This trip is the perfect combination of game viewing and adventure. You'll start with a VIP meet & greet as you step off the plane in Johannesburg and taken through a special line at customs. Overnight in Jo'berg then fly up to Victoria Falls where you'll spend 2 nights exploring the area by boat and by foot. Enjoy a tour of the falls or sign up for optional activities like an elephant back safari. Then travel by road to Botswana where you'll spend the next two nights in Chobe National Park, home to some of the largest herds of elephant in all of Africa. Then fly over the Okavango Delta where you'll have traditional game viewing by 4X4, boat, traditional mokoro floating silently through the reeds in your dug out canoe, or even walking safaris depending on your lodge. We'll take you back to Johannesberg at the end of this incredible adventure through two of southern Africa's most magical countries. An incredible finish to this spectacular highlights tour.
Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met inside the airport and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.
The urban, contemporary and edgy Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch is the latest hot-spot in the trendy Melrose Arch Precinct, a unique city within a city, which boasts a new variety of trendy retail & leisure amenities. Following the success and conversations around its predecessor in Cape Town, this contemporary hotel guarantees to spice-up any visit to Jozi and is aimed at the traveller who enjoys being amidst the energetic urban vibe of the cool city life. The hotel is the choice amongst the “forever young” set and offers affordability and value for money mixed with a sense of unique style, unlike anything seen before in this market.
Take your flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone today. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
Airport transfer with private vehicle.
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Royal Landing to meet the African Queen. She gracefully meanders slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in search of a number of animals and a host of bird species which can be viewed from comfortable chairs on the cool wooden decks. Excellent hot and cold food is served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks. All food and drink is included in the price and served throughout the cruise by professional, friendly waiters making the whole experience probably the most luxurious cruise on the Zambezi River. The duration of the cruise is about 2 hours and you can expect to be back at your hotel by 19h00.
Situated on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, in Livingstone, the Zambezi Sun is a 3 star quality hotel that is conveniently placed a 5 minute walk from the splash of water. The hotel has 212 rooms and a deliberate aged feel as it resembles a grand estate from times past. Dining is splendid, with the option of a pricey buffet or exceptionally fulfilling a la carte restaurant. The landscaped swimming pool and lounging area are definitely relaxing and worth some time, perhaps with a book or good conversation. Many choose to stay at this hotel for its proximity to the Victoria Falls, which are gorgeous and a must-see.
Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor who is prepared to brave the tremendous spray with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife edge bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls bridge and the Lookout Tree which commands a panoramic view across the Main Falls. Different times of the year will provide completely different experiences of the Falls region. Peak flood season is around March and April and the full power of the falls can be experienced in all its glory. As the floods abate the view of the falls gets better and better through the year, but at its lowest, around November and December the Falls become little rivulets running over the edge and in some places along the 1,7km width no water falls at all.
Later this morning you'll visit the Simonga Village, home to approximately 3000 inhabitants – a mixture of the Lozi and Tonga tribes. The village was founded in 1958 and is situated approximately 20 kilometers from Livingstone Town, along the Kazungula/Sesheke road, which runs parallel to the Zambezi River as it flows down towards the Victoria Falls. This village is quite unique as it one of only three in the entire country of Zambia that is ruled by a Headwoman, Inonge Imusho Samachila, who was chosen by the Royal Family to rule in 1970, following the death of her father, Imusho Samachila. Upon arrival, guests are escorted through the village by a local resident, where they are introduced to the daily activities of an African village. You'll then be taken back to the Royal Livingstone Golf Club for lunch.
Transfer between Livingstone and Chobe lodges.
Game viewing in the Chobe National Park with your skilled guide. You'll have a great chance to view the abundant elephant and other big game species up close.
Last Eden of Chobe, Muchenje is a magnificent lodge in a stunning location. Muchenje sits on an escarpment with wonderful views of the Chobe River, and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and seasonal flood plains. Enjoy game viewing and exceptional views from the convenience of their private veranda, the pool deck or one of the viewing decks. Owner run, your genial hosts offer a truly relaxed, homely atmosphere, where nothing is too much trouble. Just 20 guests are accommodated in intimate exclusivity. Each thatched, stone built cottage has private, panoramic views. The main Lodge area is extensive, and has been built to allow for excellent vistas, comfort and charm. Guests can relax in and its many quiet areas; from the viewing platforms and decks, the dining area and bar. Retail therapy is also at hand at the curio shop. Close by is the swimming pool, complete with deck and more excellent views where you can relax in the afternoon, and soak up the sun.
The day is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer at your lodge. With the largest population of Elephants in Africa, you will surely want to try a Boat Safari today.
Gliding across the picturesque Chobe River is considered by many as one of the finest game viewing experiences in all of Africa. Boasting some 80000 plus elephants in the park alone provides visitors with very frequent sightings of these majestic creatures along the waterways and flood plain-lands. Other African wildlife including hippos, buffalo, crocodiles, and water fowl are also often seen on these dynamic waters.
The lodge's staff will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip.
Take your flight from Chobe to Okavango on Mack Air (light aircraft from Kasane) today. Includes departure tax.
To ensure a safe and comfortable ride, a representative from your lodge will meet you at the airstrip and provide you with a transfer to your camp.
Here in the Okavango Delta lives some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife on Earth. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. You'll have the opportunity to see animals up close when expert guides accompany you on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. The park also boasts a diversity of landscape with desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps in close proximity – cheetah, crocodile and elephant can also be seen on a game drive.
Overlooking the legendary Chiefs Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Gunn's Camp is one of the last few remaining vintage safari camps. Set under leafy palms and African Ebony to blend naturally with its unique surroundings, Gunn's Camp achieves a fine balance of comfort without isolating guests from the sights and sounds of the wilderness.
The Okavango Delta features some of the best game viewing in all of Africa. Drives are typically done very early in the morning and last for a few hours, after which you return to the lodge for breakfast. (shared with other guests at the lodge).
Today you'll have plenty of options, a walking safari is just one of them. Professional guides accompany you as they teach you about the bush from a different perspective, up close and personal with the environment. A walking safari is the perfect way to awaken your senses where you can touch, feel and smell the African bush while listening to the various interesting stories the guides have to tell. 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.
A representative from your lodge will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip today.
Sit back and relax during this short hopper flight that departs the airstrip in Okavango and arrives at the airstrip in Maun.
Enjoy a direct flight today between Maun and Johannesburg. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 40 min. Flight scheduled to depart Maun at 2:50 pm and arrive into Johannesburg at 4:30 pm. Please Note: Flight times may vary
Depart from Johannesburg international airport - End of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required. U.S. and Canadian citizens are permitted to stay up to 90 days without a visa.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often. For additional information on entry requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/botswana.aspx
COUNTRY INFOCAPITAL: Gaborone.GOVERNMENT: Republic since 1966.LANGUAGES: English is the official language. Setswana is the national language, with minorities speaking Kalanga and Sekgalagadi.RELIGION: Christian 78%; Badimo 6%; other 2%; none 20%TIME: UTC/GMT + 2.ELECTRICITY: 230 Volts AC, 50Hz. 15- and 13-amp plug sockets are in use. Plugs used are British-style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade, or South African/Indian-style with two circular metal pins above a large circular grounding pin.TELEPHONE: Country code +267. There are very few public phone boxes.MOBILE TELEPHONE: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average.INTERNET: Available in large cities and resorts.CURRENCY: Pula (BWP). Denominations: P5, P10, P50 AND P100. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted payment but to a limited extent. Most hotels and lodges will accept major foreign currency or travellers cheques with US or Euros widely accepted.
CLIMATE: Dry, semi-arid land (rainfall is unpredictable and droughts occur often) with warm winters and hot summers. Humidity raises summer temperatures into the 40’s C (over 100’ F).
Summer Season is: September to April. Winter Season is: May to July.
During summer short thunderstorms are frequent, expect hot days and cool nights as the air cools off after short rain spells. During the winter, the days are dry and warm, with night time temperatures dropping with cool to cold nights and early mornings.
VISA/PASSPORTVisitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. We recommend that the passports of all travelers to South Africa contain at least two completely blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages (as many as four) at the back of the passport. While South African statutes require only one completely blank visa page, this rule has been applied inconsistently by South African immigration officials. In addition, any trip to a neighboring country would necessitate another blank page upon return.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of South Africa for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/south-africa.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Pretoria (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1910. Language: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion: Most inhabitants profess Christianity. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC; 250 volts AC (Pretoria), 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +27. Area codes are used even if you are making a call in the same area. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except in the very remote areas. Internet: Internet cafes are present around the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport and visa are required for both US and Canadian citizens. A visa may be obtained in advance at a Zambian Embassy or Consulate or at the port of entry. Processing generally takes 5-7 working days. The fee is approximately $50 for a single-entry visa, $80 for a three-year, multiple-entry visa, or $20 for a day-trip visa (typically issued to tourists visiting Victoria Falls from a neighboring country). Please try to bring exact change whenever practical. At the time of entry, the immigration officer will stamp your passport with the permitted length of stay. Typically, an immigration officer will admit an American or Canadian citizen for the exact number of days they request, up to a maximum of thirty days. Visitors with indefinite departure plans may want to request admission for thirty days on arrival in the country.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Zambia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/zambia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Lusaka. Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1964. Language: English is the official language, but there are over 73 local dialects. The main languages are Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tonga. Religion: Around 30% of the population is Christian (Protestant and Roman Catholic), a smaller number are Muslim and Hindu, and a small minority have traditional animist beliefs. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +260. There are public telephones and most calls are made through a post office. Mobile Telephone: Coverage is patchy in rural areas but good around Lusaka. Internet: There are Internet cafes in Livingstone and Lusaka.
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