Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style 2017

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Botswana, South Africa, Zambia

Best time to go: January to December

9 Nights | from £7,515pp

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Luxury Small Group Journeys Botswana: Safari in Style with Luxury Abercrombie & Kent

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A&K’s flagship Southern Africa safari journey, backed by more than five decades of on-the-ground experience
  • Stay in intimate, boutique-style camps and lodges, available only to small groups or individual guests
  • Get tips on capturing the best images of the “Big Five” during a private lecture with a professional photographer
  • Glide through the Okavango Delta, water levels permitting,in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe), observing aquatic life great and small, from massive hippos to tiny frogs
  • Take a guided tour of thundering Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, experiencing them from both Zambia and Zimbabwe 

Botswana: Safari in Style 2017: Download PDF Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg where you will be met and transferred to your hotel by a member of the A&K team. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet welcome dinner prepared with locally sourced ingredients. A professional photographer joins you to offer tips for the days ahead.
Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa | Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Livingstone, Zambia | Sundowner River Cruise
Fly to Livingstone, Zambia, where you are met by your A&K Resident Guides. Continue to Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, where you will stay in a luxury tree house built into the riverside canopy. At twilight, cruise the Zambezi River, sipping cocktails and gazing out across a verdant and teeming vista set against the boundless African sky.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Livingstone, Zambia | Nakatindi Village Visit
Today, begin with a guided walking tour of Victoria Falls from the Zambian side. Get a closer view of the mighty Zambezi River, as it cascades over the edge of an impressive 1.2-mile-wide basalt lip. Afterward, peruse the local crafts, including excellent wood carvings, on a pleasant market visit. Then, return to camp for a Chef’s Table experience offering you a taste of traditional Zambian fare. Gain an understanding of local daily life when you visit a school and clinic supported by A&K Philanthropy in Nakatindi Village.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | The Smoke that Thunders
This morning, drive to Zimbabwe to visit awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. The incredible falls extend more than a mile across and plummet 354 feet to cast up the mist that inspired their original name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders).

Afterward, enjoy snacks at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel and join a historical walk through its storied halls. Built in 1904, and expanded and refurbished several times in the ensuing century, the hotel still exhibits the charm of the colonial era. Continue to Chobe National Park in Botswana and settle into your lodge for expansive views across the Chobe River. This afternoon, set out on a thrilling game drive that includes elephants — a staggering 120,000 live in the park — along with impalas, buffalo and possibly lions. Return to camp to relax in the comforts of your room and enjoy a freshly prepared meal. Later, drift to sleep, serenaded by the sounds of Africa beneath a blanket of stars.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero/Ngoma Safari Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Chobe National Park | Magnificent Watering Hole
Set out on a game drive at sunrise to catch the animals at the start of their day, when they are hungry and hence most active. You may even glimpse a leopard returning from the hunt. Later, embark on a Chobe River safari cruise aboard a double decker boat and watch for crocodiles, hippos and elephants that come down to drink and play in the water. The park’s beautiful wetlands also lure a wealth of birdlife to the region and you may glimpse any of the 460 species that either live here or migrate through, including raptors, vultures and waterfowl. When you return to camp this evening, revel in the comforts of your luxury accommodations, enjoy a freshly prepared meal and share stories of your day with fellow guests.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero/Ngoma Safari Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 6-7: Okavango Delta | Wetlands Wildlife
Fly to your vast private concession in the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure with a choice of game-viewing activities, such as a seasonal mokoro (dugout canoe) ride on the delta or a night time game-viewing drive, made possible on this private reserve. The next morning, after breakfast, continue with your choice of activities. Set off on a thrilling, guided game drive in a customised 4x4 vehicle or a bush walk in the company of an armed, expert guide. Be on the lookout for giraffes, hippos, lions and cheetahs.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp/ Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Okavango Delta | Predator Capital
Fly across the Okavango Delta to your next amazing safari camp, where you can enjoy incredible game drives in or around the Moremi Game Reserve. Widely acknowledged as the “predator capital of the world,” this area offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa and is one of the best places in Botswana to see the country’s “Big Five” — lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo — drawn here from surrounding regions by the lush delta. Predators include cheetahs, spotted hyenas and, at the very top of the food chain, large resident prides of lions. White and black rhinos are also found here. This afternoon, take advantage of game viewing activities led by experienced driver guides or enjoy the vistas from your own private viewing deck.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp/ Sandibe Okavango | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Okavango Delta | Remarkable Game Drives
Depart on another spectacular early morning game drive. Beyond predators, the Okavango Delta draws large concentrations of elephants, buffalo, red lechwes, giraffes and impalas. Enjoy a seasonal mokoro ride for a rare safari opportunity across deceptively quiet marshlands alive with crocodiles, bathing hippos, birds and tiny red reed frogs. If you opt for an afternoon game drive, listen for roaring lions on the hunt or spy nocturnal animals as they start out for the night. After a full day of game viewing, return to your camp to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp/ Sandibe Okavango | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Depart Johannesburg
Fly to Johannesburg for your flight home. Relax in the Premier Lounge, compliments of A&K, before your departure.
Meals: Breakfats

Back to Botswana


Accommodation

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates Per Person from
18th Jan; 15th Feb; 8th, 22nd Mar* £7,515Book now
29th Mar, 5th, 19th Apr £8,669Book now
3rd, 10th, 17th, 18th May £8,990Book now
10th, 8th*, 21st Jun, 30th Aug, 6th Sep, 13th, 20th, 27th Sep, 4th, 11th, 18th Oct £9,825Book now
28th Jun, 12th, 19th, 26th Jul*, 2nd, 9th, 23rd Aug £11,365Book now
15th Nov £8,285Book now
20th Dec £10,975Book now
   
   
   

 

* Days 4-5 at Ngoma Safari Lodge; days 6-7 at andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge; days 8-9 at andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge.
20th Sep departure Days 6-7 will be at The Manor at Ngorongoro
* Days 4-5 at Ngoma Safari Lodge; days 6-7 at andBeyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge; days 8-9 at andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge.
The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
Minimum age is 10 years.
Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Dufflle bag

 


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Useful info

Fly to

Maun or Kasane via Johannesburg

flying time

12 hours 40 minutes

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

March - November

Weather

The best time to travel is between March and November, rain fall is at a minimum and the days are cooler but clear. Early mornings and evenings can be chilly. The Delta is normally in flood from May until August.


Best time to be there

October to May is the best time to visit the Cape. Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. The whale watching season runs from June to November.

Fly to

Cape Town/Johannesburg

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes/10 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if arriving or in transit for more than 12 hours from an endemic area.


Fly to

Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg

flying time

12 hours 15 minutes

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an endemic area

Best time to travel

April - June, when the water levels are at their greatest

Weather

The best time to travel is between April and June, there is little to no rain rainfall and the Falls are at their fullest. These are the winter months therefore temperatures will only peak at around 20°C, although days are clear and bright.


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