9 Days / 8 Nights
With optional Photo Specialist Game Drives in Chobe National Park
Days 1 & 2 - VICTORIA FALLS
Upon arrival to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, you will be met and transferred to A'Zambezi River Lodge for a two-night stay including breakfast. During your stay you will enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, along with a guided walking tour of the Victoria Falls. There is also time to participate in optional activities.
Victoria Falls town lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the eastern end of the Victoria Falls. It is a lovely tourist town which is easy to explore on foot and which offers a wide range of activities from the challenge of white water rafting and bungy jumping, to the awe-inspiring elephant back safaris and sunset cruises. It has something for everyone. The Victoria Falls are one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World and is the largest sheet of falling water on earth - a spellbinding and mesmerising spectacle. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100m drop across nearly 2km makes a thunderous roar and creates a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles - hence the local name 'mosi oa tunya' meaning 'the smoke that thunders'.
Days 3 & 4 - CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, guests will be transferred by road into Botswana and to our lodge for a two-night stay including all meals and game viewing activities. Activities included in this package include two boat cruises and two game drives. Activities charged at an additional rate include specialised photographic boat cruises and game drives as well as fishing, nature walks and cultural activities.
* See details below for the optional photo safari game viewing upgrade offer.
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
The Chobe River Front is a remarkable wildlife area due to the permanent water source of the Chobe River. The spectacle of all the animals coming to drink and frolic at the water's edge is one to behold, particularly in the dry season (May - Oct) where water is scarce away from the river. It is an area famous for its abundance of elephants, a variety of predators and, in addition, you are likely to see herds of buffalo and possibly even roan and sable antelope. In the rainy season (Nov - Apr) the game is much less concentrated at the river as the wildlife spread throughout the greater area of Chobe National Park due to availability of surface water from nearby pans. This assists the vegetation on the river banks in recovering from the massive herds that are attracted to the area in the dry months. The summer rains bring beautiful wild flowers, exquisite scenery, impressive bird life and an abundance of young animals usually born around November/December. The spectacular Chobe sunsets alone are worth a visit to the area. Please note that activities are restricted within the national park in accordance with government rules and regulations: these include no driving off-road, no walking and no driving after dark.
Days 5 & 6 - OKAVANGO DELTA
Transfer to nearby Kasane Airport for a light aircraft transfer into the Okavango Delta. Transfer to Moremi Crossing for a two-night stay including all meals and game viewing activities.
As you fly over the Delta you can see the intricate twisting and turning of the waterways and the ever-changing colours where dry land meets Delta. Moremi Crossing is a water based camp offering activities in the form of mokoro trips, game and bird walks, sunset motorboat cruises and island camping. All these activities give the guests a chance to experience the Okavango Delta and its wildlife from a very different, slower and closer perspective.
The Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest inland deltas situated in the middle of the largest stretch of continuous sand in the world - the Kalahari basin. This oasis in the middle of the desert is a rich yet fragile ecosystem, providing a life source for an incredible variety of wildlife. A wealth of species have adapted to the contrasting conditions created by living in the harsh Kalahari desert which is transformed annually with the arrival of the delta flood waters originating in Angola. Flood levels fluctuate dramatically throughout the year, with high water levels peaking in the central Okavango during the dry winter months and water levels at their lowest during the later summer months, contrary to the seasonal rainfall. Game is more concentrated around the permanent water during the dry season (Apr - Oct) with it becoming very hot in the later months. The heronries become active as the migrant birds return to Botswana from September through November, and general bird watching is excellent throughout the summer months. The rainy season (Nov - Apr) invigorates the lush scenery with wild flowers, dramatic thundershowers, spectacular sunsets and the birthing season brings great predator and prey interaction.
Day 7 & 8 - KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA
After breakfast and morning activity (time permitting), transfer to Sango Safari Camp by light aircraft for a two-night stay including all meals and game viewing activites.
Sango Safari Camp is nestled in the shade of the trees overlooking the Khwai River. Situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, the camp offers guests the perfect base from which to explore the wildlife and culture of this unique habitat. With the Khwai River forming a natural border between the world famous Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai Concession, animals can travel freely through this vast unfenced wilderness. Situated on the river overlooking the Moremi and with access to both these magnificent wildlife areas, Sango Safari Camp is focused on delivering an exceptional wildlife experience to our guests. The camp's location allows guests to take advantage of a host of wildlife activities which include open vehicle game drives both in the Moremi and in the Khwai concession area, guided bush walks, night drives and mokoro trips.
KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA
Moremi Game Reserve is surrounded by wildlife management areas of the Okavango, with no boundaries between the concessions and the reserve allowing wildlife to move between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The prior inhabitants in the area (the River Bushmen) were moved to the periphery of the reserve, establishing Khwai village near the North Gate exit of the park. The Khwai area is managed by the community through the Khwai Development Trust. This area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve itself. A key advantage of being outside the reserve is the freedom to do walking safaris and night drives as the area is not governed by the same rules. The vegetation is varied, with dry land complemented by permanent and seasonal swamplands, resulting in an excellent diversity of both wildlife and birdlife.
Day 9 - DEPART MAUN
After the morning activity (time permitting), transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport for onward arrangements.
OPTIONAL PHOTO SPECIALIST GAME VIEWING (in Chobe National Park):
Pangolin Safaris offers specialised photographic activities in the Chobe National Park. Travel in custom-built boats and vehicles with each seat equipped with a mounting or beanbag for resting camera equipment, 'window seats' to each side and space for equipment. There is a maximum of 8 passengers on both the unimog and boat. This optional upgrade is for 3 of the 4 game viewing excursions in Chobe.
Each client is given the use of a Nikon D7000 camera during activities with a Sigma 120-400 lens (on the unimog) or 150-500 lens (on the boat). For those new to photography, Pangolin staff provides training on how the supplied photographic equipment functions. As guests get more comfortable with the camera we will show them some techniques and tips for capturing the best image possible. Each camera is supplied with a 4GB memory card which clients can take home, or they can choose to have their images burnt to CD.
Game drives and boat cruises are a minimum of three hours in duration. Departure times vary depending on the time of year to ensure clients are in the park during optimum lighting conditions. This means that the morning game drive is an early one - usually at around 6:00am. The afternoon safari usually departs around 3:00pm and returns at sunset.
Cameras will already be set up each day for you, to suit the conditions. The fact that Chobe is such a game rich environment and that the Nikon D7000 is such a fantastic and user-friendly camera means that in no time you will be taking some images that truly do justice to your safari in the Chobe.