Best of Botswana and Zambia
8 nights/9 days, featuring Jacks Camp, Kanana, Linyanti Bush Camp and Tongabezi.
Including the Makgadikgadi, Okavango Delta, the Linyanti Marsh (Chobe) and Victoria Falls (Zambia).
Day One & Two
Arrive at Jacks Camp, pitched on a low grassland knoll amongst an oasis of dignified desert palms and Kalahari acacia in the Makgadikgadi, in the heart of the Kalahari Salt Pans. The camp’s hub is a romantic canvas pavilion of low spires and finials with a fluttering valance beneath its eaves and could be the site for a medieval jousting tourney were it not a deciduous green. Three poles support the main chamber where everyone meets for meals at a long communal dining table.
Ten green roomy and stylish canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers (for those who want to feel the Kalahari breeze on their skin) have been fashioned in classical 1940’s style creating an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of stark environments… A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in evolution and the origins and explanation of the Okavango Delta and Botswana’s big picture. It is a complete desert experience focusing on species unique to the area such as Gemsbok, Brown Hyena and Springbok, as well as geology, archaeology and anthropology of the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Pans. Activities can include: game drives; a morning with the Meerkat; Walks with Bushman trackers; night drives as well as searching for fossils.
Day Three & Four
After your morning activity (time permitting) you will take a flight to Kanana.
Kanana encompasses a necklace of islands on the Xudum River, in the more remote reaches of the Okavango delta. The hillocks of grass-covered islands formed by fertile eroded termite hills are dotted with fig, palm and other trees, providing shade and a lookout for predators to spot their prey on the floodplain. The camp is built among spectacular shade trees of ebony, knob thorn acacia and the sausage species. It is an exciting and beautiful area especially on the islands. Eight, spacious tents with en-suite facilities sit on raised decking and front onto the floodplain. The dining and sitting areas are also raised on decking and encircle a massive ancient fig tree, which is the focal point of the camp’s public area. This idyllic setting makes for exciting game walks – with an armed ranger, of course. This private concession also has some of the best areas in the Delta for exploring by mokoro (canoe), an ideal way to sample the varied bird life. Both these activities meet our clients’ demand for more physical activity on safari. During the summer months (Sept to Feb) a trip in the motor boat to the heronry is a must. Several hundred migrant water birds descend on this area to breed including the pink backed pelican and many storks and herons. Kanana offers the following activities: walking, mokoro rides, motor boat rides, fishing (seasonal) game drives, both by day and night. All meals, drinks, laundry and activities are included during your stay.
Day Five & Six
Linyanti Bush Camp – Linyanti
After breakfast is a morning transfer back to the airstrip to board the light aircraft and enjoy a scenic flight up to the Linyanti Marsh. You will be met at the Saile Airstrip by your guide and from there it is a game drive to camp.
The camp is situated on the banks of the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave. The marshes are the only water sources for kilometers and so have become the main draw-card for both water adapted wildlife and desert adapted species, vast birdlife species and the ability to do a diversity of activities. Linyanti Bush Camp is a small and intimate allowing for a personalized and exclusive experience in a private concession away from the main tourist routes. This also creates perfect atmosphere for an authentic and wild safari experience. The Camp’s location on a private reserve allows for off road game drives and night drives in addition to the usual game drives, game walk, fishing, and mokoro excursions and boating. (Please note that this is subject to water levels)The area is home to large populations of elephant and buffalo that congregate in vast numbers especially during the dry season. Lion, sable, roan, leopard, wild dog, and a number of the plains game are also common sights in this area. The rare and elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile can be found in the surrounding marshes. The Linyanti Swamps are one of the most attractive areas in the park as it is the only source of water in the dry months where a lot of the wildlife moves to, boasting a great diversity of game and a restful atmosphere.
Day Seven & Eight
Linyanti Bush Camp/Kasane/Tongabezi
After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your one hour flight to Kasane where you will be transferred by road to Tongabezi, Livingstone.
Tongabezi is a romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream of Victoria Falls. The friendly team welcomes guests to a selection of houses and cottages, each beautifully styled with furniture and embellishments from all over Africa. Guests can dine beside the river or on their private terrace. Privately owned and run, Tongabezi combines an exclusive ambience with the legendary warmth and hospitality of the people of Zambia. At Tongabezi all meals, selected drinks, laundry service & selected activities are included During your stay your will enjoy a range of activities including game drives in the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park, sunrise and sunset boat cruises on the Zambezi, canoeing excursions, guided walks on the Zambezi islands, fishing and a visit to Victoria Falls. Transfers into Livingstone are included where you can visit the curio markets, local villages and museum at your leisure. There are additional activities at extra cost which include: white water raftering, bungee jumping, micro light and helicopter rides over the Falls, elephant back rides and horse riding and golf at the Zimbabwean Elephant Hills golf course.
After breakfast and a morning activity (time permitting) you will transfer by road to Livingstone Airport for your onward flight.
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