Vic Falls to the Okavango Delta

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9 DAYS - 8 NIGHTS
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This trip is the perfect combination of game viewing and adventure. You’ll start with a VIP meet & greet as you step off the plane in Johannesburg and taken through a special line at customs. Overnight in Jo’berg then fly up to Victoria Falls where you’ll spend 2 nights exploring the area by boat and by foot. Next is a charter plane from Zambia into Botswana where you’ll clear customs before taking off again to fly over the Okavango Delta into Stanley’s Camp. You’ll have traditional game viewing by 4X4 along with floating silently through the reeds in your dug out canoe. Finishing off this trip and saving the best for last are 2 nights in the best game area of the country Chief’s Island. You’ll be spoiled by the chef’s at Cheif’s camp as you wine and dine during the evening and track the big 5 during the day. We’ll take you back to Johannesberg at the end of this incredible adventure through two of southern Africa’s most magical countries.

NOTE: Due to capacity constraints in Botswana, there is a 20% non-refundable booking fee. This booking fee is paid to the lodges directly to secure reservations. This will be paid upon confirmation of your booking.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Johannesburg international airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Accommodations
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Guide gratuity

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Day 1: Johannesburg

Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met inside the airport and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues.

Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice

The urban, contemporary and edgy Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch is the latest hot-spot in the trendy Melrose Arch Precinct, a unique city within a city, which boasts a new variety of trendy retail & leisure amenities. Following the success and conversations around its predecessor in Cape Town, this contemporary hotel guarantees to spice-up any visit to Jozi and is aimed at the traveller who enjoys being amidst the energetic urban vibe of the cool city life. The hotel is the choice amongst the “forever young” set and offers affordability and value for money mixed with a sense of unique style, unlike anything seen before in this market.

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Day 2: Johannesburg - Livingstone

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.

Take your flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone today. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.

Airport transfer with private vehicle.

Activities include a guided tour of Victoria Falls from the Zambian Side and a visit to the Semonga Village. You'll also have the opportunity to do a morning/evening gamedrive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where Zambia's only white rhino can be spotted, full range of game drives in the National Park using an open 4X4 vehicle driven by a professional guide. You'll also enjoy motorised boat Safaris Early morning or sunset river cruise, or try your hand at fishing on the great Zambezi River. You can choose two activities per day.

Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma

Sussi & Chuma is named after David Livingstone’s faithful companions and consist of an intimate lodge and two exclusive houses, both of which are situated to make the most of the amazing views that the sweeping Zambezi River provides.

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Day 3: Livingstone

Today you can enjoy two of the included activities offered by Sussi & Chuma (falls visit, game viewing, boat safari, village tour) or sign up for extra activities on location. You can sign up for spa treatments, tour the  Zimbabwean side of the falls, flights over the falls, white water rafting, elephant back safari or the Livingstone Island visit. These extras are not included in the hotel cost.

Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma

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Day 4: Livingstone - Kasane - Okavango

Transfer between Livingstone and Chobe lodges.

This short flight departs Kasane airport and travels to Okavango, Botswana.

To ensure a safe and comfortable ride, a representative from your lodge will meet you at the airstrip and provide you with a transfer to your camp.

The expert guides always on hand at Stanley's camp, will share a wealth of wildlife knowledge, take guests deep into the bush in specially modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives to find the secluded places where elephant families congregate in search of the tastiest fruits and berries. The game viewing opportunities at Stanley's Camp are awe-inspiring.

Following is a list of included activities; please note some activities are weather dependant:

Game Drives:  Game drives are not typical here, 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. Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is set in a private concession which means you 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:  Professional guides at Stanley's Camp 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 floras 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.

Accommodation: Stanley`s Camp

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp sits amidst 260,000 acres of untamed African bush in a private concession. Bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Stanley’s is a small luxury camp consisting of eight classic styled safari tents.  Each of the eight classic safari tents sits on raised wooden decking. Each unit offers en-suite facilities, a private deck and is equipped with a hairdryer and ceiling fan. There is also a swimming pool. Electricity, 220 volts, is supplied by a combination of silent packed generator and battery system allowing 24-hour power supply.

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Day 5: Okavango

The Okavango Delta is home to some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife on Earth. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. You'll have the opportunity to see animals up close when expert guides accompany you on your daily included activities. The area also boasts a diversity of landscape with desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps in close proximity – cheetah, crocodile and elephant can frequently be seen.

Accommodation: Stanley`s Camp

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Day 6: Okavango

Enjoy breakfast in the first light of day and head out to explore more of the fascinating Okavango Delta. Today, you might encounter impala and predators such as cheetah or the endangered wild dog. Return to the camp for lunch and perhaps a siesta, before heading out for an afternoon activity.

Accommodation: Stanley`s Camp

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Day 7: Okavango

A representative from your lodge will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip today.

This charter flight travels to the numerous airstrips of the Okavango region.

To ensure a safe and comfortable ride, a representative from your lodge will meet you at the airstrip and provide you with a transfer to your camp.

At Chief’s Camp you will have the opportunity to experience the following activities:

  • Game Drives- Expert guides are always on hand to share their wealth of wildlife knowledge as you explore the Delta in modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives. The game viewing opportunities at Sanctuary Chief's Camp are awe-inspiring.
  • Mokoro Excursions- Mokoros, local dugout canoes, offer a different perspective of the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide.. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle. As a change from a game drive, the quiet, gentle pace of a mokoro is a real introduction to a way of transport still used in the Delta by the 'river bushmen' or BaYei people.

Additional Activities available at an extra cost:

  • SCENIC FLIGHTS OVER THE DELTA- These scenic flights involve flying west towards the permanent delta, exposing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta.
  • TREATMENT ROOM- Sanctuary Chief's Camp offers a range of spa treatments including body therapies, body rituals and facial skin care treatments.

Accommodation: Chief`s Camp

Chief's Camp is nestled in the Chief's Island bush, in the Moremi Game Reserve. Its 12 luxury pavilions are admired for their spaciousness and clean, plush quality. At the same time, the camp adheres to an African authenticity in bush camping. Chefs use their talents to the fullest, concocting tasteful delights from local produce and succulent meats. Friendly and ready service add to this enjoyable experience. Take part in game drives, and observe the interactions between animals of different species. This region plays host to the most carefree and unhindered wildlife.

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Day 8: Okavango

Spa Treatments - Guests at Sanctuary Chief’s are able to enjoy a range of spa treatments. Treatments include products from the Africology line and guests are able to choose from a range of body therapies, body rituals and facial skin care treatments. Treatments may be booked at the camp reception with the camp manager, or with the therapist. A full consultation will be held before every treatment.

Helicopter over the Delta - Experiencing Botswana’s Okavango Delta by helicopter is an incredible and unrivalled experience, one in which a large variety of game as well as the region's stunning landscape can be easily viewed… Together with our preferred partner in Botswana, Mack Air, we now offer scenic helicopter flights over the Okavango Delta, allowing you to venture to parts of the Delta which are inaccessible by game vehicle providing an excellent opportunity to explore an array of truly unspoilt wildlife and scenery. The helicopter used provides incomparable comfort with air conditioning, leather seats and a large cabin, easily seating 6 passengers. Each passenger is provided with a David Clarke headset which allows guests to freely talk to each other as well as the pilot.
Accommodation: Chief`s Camp

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Day 9: Okavango - Maun - Johannesburg

A representative from your lodge will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip today.

Sit back and relax during this short hopper flight that departs the airstrip in Okavango and arrives at the airstrip in Maun.

Enjoy a direct flight today between Maun and Johannesburg. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 40 min. Flight scheduled to depart Maun at 2:50 pm and arrive into Johannesburg at 4:30 pm. Please Note: Flight times may vary

Accommodation: Depart

Depart from Johannesburg international airport - End of itinerary.

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