The Great Wilderness Journey
• Victoria Falls • Chobe National Park • Linyanti • Okavango Delta
The Great Wilderness Journey takes the time to explore Botswana's contrasts and extremes in prime areas where few people travel. Experience a nostalgic camping / lodge safari that recreates the sense of a game-viewing adventure reminiscent of the times of the great African explorers. Take time to experience 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 diverse and wildlife-rich Linyanti and Chobe River systems. Accommodation includes a combination of Wilderness Safaris camps and fully serviced camping, all in private concession areas.
Day 1: Victoria Falls After arrival in Livingstone you will be met by a representative and transferred directly for a guided tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 metres (5604 ft) wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops 103 metres (338 ft) into the basalt depths of the sheer Zambezi Gorge.
Overnight accommodation is at the Toka Leya Camp, situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the eastern sector of the Mosioa-Tunya National Park, some 12 kms(7.46 miles) up from the Victoria Falls. The camp consists of 12 safari-style tents, each en-suite with a view of the magnificent Zambezi River and some of its islands. The camp's dining and bar area is set beneath a shaded canopy of trees overlooking the River and a swimming pool.
Days 2 - 4: Chobe National Park & Linyanti Concession After a full breakfast depart Toka Leya and transfer by road to Livingstone Airport. On leaving Zambia, you will 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 birdlife.
You will then depart by light aircraft transfer to the private Linyanti Concession. After a short game drive arrive at 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, which reveal 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 roan and sable antelope, plains game and of course their predators, the lion and leopard - with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus.
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 both diverse and abundant.
Days 5 - 7: Santawani Concession, Okavango Delta Depart by light aircraft to Gomoti Tented Camp in the community-owned Santawani Concession of the Okavango Delta. The camp is nestled under large acacia trees in a diverse and game-rich area. Most of the concession is comprised of a mixed woodland habitat and open grasslands that are transformed into floodplains in years of plentiful water.
The main area includes a thatched dining room where guests will enjoy freshly prepared meals as well as a cosy lounge. The camp accommodates a maximum of eight guests in five spacious and comfortable canvas tents. Designed to recreate the style of the early explorers, the tents feature richly-coloured teak director chairs and comfortable interiors. Separate bedside tables with 12-volt reading lamps, wooden-framed wardrobes, comfortable twin beds and mirrors are provided. Each tent has a private en-suite toilet and shower.
Interpretive day and night drives and guided bush walks are led by experienced Explorations guides, where guests are likely to view a multitude of grazing animals in the fertile and grassy surrounds. Wildlife is plentiful with regular sightings of leopard, lion, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe and elephant. Guests can also choose to relax and take in the views from under the shade of their veranda. In the evenings, paraffin hurricane lanterns and a crackling campfire set the ambiance.
Days 8 -10: Jao Concession, Okavango Delta After breakfast transfer by light aircraft over the shimmering water-world of the Okavango Delta which represents life at its most fertile. Lush Jacana Camp is situated in a permanently flooded region of the private Jao Concession of the Okavango Delta. A true water camp, it represents the essence of the Delta, with year-round mokoro safaris as well as island bush walks and, water levels permitting, motorboat cruises. In fact, when the flood levels are at their peak you will be able to motorboat from the airstrip to the camp, a truly surreal arrival! On one of your full days, you will also enjoy game drives around the productive 'Jao Flats' region to the north of camp.
Jacana Camp is set in one of the wetland areas most densely populated with sitatunga and red lechwe. Wildlife concentrations depend on the water flow and volume, thus changing from season to season, but all the large animals can be found in the area including elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo. Pel's Fishing-Owl, Lesser Jacana, Western Banded Snake-Eagle and Coppery-tailed Coucal are just some of the birding highlights. Jacana Camp has 5 Meru-style tents. Each is on a wooden deck overlooking the floodplains and has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and shower. The bathroom is enclosed but roofless, allowing for showers by starlight. The camp has a plunge pool and the main dining area is on an elevated wooden deck between two magnificent sycamore fig trees and surrounded by dense wild date palms. Downstairs, there is an intimate pub and lounge with an area perfect for campfires under the stars.
Please note Xigera Camp may be substitued for Jacana Camp during any of the departures
Day 11: Okavango Delta > Maun Bid farewell to the adventure as you transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport.
• Small group tour • Personal meet & greet on arrival • 10 nights' in safari lodges, fixed safari camps and tented mobile camps in luxurious specially designed canvas tents • Transportation by charter flight and vehicles • Safari activities with expert guides and rangers • A reasonable amount of standard beverages including soft drinks, mineral water, fruit juice, house wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula while on safari • Refreshments on game drives • Tea & coffee • Laundry • National Park fees • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs Please enquire for 2017 departure dates
Please enquire for 2017 departure dates
Booking conditions Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of two guests travelling. Maximum of 8 guests per safari. Children over the age of 12 are welcome on this mobile safari. No Triples are accommodated.
Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of two guests travelling. Maximum of 8 guests per safari. Children over the age of 12 are welcome on this mobile safari. No Triples are accommodated.