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This 15-day safari balances a selection of Botswana’s top lodges offering some of Africa’s best game viewing with the tropical island paradise of Vamizi, off the northern coast of Mozambique.

Your safari begins with two nights at Kings Pool in the hidden gem of northern Botswana’s Linyanti wilderness, which borders the Chobe National Park. This royal retreat is home to an excellent diversity of game, with large herds of elephant congregating in the dry season and plenty of predators year-round. Your next two night stop is on the outer edges of the Okavango Delta, the Vumbura Plains. Explore by vehicle, boat and on foot in this area famous for its wilddog and birdlife. Your final game viewing destination is in the heart of the Delta, on the legendary Chief’s Island, where you spend two nights at Mombo Camp. Made famous in wildlife documentaries, this area offers one of Africa’s best predator encounters on twice daily game drives. These three outstanding lodges in remarkable locations deliver a very memorable Africa safari.

Overnight in South Africa on your way to Mozambique for one unforgettable night at the Fairlawns Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg. Recharge, revive and reflect on your wilderness experience in the sumptuous comfort of this boutique hotel. The next morning, schedule flights transport you from Johannesburg to Pemba on the coast of Mozambique and on to Vamizi Island.

Lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Mozambique has a treasure of delicate coral islands and archipelagoes off its coast. One of these is your destination for seven nights of bare foot bliss: Vamizi Island, a secluded private getaway where simplicity and elegance rule. Unwind on the postcard-perfect beaches, dive one of the world’s top 10 sites, and feast on the bounty of the ocean. However you spend your days, you will find yourself rested and relaxed in this sliver of paradise.

This is a simply unforgettable safari that delivers the best of Botswana’s wilderness and Mozambique’s tropical islands in one glorious tour.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Combines wilderness & tropical beach
  • Three of Botswana’s best lodges
  • Superb land- & water-based game viewing
  • Excellent birding & guided nature walks
  • Sumptuous stopover in the City of Gold
  • Private island in Mozambique
  • One of World’s Top 10 diving sites
  • Best of the best for discerning travellers

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

A royal treat at King's Pool Camp

Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa, the main flight hub for southern Africa. A scheduled flight whisks you north to Maun, the gateway to Botswana’s magnificent northern wilderness. Your final air transfer is wonderfully scenic - a light aircraft flight over the Okavango Delta to King's Pool in the Linyanti region. This area is something of a hidden gem in Botswana but those in the know, know what a superb game viewing destination it is. Since the Savute Channel began flowing again in recent years, the area has attracted an impressive winter (June to September) population of elephant along with its resident populations of predators. The Linyanti is an internationally recognised premium birding destination with an excellent resident selection of Botswana’s 550 species-strong bird list.

The lodge is elegant and stylish; the thatch, canvas and timber architecture makes the most of the hot climate and cooling breezes. Your canvas-and-thatch suite comes complete with a private plunge pool and gazebo to make the most of afternoon siestas and views over a busy lagoon. There is competition for the best view in the form of an underground hide with the unique  viewpoint of being eye level with the water, which means fascinating close ups of elephant trunks and legs as these massive creatures bathe and wade in the fresh water.   

Spend two nights and days exploring the Linyanti on day and night game drives, guided nature walks and boat expeditions – you might even try your hand at fishing.

Days 3-4

Classic Botswana at Vumbura Plains

A quick and picturesque air transfer whisks you to Vumbura Plains on the outer fringe of the Okavango Delta. Overlooking a classic Botswana vista of floodplains and mopani woodland, the lodge’s sophisticated canvas, glass and timber architecture makes the most of the views wherever you care to look. There are two camps here: Vumbura North and South, both featuring contemporary design, ultra comfortable suites and each limited to just 14 guests. Whever you stay, you may find it hard to leave your suite with its indoor and outdoor lounges, private plunge pool and outdoor sala.

The Vumbura Plains are home to both wet and dry game viewing areas, which means a range of habitats and rich diversity of wildlife. This is one of the better places in southern Africa to see a thriving cheetah population. Sable antelope are a main attraction along with large herds of buffalo and zebra. Rare bird species, like Pel’s fishing owls and wattled cranes, which are easier to observe on guided nature walks. The lodge provides rods and tackle for catch-and-release fishing in the deeper waterways. All in all, this lodge and area offer you a fresh perspective on the African wilderness with a range of activities that include game drives, walking, boating and mekoro expeditions.

Days 5-6

Heart of the delta at Mombo Camp

A quick scenic flight brings you to Mombo Island and its legendary Mombo Camp, on the north-west edge of Chief's Island in the Moremi Game Reserve. This is arguably one of Africa’s best game viewing areas and has featured in award-winning wildlife documentaries by such luminary filmmakers as Derek and Beverly Joubert. 

Morning and afternoon game drives make the most of the abudant wildlife, especially Mombo’s thriving lion prides and large herds of buffalo and elephant. In fact, the rich year-round populations of antelope, zebra and buffalo supports almost all of Africa’s top predators. Birding is also superb here – Botswsana as a whole is an excellent destination for birders, and each of the settings on this safari offer a diverse resident and migratory bird population.

Mombo Camp makes the most of its setting by being raised on timber decks – from the communcal lounge and dining areas, along the interconnecting walkways and the nine tented suites, the entire camp is about two metres (6.5 feet) off the ground. Wildlife wanders peacefully below the walkways, and there are breathtaking views out over lily-encrusted waterways and teeming floodplains everywhere you look. Each suite has a private sala and spacious deck to make the most of the afternoon siesta period, that is if you do not find yourself lazing around the swimming pool on a comfortable East African day bed. This luxury lodge offers every comfort in one of Africa – and the world’s – most beautiful wilderness settings.

Day 7

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

After a last scenic flight over the Delta back to Maun, and a scheduled flight to Johannesburg, you find yourself checking into the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. The City of Gold is one of Africa’s economic lungs and a busy, modern metropolis with shopping, museums, art galleries and cultural tours to vibrant Soweto. You spend a blissful night in this elegant sanctuary, reflecting on a thrilling week of adventure and indulging in wellness treatments in the award-winning spa.

Days 8-14

Vamizi Island Lodge

A scheduled flight takes you from Joahnnesburg to the little town of Pemba on the Mozambique coast. Here a private, scheduled air transfer whisks you over postcard-perfect tropical waters and coral archipelagos to the tiny private paradise of Vamizi Island. Reaching heaven takes a little more patience, and the lodge’s ‘islandrover’ transports you over a 40-minute scenic drive to the lodge itself.

Drenched in sunshine, this whale-shaped coral island is fringed with white sandy beaches and is home to turtles, monkeys, coconut crabs, butterflies and 112 bird species. The lodge’s 13 timber villas are spread out along a private beach, providing tranquility and privacy in equal measure. The chef’s speciality is fresh seafood and the island’s waters positively burst with 400 fish species, as well as whales and dolphins. The diving is more than excellent with towering Gregorian coral and one of the world's Top 10 sites, Neptune's Arm. Spend your days exploring the warm waters or slipping off for a castaway picnic, or pampering your body and mind with treatments by an expert wellness therapist.

Vamizi Island Lodge is simply heavenly: picture-perfect, Crusoe-chic and wonderfully romantic in an unpretentious way. This is the perfect balance to the safari thrills of Bostwana and an idyllic last stop on your African vacation. 

Day 15

Farewell paradise - thanks for the memories!

Your unforgettable adventure comes to an end as you wing your way over the Mozambiques tropical waters to Pemba, onward to Johannesburg and your flight home. You have see elephants at play in the Kings Pool lagoon, witnessed cheetah hunting on the Vumbura Plains and encountered a Mombo leopard. You have slipped through the Indian Ocean’s tropical waters and feasted on fresh seafood under a starry night sky. You are rested and rejuvenated, carrying the scent of wild sage and the cry of the fish eagle home with you. 


  • 6 nights accommodation on fully inclusive basis
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to Maun
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to Pemba
  • Return road transfer from OR Tambo International Airport to Fairlawns
  • 1 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 7 nights accommodation on full board basis


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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 02 Mar 2015 $21830
  • 03 Mar 2015 - 02 May 2015 $19770
  • 03 May 2015 - 02 Jul 2015 $20970
  • 03 Jul 2015 - 01 Sep 2015 $25740
  • 02 Sep 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $25740

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

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Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Hand-picked lodges, specifically selected for their uniqueness - this tour is a must-do if you're coming to Africa on a celebratory trip."



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