Enjoy ten incredible days on our Botswana & Victoria Falls Adventure, including quad biking on one of the world’s largest salt pans in Makgadikgadi.
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This LuxVenture® experience offers a raw African adventure in the heart of Southern Africa. You’ll enjoy ten days of incredible adventure including quad biking on one of the world’s largest salt pans in Makgadikgadi, spending a morning on foot in the midst of meerkats, gliding through the private Khwai concession in the Okavango Delta on a mokoro (canoe safari), witnessing the largest herd of elephants in the world in Chobe National Park and visiting the mighty Victoria Falls. Your journey through Botswana and Victoria Falls will also take you on exciting night drives, possible sleepouts in the pans for the daring, and give you an excellent chance of encountering rare wild dogs, elephants, zebras, lions and hippos.
After arriving in Maun, a 50-minute charter flight will take you to Camp Kalahari in Makgadikgadi National Park, where your African adventure will begin. Set amongst the waving palms and acacia trees of Brown Hyaena Island, Camp Kalahari is the ideal base for discovering the charms of the desert and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, a landscape that’s inescapably mesmerising. Camp Kalahari is one of only three camps in a one million-acre private wildlife reserve, with just eleven, Meru-style tents set amongst the palms.
After a delicious breakfast, served family-style at the long table, the activities begin. On offer are quad biking safaris across the pans and intimate interactions with a meerkat family. After a blissful lunch on the pans, you’ll have time to relax at the camp. There’s a thatched swimming pool, providing the perfect place for a refreshing dip on a hot afternoon, which also happens to be a popular spot for passing elephants to have a drink. And between January and April, 50,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate through the area. For those who wish, the day can come to an end with a sleepout on the pans.
On your second full day at Camp Kalahari it’s time to venture out into the vast and surreal salt pans. A horse safari provides an exhilarating feeling of freedom as you canter through this desolate yet arresting landscape, while game drives will take you closer to encounters with the fascinating wildlife of the area. A lunch under shade on the pans is followed by leisure time at camp, more time at leisure and dinner around the fire.
Day four sees you head off on a 70-minute flight to your second destination, Sable Alley in the Khwai Private Concession, and into the extraordinary wilderness area of the Okavango Delta. Located on the banks of a lily-covered lagoon, home to hippo, elephant, and buffalo, Sable Alley is a magnet for big game. The 600-square foot tents are stylish and enormous, and come with indoor and outdoor showers. Soak up uninterrupted views of the wildlife-rich lagoon, or take a seat on the veranda for world-class game viewing without leaving camp. The communal area offers guests a chance to relax with a Gin & Tonic in the lounge, around the outdoor firepit, in the swimming pool, or on the deck.
Your first morning in the Okavango Delta offers you an enthralling choice of activities. You can track wild dogs, Africa’s most successful hunters, enjoy the serenity of a mokoro ride or boat cruise while marvelling at wildlife, or go on a 4×4 game drive in search of the Big 5. Lunch will follow, as will sunset drinks, and after dinner there’s a night drive to search for animals who prefer to prowl under the cover of the night.
A 45-minute flight from Sable Alley sees you land in Kasane, the gateway to the iconic Chobe National Park, home to more elephants than anywhere else on earth. You’ll spend two nights here at the boutique Ngoma Safari Lodge. The views alone at the lodge are worth coming for, a complete panorama of the game-heavy Chobe River and its floodplain. The lodge has just eight luxurious private suites, each with their own private plunge pool, so you’re guaranteed to enjoy a feeling of exclusivity. After a superb dinner with views over a floodlit waterhole frequented by elephants, zebra, and antelope, you can explore the area in search of the abundant local wildlife on a night drive.
Another delicious breakfast sets you up for a busy day. The first activity is one of Africa’s bucketlist experiences, a cruise on the Chobe River. In the dry season, thousands of elephants descend on the river and cross it using their trunks as snorkels. The wildlife sightings on the banks of the abundant Chobe River are like nowhere else in Africa. Next up is a full-day game drive in the Chobe National Park where big cats such as lions and leopards are often seen. Finally, if guides are available, a walking safari can be arranged to learn more about the smaller aspects of the African wilderness and encounter wildlife on foot.
Day eight sees you depart for your final destination of your incredible journey that will end with a bang at Victoria Falls. You’ll be transferred to the Kazungula Border where you’ll meet a Ker & Downey® Africa representative for transfer to Victoria Falls Hotel. One of the world’s classic five-star hotels, Victoria Falls Hotel enjoys a prime location overlooking the largest waterfall in the world. The Edwardian-style hotel, built in 1904, oozes colonial decadence and grand luxury. The hotel is renowned for impeccable service, luxurious accommodation and exceptional facilities. It’s this level of service, coupled with the incredible location, that has been the foundation for the hotel’s century-long success. After settling in it’s time to explore the Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world that has a width of over a mile.
Your second day at Victoria Falls you are free to spend your day at leisure or to do a village walk where you’ll visit an authentic mud-hut village, meet the local people and experience the authentic traditional culture. Victoria Falls is known as the Adventure Capital of Africa and one of its many thrilling activities is a helicopter flight over the falls, a stunning sight and one of Africa’s most memorable experiences.
End your Ker & Downey experience with an effortless check out of Victoria Falls Hotel before being driven to the Victoria Falls International Airport for your onward journey home.
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