Experience the absolute cream of the crop of what Botswana has to offer in terms of wilderness and wildlife.
Guests are met and welcomed at any location of their choice in Johannesburg or Pretoria and transferred to the airport for a flight to Livingstone, where they will be met on arrival. Some time is then devoted to viewing the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The falls are 1.7 km wide and 108m high and located where the mighty Zambezi River plummets into a chasm of churning water and mists, creating a very impressive natural display. Your Highlights of Botswana safari truly begins when you arrive at Chobe National Park.
The Chobe River flows along the northeastern border of the park and is a favorite watering 'hole' for large herds of elephant, buffalo and other mammal species during the dry season. The area is characterized by lush plains and dense teak forest. Elephants are often spotted swimming from island to island in search of good grazing. The day is devoted to two game activities alternating between land- and water-based safaris. The presence of an experienced ranger and tracker will enable you to explore the wonders of this wilderness area and enable you to gain some insight into the habits and behavior of the animal species. The Chobe National Park is one of Botswana's most popular safari areas.
In addition to sightings of the larger mammals, your ranger on the morning game drive will provide some insight into the tracks and signs left by the smaller animals as they go about their daily lives in this untouched corner of Africa. An afternoon sunset cruise on the Chobe River offers a unique vantage point from which to view the herds of antelope and elephant as they approach the water's edge for a late afternoon drink, their senses always primed to detect predators that might be lurking in the vegetation along the riverbank.
A last morning game drive in the northeastern corner of the Chobe National Park is followed by breakfast, after which guests are transferred to Kasane for a short charter flight to the Savute section of Chobe. The Savute Marsh is a relic of a large inland lake that dried up millions of years ago when its water supply was cut off by tectonic movements. The region is characterized by rolling savanna grassland. Large herds of wildebeest, zebra, impala and other plains game pass through the area and attract great numbers of predators. An open 4x4 safari is conducted in the afternoon, accompanied by your experienced ranger and tracker.
Savute is the only area in Africa where lions prey on mature elephant. This rare phenomenon has been captured on film by world-renowned wildlife photographers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The possibility of sighting a pride of lion feeding on an elephant will add to the excitement of a day devoted to exploring one of Africa's most remote wilderness areas.
A last morning safari in Savute is followed by a transfer to a local airstrip from where guests fly to the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta offers visitors the opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with the wilderness during their stay. From meeting water-dwellers like hippos and crocodiles up close in a mokoro to following the spoor of a herd on foot, the lodge’s experienced team of rangers and trackers will ensure that you do not leave disappointed.
The day is spent enjoying safari activities like motorized boat rides and bush walks. The opportunities to view game and the delta’s astonishing bird life are unsurpassed. The professional rangers are experts in their field and their knowledge and insight into the habits and behavior of the different species are sure to add to the wonder of your Botswana safari experience. The Okavango, hunted by the Bushmen since as many as 10 000 years ago, may be described as one of the most beautiful and unique of all of Africa's wildlife refuges. It supports the greatest diversity of animals of all Botswana's national parks and it is the only place in the world where the waters of a great river vanish into the sands of a harsh landscape, creating a wild oasis.
The day is devoted to bush walks and mokoro rides on the waterways of the Okavango. All game activities focus on interpretive viewing of the abundance of mammal and bird species which call this labyrinth of channels and islands home, from the majestic Big Five to the elusive puku. The secrets of this wilderness unfold in the company of your experienced guide. Gliding silently in a pole-propelled mokoro close to the dense reed beds lining the waterways with the sounds of Africa in your ears - this is an experience sure to be remembered for a lifetime.
Your luxury Highlights of Botswana Safari ends with a last morning game activity followed by breakfast. Guests will then be transferred to the airstrip for a charter flight to Maun and from there a flight to Johannesburg. You will be met upon arrival at O R Tambo International Airport and transferred to any location of your choice in either Johannesburg or Pretoria, or assisted with checking in to an onward connecting flight.
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