This authentic and less-traveled Botswana safari entices travelers with its big game, intimate experience, and over the top luxury. Mokoro on the Okavango Delta, feel the spray of Victoria Falls, interact with the elephants, and fall in love with the captivating landscapes and incredible game all the while returning to luxury game lodges each evening. Top-rated lodges on this itinerary include The Royal Livingstone Hotel, &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp and Zarafa Camp. Travel from camp to camp on a private C208 aircraft and enjoy each area with use of a personal jeep and private guide.
Visit Victoria Falls, classified as the largest waterfall in the world
Take a game drive through Linyanti Concession, home to a range of habitats
Mokoro on the Okavango Delta in search of wildlife
Upon your arrival to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, meet your Safari representative and head straight to The Royal Livingstone Hotel - your home for the next two nights. Take a guided tour of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and feel for yourself the infamous thunder as the water cascades over the ragged rock edges and plummets 355 feet to the pools below. In the evening, after settling into your spacious room, enjoy a sunset river cruise and ponder your upcoming adventure.
*Please note that the falls are seasonal and almost completely disappear in November and December.
Today is yours to explore as you would like. Visit a local African Village, take your first game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, or try your hand at fishing. Enjoy a private guide and vehicle at your disposal to insure a truly unique and personal experience.
Transfer this morning to Kasane Airport, where you will board a light aircraft bound for the Chitabe Airstrip in the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango's perpetual waters attract herds of wildlife that walk well-worn game paths to quench their thirst in the dry season. Predators follow in their footsteps, providing diverse and exciting game viewing. The area’s range of habitat includes riverine, savannah, forest, and plains and offers travelers a diverse safari experience available in few other, if any, destinations. Spend time on traditional game drives and keep your eyes peeled for the rare roan and sable antelope, plains game and, of course, their predators: the lion, leopard, and endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus.
Take a scenic helicopter ride this morning to Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, where your camp will explore yet another pristine private concession of the Okavango Delta. Watch from your suite as game meanders right in front of the lodge, take in a relaxing spa treatment at the renowned spa, or take a private game drive by boat or jeep to see what animals lurk nearby.
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp offers an exceptional Botswana safari experience and features luxurious solitude on its own Delta island within a 272 000 hectare (672 125 acre) exclusive wildlife concession. Depending on the season you can float gently along clear, open channels and explore the myriad islands of the Delta or embark on exciting game drives in search of wildlife.
A birder’s paradise, some 450 species make their home here. In addition to the excellent Big 5 game viewing, you may encounter the rare and graceful red lechwe and semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope.
Today you will take another scenic helicopter ride to Zarafa Camp in northern Botswana for your last few nights on safari. Zarafa offers unparalleled access to the Selinda Reserve, where you can enjoy wildlife viewing both on foot and from the comfort of your safari vehicle. Elephants are a prolific sight at the lagoon and spillway around Zarafa Camp, and the area is also known for big predator viewing such as lions, leopard and the rare African Wild Dog. Spend your evenings relaxing over a drawn out dinner, admiring Botswana's famous night sky.
Day 12: Fly Maun | Home
At a time advised by the Zarafa Camp management, take your last flight from Camp to Maun, Botswana where you say goodbye to Botswana! Fly home or continue independent travels.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.