Lindblad & Bushtracks
DAY 1-2 — Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
On arrival in Victoria Falls off your international flight on Day 1, you will be met and transferred to Ilala Lodge, the closest hotel to the falls. A short walk brings you to the falls, which are twice the height of Niagara, and one and a half times as wide. Discover the area’s history on a walking tour accompanied by David Livingstone historian, Russell Gammon. The next morning you will have the opportunity to visit a local village and experience the way of life of the people who live in the shadow of the falls. During the afternoon you will be free to pursue optional activities including helicopter or microlight flights over the falls, canoeing and white-water rafting trips. End the day with a private sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.
Lodging: Ilala Lodge (B,L,D)
DAY 3-4 — Chobe National Park, Botswana
On Day 3 transfer by road to the Chobe National Park located on Botswana's far northern border, where the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe river system forms a series of lakes, islands and floodplains. The park is famous for its large buffalo and elephant herds and its beautiful waterways are also home to a variety of predators, an abundance of wild game and bird life. Check into the fine Chobe Game Lodge, situated with a view of the Chobe River. A highlight of your visit will be afternoons spent exploring the Chobe River by pontoon boat, for close-up views of hippos and elephants coming to drink and bathe.
Lodging: Chobe Game Lodge (B,L,D)
DAY 5-7 — Okavango Delta, Botswana
Fly by private air to Kwara Camp in the Okavango Delta. Situated in a private game reserve adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, this secluded camp delivers a classic Okavango safari experience and opportunities for exploring by powerboat and by mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe. You may also drive out into the dry channels for the most intimate wildlife encounters with animals including lions, leopards, hyenas and buffaloes, all of which can sometimes be seen swimming between islands. The riverine forest is also home to the sitatunga antelope and rare birds such as Pel’s fishing owl and the secretive white-backed night heron. Kwara’s location within a private game reserve also allows for night drives and walking safaris.
Lodging: Kwara Camp (B,L,D)
DAY 8-10 — Mashatu Private Game Reserve, Botswana
After a morning game drive on Day 8, board your aircraft and fly directly to Mashatu, a private reserve located in the remote eastern corner of Botswana, a landscape lush with verdant plains and dense greenery. Elevated around a waterhole, your classic safari camp offers numerous game-viewing opportunities from within the camp itself. Dine in the lala-palm-enclosed boma under the magnificent African night sky and around a blazing fire.
Explore Mashatu’s 75,000 acres of wildlife and history over the next two days. Take advantage of excellent game-viewing in open four-wheel-drive vehicles. Your game viewing is enhanced by the calving season for zebras, waterbucks and kudus as well as the arrival of great herds of migrant elephants. Africa’s great predators are also present, and you may be rewarded by cheetah sightings as they stalk prey. In addition to the game drives conducted in four-wheel-drive vehicles by experienced rangers and trackers, Mashatu Game Reserve also offers unique walking safaris (optional) that offer a fascinating insight into the wildlife and ecology of the area, as well as interactive sessions conducted by research scientists based on the reserve.
During your stay at Mashatu, take a half day cultural tour including a visit to the Mmamakwa Ruins, which date back to 900AD. Driving from the ruins, pass through the Motloutse River at Solomon’s wall which towers about 30 meters high on the edge of the river. Then explore Motlhabaneng village including the kgotla, where the chief administers justice to his people and welcome guests, and two interesting basket-weaving sites.
Lodging: Mashatu Main Camp (B,L,D)
DAY 11 — Johannesburg and International Flights Home
After breakfast, transfer to the Limpopo airstrip for a private charter flight to Johannesburg. On arrival connect with international flights home.