(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 European-designed 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.
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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).
Airport transfer to/from your hotel with private vehicle
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 min or half hour. Let us know if you would prefer a private transfer, these can be arranged through your travel consultant.
Fly today between Johannesburg and Kasane. Travel time is approximately 2.5 hours.
The lodge's staff will provide a shared transfer from the airstrip. The transfer time will depend on your lodge's location, it varies between 10 and 45 minutes.
Activities on offer at Muchenje Safari Lodge are:
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 veiwing 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 perfect base for your Chobe safari.
This morning you will explore with your lodge guide the Chobe National Park. Being one of Africa's famous game viewing destinations, the Chobe National Park offers the chance to see any of the big game species including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, kudu and hippo. The flood plane offer unique setting that encourages a daily elephant migration pattern on there pursuit for the water.
A game cruise on the Chobe River is one of the finest game viewing experiences in Africa. With over 80 000 elephant in the park alone they are a very frequent sighting. Hippo, water birds, buffalo, crocodile and puku are also viewed from the river.
The lodge's staff will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip for your flight out.
This short flight travels from the Kasane airport to Linyanti.
The camp's staff will come and greet you at the airstrip for a shared transfer to the camp.
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve has abundant wildlife in a wide variety of species, but is most noted for its very large elephant population which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months. Other game is abundant, such as impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and bushbuck, and their predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyaena. Rarer species such as sable and roan antelope also emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.
Kwando Lagoon is perched on the banks of the wild Kwando River, overlooking the Mudumu National Park. The camp is nestled beneath towering African Ebony and Marula trees and accommodates up to 16 guests in eight traditionally styled 'tents.' The social areas are under thatch and open to views of the tranquil waters of the lagoon, hearty meals are served in this area which has a typical open and airy safari atmosphere. 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 Management Area is truly a hidden gem, here you can enjoy truly untouched game viewing. Linyanti is an absolutely superb safari area, completely comparable to nearby Okavango. It is renowned as one of the best game viewing areas in the region with a wide range and diversity of wildlife, with large herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra. This is truly a gorgeous, unspoiled region of waterways and lagoons, riverine forests, huge trees and palm tree islands.
During the dry season, Jun-Oct, game gathers around watering holes and rivers in large numbers, most notably elephant, buffalo, lion and wilddog. During the Linyanti green season, Nov-May, the game expand their range and you have the opportunity to see the park as the bush comes into bloom.
Enjoy daily game drives in the morning and evenings with others from your lodges as you seek out game each day. Game viewing is superb in both the wet and dry seasons, and the birding is exceptional.
Whether you enjoy game drives or wish to rest at your camp, there are several other activities available. Depending on where you are staying, optional activities could include: day and night game dives, nature walks, boat cruises and canoe or "mokoro" game viewing.
The lodge's staff will provide a shared transfer to the airstrip.
This short flight travels from Linyanti to Okavango, Botswana.
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 DrivesGame 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 SafarisProfessional 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 flora in the area.
Mokoro ExcursionsThe 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.
Additional Activities available at an extra cost:
Living with Elephants interaction - Thousands of elephants migrate through the area and here, as at the nearby Sanctuary Baines' Camp, you can have an astonishing experience walking with elephants in the bush..
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.
Stanley's Camp is situated at the edge of Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve, a secluded space in the wild. The camp offers 8 safari tents that are well-appointed and beautifully furnished for comfort. Rich bedding and high quality fabrics add to the allure of these accommodations. Private balconies and hammocks allow for privacy. Dine on meats and vegetable dishes prepared with local ingredients and influences. Mingle with other guests, and a hospitable staff. Be sure to take in the views from the camp's raised deck, or have a dip in the swimming pool.
After a leisurely lunch and perhaps a siesta, afternoon drives in the Okavango are typically done at around 4pm when the animals are 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.
This short flight travels from the Okavango airstrip to Maun.
This flight departs from Maun and travels to Makgadikgadi, Botswana.
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.
Camp Kalahari a return to the traditional safari style of the old explorers, and is the best way to experience the Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way. It is the ideal camp for those who want fun, comfort, style and adventure. Camp Kalahari accepts children of all ages and makes for a fantastic family safari destination. Head off after tea in the beautiful afternoon light, stop to watch the sun set and listen to an explanation of how the Makgadikgadi pans, the remnants of the world’s largest ever superlake, were formed.
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. Or, in the absence of a termite mound or tree, using 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.
Early in the morning, comb the edge of the extinct lake shore to find some of the many stone tools and fossils that litter the pan surface and learn of the origins of early man. Return to camp for a huge brunch.
After another decadent tea, head off to see one of Africa’s rarest carnivores – the brown hyaena. Due to a PhD research programme on this cleverly adapted desert species, the cubs are habituated and allow us to observe their social behaviour without disturbance.
Back to the camp for dinner by candlelight.
This flight departs from Makgadikgadi and travels to Maun, Botswana.
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
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.
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