VICTORIA FALLS – HWANGE – MANA POOLS OKAVANGO DELTA
Best of both countries
Land & water based game viewing
Thrilling walking activities
No booking fees
Why is this safari better?
Luxury safari camps to match your luxurious experience in Africa. The level of exceptional wildlife viewing at these locations is second to none, you’ll either go home fulfilled or wanting more. The variety of activities on this safari is what many travellers are seeking; from vehicle-based game viewing, to exciting walking safaris, canoeing and boating – it’s all here for those wanting a luxurious safari with style.
Sustainability: Your booking supports local guides and communities through eco-conscious travel and supporting local enterprise through community & project visits and purchasing of local crafts. Camps featured on this itinerary are also low-impact and feature solar-power, helping the environment every step of the way.
When to travel?
April-November is the ideal time for this safari, due to the inclusion of the infamous Mana Pools National Park, famed for walking safaris. Hwange National Park and Botswana’s Okavango Delta are both year-round destinations, yet subtle differences for the discerning traveller – such as the seasonal floods of the Okavango Delta, which permits water-based activities between May-October (subject to changing annual water levels).
Low Season: April – May and November 2022
High-Season: June – October 2022
Mana Pools is a seasonal destination. This itinerary may be adapted for travel in other months and by removing Mana Pools. Our team will be happy to tailor a quotation for you.
Day 1: Arrival into Livingstone Airport and head to camp.
TOKA LEYA, VICTORIA FALLS
Overlooking islands in the mighty Zambezi River, Toka Leya offers the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure; ideal for the beginning or end of your African safari. Morning explorations of the river, the surrounding Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park or nearby Victoria Falls can be followed by a tranquil afternoon at our spa or practicing inspired yoga on the panoramic deck of our gym.
The camp’s twelve spacious, en-suite safari-style tents (including three family tents) with expansive decks serve up the dramatic views and glimpses of wildlife. Limiting our footprint on this pristine area, wooden walkways snake between the units and the main area where the dining, bar and lounge area are complemented by an infinity pool, a sundeck for sumptuous meals and a convivial fire pit for night-time gatherings.
Day 2: Experience various activities within the Falls area.
Included in your stay; a guided tour of the Zambian side of The Victoria Falls, a guided tour of Livingstone town and Livingstone Museum, sunset river cruise, visit to a local African village plus local curio shops
Day 3: Morning breakfast followed by midday flight to your next stop.
LINKWASHA CAMP, HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
A contemporary safari camp in an iconic African landscape, Linkwasha and its panoramic views of the plains immerse you in the bush, as a steady stream of elephants, buffalos, wildebeest, zebras, sable antelopes, eland, and other game make their way past the ground-level rooms to the busy waterhole in front of the main area. Nine elegant tents, nestling under a tree canopy, are shaded in the environment’s neutral tones as well as bolder Ndebele patterns, reflecting local culture. On many evenings, you’ll be joined for dinner – perhaps just drinks – as elephants siphon their fill from the pool, then rumble off into the darkness, just as the stars come out.
Join the ever-changing wildlife parade on the Ngamo Plains, dotted with vleis and ilala palms. On a guided walk or game drive, find uncountable dust-kicking buffalos; some of the 40 000 local elephants; herd after antelope herd, with predators like lions, cheetahs, or African painted dogs in their wake; the more elusive pangolins, caracals, lesser bushbabies, and honey badgers; more than 400 bird species, including raptors, which fill the skies once the rains start. Sleep in a Star Bed high in a tree. Toast the day and each other to sensational blood-orange sunsets or dramatic summer thunderstorms, sound and light shows flashing across the plains.
Day 4/5: Take to the plains of Hwange in search of wildlife.
Play hide-and-seek… just don’t seek the wildlife, it’ll come to you at linkwasha’s viewing/photographic hide. There’s something incredibly thrilling about being hidden out of sight while animals like elephant go about their day, splashing in the waters and drinking, completely oblivious to your presence. With access to two of the best private concessions in Hwange, Linkwasha game drives are particularly exciting, taking in herds as well as the carnivores that call the area home.
Other activities available include walking safaris, birding hotspot and star bed for overnight sleepouts.
Day 6: This morning’s flight (either charter or scheduled via Victoria Falls) take you to one of the world’s very best destinations for wildlife viewing.
RUCKOMECHI CAMP, MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
Situated in a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, the adjacent woodland and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment.
Ten spacious and beautifully decorated en-suite tents, including two family rooms, lie beneath the ana trees, best-beloved of local elephant for their nutritious seeds. The camp’s central living space includes an inviting firepit for pleasant evenings beneath the African night skies. Other unique features include a pool which overlooks a broad sweep of river, an outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot, and a romantic Star Bed by a busy waterhole.
Day 7/8: A thrilling mix of activities are available at Ruckomechi.
Head out on a morning paddle, as you canoe the Zambezi, where you may be fortunate to witness elephants drinking by the waters’ edge. Head out on boat-based water cruises, and take to game drives in search of fascinating wildlife. A key feature to Mana Pools are the walking safaris, with up-close, professionally guided, experiences are phenomenal.
The area offers large concentrations of buffalo and elephant, while predators such as lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are often sighted. Greater kudu, Burchell’s zebra, impala, warthog and common waterbuck can be seen on the surrounding plains and the grunting of hippo can be heard all day. Birdlife is superb, with numerous local specials like collared palm-thrush and racket-tailed roller.
Day 9: Transfer day, as you fly back to Victoria Falls and on to Kasane/Maun for a connecting flight to camp.
CHITABE CAMP, OKAVANGO DELTA
Chitabe Camp is situated in a private concession area on an island in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. Playing host to a breathtaking mosaic of wooded, wetland and grassland habitats, the area is famed for its incredible numbers and diversity of wildlife, in particular predators.
The camp’s eight spacious Meru-style tents are raised on wooden decks under large, shady trees. Each tent has twin beds, en-suite facilities and indoor and outdoor showers. The thatched dining area, bar and lounge are built on raised decks to provide superb views across the floodplain, and a pool allows you to cool off in the heat of the day.
Day 10-11: Enjoy daily game drives and activities in the Delta
Game drives reveal the rich wildlife of the Chitabe area, from large predators to their prey – a wildlife experience few other locations can match. Evening drives provide opportunities for you to see nocturnal mammals such as civet, genet and bushbabies, as well as owls and perhaps leopard. Walking safaris with skilled guides offer you the exciting opportunity to come across big game on foot as well as observing the small wonders you might miss when travelling by vehicle.
Guests at Chitabe may also take a tour “back of house” to see our solar farm and find out more about our eco-friendly practices. Then sit out beneath the stars as you dine in heaven.
Day 12: Departure home via Maun
NOTE: your itinerary is flexible and we can tailor-make the number of nights, additional destinations and extensions to your safari to include beach stays (such as Zanzibar) and city stays (such as Cape Town).
Child rates available, please contact us for your free tailored quotation.
PRICE FOR YOUR SAFARI
- per person sharing, inclusive
- per person sharing, inclusive
OUR PRICE INCLUDES
- 2 nights accommodation at Toka Leya; including twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry, a guided tour of the Zambian side of The Victoria Falls, a guided tour of Livingstone town and Livingstone Museum, sunset river cruise, visit to a local African village plus local curio shops
- 3 nights fully inclusive accommodation at Linkwasha
- 3 nights fully inclusive accommodations at Ruckomechi
- 3 nights fully inclusive accommodation at Chitabe
- All meals and all local drinks – excludes premium imported brands and champagne
- Twice daily scheduled camp activities at Linkwasha, Ruckomechi and Chitabe
- Park fees
- Pricing in US Dollars
OUR PRICE EXCLUDES
- International airfare
- Visas and other entry costs
- Travel insurance
- PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
- Personal expense such as extra drinks/food on transfers, phone calls, curio shop purchases
- Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
- Optional extension in Victoria Falls and Cape Town available
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