(Chobe, Linyanti, Okavango, Makgadikgadi)
You’ll feel like you’re witnessing a scene out of The Lion King as all manner of wildlife gather around the watering holes of Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.
But this is not a movie – it’s brilliant Botswana and the tour of your lifetime. Linyanti is a unspoiled sanctuary of waterways, lagoons, forests, wooded islands and ancient, towering trees. It’s here that large numbers of elephants, buffalos and lions call home, and you’ll experience it all with the help of experienced local trackers and guides. You’ll also explore the majestic Chobe River region by boat, open 4x4 and on foot during the daylight hours and when the sun goes down. And it gets even better when you arrive at the Okavango Delta where hippos, crocodiles and abundant birdlife gather in serene lily ponds.
This tour will introduce you to some of Africa’s most stirring natural wonders while never skimping on the luxury. Accommodation is a mixture of great hotels, luxury lagoon lodges, and exclusive safari camps in secluded locations. Of course, experienced trackers and tour guides are on-hand to help you draw the best from this natural paradise and bring you up-close encounters with Africa’s most iconic wild animals.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
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.
Situated in Kempton Park, in the province of Gauteng, Peermont Metcourt Emperor's Palace is the perfect stop for access to the airport. Through European design techniques and careful planning, architects and decorators have created a hotel veiled in grand magnificence. The 196 rooms are spacious and clean, with service staff regularly maintaining rooms. A range of amenities are available in each room, from writing desks to the best in high tech options. Dine at the hotel's fine dining restaurant, Aurelia's. Meal settings range from romantic, candlelit environments to relaxed al fresco breakfasts. The chefs are recognized for break through New Style South African fusion food. Make use of the hotel and resort's excellent facilities, which include an on-site casino and spa.
Today you will take the courtesy airport shuttle that runs to/from your hotel. Please note that the Courtesy Shuttle runs between the hours of 06h00 and 00h00 daily, every 15 minutes or half hour.
Relax during this flight departing Johannesburg, South Africa, en-route to Kasane, Botswana. The approximate travel time is 2.5 hours.
A representative from your lodging accommodation will provide you with a shared transfer from the airstrip. The transfer time will depend on your lodge's location; the travel time may vary between 10 and 45 minutes.
Chobe is famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, along with numerous predators - including lions, leopards and wild dogs. There is a great diversity of plains game and an astonishing array of bird species. Guest staying at the Muchenje Safari Lodge can be assured that a variety of activities are made available for them to enjoy including:
- Game drives in open and truly comfortable 4x4 safari vehicles. Enjoy game drives with a knowledgeable and friendly professionally qualified guides – either early morning, afternoon or even the full day
- Game viewing by boat on the Chobe River – a wonderful chance to see huge herds of elephants, as well as many other mammals and birds attracted to the water’s edge, not to mention those animals which also live in the River!
- Bush walking-safaris – Enjoy these treks which allow you to learn about the intricacies of the bush, your guide teaches you about the spoor, trees, plants and insects that make for such exciting and interesting additions to the wildlife experience
- ‘Night eyes’ – night game drives in the lodge’s own concession. The guide uses a spotlight to show the local ‘night life’, which can range from the small mammals, to buffalo and elephant.
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.
Set out into the wilderness of the Chobe National Park alongside an experienced local guide from your lodge. Explore this famous African game viewing destination during this once in a lifetime opportunity where you’ll experience all that this recognized National Park has to offer. Keep your camera handy as the local big game can appear at any time including elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions, giraffes, kudus and hippos. Exploring this dynamic flood-plain provides a unique game viewing experience including the daily elephant migration as they continue their ongoing pursuit of fresh drinking water.
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.
A shared transfer to the airstrip is provided today by a representative from your lodge. The approximate travel time to the airstrip may vary from 10 to 45 minutes.
Relax during this short flight traveling between the Kasane airport and the airstrip in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.
A representative will greet you at the airstrip upon your arrival and provide a shared transfer to your camp accommodation today.
The diverse ecology of the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve provides the ideal condition for many of the African sub-species to thrive here, specifically the enormous elephant population during the dry winter months. These atypical conditions are perfect for grazing species such as impalas, lechwes, kudus, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes and bushbucks which in turn provides a rich food source for local carnivorous predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and spotted hyenas. Some of the rarer species like sable and roan-antelope also emerge from the thick woodlands during the dry winter season as well.
Kwando Lagoon is perched on the banks of the wild Kwando River, overlooking the Mudumu National Park in the Namibian Caprivi Strip. The camp is nestled beneath towering ebony and marula trees and accommodates up to 16 guests in eight traditionally styled 'tents.' The heavily forested site is home to a wide variety of birds and mammals, while elephant and hippo are normally visible from the camp. The stunning views and close proximity of wildlife all contribute to the pervading sense of calm at Lagoon.
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is considered one of the few remaining "untouched" game viewing gems of Africa. This absolutely superb safari area boasts similar characteristics as the nearby Okavango in terms of geographical trademarks and of course, wildlife. The truly gorgeous waterways and lagoons are ideal for attracting some of Africa's Big 5 species amongst the thousands of birds whom inhabit these lands. During the dry season, June to October, a variety of game including elephants, buffaloes, lions and wild dogs gather around the various watering holes and rivers in large numbers. During the green season, November to May, the game extends their reach further throughout the reserve into the blooming bush. Equally exciting morning or evening game drives through the reserve will provide an almost unreal game viewing experience during both the dry and wet seasons.
Continue on this exploratory adventure of the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve on another game viewing drive, or if you wish spend time relaxing around your camp. Depending on the location of your camp a variety of optional activities are made available for you to enjoy including day and night-time game drives, nature treks, motorized boat cruises or traditional dugout “Mokoro” canoeing.
A transfer to the airstrip is provide today by a representative from your lodge.
This short flight travels from Linyanti to Okavango, Botswana.
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.
The expert guides always on hand at Stanley's camp, will share a wealth of wildlife knowledge, take guests deep into the bush in specially modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives to find the secluded places where elephant families congregate in search of the tastiest fruits and berries. The game viewing opportunities at Stanley's Camp are awe-inspiring.
Following is a list of included activities; please note some activities are weather dependant:
Game Drives: Game drives are not typical here, 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. Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is set in a private concession which means you 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: Professional guides at Stanley's Camp 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 floras 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.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp sits amidst 260,000 acres of untamed African bush in a private concession. Bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Stanley’s is a small luxury camp consisting of eight classic styled safari tents. Each of the eight classic safari tents sits on raised wooden decking. Each unit offers en-suite facilities, a private deck and is equipped with a hairdryer and ceiling fan. There is also a swimming pool. Electricity, 220 volts, is supplied by a combination of silent packed generator and battery system allowing 24-hour power supply.
After a leisurely lunch and perhaps a siesta, head out on an afternoon game drive, which in the Okavango are typically done at around 4pm when the wildlife is most active. They usually last for a few hours and you will be back at the lodge in time for dinner. This activity is shared with other guests of the lodge in the lodge's 4x4 vehicles.
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).
The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, you can experience serene silence at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow Delta channels. Just sit back and relax as they glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while they get 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 on you after a mokoro morning.
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.
This short charter hop flight departs Maun and travels to Makgadikgadi, Botswana.
A representative from your camp will meet you upon your arrival at the Makgadikgadi airstrip, help you with your things and provide a shared transfer to the camp.
This afternoon you will meet up with the other guests from the lodge for your game drive in Makgadikgadi. The Makgadikgadi Pan is a series of large salt pans in the middle of the dry savannah of Northeastern Botswana. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world and interspersed between the pans are sand dunes, rocky islands and peninsulas, and desert terrain. The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up several thousand years ago. The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve has an area of 3 900 sq. km and is the scene of large migrations. In the wet season, this reserve can offer good wildlife viewing, particularly when large herds of zebra and wildebeest begin their westward migration to the Boteti region. Other species that can be spotted here include gemsbok, eland and red hartebeest, as well as kudu, bushbuck, duiker, giraffe, springbok, steenbok, and even elephant, with all the accompanying predators, as well as the rare brown hyena. Your afternoon is guaranteed to be full of excitement, spectacular views and amazing experiences.
Kalahari Plains Camp is perfectly situated overlooking an immense pan with endless horizons and beautiful skies. It comprises 10 en-suite canvas units with a sleep-out above each from which to enjoy moonlit or star-studded nights. The main area consists of a lounge and dining area with an inviting swimming pool and deck area. The tents and main area are all raised off the ground to catch the breeze and take in the sweeping, spacious views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides all the electricity and hot water in the camp - making Kalahari Plains a 100% solar-powered camp - and innovative insulated canvas walls and roof keep the temperatures inside the units comfortable. Kalahari Plains Camp is situated in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in the central part of Botswana, at 5 million hectares this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. The CKGR is home to the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the world's best cheetah viewing.
Set off in the morning to visit some of the Kalahari’s sexiest meerkats (‘Suricate’ to science-minded people and ‘Timon’ to Lion King Fans). Get up close and personal with these captivating creatures. On chilly mornings, you might well find a meerkat snuggling up to you for warmth. In the absence of a termite mound or tree, these playful creatures may use your head as a sentry lookout post. By spending quality time with these incredibly social, superbly adapted animals, you will be able to see how they interact with each other and their environment. You also get the chance to see the desert through the eyes of a meerkat – which, despite the fact that it’s only a foot off the ground, is a pretty spectacular vantage point, and definitely one of the most special and memorable game experiences you will encounter in Botswana.
After tea, travel down to the pans where you will be given a brief safety talk before mounting your trusty quad bike to head off across the pans. Watch the sun set and the stars rise. This is one of the only places in the world where the silence is so complete you can hear the blood circulating through your ears. There is not one visual landmark to be seen and one swiftly loses one’s sense of perspective.
Set out into the salt pans early this morning to explore the edge line of the now extinct lake shore that once flourished here. Your guide will help you find some of the many stone tools and fossils used by aboriginals that hunted these grounds. Return back to camp for a hugely hearty lunch and decadent tea before heading out in search of Africa’s rarest carnivores; the brown hyena. Thanks to a specialized PhD research programme, this cleverly adapted desert specie and their cubs are habituated to allow us to observe their social behaviour without disturbance. You'll return back to camp just in time for an enjoyable candlelight dinner.
Once again, a helpful representative from your lodging facilities will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip for your flight today.
Sit back and enjoy the view during this charter hop flight travel between Makgadikgadi and Maun, Botswana, today.
Enjoy a direct flight today between Maun and Johannesburg. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes
November 08, 2012
"I am a world traveller and this was one of my Top 3 vacations ever! Kensington Tours did a great job with EVERY little detail, from the planning to being met and catered to every step of the way. Our favorite lodges were Tau Pan in the Kalahari, Botswana & Moon Mountain in Sossusvlei, Namibia. We especially loved the Batswana people and all the animals we saw at Camp Moremi on the Okavanga River. The highlight of our trip was actually our stay in Swakopmund when we stayed on the South Atlantic & went for an exciting boat ride to see all the sealife up close and personal (like a seal coming onboard the boat!), a rollar coaster dune ride in a 4 X 4!! the balloon ride over the red sand dunes over Namibia and several champagne brunches in the middle of the desert. Also, will never forget all the sundowmer game drives which ended with our favorite cocktail, watching the sunset with wildlife close at hand!
Unforgettable. Thanks Ivona for planning it all!"
October 26, 2012
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Re: Steven Weru Kinyua, Kenya tour guide
We recently returned from a wonderful 8 day tour of Kenya with Steven, he is an exceptional individual. But one example: As we returned to the Samburu lodge from our first game drive, Steven pointed out a young, sick-looking lion in the shade of a tree. We observed it momentarily and soon returned to the lodge for dinner.
The next day Steven mentioned he had reported the weak young lion to the local Samburu ranger. Steven explained that due to the arrival of a new alpha male in his pride the young lion had likely been chased out before he was able to hunt for himself. He further explained that the young lion would be welcome back in a week or two, if he were alive. I pursued the full story w/Steven. The ranger Steven had reported the weak lion to had been unresponsive, indicating he would do nothing. Steven, unsatisfied w/that response told the ranger to report it to the Head Park Ranger, or he would. The Head Ranger agreed with Steven's analysis of the situation; bought 10 kilos of meat for the young lion; and directed his staff to feed it appropriately.
Steven understood the workings of that lion pride, and has an exceptional knowledge of all the wild animals of Kenya. Furthermore he has a passion for their well-being. He would not accept a lazy, disinterested response from the local ranger. During our trip in Kenya I had occasion to speak to groups of secondary school students. I related Steven's actions as an excellent example of a Kenyan's knowledge, passion and commitment.
One day Steven pointed out a cheetah. We saw the cheetah w/a young impala in its mouth. After the cheetah had choked the young impala, Steven explained the mother cheetah was calling her cubs --it was thrilling to see the 3 cubs come tearing across the plain creating a mini-dust storm in their wake. The mother gave the kill to her cubs. Steven explained they had to learn to open it up. Shortly she sent them off the kill, twenty paces or so, then froze, looking westerly. A lion, smelling the kill Steven explained, was moving off to the north about a 1000 yards away. Intent on the lion the mother cheetah remained frozen in place (as we're the cubs, mimicking their mother). After the lion passed the mother called the cubs back to the kill. Not 15 minutes later the lion came back, followed by yapping jackels, this time moving off to the east of the cheetahs. As soon as the lion appeared, the mother cheetah repeated her previous actions, sending off the cubs and freezing over the kill, intently watching the lion. Steven explained that the jackels were distracting the lion from the kill, knowing if the lion found the kill, nothing would be left for them. Again the lion passed off to the southeast, never able to find the cheetah kill.
This summary highlights events that played out over a 90 minute period. In that time several tourist rovers and vans came, took pictures of the cheetahs, and left. None of those tourists had a complete explanation of the scene that was playing out before us. Game-viewing w/Steven is a rich experience, a clear cut above the average.
In our time w/Steven we had lengthy conversations about the pluses and minuses of grass-burning, the challenges of maintaining wildlife corridors, park encroachment by locals, roadway underpasses for big game, etc. in addition we discussed ukabila and other political challenges facing Kenya. Steven Kinyua is an exceptional Kenyan guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and made our Kenya safari a wonderful learning experience we will cherish for years.
Mark Masterson, Ed.D."
October 18, 2013
"I am so happy that I used Kensington Tours to help with my dream trip to Cape Town South Africa. I was looking for a well respected tour company that planned private guided tours that was not going to cause me my leg, lol. I begin searching companies by reputation and value. I narrowed it down to Kensington Tours because of the quality and value. I felt taken care of prior to my departure due to the detailed itinerary.
From the time of got off the plane to the time I headed back to the states, I was in excellent hands. The service was EXCELLENT! I will definitely use Kensington again. Certainly, a trip of a lifetime!"
October 29, 2013
"My husband and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Egypt. The sites were amazing and overwhelming. Everything was as promised. We had the most amazing pyramid view and Nile view from our hotels. Our itinerary included the most magnificent sites and we were accompanied by the most informative and friendly people. I highly recommend visiting Egypt. It is totally safe. Thank you to everyone at Kensington for this experience. It was so beyond our expectations!"
October 31, 2013
"From our greeter, who whisked us through customs in Johannesburg, to all our excellent drivers, guides and associates in Lions Sands, Cape Town and the wine country, everyone was highly professional, well dressed, well mannered, and well informed. Overall our tour worked like a superbly designed, technically perfect Swiss watch. An experience for the ages. Bravo!"
October 29, 2013
"This was a trip of a life time for me and I was never disappointed. Sylvia listen to me and give me exactly what I wanted in the way of a photo Safari as well as full tour of Cape Town and the wine country. I never had to wait one minute for a guide or any of the transportation provided. The people I dealt with along the way could not have been more courteous and friendly. I just cannot say enough about my experience with Kensington Tours, it was fabulous! "
Hanne Jones ,
October 24, 2013
"I have travelled all my life. I've combed much of Europe, from The arctic north in Norway to the streets of Seville in Spain, the beaches of Cannes and Nice in France and the medieval heart of Bologna in Italy. I've been on two African safaris (one tented, one not), both "luxurious." I've been on more than a dozen jaunts to India, some guided, others not. Over the years I have discovered that I had rather be lost and disoriented in a foreign country than submit once again to the unbending schedule of a guided tour. Hence I had given up tours of any kind, until Molly Kelly, an American Express travel agent, suggested I might want simply to list the places my friends and I wished to see in Morocco then let Kensington Tours make accessing them in an orderly way not only possible but thoroughly enjoyable as well. And this Kensington Tours did. They pulled our disparate destinations together and designed a far, far better route than we could ever have done on our own. They satisfied all our requests and threw in delicious additions, areas of interest we had never considered or even heard of. Our accommodations were well within our means and wonderful. Our guide and driver, not to mention our Mercedes SUV, could not have pleased us more. In other words, thanks to Molly and her recommending Kensington Tours, we had a sensational holiday. "
Anthoula Korina ,
September 05, 2013
"Africa had always been a myth in mind since I was child that was up until a week ago. I just returned from an epic safari adventure! Kenya, Tanzania and the Maasai are sorely missed.
Words cannot fully express the magic of this ever-flowing journey. It was awe-inspiring, breathtaking, free and powerful. My mind keeps playing tricks on me; thinking rather hoping that I'm going to see a giraffe cross a busy NYC street :)
The memories will resonate for a lifetime. To boot, I went on this trip solo; female traveler. Not sure any of it would have been possible w/out Kensington Tours!!! Thank you..."
July 12, 2013
"I had a wonderful trip visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda. We were able to get really close to the gorillas and watched their interactions with each other. The local people are so gracious and made every minute a delight. The accomodations were great. I loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of the forest. The added luxury of a massage was a great way to end the trip!"
July 26, 2013
"Our family of 6 traveled to Morocco for a 9 day Imperial cities discovery, I was absolutely amazing. Our guide Lahcen Zaaim was the best guide we have EVER had and we have traveled to many countries. There was not one subject that he was not knowledgeable about. He made the trip sooooo memorable. He was so flexible and when he picked us up in the mornings to head out, he was talking nonstop to tell us soo much about everything we were seeing. There was soooo much to see in Morocco and he made sure we saw it all.. He truly has a gift in the touring business, you feel as if your leaving your best friend when the trip is over. When we got to the airport in casablanca, he spotted us before we saw him and of course, we asked him, how did you recognize us? He even went as far as to get the King of Moroccos artist to meet us at our riad the night before we left to return home late to do our names in moroccan arabic to frame, They were beautiful, He showed us a picture of the Kings Face he had done for the Palace! Lily Baffour from Kensington planned our trip and she was amazing, planning everything as she thought we would like based on what I told her. She did an Outstanding job and literally sent our Iteniaries by next day air in a beautifully done spiral bound personally book for each family that was going on the trip, SOOOOOO IMPRESSED and she even got the guide we requested!!!! I cant say enough about this trip and Kensington, we will definitely use again!!! We experienced a VERY different culture in going to Morocco and thats what we wanted, a Very different exotic trip and thats what we got!!!! Again our accomodations we Top Notch, staying in the TRuly authenic Riads, they were SOOOOO Luxurious, Plan on taking another suitcase or buying one there because you will buy more things to bring home than any other trip because of all the Handicrafts there, especially in Fes!!!
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