Zambezi Island & Botswana Safari

Our Zambezi Island & Botswana Safari takes you into Botswana’s most secluded wildlife regions before ending off on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.

 

Duration

10 Days

When

Jun – Oct

Price from

Price on request

Trip Highlights

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Fishing
helicopter safari
Helicopter flight
canoe-mokoro-safari
Mokoro safaris
game drives (1)
Game drives

About this trip

This Luxventure® takes travelers into Botswana’s finest and most secluded wildlife regions – the Moremi Game Reserve and Selinda Reserve, and ends off on a high note on the Zambian side of the incredible Victoria Falls. You’ll kickstart your journey in Moremi Game Reserve where you will track endangered wild dogs and be in the presence of Africa’s greatest predators. You will challenge your fears by leaving the comfort of your private game vehicle and embarking on a walking safari in the Selinda Reserve with expert guides at your side. Your journey will end in Victoria Falls where you will experience the majestic roar of the powerful Zambezi River from your lodge set on an island only accessible by boat. Expect tiger fishing and white water rafting on the Zambezi River, helicopter flights over the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls, and the general sense of adventure that is the trademark of this incomparable ten-day trip.

Your day-to-day- breakdown of this trip

Day one

charter plane

Arrive Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Check-in Chiefs’s Camp

After arriving in Maun you’ll catch a charter flight to Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve. Located on the famous Chief’s Island, this iconic lodge is consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure. Your home for the next three nights has 12 secluded luxury bush pavilions that ensure wonderful privacy, each with a thatched roof, a spacious seating area, indoor and outdoor showers, a private game-viewing deck and a plunge pool from which you can enjoy sundowners while scoping out the passing wildlife.

Where you’ll stay: Chief’s Camp

Located on the famous Chief’s Island, Chief’s Camp features 12 secluded luxury bush pavilions that ensure wonderful privacy, each with a thatched roof, a spacious seating area, indoor and outdoor showers, a private game-viewing deck and a plunge pool.

Experiences:

Take your first game drive of your trip in the secluded, yet wildlife-rich Selinda Reserve. Spend 3 hours tracking wildlfe and stop for a sunset drink before heading back to camp for dinner.

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Day two

game drives (1)

Moremi Game Reserve

Game drive in the Okavango Delta

Your first morning in Botswana will start with an early wake-up call for your three-hour game drive. Before departing with your expert guide you’ll be able to tuck into a full English breakfast. Then your Delta adventure properly kicks off. Moremi is celebrated for its big cats and wild dogs and that’s exactly what you’ll be tracking down across the reserve. After a morning coffee on the vast plains of the Okavango Delta, you’ll head back to the lodge for an early lunch on the main deck under the trees. After lunch you have time to relax before you set out on your mokoro safari. Skilled guides will lead you through the tranquil waterways of the Okavango with the chance of encountering elephants, hippos and crocodiles.

Follow that up with an evening game drive with gin and tonics and canapes for sundowners. You end the day with pre-dinner drinks around the boma at the lodge and dinner under the stars.

Where you’ll stay: Chief’s Camp

Located on the famous Chief’s Island, Chief’s Camp features 12 secluded luxury bush pavilions that ensure wonderful privacy, each with a thatched roof, a spacious seating area, indoor and outdoor showers, a private game-viewing deck and a plunge pool.

Experiences:

Wake up and discover the ‘predator capital of Africa’, Moremi Game Reserve on a guided game drive. In the afternoon, a mokoro safari will take you on a tranquil glide along the waterways and spot a plethora of birds, hippo and elephant.

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Day three

helicopter safari

Moremi Game Reserve

Scenic helicopter flight over the Delta

Your second full day at Chief’s Camp once again starts with a strong brew and a hearty breakfast before you set off for your morning game drive. On returning to camp you can decide to spend your day at leisure at the swimming pool or indulge in Chief’s Camp’s famous wood-fired pizzas. Adventure is not over just yet. Prepare to take to the sky on a scenic helicopter flight over the Delta to end off your last day in Moremi Game Reserve. This once-in-a-lifetime experience grants you access to areas unreachable by vehicle or boat and the unobstructed views allow for breathtaking photographic opportunities. In the evening you can enjoy a private dinner on your terrace.

Where you’ll stay: Chief’s Camp

Located on the famous Chief’s Island, Chief’s Camp features 12 secluded luxury bush pavilions that ensure wonderful privacy, each with a thatched roof, a spacious seating area, indoor and outdoor showers, a private game-viewing deck and a plunge pool.

Experiences:

A helicopter safari in Botswana is a breaktaking way to grasp the immensity of the landscapes, the narrow tracks formed by millenia of wandering animals and how remote the untouched areas are in Botswana’s northern territories.

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Day four

charter plane

Transfer to Selinda Reserve

Check-in Zarafa Camp

After breakfast you transfer to Zarafa Camp by charter flight. Prepare for three unforgettable days at Botswana’s first Relais & Chateaux property, which is situated on the far-eastern edge of the private 130 000 hectare Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. Overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon, this intimate and environmentally-innovative camp boasts just four tents and is capable of hosting a maximum of eight guests at a time. Each of the spacious canvas-topped tents have a large bed, copper bathtub, and veranda with private pool that offers sweeping vistas of the sprawling plain.

Where you’ll stay: Zarafa Camp

Overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon, Zarafa Camp boasts just four tents and is capable of hosting a maximum of eight guests at a time. Each of the spacious canvas-topped tents have a large bed, copper bathtub, and veranda with private pool.

Experiences:

Enjoy game drives and boat safaris to discover the diverse and rich wildlife of Selinda. Elephant, buffalo, zebra and giraffe are among the plains animals to be seen on safari, with cheetah, wild dog, lion and leopard the predators in the area.

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Day five – six

game drives (1)

Selinda Reserve

Game drives
The next two days in Selinda can be tailored to your liking. Morning and afternoon game drives are available and, if you’d like to go beyond your conventional safari, you can take to the Selinda plains on a walking safari with your professional tracker and armed guide. Depending on the time of year, boat safaris are also available on the lagoon. This will all take you that much closer to the diverse and abundant wildlife Selinda is known for. Cheetah, wild dog, lion, and leopard are the predators you’re likely to see in the area while elephant, lechwe, buffalo, zebra, and giraffe are also common.

Over 300 different varieties of birds can also be found in the region. Afternoons can be spent at leisure in the open-air gym or on the viewing deck marvelling at large herds of buffalo and elephant, drink in hand.

Where you’ll stay: Zarafa Camp

Overlooking the Zibadianja Lagoon, Zarafa Camp boasts just four tents and is capable of hosting a maximum of eight guests at a time. Each of the spacious canvas-topped tents have a large bed, copper bathtub, and veranda with private pool.

Experiences:

Accessible by private air charter only, Zarafa Camp is perhaps the greenest luxury safari camp on the African continent. Its remotesness ensures walking safaris are raw and exhilarating and offer unqiue wildlife encounters.

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Day seven

charter plane

Transfer to Victoria Falls, Zambia

Check-in Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge

Your time in Botswana comes to an end but more adventure lies ahead. After breakfast you will set off for your next bucket-list destination in Southern Africa – Victoria Falls. A charter flight will take you from Zarafa Camp to Kasane Airport, where a private transfer will escort you to Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge. This next-level lodge is located on a remote island in the Zambezi that can only be reached by boat and has just four spacious villas on the entire island. It’s difficult to get closer to the raw nature of the Zambezi, and very difficult to find a more comfortable stay in Zambia. Each villa hosts a private deck overlooking river rapids, a private swimming pool and the iconic riverfront bath.

Where you’ll stay: Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge.

Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge is located on a remote island in the Zambezi that can only be reached by boat and has just four spacious villas on the entire island. Each villa hosts a private deck overlooking river rapids, a private swimming pool and the iconic riverfront bath.

Experiences:

Experiencing the beauty of the Zambezi River at sunrise and sunset is a firm favourite amongst guests at Royal Chundu. Guides whisk you down on of Africa’s grandest rivers as you admire elephants, crocodiles, hippos and other wildlife with a coffee or sundowner in hand.

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Day eight

Cruise

Victoria Falls

Sundowner river cruise

After breakfast you can choose from a list of activities offered by the lodge, such as birding safaris, tiger fishing, canoeing, a village tour, and a tour of Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world. However you spend your day, be sure to end it with the daily sundowner river cruise.

Where you’ll stay: Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge.

Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge is located on a remote island in the Zambezi that can only be reached by boat and has just four spacious villas on the entire island. Each villa hosts a private deck overlooking river rapids, a private swimming pool and the iconic riverfront bath.

Experiences:

Your time at Victoria Falls will be action-packed with activities offered by the lodge, such as birding safaris, tiger fishing, canoeing, a village tour, and a tour of Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world. However you spend your day, be sure to end it with the daily sundowner river cruise.

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Day nine

photo safari

Victoria Falls

Tour the falls

If you are up for more adventure on your last day in Africa you should consider adding white water rafting on the Zambezi to your itinerary for the day. It’s recognized as the best Grade 5 white water rafting in the world. After plummeting 110 metres from the top of Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River is transformed into a turbulent 70 km cauldron of exhilarating rapids. To end off your unforgettable trip to Africa, take to the sky on a sunset helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. Depending on the season of your travels you might also consider swimming in Devil’s Pool for sunset high above the falls.

Where you’ll stay: Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge.

Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge is located on a remote island in the Zambezi that can only be reached by boat and has four spacious villas on the entire island. Each villa hosts a private deck overlooking river rapids, a private swimming pool and a riverfront bath.

Experiences:

Feeling adventurous? Consider adding white water rafting on the Zambezi to your itinerary for the day or take a dip in Devil’s Pool above the Falls. End your trip on a high note and take to the sky on a sunset helicopter flight over Victoria Falls.

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Day ten

aeroplane

Departure

Transfer to Livingstone Airport

End your Ker & Downey® Africa experience with an effortless check out of Royal Chundu Zambezi Island Lodge. Your trip ends with a helicopter transfer from Royal Chundu to Livingstone Airport for your onwards flight home.

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