11 Days, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park

11 Days, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park

Trip Highlights 

  • Enjoy exhilarating game-drives in Chobe National Park
  • Search for the famed predators of the Delta by boat, or by vehicle, and watch them hunt for prey
  • Experience the iconic splendor of Victoria Falls
  • White-water raft, bungee jump or kayak in view of the falls’ magnificence
  • Take a relaxing river cruise at sunset, with a glass of champagne in hand
  • Lose your heart to the magic of the Okavango Delta, and take a mokoro ride through its peaceful channels
  • Find some of the world’s rarest birdlife, including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl

Trip at a Glance 

(Day 1): Fly to Johannesburg

(Day 2): Johannesburg- Stay at Airport Sun Intercontinental for one night

(Day 3): Depart Johannesburg and arrive in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, at the Victoria Falls Hotel

(Day 4): Victoria Falls Hotel- Enjoy the hotel’s luxurious surroundings and venture to the falls for a range of activities from the adrenalin-fueled to the leisurely

(Day 5): Depart Victoria Falls by road transfer to Chobe National Park, to stay at Chobe Game Lodge

(Day 6): Chobe Game Lodge- Head out on game drive or by boat along the magnificent riverine areas of Chobe

(Day 7): Depart Chobe for Camp Moremi in the Okavango Delta

(Day 8): Camp Moremi- Explore the surrounding area by open 4×4 vehicle, searching for wildlife with your guide

(Day 9): Depart Camp Moremi for Camp Okavango and enjoy an afternoon activity or relax in camp

(Day 10): Camp Okavango- Soak up the last of your bush adventure with a safari on foot, accompanied by an experienced guide

(Day 11): Depart Camp Okavango after one last morning activity or breakfast in bed, before a transfer to Livingstone and a flight back to Johannesburg to meet your connecting flight home

Detailed Description 

Begin your journey through the wilds of Southern Africa with a bang, at “The Smoke that Thunders,” Victoria Falls. After a one-night stopover in Johannesburg, where fine dining and spa pampering will revive you after your long journey, you will travel to the Victoria Falls Hotel, where an experience of truly regal hospitality awaits you. Relax in the splendor of this sumptuous hotel before venturing out to partake in all manner of adrenalin-fueled activities close to the falls. After a few days in this vibrant area, head to the Chobe National Park, in Botswana, for your first experience of the pristine wilderness that this country has to offer.

At Chobe Game Lodge you will find welcoming luxury combined with rustic African charm. Your home for the next two nights, this lodge will immerse you in the magic of the bush, and you will meet your expert guide who can take you on countless adventures into the surrounding area in search of the famed herds of Chobe elephant, lions on the prowl and leopards reclining in trees. For the evening, embark on a sunset river cruise where you can watch elephants at dusk while you sip on a gin and tonic and marvel at the sights and sounds of the epic riverine paradise.

After you have been utterly bewitched by Chobe, prepare yourself for the grand finale in the sparkling swamps of the Okavango Delta. Here, at both Camp Moremi and Camp Okavango, you will be venturing out on game drives and mokoro (canoe) into the heart of an oasis unlike any other. There is nothing quite like the call of a Fish eagle as he swoops down to snatch a fish from a lagoon, or the swirl of the cool, clear water over the bonnet of the vehicle as you cross the channels in hot pursuit of a pack of wild dogs on the hunt. This is where Botswana’s wilderness will transfix your heart and ensure your return. Even the most experienced safari-traveler cannot resist the charm, elegance and staggering beauty of the Delta.

Activities 

  • Trekking / Photography / Spas / Hiking / Kayaking / National Park / Reserve / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Rafting / Safari / Wildlife / Waterfalls

Themes 

  • African Safari / Outdoor Adventures

Features 

  • Spectacular Scenery / Unique Accommodations / Luxury African Safari Camps

Your custom trip package will include accommodations, transportation within the country, guided tours and activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip.

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Days 1-2: Welcome to Africa!

You will arrive in the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg. Just a stone’s throw from O.R. Tambo Airport is the Airport Sun Intercontinental, with convenient luxury just where you need it after a long flight. Inspired by Afro-chic art and culture, the hotel provides a warm introduction to your African adventure. Dine at the Quills Restaurant and enjoy a taste of the gourmet cuisine that Johannesburg has to offer. Indulge in a cocktail or two at the inviting bar, or opt for room service so that you can really put your feet up before your true journey begins. If exercise is what you need after your flight, head to the pool or gym facilities to refresh yourself.

Days 3-4: The Grandeur of the Falls

After a hearty breakfast, make your way to the International Terminal to meet your flight to Victoria Falls. You will be met on arrival and shown to the beautiful Victoria Falls Hotel, stately and serene in acres of private gardens. This gorgeous hotel was established in 1904 and for over ninety years has been favored by visiting members of royal families, heads of state, celebrities, authors, journalists and poets because of its secluded location and atmosphere of complete and relaxed privacy. The design of the hotel is meant to echo a bygone era, and its cool terraces and rolling lawns provide the ideal environment to relax in the hotel’s regal splendor.

If you meander down the garden path of the hotel you will find yourself overlooking the stunning gorge and you may even be able to watch as brave characters take a leap of faith off the Zambia Bridge on a 111 meter high bungee jump! At the hotel there is a stunning Edwardian swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens and exotic trees, and two all-weather tennis courts on the grounds. Other activities such as golf are only a short ride away.

Over the next few days, immerse yourself in your rich and varied surroundings. The Victoria Falls Hotel offers guided walks into the rainforest, and historical tours of the hotel itself. Or, head to the local craft market and then pop back for afternoon tea on the hotel’s terrace.  Closer to the falls there are activities to suit each member of the family. For the adrenaline junkies there is the world’s wildest one-day white water rafting trip, the bungee jump, river surfing, kayaking, gorge swings and zip-wires. For those preferring a more relaxed view of this spectacular area there are river cruises, rich local arts, crafts and cultural experiences, and fishing. There is lots on offer, but the hotel is always ready and waiting should you desire some good old-fashioned pampering.

Days 5-6: Charming Chobe

After breakfast, you will drive to Chobe National Park, a journey of about two hours. Here, you will find yourself in a truly wild reserve where the world’s largest population of elephants roams. Your home for the next two nights, Chobe Game Lodge, reflects the majesty of these grey giants. Situated in the remote and unspoiled northern extremity of the park, the lodge offers every luxury and comfort for your adventures in the wild. The architecture is graceful and elegant with soaring arches and barrel-vault ceilings; tiled floors create an atmosphere of tranquility and spaciousness, and the punkah punkah fans add a quirky character to the rooms. Each chalet overlooks the perennial Chobe River and adjacent Caprivi floodplain. Curl up and bury your nose in a book in the wildlife reference library, or peruse the curios on offer in the gift shop. Before long, however, you will meet your expert and experienced guide who will take you on a journey through the bush in search of wildlife.

Your safari in Botswana includes morning and afternoon game drives. Also enjoy a sunset river cruise and after-dinner star-gazing. With your belly full of sumptuous African fare, head to your warm and cozy bed to be lulled to sleep by the nearby grunts of hippo and the distant calls of jackal and hyena.

Days 7-8: Into the Heart of Moremi

After breakfast, fly in a light aircraft to Camp Moremi. Your new home is a magnificent elevated tree lodge with a lounge, dining room, library, cocktail bar and large sun-deck area. You are invited to a boma (gated out-door area) for breakfasts, lunches and bonfires in the evening. This traditionally circular gathering place is based on the kgotla (a meeting place) which can be found in any Botswana town or village, where the elders meet to discuss issues within their community. Tables in the boma are arranged around a fire so that you can meet and chat to other guests or just soak up the atmosphere and allow the staff to host you in a beautiful African setting.

There is a plunge pool and an elevated observation platform overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon. The camp is designed with an elegant African style in mind, and every aspect of the lodge echoes the natural yet breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, even down to the detail of the materials used for decorative pieces in your room. Located in the epicenter of Okavango paradise, this camp is the starting point of your journey into Moremi. Named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe, this game reserve covers much of the eastern side of the Delta and is a swirling combination of permanent water channels and dry bush, which results in some spectacular topographical contrasts.

While staying in the Moremi, you can enjoy excellent views of savannah game as well as birdlife on the lagoons. In the more thickly wooded areas, keep your eyes peeled for the rare African Wild Dog or the elusive leopard. Although not one of the largest reserves at just under 5,000 square kilometers, this is a hugely diverse area offering even the most experienced safari-traveler the chance for new adventures as you explore mopane woodland, acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons.

Days 9-11: Another Perspective of the Great Okavango

After a last breakfast at Camp Moremi, you will be transferred to Camp Okavango via riverboat. Camp Okavango is situated on Nxaragha Island in the heart of the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. The elegant, thatched main building houses a cocktail bar, lounge and dining room, while the open-air patio caters for outdoor dining. All game viewing activities are conducted by experienced naturalist guides and include exploring the Okavango by canoe or boat, bird watching, fishing and nature walks. If you would like a rest after the flight from Camp Moremi, lay back in the peace and quiet of this unspoiled and untouched corner of Africa and simply enjoy the view. There is a secluded bird-viewing hide as well if you’d like to take a pair of binoculars and enjoy a relaxed mini safari all of your own! For honeymooners or guests celebrating a special anniversary, why not choose the Okavango Suite, a special thatched cottage offering an even more private and intimate setting.

Head out for more game drives to get those last-chance photographs of a hunting pride of lion, or a cheeky baboon. Listen to the rasping sound of a leopard calling near your tent, or the crack of distant branches as elephants shift about in the night. These are the sounds of Africa, and they will continue in your mind long after you have returned home! Take one last boat trip (perhaps with a little fishing as well) before lunch on your final morning, and a transfer to Livingstone. Here you will connect on to your Johannesburg flight, and then to your flight home

 

 

 

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