Days 1-2: Livingstone, Victoria Falls
Arrive into Livingstone Airport where you will be met after passing through customs. The afternoon is free to recover from the long journey and watch the Zambezi River flow by from the comforts of Toka Leya Camp. On Day 2 choose between several included activities such as a visit to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, tour of Livingstone town, museum, and the local school, catch and release fishing, or a game drive in Mosi oa Tunya National Park. Two nights at Toka Leya or the River Club.
Days 3-5: Linyanti and the Savuti Channel
Depart Victoria Falls and head to the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. Savuti Camp has seven rooms and is situated in an isolated part of the Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel in northern Botswana. In 2008, the formerly dry Savute Channel once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring hippo and aquatic life with myriad varieties of water birds. Wildlife, from plains game to a plethora of predators, has had to adapt to this new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it.
With two-thirds of the Savute Channel located in the concession, you’ll have private and exclusive access to the abundant game through day and night game drives, nature walks, and several well-positioned hides for safe, up-close animal viewing.
Game concentrations here are high, particularly in the winter dry season (June - October), and apart from abundant plains game, species such as roan and sable antelope, southern giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and packs of wild dog may also be encountered. In May through September, this area can also be excellent for the sought-after aardvark and aardwolf, which are big ticks on anyone's mammal list! Overnight three nights at Savuti Camp or Duma Tau.
Days 6-7: Chitabe Camp and the Okavango Delta
A scenic flight over the delta takes you to Chitabe Camp. Chitabe is on a large island in the Delta where prolific wildlife is seen on day and night game drives. Area wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and cheetah, as well as great opportunities to see wild dog from which Chitabe (Setswana for wild dog) takes its name.
Chitabe Camp is unique even in the Okavango Delta in that it harbours such a variety of habitats within close proximity, ranging from classic Okavango Delta scenery with Illala palms dotting floodplains to open savannah and acacia woodlands. A finger of perennial swamps inundated by water throughout the year extends into the Chitabe Concession and the area is also dominated by seasonally flooded areas which transform 56% of the concession from dry floodplains into a lush oasis, when the annual flood waters meander through. All this gives rise to a surprising diversity of species, which allows one a wide range of luxury African safaris, game viewing and birding experiences.
The high numbers of impala in the area means that leopard are often seen near Chitabe Camp. Also encountered are buffalo, elephant, lion and occasional sightings of wild dog, the subject of the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project that takes place in the area.
The birdlife is excellent and varies throughout the year, depending on water levels and season. Raptors are abundant here: including the African Hawk Eagle and the Hooded Vulture often nests on the island. Game drives in the palm-filled landscape of Chitabe Camp often produce families of Ground Hornbill, Greater Honeyguide, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Red-billed Hornbill, Gabar Goshawk and coveys of Red-billed Francolin. Overnight two nights at Chitabe Camp. An alternate camp is Chitabe Lediba.
Days 8-10: Okavango Delta, Vumbura Concession
Fly to Little Vumbura Camp and boat over to the camp ideally situated on a papyrus-fringed island with access to the extremely productive Vumbura concessions. Here the vegetation ranges from open floodplains to dense mopane bushveld - offering spectacular game viewing and birding opportunities all year round.
The permanent swamp and island habitat abounds with beautiful treed islands of every size, surrounded by permanent waterways created both by the summer rains and the annual winter floodwaters of the Okavango Delta. Game drives in this region are incredibly productive, arriving guests often sighting their first game on the trip from the airstrip to camp.
The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta surrounding Little Vumbura Camp are locally referred to as 'melapo' and offer seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and cape buffalo. Encounters with hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Predators include the wild dog, several resident prides of lion, leopard, cheetah and the African wildcat.
The birding around Little Vumbura Camp is as varied as it is exceptional all year round. In the summer many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw.
Game drives in open Land Rovers allow you to get close to animals in the savannah areas. Walks (on request) around the islands are an opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective, and mokoro canoeing is the perfect way to drift slightly through this unique wildlife habitat. Game viewing is consistently good all year round at Little Vumbura Camp with lion, leopard, elephant, sable and buffalo along with extensive plains game providing an excellent all-round wildlife experience in this remote corner of the Okavango Delta. Overnight for three nights at Little Vumbura Camp. Overnight for three nights in the six roomed Little Vumbura Camp. An alternate is Tubu Tree Camp.
Day 11: Departure
Depart the Okavango Delta today for your flight to Maun, arriving in time to connect to your onward international flight. Consider extending your safari to see desert-adapted wildlife in Namibia, scuba diving from an offshore island in Mozambique, or simply relax in South Africa's cosmopolitan Cape Town and tour the picturesque wine lands.