For those adventurous travellers wishing to experience Africa ‘without frills’, but still with a high degree of comfort
2 nights in Victoria Falls at the Chundukwa River Lodge
4 nights at Oddballs Camp, in the heart of the Okavango Delta (subject to water levels, 2 nights can be spent on a mokoro trail, accompanied by your personal guide)
2 nights at Meno a Kwena in the Kalahari Desert
1 night at The Safari Club close to Johannesburg Airport
5 nights at Casa Rex in Vilanculos on the tropical Mozambican Coast
Upon your arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will be met by a member of the Island-Safari.com team and handed your travel documents. You will then take a scheduled flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone in Zambia.
On arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be met by a representative of Chundukwa River Lodge and transferred to the lodge.
Situated about 25km upstream from Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, Chundukwa has created unique open-fronted chalets which blend naturally with the Waterberry trees that adorn the riverbanks. Each chalet is complete with a private bathroom and breathtaking views of the Zambezi River, Chundu Island opposite, and the Zambezi National park across the River. The Lodge is in a game area and sightings of hippo, elephant and other game are a common occurrence.
Chundukwa River Lodge accommodates just 10 people in 5 chalets overlooking the Zambezi.
Your stay at Chundukwa is fully inclusive of all meals and drinks, and also includes a sun downer boat cruise and tour of Victoria Falls (including entrance fee).
Time for some fun! Enjoy any of the following activities, which can be pre-booked with Island-Safari or booked directly through Chundukwa River Lodge:White Water Rafting (Half or Full day), Elephant Back Safari, Full Day Canoeing, Half Day High Wire Adventure, 15 Minute Helicopter Flight, Jet Boat Safari, Horse Riding Safari, Night Drive, Walking Safari or Lion Encounter.
After two exhilarating days at Victoria Falls, you will be collected at reception and transferred by car and ferry to Kasane Airport in Botswana (approx. 2 hours), where you will be met by your pilot and flown in a light aircraft to Oddballs Camp, a one hour flight that affords awesome views of the Okavango Delta below (have your camera ready!)
On arrival at the Oddballs airstrip you will be met by your personal guide, who will be looking after you during your stay at Oddballs. At Oddballs you will be accommodated in a 2mx2m domed tent, set on an elevated wooden platform overlooking the river.
After lunch (at Oddballs all your meals, teas and coffees are included in your tour, but you will be required to pay for additional drinks), you will go out with your guide for either a mokoro excursion or a walking safari.
Day 4 & 5
You will collect all your camping equipment and a hamper of food from the store (all included in your tour) and accompanied by your guide, you will go out on mokoro trail (subject to water levels). Your guide will find a suitable camping spot and assist you to set up camp, build a fire and prepare dinner.
An early morning wake-up, and after some coffee, an early morning walk in the Moremi Game Reserve, returning after about three hours for a hearty breakfast. During the heat of the day you can relax, and then after lunch another excursion by mokoro and on foot. Dining by the light of the campfire under the canopy of the ‘African Sky’ completes your day. If you are particularly energetic, you can go out on a longer walking safari, taking a picnic breakfast or lunch with you.
Walking safaris are truly one of the best ways to go out on safari, enabling you to be ‘at one’ with the environment, and obtain stunning views of both the wildlife and birdlife of the Okavango Delta. Your guide will be happy to track and stalk particular animals that you are interested in seeing.
Another early morning safari, then return to Oddballs for lunch, and a rest before going out again for a mokoro excursion. You may also be interested in visiting the nearby village, where your guide will be proud to show you his home and introduce you to his family – a unique experience, especially if this is your first visit to Africa!
Day 7 & 8
After your four night stay at Oddballs Camp, you will take a light aircraft flight to Maun. From here you will be transferred by road to Meno a Kwena (1.5 hours).
The tented safari camp is an experience in itself. All the tents are pitched on a cliff overlooking the Boteti River – which was dry for almost 15 years, but began to flow again in 2008! This rustic, but stylish camp has been created from a mixture of authentic canvas safari equipment with a traditional rural African touch.
Southern Africa’s largest remaining zebra and wildebeest herds, dependant on regular drinking water, migrate within the Makgadikgadi Pan and Nxai Pans ecosystem. There are numerous desert-adapted animals and birds that move through the area in search of grazing and browse. This very diverse system, contrasts between riverine and open saltpan habitats with varying woodland and scrubby vegetation.
Wildlife viewing by 4×4 safari vehicle into the parks and reserve are dependent on where the seasonal wildlife is concentrated for water and food, determined by rainfall. There is actually no need to leave the camp during the dry season as most of the wildlife in the area will drink from the waterholes right at camp. This is a perfect opportunity for guests to take a break from game drives and to sit quietly and watch the wildlife from the comfort of camp, and their very popular hide.
After breakfast you will return to Maun Airport in time for your scheduled Air Botswana, departing Maun at 15h00 and arriving in Johannesburg at 16h40.
You will spend the night in Johannesburg at the Safari Club, which is conveniently situated alongside the airport. Dinner will be at your own expense tonight, but a delicious breakfast buffet is included in your stay.
After breakfast you will be shuttled back to Johannesburg Airport (10 minutes) for your flight to Vilanculos in Mozambique (approx. 2 hours).
You will be met at Vilanculos Airport and transferred to Casa Rex, an intimate hotel with only 13 rooms.
Reminiscent of a gracious era, its buildings encompassed in lush gardens, Casa Rex overlooks the southern-central section of Vilanculos Bay.
Accommodation is charming, decorated in an individual style with an emphasis in the lounge and dining areas on custom-crafted wood furniture and fittings.
With bathroom en-suite, all rooms have a cool breeze & offer a striking view of the bay. For maximum comfort, mosquito nets are hung and windows are fitted with shutters against the occasional rain shower.
Days 11 – 14
The Bazaruto Archipelago is made up of several tropical islands and includes some awesome reefs which are home to a diverse array of marine life. As a result, there are a host of water sports available in the area including world class deep sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
The renowned a la carte restaurant offers guests a magnificent array of fresh seafood dishes and both local and imported wines. Sip sundowners on the terrace or refresh yourself in the swimming pool overlooking the harbour, the perfect way to end the day, or to begin one!
Vilanculos’ prime location as the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago provides access to superb beaches, lagoons and coral reefs, making for perfect diving, goggling and snorkelling, underwater photography, deep sea fishing, surfing, wind-surfing, yachting & dhow excursions.
After five nights at Casa Rex, you will be transferred back to Vilanculos Airport in time to catch your return flight at 13h45, arriving in Johannesburg at 16h30.
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