Botswana & Zambia: River Safari & Cruise

Luxury Small Group Journeys: The finest small-group travel experience


Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa

Arrive at your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Gather for a Chef’s Table welcome feast.

Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa   |   Meals: D
Day 2: Okavango Delta | Moremi Game Reserve

Fly to the Okavango Delta via Maun, and transfer to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in the Mombo Concession of the vast Moremi Game Reserve. Known as the “Predator Capital of the World” and home to the “Big Five,” the reserve offers Botswana’s most exciting game viewing with a lush delta that draws a remarkable concentration of wildlife. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer.

Sanctuary Chief's Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Days 3-4: Okavango Delta | Game Drives & the “Big Five”

Spend the next two days experiencing a variety of game viewing activities. Rise early for a game drive on the Okavango Delta, where game viewing is nothing short of magnificent with large concentrations of elephants, buffalos, red lechwes and impalas. Okavango is also home to lions, spotted hyenas and other predators. Experience a seasonal mokoro (dug-out canoe) ride and the close-up views of a water safari. Participate in a Chef’s Table, working side-by-side with the resident chef to prepare traditional African dishes.

Sanctuary Chief's Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: Cruising the Chobe River | Elephant Territory

This morning, fly to Kasane and transfer to the Chobe River to board ‘Zambezi Queen,’ your luxury houseboat for the next three nights. Glide down the Chobe, watching for elephants and other wildlife at the river’s edge. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by the resident chef.

'Zambezi Queen'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 6: Cruising the Chobe River | Chobe National Park

Discover the flora and fauna of this wildlife-rich area on a morning game drive through Chobe National Park. The Chobe plain boasts buffalo, leopards, lions, giraffes and hippos, as well as Africa’s highest concentration of elephants. Tonight, enjoy a dinner outdoors within a boma (enclosure), accompanied by music and dancing.

'Zambezi Queen'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 7: Cruising the Chobe River | Intimate Africa

Today, explore a traditional African village before riding in a mokoro (dugout canoe) to view wildlife up close and at ease. After lunch and time to unwind aboard ‘Zambezi Queen,’ set off for afternoon game viewing cruise on a small boat.

'Zambezi Queen'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 8: Livingstone | Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

After breakfast, disembark and take a short drive to Kasane’s airport, where you fly to Livingstone. Upon arrival, drive to your enchanting lodge on the riverbank of the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. Tonight, sleep in your luxury tree house bordering the river.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma   |   Meals: B L D
Day 9: Livingstone | Victoria Falls & Nakatindi Village

Join your guide for a morning walking tour of Victoria Falls. Later, choose from a 4x4 game drive or sunset river safari.

You may also tour lively Nakatindi Village, which is supported by A&K Philanthropy.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma   |   Meals: B L D
Day 10: South Luangwa National Park | Zambia’s Finest

Today fly to Mfuwe and transfer to your lodge, once the private retreat of Zambia’s former president. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy activities at your lodge, including night game drives.

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge   |   Meals: B L D
Days 11-12: South Luangwa National Park | Safari on Foot

Game viewing in the South Luangwa is considered to be some of the best in the world. Watch for leopards during the day as well as hyenas and bushbabies on night game drives, a unique offering available at your lodge. Set off on foot for a fascinating walking safari with a professional guide and armed park scout; follow animal tracks and gain insight into the fascinating signs of the bush.

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge   |   Meals: B L D
Day 13: Depart Johannesberg

After an early morning safari, fly to Johannesburg via Lusaka and connect with your homebound flight. Enjoy access to the Premier Lounge before boarding your flight.

Meals: B