Paddle the placid waterways of the Okavango Delta, spot Africa’s big cats across the desert plains of the Kalahari & marvel at the sheer size of Victoria Falls
Day 1-4: Sindabezi Island, Livingstone, Zambia
Upon arriving into Livingstone Airport guests will be met by a representative of Bushtracks Africa and directly transferred to their accommodation on Sindabezi Island, the Sindabezi Island Camp (only 40 minutes from the airport).
Activities on offer include: arguably the best white-water rafting in the world, a 110m bungee jump suspended in front of the vast falls, unforgettable elephant-back safaris and a tranquil sunset cruise in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park for our less adrenaline-fueled clients. At the lodge you can also enjoy a boat ride to a nearby deserted island for a picnic lunch, sunset and sunrise boat cruises on the Zambezi River, guided canoeing to explore the park’s waterways, guided walks to the Victoria Falls and fishing on the Zambezi River
Info: Sindabezi Island & Victoria Falls
Sindabezi Island is a unique and idyllic camp situated on a very private island on the Zambezi River. It is the only luxury camp in the Victoria Falls region with views across the floodplains of the Zambezi and into the nearby National Park where game such as elephant, impala and wildebeest gather on the banks of the river. Having only five open-sided thatched cottages, its seclusion offers guests a unique experience of the African bush, allowing you to take in the sights and sounds of the wildlife at your own pace, whether sitting on the verandah enjoying the sunset, or recovering from a day’s white-water rafting below the falls. Wooden walkways and traditional hurricane lamps add to this magical experience.
Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World due to its enormity, 2km in width and 108m in height, saddles the Zambian-Zimbabwean border, being viewable from both sides. A series of wooden walkways allow you to peer over the edge into the mist below and allow you to explore every facet of the diverse Falls.
Day 4-7: Linyanti Ebony Camp, Linyanti, Botswana
Guests will be picked up and privately transferred to Kasane Airport by Bushtracks Africa, from where guests will arrive, after a short flight, at the Saile Airstrip. From there, a private transfer will take guests to their accommodation in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, the Linyanti Ebony Camp (transfer time varies depending on time of year: 1 hour from April to November and 2.30 hours from December to March, including a picnic lunch).
Activities include game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, walking excursions with an armed, professional guide, boating and fishing in the recently replenished water filled lagoons and mokoro canoeing excursions (subject to water levels).
Info: Linyanti Ebony Camp & Linyanti
Linyanti Ebony provides the perfect accommodation to enjoy the Linyanti experience to the utmost. The small intimate luxury camp has only 4 tents, accommodating up to 8 persons, (3 twin bedded tents and 1 luxury family room), which are all spacious and offer a bedroom and living area, an elegant bathroom, with flushing toilet, shower with hot and cold running water and a sitting area at the front where guests can sit and enjoy the views over the Linyanti Marsh. The main dining area and lounge also have a splash pool.
The Linyanti area lies to the north-east of the Okavango Delta were the Kwando and Linyanti rivers meet at right angles, forming a protected, triangular swamp. The area’s remoteness and spectacular wildlife make it a world-renowned safari destination. It is famous for its enormous herds of elephant and buffalo, which move down to the Linyanti area at the start of the winter months and only move back inland once the summer rains arrive in November. The Linyanti is also known as one of the prominent wild-dog areas in Africa and also boasts a wide variety of big and small cats, as well as a rich variety of birdlife.
Day 7-10: Kwara Camp, The Okavango Delta, Botswana
Transfer back to the Saile Airstrip, from where guests will fly to the Kwara Airstrip in the Okavango Delta and spend two nights in the luxury of the Kwara Camp in the bush.
During your stay you can enjoy a diverse range of activities including mokoro trips, guided walks with armed guides and motor boating trips through the waterways. In addition, day and night game drives allow guests to enjoy the Delta’s spectacular scenery and wildlife, with its’ scattered herds of plains’ game and ever-attendant predators.
Info: Kwara Camp & The Okovango Delta
Kwara Camp is situated on a private concession, in an area which offers a combination of permanent water, seasonal floodplains, seasonal pans and open grasslands, as well as extensive dry bush and scrub, creating a fascinating game-viewing destination throughout the year. The eight luxury safari-style tents are built on raised decks within a grove of huge and ancient African Ebony trees. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with the luxury of a bath and indoor/outdoor shower and a private deck with views across the floodplain. There is a lounge, bar and dining area in the central lodge as well as a plunge pool and gift shop. Evenings can be enjoyed around the fire, or in the serenity of privacy on guests’ private decks.
The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland deltas situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world – the Kalahari basin. This oasis in the middle of the desert is a rich, yet fragile, ecosystem, providing a life-source for an incredible variety of wildlife. A wealth of species have adapted to the contrasting conditions created by the annual transformation of the desert into a water-rich delta with the arrival of the flood waters from Angola.
Day 10-13: Nxai Pan Camp, Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
Guests will be privately transferred back to the Kwara Airstrip, from where they will fly to the Nxai Pan Airstrip in the heart of the Nxai Pan National Park. From here they will be transferred (30 minutes) to the Nxai Pan Camp, where they will spend 3 nights enjoying the game and beauty of the Kalahari Desert.
Activities over the next few days include game drives in 4×4 vehicles, walking and historical visits to Baines’ Baobab and the Pandamatenga Cattle Trail.
Info: Nxai Pan Camp & Nxai Pan
Nxai Pan camp is situated in the tree line and consists of 8 purpose-built, luxury desert rooms. The main area consists of a dining area, lounge and viewing deck, as well as a swimming pool and library all facing out towards the plains of the Kalahair, giving it a lovely, open, close-to-nature feel.
Consisting of a series of grass-covered fossil pans dotted with islands of umbrella acacia, the Nxai Pan supports a dense variety of game and birdlife. This is one of the few places that springbok and impala cohabit. In the drier months, the desert landscape is dry and harsh and game viewing is excellent, as lion, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, zebra, giraffe, kudu, hartebeest, bat-eared fox, jackal, wild-dog and elephant all gather at the water-holes, dotted around the area. After the rains come, vast herds of zebra, wildebeest and elephant provide for an exceptional safari experience.