Day 1 Livingstone & Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
After arrival in Livingstone you will be met and transferred to the meeting point for your guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 5,604 feet wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops 338 feet into the basalt depths of the sheer Zambezi Gorge.
Later you will check in at Toka Leya Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River in the western area of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, some seven miles up from the Victoria Falls. Accommodation consists of 12 safari-style tents, each en-suite with a view of the magnificent Zambezi River. The camp’s dining and bar area are under a canopy of trees overlooking the River and a sparkling swimming pool.
1 Night at Toka Leya Camp
Days 2 - 4 Chobe National Park & Linyanti Concession
After a full breakfast you will transfer by road to Livingstone Airport. You will leave Zambia flying over the Kazangula border, a point where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet. Enjoy a leisurely shaded boat cruise along the Chobe River, with a light lunch. This boat cruise offers a unique opportunity to observe puku, large herds of elephant, numerous pods of hippo and large crocodiles, as well as enjoying fantastic views of other general game and diverse birdlife.
You will then depart by light aircraft transfer to the private Linyanti Concession. After a short game drive you arrive at your private camp, which is elegantly set up under African ebony and knobthorn trees overlooking panoramic vistas of the Linyanti Swamps.
The landscape of the Linyanti varies from floodplains to open dry land savannah and forest with sweeping views, creating a paradise for a high diversity of wildlife and bird species. Activities include game drives in the private northern sector of the concession, exploring a range of habitats from riverbanks to scrub and forest, with a myriad of wildlife en route to slake their thirst from the river. The seldom-seen sitatunga can also be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare plains game such as roan and sable antelope and of course their predators, the lion and leopard - with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus.
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Savute Channel, which is now flowing for the first time in three decades. After lunch you can siesta in hammock and feel thankful you are here! You will gain a good understanding of the geology of Northern Botswana, the relationship with the Great African Rift Valley and the chink in the fault line, where the Savute Channel begins. Water is now reaching into the heart of Chobe National Park through the Linyanti Reserve and game viewing is diverse and abundant.
3 Nights at Linyanti Discover Camp
Days 5 – 7 Okavango Delta
You will transfer by light aircraft to the Okavango Delta where your tented camp is nestled under acacia trees in the private 6,000-hectare Santawani Concession, in the south-east corner of the Delta. The woodland habitat gives way to open grasslands which can transform into floodplains in years of plentiful water. Your camp features en-suite tents with the bathroom at the rear of the tent separated by a zip door. Hot water is available anytime for the bucket shower. Shampoo, soap, shower gel and body lotion is provided. You’ll sleep on comfy beds with pure cotton linens and a duvet. There is a bedside table with a 12-volt light and wardrobe for your things. Paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the ambience in the evening, while meals are prepared by your camp staff and served at a long table in the thatched dining area.
3 Nights at Gomoti Tented Camp
Days 8 – 10 Okavango Delta
After breakfast you'll board a light aircraft which will fly you over the shimmering water world of the Okavango Delta. The Delta encompasses life at its most fertile: abundant water, sunlight and nutrients fuse to produce a wetland paradise teeming with life.
3 Nights at Xigera Camp
Xigera Camp is a luxury tented camp situated in the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp is found on the aptly-named Paradise Island, surrounded by year-round water and lush vegetation. You will stay in one of the nine beautifully furnished en-suite tented rooms offering views over a seasonal floodplain and small lagoon. Meals and drinks are enjoyed under the thatch of the raised lounge, pub and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel. A traditional boma offers alternative dining under the African stars. Wooden walkways wind through the forest connecting the rooms to the main area. There is a plunge pool for cooling off and relaxation. The wooden footbridge, a unique feature to Xigera, connects Xigera Island to the next one and is often used by Lion and Leopard moving between the islands allowing guests great viewing opportunities.
Enjoy a true Delta experience while you sit back in a mokoro (dugout canoe) and silently glide through the tranquil Okavango waterways or watch the sunset and birds gliding home to roost from a motorboat on the Xigera Lagoon. When water levels permit, game drives (usually September to May) allow the opportunity to observe wildlife and the unique Delta scenery from the comfort of a Land Rover.
Birding in the area is excellent, with Pel’s Fishing Owl, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, African Skimmers and a host of eagles, vultures, raptors and kingfishers to be found. The area has the highest density of the rare Sitatunga antelope found anywhere in the Delta.
Day 11: Maun, Botswana
You will take a light aircraft transfer to Maun Airport where you will continue your onward journey.