12 Days
Air-Inclusive

Overview

Experience the stunning beauty, the unimaginable vastness, the open plains at Nxai Pan, the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve & Khwai River Area and the untamed wildlife of the Chobe River and Chobe National Park. Your journey then takes you to Hwange National Park before ending at the spectacular Victoria Falls.


Itinerary

Day 1

Traveling

Depart from New York (JFK) for your South African Airways flight to South Africa.

Day 2

MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS

On arrival in Johannesburg board your connecting flight to Maun Airport, where you will be met by your guide and continue onto the area of the Makgadikgadi Pans. After settling into our accommodation, we take a stroll with our guide through the surrounding baobab grove, as he explains the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.

Day 3

MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS

After breakfast, we depart for either Nxai Pan or Ntwetwe Pan. These excursions are seasonal based on wildlife sightings and road conditions. Both pans form part of the greater Makgadikgadi system.

Overnight on a full board basis at Planet Boabab

Day 4

KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA

This morning we travel via Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, to our camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai River region. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. During this season, in order for us to offer the best game viewing possible, extra driving may be required due to the animals migrating closer to the river. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors. After dinner, we will explore the concession on a night game drive.

Overnight on a full board basis at Khwai Bedouin Camp

Day 5

KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Overnight on a full board basis at Khwai Bedouin Camp

Day 6

CHOBE RIVER FRONT

You will be transferred to Khwai Airstrip for your flight to Kasane. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your lodge. We enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon from where we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds without having to reach for our binoculars – you’ll be near enough for close-up photographs, as well as having the chance to witness a spectacular African sunset.

Overnight on a full board basis at Chobe Safari Lodge

Day 7

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

This morning we depart Chobe and make our way to our lodge in a private concession near to Hwange National Park. The next two days are spent exploring this wildlife rich area. This afternoon you can partake in an optional game drive if time allows. On the following day, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on a game drive. Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Center to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species.

Overnight on a full board basis at Sable Sands

Day 8

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

Overnight on a full board basis at Sable Sands

Day 9

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Today we travel to Victoria Falls, full of real African experiences. We visit the Victoria Falls on a guided tour and then have the rest of the day and the next day at leisure.

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at Ilala Lodge

Day 10

VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at Ilala Lodge

Day 11

Departure

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight to Johannesburg and onward connection to the United States.

Day 12

traveling

Arrival in the United States at New York (JFK) airport.


Note

This tour can begin in Washington Dulles instead of New York, however, this would necessitate an overnight stop in Johannesburg at the beginning of the journey before flying to Maun. Please contact us for prices for this option.


Includes

Round trip coach air on South African Airways from New York (JFK) or Washington (IAD) Airport to South Africa OR Tambo International Airport; Regional coach air as per the itinerary (Johannesburg - Maun & Victoira Falls - Johannesburg); Scheduled seat in charter (Khwai - Kasane); Accommodation as per the itinerary; Most meals as per the itinerary (9 x breakfast, 8x lunch, 8x dinner); Ground transfers as per the itinerary; All park fees and safari activities


Excludes

Add on air from other US cities; Any meals or services not mentioned above; Any items of personal expense - i.e. drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc; Gratuities for rangers/guides/drivers