Botswana and Victoria Falls Private Journey

The Okavango Delta, Chobe’s Elephant Kingdom, and Victoria Falls

Botswana and Victoria Falls Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5995  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: Maun, Botwana
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, or Livingstone, Zambia
Lodging: 6 nights in tented camps, 1 night hotel
Meals: All meals included as noted after each day description in the Detailed Itinerary
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Game walks and game tracking by open 4WD vehicle and mokoro (dugout canoe)
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Highlights

  • Phenomenal gameviewing in fabled Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta
  • Enjoy intimate safari camps, nature walks, mokoro excursions, and thrilling 4WD game drives
  • Witness the wonder of Victoria Falls, “The Smoke that Thunders”


The arrangements were flawless. The guides were excellent and highly trained.Karen M.—Santa Barbara, CA

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

On this Private Journey, head to the renowned safari paradise of Botswana to explore its preeminent habitats, from the game-rich floodplains of the Okavango Delta to the wildlife paradise of Chobe National Park, one of Africa’s legendary game reserves. Enjoy world-class wildlife viewing, including game tracking by open vehicle, safaris by riverboat and mokoro (dugout canoe), and exciting game walks. Small, intimate safari camps right in the heart of game country are your delightful accommodations. This journey also includes the world-famous natural wonder of Victoria Falls, and optional extensions to beautiful Cape Town and Namibia’s famous Sossusvlei Dunes.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Okavango Delta

One of the major wilderness sanctuaries of Africa, the Okavango is the largest inland delta system in the world. Waters from the central African highlands seasonally flood its vast landscapes, home to an amazing variety of wildlife including sitatunga, red lechwe antelope, and an abundance of birds, including the rare Pel’s fishing owl. With your expert naturalist guides, enjoy amazing gameviewing as you explore the pristine waterways by mokoro (dugout canoe), and roam the islands on foot and by 4WD vehicle on both day and night drives. At our intimate tented camps, enjoy highly personalized service, superb cuisine, and spectacular locations. Amenities include large walk-in tented rooms on raised platforms with en suite facilities, thatched dining areas, and easy access to wildlife in the heart of the African wilderness.

Days 4-6
Chobe National Park / Linyanti Game Reserve

Fabled Chobe National Park and the Linyanti Game Reserve, an exclusive private reserve on Chobe’s western edge, are the places to see spectacular concentrations of elephants (estimates range up to 120,000 individuals!) as they congregate along the waterways to bathe and drink. Among the treasured habitats of Chobe and Linyanti are the broad Chobe River and the famous Savuti Channel, also known for its predators, particularly its resident lions, spotted hyenas, and African wild dogs. From delightful tented camps (or lodges), set out with your guide for up-close wildlife viewing in a dramatic environment. In addition to enormous herds of elephant, game here includes kudu, with their beautiful spiraled horns, zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, impala, and often roan and sable antelope, while the marshes hold hippo pools, crocs, and an incredible array of birdlife.

Days 7-8
Victoria Falls

The huge Zambezi River stretches a mile wide when it creates thundering Victoria Falls. From the Victoria Falls Hotel (Zimbabwe) or the Royal Livingstone Hotel (Zambia), enjoy options of a sunset cruise, scenic overflight, bungee jumping, canoeing a peaceful stretch of the Zambezi, or thrilling whitewater rafting. Depart on Day 8.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2. It is a luxury camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle. It can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. On safari, there are long driving days over rugged dirt tracks.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

January to December

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5995 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $990 (varies depending on season)
Internal airfare: $700 (subject to change)
High season surcharge (Jun-Oct, depends on camp and travel dates): $2400

Note: Due to the small size of the camps, early booking is highly recommended

Upgrade options available in each location. Please call our office for pricing. If you prefer to stay at a different property please let us know and we can check availability.

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension
   from: $1295
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1695

Trip Cost Includes:

  • All accommodations, based on double occupancy, as described in this itinerary
  • All meals included as noted after each day description in the Detailed Itinerary
  • Services of safari guides and camp staff
  • 4WD safari vehicles
  • Land and internal air transportation as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • All airport transfers
  • Park fees

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, private safari vehicles, charter flights, fuel surcharges, meals not specified (BLD) in this itinerary, any activities described as optional, optional elephant interaction at Stanleys or Baines (approximately $400 per person), airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
120 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum cancellation fee: 20% of trip cost
61-90 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
60 days or less prior to departure: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Okavango Delta Camps

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Okavango Delta, Botswana

Our secluded Okavango Delta camps are set on lush islands amid glorious Delta waterscapes. They feature roomy thatch-roofed tents with private facilities and indoor as well as outdoor showers and verandas. The dining and bar areas overlook the floodplains, and swimming pools offer a refreshing dip. The wildlife is all around us, and the sunrises and sunsets are unforgettable. Choose from our options listed below:

Chobe National Park and Linyanti Game Reserve Camps

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Linyanti Game Reserve, Botswana

In Chobe National Park and Linyanti Game Reserve (bordering Chobe), our camps offer serene settings in riverine forests and grasslands, a delightful contrast to the Okavango Delta. The camps have luxurious, raised, tented rooms under thatch with private facilities, indoor and outdoor showers, and plunge pools. There are beautiful open-air dining and bar areas where we relax and can sip a sundowner or watch the wildlife right from camp. Choose from our options listed below:

Hotels in Victoria Falls

Day 7 (1 night), Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

In Victoria Falls, we stay at one of the following properties, based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

South Africa

cape town table mountain south africa

Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

johannesburg city skyline south africa

Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

The arrangements were flawless. The guides were excellent and highly trained. Karen M., Santa Barbara, CA I was hoping for "the trip of a lifetime" and our adventure exceeded our highest expectations. Scott C., St. Louis, MO
Everything was perfect! Doc C., Silverthorne, CO This was a perfect trip. We had been planning this adventure for two years and every dream was met and came true! Ann C., Silverthorne, CO