Vintage Botswana

10 Days from US$11,340 per person

Overview

Experience the best of Botswana on this luxury flying safari. Your journey takes you deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta and the private Linyanti reserve, ending at the thundering Victoria Falls. Accommodations are in small, ultra-luxury tented camps that capture the essence of the African bush. Wildlife viewing activities are escorted by expert resident guides, on foot, by boat, mokoro canoe, and open 4x4 safari vehicle.

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What's Included

Airport transfers
Scheduled Light Aircraft Flights:
Maun to Vumbura
Vumbura to Chief’s Island
Chief’s Island to Linyanti Reserve
Linyanti Reserve to Kasane to Livingstone
All accommodations and meals on safari as per itinerary
All drinks, including alcoholic beverages, excluding premium wines, champagnes and premium spirits
Twice daily shared wildlife viewing activities in Botswana with professional resident guides
All daily activities at Tongabezi Lodge at Victoria Falls
All National Park and Wildlife Reserve Fees
Laundry services

Highlights

Moremi  |  Chief’s Island |  Okavango Delta |  Lynanti-Savuti |  Victoria Falls |  Chobe

Moremi

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Chief’s Island

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Okavango Delta

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Lynanti-Savuti

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Victoria Falls

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

Chobe

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

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Camps & Lodges

Vumbura Plains Camp |  Mombo Camp |  Kings Pool Camp |  Tongabezi River Lodge

Vumbura Plains Camp

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Mombo Camp

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Kings Pool Camp

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Tongabezi River Lodge

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

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Day 1 | Maun / Okavango Delta – Vumbura Concession

 

Upon arrival into Maun and after clearing customs you will be met and assisted onto your light aircraft flight deep into the vast Okavango Delta and to the private Vumbura Concession. When you land at the airstrip a vehicle from Vumbura Plains Camp will be waiting for you. Vumbura Plains Camp is a luxury tented camp situated to the north of Mombo, in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The entire camp overlooks a vast floodplain and the rooms are built under the canopy of cool shade trees. All 14 of the luxury tented rooms are raised off the ground on wooden platforms with walkways connecting them to the main areas. Each luxury tented room has a large bedroom, a lounge, a “sala” and en-suite facilities with a shower, bath, a flush toilet and an outdoor shower and plunge pool. The main dining, lounge and pub area is also raised off the ground under the shade of trees with a wonderful view across the floodplains.

You will have your first chance to spot wildlife on the way from the airstrip to the camp, arriving in time for lunch. After a chance to rest up you will depart on a late afternoon game drive, returning to camp after dark.

The Vumbura Concession offers both land and water activities with a wonderful variety of habitats and a great diversity of wildlife. Within this vast area of close to 130,000 acres, you will enjoy game viewing in open 4×4 Land Rovers where you can spot Red Lechwe (an animal that inhabits the fringes of the waterways) Sable antelope, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Cheetah and Buffalo along with all the plains animals. Guided walks, mokoros and boating safaris give Vumbura’s guests the opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective.

     Vumbura Plains Camp 
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     Meals: Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 2 | Okavango Delta – Vumbura Reserve

 

You have a full day of outstanding wildlife viewing and activities in the Vumbura Reserve.

     Vumbura Plains Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 3 | Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve

 

This morning you’ll depart by light aircraft to the Moremi Game Reserve where you will spend two nights on safari at the award winning Mombo Camp. This remote camp lies deep within Moremi Wildlife Reserve at the northwestern tip of Chief’s Island, which can only be accessed by air. The island is surrounded by open floodplains and the camp itself is largely built in and around the shade of large matgosteen, ebony and fig trees.

The camp has nine luxuriously furnished tents, raised off the ground. The guests’ rooms and connecting walkways are up to 6 feet off the ground, allowing wildlife to wander freely through the camp. The canvas rooms are very large and have full en-suite facilities with an additional outdoor shower under the stars. The dining room, pub and living area overlook the open plain in front of the camp and there is a plunge pool for relaxing in the heat of the day.

Activities at Mombo Camp include morning and afternoon game drives in open 4×4 vehicles. The camp offers abundant big game viewing, arguably the best in Botswana. The highlight is the concentration of plains game and all the predators – including the big cats. This is also one of the few areas in Botswana where you will have a chance to spot the rare White Rhino. Lion sightings are particularly good. You can also see Leopard, large herds of Buffalo, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Elephant, Hyena, Giraffe, Wildebeest and Zebra.

     Mombo Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 4 | Okavango Delta – Moremi Game Reserve

 

You have a full day to enjoy this fabulous area and camp. You may never want to leave here.

     Mombo Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 5 | Linyanti Reserve – Savuti Channel

 

After an early morning wildlife activity followed by brunch you will be taken to the airstrip and flown eastward over the delta to Kings Pool Camp, set in the private Linyanti Reserve. This area is known for its elephant (which can reach enormous densities during the winter months of June to September) and predator viewing. There are also good populations of Impala, Lechwe, Kudu, Zebra, Giraffe, Sable, Waterbuck, Buffalo, Bushbuck and the smaller plains antelope. The major predators such as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Hyena are resident, and are regularly sighted. The reed and papyrus swamps are ideal for numerous and diverse species of birds and are a magnet for wildlife in the dry winter months.

Your accommodations will be in one of the 10 luxuriously tented rooms overlooking the Hippo filled lagoon in front of the camp. The main lounge, pub and dining room are under thatch, and there is a swimming pool built into the deck. Activities include game drives in open 4×4 Land Rovers, night drives, boat safaris (water levels permitting) and guided walks.

After lunch, depart on an afternoon activity, stopping for sundowners before returning to the camp.

     Kings Pool Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 6/7 | Linyanti Reserve – Savuti Channel

 

You have two full days to explore this area, by foot, boat and open safari vehicle.

     Kings Pool Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 8 | Linyanti / Kasane / Livingstone – Victoria Falls

 

Say good-bye to Botswana today as you are flown by light aircraft to Kasane where you will switch planes and continue on a short flight to Livingstone Airport. After clearing customs you will be met and driven to the Tongabezi River Lodge. The dramatic loge is located 12 miles (20km) upstream from Victoria Falls, on the Zambia side. This small secluded lodge is set in a tranquil grove of African Ebony trees on a sweeping bend of the Zambezi River. You will reside in one of the 5 luxury “houses” all of which are unique, with open designs, plunge pools and magnificent views of the river. Each house is assigned a personal valet. In addition to the luxury Houses, there are 5 other guests cottage and a magnificent main building.

During your stay, experience sunrise and sunset boat trips, canoeing, guided bird walks and island picnics. There is also a swimming pool to cool off in.. The lodge also offers visits to Livingstone town and a local school. Outstanding, personalised service and attention to detail are the trademarks of this lodge.

     Tongabezi River Lodge 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 9 | Livingstone – Victoria Falls

 

Relax today or partake in the various activities provided by the lodge. In the afternoon you will be taken on a guided tour of the falls.

     Tongabezi River Lodge 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 10 | Livingstone – Victoria Falls / Depart

 

Enjoy a leisurely morning with a late breakfast. Afterwards you will be driven to the airport in time for your departing flight.

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

INCLUSIONS

Airport transfers

Scheduled Light Aircraft Flights:

  • Maun to Vumbura
  • Vumbura to Chief’s Island
  • Chief’s Island to Linyanti Reserve
  • Linyanti Reserve to Kasane to Livingstone

All accommodations and meals on safari as per itinerary

All drinks, including alcoholic beverages, excluding premium wines, champagnes and premium spirits

Twice daily shared wildlife viewing activities in Botswana with professional resident guides

All daily activities at Tongabezi Lodge at Victoria Falls

All National Park and Wildlife Reserve Fees

Laundry services

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare & Flights

Flights into or out of Botswana and LivingstoneTravel Insurance (Emergency Medical and Medical Transportation and Repatriation Insurance is required)

Visa and Visa fees

Gratuities to guides and camp staff

Airport departure taxes

Champagne and premium spirits

Victoria Falls entry fee

All items of a personal nature

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