11 days from £4090pp plus international flights.
This is your chance to enjoy the very best Botswana has to offer, not only in terms of wildlife and scenery, but also the best accommodation you could wish for.
Your adventure begins not in Botswana but in neighbouring Zimbabwe, where you'll witness the iconic Victoria Falls. What a way to begin your holiday! You'll have a whole day to experience the falls, taking your pick of the many activities on offer. Next you'll be whisked across the border to begin your wildlife safari. Chobe is known for its large herds of elephants, the lagoons of Linyanti are magnets for a range of wildlife, while the Okavango Delta is regarded as the jewel of Africa. You'll have ample time to experience them all, in the company of expert guides, for what will be the safari of a lifetime.
And we've selected accommodation to match! You'll be staying in a stylish Edwardian-era hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River just a stone's throw from Vic Falls, followed by your very own houseboat on the Chobe River, with crew at your beck and call. Next you'll sample life in two of our favourite camps, both with superb river-front settings, comfy lounges, plunge pools and fabulous food. This is the life!
After breakfast you'll be collected from the hotel for the private road journey to Kasane, the border with Botswana. Here you'll meet a guide from the Chobe Princess houseboat who'll transport you by one of the tenders to this lovely vessel. This is where you'll spend the next 2 nights. Enjoy the opulent accommodation and panoramic views as you sit back in the lounge or one of the decks. The crew (captain, chef and 3 guides) will look after you well, so make yourself at home. Tonight you'll be served a lavish dinner. Full board
A full day to enjoy all that Chobe has to offer. Accompanied by your professional guide you'll have the chance to take a boat safari in one of the tenders, watching for wildlife in and by the river. Hippo, elephant and buffalo are commonly sighted. This is a great area for bird watching and you'll be able to take special birding boat trips. Between activities you can unwind aboard Chobe Princess, enjoying the scenery and sampling fine food. Full board
If time allows you'll have a final foray in the Linyanti, followed by breakfast and a flight to the Kwara Private Reserve. On landing you'll be transferred to your next camp, Little Kwara*. The camp has an enchanting setting overlooking the permanent waters of the famous Okavango Delta. With just 5 tents the camp is well-named, and you'll soon settle in, relaxing in the lounge, sipping a drink from the bar and cooling off in the plunge pool. In the late afternoon you'll head off on a safari which culminates in a night drive, arriving back in time for dinner. *While Little Kwara is closed (2018-2019) you will stay at its sister camp, Splash, also in Kwara Reserve, whose 12 rooms are arranged around a water pan that attracts wildlife by day and night. Full board
It's an early start this morning, as you set off at dawn for your game viewing activity. This might be a 4x4 drive, a boat cruise or a sedate mokoro glide through the waterways. Keep your eyes and ears open for sights and sounds of nature. Your guide is on hand, with the benefit of his knowledge and experience, to make sure you have the best safari. Later there'll be time to enjoy lunch and have a rest before departing for your chosen afternoon activity. Full board
Another day in the Okavango Delta. You might want want to select a different activity, complimenting the previous day's game viewing and giving you a comprehensive understanding of the diverse scenery and wildlife of the delta. Game viewing varies from season to season but is always excellent here and you can expect to see a wide range of animals and birds. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture those not-to-be-forgotten encounters. This evening you'll gather with other guests to toast your safari and enjoy a lovely 3-course dinner. Full board
This morning you'll have a last safari activity (time permitting) and breakfast in camp. You'll then board the light aircraft bound for Maun where your holiday concludes. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £4090 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing, from: April £4090. May-June £5490. July-October £7245. 1-14 Nov £5525.
10 nights accommodation; breakfast at Victoria Falls Hotel; full board on the Pride of the Zambezi, at Lagoon Camp and at Little Kwara/Splash Camp; safari activities on the Pride of the Zambezi, at Lagoon Camp and Little Kwara Camp/Splash Camp; transfers as per the itinerary; light aircraft flights from Kasane to Lagoon Camp, from Lagoon Camp to Little Kwara/Splash Camp and from Little Kwara/Splash Camp to Maun
International flights and departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; lunch and dinner at Victoria Falls Hotel; premium imported wines, champagnes, spirits and liqueurs on Pride of the Zambezi, at Lagoon and Little Kwara Camps; activities at Victoria Falls; increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel surcharges
Getting there: This holiday starts in Victoria Falls and ends in Maun. Return international flights from the UK cost from around £2,200 per person, subject to season and availability. We are happy to arrange flights for you.
Riverside tented camp in northern Botswana offering land & water based game viewing.
A beautiful secluded and personal camp in a game rich area of the Okavango eco-system.
A small, welcoming camp set by a large pan in the private Kwara Reserve, offering land and water based activities year round.
4 luxury houseboats, the Zambezi Queen and 3 Chobe Princesses, with en-suite cabins and ample indoor and deck space for relaxation.
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Time: GMT +2hrs
Flight time: Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.
Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.
Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.