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This unique 15-day safari will take you to some of Southern Africa's most beautiful and contrasting natural environments as you travel through two safari heavyweight countries - Botswana and Zambia - and enjoy some of the best game viewing on the continent.

Start your journey on the white saltpans of Makgadikgadi in Botswana's Kalahari and spend time with the Bushmen at San Camp before heading into the Okavango Delta for a complete contrast. Explore the Delta's intricate and wildlife-filled waterways by mokoro canoe and be on the lookout for big game on game drives and guided nature walks.

Travel to the beautiful and always rewarding Chobe River where you'll stay on the Zambezi Queen, a luxury floating hotel, and go on boat rides to view the wildlife-packed riverbanks. You'll be spending a night in Tongabezi Treehouse just above Victoria Falls before heading off to Chongwe River Camp on the Lower Zambezi River to experience excellent game viewing from both dry land and from the river.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the haunting Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Go quad biking on the salt pans
  • Explore the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta
  • Stay on a luxury boat on the Chobe River
  • Go on game drives in Chobe National Park
  • Marvel at the drama of Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy great game viewing on the Lower Zambezi
  • Stay in luxurious safari accommodation

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Maun

Your unique Southern African safari begins as you arrive at Maun Airport in Botswana. On your arrival you'll catch a charter flight to San Camp, a luxury tented camp located on the Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert.

Days 2-3

Explore the vast pans of the Makgadikgadi

The following two days will be dedicated to exploring the mysterious and desolate Makgadikgadi Pans. Head out on a game drive through the rolling grasslands that surround the vast pans or get a closer look on a bird watching walk. There's far more wildlife - lion, springbok, cheetah, giraffe - in the area than you might imagine and in the rainy summer months there's even more: local zebra and wildebeest migrations add to the drama and the bird watching is phenomenal.

Depending on the rainfall that year, you may get the thrilling opportunity to roar across the Makgadikgadi Pans on adventuresome quad bikes, a truly exhilarating experience.

Another rewarding activity is to join expert San Bushman trackers on a highly informative excursion to learn how the indigenous San people survive in this harsh landscape. In the evening, more adventure awaits as you go on a night drive to spot the Kalahari's shy nocturnal animals such as the brown hyena, porcupine, aardwolf and aardvark.

Day 4

Travel into the Delta

Depart from the Pans and fly back to Maun. Here you'll catch another charter flight to Xudum Tented Camp, located in the Okavango Delta - a completely different landscape altogether and a fantastic contrast to the Kalahari.

Days 5-6

Discover the Okavango Delta

Situated on the western edge of the world's biggest inland delta, Xudum Tented Camp offers a stylish and intimate hideaway that delivers excellent wildlife viewing.

Explore this unique ecosystem by setting out on foot with a professional guide in search of big game and the prolific birdlife. For a more traditional experience, and the chance to enjoy water-based game viewing, embark on a mokoro (dug-out canoe) trip through the intricate waterways of the Delta.

After enjoying dinner at camp, head out on a spotlit night drive, keeping a constant lookout for some of Botswana's nocturnal mammals and birds. Return to camp and sleep on your rooftop platform under the stars and listening to the sounds of the surrounding wilderness.

Day 7

Arrive in Chobe

Depart from the Okavango Delta today and fly north to the small town of Kasane where you'll transfer to the luxurious Zambezi Queen Safari Boat on the Chobe River. Settle into your elegant cabin and go for a drink or a dip in the jacuzzi on the deck.

Days 8-9

Enjoy life on the Chobe River

Get up early and enjoy a delicious light breakfast and coffee before you head out on an excursion. You can either go on a fishing trip, a bird watching expedition or a motorboat safari down the river, scanning its forested banks for animals that come down to drink from the river and graze on its extensive floodplains.

Head into Botswana's legendary Chobe National Park via tender boat and enjoy a 4x4 game drive in search of the area's famous big herds of elephant and buffalo before returning to the Zambezi Queen to relax and enjoy the views.

Spend your late afternoon enjoying a leisurely high tea and a sunset boat cruise, followed by a gourmet dinner. End off your adventure-filled days with a guided stargazing tour in the evening.

Day 10

Arrive at the Zambezi River

Leave the majestic Zambezi Queen behind and transfer to the Zambian border and on to Livingstone where you'll arrive at the elegant Tongabezi Treehouse, situated on the wooded banks of the Zambezi River.

Day 11

Relax in style at Tongabezi

Enjoy the calm and luxurious nature of Tongabezi, a uniquely designed lodge where the branches and trunks of mighty forest trees have literally been incorporated into each suite.

Spend your time kicking back in the lounge and beside the swimming pool or enjoy a tour of Livingstone Town with its Museum, Railway Museum and nearby Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. From camp, it's only a short trip to Victoria Falls.

Be spoiled by excellent service as you enjoy a refreshing drink and take in the excellent views of the Zambezi River as you relax in total luxury.

Day 12

Travel to Chongwe River Camp

This morning you will transfer to Livingstone airport where you'll catch your scheduled flight to the Lower Zambezi River via the capital city of Lusaka. Arrive at Chongwe River Camp, where you'll stay in the deluxe Albida Suite for the following three nights.

Days 13-14

Stay in a private sanctuary at Chongwe

Situated in an area where elephant are more numerous than people, Chongwe River Camp is set on the borders of the Lower Zambezi National Park in an area teeming with wildlife. And with over 250 species of birds recorded in the immediate area, Chongwe is also a bird lover's paradise.

Go on open 4x4 game drives or take a thrilling canoe safari along the Zambezi. You could also find a quiet spot on the river bank and try your hand at tiger-fish angling or you can merely sit back and enjoy the surroundings with a drink in hand.

Relax and enjoy stunning views of the river as you cool off in the pool or sit back in the outside lounge while the sunset turns the skies orange.

Day 15

Say goodbye to the wilderness

Leave the Zambezi River behind and fly back to Lusaka where your safari tour ends.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at San Camp on a fully inclusive basis
  • 3 nights at Xudum Delta Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 3 nights at Zambezi Queen on a fully inclusive basis
  • 2 nights at Tongabezi Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 3 nights at Chongwe Albida Suite on a fully inclusive basis
  • Return air transfer from Maun to San Camp
  • Air transfer from Maun Airport to Xudum Airstrip
  • Air transfer from Xudum Airstrip to Kasane Airport
  • Return transfer from Livingstone Airport to Tongabezi Lodge
  • Flight from Livingstone Airport to Chongwe Albida Suite
  • Flight from Chongwe Albida Suite to Lusaka

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 04 Jul 2014 - 26 Jul 2014 $15820
  • 27 Jul 2014 - 18 Aug 2014 $15990
  • 19 Aug 2014 - 10 Sep 2014 $15990
  • 11 Sep 2014 - 03 Oct 2014 $15990
  • 04 Oct 2014 - 26 Oct 2014 $15820

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"A wonderful collection of experiences - come on this trip as a return visit to Africa, ideal for celebrations."

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