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Great Wilderness Journey, Botswana - 2018

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Location:

Livingstone, Zambia

Starting Price:

$10,974

Number of Days:

11

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Explore Botswana’s contrasting landscapes and fascinating wildlife.

Take the time to explore Botswana's contrasts in scenic areas on a game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the days of the great African explorers. On this great journey, you’ll encounter the world-famous Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River and explore Botswana's scenic northern areas: from the blue-green wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Chobe River systems renowned for their predators and large concentrations of game.

Highlights:

  • Exclusive access to the wilderness areas of the Okavango Delta, Linyanti and Victoria Falls.
  • Deluxe camping in two prime areas ensures holistic guiding and detailed insights into habitats and wildlife in the area.
  • Exceptionally diverse range of activities and transfers between locations: walks, day and night wildlife viewing – both water- and land-based.

Experience a nostalgic, turn-of-the-century camping / lodge safari operated by highly respected Wilderness Safaris that recreates the sense of a pure game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the times of the great African explorers. A time when explorers and adventurers made their way leisurely across the dusty paths of Africa, allowing the great continent to seep into their souls. Wildernesses guided exploration safaris takes time to experience and explore Botswana’s lushly vegetated wetlands of the Okavango Delta.


Minimum number of participants: 2        Maximum: 7

2018 Departures:

May 2; June 2; July 17; August 7; September 24; October 18

Itinerary Details

Livingstone, Zambia

Day 1  Livingstone, Zambia   D 
After arrival in Livingstone you will be met and transferred directly for a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 meters (5604 ft.) wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops 103 meters (338 ft.) into the basalt depths of the sheer Zambezi Gorge. We then take a road transfer to Toka Leya Camp, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where we spend the night. 
Toka Leya Camp

Days 2 – 4  Chobe River Boat Cruise - Chobe National Park   B L D 
After a full breakfast we leave Toka Leya and transfer by road to Livingstone Airport. On leaving Zambia, we fly 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 bird life. 

We then depart by light aircraft transfer to the private Linyanti Concession. After a short game drive we arrive at our private Discoverer camp, which is elegantly set up under African ebony and knobthorn trees overlooking panoramic vistas of the Linyanti Swamps. 

To complete the experience, it is possible to enjoy a full-day excursion to the Savute Channel, with lunch at a scenic setting. This spectacular day gives guests a real 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. This channel, now flowing for the first time in three decades has resulted in water reaching into the heart of Chobe National Park through the Linyanti Reserve...and game viewing is as a result both diverse and abundant.  Linyanti Tented Camp 

Days 5 – 7  Okavango Delta   B L D 
Depart by light aircraft to Gomoti , located in the center of the private, 6,000-hectare Santawani Concession in the southeast corner of the Okavango Delta.  The camp is nestled under large acacia trees in a diverse, game-rich area. Most of the concession area comprises a mixed woodland habitat that gives way to open grasslands, which can transform into floodplains in years of plentiful water.

Activities focus around day and night game drives and game walks. The alluvial sands in these areas are very fertile, resulting in good grass growth, which attracts a multitude of grazing animal species. Wildlife is plentiful, and includes leopard, lion, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, elephant, and masses of general game. Gomoti Tented Camp

Days 8 – 10  Okavango Delta   B L D 
After breakfast we fly by light aircraft over the shimmering water-world of the Okavango Delta which represents life at its most fertile. Fly to Xigera Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve / Okavango Delta. Both camps offer the true Delta experience and are set on lush islands where permanent water all year round allows one to enjoy this true water wonderland. Xigera Camp

Day 11  Transfer to Maun Airport   B
Bid farewell to the adventure as we transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport for your onward arrangements.   

Price include: 
• Accommodation as detailed
• Experienced guide for duration of the safari
• All meals as noted (B-bkfst, L-lunch, D-dinner)
• A reasonable amount of soft drinks
• House wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula
• National Park fees
• Laundry
• Road transfers
• Scheduled activities
• All internal air transfers as detailed

Price exclude: 
• Flights to/from the safari and related taxes
• Visas 
• Travel insurance
• All relevant entry and departure Government taxes 
• Gratuities 
• All personal purchases (including curios, premium drinks, telephone calls, etc.) 
• Optional extra activities 
• Pre and post safari arrangements
• Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control

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Package Attributes

Accommodation:

Hotel/Lodge, Tents

African Country:

Botswana, Zambia

African Region:

Southern Africa

Travel Period:

May, June, September, October, November

Travel Style:

Escorted Travel

Trip Duration:

7 - 14 Days

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