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Botswana Safari in Style (2016)
Limited to 16 guests
Days: 10 | From: $12,045 (was $13,295)
Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet welcome dinner prepared with locally sourced ingredients. A professional photographer joins you to offer tips for the days ahead.
Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa | Meals: D
Days 2-3: Okavango Delta | Wetlands Wildlife
Fly to Maun where you are met by your A&K Resident Tour Director and transferred by light aircraft to your vast private concession in the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure with a choice of game viewing activities, such as a seasonal mokoro (dugout canoe) ride on the delta or a nighttime game-viewing drive, made possible on this private reserve. The next morning, after breakfast, continue with your choice of activities. Set off on a thrilling, guided game drive in a customized 4x4 vehicle or a bush walk in the company of an armed, expert guide. Be on the lookout for giraffes, hippos, lions and cheetahs.
Day 4: Okavango Delta | Predator Capital
Fly across the Okavango Delta to your next amazing safari camp, where you enjoy incredible game drives in or around the Moremi Game Reserve. Widely acknowledged as the “predator capital of the world,” this area offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa and is one of the best places in Botswana to see the country’s “Big Five” — the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo — drawn here from surrounding regions by the lush delta. Predators include cheetahs, spotted hyenas and, at the very top of the food chain, large resident prides of lions. White and black rhinos are also found here. This afternoon, take advantage of game viewing activities led by experienced driverguides or enjoy the vistas from your own private viewing deck.
Day 5: Okavango Delta | Remarkable Game Drives
Depart for more spectacular early morning game-drive activity. Beyond predators, the Okavango Delta draws large concentrations of elephants, buffalo, red lechwes, giraffes and impalas. Enjoy a seasonal mokoro ride for a rare safari opportunity across deceptively quiet marshlands alive with crocodiles, bathing hippos, birds and tiny red reed frogs. If you opt for an afternoon game drive, listen for roaring lions on the hunt or spy nocturnal animals as they start out for the night. After a full day of game viewing, return to your camp to relax, dine and enjoy its facilities.
Days 6-7: Chobe National Park | Magnificent Watering Hole
After breakfast, fly northeast to Chobe National Park, soaring over forests, floodplains and marshlands en route. Bounding impalas and purposeful elephants — with a staggering concentration of some 120,000 in the park — may pass before your outdoor patio. On your second day here, set out on a game drive at sunrise to catch the animals at the start of their day, when they are hungry and hence most active. You may see hippos, crocodiles, leopards and even a colony of carmine bee-eaters. Later, embark on a Chobe River safari cruise aboard a double-decker boat and watch for crocodiles, hippos and elephants that come down to drink and play in the water. The park’s beautiful wetlands also lure a wealth of bird life to the region and you may glimpse any of the 460 species that either live here or migrate through, including raptors, vultures and waterfowl. When you return to camp each night, revel in the comforts of your luxury accommodations, enjoy a freshly prepared meal and share stories of your day with fellow guests. Take time to gaze up at the multitude of sparkling stars that blanket the African sky, and then drift to sleep, serenaded by the sounds of the grasslands’ wild residents bedding down to rest or returning to their nightly activities.
Day 8: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | The Smoke that Thunders
This morning, drive to Zimbabwe to visit awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. The incredible falls extend more than a mile across and plummet 354 feet to cast up the mist that inspired their original name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders). Afterward, take traditional high tea with snacks at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel and join a historical walk through its storied halls. Built in 1904, and expanded and refurbished several times in the ensuing century, the hotel still exhibits the charm of the colonial era. Continue to Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma in Zambia, where you stay in a luxury tree house, built into the riverside canopy. At twilight, take a sundowner cruise, sipping cocktails and gazing out across a verdant and teeming vista set against the boundless African sky.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D
Day 9: Livingstone, Zambia | Nakatindi Village Visit
Begin the day with a guided walking tour of Victoria Falls from the Zambian side. Get a closer view of the mighty Zambezi River, as it cascades over the edge of an impressive 1.2-mile-wide basalt lip. Afterward, peruse local crafts and excellent wood carvings on a Market Visit. Later, enjoy a Chef’s Table experience, as you prepare traditional fare alongside the resident chef.
You may also visit Nakatindi Village and provide support for the community’s school and clinic, two projects assisted by A&K Philanthropy.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D
Day 10: Depart Johannesburg
Fly to Johannesburg for your flight home. Relax in the Premier Lounge, compliments of A&K, before your departure.
Complimentary Safari Duffel for 2016 | Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more »
Take This Journey Private | This itinerary is also available as an independent journey, Signature Botswana, with A&K local guides.
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