9 Days / 8 Nights Romance In Africa – Zambia & Botswana

Arrive/Livingstone Airport- Victoria Falls (Zambia) – Chobe River Front – Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve – Maun/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Victoria Falls (Zambia) Day 1 Day 3 FI 2 Nights
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge Chobe River Front (Botswana) Day 3 Day 5 FI 2 Nights
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp Okavango Delta (Botswana) Day 5 Day 7 FI 2 Nights
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp Moremi Game Reserve (Botswana) Day 7 Day 9 FI 2 Nights
Not Included Fly to Maun for International departure Day 9 Day 9 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B:
Bed and Breakfast
FI: Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

DAY 1 – 2: SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA, VICTORIA FALLS (ZAMBIA)

Victoria Falls (Zambia)

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

Activities

Game Drive
Tour of Victoria Falls (excluding entrance fee USD30 pp)
Walking Safari
Canoeing on the Zambezi
Sundowner Cruise
Local School & Village Tour

Game Drive

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is set on the edge of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Here the highly trained safari guides take guests on game drives in custom-built 4 x 4 safari vehicles to experience the land as it was when Livingstone first made his way across the ridge and beheld the smoke that thunders. The park has elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds, including some Southern African specials like Peters Finfoot. Guests may also be lucky enough to see a rare sighting of the wild dog that on occasion passes through the park.

Tour of Victoria Falls

Just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, the lodge offers guests a walking tour of The Falls. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone and known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”, the falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall. The river is bordered by ebony groves and mopane forest. Well-known for its bird life, with many fish eating raptors attracted to the rich pickings in the river. Excluded in the rate is the Heritage Fee which is payable by guests directly at the lodge when doing a Tour of the Falls.

Walking Safari

There can be few more thrilling ways to experience and understand African wildlife, the bush and ecosystem as a whole than by being on foot on a walking safari. Offering a completely different perspective to the conventional view one gets from the confines of a safari vehicle. Our two highly trained professional walking guides, Luckson and Elijah, have a combined walking safari experience of more than 20 years. Their reverence and respect for the wild is highly contagious, making this a truly unforgettable and memorable experience as they share their in-depth bush knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Guests will also be accompanied by an armed National Parks ranger. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma’s walking safaris will last about two hours and are conducted at a leisurely pace. Morning walks will depart at 6:30 am and will include a break with tea, coffee and snacks. The afternoon walk will commence at 4pm and finish at a special sundowner spot where guests will be served drinks and canapés while enjoying the magnificent sunset.

Canoeing on the Zambezi

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a two hour canoeing excursion on the Zambezi River. The canoeing trip can either be done in the morning or afternoon; the activity will start from the lodge and can be combined with either a game drive or a boat cruise. Canoeing is offered all year but is weather dependent. Dry bags will be provided for valuables. Minimum age is 15 years.

Sundowner Cruise

A Zambezi River cruise is a great way to spend a few hours before drifting back to the lodge, a warm shower and delicious dinner. Sanctuary’s boats are specially designed and the guide will take the boat through a series of grade 2 rapids before finding a spot to beach for a break and a sunset cocktail. The combination of Zambezi spray on your face and delicious drink on the tongue makes for a memorable sunset cruise. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the majestic Zambezi River is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Local School & Village Tour

Nakatindi village is located six kilometres from Livingstone and five kilometres from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma. Through Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy, we sponsor various projects aimed at improving education, conservation, health and enterprise in the village. Guests staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma have the opportunity to visit these projects and meet the people supported by them. In particular, guests can visit Nakatindi Community School which is responsible for the education of 442 pupils or Chipego bike shop, where guests can hire bicycles to use to tour the village.

Transfers

Date Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 1 Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport [LVI] Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma   Shared Transfer

Overnight: Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma        

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is just a short drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls, an exclusive haven in the heart of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, built on a dramatic bend in the Zambezi. The main lodge includes a stylishly decorated upstairs lounge and bar area with spectacular views over the Zambezi as well as a downstairs dining area, rim-flow pool and riverside treatment room where guests are able to indulge in a range of spa treatments. The 12 open plan air-conditioned tree houses enjoy superb views over the river and are all connected by wooden walkways. In addition, there are 2 private houses available, each with 2 bedrooms, their own dining areas and decks with plunge pools, private chefs and house staff. The lodge offers a range of activities including game drives, a tour of the Falls, sundowner cruises, a village tour and canoeing.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Included

Complimentary shared road transfer from Livingstone Airport to Sussi & Chuma

2 x Nights’ Accommodation – Fully Inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

Entrance fee to the Falls USD30 per person

DAY 3 – 4: SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO LODGE, CHOBE RIVER FRONT

Chobe River Front

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Activities

Game Drives
Sundowner Cruise

Game Drives

Elephants feature largely on any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water’s edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives lead by our qualified professional guides bring you close to hippos, buffalos, puku and other animals that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.

Sundowner Cruise

The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of one of our specially designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river. Chobe is renowned for its abundance of dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas – antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps – are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.

Transfers

Date Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 3 Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge   Shared Transfer

Overnight: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge       

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, where guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food. The main area commands a view over the Chobe River which borders Chobe National Park to the North. Each cottage has its own private garden where guests can sip cocktails after a day of game viewing. A haven for all travellers!

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Included

Private road transfer from Sussi & Chuma to Chobe Chilwero – Border crossing Zambia/Botswana

2 x nights’ accommodation – Fully Inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

DAY 5 – 6: SANCTUARY STANLEY’S CAMP, OKAVANGO DELTA

Okavango Delta

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species.

The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor; game viewing, birding and fishing are all on offer. One can experience this magical world of islands and waterways from land, air and water. Highlights include the elusive Sitatunga antelope which has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and many others provide a spectacular display.

Activities

Game Drives
Walking Safaris
Mokoro Excursions
Living with Elephants Interaction (additional cost)
Scenic Helicopter Flight (additional cost)

Game Drives

Game drives in this region are unique, as water crossings are part of the adventure, and watching zebra standing belly-deep in water, grazing, is a sight to see. Even giraffe will cross water up to their hocks. During higher water levels, game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions and traditional dug out canoes called Mokoros.

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is set in a private concession which means we can also venture out at night on exciting game drives to see the many nocturnal animals that live here. The evening drive starts after sundowner cocktails, using a spotlight to identify nocturnal creatures including the ones that are easier to catch a glimpse of in the dark, like hyena and leopard.

Tiny fireball eyes that seem to levitate through the air and reappear again in different trees are bush babies, just one of several different creatures to be found.

Walking Safaris

Our professional guides will show you the bush on foot. This is a chance to see the Delta from a different perspective, one that is up close and personal with the surrounding environment. Walks allow you to read the news of the night in the smooth sand of the road. Lion, leopard, elephants, genets and even millipedes are all part of the signs, each with their story to tell. A walking safari is about seeing the small five and the various flora in the area.

Mokoro Excursions

The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, guests can experience serene silence at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow channels. Sit back and relax as you glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while seeing eye to eye with a buffalo as it laps water from the river, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks or cruise past a pod of hippos as they lie in a pool. Fish eagles, frogs and fabulous lilies form much of this experience, but more frequently it is the quietness and gentle pace that makes its impression.

Living with Elephants Interaction

An extraordinary treat available at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is the opportunity to go walking in the bush with two semi-habituated elephants. Jabu and Morula are elephants that were orphaned nearby and adopted by Doug and Sandi Groves. The elephants ‘take’ guests on long walks, foraging in the area in absolute safety.

They show travellers how they look for food, strip leaves from branches with their long trunks and take showers in the lagoons of the delta. What better guide to the African bush than a fully-grown African elephant? This activity includes a leisurely paced walk with a duo of semi-habituated elephants, observing and interacting with them, and a picnic lunch in their company.

Scenic Helicopter Flight

These scenic flights involve flying west towards the permanent delta, exposing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta. There is the the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. Choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute tour in a one turbine Bell Jet ranger helicopter with 3 seats.

This activity is offered on a year round basis. Being a personalised activity, it’s up to you what time of day you would like to do the activity, however we would recommend early morning and late afternoon as these times usually provide the best light for photography. Preferred flight times can be requested on booking.

Transfers

Date Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 5 Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge Kasane Airport [BBK]   Transfer

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 5 Shared Charter To Be Advised  Kasane Airport [BBK]   Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp  

Overnight: Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp       

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is an intimate camp gathered around a large sitting and dining area with magnificent views over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. Each canvas tent boasts a traditional ceiling fan and is individually designed with a classic and understated elegance. Activities offered from the camp include morning and evening game drives, walking safaris, mokoro excursions and our unique elephant interaction activity.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Included

Complimentary shared road transfer from Chobe Chilwero to Kasane Airport [BBK]

Shared light aircraft transfer Kasane Airport [BBK]Stanley’s Camp

2 x Nights’ Accommodation – Fully Inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

Optional activities

DAY 7 – 8: SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP, MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Moremi Game Reserve

The amazing foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world’s most famous reserves, conserving part of the Okavango Delta and the plains to its east. The reserve covers more than 4871km² of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest.

This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, and lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands.

The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offer visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.

Activities

Game Drives
Mokoro Excursions
Scenic Flight over the Delta (additional cost)

Game Drives

Our expert guides are always on hand to share their wealth of wildlife knowledge as you explore the Delta in modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives. The game viewing opportunities at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp are awe-inspiring. On the plains one may find the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round.

There are also healthy populations of wild dog. These extremely rare predators have been hunted to the point of extinction in most areas of Africa and this is one of their last strongholds. There are several local lion prides and leopards, genet cats and hyena are in abundance.

Mokoro Excursions

Mokoros, local dugout canoes, offer a different perspective of the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Each June the whole area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink.

Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle. As a change from a game drive, the quiet, gentle pace of a mokoro is a real introduction to a way of transport still used in the Delta by the ‘river Bushmen’ or BaYei people. (Seasonal Activity)

Scenic Flight over the Delta

These scenic flights involve flying west towards the permanent delta, exposing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta. There is the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. Choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute tour in a single piston engine Robinson r44 helicopter with 3 seats.

This activity is offered on a year round basis at an extra cost. Being a personalised activity, it’s up to you what time of day you would like to do the activity, however we would recommend early morning and late afternoon as these times usually provide the best light for photography. Preferred flight times can be requested on booking.

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 7 Shared Charter  To Be Advised Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp   Sanctuary Chief’s Camp  

Overnight: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp           

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located on Chief’s Island, one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango Delta. The guest pavilions are hidden away in a jackalberry and sausage tree woodland that is characteristic of the area. Each with private decks and indoor and outdoor showers. There is a communal decked living room with stunning views over the floodplains, while the dining area surrounds a fire pit on the edge of the plain.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Included

Shared light aircraft transfer Stanley’s Camp to Chief’s Camp

2 x Nights’ Accommodation – Fully Inclusive of all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Excluded

Premium brand drinks

Optional activities

DAY 9: END OF ITINERARY

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 9 Charter Flight  To Be Advised Sanctuary Chief’s Camp   Maun Airport [MUB]  

Basis

Breakfast

Included

Shared light aircraft transfer Chief’s Camp to Maun for International Airport connection back home

Safari ends

Included

  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Sussi & Chuma
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Chobe Chilwero
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Stanley’s Camp
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Chief’s Camp
  • National Park Vehicle & Entrance Fees where stated
  • Intercamp air / road transfers where stated on a seat rate basis
  • Private road transfers where stated
  • Complimentary shared road transfers:
  • Livingstone Airport to Sussi & Chuma
  • Chobe Chilwero to Kasane Airport

Excluded

  • International / regional flights
  • Visas
  • Vehicle hire
  • Premium brand drinks at FI lodges
  • Additional meals, drinks, park fees & activities not specified
  • Entrance Fee to Victoria Falls (US$20 pp)
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Private transfers / activities / charters (unless otherwise stated)

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