13 Day Safaris and Explorations in Botswana, Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park from US$8,162.-pp

*Search for the “Big-5” in one of Africa’s least visited but exquisite Hwange National Park

*Sleep out on a deck under the stars in the wilderness

*Learn about local community during village visit in non-obtrusive manner

*Guided Tour of The Victoria Falls

*Mokoro Canoe Safaris

*Botswana Safaris in Savuti and the heart of the Okavango Delta

*Option for close-up elephant interaction

BEST TIME TO GO

July – October: high game concentrations around water sources, good visibility of game due to leafless woodlands, flood waters in Okavango make for good boating, cold nights and warm/dry days

April – June:  moderate climate

March and Dec; summer bird migrants are in breeding plumage, lots of babies, great light and green colors

Accommodation Destination Basis Room Type Duration
Ilala Lodge Hotel Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe B&B 1x Standard Room (s) 1 Night
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Hwange National Park FI 1x Chalet 3 Nights
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe B&B 2x Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms 2 Nights
Camp Savuti Savuti – Chobe National Park FB+ 1x Luxury Tent 3 Nights
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp Okavango Delta FB+ 1x Safari Tent 3 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
FI: Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Price: per person, double occupancy

US$8,162.- April and May 2020

US$9,062.- June 2020

US$9,920.- July and August 2020

US$9,344.- Sep and Oct 2020

Included:

Accommodation and meals as per package, intra Africa flights as per package, all transfers and National Park fees, safari activities as per package,

Victoria Falls: Guided Tour of Victoria Falls, Boma Dinner and Entertainment, Vulture Culture Experience,

Elephants Eye: Overnight on sleep out deck (your own room still avaialable as well), Painted Dog Conservation Project Visit, Community Visit, walking safaris in addition to standard safaris, soft drinks, beer, ciders, mixers and house wines

Stanleys Safari Lodge: mokoro canoe safaris in addition to standard safaris, soft drinks, local beer and house wines.

Excluded: International flight to Victoria Falls and from Johannesburg, visa, premium drinks where drinks are offered, optional tours, excess baggage;

Note: Journey starts in Victoria Falls and ends in Johannesburg. Journey can start any day, pending availability.

Day 1:           Ilala Lodge Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe       

Zimbabwe

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Victoria Falls and transfer to your hotel for rest and relaxation.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge Hotel         View iBrochure

Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located only 8 minutes away from the spectacular Victoria Falls. A family run hotel, Ilala Lodge has 73 stylish, well-appointed spacious rooms, that offer the ultimate in comfort and luxury. As we are the closest hotel to the beautiful Victoria Falls, the spray makes for a perfect backdrop during your stay.

Experience a culinary journey at the award-winning Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge Hotel. Centrally located only minutes away from the Victoria Falls, The Palm Restaurant offers a magnificent à la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can choose from an extensive list of South Africa’s finest wines, cocktails and artisan gins. We offer an unrivalled al-fresco dining experience under the starlit African sky, with the sound of the Falls in the background. The Palm Restaurant is an adventure for the appetite that is not to be missed.
 
Relive the historical journey embarked by David Livingstone exploring the mighty Zambezi River aboard the Ra-Ikane fleet. Named after his instrumental guide, the boats represent the grace of a bygone era honouring the rich history of Victoria Falls and its explorers, adventurers and heroes. The Ra-Ikane offers a variety of cruises, including breakfast, lunch and sunset, as well as private charters.

Standard Room (s)

26 twins, with 2 large three-quarter beds in each room. 
All rooms have en suite bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV hair dryer, safe and have individual coffee, free WiFi, room service and tea facilities. The rooms are spacious with railway teak furnishings.

All rooms look towards the Victoria Falls, and the National Park. There are often wild animals grazing on the lawn, and the windows and doors rattle from the force of the water from the mighty Victoria Falls. All rooms have either a private patio or their own seating area on the lawn, facing the Falls.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Terrain ranges from savannah lands to rocky outcrops, desert dunes and sparse forests, and visitors have the choice of game drives and guided walks as a means of experiencing the park and its creatures.

Day Itinerary

Drive through villages and scenic countryside on the way to Hwange National Park where you will be enjoying your first safari this afternoon.

Activities

Half-Day Concession Game Drive

Half-Day Concession Game Drive

Enjoy a half-day game drive on our private concession with our expertly trained guides and custom-made safari vehicles. The concession shares an unfenced border with Hwange National Park therefore allowing the animals to roam freely between the two areas.

Painted Dogs

Overnight: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange         View iBrochure

The best Zimbabwe has to offer: Elephant’s Eye, Hwange offers an unforgettable experience with the African wilderness.

The camp comprises of 8 tented chalets. Every chalet has a double or twin beds surrounded by mosquito netting, an en-suite bathroom with a bath and basin, a glam outside shower and wrap-around veranda. The Elephant’s Eye, Hwange lodge can host a maximum of 16 people at any given time and all meals and most drinks are included.

Activities at Elephant’s Eye include game viewing, a fully operational spa, guided educational walks, bird watching, night game drives with trained field guides; swimming or enjoying sundowners while relaxing near the pool are also pleasurable activities. Elephant’s Eye has a waterhole which offers unlimited opportunities to view game at close range.

Chalet

The lodge has 8 romantic tree-house style chalets that all face the waterhole. Each chalet has a private wrap-around veranda with a luxurious outside shower as well as lovely bath inside the open plan room (toilets are behind a closed door for privacy). Lodges all have tea and coffee stations, a fireplace, a fan, a mosquito net covered queen bed and an in-room safe for guests’ ultimate convenience. Guests can enjoy panorama-style vistas of the water-hole via floor-to-ceiling ‘windows’ perfect for game viewing from the comfort of their bed.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 3:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Activities

Full-Day Game Drive
Walking Safari
The Eye – Sleep Out Deck

Full-Day Game Drive

Experience a full-day game drive in Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Hwange National Park, with our expertly trained guides and custom-made safari vehicles. The park is known for its large elephant population, with herds numbering up to 350 elephants. It is also one of the best places in Africa to see the rare and endangered Painted Dogs. A delicious picnic lunch is included which is packed and prepared by the kitchen staff at the lodge.

Walking Safari

Take part in a 3-hour game walk with our pro-guide on our private concession that shares an unfenced border with Hwange National Park. A walk through the bush allows guests to experience it from a completely different perspective than in a game safari vehicle. Our pro-guide will be sure to point out many interesting things not always visible to the naked eye and will ensure that guests are completely safe.

The Eye – Sleep Out Deck

The Eye is a raised star bed about a 15-minute drive from the main lodge. The sleep-out deck, with its luxurious star bed, is right by a watering hole providing the opportunity to view a wide variety of animals coming and going, especially in the early morning. The deck is on 2 levels, with a bathroom underneath and a luxurious queen bed, covered with a mosquito net, up top providing the most amazing views of the waterhole and surrounding bush.

Guests are escorted at sunset to the deck for sundowners, before being left to enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding bushveld as the day turns to night. In the morning, guests are collected and taken back to the main lodge to enjoy a delicious breakfast.

There is no better spot to enjoy wildlife viewing and what better way to take it all in, than from the cozy comfort of an open-air bed.

Sleeping under the African Stars

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 4:           Elephant’s Eye, Hwange, Hwange National Park          

Day Itinerary

Another day of safaris by vehicle or on foot. You may also visit a local community or school nearby and find out about their daily lives. Or visit the Painted Dog Conservation Project.

Activities

Community Upliftment Experience
Painted Dog Conservation

Community Upliftment Experience

Complete with its charms, difficulties, and traditions, rural life in Zimbabwe is a world apart from living in a developed country.  Our Community Upliftment Experience, organized in collaboration with our Grow Africa Foundation, offers Elephant’s Eye guests the opportunity to learn about local traditions and experience the challenges these communities contend with on a daily basis. As part of the experience, participants visit the local school as well as some of the economic and upliftment enterprises that locals have established to combat these challenges and improve their living conditions. Take the opportunity to become part of conservation and economic upliftment by interacting with local residents in a natural and non-intrusive manner.  Travellers are presented with the chance to get involved with the Grow Africa Foundation projects. While difficulties are highlighted, the experience focuses on the positives and solutions

Painted Dog Conservation

PDC was originally established as Painted Dog Research in 1992 by Gregory Rasmussen. During the first two years the human-induced carnage from snares, shooting and road kills accounted for 95% of all dog mortalities. Early public presentations showed prejudice and ignorance and it was clear that unless this situation was addressed, the species could become extinct. The initial emphasis was thus to identify the critical issues and develop a pragmatic and holistic strategy that would make a substantial, lasting contribution to Painted Dogs, nature conservation and, very importantly, to the lives of the local people.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 5:           Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe            

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Return to Victoria Falls and take a guided tour of the magical Falls. Revel in traditional game dishes and drumming entertainment this evening.

Activities

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls
The Boma Restaurant

Optional

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls

Guided Tour of Victoria Falls

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and  take you on an unforgettable experience through the Victoria Falls rainforest, a journey that not only affords a view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World but provides a great deal of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark. Listen to magical tales of local legend while you enjoy the constant spray from the “The Smoke that Thunders”.

Your guide will also help ensure the best photographic opportunities of this breathtaking World Heritage Site.

The Boma Restaurant

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing in traditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts.

On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which the tantalizing aromas of local dishes and game meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the star-filled African sky.

Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, a range of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts.  Vegetarian options are also available, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach
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You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizing interactive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening.

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls

The “Flight of Angels” is an amazing journey over the 1700m vast curtain of water known locally as the “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and along the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park.  Passengers are treated to an unforgettable helicopter journey comprising of 4 circuits (2 on either side) offering unrivalled spectacular views, photographic, and filming opportunities and putting the full breadth and height of The Falls into glorious perspective within the surrounding environment.

Apprximate flight time is 12-13 minutes.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge   View iBrochure

Built on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is just 4km from the majestic Victoria Falls and offers a unique wildlife experience.
We’re proud to have been voted Best Safari Lodge/ Resort Hotel in Zimbabwe for 21 consecutive years and look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful destination. Our staff are warm and personable, and will ensure your holiday is hassle-free.

Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Our rooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observe herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu, as the sun goes down, and hyenas later in the evening.

Dining

Dining options include the a la carte MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the more casual Buffalo Bar and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.  The Boma Café, set in a tranquil garden setting and located close to the Lokuthula Lodges, offers breakfast and light meals until 4.30pm.

Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms

The Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms have a balcony with a view overlooking the waterhole and the Zambezi National Park and are sunset facing and have a bathroom with a rain shower and mini bar. Three of the Lodge Waterhole Facing Rooms can accommodate a roller bed for a child under 12 years of age. These rooms can be made up into a king or twin configuration.  All rooms are air-conditioned and also have ceiling fans.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 6:           Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe            

Activities

Vulture Culture Experience

Optional

Batoka Hike and Ndbele Village Tour
Victoria Falls Bridge Tour
Bungee Jumb in Victoria Falls
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Victoria Falls Bike Ridge

Vulture Culture Experience

All guests at the resort, as well as visitors to the Lodge are invited to enjoy this daily educational activity affectionately referred to as the ‘Vulture Culture’ experience.

This program is for guests at the resort, as well as visitors.  It focuses on the ecological importance of raptors and scavengers in order to maintain and to build an overall awareness of conservations issues these birds face.  By educating about the feeding habits and conservation of vultures, we are not only creating awareness of the conservations issues that faces these birds, but benefiting their living environment within the area.

The experience occurs daily at 1300hrs in front of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

The activity is great for photography and bird identification, and to date is thoroughly enjoyed by guests and visitors.

At 1245hrs, our resident guide gathers the guests sitting at the Buffalo Bar to join him to head to down to the feeding area.  Carcasses from The Boma dinner the previous night are thrown out to attract circling vultures.    This is an amazing experience as there is activity in the sky at 1245hrs and by 1300hrs – it is heaving with over 100 vultures and other birds of prey.

Batoka Hike and Ndbele Village Tour

A 40-minute drive through the countryside of Zimbabwe on off-road terrain will offer picturesque scenery on the way to the top of the Gorge.  After the safety and procedural briefing you will take the vertical descent to Rapid 23 and enjoy the hour long walk along the river to rapid 25. Swim and relax in the eddy before the arduous climb out. The hiking continues into an authentic beautiful Ndebele homestead where you will get a chance to interact with the local headman and his family while you have brunch under the thatched shade of their decorated mud huts. The graceful hosts are keen to show off their home, share their cultural way of life in relation to family, education, livestock, diet and anything you may find interesting.

Victoria Falls Bridge Tour

The Victoria Falls Bridge was built in 1905 using revolutionary engineering methods for its day. The Historic Bridge Tour is a journey through 100 years of Victorian engineering to the heart of Cecil John Rhodes’ vision of a Cape to Cairo railway.

The Tour includes a light hearted but informative talk on the history of the bridge, magnificent views of the rapids, rainbows and majesty of the Victoria Falls and Batoka Gorges on the walkways actually underneath the bridge and an opportunity to see a bungee jump up close.

The Historic Bridge Tour is a wonderful family experience full of theatre, facts and adventure set against the glorious backdrop of the Victoria Falls which can be enjoyed by all ages.

Bungee Jumb in Victoria Falls

The original and ultimate thrill! The location is unbeatable – in front of the largest curtain of falling water in the world, at a World Heritage Site, set against the backdrop of one of the Seven Natural Wonders in the World and above the raging torrents and misty gorges of the mighty Zambezi River. Then 5-4-3-2-1 Bungee into the spray and rainbows below! Four seconds of freefall and 111 metres of pure adrenalin! Victoria Falls Bungee is consistently voted as one of the top five adrenalin experiences on the planet. For Bungee Jump veterans, speak to your Jump Master and make it even wilder by doing an Ankle-Tied, Back Flip or a Star Elevator Jump.

Zambezi Sunset Cruise

The Zambezi Sunset Cruise is a wonderful outing when in Victoria Falls and suitable for the whole family.  It is an ideal way to end an eventful day in Victoria Falls, providing an opportunity to unwind and relax in the timeless environment while enjoying complimentary sundowner drinks and light snacks. The whole trip is a build up to the gracious glow of the African Sunset on this vast body of water. The guides and crew are a font of knowledge about the river wildlife and will entertain you with numerous tales about local culture and historical exploration.

Victoria Falls Bike Ride

Our Victoria Falls Cycle, showcases the sights and sounds of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the historic colonial Victoria Falls Hotel. Cycle the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, encounter Africa’s wildlife, enjoy stunning views of the rainbow-covered falls, and to top it all, ride onto the world famous Victoria Falls Bridge with unsurpassed views of the spectacular wonder. 9am – 2pm with 3 hour biking.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 7:           Camp Savuti, Savuti – Chobe National Park         

Botswana

Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With almost 40% of its land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas you can travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland. The first – and most lasting impressions – will be of vast expanses of uninhabited wilderness stretching from horizon to horizon, the sensation of limitless space, astoundingly rich wildlife and bird viewing, night skies littered with stars and heavenly bodies of an unimaginable brilliance, and stunning sunsets of unearthly beauty. Experience here the stunning beauty of the world’s largest intact inland Delta – the Okavango; the unimaginable vastness of the world’s second largest game reserve – the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; the isolation and other-worldliness of the Makgadikgadi – uninhabited pans the size of Portugal; and the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park. Botswana is the last stronghold for a number of endangered bird and mammal species, making your safari experience even more memorable, and at times you will feel simply surrounded by wild animals.

Savuti – Chobe National Park

In the heart of Botswana’s Chobe National Park lies a dynamic wilderness, a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the Savuti channel. It has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere. In 2008, the Savuti Channel, having been dry for many years, once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring Hippo and other aquatic life with a large variety of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it. How long will it be before the water dries up again? Judging from historical records it could be more than a hundred years or less than ten. Nature has the final say in such matters.

The dead Camelthorn trees on the Savuti Marsh have become one of the most prominent features of the landscape – skeletons of trees drowned in the flood-waters at least 40 years ago. Another part of the Savuti is characterised by the Gubatsa Hills, which were formed millions of years ago during volcanic movement. These hills rise to a height of about 90 meters out of an otherwise completely flat landscape.

The Savuti area offers great game viewing  with resident game consisiting on large prides of lion and the annual Zebra migration. Good sightings of Cheetah and Leopard are possible and the endangered Wild Dog also occurs here. Savuti is famous for its large concentrations of Elephants that congregate around the waterholes, making game-viewing exceptional.

Birdlife is also amazing, with Secretary Birds and Kori Bustards often seen around the Savuti Marsh. Summer migrants and water birds include Abdim’s Storks, Carmine Bee-eaters, Fish Eagles. Red-billed Queleas, which gather in their thousands, are a spectacular sight as they wheel and turn in unison.

Day Itinerary

This morning cross into Botswana and take a bush flight to Savuti. A safari awaits you this late afternoon.

Activities

Game drives

Game drives

Morning and evening game drives are conducted in open-top 4×4 vehicles bringing guests closer to the surroundings. The Savuti is famous for lion and elephant interactions and is known as one of the best places in Africa to view both of these species. Enjoy coffee stops in the mornings and scenic sundowners in the evenings, and don’t forget your camera!

Overnight: Camp Savuti      View iBrochure

Camp Savuti has become famous for its exceptional game viewing opportunities. In particular, it is famed for lions that hunt and prey on elephants, which are found in abundance in the area. Award-winning documentaries have been shot in the Savuti area, cementing its reputation as a prime wildlife destination.

Camp Savuti overlooks the dense Savuti marsh area and all 5 of the Meru-style tented rooms have elevated balconies taking advantage of these views. The large, spacious tents are located in such a way that they enjoy privacy and exclusivity. For the adventurous, there are outdoor showers where you can cleanse while enjoy the tranquillity of the African bush. Guests can enjoy a range of activities from game drives through the Chobe National Park and exploring the fringes of the channel and the marsh. The area is diverse and guests will delight in the superb game viewing on offer. From photography to bird watching and predator sightings, Camp Savuti is the authentic safari gem of the Chobe region

Luxury Tent

Camp Savuti is a small, intimate camp consisting of 5 Meru-style tents accommodating a maximum of 10 guests in comfort and style. The tents have been positioned to ensure privacy and a modest level of exclusivity throughout the camp. Each tent sits on a platform, with views over the Savuti Channel. The tents are large and spacious with ensuite facilities and views from the deck.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:           Camp Savuti, Savuti – Chobe National Park         

Activities

Game drives

Game drives

Morning and evening game drives are conducted in open-top 4×4 vehicles bringing guests closer to the surroundings. The Savuti is famous for lion and elephant interactions and is known as one of the best places in Africa to view both of these species. Enjoy coffee stops in the mornings and scenic sundowners in the evenings, and don’t forget your camera!

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 9:           Camp Savuti, Savuti – Chobe National Park         

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 10:        Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta        

Okavango Delta

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species. The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor; game viewing, birding and fishing are all on offer. One can experience this magical world of islands and waterways from land, air and water. Highlights include the elusive Sitatunga antelope which has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and many others provide a spectacular display.

Day Itinerary

Your early morning safari is followed by a bush flight with incredible birds-eye-views to reach the Okavango Delta. An evening safari rounds out this special day.

Activities

Game Drives

Game Drives

Game drives in this region are unique, as water crossings are part of the adventure, and watching zebra standing belly-deep in water, grazing, is a sight to see. Even giraffe will cross water up to their hocks. During higher water levels, game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions and traditional dug out canoes called Mokoros. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is set in a private concession which means we can also venture out at night on exciting game drives to see the many nocturnal animals that live here. The evening drive starts after sundowner cocktails, using a spotlight to identify nocturnal creatures including the ones that are easier to catch a glimpse of in the dark, like hyena and leopard. Tiny fireball eyes that seem to levitate through the air and reappear again in different trees are bush babies, just one of several different creatures to be found.

Overnight: Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp      View iBrochure

This classic tented safari camp sits amidst 260,000 acres of untamed African bush in a private concession in the renowned Okavango Delta, bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve. The main area, a large tented lounge and dining area affords magnificent views over the floodplain in front of the camp. Watch as big game march past; perhaps even catch a glimpse of the rare wild dog.

From the rim flow swimming pool, guests can watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. This is one of the best places in the world for seeing buffalo in large numbers, with herds often exceeding 2,000. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is also home of the unique elephant interaction activity in partnership with the Living with Elephants Foundation.

Safari Tent

Each of the ten canvas tents at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp are individually designed but all have a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers of the nineteenth century. Large wooden decks provide private areas for guests to relax in hammocks while enjoying your morning coffee or predinner cocktails. Each ensuite tent offers features an indoor shower and is also equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan and in-room safe. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in all of the rooms of the camp.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 11:        Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta        

Activities

Game Drives
Walking Safaris
Mokoro Excursions

Optional

Living with Elephants Interaction US$480 per person

Game Drives

Game drives in this region are unique, as water crossings are part of the adventure, and watching zebra standing belly-deep in water, grazing, is a sight to see. Even giraffe will cross water up to their hocks. During higher water levels, game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions and traditional dug out canoes called Mokoros. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is set in a private concession which means we can also venture out at night on exciting game drives to see the many nocturnal animals that live here. The evening drive starts after sundowner cocktails, using a spotlight to identify nocturnal creatures including the ones that are easier to catch a glimpse of in the dark, like hyena and leopard. Tiny fireball eyes that seem to levitate through the air and reappear again in different trees are bush babies, just one of several different creatures to be found.

Walking Safaris

Our professional guides will show you the bush on foot. This is a chance to see the Delta from a different perspective, one that is up close and personal with the surrounding environment. Walks allow you to read the news of the night in the smooth sand of the road. Lion, leopard, elephants, genets and even millipedes are all part of the signs, each with their story to tell. A walking safari is about seeing the small five and the various flora in the area.

Mokoro Excursions

The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, guests can experience serene silence at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow channels. Sit back and relax as you glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while seeing eye to eye with a buffalo as it laps water from the river, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks or cruise past a pod of hippos as they lie in a pool. Fish eagles, frogs and fabulous lilies form much of this experience, but more frequently it is the quietness and gentle pace that makes its impression.

Living with Elephants Interaction

An extraordinary treat available at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is the opportunity to go walking in the bush with two semi-habituated elephants. Jabu and Morula are elephants that were orphaned nearby and adopted by Doug and Sandi Groves. The elephants ‘take’ guests on long walks, foraging in the area in absolute safety. They show travellers how they look for food, strip leaves from branches with their long trunks and take showers in the lagoons of the delta. What better guide to the African bush than a fully-grown African elephant? This activity includes a leisurely paced walk with a duo of semi-habituated elephants, observing and interacting with them, and a picnic lunch in their company.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 12:        Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta        

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 13:        End of Itinerary  

Day Itinerary

Breath in the air of the African bush one more time this morning prior taking a bush and commercial flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Basis

Flight Information:

Bed and Breakfast

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
  Scheduled   Northern Botswana Airport   Camp Savuti      
  Scheduled   Camp Savuti   Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp      
  Scheduled   Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp   OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]      

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