This tour starts out with a flight from Maun to the Central Kalhari Reserve where you’ll spend three nights at the first lodge actually inside the reserve. This area is known to be a hotspot for cheetah, black-maned Kalahari lion along with meerkats and large herds of springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest. You’ll also have the chance to explore the area on foot with the San Bushmen. From desert to delta, you’ll next explore one of the most pristine areas on the planet. This area offers you the opportunity to track game by water and land. Renowned for its mokoro (dugout canoes) trips that give you close encounters with lechwe, sitatunga and an incredible range of birdlife. You’ll board another charter plane as you fly into yet another totally different landscape and discover the vast grassland plains which are famed for its lion and wild dog population. Being in this private concession allows you to go on night drives to search for nocturnal creatures such as the aardwolf. No trip to this area would be complete without visiting Victoria Falls. You’ll start off in style with a flight over the falls then land in the town of Livingstone where you’ll be met and taken to your lodge. For the next two days you’ll enjoy life on the Great Zambezi River. You’ll be able to choose visits to the falls, a local village, sunset cruises or even try your hand at fishing. You’ll end your trip at Livingstone Airport.
DURATION: 10 DAYS
PLACES TO VISIT: Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Linyanti, Victoria Falls
Upon arrival into South Africa, you will be escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues.
Fly from Maun to the Central Kalahari. Luggage restricted to 12 kg per person in soft sided bags.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve gets animals such springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest in their thousands and is quite a sight to behold. Predators abound with plentiful Lions – especially the famous Kalahari black-maned Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and Jackals. Brown Hyenas and Wild Dogs are also found in the area. Several species of antelopes make the trip to the sweet grasses of the CKGR which include the Eland, Springbok, Steenbok, Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Kudu and Duiker.
Accommodation: Tau Pan Camp
Tau Pan Camp is situated inside the world famous Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) right on the edge of the beautiful Tau Pan. “Kalahari’ is derived from the Tswana word Kgala meaning “great thirst” – and it has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent water. The Kalahari Desert is the largest sand basin in the world stretching 2,500 kms from the northern regions of South Africa through to Namibia/Angola and ending in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is the largest game reserve in the world (52,800 sq km’s) and for many years was closed to the public, hence it is known for being one of Africa’s last true wild areas.
At first light, you’ll meet up with others at the lodge for your morning game drive in open 4X4’s. Please note that Tau Pan is in a national park and an ecological sensitive area – for this reason we cannot drive off road or at night!
You’ll also have the opportunity to have a guided walk with a San who will explain and entertain you by answering all your questions from birth to marriage to bush survival.
The next day is reserved for another game drive, which will be as exciting as you never know what you’re going to see. Our guides and trackers have a wealth of knowledge and will give you a complete picture of life in these abundant eco systems. How everything from termites and dung beetles, even grasses and soils, right up to lion, cheetah and elephant, contribute to the balance of life.
Accommodation: Tau Pan Camp
Here in the Okavango Delta lives some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife on Earth. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. You’ll have the opportunity to see animals up close when expert guides accompany you on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of the nocturnal animals one wouldn’t see during the day time. The park also boasts a diversity of landscape with desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps in close proximity – cheetah, crocodile and elephant can also be seen on a game drive.
Kwara is located in the remote northern part of the stunning Okavango Delta within the private Kwara concession. The camp fronts onto a huge floodplain, adjacent to the permanent water of the Delta and is backed by extensive bush. It is a magnificent wilderness area in excess of 1,700 square kilometres, bordering the Moremi Reserve.
The Okavango Delta is flooded for much of the year and when it is, you can experience serene silence at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow Delta channels. Just sit back and relax as they glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while they get eye to eye with a buffalo as it laps water from the river, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks or cruise past a pod of hippos as they lie in a pool. Fish eagles, frogs and fabulous lilies form much of this experience, but more frequently it is the quietness and gentle pace that makes its impression on you after a mokoro morning.
The Okavango Delta features some of the best game viewing in all of Africa. Drives are typically done at around 4pm when the animals are active. Usually lasting for a few hours. (shared with other guests at the lodge).
Fly from the Okavango Delta to Linyanti. In the afternoon, you will meet up with others from the lodge for your game drive.
Accommodation: Kwando Lebala
Kwando Lebala is situated in the Kwando Wildlife Reserve in the Linyanti area in northern Botswana. Lebala offers an intimate and exclusive safari experience in an area offering incredible wildlife and magnificent views. Night game drives and off road game drives are a highlight, accompanied by expert guides and trackers.
Apart from the simple appeal of watching the elephants at the water’s edge from the luxury of the raised decks of Kings Pool Camp, spectacular wildlife viewing is available on day and night game drives and walks. Allowing for water levels, seasonal barge cruises along the Linyanti River are also on offer. The reed and papyrus swamps are ideal for numerous and diverse species of birds and are a magnet for game in the dry winter months.
In the afternoon, you will meet up with others from the lodge for your game drive.
Accommodation: Kwando Lebala
Airport transfer with a private vehicle. Today you can enjoy two of the included activities offered by Sussi & Chuma (falls visit, game viewing, boat safari, village tour) or sign up for extra activities on location. You can sign up for spa treatments, tour the Zimbabwean side of the falls, flights over the falls, white water rafting, elephant back safari or the Livingstone Island visit. These extras are not included in the hotel cost.
Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma
Sussi & Chuma is named after David Livingstone’s faithful companions and consist of an intimate lodge and two exclusive houses, both of which are situated to make the most of the amazing views that the sweeping Zambezi River provides.
Airport transfer with a private vehicle. Depart from Livingstone International Airport.
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