 2 hours plus possible delay at the border) and your camp on the banks of this famous river. This afternoon you can visit one of the most awesome sights in the world, "Mosi-oa-Tunya" – Smoke that Thunders (the name given to the Victoria Falls by the Makololo people). The waterfalls are without doubt one of the greatest and most unforgettable scenic spectacles in Africa. It’s hot and humid here, and standing in the rainforest which thrives in the spray from the falls, you can feel the immense power generated as the Zambezi River drops 100m causing the ground to vibrate under your feet. Camp – 2 nights (B)
Livingstone; free day for optional activities
Today is free for optional excursions. For the daring, Victoria Falls is the adrenaline sports Mecca of Africa and there is a wide choice of high adventure activities to choose from such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge swinging, zip-lining, microlighting, helicopter rides and canoeing. Batoka Gorge is considered one of the best stretches of rafting in the world, and provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. It has twenty-three white water rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs – what could be more exhilarating than rafting along a route carved over the millennia by the Great Zambezi! The guides are fully trained professionals, previous rafting experience is required and you should be a proficient swimmer. Nearly half the rapids you negotiate are Grade 5. Having negotiated the Zambezi’s exhilarating rapids, you climb out of the gorge and celebrate. For the less adventurous, activities include a gentle river cruise, bush walking, elephant-back safaris and game drives. If you want to escape it all, why not simply relax and wander along the paths through the spray-generated rainforests that flank the gorge. (B)
After breakfast you have time for a final optional activity such as the “flight of angels” over the falls or a visit to the curio market before the trip ends for Land Only clients and those on group flights take an airport transfer to catch your return flight home via Johannesburg. Farewell to Africa, we are sure you will return! (B)
Please note that on leaving Zambia you will be required to pay a departure tax that equates to around US$5. This is paid locally and all major credit cards are accepted.